Year 4


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Hazel and Willow Spring Term 2020


Welcome back! We hope you all had a good Christmas break and that you are ready for another exciting term ahead.

As you may know, this term the school is launching into the connected curriculum.

The key topic for this term is ‘Chocolate’, during which the children will develop an understanding of how cocoa is grown, processed and traded. This will culminate in the children creating and designing their own chocolate bar. In addition, will be exploring this topic in a cross-curricular way and will have opportunities to look at aspects of ‘Chocolate’ in Design Technology, Science, History, Geography and English.


This term, we will continue to focus on place value, written calculations using the four operations fractions and instant recall of number facts.

While covering these areas we will focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. We will be focussing and preparing for the government Year Four times tables test. We will run a parent workshop covering the test later this term.


In English, much of our learning will be based around our topic. The children will write a balanced argument on whether chocolate should be banned, as well as learning how to write a persuasive advert linked to their own designed chocolate bar. We will be looking at ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, by Roald Dahl, through Guided Reading sessions too.                                       


P.E. will usually be on Wednesday and Fridays, however, as we are sure you can understand, school timetables are always flexible, and subject to change, so we ask that the children have the appropriate kit in school throughout the week. As the weather is cooler, we would ask that the children continue to bring in their winter kit as well as their shorts and t-shirts. The children will continue to be developing their skills through football and invasion games. Just a reminder that jewellery is not permitted during P.E, therefore children should be able to remove jewellery and earrings by themselves. If they find removing earrings difficult, then it would be best if they did not wear earrings on P.E. day.

Please ensure that all P.E. kit (including trainers) are NAMED!

Out of Lesson Learning (OLL)

The OLL this term will be related to our class learning. The Maths and English will be sent out on alternate weeks. The English OLL will be completed mainly through the CGP books and the children will know which tasks to complete that week due to the indicated pages. Spellings will be given out for practising on a Thursday and tested the following Thursday. The children should be reading every day at home either independently or to an adult. Comments can be made in the Home Reading Diaries. We also expect the children to be practising their times tables during the week as part of their OLL – they will be tested on this each week.

If your child does not understand any OLL, please encourage them to speak to us during the week and we will provide support.

In addition to this, children have the opportunity to undertake a creative OLL project. This term the project will be based on our topic of ‘Chocolate’. For example, writing a recipe for a dream chocolate pudding, design and make a model of Willy Wonka’s factory, write a fact file about the Cadbury family, research how chocolate was invented and present this information as a power point or create a fact file about Roald Dahl.





  • 17th February to 21st February - Half Term
  • 5th March - World Book Day
  • 16th March - OLL project due in
  • 19th March - OLL exhibition
  • Friday 3rd April - LAST DAY

(There will be a chocolate making experience in early February – date and further information to follow soon)


Ways to support your child

  • Provide a quiet place for study.
  • Support and encourage your child in their organisation of OLL.
  • Listen to your child read.
  • Practise times tables.



Key items summary

Daily - Reading Diary, break time snack and a water bottle, full PE kit, indoor and outdoor shoes

Monday - Completed OLL to be handed in.


Contacting the teaching staff

As mentioned at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting, should you wish to contact us, you can do so via the school office or in the form of: a note in the Home Reading Diary, email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (01342 323906).




Children can have two pairs of shoes in school: outdoor shoes for playtime and indoor shoes.

  • Please make sure that all items of school uniform and P.E. kit are named, so that if they are misplaced they can be easily returned to the rightful owner!
  • Named water bottles should be brought in everyday and placed in the trays.

Mr Loizides, Miss Cantillon, Mrs Nassiri,  and Mrs Latham

The Year Four Team


Home Learning

The Year 4 Home Learning Packs are available from the attachements below.