Year 4 2020 - 2021

Miss Pierce

I am pleased to take this opportunity to say welcome to Year 4! I have heard amazing things about everyone in this class, so I am really looking forward to meeting you all.

Mrs Birt

I enjoy working at Westminster and like to work with all classes on art projects and different activities as well as supporting learning in the Year 4 class.

Virtual Learning:

During this current time, we have been asked to move to remote learning. All of the children's learning can be accessed using Google Classroom. There will be a range of daily live lessons which we encourage all children to attend. All of the work children are expected to complete is uploaded daily and all of the resources for each lesson are available on Google Classroom. Some lessons are run as small groups or 1:1 sessions. 

A timetable is available on Google Classroom which is updated weekly.

Most lesson are accessed using google classroom, however 1:1 sessions and small groups will have their own google meet session. Children will recieve these codes each week through a text message. 

Core subjects


Throughout the school we follow the ‘Power Maths’ approach, each session begins with a question to allow children time to discuss in pairs or small groups. These ideas are discussed as a whole class using teacher-led discussion. Children will be using visual representations to help them develop a deeper understanding of the concept. This approach also provides context to the real world and shows how maths is used in everyday life, which allows the children to see that the learning is purposeful.

This term, pupils will be looking at fractions, decimals and time. There will be opportunities to build on prior knowledge from year 3 as well as address any gaps in learning.

The Year 4 multiplication test will take place in June 2021, to prepare; the pupils will be practicing in the classroom, accessing TTRS, chanting times tables and playing times table games. We are keen to get the pupils as confident as they can be with their times tables as this will not only prepare them fully for the test, but also help them throughout their school life. We ask that pupils are continuing this practice as home, going onto TTRS or finding other fun ways to learn them – here is a link to another good website for learning times tables

Live maths lessons take place on  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The children will be working in small   groups to ensure all the childrens needs are being met. 


This term we will be following the Pathways to write English scheme this exposes the pupils to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts that are accompanied by units of work which develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach.

This half term, the children are looking at the fiction text 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea 'and the non fiction text 'Rainforests in 30 seconds'. The children will use these as inspiration to create their own informative piece all about the rainforest. 

Live lessons take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Each live session includes teacher input and support to complete the written activity. On google classroom each lesson has a full breakdown of what will be covered in the lesson and all of the resources needed to complete the activity. Children are expected to complete an individual task. This is to be submitted daily and will be marked and returned to children before the next lesson. 

Shared Reading:

We follow the Pathways to Read scheme of work, developed by the Literacy Company. Books used in shared reading lessons support and develop concepts being taught in their English lessons.

The book we are using this term in shared reading is Kate Panhirts' 'Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet'this is a smart and informative book about trail-blazing women. Children will be completing tasks that focus on techincal langauge, retrival of information to answers questions and the structure and organisation of the text.

Live shared reading sessions take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.Each live session includes teacher input and high quality discussions about the text. Children are exected to complete an independent activity using the text following the live lesson and submit this to be marked before the next lesson. 

Reading booster groups also take place for children still accessing read,write inc on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Throughout the year, we will be looking to use all 5 ways of being a scientist: research, observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, grouping and classifying and fair and comparative testing.

To start this summer term year 4 will be focusing on biology and will be learning all about classification. We will be making the most of our school field and identifying the different livings things that live there. Take a look at our knowledge organiser to have a peek at the key learning pupils will be doing this half term.

Weekly live science lessons will take place on a Tuesday afternoon.

History and Geography:

This term we will be learning all about climate change and answering the question 'How does human activity affect the environment?'. The children have recenlty learned about how human activity has impacted the oceans of the world negatively and they were passionate about finding out more. This real life issue has engaged the children and given them knowledge and understanding of the world around them which they can know apply to this new topic. 

Weekly live History lessons will take place on a Monday afternoon.



Weekly live lessons will take place on a Thursday and Friday afternoon.


Year 4 weekly to do list:

  • Reading records and reading books brought in everyday.
  • Pupils should aim to be reading to you three times a week, please write this in their reading records.
  • One piece of homework to be completed each week – homework will be collected in on Wednesdays and given back out on a Friday.
  • Spellings to be practiced each week – I have uploaded a list of activities pupils can do to practice their spellings in different, interesting and fun ways!
  • PE kit must be worn on designated PE days, which will be Wednesday and Thursday. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop in and talk to me!

Home learning links! Week 4 timetable

Maths learning:

Click the following link to explore some of the maths learning we have been looking at (place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, graphs, rounding and estimating, problem solving and fractions). Please use the week 1 timetable as guidance for the maths sessions.

Place value 

Maths games 

Daily maths sessions. Addition and Subtraction

Addition and Subtraction Workbook

Length and Perimeter Workbook

Multiplication and Division Workbook

 English learning:

Take a look at the following link to have a look at fiction and non fiction texts, poems, grammar and punctuation.

Spelling games 


Fronted adverbails


Subordinating conjuctions



Expanded noun phrases

Possessive apostrophes


Bullet points



To brush up on your science knowledge:

The human body (digestive system and teeth)

Solids, liquids and gasses



Classroom Secrets home learning timetable


Who were the ancient Greeks? 

How did the Olympic games begin?

What was it like to live in an ancient Greek family?

Who were the ancient Greek gods and heroes?

The ancient Greeks at war

What do we know about ancient Greek culture?



French revision and games.









Music games




Football skills



Home learning for this subject can be found in the files.



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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224