Year 4 2017 - 2018

Mrs Callender

Mrs Yearsley

Summer 1


Welcome to the summer term.

We would like to welcome Mrs Newsham to our class. She will be working with us for the next couple of months.


Our topic this term is 'Where the Wild Things Are'


Some of things we might cover during this topic are:

  • how living things can be categorised
  • using classification grids
  • habitats and how habitats are affected by humans
  • food chains
  • using compasses and maps
  • comparing our local area to to an area in South America
  • persuasive writing
  • play-scripts
  • poetry (haikus)

However, this term the children themselves are helping to plan our topic, therefore we may end up heading in a completely different, but exciting, direction!

We hope the children enjoy taking more responsibility for thier learning and find the oppurtunity engaging and challenging. Throughout this topic there will be opportunities for children to develop many important life skills, such as: creativity, enquiry, problem solving, collaboration, communication, responsibility, as well as covering the curriculum creatively.


So far...

Based on the topic title, Where the Wild Things Are, and what the children have said they would like to spend time learning, we have devised a topic web which shows where the children's ideas link to the national curriculum (see files). Now we all have a clearer  idea of where we are headed.

Next ...

We thought about what a 'Wild Thing' is? And where 'Wild Things' might be found.

We got creative and designed different habitats - lots of relevant science was 'accidentally' learnt during this.

Then, we gathered natural materials to make our own 'Wild Things' 

Our 'Wild Things' turned out to be both real and imaginary, from Sid the stick insect to a beautiful unicorn.

It also made us question what a living thing is and how animals are categorised.


Today we have begun making fact files about our Wild Things, thinking about what they eat, where they live, how they move etc ...

All of us in Year 4 are excited to see where our topic will lead us next. We will keep you posted.



We ask that children continue to read at home little and often, 5 times per week is ideal. Children now have access to an online library called Book Bug. They have their own log in information and have been allocated books suitable to thier age and ability. This means children can read a mixture of school books, online books, and of course their own home books.

In class, we will be doing whole class guided reading for the first 45 minutes of every morning. Each day the adults in the room will focus on one group of children, listening to them read and discussing the text. These sessions are designed to promote comprehension skills, as well as a love of reading.

Our text is The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo



The children have requested that we spend more time doing PE, so we have decided as a class that we will take part in the Mile-a-Day challenge - whereby we run/walk 1 mile every day. This means that children will need their PE kit in school every day.

We will also be spending lots of time outdoors and in our meadow, so children will also need long pants and wellies (or other suitable fotwear) that you don't mind getting muddy.



As always, if you have any queries please feel free to speak to me at the end of the day or contact the office to arrange a longer appointment.

Mrs Callender


Files to Download

Year 4: Blog items

Year 4 Rosa Parks Video, by Mrs Callender

Year 4: Calendar items

Bank Holiday, by Mr McCulloch

School closes, by Mr McCulloch

Contact the School

St John Fisher Primary School

Edward Street,

Main Contact: Office Manager Margaret Hassett

Tel: 0151 424 7794