Woodside Avenue, London, N10 3JA

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St James C of E Primary School

Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ

We are visiting the Tate Gallery in December to see our Year 3 photos on display

Year 4 Elm and Lime

 This year, we will become musicians

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.   

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.

To find out more about our long term curriculum planner, please click here

What are we reading in class?

The Miraculous Journey by Kate DiCamillo

The Green Ship by Quentin Blake

Reading In Year 4

If you're looking for a new book to read or stuck for inspiration take a look here  at 100 books to read for Year 4


What are we learning this half term in Year 4 ?

Welcome back to the new school year, we are very excited to get to know your children over the coming months and have a busy and exciting half term ahead. For information about our learning this half term, please see the curriculum map on the left of this page.

Home learning

Home learning will be added to the class page of the website each week. This will include a spelling shed activity and Times Tables Rockstars. There will also be information about the work we will be doing in class over the coming week and some questions/ activities for your children to complete.


Please ensure your child is reading at home for 20 minutes every day. Reading books should come into school every day and there will be opportunity in the week for children to share what they have been reading.


For both Lime and Elm P.E. days are Monday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor). Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit including suitable footwear.


Parent Drop in

Should you wish to meet with your child’s teacher, there will be an opportunity for an informal drop in every Tuesday from 3.30 – 4.00pm. If there is something urgent you wish to discuss please arrange an appointment with the school office.

Kind regards,

Mr Renwick (Elm) and Miss Toms (Lime)

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.

Our Learning Focus For The Week Ahead & Home Learning

Maths English Spelling Grammar Learning Journey

In Maths, we will begin looking at tables and line graphs. Children will be collecting and reading data presented in a table and transferring information from a graph to a table.

We will finish reading our class text ‘Gorilla’ and will be writing reviews to the author. We will also be starting our new class text ‘The Green Ship’ and making predictions about the text. 

This week we will be looking at pronouns and possessive pronouns.

This week we will be learning more about the history of the railway in Britain.


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You could discuss with your child what is meant by the term data and real life examples such as sports results.

Log on to TTRockstars here  and see how well you can do

You could discuss what your child thought of Gorilla. Would you recommend it to a friend and why?

Please ensure your child reads every day for 20 mins.

Please read a text that you feel challenges you. Remember to; check your understanding, summarise, infer and predict.

Children should log on to Spelling Shed and have a go at the activity I have set on challenge words. There are a range of games to be played linked to this word list..

 Login to Spelling Shed here.

You could ask your child about their understanding of the history of the railway and the way that it has impacted on different groups of people. Who has benefited from the development of the railways?


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.