Great Sankey Primary School

Beech Tree- Year 4 2021 - 2022

Mrs Williams

Miss Heywood

Miss Heywood is the teacher for Y5 Pine class

Welcome to Year 4 - Beech Tree Class

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I hope you and your families have all had a restful and fun-filled Easter holiday and are ready to start our final term of the year together!

On this page, you will find some useful information about the term ahead and any key messages that you need to be aware of. If you look to the right hand side of the page, you will see our class Twitter feed and link to Google Classroom. We love to use Twitter to share some of the excellent things going on in Beech Tree Class and will use Google Classroom to support learning at home - spellings, homework and useful documents will be uploaded and made available on there. 

Have a read through our welcome letter and curriculum overview for Summer Term so that you can see all the exciting things we have planned.

We are set to have a great summer, we have some really exciting things planned and lots of new things to learn about. It is important that we work in partnership to ensure the very best for your children, as the support you give is essential for your child's progress and the closer we can work together the better it will be for them. If you have any queries or need some support, please do not hesitate speak to me at the end of the day, phone or arrange an appointment.

Miss Humphreys


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In our Maths lessons we will begin by continuing our work on Decimals for the next few weeks. We will begin with tenths and hundredths and making sure our place value knowledge is mastered. Then they will start dividing 1 and 2 digit numbers but 10 and 100. Later on in the term, we will be starting our other topics later in the half term which are Money, Time and Properties of Shapes - What a challenge!


Our Geography this term will focus around the enquiry question ‘What would we find at the end of a river?’. This enquiry question focuses on a study of river exploration, the features of a river and understanding the water cycle. The children will have the opportunity to further develop their understanding of the water cycle and have the chance to learn about rivers and seas in the UK and how to use an atlas to find these rivers! As the sea said to the river...You can run but you can't tide!


In English this term, we will continue to extend our knowledge of punctuation and grammar and continue to work on our reading and spelling skills. We like to link our English learning to texts and use these to inspire our writing. We will be completing our work with The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams and moving onto our next English book after this. I’m sure the children can’t wait to find out the name of the new book! 


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Our History lessons this term are based around the enquiry question ‘How have the Ancient Greeks left their mark?’ This enquiry questions will focus on a study of life in Ancient Greece with a particular focus on the Greek legacy of the Olympics and on the Greek influence on the English language. I know the children are very excited about this new topic!

Key Messages
Below are some reminders for whilst you are learning at home. 


Remember to read for at leat 10 minutes a day.  This can be your school book, own book, newspapers, comics, shopping lists! 

The more that you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go - Dr Seuss

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You may be aware that our children in Year 4 must complete a Times Tables check. 

The Times Tables check is an online test for pupils in Year 4. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from two to twelve. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question. With this in mind, it would benefit your child if they work on their times tables at home using TTRockstars 'Sound Check' activity, as this works the same as the online test. TTRockstars.png

As you may have noticed, we have had a big focus on times tables this year to ensure the children are prepared for the Multiplication Times tables Check they will sit at the end of Year 4. We also have access to a few songs we have been learning in class to support our times table knowledge. Please access these videos on our Google Classroom pages, as they are an excellent way for the children to learn.

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Spellings will be uploaded to Google classroom each week on a Friday. The children will then be tested on them the following Friday using Spelling Frame.

Spellings will focus on either a particular spelling rule/pattern or will be taken from the statutory word list.

Please try to help your child to look at these words, pointing out any particular patterns that will help them to remember them. Many children find learning spellings very challenging so this should be low key and a fun few minutes.




The children will have PE on a Thursday and Friday (swimming) this term. Following on from last year the children will be allowed to come into school wearing their PE kits on these days. Please ensure children are wearing the correct PE kit (house coloured top and black/blue shorts rather than just sports clothing).

On Friday 22nd April, Year 4 children will be starting their swimming sessions at Great Sankey Hub. The swimming instructors will then assess your child’s swimming ability once we arrive. Children will need to bring a swimming costume, a towel, a water proof jacket and a bag large enough to place all their uniform and shoes inside. 


Meanwhile, our Science lessons will begin by focusing on Sound. The children will learn about how sounds are made, vibrations caused, how sound travels and how to change the pitch and loudness. The children will be very busy this half term!

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