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Welcome to Bethany Class!

Class Teacher: Miss Koutsoumanis

PE (PPA Cover): Mrs Burnell

Music (PPA Cover): Mrs O’Sullivan

TA: Mrs Shamim (Monday/ Thursday/ Friday AM)/ Mrs Knight (Tuesday AM)

SEN TAsMrs Longo and Mrs Knight.


Year 4 is an important year which focuses on growing your child’s independence and confidence in what they can achieve at school. Your child will be encouraged to start to think about their own learning and take responsibility to complete and hand in their homework on time. I will encourage them to think for themselves and tackle problems in order to prepare them for Year 5 and onwards!


What else will my child learn in Year 4?


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


The Romans




The Ancient Maya


Maths Units

Number and Place Value

Addition and Subtraction



Multiplication and Division



Decimals and Money




Position and Direction

Science Units


States of Matter.

Animals including humans.


Living things and their habitats.

RE Units






Giving and Receiving.


New Life.


Building Bridges.

God’s People.


What should your child bring to school each day?

  • Labelled water bottle.
  • Fruit snack and Packed Lunch.
  • Pencils. Your may also bring in ruler, eraser, glue, highlighters and whiteboard pens in a small pencil case.
  • Waterproof coat with a hood.
  • Reading record (Tuesday), Homework book (Wednesday)
  • PE Days (Tuesday and Wednesday): On these days your child should wear their PE kit and trainers. Earring must be removed.

Uniform Reminder:

  • All clothing should be clearly labelled.
  • Long hair should be tied back every day.


Important Days to Remember:

  • Tuesday: PE day. Hand in Reading Records!
  • Wednesday: PE day.
  • Birthdays: On your child’s birthday, we ask that they do not bring sweets for their friends, but if they would like to donate a book to the class for the book corner instead, then it would be greatly appreciated.  They can also come to school in their own clothes on their birthday, or on the nearest school day if their birthday falls at the weekend.


Homework Expectations

Go to the Bethany Homework Tab to see the expectations of homework in Year 4 as well as the latest weekly homework.


This term our topic is the Ancient Maya Civilisation!

Questions you could ask your child about their topic this term:

-When and where did the Maya live?

- How do we know about the Maya?

- What was life like for the Maya?

- What did the Maya eat?

- Who did the Maya worship?


Topic Vocabulary we will learn this term:

civilisationcacao beans


 I hope this has given you an insight into Year 4 but if you have any other questions or concerns please get in touch.


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Koutsoumanis

Ways You Can Support Your Child’s Learning at Home


Continuous Cursive Handwriting

The children are taught to use the continuous cursive handwriting style. They will learn the correct formation of each letter in class. This link shows animations for each letter, as taught in class:

English: Reading and Book Discussion

For English, the single most important thing that you can do is to hear your child read. Good readers make good writers because they are exposed to a greater variety of vocabulary, syntax, grammar and style.


When you listen to your child read, there are a number of things to remember:

  1. Make it fun! Use different voices and take it in turns read to each other. Children should try to read every day for 15 minutes and ideally 3 times a week with an adult.
  2. Ask questions about the text, the characters, the plot, the setting, the style of writing, and the words. Anything to get them to think about what they are reading and to consider the deeper messages hidden in the subtext – use the questions on their reading bookmark to help you. There are also some questions on the Bethany homework tab which may help.
  3. Read a wide range of writing – from comics to newspapers, poetry to plays, novels to Pokémon cards, and even just menus and signs when you are out and about!
  4. Look up individual words in a dictionary together to find out what they mean.
  5. Be a good role model for reading. This is the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa, forget the chores, and read a good book yourself!


Punctuation/ English Online Games:


Recommended Reading List for Year 4:

Times Tables

By the end of Year 4 the expectation is that all children should know their times tables up to 12 x 12. 


We focus on our times tables during our maths lessons but additional practice at home is essential. Times Tables Rock Stars is a fantastic website as it tests the children on their times tables ensuring the facts are secure and can be recalled quickly. I highly recommend daily practice on Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) as I have seen the progress children have made in both their knowledge of their times table facts and their recall speed by regularly playing on the site. The end of year goal is to be a Headliner on TTRS (6 seconds or less per question) or even better, a Rock Star (3 seconds or less per question).


Additional times table practice online games: