St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to St James CofE Primary School where our values of Kindness, Wisdom, Respect and Joy underpin our aim to provide an outstanding education for all our children, which develops and nurtures the whole child so each individual can flourish confidently.


We are visiting Muswell Hill Synagogue in June as part of our RE learning.

Year 4 Ash and Oak


Welcome to Year 4.  Our class value is KINDNESS

In Year 4 we plan lots of interesting cross-curricular activities to help children to learn which enables them to research and learn about themes in greater depth.  It is important for our Year 4 children to develop their independence and resilience in order to prepare them for the end of KS2. Our topic this half term is SUPER MUSWELL HILL

You can find out all about Year 4 on this page - including what we are studying this half term, your home learning for the week, information on any half term projects and lots of great resources for parents and children.


What are we reading in class?

Our School Book Challenge

To take part in our book challenge or just to find another book you might enjoy reading, take a look at the some of these suggestions here

You can download a book review form here

In the Summer term we visited The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

‘We learnt about key parts of architecture including structure, scale and light.  We then took part in a tour around an exhibition of very different communal buildings – all of which had been rejuvenated including a pier, a library and a community centre.  In the afternoon we got the chance to think about what we would do if we could design and build a community building – what would it be used for?  Who would use it?  What would it look like and what would it be made of?  We learnt a lot about sustainability and how important that was in today’s world.’  We then got the opportunity to turn our ideas into cardboard models to see how they would work in 3D.’  Miss Toms

What are we learning this half term in Year 4 ?

In English

This half term we will be reading The Promise by Nicola Davies. This is an interesting and topical book as it explores the issue of humans’ relationship with nature. It contains thought-provoking illustrations to allow children to infer lots of information and stimulate challenging discussions. It tells the tale of a young, underprivileged girl who tries to steal from an old woman, but in doing so, promises to plant whatever was in her bag. The children will be using the text to write poems, character and setting descriptions, letters, narratives, recounts, developing their conversational writing and non-fiction texts. This book will also help develop the children’s reading skills and spoken language responses which will improve writing. We will also be focusing on spellings, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) to improve our writing.

In Reading

We ask that your children read every night and sign their reading log. When reading, please make sure the children are challenging themselves by ensuring they are understanding the text, asking and answering questions, inferring why certain things happen in the text and predicting what might happen next. This half term we will be looking at 5 styles of question – decoding, explaining, retrieving, interpreting and choice (DERIC). The children will become more familiar with these types of questions as we focus on them in class.


In Maths

This half term we will be looking at decimals, including tenths, hundredths and thousandths. We will also be working on comparing and ordering decimals. We will be looking back into rounding, but rounding decimals this time to the nearest thousand, hundred, ten, whole, tenth, hundredth and thousandth. We will then be moving onto adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals using mental and written methods and calculating the answers to word problems.

In Science

This half term we will be exploring electricity. We will have a particular focus on the children being able to understand electricity and using scientific vocabulary to describe its process. Children will be exploring what materials conduct and insulate electricity. Children will also be deconstructing and reconstructing torches and creating their own torch using a simple circuit.


Our value is kindness. Our key question this half term is: ‘What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?’ We will be comparing the different ways in which Jews practice their religion to show the most commitment to God. Children will be thinking about what commitment means and what reason are there for making commitments.



We will be playing cricket and improving our swimming skills.  Please make sure your child has their PE kit including appropriate shoes for PE

Parents - helping at home with Maths

If you would like to know more about how we teach Maths from Reception to Year 6, you can click here.  There are some useful downloads and videos to watch.


Apollo Music

In Year 4 we learn about all elements of classical music from the instruments themselves to how music makes us feel

In the Autumn term, we learnt about the Egyptians and visited the British Museum

Our Learning Focus For The Week Ahead & Home Learning













Our new Topic will be Floating Gardens.


At home

Login to TT Rockstars here



At home

Please read every day 5-15 mins.

Record your reading in your Reading log and show your teacher on Thursday.



At home

Login to Spelling Shed here and try the activity set for you. 

Also have a go at the games 

At home



At home

Can you grow a plant or look after some plants over the half term?

What do they need to survive?

What do they need to flourish? 



Half Term Home Learning Research Projects

Coming soon



Other Great Resources For Year 4 Parents and Children

There are lots and lots of great websites that can help you with everything from  practicing your timetables to your half term research projects.  Here are some that we think are the best.

Reading and Spelling - You can click here to learn more about your child's developing reader skills and if you'd like to find out more about spelling as part of the national curriculum, then please click here.  Please make sure you log all your reading at home in your reading log books and don't forget to take part in our School Book challenge.

Maths - For a wealth of fun Maths games, take a look at the Nrich maths website here.  You can also try Maths Is Fun.  You can also try testing your times tables here

ICT Games - To practice lots of different Literacy and Maths skills, you could try ICT Games  

Topics - If you want to find out more about your topic - whether it's Geography, History or Science, two great resources are BBC Bitesize and Books For Topics


Tests and Assessments


National Curriculum Guidance And Expectations

To find out more about the Primary National Curriculum, you can download Government information here and to dig into further detail by subject, please click here


Where should your child be at the end of Year 4?  According to national age related expectations, your child should

In Reading

  • Give a personal point of view on a text.
  • Re-explain a text with confidence.
  • Justify inferences with evidence, predicting what might happen from details stated or implied.
  • Use appropriate voices for characters within a story.
  • Recognise apostrophe of possession (plural)
  • Identify how sentence type can be changed by altering word order, tenses, adding/deleting words or amending punctuation.
  • Explain why a writer has used different sentence types or a particular word order and the effect it has created.
  • Skim & scan to locate information and/or answer a question.


In Writing

  • Vary sentence structure, using different openers.
  • Use adjectival phrases (e.g. biting cold wind).
  • Use appropriate choice of noun or pronoun.
  • Use fronted adverbials.
  • Use apostrophe for plural possession.
  • Use a comma after fronted adverbial (e.g. Later that day, I heard bad news.).
  • Use commas to mark clauses.
  • Use inverted commas and other punctuation to punctuate direct speech.
  • Use paragraphs to organised ideas around a theme.
  • Use connecting adverbs to link paragraphs.
  • Write with increasing legibility, consistency and fluency.


In Mathematics

  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.
  • Compare and order numbers beyond 1,000.
  • Compare and order numbers with up to 2 decimal places.
  • Read Roman numerals to 100.
  • Find 1,000 more/less than a given number.
  • Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000.
  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts all tables to 12x12.
  • Recognise PV of any 4-digit number.
  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000.