The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


Spring term 2017

Curriculum information 

Dear Parents,

As last term, Mrs Southworth is teaching Class 4 with support from Mrs Emms on some mornings. Mrs Dewhurst will be covering for PPA (teacher planning and assessment time) on a Tuesday. 

Year 4 staffing

  • Mrs Southworth - Teacher
  • Mrs Dewhurst - Teacher (Tuesday)
  • Mrs Emms - Teaching Assistant

Curriculum overview


Information texts, story settings, take one book, playscripts and performing a play


  • Measurement and statistics (reading and interpreting time)
  • Fractions (including decimals)
  • Measurement (area and perimeter)
  • Number and place value (order and compare numbers beyond 1,000)
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Geometry (2D/3D shapes)
  • Mental multiplication and division
  • Addition and subtraction (formal methods), multiplication and division (grid method and chunking)


Programming and games


States of matter; Animals (including humans and living things) 

Physical Education (PE)*

Games on Monday; Indoor athletics, dance and gymnastics on Wednesday

 *Please can full PE kits be in school every day – T-shirts, shorts and plimsolls.  All items of uniform must be labelled.

Religious Education (RE)

Change and Growth; Easter


Clothes and Goldilocks

Topic work

Anglo Saxons; Catalonia here we come!

Geography, History, Art and Design Technology (DT)

Will be taught alongside Topic work


Charanga; ‘Benjamin Britten…Cuckoo’

As we are trying to encourage healthy eating, please remember that fruit, fruit bars and cheese dips are allowed as a break-time snack. (The Tuck Shop does sell snacks and should be open daily.) We encourage the children to bring a bottle of water into class, which they can drink during lessons.


Keep the learning positive and enjoyable. Have a go! Always try your best.

If there are problems completing the homework, please let your teacher know.

The Homework Diary MUST be brought into school every day, as we will use this to make any reminders and write in any homework tasks set.


Pupils need to read for a short time on a regular basis, both to themselves and to an adult. When sharing the reading with your child be patient and positive to ensure that you both enjoy the text. Encourage your child to:

  • decode unfamiliar words themselves
  • use expression
  • use the punctuation to aid expression and understanding

Also, ask them questions about their reading. Any reading should be recorded in the Homework Diary; parents are encouraged to comment in their child's Diary. On Wednesdays we will check with the children that reading is being completed and recorded appropriately. PLEASE check your child has always got a suitable reader and reads daily.

It is also useful to read books to your children (any age) - modelling expression and asking questions about the book.

English (2 or 3 times/week for 10 minutes)

Spellings will be tested in class; at home you may wish to spend time with your child learning and testing individual spellings.

Spellings will be learnt over a two-week cycle. The children will take home spellings to learn on Monday of the first week and will be taught the rule or pattern in school. Children will be tested on these words through a spelling list on Friday of the first week. The children will then be tested on the Friday of the second week through a dictation. There will also be words expected to be learnt in Y4 (Statutory Words), and two of your child’s own choice, or from errors during the week. The spelling book MUST be brought into school every Friday for the test, and will be taken home each Monday. The test will be written at the back of the book so you can monitor your child’s progress.

Our Library day is Tuesday this half term, so please can your child bring his/her book in to change every Tuesday, whether it is needed to be changed or not. 


Differentiated multiplication tables with related division facts. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 to the twelfth multiple.

Mathletics - up to 3 activities/tasks will be set weekly.

Extra tasks

Children will be given homework linked to a 'topic' or curriculum area as decided by the class teacher. This may, at times, be a longer task or research project. Set at the beginning of each half term, to be completed for the last week of the half term. Completion dates will be given when the project is set.

Additional homework

Children may be given different specific tasks to practise or complete with parents related to their particular needs.


As well as the homework described above, parents can also help children achieve their learning targets. Targets will be shared at termly Parent Conferencing sessions.

V Southworth


Year 4 Long Term Plan: 2016/2017


Autumn I

Autumn II

Spring I

Spring II

Summer I

Summer II



Living Things

Animals inc. Humans

States of Matter




Accuracy Counts

Programming and Games



The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

Britain’s Settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots

Vikings and Anglo Saxons – Edward the Confessor (1066)


Biomes and Vegetation

Human Geography – types of settlement/ land use/trade

Human and Physical Characteristics of Counties of UK


Competitive Games and Swimming

Competitive Games and Dance

Competitive Games and Gym

Competitive Games and Gym

Competitive Games /

Athletics and Swimming

Competitive Games / Athletics and Swimming

Art and Design

Roman Painting

Rosseau - Forests

Observational Drawing/sketching – animals, etc

Take One Picture



Roman Architecture

Anglo Saxon Jewellery - clay

Bayeux Tapestry – stitching


Belonging and Worship


Belonging and Sharing


Special Books and Texts

Sacred Writing


Mamma Mia

Christmas Music

Glockenspiel/Benjamin Britten

Lean On Me/Reflect, Rewind and Replay