Great Sankey Primary School

Beech Tree - Year 4 2023 - 2024

Mrs Rowlands

Miss Heywood

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Welcome to your last term in Year 4!


We hope you all had a lovely Easter Holidays and are ready for a busy Summer term!

Have a read through our welcome letter and curriculum overview to see all the exciting things we have planned for the Spring term.


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 scroll to the bottom 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 class and will use Google Classroom to support learning at home - spellings, homework and useful documents will be uploaded and made available on there.  If you are on Twitter, please follow @beechtreeGSP to see regular updates.


We are set to have a great term and have some really exciting things planned and lots of new things to learn about.  If there are ever any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch, either by popping in or telephoning.  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.


Kind regards

Mrs Rowlands and Miss Heywood


Our Curriculum:



In English, the children will use a variety of different stimulus throughout the term to engage and inspire the children’s writing.  The children will be looking at the books Seal Surfer and Zeraffa Giraffa this term and will cover a range of writing such as a setting description, persuasive leaflets, letters and poetry.  Children will also focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar.



In Maths, the children will be studying the topics: Decimals, Money, Time, Shape and Position & Direction.  In Year 4, children are expected to know their times tables up to 12x12 ready for their mutiplication check in June.  To help the children practise their times tables, they need to be using TTRS at least 3 times a week at home.  Useful MTC links can also be found below.


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Children will learn about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness. They will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations, and completing a sound survey of our school to find the noisiest part!!  They will work in a hands-on way to explore how high and low sounds are made; investigate how sounds change over distance and the best material for soundproofing.  


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What would we find at the end of a river?  In this topic, the children learn about the features of rivers, and the natural and human ways that rivers change over time.  They will learn the names and locations of the major rivers of the UK and the world and will also find out more about why rivers are so important to the towns and villages that have developed on their banks.


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How Have the Ancient Greeks Left Their Mark?  In this topic, children will gain an understanding of where and when some key events during the ancient Greek period took place. They will explore what life was like for different people and the different elements of daily life.  Children will learn about the birth of the Olympics and explore how, towards the end of the ancient Greek period, Alexander the Great grew an empire. 



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Please make sure that you read at least 3 times a week for 10 minutes.  This can be your school book, own book, newspapers, comics, shopping list etc and record in your planner.



Spellings will focus on a particular spelling rule/pattern or will be taken from the statutory word list and will be taught and practised throughout the week. Tests will take place each Friday and new lists posted on Google Classroom and Spelling Frame.



Children will have Indoor PE on a Wednesday and Outdoor PE on a Friday and should come to school in their PE kits on these days. PE kits should be their house colour t-shirt, black shorts/leggings/joggers and a black jacket/hoodie. 

This term our outdoor PE will be swimming. Parent helpers are needed so that we can walk to Penketh Swimming Pool.  If any family members would be willing to help, either on a regular basis, or as a one-off then please let us know.  Everybody is always welcome!  We aim to leave school at the earlier time of 9:00am and will return back to school for 11:15am. Please remember to tie back long hair and wear no jewellery for safety reasons. 



Homework will be set on a Friday and this should be returned by the following Wednesday. Homework will consist of a Maths activity and an English activity linked to the unit of work they are covering in class, so they should be able to complete the activity independently. 


Some useful websites, resources and links:


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Files to Download

Beech Tree - Year 4: Calendar items

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