Year 4 - Miss P Murphy

Welcome back to class TMY4

Hello and welcome back to Miss Murphy’s Year 4 class. We hope you’ve had a great half term break and are ready to meet every learning challenge the new term brings! Mrs Taylor is our ETA support.

Things to remember:

  •  Reading records - Please make sure you listen to your child read each day and sign their reading records. It is an excellent way for you to help your child succeed in both reading and writing! Please record which page your child has read to and also when they have finished a book so we know when to change it.
  • Times tables – This year it’s especially important that your child learns their times tables because a national test for Year 4 pupils is being introduced in June 2019. Children should spend 5 minutes each day learning their times tables at home to boost regular practice in class. Children are expected to know their times tables up to x12 by the end of Year 4. Fluency in times tables will really help with answering calculations quickly and efficiently. Please encourage your child to practise using the website. All children have been provided with log in details so they can access this from home.
  • Spellings - Our spelling test is on Monday. New spellings are sent home on the previous Monday, so make sure you help your child practise them ready for their test the following week. The weekly list can be accessed and practised using the Spelling Shed website ( and your child’s individual log on details. The more they practise, the more points they gain – help them to aim for the top of the school table!
  • This half term PE is on Wednesdays and Fridays, so make sure your child comes to school with their full PE kit – T-shirt and shorts, trainers, sweatshirt or hoodie and jogging bottoms for outdoor sessions.
  • Celebration assembly is at 2.15pm on Friday – Children who have impressed the adults in class will be chosen as our star pupil of the week and will receive a certificate of achievement.
  • Homework – every week, children are expected to learn their spellings, read their school book for at least 10 minutes a night and complete a piece of either maths or literacy homework. This is handed out every Friday and needs to be handed in by the following Wednesday.

Spring 2 term

Literacy We will be reading Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. It’s a quest story set in another time and place where the main character, Ivan, goes in search of his brother taken by the mysterious Starjik. Writing outcomes include instructions, note-taking and recount.


Maths We begin with a recap of multiplying and dividing numbers mentally, followed by fractions: finding equivalents, adding, subtracting and multiplying, as well as writing decimal numbers as fractions.


Science This term we are looking at famous scientists and inventors linked to science topics in the year 4 curriculum.


Art – We will be drawing a coat of arms and looking at portraits of monarchs before creating our own.


History Our topic this half term is Monarchs, where we will be exploring and recording the chronology of significant British monarchs, researching facts and understanding the role of the monarchy today.


Computing Children will further develop methods of using the internet as an accurate research tool, also practising their collaboration and proofreading skills.


French We will continue to focus on animals and how to describe them, moving onto school vocabulary.


Music - We will be developing an understanding of the history of music.


RE The focus is on symbols and responses, including a retelling of the Easter story.


PHSE We will be following the Jigsaw scheme about healthy me, exploring how we can develop strategies to keep safe.


Please help your child meet their targets by taking an interest in what they are doing in school and helping them when they need it.


The adults in class are working hard to make sure that the children in our class have a happy and successful year. If you wish to discuss anything concerning your child, please call in and see me at the beginning or end of the school day when we are usually available, or make an appointment at the office.