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Earlsfield Primary School

Year 4

Updated January 2024

Welcome to Year 4!

4P are taught by Miss Payne and 4D by Miss Duncombe. They are supported by Veni, Yvonne, and Teresa. 

They can be contacted via year4@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk


 Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely break and managed to take advantage of some quality family time. We’re excited to be back and get cracking with our brand new topics!

In English, we will be beginning the term with a brilliant book, The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf. It follows 4 friends as they welcome a Syrian refugee into their classroom, and leads them to some unexpected places! We know this is a very popular book and some of the children have read it already, but they are sworn to secrecy! Our creative writing will centre around the themes and plots of the book and will cover different genres such as writing in role, newspaper reports and poetry. Please continue to encourage a love of reading by listening to your child read regularly and discussing the books they are reading with them. Reading should be recorded in the front of your child’s handbook. Frequent practise of their spellings will also help your child greatly so please make sure you remind them. All the children will have access to Doodle English https://www.doodleenglish.com/ which has lots of short, fun activities to help test their spelling and grammar. The children’s logins remain the same. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you need these again.

As you know, at the end of Year 4 the children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12x12, recalling them at speed. Our Multiplication Table Check will take place in June and will consist of 25 time table questions. During the check they will have 6 seconds to complete each question. The children have now had all of the times tables assigned to them through homework, so it is vital that they are practising regularly to ensure they are in their long-term memories. Your child can practise their times tables using Times Tables Rockstars https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth. The ‘Jamming’ section is great to target tables which they are less confident in, while the ‘Studio’ is brilliant for practise in jumping between different tables. There is also the ‘Soundcheck’ which mimics the official times table check. Children can start to use this to get them used to the timed element of the check. All other Maths learning can be consolidated using DoodleMaths https://www.doodlemaths.com/. This is an intuitive programme that will set the tasks for your child based on their abilities. After our recent assessments, we noticed that the children who are on Doodle regularly scored particularly well which shows the impact of frequent consolidation. The children’s logins remain the same. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you need these again. 

For our topics this term, we are escaping winter first, and travelling across the Atlantic ocean to sunny Brazil to learn what life is like there. For our topic launch we got in the carnival spirit by making carnival masks and we will be using the rest of the topic to become experts in life in Brazil. As part of this Geography focused topic, we will be looking at living conditions, rainfall and the relationship with the rainforest, and comparing this to life in the UK. This leads us nicely into our topic for the second half of the term - Rainforests. Here, we will look at the geography and make-up of rainforests as well as the ways in which humans interact with them. For this topic, we will get to experience the rainforest first-hand on our trip to Kew Gardens!

Our Science learning will focus on teeth and digestion in the first half of the term where we will learn about different types of teeth and their purposes, as well as taking a journey through the human digestive system - it could get messy! We will be finding out about the way that animals’ teeth are designed to match their diet. If you know of any vets who would be happy to come and talk to us, please let us know as we would love to meet them! The Year 4 scientists will be using lots of scientific skills such as observation and categorisation to develop their expertise - as well as even becoming palaeontologists!

We will be continuing with our Brass lessons this term. We have been so impressed with how much the children have progressed already and we are looking forward to being able to show off our musicians in the summer term. Please support your child in practising at home to develop their skills and love of music.

We have also begun our swimming lessons on Tuesdays which will continue weekly until Easter. Our PE days are now Monday and Tuesday for this term so children should wear PE kit on those days, and bring their swimming kit and warm layers to school on Tuesdays.

Thank you for your continued support! As always, please do come to us with any questions and we are happy to help. Have a great Spring Term!

Year 4 Team


Key Learning

You can find out about our approach to all our subjects through the curriculum page but the headlines for the year  group are below.


Children can maintain positive attitudes to reading and understanding by:

  • I can listen to and discuss a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction, reference and textbooks
  • I can read books that are structured in different ways and read for a range of purposes
  • I can use dictionaries to check the meanings of words I have read
  • I can read a wide range of books and re-tell some of these orally
  • I can identify themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • I can recognise different forms of poetry e.g. free verse, narrative poetry
  • I can prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and perform

Children can understand what they read in books they can read independently by:

  • I can check that the text makes sense and discuss my understanding (and explaining the meaning ) of words in context
  • I can ask questions to improve my understanding of a text with increasing complexity
  • I can draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justify inferences with evidence clearly taken from the text
  • I can predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • I can identify main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarise these
  • I can identify  how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning including paragraphs, use of pronouns for cohesion, inverted commas for speech, apostrophes to mark possession and fronted adverbials
  • I can retrieve and record information from non-fiction over a range of subjects
  • I can participate in discussions about both books that are read to me and those that I can read for  myself, taking turns and listening to what others say



  • I can create  more detailed settings, characters and plot in narrative pieces to engage the reader
  • I can write narratives with a clear beginning, middle and end and a coherent plot
  • I can write non-fiction pieces using appropriate structures
  • I can organise paragraphs around a theme.
  • I can proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
  • I can use standard English forms
  • I can use the correct tense consistently
  • I can use expanded noun phrases (modifying adjectives, nouns and prepositional phrases) E.g.  The strict teacher with curly hair
  • I can use fronted adverbials E.g. As quick as a flash, Last weekend: usually demarcated with a comma 
  • I can use appropriate pronouns or nouns within and across sentences to aid cohesion and to avoid repetition
  • I can use conjunctions, adverbs or prepositions to indicate time, place or cause
  • I can extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions E.g when, if, because, although
  • I can use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate speech
  • I can use apostrophes for singular and plural possession
  • I can use correct punctuation to demarcate sentences  :  capital letters and full stops , question marks and exclamation marks


  • I can spell most of the year 3 and 4 spelling words correctly
  • I can spell all words with prefixes and suffixes correctly
  • I can spell homophones correctly


  • I can produce legible, joined handwriting

Greater depth (working above the national expected standard)

  • I can write well-paced and well-structured narratives
  • I can proofread consistently and amend my own writing, correcting errors
  • I can use commas after the reporting clause and all end punctuation  within inverted commas
  • I can expand noun phrases with the addition of ambitious modifying adjectives and prepositional phrases E.g the heroic soldier with an unbreakable spirit

Statutory spellings


Autumn 1 Autumn2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

























































 In Maths we follow the White Rose Hub. You can find out more about White Rose through our dedicated maths page

Year 4 Maths Objectives





Teeth and Digestion

Living things and their habitat


 Did life in Britain regress under Anglo Saxon Rule? 

Did the Vikings deserve their violent reputation?

What is life like in Brazil?

What is happening to our rainforests?


 We set homework in Key Stage 2 in the following ways:

  • Spellings - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Guided Reading - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Literacy and Topic - Google Classroom
  • Talking Homework - Google Classroom
  • Maths - TTRS (Times Tables Rock Stars) and Mathletics

Students without digital access will get paper copies (need to return book)

You can access our guide to google classrooms or if you have any technical or password issues please email techsupport@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk  


Days to remember

Day Activity

Spelling test

New spellings sent home

PE - wear PE kit to school

Daily doodle Maths and English as well as Times Tables Rockstar


Homework turned in on Google Classroom

Swimming - wear your PE kit and bring your swimming kit in a bag

Brass - bring instrument to school

Daily Doodle Maths and English as well as Times Table Rockstar


Daily Doodle Maths and English as well as Times Table Rockstar


Homework set in Google Classroom

Daily Doodle Maths and English as well as Times Table Rockstar


Handbooks in school for weekly reflection - please make sure an adult has signed to show your child has completed their homework activities.

Times Table Quiz

Daily Doodle Maths and English as well as Times Table Rockstars

As frequently as possible but at least x times per week Reading, Times Tables Rockstars and Doodle


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