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Welcome to Year 4 

Here you will find all of the information you need about Year 4 during the spring term. 


We hope you had a wonderful holiday and wish you and your families a very Happy New Year.  


Our topic this term is called The War of the Roses and The Tudors, a history topic, in which we will discover how the Tudor family came to power, what impact their decisions had on influencing areas of our life today and the role of Tudor explorers in shaping future generations understanding of the world. This will be done through: 


  • Finding out about who were the two different sides in the War of the Roses and why it started 

  • Thinking about the value of different sources, paintings, accounts written several years later, eyewitness accounts and the influence of bias and propaganda when investigating the role Richard III played in the disappearance of the Princes in The Tower 

  • Using paintings from artists of the time as a source to tell us about the character of Henry VIII  

  • Looking at the reasons why Henry VIII married six times and the impact and repercussions that had on religion in England. 

  • Comparing the symbols of wealth and poverty in Tudor times – using photographs of Tudor buildings still in existence. 

  • Finding out about the influence Shakespeare has had on literature and some of the language which we use today.  

  • Investigating crime and punishment in Tudor times and comparing to previous work on Anglo- Saxons 

  • Looking at maps before, during and after Tudor times to understand the impact Tudor explorers had on discovering new countries and developing knowledge of the world.  



Throughout our learning, we will be considering three big enquiry question, using our research and newly acquired knowledge to answer them. 


How did the Tudors earn their place on the throne? 

What impact did the Tudors have on our lives today? 

How can we link Tudor explorers to our favourite bag of crisps? 


 For additional curriculum information about our topic please click here.



Our science topic this term will continue to focus on Living Things And Their Habitats, especially conservation.  

We will consider:  

  • Ecosystems and how they are affected by the change in seasons, 
  • The human impact on the environment through deforestation, 
  • The impact of air and water pollution on the planet, 
  • Methods that can be used to conserve water, 
  • The positive impact that humans can have on the planet
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Our English units for this half term will be based on the following texts:  

  • Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister 
  • The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde 



For details about curriculum coverage of our English units, please click here.





We continue to follow the White Rose curriculum in maths and the Year 4 topic overview can be found on the Maths Curriculum page by clicking  here            

   For a more detailed breakdown of curriculum coverage during the Spring term, please click here 


PE takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please remember to come to school wearing your PE kit on these days.  

Please ensure you bring your reading diary and reading book to school every day. 


Our working week is as follows:  


Mrs Robinson (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday class teacher)   

Mrs McCormick ( Thursday and Friday class teacher)  

Mrs Eastwood (Mornings only)  


For general things e.g. lost jumper, wearing trainers because shoes too small etc, please contact the class teacher using the updated messaging function on Seesaw  

For more significant concerns or worries, please email  

with FAO Mrs Robinson/ Mrs McCormick Class Teacher in the subject.  

Any changes to school pick up should go through the school office.  


 Many thanks,  


Mrs McCormick, Mrs Robinson and Mrs Eastwood 




Year 4 Maths Curriculum coverage

Year 4 Photo Gallery

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