Year 4 Children
  • Welcome to Teme Class

    Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a relaxing and peaceful Christmas and are ready for the exciting start to our Spring term. Here is a brief outline of some of the things we will be learning about this term – as always we are going to be very busy!

    Literacy and Topic

    The children and I are continuing our learning journey through ancient times with Ancient Greeks this term. In literacy, we will be first focusing on the myths and legends from this period, in particular those from Aesop’s Tales.  We will also be learning about the Gods which they worshipped and why; finding out where the Olympics were first held; the introduction of Marathons and the understanding of Greek democracy. In Geography we will be learning map work, reading maps to 6 digit grid references whilst identifying keys and symbols.


    We will be progressing with our skills in place value knowledge and learning more formal techniques for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division including our mental recall strategies. We will be concentrating on fractions and decimals, as well as negative numbers.  Co-ordinates is another area which we will be focusing on using horizontal and vertical axis, which will be linked to our Geography work.

    The ‘Friday Frog Maths Club’ will still continue and I am amazed and delighted to see how much the children are enjoying and embracing working hard to leap to their next lily pad! The children are also working very hard on their times table challenges and with success, so well done for all that extra practise they are having at home and once again – practise, practise makes perfect! They are expected to answer the mixed up times table, they are practising, within 1 minute.  The children know which times table they are being challenged with and it is better for them to focus on one, to really embed those important life-long facts.


    In Science this term we will be looking at teeth and digestion, exploring the simple functions of the digestive system in humans and comparing teeth of carnivores and herbivores in animals. In addition, we will be studying sound, identifying those which are made by vibrations and using a range of musical instruments learning how to make louder, softer, higher or lower noises. 


    Our P.E. sessions this term will be on Tuesday with Adriano for fitness and skills. As these lessons take place on the school field, please ensure your child has suitable warm PE kit in school at all times.  On Monday, Teme class will be attending swimming lessons at the Hereford pool, once again please ensure your child has their swimming kit brought into school every Monday, this should also include a swimming hat for children with shoulder-length hair.


    This term we will be finding out what we can learn from religions; how we can care for others and the world; what is important to Christians and Humanists and does religion help people to do the right thing.


    In art and design we will be using our history topic this term to look at patterns and we will be making and designing Greek pottery using natural earth colours and tones.  Cornet lessons will continue on a Tuesday morning and can I please ask that you ensure your child brings their cornet into class in readiness for these lessons.


    Spellings will be given every Monday to be tested on Friday. Please encourage your child to learn these at home.  Homework will be given out on a Monday to be handed in by Friday.  Reading is still going to be focused on heavily this term and regular practise at home really helps your child to improve.  I am asking each child to read four times a week, in their own time.  I would be most grateful for your help and encouragement with this.  Well done to all those children (and encouragement from the parents) who completed their Christmas reading challenge, the book reviews were a delight to read and inspired some reluctant readers to try some new books and authors! 

    Many thanks, as always, for all your support. Please feel free to pop in to discuss any matters or concerns you may have at any time or just to check on your child’s progress. 

    Miss Glover



    Things to remember:

    Monday - Swimming kit

    Tuesday - musical instruments

    Tuesday - PE kit

    Friday - Hand in homework and spelling books


    Friday Frog Club

    Image result for frog jump lilly pad

    In Friday Frog Club the children have 5 minutes to complete the times table questions at their level and the number of questions increases as they rise up through the clubs.

    It begins with 33 questions on the 2, 5 & 10 times tables in the 33 club, to the all the tables in the 99 club! In the 99 club the children must answer 99 questions on their times tables in 5 minutes!

    To jump onto the next lily pad the children have to get all the questions right in 5 minutes!

    Use this website to test yourself.
    Select the tables of the club you are in and see if you can answer enough questions correctly in 5 minutes.

    Use these timers
    Select the timer you like and set the time to 5 minutes.

    The Mordiford Mile

    Please ensure that you have your trainers in school so that you can participate in the daily mile.


    Don’t forget to visit our Twitter page to see what we’ve been up to.


    Click on the picture below to see the National Curriculum Spelling List for Years 3 and 4. Helping your child to learn these words will really support their English development.


    In Teme we love to read. We make sure that we read at home every evening to an adult; Miss Glover checks our reading diaries every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Times Table Challenge

    Can you complete this terms challenge of learning all times tables up to 12 and divisions by the end of Year 4?


    Click on the flag above to link to some games. Have fun!