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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future




In Year 4, the children have been reflecting on how the Bible helps us to pray and to have faith and trust in God throughout our lives. We have studied the content and layout of the Bible and distinguished between the Old and New Testament.  Our focus this half term has been on the stories from Exodus which reveals the plight of Israelites under Egyptian rule. Most importantly we looked at how Moses was able to help liberate the Israelites from slavery with God’s guidance. Furthermore we have studied the stories of Joseph, David, and Abraham, trying to relate these stories to our own lives, thinking how we might respond in similar contexts. To deepen their understanding of their faith and connection with God they also actively participate in collective worship and meditation sessions.





During English lessons, Year 4 have continued to expand their repertoire of different grammatical elements thinking carefully about to apply them in a range of different contexts. We have developed their use of ‘words to express time’ as well as thinking about how give variety to their sentences by using different conjunctions to link clauses. We try to encourage children to use prepositions to give extra detail to their writing and have also thought about how fronted adverbials also help us to begin a sentence to describe an action being performed.




High rich language texts will be at the centre of weekly english lessons through the ‘Power of Reading’. Focus books that allow on different methods of recording ideas and chances to write through different mediums. Drama, Art, also used to visualise imagery and consolidate inferences about characters.  Children will be encouraged to write figuratively and with cohesion. In Autumn 1 delves into writing alternative endings within fictional fairy stories with a twist. In Autumn 2, we look at the more classical Charlotte’s Web which focuses heavily on the relationships between characters and will lead to the publishing of their Newspaper reports. In grammar and punctuation lessons we will try to consolidate exclamation and question marks, commas, and tenses. In addition, we will try to promote new prepositions, adverbs pronouns, conjunctions and words to express time to expand vocabularies and show variety in sentences.


Throughout the year will the children will be using poetry to help undertstand and build language structures and techniques. We will study the work of Joeseph Coelho and look to write, evaluate and perform some of our own poetry too. The school will be committed to making a conscious attempt to make the school a 'greener' place to thrive in and we will look to educate the children through research on charities and through assemblies as well as a visit to the Recycling centre in Wandsworth. It only seemed relevant for the children to study a worthy book on the matter about some inspirational people in Ghana who have dedicated their lives to recycling plastic bags and turned plastic into commodities that can be sold and reinvested in the local community projects. The children will be studying this in detail and have the chance to write their own stories relevant to caring for planet and God's crerations.


Our focus then moves to Non Chronological report writing where the children carefully organised information in their reading about Solids, liquids and Gases into paragraphs with headings and subheadings. They thought about the language and style needed in report writing, how to categorise information and how to make the information seem appealing to the reader.   






Spatial sense, Children gain skills with maps at the centre of their learning drawing lines on a globe, scales to find the distances between different places, drawing and finding grids with Northings and Eastings. Children will design their own maps and try to locate the different lines on a map with a sense of the distances that a globe might represent in real terms.  They will begin to study maps of their own local area, looking at the commercial, residential, entertainment and food industries within Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith. By analysing maps of today and the past they will identify key changes to the area, infrastructure and population and start to think about why these changes have occured over time. In the Spring term the children will evaluate the services we have in our local area and think about the differencers between Urban and Rural parts of the world. We will try understand that we have four types of settlement as well as some sub - categories that fall between the different types.




Children will learn about the Vikings, Anglo Saxons and Celts with a focus on the invasions by said groups during and post Roman Britain. Children look at architecture, customs, culture and key religious development during this era and how we can trace these routes today through names and Cities that have evolved.  This will link into previous learning the children have done on Kings and Queens in Key Stage One so they will already have a solid knowledge 

background in which to build from. Subsequently the children will focus on Topics like the Tudors and Stuarts which will look at Monarchy, Parliament, Civil War, famous buildings and also Kings and Queen of those eras.




The focus this term has been on Place Value and Addition and Subtraction building on learning from Year 3 whilst also working with 4 digit numbers. We have represented numbers in numerous ways using Part whole diagrams, Place Value charts, numerals, words and through concrete manipulatives. The children have been able to partition 4 digit numbers and represent numbers differently by changing the values of numbers in a column. We found there are many ways of making up a number as long as we are able to have a good grasp of what each number or picture represents depending on what column it lies in. We were then able add 4 and subtract 4 digit numbers using an exchange and then recording the algorithm in the form of a column methods. It was important the children were able to understand the process of exchanging using concrete manipulatives and pictorial diagrams. As always we are able to engage and challenge the children by showing them different ways of recording similar type questions. Problem solving and developing reasoning has also been a focus for the children as they look to apply their learning in numerous contexts and use their Mathematical vocabulary and language to explain their thought processes steps and development of an answer.