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.

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 place value, addition and subtraction, perimeter and multiplication and division. 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


This term we will be following the Pathways to write English scheme that 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 pupils are looking at the fiction text ‘Gorilla’, by the popular children's author Anthony Browne. The children will use this as inspiration to write their own story.


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 half term year 4 will become mini-electricians and will be learning all about electricity! Take a look at our knowledge organiser to have a peek at the key learning pupils will be doing this half term.

History and Geography:

This half term our theme looks closely at how the ancient Greeks changed Europe and the legacy they left behind. We will be finding out about what daily life was like for an ancient Greek, where the Olympics started and why democracy is important. Ancient Greeks are also famous for their pottery, so there will be chance to design and make you own.  

In geography we will be travelling all around Europe. We will be learning about different European countries and their capital cities and visiting some famous sites such as the Eiffel tower and the Coliseum.


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!

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)

Place value 

Maths games 


Be a wizz in English!

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

Spelling games 

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?

Home Learning

Home learning week commencing 4/10/20.

Complete Year 3 arithmetic question papers to recap previous learning.

Listen to the story Gorilla by Anthony Browne. Answer the following questions and create a book review. What do you like about the story? What do you dislike? Is there a message in the story? What is it? 

Write a narrative based on the story Gorilla. Change the character to an animal of your choice and follow the story structure. There should be 5 paragraphs (Opening, Build up, Problem, Resolution and an Ending). Don't forget to use expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and include a speech sandwich. 

All resources can be found in the files section on this page.

Files to Download

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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224