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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Year 4P are taught by Miss Payne and 4S by Mr Stallard . They are supported by Katrina and Ada.

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

Welcome to the Summer term, Year 4!

The children are really excited about our new topics: Fairtrade and the Ancient Egyptians. They are looking forward to sharing their learning with you, either live or remotely, through events like our brass concert and Egyptian exhibition. Please don’t forget to check the calendar so that you don’t miss the opportunity to see what we’ve been up to. Our Science learning will focus on the different States of Matter for the whole of the Summer term. We have a term packed with experiments which we are sure the children will be very excited about!

In Literacy, we will be exploring a wonderful book called Varjak Paw by SF Said. Please continue to encourage a love of reading by listening to your child read regularly. 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 which has lots of short, fun activities to help test their spelling and grammar. Use your child’s Mathletics login for this platform. This can be found in the front of their Pupil Handbook. 

As you know, at the end of Year 4 the children are expected to know all their times tables and to recall them at speed. Our Multiplication Table Check will take place in June. Please make sure your child is practising everyday so they will be able to take the test confidently. Your child can practise their times tables using Times Tables Rockstars.  All other Maths learning can be consolidated using DoodleMaths.  This is an intuitive programme that will set the tasks for your child based on their abilities. Your child will use their Mathletics login to access it, which can be found in the front of their Pupil Handbook. 

In Year Four, the children have a fantastic opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument. This is provided by Wandsworth Council’s scheme, Wider Opportunities, who come into school for an hour lesson every week. The children bring their instruments home throughout the year to practise. An important thing to mention is that in order to achieve excellence in anything, we must show commitment so please support your child in caring for their instrument at home and ensuring that they practise regularly (this can be done without the mouthpiece when necessary). A brass concert will be arranged for the Summer term so families can see how far your children have come! 


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 Table Rockstar


Homework turned in on Google Classroom

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

Guided reading handed in


Guided Reading

PE - wear kit to school.


Handbooks in school for weekly reflection

Daily Doodle Maths and English as well as Times Table Rockstars

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


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