Year 4

This matrix shows the learning in Y4 across all subjects.

Summer Term 2

Year 4 is taught by Mrs Walters on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Dinham, our school SENDCo, teaches the class on a Monday. The TAs who work in Year 4 are Miss Law and Miss Roberts.


Our class text, on which our daily reading sessions are based, is ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. We begin each week by learning the definitions of new vocabulary coming up in the text and recap on these each day. We then read the text together and work on a range of tasks focussing on author choice, vocabulary, compare, contrast and comment, retrieval, inference, summary and prediction.

We also read a non fiction text weekly and use our skills to retrieve information from it. This half term, our non fiction text is  ‘The Amazon Basin’.


Our class text, on which our daily reading sessions are based, is ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. We will be writing rhyming couplet poetry based on the layers of the rainforest, non-chronological reports on rainforest creatures, narrative writing based on ‘The Explorer’ and writing leaflets to persuade people to look after the rainforest!


We will be learning about the Amazon rainforest, what it is like there, what grows/lives there and how we can look after it.


We will be continuing to learn about internet safety and making music using the ‘Garage Band’ app.


We will be designing and making moving rainforest animals using levers and linkages.


We’ll be learning about living things local to us and how they can be classified. We will then look at how environments change naturally and are changed by humans and how this can pose dangers to wildlife.


Each week, we will be enjoying 2 PE sessions: ‘Young Olympians’ on a Tuesday and  ‘Fitness Frenzy’ on a Thursday. Please make sure your child has a full PE kit at all times.


We will be asking how and why do people in Cornwall mark significant events in community life?



Our French unit this half term is Où vas-tu? This includes learning how to: name and recognise various French cities, give and understand basic directions, talk about the weather and talk about the weather in a particular city.


We’ll be reflecting on, rewinding to and performing some of the music we have learnt about through the year.


We will be learning about problem solving and resourcefulness, how to try and try again, leadership and how to keep our bodies safe (Taught in Health and Sports week.)

It is our aim that every child in Year 4 has a great year. Please come and see us if you have any questions or concerns.

How you can help

It is expected that all children read at home for at least 15 minutes please. Please ensure they bring in their book and reading diary every day. There will be rewards for daily reading and bringing in your signed diary.

All children should be practising their times table skills regularly on TTRockstars please, alongside practising the ‘format’ of the online times table assessment in June. This can be found at:

This is particularly important this year as, in June, the children undertake an assessment of all tables up to 12X12.

‘Maths whizz’ can also be used to practise maths skills at home; your child’s log in is stuck in their reading diary.

Thank you for your support- it really makes a difference!

More on reading

We love reading at Lanner!  Reading to, and with, your child is one of the greatest gifts you can give as this early acquisition of a love for reading will ensure your children becomes a reader for life.  Research shows that reading and talking to your child about stories, information books and poems from an early age benefits them for life.

Sometimes, knowing which book to choose can be a little confusing with such a wide range available, so why not have a look at the recommended reads below for Year 4 children.  Many of these books are also available at the local library so, if you’re not already a member, why not take a look at the link below to join up?