Horndon-on-the-Hill C. of E. Primary School

Respect • Responsibility • Honesty • Courage • Thoughtfulness

Class 4


Class 4 Curriculum Evening

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you all had a restful and relaxing christmas holidays and are looking forward to the new year ahead. Here is an update for Year 4’s learning this term.


This term the children will be taught key skills through a range of text types, including:

  • Fiction: Myths and legends
  • Non-fiction: Persuasive advertising texts.
  • Poetry: Narrative poetry.

The children will be learning the features of the texts and using these in their own writing.

Guided Group Reading:

Each week, the children will read to an adult. When they are not reading with the teacher, they will have tasks to complete based on what they have read. The texts will cover a range of genres.  They can change their library week over the course of the week and they will continue to have access to e-books via the Reading Cloud.


In maths, we will focussing on distance, mental and written methods of addition and subtraction, bar charts, fractions and decimals, problem solving, multiplication and shape.

Religious Education: 

Our RE questions this term are: ‘What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?’ and ‘Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?’ We shall be exploring christianity and other religions through these questions.



This term, the children will be looking at electricity and its uses in household appliances. They will also be looking at and creating simple circuits. Finally, they will be looking at insulators and conductors of electricity.


We will be continuing to listen and appraise music and compare different genres of music. We will also  be composing and improvising music using tuned percussion instruments. We shall look at basic music notation to help us with this.


.We will continue to improve our coding skills through Scratch.  We will also learn more about Internet safety and digital literacy.

Art and DT:

We will be continuing to plan, design and evaluate our roman sandals this term based on our learning in in History.

History: For the first half of this term, we will be continuing to study the Romans. During the second half of the term, we will begin to explore the Ancient Egyptians.


Our Geography unit is the weather. We will be looking at climates and ways of measuring the weather. 

Physical Education:

Our PE sessions are on a Monday and Thursday. The children will be doing dance and indoor athletics.  Children must not wear earrings and must have their hair tied back if it is long.

Personal, Social and Health Education:

In PSHE, we will be studying the topics: say no to bullying and going for goals. 


Children will receive their homework on a Friday and it is to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Homework will include spellings with a task, maths and handwriting.


It is expected that every child reads to an adult at least a minimum of 3 times a week. However it is most ideal that you hear your child read every night. Adults should indicate and record that they have heard the child read and a brief comment should be made. Reading records will be checked once a week to ensure that this is happening.


Many Thanks,

Teacher: Miss Wilkins

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Speight