Year 4 Autumn 1

a Huge "Welcome back" to our new classes from the year 4 team!

The calm before the storm!

Our first topic this half term is called, 'Keep Believing'

We will be focusing on mental health, well-being and confidence building in addition to key skills in maths and writing that would have been covered during lock-down.

Important Information

School Start time: 9:05 am

4LJ will enter via Salisbury Road and line up near the tree house. Mrs Jones will be there to support you each morning, sanitise hands and guide you into the building.

4EC and 4NA will enter from Station Road and line up at the far side of the playground. Mr Armstrong and Mrs Cooke will be there to welcome you each morning, sanitise hands and guide you into the building.

Lunch time will be at 12:30 and eaten in class with a Midday Assistant. Once lunch is eaten, you will be taken outside to play in class bubble groups.

Toilet breaks have been scheduled at regular intervals throughout the day and there are Support Staff available to take children to the toilet if they are not able to wait for the allocated times.

School Home Time: 3:10 pm

Please be on time for collection of your children at the morning drop-off point.

Quotes from Year 4 children

"I feel really happy to be back at school because I get to see my friends and a really nice teacher. I missed learning because learning at home was really tough. Now I'm back at school I feel great and I am ready to learn new things. I feel safe back at school as everyone is ensuring we stay safe and happy. " - Holly

"I feel great that I am back at school. I am back with my friends and wanting to learn new things. Learning at home was interesting but I prefer learning in school because I like routine, structure and I enjoy the school day. I feel safe because we are in our class bubbles and we know to social distance from children in other bubbles. We have our own toilet breaks and we eat our lunch in class, I understand these are ways to keep me safe and I feel fine about it. " - Bobby

"At first I was quite worried because I would miss my family but then I realised I really enjoyed school." - Rowan

"I was quite nervous about my new school but I realised it was going to be really good and I made new friends. My teacher is really kind and now I am here for 3 years." - Alice-May

How we keep ourselves safe in School

Our Golden Rules
E-Bug Hand Washing Guidance

The Creative Me will:

As a response to the Black Lives Matter campaign, we will be studying the achievements of three prominent black artists - Chris Ofili, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Lubaina Himid and creating pieces of art work that will be displayed in our academy as a legacy to them.

Chris Ofili
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Lubaina Himid

The Healthy Me will:

Well-Being (PSHE)

The first half term of this academic year has been developed to allow us to explore different emotions, stresses and anxieties that we all face as we start back at school. Each day, we will be looking at different factors affecting our lives such as the way we are dealing with Covid-19, how we relate to others and how we understand grief. We will be following the recommended 'Jigsaw' program as well as the most up-to-date government guidance to support our pupils (and staff) with their mental health and resilience to cope with a variety of situations.

There are many published documents to support your child's mental health and wellbeing. Here are some links to some of the resources available online:

NHS 5 steps to mental wellbeing https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/

Get fit for free NHS https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/free-fitness-ideas/

Mindfullness calendar - 5 minute activties to develop mindfullness https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2026/mindfulness-calendar-daily-5-minute-activities.pdf


This half term, children will be learning dance, yoga and invasion games as part of their physical education. We aim to provide children with time to practice mindfulness as a way to manage stress and anxiety; an opportunity to express their creativity and develop flexibility as well as a connection to music through dance; and an opportunity to refine their ball skills including striking, dribbling, possession and passing skills through invasion games.

On days timetabled for PE (from week beginning 14th September), we ask that children arrive wearing the expected PE kit. Your child is welcome to wear navy jogging bottoms instead of their skort/shorts if they prefer. However, they must still wear their federation PE t-shirt, school jumper/cardigan and suitable trainers (not plimsolls). Please do not wear other branded items.

4LJ PE days: Mondays and Thursdays
4EC PE days: Mondays and Tuesdays
4NA PE days: Mondays and Tuesdays

The Independent Me will:

This half term, we will be concentrating on re-igniting the pupils' love for reading as well as introducing a new whole-class teaching approach to reading which will help children master the key skills needed to be a competent reader. We will be focusing on our 'retrieval' and 'questioning' skills in the first few weeks and would be appreciative of any support you can provide at home embedding these important skills. Reading Planner /Diaries will be coming home soon with an explanation as to how you can help to develop these skills at home.

In English, we will be using the picture book (linked to Black Lives Matter), 'Counting on Katherine' by Helaine Becker to revise and develop punctuation skills, sentence development, use of subordination and coordination and expanded noun phrases. Throughout this unit, children will learn about Katherine Johnson and the 'Space Race' before compiling a fact-file to showcase their writing.

The Inquisitive Me will:

In maths, we will be revising our understanding of place value in numbers up to 10,000 including our ability to partition, round to the nearest 10 and 100, add and subtract 1000 to/from any number and order numbers according to size.

Pupils will be completing early assessments this half term ensuring that we, as teachers, know how best to move the pupils forwards and to set work for individuals according to their needs ensuring that all pupils are able to make the expected progress or catch up, where necessary.

The This Is Me will:

As we all settle back into school routines, we will help the children to develop their understanding about rules and systems in place to keep us all safe including those relating to Covid-19 as well as classroom and school rules.

Children will participate in class based worship to allow them to develop spiritually as well as participating in yoga and mindfulness activities.

Children will have lots of opportunities to participate in a range of class and school-based activities with different pupils to aid their social skills development as well as develop strategies to help manage conflicts as and when they occur.

To aid cultural development, children will be studying the works of notable black artists as well as learning about the achievements of Katherine Johnson in relation to the Moon landings.

Throughout all lessons, children will be given the opportunities to express their views in a safe and supportive space.