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Beech - Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 class page where you can find out about what we are learning each term as well as find relevant documents and resources.


Meet the team
Miss Doroftei is the Class Teacher and Mrs. Basu is the Learning Support Assistant (Tuesday-Friday). Additionally, Mr. Ball is going to support the class Mon, Thu & Fri mornings.

Mysterious Maya 

We are very excited about our autumn term topic learning about the incredible Maya civilisation. As part of this unit our class will learn all about this extraordinary civilisation who created beautiful writing using logograms and hieroglyphs. We will also discover their fascinating inventive maths and calendar systems as well as study the impressive buildings of this very early civilisation. In Art, the children will be creating a Mayan mask and headdress based on original designs. During this topic we will investigate how the Mayans lived, their culture and their legacy. We will uncover the wonders of The Maya by learning about their beliefs and art work, their religion as well as looking at their food and drink. 


The children will start by exploring their identity through planning, drafting and publishing empowering poems about themselves - this also serves as a good opportunity to get an insight into how they see themselves and the world.


We will then continue with a modern fable with an urgent message for young  young children - the importance of trees in the rain forests and how they and nature must be protected. 

Then we will be learning how to create suspense by exploring a variety of techniques such as the use of short sentences to create tension, spooking descriptions and by using carefully selected words to create a threatening atmosphere. We will also explore the use of expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, time connective, figurative language as well as using 'show not tell' sentences.   


Reading is such an important skill; it really unlocks all areas of the curriculum. We would ask parents to hear their child read at least three times a week (but ideally daily), 5-10 minutes a night is all that is needed. As well as supporting your child read words, it is also useful to ask questions and check your child’s understanding of the text. In class, we will be practising a variety of comprehension (VIPERS) skills including: inferencing, predicting, explaining and retrieving.



Throughout this term, we will be covering: place value, addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division.

We will also have weekly sessions, whereby the children will practise and develop their mental arithmetic skills and times tables. 

Please continue to support your children’s learning by regularly asking questions or allowing them to play TT Rock Stars to improve their instant recall of the multiplication and division facts of all times tables (up to 12 times tables by the end of the year).



Electricity - in this unit of learning children will investigate making circuits and extends their understanding of circuits, conductors and insulators and the need for a complete circuit in order for a device to work.

Changes in state - we will develop and showcase an understanding of all areas of states of matter, including how materials can change from one state to another, through a large range of simple practical enquiries.

R.E. Festivals and Celebration

This term we will look into moral and ethical issues and develop our understanding of Christianity and Hinduism. We will also consider diversity in religions including the different views, beliefs and traditions in each religion.


We will have P.E. every Thursday and Friday. . Please remember on the days children have P.E. they will come to school in their PE kit. They will need to wear shorts under jogging bottoms or bring in shorts with them as we need them to be dressed appropriately for the sport they are doing.

Home Learning

The children are asked to complete the following:

1. Read daily 10-15 minutes and document in their Reading Record at least three times a week.

2. Practise their Times Tables on Times Tables Rock Stars each day for 5 minutes.

3. Practise their weekly spellings using the Activity Menu

4. On Fridays choose and complete a task from the homework grid and hand in by Wednesday the following week.

Year 3/4 Spelling list and Spellings Activities Menu

Daily grammar mini workout

Recommended Reading List for Year 4

Comprehension based VIPERS questions

Times Tables Fun Pack