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Mrs Dane (4 Giraffe)

Miss Keila (4 Rhino)

Miss Smith (4 Zebra)



Autumn Term in Year 4!


Welcome back! We hope you have had a wonderful summer, and are excited for the year ahead! Here is what we will be learning about this term:


English: 'Stories from different cultures', Dictionary and Thesaurus skills, Poetry, 'Stories from Imaginary Worlds', Report Writing

This term we are covering a range of skills within our English lessons. We will be making links between English and various other areas of the curriculum; such as Topic and PSHE. As we are looking into stories from different cultures, we encourage the children to read widely and learn new stories from different parts of the world - if you find any good ones, feel free to bring them in to share with the year! 

Key resources you may want to use at home:

  • Newspaper Articles
  • CBBC Newsround
  • Dictionaries
  • Thesauruses
  • Non-fiction texts about different countries around the world
  • Fiction texts from around the world


Maths: Number, Calculation, Shape and Space, Using and Applying, Mental Strategies, Problem Solving, Measurements

We will be covering a range of areas with the children within our maths lessons this term. The children will complete an Arithmetic test on a weekly basis to consolidate their learning. 

We have also allocated some maths lesson time to practicing our times tables, and we would really appreciate it if you could also regularly practice these at home with your children. 


Topic: 'Different Places, Similar Lives', Africa, Continents

We will be learning about countries around the world, and finding similarities and differences between their lives and our own. We will be looking at many African countries within this unit - in order to link to our overarching theme - though we will be focusing on countries from all continents. 


Science: 'Living Things and their Habitats', 'Animals including Humans'

Within our science lessons this term, we will be focusing on investigating the wide range of habitats around us, as well as branching out to learn about the habitats across the world. We will be doing lots of research and practical learning within this unit, so we hope the children are looking forward to it as much as we are! 

'Animals including Humans' is a unit where children will be learning about the digestive system, human teeth and their functions, and other ways in which humans are fascinating creatures! 


Art & DT:

We will be extending our knowledge and understanding of different art techniques and practical skills in order to create the desired outcomes. 

Techniques we will be focusing on, are:

  • Sculpture
  • Printing
  • Artwork from around the world
  • Weaving
  • Sewing



In RE this term the children will be learning about the role that food plays within different religions, which we will use to learn about the Harvest Festival. The year 4 children will be performing a Harvest Assembly during the Autumn Term, which we would love to see you all attend! 

During the second half of the term, we will begin to focus on Christmas in our RE lessons. Although we will be learning about Christmas and Christianity, we will be linking the festival and time of year to other religions too. 



Each week your child will be given a list of spellings to learn which they will be tested on the following week. They will also receive a piece of English or Topic homework. In addition to this, Maths homework will be set on Mathletics; please log on to the see the work that has been set. 


Thank you for your continued support.


Year 4 Teachers :) 





Active Movement

Ryvers School is now an Active Movement school! You may have heard about this from your children, but if not, we are encouraging the children to be more active around school; even within the classroom!

We had a wonderful assembly teaching us all about 'Active Movement' and now, we are applying it to as many aspects of our school day as possible. Children are beginning to stand up to answers questions, move around to show their opinions and much more!

Please feel free to encourage them to continue being active at home :)


To find out more information, please visit:

Important Reminders...

*Homework will be set on a Wednesday and is due to be returned Monday. 


*Children should also bring in their reading books and home-school communication books in with them daily. These will be signed by adults during guided and independent reading activities. 


*Our PE lessons take place on a Monday morning, alongside computing. We strongly recommend children bringing their PE kit in on a Monday and take it home on a Friday.   Jewellery MUST be removed for PE for Health and Safety. This includes earrings (if your child struggles to remove them, please take them out on PE days if possible.)


*As a school, we are trying to ensure that uniform is of the highest standard. As a result, we will be issuing letters should your child be wearing incorrect uniform. If you have any queries, please see your child's class teacher. 


*All money for school dinners and school trips should now be paid through Parent Pay.






Key Dates:

First day of term: Thursday 5th September 2019

Last day before half term: Thursday 24th October 2019   (Friday 25th October is a training day)


Half Term: Friday 25th October - Friday 1st November 2019


First day after half term: Monday 4th November 2019

Last day of term: Friday 20th December 2019



Below are some website links that you may find useful in supporting and enriching your child's learning at home. 

  • Ryvers Primary School,
  • Trelawney Avenue,
  • Slough,
  • Berkshire,
  • SL3 7TS