Year 4 - Miss P Murphy

Summer 1 Term 2019



Welcome back to class TMY4


Hello and welcome back to Miss Murphy’s Year 4 class. We hope you’ve had a great Easter 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 Tuesdays and Please 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.
  • Golden Time is from 2.15pm on Friday. Children who have followed school conduct and behaviour rules throughout the week will receive half an hour free time. Poor behaviour will result in the loss of golden time.
  • 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.



Summer 1 term


Literacy We will be reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. It’s the story of a vain china rabbit who goes on an extraordinary journey and learns about loss, compassion and love. Writing outcomes include poetry and autobiography.


Maths We will be learning about money, time and graphs.


Science Our topic is states of matter, where we’ll learn about the differences between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects and identifying their properties.


DT Our topic this half term is Edible Garden, where children will learn where and how a variety of ingredients are grown. They will also plant seeds and care for their plants so they yield produce that can be used in their cooking.


Computing Children will learn some basic technical aspects of how the internet makes the web possible and use hyperlinks to connect ideas and resources.


French We will continue with school vocabulary, before moving onto food.


Music -   Children will learn about The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst, understand why it is important and use it as inspiration to create their own music.


RE The focus is moral dilemmas, featuring a look at charities and the role they play in society.


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.