Otter Class (Year 4) 2023 - 2024

Welcome to the class page for Otter Class.

Here you will find all of the exciting and wonderful things that your child will be learning during their time in Year 4. If you have any questions, please use Class Dojo or speak to a member of our team at drop off/ pick up.

Thank you

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Escape from Pompeii : Balit, Christina: Books

In our writing lessons we will be reading the story Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit. This is an exciting and dramatic story about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and how it affected the townspeople of Pompeii. We will be building up to re-telling the story in our own words. We will be focusing on building different sentence structures, using fronted adverbials to start our sentences and introducing commas to more complex sentences. 





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In reading this half term, we are looking at Fantastic Forests by the Literacy Company. We will be practising using our non-fiction skills to retrieve and summarise factual information from the text. 


We will be using our different VIPERS skills: Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise to improve our understanding of what we read.

Reading Comprehension - Salterlee Primary School

Reading plays a significant role in children's development and we encourage it as much as possible! It comes with many benefits including:


Inspires imagination and creativity.

Enrinches cultural awareness and understanding. 

Increases empathy and improves relationships with others.

Lifts well-being levels and improves mood.

Improves progress in vocabulary, spelllings and even maths.

Encourages children to take a screen break.


You can support your child at home by reading with them daily and recording it in their reading diaries to help them add stamps onto their Book Worm. 

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You could ask your child about what they think might happen next in the story, how do they think the character is feeling, who is the author and what do they do. 

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In maths this half term, we will be continuing our focus on Multiplication and Division. We will be learning about factor pairs, how to multiply and divide by 10/100/1000 and introducing short multiplication to solve problems with much larger numbers. 

Times Tables — Fazakerley Primary School

In June, all Year 4 pupils take part in the Multiplication Tables Check where they are given 25 questions on any multiplication facts up to 12x12. To ensure that our children are ready for this, we will be practising our times tables daily. As part of our practice, each child has their own login for Times Table Rockstars which they can access both at school and at home. Just a few minutes of practice each day can really help children to improve their knowledge and speed! 


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This half term in science we are going to be learning all about the properties of materials. We will be completing lots of scientific investigations to find out more about solids, liquids and gases, as well as how the water cycle works. 

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In French, we will be learning how to talk about the days of the week and months of the year. We will learn how to count to 31 and then apply this knowledge to talk about birthdays. 

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Our humanties focus for this half term is History. We will be finding out lots about the vicious Vikings and deciding whether they really do deserve their brutal reputation! We will investigate different sources about the Viking raids at Lindisfarne and compare historical points of view. 

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This half term in music we will be exploring 'Building' in music, layering different beats and sounds using body percussion and tuned instruments. 

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Your child will have 2 PE lessons each week. Their days this half term are Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure they come into school in their PE kit on these days. This half term we will be learning how to play hockey and practising our bridges in gymnastics. 


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 Mondays- Each Monday, your child will be given 10 spellings to learn over the course of the week which are tested on Friday. They will have opportunities to learn their spellings each morning in class, however, extra practice at home is essential.

Thursdays- Each Thursday, your child will be given either maths or English homework (alternating weeks) which is posted online on our class Dojo page. Homework is expected to be in the following Tuesday. If you need a paper copy of the homework, please ask!


Other useful links:

Oxford Owl - Linked to our phonics Read, Write Inc programme   

Story Nory - A range of stories by classic authors as well as poems musicals and fairytales. 

Story Berries- Read along with audio clips.

Monkey Pen-  Free downloadable children’s books in PDF format.

Free Children’s Stories-

Keeping Safe Online- 

Topmarks- A great way for children to practise many of their maths skills

Newsround is a very good outlet for your child to watch each day to gain a wider understanding of what is happening not only in our country, but the rest of the world. We will be watching newsround every afternoon in class. 



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Sandyhill Road,
CW7 1JL,
and Darnhall School Lane CW7 1JR
Mrs Sarah Tomlinson, Headteacher
Mr Davie Kindon, SEN Contact