St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic
Primary School

Year 4


Welcome to Y4

In Y4, we are a job share: Mrs Gay teaches on Monday - Wednesday morning, Mrs Herridge teaches on Wednesday afternoon – Fridays.

Mrs Zorab is our class Teaching Assistant.

On Tuesday afternoon, the class are taught PE by a Sports Coach, therefore they need to bring their PE kit to school. PE kits consist of a blue t-shirt, dark coloured shorts, appropriate sport shoes. In winter, we recommend leggings or tracksuit bottoms in a dark colour and suitable sweatshirt or sports top. We plan to use the field more this year.


On Wednesday morning, the class goes swimming at Easton Leisure Centre where they are taught in small, ability-based groups by swim coaches at the pool. Children need to wear their swim clothes underneath their outer school clothes – “beach ready”. They must bring a towel and underwear in a named bag too.

We would like every child to become a competent reader by the end of Y4. To achieve this, please can you support your child on their learning journey by hearing them read at home a minimum of 4 times per week. We will hear them read in school too. They will have a reading log book – please sign every time you hear them read. They need to bring their book and reading log to school every day. While you are hearing them read, please ask them questions about their book. Here are some suggestions:


Times Tables
At the end of Y4, the Government holds Statutory Tests to test Y4 children’s
knowledge of Times Tables. Because of the Pandemic, this will be the first year of these statutory Times Tables Tests. All Y4 children will be tested on all Times Table facts from 1x1=1 right up to 12x12=144 and everything in between. Please can you support your child in learning these in any way that works for them: chanting, singing, writing them down, playing board games, playing online games etc.


As well as frequent reading at home and practising Times Tables or Mathematics, Y4 pupils will also receive a spelling rule or pattern plus 10 example spellings to learn. These will be given to the children on a Thursday and they will be tested on the following Wednesday.



Class Dojo and communicating with us

Please sign up to Class Dojo. This is similar to a private texting system where we can send you messages directly to your device and in turn, you can send us messages too. There is also the ability to read whole class information, see photographs of the children in school, as well as whole school information. It is a great way to keep in touch. In the event of any issues or problems, please come and see one of us directly. We are here not only to teach your child, but to work alongside parents in supporting your child. We want the best for each child, so that they can fulfil their potential.

During the year, in History, we learn about the Romans and Victorian Britain through the study of railways. In Science, we learn about animal groups, digestion and teeth, sound, electricity and states of matter. Our Geography is focused on the United Kingdom, it’s rivers, seas, countries, cities and counties. We also study rivers in more detail. In RE, we follow the year, learning to develop a deeper understanding of the bible message to us. We also learn about Judaism.