Welcome To

Worsthorne Primary School Year 4 Page

Mrs Kayley



Mrs McKenna

Teaching Assistant

Miss Topping

Teaching Assistant

Click on the Year 4 overview to see what the children will be learning throughout the year.

Welcome Back for Autumn 2.

We’ve had a fantastic start to our Year 4 journey. We have another jam packed term ahead of us filled with lots of learning and fun!


In this unit of classic narrative poetry, children will learn a poem by heart for performance.
Children will also;
•Listen to, read and discuss a classic narrative poem.
•Identify, discuss and collect effective words and phrases which capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
•Explain the meaning of key vocabulary within the context of the text.
•Demonstrate active reading strategies e.g. generating questions, finding answers, constructing images.
•Prepare a poem to read aloud, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action.
•Learn a poem by heart and rehearse for performance.
•Explore, identify, collect and use noun phrases e.g. The crumbly cookie with tasty marshmallow pieces melted in my mouth.

Children will be writing their own newspapers this half term linking their writing to our topic, The Great Plague.
•Identify, select and effectively use pronouns.
•Explore, identify, collect and use noun phrases e.g. The stranger, dressed in red and yellow…
•Read and analyse non-fiction in order to plan and write their own versions.
•Identify and discuss the purpose, audience, language and structures of non-fiction for writing.
•Discuss and record ideas for planning e.g. text map, non-fiction bridge, boxing-up text types to create a plan.
•Organise paragraphs in a newspaper report.


Children made a great start to Maths last term and showed a great understanding of place value. Place value underpins everything in maths and will support children in our next units, addition and subtraction and measurement – length and perimeter.

We will also continue to develop our fluency with multiplication and division facts.

We will continue to follow our concreate, pictorial and abstract teaching sequences.

Our History topic this half term is, The Great Plague! We will also be looking at the similarities and differences between the Great Plague and COVID 19.

Over this unit children will be able to;

Show their increasing knowledge and understanding of the past by:

  • Making some links between and across periods, such as the differences between clothes, food, buildings or transport.
  • Identifying where some periods studied fit into a chronological framework by noting connections, trends and contrasts over time.

Events, People and Changes

Be able to describe some of the main events, people and periods they have studied by:

  • Understanding some significant aspects of history, e.g. how the Great Plague of 1665 affected London and beyond.


  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • When doing this they should use specialist terms, e.g. Bills of mortality, plague pits and vocabulary linked to chronology.
  • Produce structured work that makes some connections, draws some contrasts, frame historically-valid questions involving thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information using appropriate dates and terms.

 Enquiry, Interpretation and Using Sources

  • Understand some of the methods of historical enquiry, and how evidence is used sources to make detailed observations, finding answers to questions about the past.
  • Use some sources to start devising historically valid questions about change, cause and significance e.g. of the Great Plague.
  • Understand some of the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • Use sources as a basis for research from which they will begin to use information as evidence to test hypotheses e.g. whether the uniform of a plague doctor would work as protection from the disease.
  • Identify some of the different ways in which the past can be represented, and that different versions of the past such as an event may exist (artist’s pictures, museum displays, written sources).



In this geography topic, children will learn about the importance of taking care of the environment. They will consider environments at a range of scales from their classroom to the whole world. It will include issues around litter and waste e.g. damage to the environment; reducing the level of resource use; and reuse, as well as recycling, of resources. Children will recognise how people can adversely affect, as well as improve, the environment. They will begin to identify and explain differing views that people have about topical environmental and geographical issues.


In art, children will be linking their learning in history to their art work. Children will be exploring the use of the image of the skill. We will be looking at two artist works Damien Hirst and Jean Basquair. Children will then explore a range of drawing and painting techniques to create their own skull artwork.

Welcome back and welcome to Year 4. 

I am really excited to be moving up to Year 4 with you, this year. We have some fantastic new topics to learn all about this year and I cannot wait to get stuck into them with you.

Sparks Might Fly

This is our first topic in Year 4.


To start our term in Year 4, we will be using the text ‘Until I Met Dudley’ by Roger McGough.

This week, children in Year 4 have been using actions to retell an explanation from the text ‘Until I Met Dudley’. Children were able to orally retell how a toaster works. Have a look at our action shots below. Can you work out what each action means?

Our next text we will be using in English is the fantasy story, The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman.

Key Learning Writing:
• Create sentences with fronted adverbials for when e.g. As the clock struck twelve, the soldiers sprang into action.
• Use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech.
• Explore, identify, collect and use noun phrases e.g. The crumbly cookie with tasty marshmallow pieces melted in my mouth.
• Read and analyse narrative.
• Discuss and record ideas for planning e.g. story board, boxing-up text types to create a plan.
• Organise paragraphs in narrative.
• Link ideas within paragraphs e.g. fronted adverbials for when e.g. In the distance, a lone wolf howled.
• Generate and select from vocabulary banks e.g. powerful adverbs, adverbial phrases, appropriate to text type.

Key Learning Reading

• Regularly listen to whole novels read aloud by the teacher.
• Identify, discuss and collect effective words and phrases which capture the reader’s interest and imagination e.g. metaphors, similes.
• Make predictions based on information stated and implied.
• Demonstrate active reading strategies e.g. generate questions, find answers, refine thinking, modify questions, construct images.
• Draw inferences around characters’ thoughts, feelings, actions and motives, and justify with evidence from the text using point and evidence.
• Make and respond to contributions in a variety of group situations e.g. whole class, independent reading groups, book circles.

This week, children used conscious ally in our English lesson. This allowed the children to explore their reasons for and against our main character Lila wanting to leave. Each children had to give their reason to either leave or stay to Lila. When our character Lila got to the end of the ally, she had to decide if she had been convinced to stay or still leave.


This term, we will be exploring electricity. In this unit children will be able to;

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity.
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
  • Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery.
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

Last week, year 4 were given a challenge in science. They had to make a burglar alarm. The children used their learning from our unit to help them to complete this task. It wasn’t easy and the children showed great perseverance and resilience throughout this challenge.


In this unit, children will be using their learning of circuits to create their own light up box. Within this unit children will understand and use electrical systems in products.

This week, children created a simple circuit to make a picture light up.

Last week, children began the design process of their light up boxes. On Friday, children created their boxes and we had lots of fun decorating them! We cannot wait to add our circuits to them this week. Keep your eyes peeled!

Year 4 have tested their light up boxes today. They each created a circuit containing light blubs (some used more than one). Have a look at their light up boxes.


Our PE days this term will be on;

  • Tuesday
  • Thursday ( Mr Archer)

Please remember to come to school in your PE kit on these days.

This term on Tuesdays, year 4 have been using their learning of electricity and circuits to create movements, group dances and duet dances. Here are a few snaps from our lesson last week.

Home Learning


Every Monday new spelling rules will be learnt. These spellings will then be upload to Seesaw for children to learn at home. Children will have the opportunity in school to learn these but they are also expected to learn them at home, too. On Friday mornings, children will be tested on their spellings. If the children get any wrong, they will bring the incorrect spelling/s home to relearn over the weekend and retested on the Monday morning.


Children will have a designated day to change their book in school. This gives them the opportunity to have quality time with an adult to change their book if needed, read to adult and have a good discussion about their book. Please read with your child at home.

Times Table Rockstar

Children in Year 4 are expected to know all of their times tables up to x12. Part of childrens’ homework is to go on TT Rockstar at least 3 times a week at home. There will be opportunity for them to go on this at school also.

2020 – 2021

P.E. and sport is an integral part of the curriculum. We have two timetabled sessions of P.E./games, one on a Thursday and one on a Friday. However, we sometimes have impromptu sessions on other days. Your child needs to bring their kit to school on Mondays and take it home for a wash on Fridays.

Kit should comprise of a white T-shirt, black shorts or leggings and pumps. Trainers will be needed for games sessions when we work on the playground or the school field.

Times Tables Rock Stars is Back!
Please be on the lookout for new password and username stickers that will appear in your child’s homework folder for Times Table Rockstars. There is another Maths website that your child can use called Numbots. This will require the same password and username.

Times tables are an important part of Class 4. There is a test at the end of the year to check if your child knows up to 12 x 12.

Immersing yourself in a good book is one of the best things in the world! We aim to instil a passion for reading in our literacy and guided reading sessions. However, we also believe it is vital that children read often at home especially to an audience. Ten minutes every other day would be perfect. You could also take turns to read with your child to make it more fun. Asking questions during and after reading will ensure that your child has understood what they have read.

Homework will be given out on a Friday. It is not designed to be difficult and should be following on from something we have studied in class. Spellings will be given on a Monday for your child to practise. We will also learn them in school on a daily basis. There will be more emphasis on English this term including handwriting. However, children will be expected to use Times Tables Rock Stars, Numbots and IDL frequently.
Homework – to be handed in Mon-Thurs.
Spellings to be tested on Fridays.


Numbots is another Maths based App that focusses on key skills and concepts from ages five to eleven.  Activities grow in difficulty as children work through the different levels.

Home Learning 2021 – This week’s links are blue

See some of your Lockdown 2021 work here.


 We have focussed on written methods for multiplication and division. We are
now ensuring that written methods for addition and subtraction are mastered.


Cornwall was the setting for the story that we have been studying in
The children really enjoyed reading and listening to ‘The Mousehole Cat’. Within the unit of work, we looked at different sentence starters, apostrophes and expanded noun phrases. The children re-wrote the story using their own characters.
We have now started a new unit of work titled ‘Explanations’. We are using the book ‘Until I Met Dudley’ by Roger McGough

The children have looked at living things and their habitats in Science. This has
involved working outside to find organisms living on the school grounds and using
classification keys to identify animals. The children researched how environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.


We have been studying the North American continent. The children used an atlas to find the names of the countries and have found human and physical features of it. We also looked at how Pocahontas was pivotal in keeping the peace between Native Americans and the British who colonised America in 1607. We are in the middle of a virtual run from Washington DC to Ottawa; the capital cities of the US and Canada.

Helpful weblinks…

Word Hippo


During the school closure, the Government is providing vouchers for families of children who are eligible for Free School Meals.  To check if you are eligible, please visit Lancashire’s Free School Meals web page by clicking on the link button below.

If you think you meet the criteria, fill in the online form and let Mrs Fox know by emailing her, info@worsthorne.lancs.sch.uk