Year 4

Welcome to Year 4
This half term, our topic is the Anglo-Saxons!


After the Christmas break, we launch back into learning with some exciting topics. A new batch of swimmers take to the water and we have an Anglo-Saxon day planned for early February to really bring our History topic to life!

We are always willing to talk to parents and carers, however we would ask that if you wish to discuss aspects of school life with us then please email the Office in the first instance so that an appointment can be made to talk with you.


Homework continues to be set on Google Classroom and typically this will be reading (which should be recorded by the parent or carer in the reading record), spelling and grammar, and maths every day. This can be found by typing Google Classroom into any search engine (Google, Safari etc) and then selecting the page to open from the results. All children have a login and password on the inside cover of their reading record.

As part of Google Classroom, children have their own Castlefield email address. Children are only able to use these addresses to communicate with other children at Castlefield. These addresses should not work for general email with the ‘outside world’, meaning that children are kept safe. We shall be monitoring threads between children to ensure that all contact is necessary and appropriate.

If you have any problems with your child getting on to Google Classroom to complete homework then please contact the school office to arrange to discuss this with the child’s class teacher. Similarly, it is expected that all children complete their homework every day. If there is a good reason why your child has not been able to do so, then please email the office so that the class teacher is made aware.

The newsletter contains ideas for additional work you can give your child to do at home and we particularly recommend Times Tables Rock Stars as a fun and interactive way for children to learn their multiplication tables. All children have login details.


This term in Maths, we move on from multiplication to division. After that, it is fractions and decimals.

As part of multiplication, we taught times tables, but it is vitally important that children continue to learn and practise these at home. It is a hard fact that children who can instantly recall their tables facts find multiplication, division and fractions much easier compared to those who cannot! Times Table Rock Stars is a great tool to help, but the real test is to get children to take the Multiplication Tables Check on Mathsframe (see link below). If children truly know their tables then they will get 25 out of 25 correct (without changing any of the settings to make it easier)! This is also great preparation for the summer Year 4 Government Multiplication Tables Check and we will be using it in school, as well.


White Rose Maths have excellent home learning resources for parents wishing to give their children a little extra help:




In English, we will be linking much of our writing to our topic. We will use our reading text, Beowulf, to explore more about developing character and settings in narrative writing. We will also use the invaders theme to write a recount in the first person - asking children to write as if they were there.

We will also link to our work on performance poetry by looking at other forms of poetry including Kennings - a form of poem that was popular in Anglo-Saxon times, many examples of which can be found in the text of Beowulf.

For more details on the different types of poetry and Kennings you can visit:



As mentioned, we are reading the Michael Morpurgo version of the epic Old English tale, Beowulf. Featuring hideous monsters, rousing battles and heroic deeds, this story engages all readers, but is often a particular favourite among the boys!


In Science, our topic is sound. We will investigate how sound is generated and transmitted. Children will also experiment to find out what affects volume as well as learning how our marvellous ears work.

More information on what the children learn can be found at:


In Year 4, the children take part in swimming lessons at the Wycombe Leisure Centre. Swimming is an important life skill and can literally save a child’s life. The children are split into different groups and each group is led by an experienced and qualified swimming instructor. At the first session, children’s swimming ability and confidence in the water is assessed. After this, children are placed in the group most appropriate for their swimming experience. The teaching of each group will then focus on increasing the children’s confidence and competence in the water. There will be a number of children who are currently non-swimmers and these children will be introduced to the skills required to become swimmers in a fun, safe and non-threatening environment.


Like swimming, PE is split into two groups: those children who are swimming will have a PE session on Friday learning Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA). Children who are not swimming have PE on Tuesday and Friday each week and will also do OAA plus fitness.  May we please request that children have their PE kits in school every day and that all items (PE kit and school uniform) are labelled with the child’s name?


This half term we will be exploring special things and sacred texts. We will explore religious texts in Christianity and Hinduism, but encourage children of all faiths or none to contribute their experiences as part of a broad, inclusive curriculum.


As mentioned previously, our topic is the Anglo-Saxons.

We will learn who the Anglo-Saxons were, where they came from and how they settled and lived in Britain. Also considered will be key individuals in Anglo-Saxon Britain and we will reflect on the legacy left by these invaders and settlers. This links to our Reading text, Beowulf.

To further bring this topic to life, we have an Anglo-Saxon Day on Wednesday 2nd February!


Computing this half term sees us looking at websites and webpage design. The children will use Google Sites to explore websites before designing their own webpage. Having mastered this, they then plan and create their own four page website.

The children can use their Google logins to use Google Sites at home.


Claude Monet and his impressionist style of painting is the focus of our Art. During two art afternoons later in the half term, we will explore Monet’s use of light and shade and how he used quick brush strokes to capture scenes. Having experimented with these techniques, children will then create their own work in the style of the Master.


Our Anglo-Saxon Day will be the highlight of the term.


However, we will also be working with the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project to raise a tank of brown trout in the classroom! The children will be responsible for looking after the trout eggs when they arrive until they hatch and grow into fish fry that will be large enough to be released by us back into the River Wye. 

Chalk streams are a globally important ecosystem with 85% of them found in England! For more information:

Parents' Meeting

The virtual Meet the Teachers presentation was held on 17th September. If you were unable to attend then the slides from the meeting are attached below for you to read at your leisure.

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