en English


Miss Lawne
Year 4 Teacher

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

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

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New life: Y4 will learn how good news brings life and how new life of the Easter message is spread through the power of the Holy Spirit. Children will acquire the skills of assimilation and celebration.

Building bridges: Children will learn about building bridges of friendship and the importance of admitting wrong and being reconciled with God and one another. Y4 will acquire the skills assimilation and celebration.


Y4 will start this half term by developing our understanding of money. They will learn to:

  • Recognise pounds and pence
  • Order money
  • Estimate money
  • Convert pounds and pence
  • Add and subtract different amounts of money
  • Find change
  • Use the four operations to solve money problems.

They will also develop their understanding of time. They will learn to:

  • Convert between different units of measure e.g. hour to minute.
  • Read, write & convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 14 hour clocks
  • Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days


This half term, the children will be reading the book Farther by Grahame Baker-Smith. Y4 will learn how to write a journey tale and how to write instructions.

They will be writing their very own finding tale and an information leaflet. They will learn to:

  • Plan their writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • Extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although
  • Use the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense
  • Choose nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition
  • Use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause using fronted adverbials
  • Use and punctuate direct speech


This half term, our science topic is sound. Children will learn to:

  • identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
  • recognise that vibrations from sound travel through a medium to the ear
  • find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it
  • find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
  • recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. 


The children will be learning about mountains. They will learn about the six highest mountains in the world and locate them on a map. They will also use four-figure grid reference and co-ordinates to locate mountainous regions. As well as this, they will identify the significance of the Arctic and Antarctic Circle.


Year 4 will be learning about food and nutrition. They will learn what makes a healthy and varied diet before they design and make their own pizzas using ingredients from around the world.


Year 4 will continue with their ukulele lessons this half term. They will begin to understand timbre and be able to recognise instruments and voices by their timbre. They will begin to play pieces of music with more difficult chord changes and will create a simple melody using the chord D minor.


This half term, the children will be learning about sports and hobbies (verbs). They will recap days of the week, seasons and numbers 1 – 69.


This half term, Year 4 will learn about a topic called ‘Back to the future’. In this project, children will create their own PowerPoint detailing what they learn from researching about different technologies, inventors and the different components of a computer.   


This half term, the children will be going swimming to further develop their skills. They will go on a Thursday afternoon so should come into school in their PE uniform that day and bring the correct swimming kit with them. They will be learning to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations