Year 4

Welcome to Year 4




Hello all! Welcome back after a lovely Easter break and thank you for all of your support during our time with our special visitors!

This half term our topic is all about Volcanoes and Earthquakes. We are already excited about our new learning and we have only just cracked the Earth’s crust of what is in store for us! As always, we will be linking lots of our subject learning to this topic including creative writing in Literacy and Volcanic creations in Art and DT!

From this half term, our PE days will be Monday and Thursday. We will be having Swimming on a Monday but please still come in wearing PE kits. This will be a lot of fun for all of us!

If there are any issues/questions, as always you can email directly or catch me after school.

Mr Backhouse

Mr Backhouse                

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Important notices: 

Please send children to school in their PE kit on Monday and Thursday.


If children have a sporting club after school they should come to school in their school uniform bringing their PE kit in a bag to change into at the end of the school day.

Year 4 Multiplication tables check. 

In the summer term, all children in Year 4 across the country will be taking part in a multiplication tables check. 

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

Please find below a link for the Gov website if you would like some more information: 

We are going to be using the laptops more to practice this style of timetables. This is to get the children used to using the keys and learning where they keys are so they are able to access them quickly during the test. We are encouraging this style of practice at home too. 

TTRS is a great way to practice at home. All children have their own log ins. If you are unsure of yours, please do ask. 

The Curriculum

At Brill School, English, Maths and Core Skills are taught through focused daily lessons; usually in the morning. For other lessons we have in recent years moved away from narrow subject based teaching and have developed a curriculum that is imaginative, child focused and cross curricular.

Year 4’s thematic topic units for this year are:



Main focus


Autumn 1:


Autumn 2:

Location, Location, Location 


Unforgettable Monarchs 





Spring 1:


Spring 2:


Can you come on a great American road trip?


Ancient Egyptians






Volcanoes and Earthquakes


Click on the topic units below for an overview document for the term's work or on the subject links for more information about the long term curriculum in each specific area.

 Topic Web Autumn 1 - Location, Location, Location.docxDownload
 Topic Web Autumn 2 - Unforgettable Monarchs.docxDownload
 Topic Web Spring 1 - Can you come on a great American road trip.docxDownload
 Topic Web Spring 2 - Ancient Egyptians.docxDownload
 Year 4 Summer 1 Topic Web.docxDownload
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Our PE lessons will be taking place on a Wednesday and a Thursday. They will stay in their PE kits all day so there is no need for them to bring a change of clothes. Please ensure that children have weather appropriate kit as we will have PE lessons outside. 

Please also ensure that you child has a pair of trainers in school at all times for our daily mile, along with a pair of wellies for break times and lunch times. 

A general PE kit would include: Brill polo shirt, hoodie, shorts, tracksuit bottoms/comfortable trousers, change of socks, appropriate trainers (hats and gloves maybe need in the winter months).

Reading books: Children will each take 2 ability appropriate book from the school library. One to keep at school and one to take home. When children have finished reading either book they will be able to change return them to the library and take out a new book.

Pencil cases: Please do not send your children in with pencil cases. We will be providing the children with all necessary equipment while they are here. 

Homework: Homework will be given out at the start of each half term and a date will be given for children to bring their work in for sharing. The homework in the learning logs is a chance for the children to engage in project based work along with core skills. 

Ways you can help support your child’s learning in school


In Year 4 the children take part in regular phonic sessions which focus on a variety of spelling patterns. The children are assessed on these spelling patterns regularly to assess if they are able to apply the learnt patterns independently. The children will bring home some words which demonstrate the spelling pattern that they have been learning.


In Year 4 the children take part in a guided reading session weekly where all the children are required to read and discuss a part of a book as a group.  The sessions are designed to focus on different areas of reading comprehension and allow the children opportunity to look further into the meaning of the book, the author’s intentions and reasons for choices of words etc.

There are also opportunities for quiet reading and children are able to change their reading books most days as needed.  It is still vital that they have regular opportunities to read to you at home and take part in discussions about their book and what has happened.  This ensures that they are reading at the appropriate level and more importantly understanding what they are reading.

Encourage your child to read (and share with you) the texts from our Brill School Year 4 recommended book list.


All children should be urged to know as many of their times tables from 1-12 as possible off by heart, out of order, with quick recall.  This may not be possible for all children however it is still something we can all strive towards.  It would be great if you could regularly discuss and learn times tables with your children. We practise our tables most days using a program called Wizard Maths.

The Year 4 Team...

Mr Backhouse

Class Teacher

Mrs Barlow 

Teaching Assistant 

What have we been up to!?

Volcano Eruptions!

On Thursday, we finally got to erupt our volcanoes! We have been waiting so patiently to do this and the day finally came! 

We spent our Literacy lessons this week writing detailed instructions to inform someone else how to erupt a volcano. This helped us remember the steps we needed to take. We had a lot of fun in the sunshine doing this and recommend you try it for yourself!

Homework Showcase with Year 5!


Today, we were given the chance to showcase our awesome homework creations with children in Year 5! It was lovely to share our work and explain what we had made and why we had done it. Year 5 were excited to take a look, loved playing our board games and seeing our edible, delicious volcano inspired cakes! 

Well done everyone!

Art Showcase! 

It was lovely to see such a warm turnout for Year 4 for our Art Showcase day! The children enjoyed showing adults around the hall and explaining what we had been up to in our Art and D&T lessons this half term!

French - Guess Who morning!


This morning, Year 4 took part in games of Guess Who but with a twist! We had to play in French! This was a lot of fun and really showed how well we have been learning our new vocabulary. We were also lucky to have some delicious croissants and hot chocolate! Take a look at the photos below. 

Here are Yr4 consolidating their learning on Henry VIII at forest school. 


We had great fun exploring circuits in Yr4 today!! 

This week, we have started to learn about our first Monarch, King John! We have learnt loads of interesting facts - both inside the classroom and at forest school.


Yr4 had so much fun making their settlements this week and were so excited to share them with you. 
As well as this, they have massively impressed us with their maths skills! We have been using column addition, and every member of year four has challenged themselves - whether with concrete methods, written methods or abstract puzzles! 
Have a great weekend all. 


Year 4 experimenting with different materials, in preparation for their mixed media collage they will make at the end of this term. 

26.09.22 Our melting investigation! 


This afternoon, the children in year 3 and 4 decided to hold their eco council elections together!

The children took some time to write a persuasive argument on why they should be in the eco council. Everyone was very brave and we are so proud of how the children stood up in front of everyone and gave their speeches.