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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future


In Year 4, your children will taught by Mr Bridges and supported by our teaching assistant Mrs Tolentino


We encourage children to reflect on their learning, challenge themselves and make the most of different opportunities offered in school. Through exercising our different learning attitudes (resilience, responsibility, reflection, resourcefulness and reasoning) we aim for children to develop a learning mind set and to understand the skills needed to be a good learner. In the stimulating environments of our classrooms, we establish clear routines and have high expectations of each child to reach their full potential.



The children will embark on a new learning journey this year that sees a switch to the highly regarded Cornerstones project based learning that fosters cross curricular learning across half term blocks. Each half term will differ in topic across a range of topics from States of Matter (Potions), the digestive system (Burbs, bottoms and bile, Roman Britain (We are Warriors) and many more. The children will be focusing on Potions and We are Warriors in the Autumn term with a chance to exhibit our learning during the class assembly which will focus on Roman Britain.


English lessons will tie directly into these topics as the children look to implement weekly grammar lessons into their writing. We will look to consolidate and expand Year 3 grammar as well as focusing on auxiliary verbs, adverbial phrases, fronted adverbials, direct speech, conjunction and words to link paragraphs depending on the purpose of the task. The children will be writing non-chronological reports, playscripts, poetry, letters, invitations, historical narratives to give them a chance to cover all the skills required by the end of Year 4. Spelling tests will happen once a week on Friday morning.


In Maths, children apply their understanding of the place value of whole numbers and fractions, measures, statistics and shape to real life contexts and learn to work systematically on maths investigations, often testing conjectures and developing reasoning skills. A key focus in Year 4 is learning, consolidating and applying multiplication and division facts. A big focus this year is on the children being able to adapt their thinking to reason and problem solve, adequately explaining how they are able to reach their answers using a variety of different strategies, checking techniques and Mathematical language.


In addition the children will be able to attend weekly music lessons and bi weekly PE lessons with QPR coaches. They will have the opportunity to take part in school fixtures and competitions in a range of sports and will also enjoy morning fitness sessions on Wednesday before school. They will also have an opportunity to attend meditation sessions with Mrs Rozycka and go to the church on Tuesday morning for prayer time.


We look forward to an action-packed year ahead and will send out reading lists connected to the topics in Project lesson to boost and enhance the children’s knowledge and vocabularies which is crucial for their writing this year.  If you could help facilitate this at home by reading every night with your child and answering question which will challenge their thinking.


If you need any resources or help throughout the year, just ask and we will be able to help!