Our Learning

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 at Samuel Lucas

The second year of Key Stage 2 (KS2). We have two Year 4 classes, Pine and Larch. Both classrooms for Year 4 can access the KS2 playground via the main entrance to the new school building.

The second year of Key Stage 2 (KS2) sees your child develop further into the junior section of the school.

Pine Class

Mrs Farnell is the teacher for Pine Class.

Larch Class

Miss Shepherd is the class teachers for Larch Class.

Year 4 Spring Term 2020

Year 4 can look forward to some exciting learning during the New Year and the spring term! Our theme is “Ruthless Romans” and we are going to be finding out about how the Romans conquered so much land and much more. From looking at Italy and understanding volcanoes in Geography to creating our own pop-up books in D&T, the learning opportunities during this term will be endless! We will be looking at myths and legends in English and writing our own legend about how Rome was founded. We will also be writing a persuasive piece of writing and study the book Leon and the Place Between by Grahame Baker-Smith.

In Science, we will be learning about what makes a healthy mind and body as well as the details of the digestive system.   In Computing, Year 4 are going to be using Scratch to understand variables and random variables and learning how to use Lightbox and code on that.

Year 4 Autumn Term 2019

Year 4 have made a fantastic start to their new school year in the autumn term. Welcome to Larch and Pine! This year Mrs Farnell and Miss Painter will be teaching the classes, assisted by Mrs Frend, Miss Villarreal and Mr Allan.

In English we are going to be improving our written vocabulary, through narrative poetry, and later on in the term, through descriptive story settings based on the book ‘The Night Box’ by Louise Greig. We will be broadening our experience of reading non-chronological reports and then writing our own related to festivals of light. As well as these genres, we will be improving our spelling and handwriting. We will have reading sessions every day in school which should be consolidated and enriched by reading daily at home.

In Maths we will be focussing on place value with numbers up to 4 digits long. We will be looking at methods for fluently adding and subtracting mentally as well as the formal written methods. There will be a focus on times tables as by the end of year 4 all children are expected to know their tables up to 12 x 12. This will be addressed during lesson time and consolidated by regular practice at home. Later on in the term we will be looking at measurement as well as finding the perimeter of a shape.

We will learn a wide range of skills in Computing, including coding in Scratch, creating blogs and how to research effectively using the internet.   In Science, we will have fun investigating sound and making our own instruments. In geography we will be looking at maps and making sure we understand how to use them correctly. Through our PE lessons, we will practise and improve our tag rugby skills and improve our swimming stamina and technique during lessons at Hitchin swimming pool.

In history we are going to be looking at great inventors and ranking which inventions we think are the most significant. This links to our D&T topic where we will designing and making our own ArtBot – very exciting! In art we will be developing our sketching skills and looking at the artist Anni Albers. We are also very excited about our trip to Kingswood later in the year – a great way to build our Year 4 team and develop our collaboration and communication skills.

We are looking forward to a great year ahead!

Core Subjects

Click on a tab below to read detailed information about how and what is taught in English and maths for Year 4 children. For an overview of the other subjects taught please view the Year 4 Curriculum Overview document.

Year 4 Learning Blog