Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

Year 4     

My Byron

Class Information

Can you please ensure your child comes in with a coat everyday. Sometimes it is raining a little and we still need to get outside and get some fresh air.


We will now be having PE on a Monday afternoon as well as Wednesday. Please send your child in in their school uniform but with a name - labelled PE kit in a bag.


We are starting to use a new spelling system. The children will soon receive a log on and password for Spelling Shed. This will allow them to practise the spelling rules we have been learning at school through a range of games and challenges. There will no longer be a weekly spelling test.

Times Tables

We will continue to rote learn out times tables as the children started last year. We will work together as a class learning a couple of facts a week. We will do a timed test three times a week.

Times tables are a vital part of anyone's mathematical toolkit. Please help your child by regularly asking them about the times table facts that we are learning in class. Each week, I will post our new facts on the web page.


We will teach reading through a mix of whole class reading and small group guided reading. Please read with your child four times a week. Reading fluency at the end of Primary school is  a big indicator of future academic success.

Term 1 & 2 Curriculum Map

In a bid to save the environment, I will post the curriculum maps on the web page rather than print them and send them home. However, if you would like a paper copy, please ask.

Weekly Updates

Term 3

Week 1

The children have settled back in to term 2 really well. We have continued to look at changing technology. We have learnt about how innovations in science led to the development of steam power. This meant boats could travel further faster and it opened up an era of international trade.

We also started to think about electricity. We thought about its many uses and learnt a bit about Nikola Tesla. We will be working towards writing a biography of him.

In mathematics, we turned out attention to subtraction. We learnt how many of the strategies we learnt in Year 2 and 3 can be used with numbers in the thousands.


Week 7

This week we started to think about innovations in ship building that led to sails. This meant people could travel further and build bigger boats. The Vikings used sail power to get all the way from Europe to North America. We made fictitious adverts talking about the benefits of sail power.

In English, we thought more about expanded noun phrases and extending our sentences with conjunctions.

In maths, we have been learning about column addition and thinking about methods for doing mental addition. We have also been working on our problem solving skills.

Week 6

This week we have been thinking about improving our writing with extended noun phrases and similes. We also thought more about fronted adverbials. We also thought about how to extend our sentences using subordinating conjunctions. We realised that we could use a subordinating conjunction at the start of a sentence to make a fronted adverbial.

In maths we have been using the make ten strategy that we learnt in Year 2 to calculate with 3-digit numbers. We have also been working hard on using the correct language. We have learnt the phrase, "Addend plus addend equals sum."

In topic we used some of our sketching skills to and learned how to sketch a boat. We also thought about how boating technology enables immigration. We learnt about how the Windrush bought people to Britain after the war. As part of Black History Month, we learnt about the Bristol bus boycott when people protested the fact that the Bristol bus company would only hire white bus conductors.

Week 5

This week we finished off our posters about early boats. We also started to learn some sketching skills.

In maths we started to think about additive reasoning. We examined calculations and looked at forming generalisations about adding. We also thought about the different ways addition stories are told.

In English, we wrote our own ending to the Tilly story. We thought about the 5-part story structure and made sure we thought about what punctuation we would need in our story. We also had a go at some peer marking. We checked our friends work for paragraphs, fronted adverbials, exciting adjectives and the 5-part structure.

Week 4

This week we have been making posters about early boats. We used the internet to research and thought about how we could evaluate different sources of information. We made notes so that next week we can  present the information in poster form.

In English, we learnt about the features of a newspaper article and had a go at planning and writing one. We also learnt about extending our sentences with subordinate clauses. We learnt that if we put the subordinate clause at the start of the sentence it can be a fronted adverbial.

In maths this week, we thought about estimating numbers and putting them on a number line. We also learnt about Roman numerals, building on last year's work in their Romans topic.

This week's times tables are:

5 threes are 15

5 fours are 20

5 fives are 25

6 fives are 30

7 fives are 35

8 fives are 40

9 fives are 45

Week 3

This week we have been think about the rules for punctuating speech. We wrote a dialogue between Tilly and her dad. We tried to ensure we punctuated the speech correctly and then thought about varying the verb we used for said.

In maths, we have been learning about rounding numbers to the nearest 1000 and 100.  We learn that to round to the thousand we first have to look at the hundreds digit. We used a little rules to help us. Five or more raise the score. Four or less let it rest. We then used this knowledge to help us work out how to round to the nearest 10.

As part of our topic, we continued to look at boat. We thought about the design process. We learnt that when designing something we have to follow a brief. In this case we were designing boats that could carry an playmobil man and a glue stick. We learnt about the importance of our boat having a large surface area for the bottom of our boat.

We then tested our designs. We looked at the results and thought about what made the designs work and what could be better.


This week's times tables are:

7 fives are 35

8 fives are 40

9 fives are forty-five


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Week 2

This week we started to think about how technology affects our life and how it changes over time. Our first step was to think about chronology. We created time lines of our own live. We then looked at a range of boats and tried to think about what features would help us place them on a time line.

In maths, we have been learning how to partition 4-digit numbers. We have been partitioning them into thousands, hundreds, tens and one.

Our times tables for this week are:

5 threes are 15.

5 fours are 20.

5 fives are 25.

6 fives are 30.


In English we have been thinking about extending our sentences with fronted adverbials. These are words or phrases that go at the front of a sentence and describe the verb. We thought about the three main types of adverbial- manner, time and position. We wrote diaries as if we were Tilly.

Week 1

The children have been fantastic this first week back. They got used to school routines well and are on their way to forming a great little learning team. 

We thought a lot about the school values and how best we can embody them. We also thought about class rules. We managed to list 17 class rules but then boiled them down to three that cover everything!

This week we thought about problem solving skills in maths. We looked at how to model problems with objects and worked on our resilience with a bit of modular origami. We also saw how we can use our knowledge of the numbers 1- 10 to help us with numbers to 1000.

In English, we thought about what makes a sentence and recapped some of our prior learning from year 3. We also started reading 'Tilly and the Time Machine'. This links to our topic but the details of that are under wraps at the moment. We will be launching the topic next week at which point I will add the curriculum map to the web page.