‘Nurturing Individual Excellence’

Year 4 2023 - 2024

Miss Hilditch

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Summer Term 2024

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Miss Raiswell

This term, our topics are:




The first half term will focus on The Victorians.  We will explore:

  • What the main changes were during this period
  • Children working in factories
  • What life was like in towns and the countryside
  • What the main changes in transport were and who benefited from the changes
  • What we can learn about Victorian times from a study of going to school, in the workhouses and climbing boys
  • Whether the Victorian times were a dark age or a golden age


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The second half term will focus on Volcanoes.  We will explore:

  • How the Earth is constructed
  • Where mountains are found
  • Why and where do we get volcanoes
  • What the effects are of a volcanic eruption
  • What earthquakes are and where we get them
  • Where the rocks around school have come from



Throughout the term, we will be continuing to improve our standards of presentation, spelling and the use of language. The children will also be encouraged to read a wide range of texts both to improve their reading fluency and also for pleasure! Our first text this term will be “The Lost Happy Endings" by Carol Ann Duffy. I would be grateful if you would continue reading with your child for enjoyment and to ensure they are reading with understanding and fluency.

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In the Spring term we will focus on:

  • Decimals
  • Money 
  • Time
  • Shape
  • Statistics
  • Position and Direction

In year 4, it is really important that you know, and practise, your times tables up to 12x12. Times tables are important to help you with lots of other aspects of maths - practising for 5 minutes a day can work wonders!

We will be taking part in the Multiplication Check in June.

Below are some fantastic links for you to practise your times tables, number bonds and other maths skills:

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Why not try learning the times table raps?


If you would like to support your child further with any of the units covered this term, please click on the following link which will take you to 'Workbooks for Parents' on our school website.  The relevant booklets for this term are:




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In science this term we will be looking at 'Electricity'. 

There will be a focus on developing scientific skills through the application of the five types of scientific enquiry:


  • Observation over time
  • Pattern seeking
  • Identifying, classifying and grouping                          
  • Comparative and fair testing
  • Research using secondary resources


During our electricity topic, we will:

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors



Reminders and Information

Staff in Year 4:

Miss Raiswell - Class teacher (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday am, Thursday am and  Friday)

Madame Leydon – French teacher (Wednesday pm)

Mrs Bundy - Teaching assistant (Wednesday pm)



Our regular PE day for this term will be Thursday. Please make sure that your child wears the correct Excalibur PE kit.  A list of the full PE kit is on our website.


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Pupils can bring their tracksuit bottoms for PE if it becomes too cold. 

I would be grateful if you could make sure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are removed or covered with micro-pore or similar on PE days.

Any earrings will need to be removed for a PE lesson.


Start and Finish Times

The school gates will be opened at 8:50am to all children. The school day will end at 3:20 pm. 



Due to considerations regarding the transfer of monies, there will be no snacks for sale at break times. Therefore, could you please send your child in with a healthy snack for their midmorning break.  The children can also purchase a warm snack at break-time.  


Water Bottles

It is important for children to drink water throughout the day.  Therefore, children may bring in bottles of water each day so long as the bottle has a secure lid. It is also really helpful if every bottle is clearly labelled.  Please can you remind your child to take their bottle home every night for washing and refilling.  



Every week, your child will be set the following tasks: 

  • Spellings - Either a spelling rule or words from the statutory Y3/4 spelling list. 
  • Maths - Set weekly on a Friday on Mathletics.
  • Reading - Set weekly on Fridays to be returned to school by the following Thursday


If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact through our contact email address (contact@excalibur.cheshire.sch.uk) or you could leave a message on seesaw.


I look forward to a fabulous year working with you and your child.

Thank you for your continued support.

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