Mount Stewart Infant and Junior schools are working together in a Hard Federation known as The Mount Stewart Schools.

Year 4




Autumn 2017 Termly Review


The children will be learning how to create detailed descriptions using different settings and a range of language this term. This will be through a unit of work based on stories set in imaginary worlds and a unit of work based around information texts. The work covered will include: - Learning how to use figurative and expressive language to create images and atmosphere, how to use settings and characterisation to engage the reader’s interest and how to show imagination through language and word choices that create emphasis, humour, atmosphere or suspense. We will also learn how to organise texts into paragraphs, using adverbs and connectives to join sentences. Handwriting will be emphasised this term, the children will be strongly encouraged to make their letters even and start to consistently use the joined up style taught in school. Spellings will be set weekly. The children will need to learn the meanings of the words and regularly write the spellings in ten interesting/exciting sentences clearly showing their meanings. This will be completed as home learning.

 Recommended Reading List – Years 3, 4 and 5


The children will continue to work in three maths ability sets. Each group will have five maths lessons weekly. The same area of maths is broadly covered by all of the groups in varying degrees. This half term we will cover aspects of work on counting, partitioning and calculating using mental and written strategies. We will be studying place value, rounding, approximations and negative numbers. We will also be learning about written methods of column addition and subtraction. Next half term the children will develop their multiplication and division skills and build upon their knowledge of measures (estimating, measuring, and recording). Work will be approached in a variety of ways including ICT, puzzles, problem solving and written work. Where possible an investigative approach will be used. The children’s attitude and progress will be monitored closely and adjustments made to the groups when appropriate.


During this term the children will be studying ‘All Living Things.’ The children will learn the features of living things and what organisms need to survive. In this topic the children will be learning how to classify organisms into groups, and the characteristics of the main groups (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects.)This will be extended to habitats and food webs/ chains.


This term the children will be learning about Britain in a topic called “All Around Britain.” This will involve investigating Britain’s location in the world using atlases and the globe, and finding out about the differences and similarities between England, Scotland and Wales. The children will be researching historical and physical features of each country. They will learn about rivers, mountains, national emblems, landmarks etc. Atlas work will involve children learning how to locate places using compass points and grid references. Much of the work will involve independent and paired research. The learning will then be extended to involve studying counties, boroughs and towns and the differences between living in the town and countryside.

Enrichment Activities

  • All children will continue to enjoy the weekly ‘Music’s Cool’ programme run by Brent Music Service. The emphasis this term will be on singing and recorder playing.
  • As part of the learning in RE the children will be studying Christianity later this term and visiting a local church.
  • We will be Celebrating Black History Month.
  • Children will take part in an FA football programme.
  • Class 4M have begun swimming lessons.

Helping and Supporting your Children in Year 4

We believe that home and school working together can really help your child. Here are some approaches and ideas that you may find useful. We fully appreciate that time is often in short supply, and all of these ideas can’t be used all of the time.

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Teachers say that promoting reading at home is the most important way that parents can help their child. Please make sure that your child has regular reading practice and check they understand what they read. Discuss the plots together, what will happen next etc. Discuss the meanings of words in the text etc. Regular practice will help your child with comprehension work in class.

Handwriting and spelling.

It’s easier to get into good handwriting habits early on than to correct poor writing later, when the pressure of schoolwork is greater. The same goes for spelling. Help your child to see writing and spelling skills not only as fun, but as something important and to be proud of:-

Help children that find spelling challenging by writing words and sentences for them to copy. All children will be helped by using the “Look, Say, Copy, Write, and Check.” approach to learning words.

Emphasise the links between drawing and writing, and make sure your child always signs finished artwork. Please try to help your child to make their letters even and not use loops.

Encourage your child to be inspired by examples of beautiful handwriting in museums, galleries and books.

Please help your child by discussing their handwriting when they complete their weekly spelling sentences. How can they improve? Are the letters in the correct position on the line? Are the differences between capital and small letters clearly shown? Is the writing a good size/ and not too dark or light? Regular checks will make a big difference!


Encourage personal writing such as a journal, diary or even a blog.

Ask them to write letters, shopping lists, write a recount of somewhere they went, a book or film review. It doesn’t have to be difficult or lengthy – Just provide them with a range of opportunities, and make it fun! Let the children type their work from time to time.

Talk through ideas with your children before they write. Get them to try and plan how they are going to approach a subject. Encourage them to read through their work, shaping their sentences, making them clear and effective. Please help them make up interesting sentences for their weekly spellings, and then discuss their punctuation with them. Particularly capital letters and full stops!


Practical every day maths can really benefit your child. Whatever their ability try to involve them in everyday activities where you can. These may include:-Weighing and measuring whilst cooking. Working out prices/ bills whilst shopping. Reading timetables- working out which bus/train to get the length of a journey etc. Timing activities. Puzzles and games involving patterns and logic. Try to help them see that maths is involved in most aspects of life.

Mental arithmetic

Your children will make much faster progress in maths generally if they know their multiplication tables. Please help them to regularly practice. This can be aided by tapes and games. Giving them ‘Quick fire’ mental arithmetic questions can really develop their confidence and speed. In the car on the way to school, in the supermarket where ever is convenient. Your participation is the important thing! Little and often and making it fun can make all the difference.

Thank you for your support. The Year 4 Team.