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4 CHERRY - Mrs Shires

Mrs Shires -


You can find out what we are currently learning on our Curriculum Newsletter.


A big welcome to year 4, we are really looking forward to working with your child and you throughout the year. We are proud of the bespoke curriculum that we have developed for year 4 helping them to progress towards upper Key Stage 2. We will be updating the class pages with photos and the exciting things we have been doing as often as possible.


In year 4 we work as a team, we help and support each other as we become more independent learners. We have the St Peters & Clifton Spirit at the heart of what we do and we are proud of our achievements big and small.


Our Curriculum

Our Theme this half term is ‘Only we can save the world' using the Alexander McCall Smith book The Akimbo Adventures we will be considering the issue of illegal poaching and decline of animal numbers. We will write formal and informal letters, create posters and non-chronological reports. We will also create fact files and biographies for famous naturalists.

In Science we are looking at 'Living things and their Habitats'. We will be grouping and classifying animals in different ways and discussing how humans are affecting the environment and different habitats.


In Geography we are looking at climate zones and biomes, identifying the plants and animals that live in different parts of the world and how they adapt to their climates.

In Art, we will be looking at the work of  British artist Angie Lewin, a print maker. The children will be looking at some of her work and experiment in copying her style. They will create their own stamps to use in a final piece emulating her work.


Our Maths focus will be multiplication and division using formal and informal written methods. By the end of year 4 the children will be expected to know all of the times table and in June they will take a short times table test. The children can practise their times tables by using the Times Table Rock Star website, this helps to improves the pace as well as the table skills.



Important Information

PE days are Monday and Thursday. The children should bring their PE kit in a bag and will get changed for PE at school on these days. All items should be named. Outdoor kit is required at the moment. 

Spellings are being done in school every morning so your child will not be bringing home a spelling book.

TTRock Star will be set every Friday and a small times table test will be done weekly. 

Reading is a very important skill that the children need to access all areas of the curriculum, you can support us with your child’s reading journey by listening to your child read for 10 minutes every night. This can then be recorded in the reading record.



We had a great term in Autumn and made a lot of progress. We are looking forward to further developing our skills in the Spring term. 


Geography- Making a water cycle in a bag

Science- Which chocolate would be the best to smuggle?

Save the Elephants

Visit to the Library

Angie Lewin Inspired Tile Making

Science - Electricity

How does it work?  In science we have been looking at electricity, over the past few weeks we have looked at the history of electricity and who Sir Joseph Swan was and what he did. This week we have began to look at circuits, we investigated the parts of a circuit and how to make a light bulb light.

Coal - MIning

In History we have worked as groups to produce some information on the impact of coal mining on Wakefield.