Year 4

This matrix shows the learning in Y4 across all subjects.

Spring 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 ‘Pax’ by Sara Pennypacker. 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 ‘An anthology of intriguing animals’ by Ben Hoare.


We will be writing a balanced argument about fox hunting, a narrative based on ‘Pax’ and North American animal riddles.


We will be developing our understanding of fractions and begin work on decimals. We practise our times tables daily, ready for the statutory times tables assessment in June.


We’ll be learning about food chains and food webs.


We will be learning about the rivers of the world. We will also learn about the Equator, Northern and Southern Hemispheres and what it is like in North America, where ‘Pax’ is set.


We will be learning about sharing safely online and how we can produce computer Art.

PE Each week, we will be enjoying 2 PE sessions: Dynamic Dance on a Thursday and Boxercise on a Friday. Your child may wear the school PE kit all day on these days.

RE Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday?’

MFL Rigolo Unit 7: Encore! We will revise ways of describing people and learn how to describe nationalities in French.

PSHE We will be discussing the issues of sleep, screen time and asking ‘Where does my food come from?’

MUSIC We will be studying a unit of music called ‘Lean on me’ from Charanga Music.

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.

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?