The Russell School

Welcome to Year 4 

Autumn term 2020


  • Ms Pater - Teacher
  • Mrs Emms - Teaching Assistant


  • PE lessons take place on Mondays and Thursdays


While the new format of homework will be made accessible on Google Classroom in late September, we also expect children to be learning their times tables (ready for our weekly Cracking Times Table test) and they are expected to read at least 5 times a week and record this in their Reading Records, ready to be signed off by the teacher on Monday morning.

Curriculum overview       


This term we are going to be basing our writing around the traditional story of Hamelin, with focus on writing a detailed setting description, rich in imagery and building up an interesting character. We will then move on to our poetry unit, analysing the poetry conventions used by famous poets.

We have two guided reading sessions planned each week, whereby the children will be studying and comprehending a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, supported by adults.


This term, we will be looking at a range of mathematical areas, including:

•           Place Value – Recognising the place value of each digit in a four digit number, ordering and comparing numbers beyond 1000, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 100, finding 1000 more or less than a given number, counting backwards through 0 to include negative numbers, reading roman numerals to 100.

•           Addition and Subtraction – Adding and subtracting with up to four digits using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction, estimating and using the inverse to check answers, solving two-step addition and subtraction word problems.

•           Measurement – Converting between measurements of length, mass and capacity, solving problems with time, converting between units of time, reading and writing the time (both analogue and digital), measuring and calculating the perimeter and area of rectilinear figures.

•           Geometry (Shape) – Symmetry in 2D shapes, comparing and classifying quadrilaterals and triangles, identifying acute and obtuse angles.

•           Multiplication and Division – multiplying and dividing mentally using known and derived facts, recognising and using factor pairs, multiplying 2 digits and 3 digits by 1 digit using the formal written layout, solving problems involving multiplying.

•           Statistics – Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using bar charts and time graphs, solve comparison, sum and different problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.


We will be learning to be 'Electricity' experts this term, learning about electrical appliances and how to use them safely, the different parts of electronic circuits and how they work; we will also be experimenting lots with equipment to see whether we can solve a range of tasks, such as making the bulb brighter.

After half term, we will be focusing on a topic called ‘Animals including humans’ which immerses us into learning about teeth and their functions, as well as how our digestive system works. If the children are lucky, they may also be involved in making a model of the digestive system, which can get rather messy!

Personal, Social, Health & Economic education (PSHE)

We will be using our Jigsaw scheme to explore the following themes:

  • Becoming a Class ‘Team’ – we will learn how we can try to make our school community a better place.
  • Being a School Citizen - I understand who is in my school community, the roles they play and how I fit in.
  • Rights, Responsibilities and Democracy - I understand how democracy works through the school council
  1. Rewards and Consequences - I understand that my actions affect myself and others; I care about other people’s feelings and try to empathise with them.
  2. I understand how rewards and consequences motivate people’s behaviour

Outdoor Learning

Weather permitting, we will be using outdoor classroom to enhance our learning in all curriculum areas.


In History  we will be learning about the Romans and how they used to live many years ago. We will be discovering roman artefacts, learning about their social structure and organisation and what they did for leisure in their daily lives. We will also be researching the gods and goddesses of the time and learning about what they did for entertainment, as well as learning about the role of the gladiators and Hadrian’s Wall. We will finish the unit by comparing modern day Rome, to that of ancient Rome.


Our Geography topic is very exciting this term as we start with volcanoes! We will be learning about what the Earth is made of, locating volcanoes around the world and then delving deeper into the knowledge of how volcanoes are formed. Fascinatingly, we will be looking at eruptions and famous ones around the world, before debating whether or not it would be a good idea to live near a volcano (I’m sure they would say yes if it meant a volcanic eruption would get them a day off school!)


We will be exploring a range of classical music and trying to identify different instruments used in an orchestra. We will closely look at (or rather listen to) Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’.

Art / Design Technology (DT)

Our ART and DT activities are linked to the Romans topic in History and Volcano topic in Geography, therefore we will explore and create the Roman art of mosaics and look at Renaissance paintings inspired by Roman myths. We will use clay to create pottery.

We will also create 3D sculptures of volcanoes.


Our focus this term is on numbers 1-30, days of the week and months.

Religious Education (RE)

In RE this term we will explore Hinduism and Christmas traditions, including the way Christmas is celebrated in Poland and Mexico.

Physical Education (PE)*/Games

Indoor PE is on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Our Indoor PE sessions begin with gymnastics where we will be focusing on balancing. We will learn about good balances, different parts of the body we can use to balance, using equipment to help us balance and then putting this altogether to create and perform gymnastic sequences.

After half term we will begin dance, where we will link our electricity Science topic to create some funky movements! During our outdoor PE children will be learning the different skills and how to participate and compete in at least two different games, by understanding how to attack, defend and score efficiently.

*Please ensure your children have the correct PE kit for both sessions.


In Computing, we will be learning about how to search the internet and keep safe online, as part of our e-safety unit and then we will be coding with Kodable.