Phoenix - Year 4

Miss Moore


When I was a child, I loved to read. I can remember weekly trips to our local library and borrowing stacks of books to take home. One of the earliest authors I can remember enjoying is Enid Blyton. My grandad let me borrow his collection of Famous Five books and I loved the adventures the children would go on. I also really enjoyed Malory Towers books and I am sure I read the entire collection and even had them as audio books (which I can remember making my whole family listen to when we went on holiday in the car!). As well as Enid Blyton, I loved to read books about animals, in particular Animal Ark and Dolphin Diaries by Lucy Daniels. One final author that sticks in my mind is Michal Morpurgo. We spent lots holidays on the Isle of Scilly, and I think it is this reason that I really enjoyed his books set on the islands (in particular, The Wreck of Zanzibar and Why the Whales Came).

Mr Jordan Rogers

Support Staff

One of my favourite books since a young age has to be The Twits by Roald Dahl. I still find it funny to this day! Books written by Michael Morpurgo I have enjoyed as well, in particular Born to Run!

Autumn 2:

Welcome back to perhaps the best half term of the year – Autumn 2 (Christmas!). Our topic this half term will be Ancient Egypt. We will be spending some time learning about Ancient Egyptian civilisations in history (specifically finding out about Howard Carter, mummification and the Ancient Egyptian writing system) before moving on to a geography unit where we look at famous landmarks within Ancient Egypt and the River Nile.

Our Art will link to our Ancient Egypt topic, and the children will be creating pharaoh self-portraits. These portraits will be created using different grades of pencil before moving onto to use paint and learning how to create a background using a wash.

Our DT unit is based on technological advancements. Children will design and create a lightweight, powered vehicle which drives, flies or floats autonomously from one place to another, using recycled and craft materials.

In Science, our topic is electricity. Children will be challenged with creating their own circuits which include switches and bulbs.

Our key question in RE will be ‘What is the Trinity and why is it important for Christians?’. We will be looking at stories from Gospels in the Bible and offering suggestions about what different texts mean about baptism and the Trinity. As well as this, we will be describing how Christians today can show their beliefs about the Trinity and making links between the Bible and the idea of God in Christianity.

We will be continuing to use Purple Mash for our computing lessons, this time using 2logo. This is a text based coding programme used to control an on-screen marker to create mathematical patterns. Children were introduced to turtle patterns using 2Go in year 1 and this builds on this.

In English, we will be starting a unit based around the book ‘Counting on Katherine’ by Helaine Becker. Our mastery keys will be to use expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials (including the comma!), paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme and to choose nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity, cohesion and to avoid repetition. Children will be working towards writing a fact file about Katherine Johnson which will include a short biography.

In maths, both Years 3 and 4 will be completing their Place Value unit before moving onto addition and subtraction.

Finally, our PE unit this half term will be delivered by 4Real and will focus on dance and acro!

We hope you find the resources below easy to access for supporting your child's learning at home and understanding the key objectives being covered. The list below includes:
-Knowledge Organisers
This explains the key information and facts your child needs to know by the end of their topic unit with some visual aids and key vocabulary we will learn too.
-Calculation Policy 
This provides you with information about the key mathematical concepts and how these are taught during this Key Stage. 
Autumn 1 
Autumn 2