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Chestnut - Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 class webpage where you can find out about what we are learning each term as well as see pictures of some of our highlights. 


Meet the team
Miss Doroftei is the Class Teacher and Mrs Basu is the Learning Support Assistant (Tuesday-Friday).

Mysterious Maya 

We are very excited about our autumn term topic all 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 and we will study the impressive buildings of this very early civilisation whilst creating a Maya mask and headdress based on original Maya designs. During this topic we will investigate how the Maya 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. 



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, Mrs Duffy 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. These are taught by Mrs Duffy.
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.



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.

Useful documents:



Year 3 and 4 Spelling Word List