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Year 4

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Welcome Bears, Elephants, Lions and Tigers


Welcome back to a new half term! We hope you have had a restful break; this half term is a busy one!


Alongside our exciting curriculum, we will be practising and preparing for our Christmas production of ‘The Grinch in Whoville’. Make sure you are learning your lines to make sure this is the best Christmas production Whitehall has ever seen!


What an action packed autumn first half term we will have.  We have many things to look forward to in our upcoming lessons:  in English we will study and enjoy the texts ‘Varjak Paw’ (by S. F. Said) and ‘Tales Told in Tents’ (by Sally Pomme Clayton).  In addition to this, you will read a range of poetry; in mathematics we will consolidate our knowledge and understanding and apply these to investigations; in science we will study ‘Animals, including Humans’ and ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ and we will begin our learning about Europe in our 'Worlds Apart’ topic lessons.  


With regard to swimming lessons, Elephants and Lions will be swimming in the first half of this academic year.  Your first swimming lesson is on Tuesday 10th September and you will swim every Tuesday morning from this date, 9.00-11.00.   It is essential that you bring in your kit each week.  This includes a swimming costume for girls and swimming trunks/shorts for boys, a towel and a bag to keep your kit in. A swimming hat is required for those with long hair.   Please also make sure that jewellery is not worn on this day, including watches and earrings, as you are not allowed to wear such items during swimming lessons.  Bears and Tigers will have their swimming lessons during the second half of this year (half way through February) every Tuesday morning.  You will be given more information about this nearer the time.


It would be really helpful if you continue to practise your maths and reading in addition to completing your weekly homework - please see the ‘useful links’ tab on the ‘Year Group Pages’ home page for easy access to the regular websites we use such as: Mathletics, Bug Club and Times Tables Rockstars.


Homework for this year will be as follows:

Daily reading

Weekly spellings

Weekly Mathletics activities


There are also optional additional homework activities available to you below.


Don’t forget to read and discuss the vocabulary and knowledge mats with your family to deepen your understanding of what you are learning this term! 


We are very much looking forward to our first half term together! Thanks for your support, Year 4 staff team.



Christmas C'mon

Where Are You Christmas

You're A Mean One Mr Grinch

Zat You Santa Clause

It's Finally Christmas

Jingle Bells


Cha Cha Slide

All I Want For Christmas Is You