Year 4

Curriculum - Year 4 – Summer 1

English Reading this term will focus on Varjak Paw, a book by S.F. Said, which has captivated the children’s interest already! Each week, children will use a different strategy to comprehend and enjoy the text, beginning with predicting. In writing, we will be starting with a persuasive text in the form of a film trailer, using a wide range of conjunctions. Then children will get the chance to show off their creative writing skills for a narrative and poetry.
MathsThis term we are starting work on decimals, looking first at tenths, then hundredths. Children will apply their previous knowledge of fractions, rounding and division to help with this. Homework tasks will be a good opportunity to consolidate this learning.
ScienceOur topic this half term is animals and their habitats. Our science lessons will be biology based, focusing on environments and classification. We will also discuss the positive and negative impacts of humans on the natural environment.
History  This term we will be focusing on the Anglo Saxons and Scots and their reasons for coming to Britain, their daily lives, beliefs and the evidence they left behind. We will be using our ‘being a historian skills’ to investigate sources and study continuity and change.
REIn R.E, we will be starting an in-depth study of Judaism, to learn about beliefs, traditions, places of worship and what it means to be part of a community. This topic will also will include a trip to a synagogue during the summer term.
PSHEOur new PSHE topic will be about manners, courtesy and respect for the people around us and in different scenarios.
ComputingThis term, children will be learning about coding and using scratch to show dialogue. Online Safety will be about creating strong passwords.
ArtOur art topic is all about landscapes and we will be starting off with our visit to the Wallace Collection to inspire us. We will be using watercolours and it will be a chance for children to consolidate their colour mixing skills.

PE lessons will continue on the following days:

Bangladesh: Tuesday (swimming) morning and Thursday (athletics) afternoon.

Cambodia: Tuesday (swimming) morning and Thursday (athletics) afternoon.

Mongolia: Tuesday (swimming) morning and Friday (athletics) afternoon.

Please ensure children come to school in appropriate clothing for lessons on that day. Swimming kits need to be brought to school on Tuesday – costume, hat and towel.

Suggestions for parents

Maths – We are encouraging daily practise of times tables both in school and at home.

Useful websites are:

–       Times Table Rockstars (Soundcheck section)


–       Top Marks –

English – Please try to read with your child at least 3 times a week and ask them questions about the text they are reading. Share stories and poetry at home. Don’t forget to include reading non-fiction and information texts e.g., signs, maps, catalogues and cereal packets.

Computing – Discuss online safety with your children to reinforce the safety messages we give at school. Discussing how and why to keep personal details and passwords private will link to our learning this term.

Art – Visit one of London’s fantastic free art galleries to look at landscape paintings – Tate Britain, National Gallery or Tate Modern.

Science – Discuss changes you can make at home to be more eco-friendly, or create a bug hotel for wildlife in your garden or outside space.


All children have made fantastic progress in their of learning the violin, guitar, trumpet or clarinet, as well as their musical knowledge. They performed really well in the concerts at the end of term. Bangladesh will continue to learn violins on Fridays, Cambodia guitars on Fridays and Mongolia trumpets and clarinets on Wednesday. Please ensure instruments are brought in on the correct day, or day before, to ensure children can get the most from their lessons. Another concert will be held at the end of the summer term, which we will share details of when they are confirmed.

Homework will continue to be set via Google Classroom on a Thursday and is due back the following Tuesday. Children will still be using Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars for maths homework. The children will receive spellings each week which they will be tested on the following Friday and an assignment will be set for them on Spelling Shed. In addition, the children will also have a written or alternative task linked to what they have been learning about during the week – this term this will focus on rivers.

If your child requires any support with their homework, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Children are expected to read every day (15 minutes minimum) and to keep a record in their home reading journal. The children can complete this independently but we would welcome your support in ensuring this is done on a daily basis. Reading records must be brought into school every day as they are checked once a week by their class teacher and the children should also have their book-banded reading book with them each day.

Important dates

22nd April – Mongolia trip to the Wallace Collection

25th April – Cambodia trip to the Wallace Collection

29th April – Bangladesh trip to the Wallace Collection

3rd May – Mongolia Class Assembly

10th May – Cambodia Class Assembly

17th May – Bangladesh Class Assembly

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Contact Us

Rokesly Junior School
Rokesly Avenue,
London, N8 8NH

Phone: 020 8348 0290

Headteacher: Bola Soneye-Thomas