Year 4

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Autumn Term curriculum overview

Welcome back! We hope you and your children have had a safe and refreshing holiday and are looking forward to a successful and busy year ahead in Year 4. Outlined in this letter are some reminders of key information, dates and the topics covered in the Autumn Term for each subject to help you to support your children with their learning.  In addition to the information in this letter, there will be an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and glean further details about what to expect for the year ahead in the Year 4 parents meeting in 4J (Meteor) and 4AB (Webbs) at 3.45 pm on Friday 14th September. If you cannot attend, all information will be put on the school website under year groups/Year 4.

Start and end of day:

We would like to remind you that the school day begins at 9:05. It is important that all children are on time so that they do not miss the beginning of the first lesson. Your child needs to line up with their class teacher at the beginning of the day, in the playground, and ensure that they always say goodbye to the teacher at the end of the day before leaving the school premises.  In order to keep your child safe, teachers will only allow your child to go home with someone else provided permission has clearly been given by you, the child’s parent/carer, to your child’s teacher or the school office before 3pm.

All teachers are in the playground before and after school on a daily basis. If there are any queries or problems, please do not hesitate to speak to us in good time before the bell rings. Should you be unable to come into school, please leave a message with the office and we will get back to you.


All children are encouraged to bring in a healthy snack for break time. This should consist of fruit (fresh or dried), vegetables or a small savoury sandwich. It is also advisable that the children bring in a bottle of water daily, labelled with their name.


Children will be set homework every Wednesday and it should be completed by the following Monday. Please support your child with homework and let us know if there are any problems or queries by writing a brief note in your child’s reading record. There will be a letter next week with your child’s log in details and the first homework will be set on Wednesday 12th September.


This term we will start our writing by studying Leon and the Place Between. The children will develop their research and non-fiction skills by writing about the reign of Henry VIII. In grammar we will continue sentence level work with a focus on recognising word classes. We will also be following the Nelson handwriting programme. After half term, we will be focusing on poetry and looking at structure of a text with The Iron Man.

Children will be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practice spelling these words at home using a range of strategies. They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class. Please note that this will replace the spelling journals which have been sent home in previous years.

Guided Reading:

As in Year 3, children will be given a guided reading book and reading record which they will be expected to bring to school daily. Reading homework will be set before the following session and it is important that the children read aloud as regularly as possible at home, this can be to you, a sibling or other family members. Parents/carersa re required to sign the reading record weekly to acknowledge you have seen the homework and that your child has practiced their spellings.


This term we will be focusing on: developing a secure understanding of number sense and numbers up to 10,000; comparing and ordering numbers and mastering the formal methods for addition and subtraction. We will continue to focus on problem solving regularly in lessons and support the children to improve their times tables and related division facts from the 2x to 12x tables.  This term will involve a particular focus on the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables.


Our topic during the first half term is Moving, Growing and Digestion where children learn all about the human digestive system. The focus for the second half of the term will be sound: how it is produced and how it travels.  Throughout the topics, the children will continue to develop their scientific investigative skills. 


This year we are once again investing significantly in our music provision. This is being extremely well supported by governors and also through additional PTA funding. We are delighted to inform you that Year 4 are going to be experiencing a programme for instrumental tuition.

We have worked closely with the Wandsworth Music Service to develop a provision unique to Belleville where in each class the children, in groups of 10, will be taught either a brass, string or woodwind instrument by a specialist instrumental tutor. This will give children the opportunity to learn a musical instrument during curriculum-time for a full academic year.

Your child will be bringing home their instrument for which you will need to sign a loan form. The tutors will ensure the children know how to take care of the instrument and set it up correctly before they are sent home. This may take a couple of weeks. Of course, once the children do have their instrument, the more they practice the more they will gain from these sessions and the quicker they will progress so your encouragement at home will be invaluable. Their instruments will need to be in school every Thursday. We are looking forward to inviting you to some ensemble performances before too long!


In history, we will be learning about the Tudors. The children will learn all about Henry VIII and his daughter, Elizabeth I and we will take the opportunity to visit Hampton Court Palace. During the second half of the term. In DT, The children will make Tudor purses, learning to join material by sewing by hand. The focus in RE will be believing and belonging in the Sikh faith. In ICT children will be focusing on coding and using a BBC micro bit and they will also use morphobooth to create moving portraits about Henry VIII’s wives.

Physical Education:

All children require a complete change of clothes for PE including suitable footwear. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers and jumpers when the weather gets colder. During their allotted swimming times, all children should have swimming hats to participate. Goggles may be worn if you wish. If PE is before morning break, children may arrive at school dressed in their PE kit bringing their school uniform in a bag to change into. We would also ask that all school uniform and belongings are clearly labelled with name and class to ensure safe return.

Your child will have their PE lessons on the following days: 

  Outdoor PE Indoor PE





Games (Tuesday)


Games (Thursday)

Games (Thursday)

Swimming (Wednesday)

Dance (Thursday)

Dance (Wednesday)

Gymnastics (Monday)


Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)

We have a new and improved PSCHE programme for this year and in the autumn term the theme is: ‘Understanding our feelings’. A range of feelings (e.g. happy, sad, brave, afraid, angry, calm, generous, selfish) will be explored through storybooks, poetry, roleplay and discussion activities. We will be developing children’s language to describe different feelings, how an emotion may feel in our bodies and how our feelings can link to our actions. We will also be participating in Anti-Bullying week in November and this year the theme is ‘Choose respect’.

The children will also have a weekly Circle Time session. This is a structured class discussion which helps children to understand and support each other. The children have been introduced to Sage, the Circle Time puppet, and will be sharing their ideas about a range of themes, for example: saying good things about ourselves, cooperating with others in work and play, learning from mistakes, knowing what to do if anyone is being hurt, trying to be fair, how to show we are sorry, what makes us all special.


Year 4 will be practicing their observational drawing skills making a series of studies of birds using different drawing materials. They will then mono print their drawings and use what they have learnt to make 3D bird sculptures to use in a piece of performance art inspired by the artist Joan Jonas.


Pupils will learn all of the vocabulary they need to give details about a variety of rooms and furniture in the home. They will also cover some common town buildings as well as directions. Children will also be continuing to learn how to use the past tense.

Important dates:

Year group meeting: Friday 14th September at 3.45 pm

Many thanks for your continued support,

Anna Biset (Year leader, 4AB), Sarah Johnson (4J), Rachel Carruthers (4C) Josh Bartlett (4B)

Download the Year 4 Presentation to parents 2018


Download the Year 4 National Curriculum Objectives for English

Download the Year 4 National Curriculum Objectives for Maths

Download the Year 4 National Curriculum Objectives for Science