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'Ensuring Every Child THRIVES'

Year 4

Topic Newsletters - 24/25

Our Curriculum


Welcome to Year 4! We have many exciting things to come this year including intriguing topics such as Invasion, Misty Mountain and Ancient Civilisations. We have some exciting trips and experiences planned. 


In the Ancient Civilisations project, your child will learn about three of the earliest civilisations in the world; ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. They will study the ancient Sumerian and ancient Egyptian civilisation in detail, to discover how crucial factors like water sources and farming helped them to develop and thrive. They will find out about important inventions and the growth of cities. They will also study the lives of different people in society, including the roles of kings and pharaohs. The children will reflect on their learning by identifying the similarities and differences between the two civilisations, before studying the Indus Valley civilisation independently. They will explore sources of evidence about the location of the Indus Valley, cities and trade, and note the reasons why historians know less about the Indus Valley than other ancient civilisations. The children will then compare all three civilisations, before learning about the causes and consequences of each civilisation’s decline. They will also consider whether or not these civilisations left a lasting legacy.



Spring term 1

Our first book is Varjak Paw by SF Said.

Our writing outcome is a 3rd person narrative


Spring term 2 

Our second book is Marcy is the Riddle of the sphinx by Joe Todd- Stanton. 



Important information



Start: 8:40am                Finish: 3:15pm

PE - Tuesday

Swimming - Friday

Children will come into school in PE kits. All children must have a white top or house colour, black or navy shorts. Trainers, joggers and jumpers will be required for outdoor PE.

Forest School -  All children will need wellies and a waterproof coat.



They must also have a named water bottle and waterproof coat in school every day.  All equipment is provided but if children wish to bring in their own pencil case then they can for afternoon sessions only. Please remember a sun hat and sun cream.



Healthy snacks are encouraged, e.g. Fruit and cereal bars. No sweets, chocolate or crisps please. Please help us to be careful of nut allergies and not send any nut products to school. Children also require a spill proof bottle of water.

No fruit juice – only still water please.


How can you support your children at home?


Reading – You should read with your child at least 5 times a week at home.

Spellings – Sent out on a Wednesday and tested on the Wednesday after. These can be completed on Spelling Shed

TT Rockstars- Use TT Rockstars to practise times tables. Children will be tested through the ’99 club’ on a Friday.

Topic homework:

 We would like the children to choose at least one piece to do and bring in to share with the class.





We have some exciting news! 

Max and Jax - our class guinea pigs have arrived!

Last term we had a science workshop about the water cycle and we had an exciting day at Whipsnade zoo. While at the zoo, we were lucky enough to see their new born White Rhino on his first day out in his enclosure. 

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