en English


Miss Lawne
Year 4 Teacher

Welcome to Year 4 at Holy Family with Miss Lawne, Miss McAndrew & Mr McKeen. 

We hope that during the year you will enjoy finding out about all the wonderful things we will be learning in our lessons. To keep up to date with what is happening inside our classroom follow us on twitter @HolyFamilyL8_4L

Come and See

Community: The children will explore what it means to belong to a community and learn about the life of the local Christian community

Giving and Receiving: The children will explore different ways they give and receive each day and learn about how the Eucharist challenges us and enables us to live and grow in communion.


To start, the children will recap on what they learned last half term about multiplying and dividing. They will then move on to start learning about fractions.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • count up and down in tenths; recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10
  • recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
  • recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
  • recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole 
  • compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators
  • solve problems that involve all of the above


The children will start reading the book Shackleton’s Journey and our English writing will revolve around this story. They will learn to write a narrative recount and a non-chronological report. They will continue to develop their editing skills and will work on creating settings, characters and plot. They will also work on extending their range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, and focus on using the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense.


This half term, Y4’s science topic is States of Matter. They will be working scientifically by planning and conducting fair tests. They will also:

  • compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.


Our topic this half term is called Where Does our Food come from? They will identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night). They will also learn about the different countries our food comes from and how it gets to the shop.  


To learn about the Romans and when their invasion on Britain. To understand the problems that Julius Caesar faced when attempting to invade Britain. The reasons why the Romans wanted to conquer other countries.


The children will design and make a torch/night light for an explorer. This will link to our English topic as Shackleton was an explorer. They will also use they learnt in science in the Autumn term about electrical circuits to make their torch.


In music, the children will base their learning around the song Stop! by Joanna Mangona – a song/rap about bullying. They will listen and appraise the song Stop! and other songs,  build on their knowledge and understanding about the interrelated dimensions of music and perform and share their learning as they progress through the Unit of Work.


In Spanish this half term, the children will learn how to describe the weather in Spanish. They will link this to the different months and seasons of the year. They will also develop their understanding of numbers up to sixty.


This half term, the children will learn to create your very first computer game in Scratch. They will create their own sprites/graphics and background images.  The children will create a game where the character chooses a random number between 1 to 100 and the player must then guess the number selected. Each guess will be tested to see if it is correct or if the player needs to go higher or lower with their next guess.


PE this half term is basketball! We are very lucky to have Mersey Mavericks come in to teach our lessons.


This half term, our PE day is Friday. Please ensure your child comes into school wearing their full PE uniform (a white or purple t-shirt, black or grey shorts or tracksuit bottoms and trainers or pumps).