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Stowford School

Stowford School


Welcome back Puffins

This year is going to be a really exciting time in year 4 at Stowford. We have shuffled the curriculum and have some brilliant new topics to inspire and excite you. We have the wonderful Mrs Payne to help and support in the classroom and although things might be a little different at the start, we'll get through it together.


We will start the year by looking at a topic called "Once Upon a Time in the North" which is based around the book by Phillip Pullman and explores the rich and diverse countries in Scandinavia. We will look at the phenomenon which is the 'aurora borealis' and link this to our art and science. We will also start to use 'knowledge organisers' which highlight the key concepts, vocabulary and information that the children will need in each topic. 

English and Reading

We will use the book by Phillip Pullman as our inspiration for writing starting off with a diary entry. Following that we will look at news reports, letters and poetry. Reading and writing will be linked as much as possible and we will dedicate an hour and half each day to this. We do expect children in year 4 to be reading independently for at least 20 per day, practising their 10 given spellings and aiming for a high standard in their presentation and handwriting. We will continue to give out and test the spellings on a Monday.


We will continue to use 'White Rose' as our learning scheme and much of the resources for this can be found online if you want to follow what we are doing and support your child at home. Ive added the yearly overview to the bottom of this page. In the first term we will start with place value and the number system followed by; addition and subtraction, length and perimeter and then multiplication and division. Please feel free to talk to us at any point regarding any area of maths that your child is struggling with. We will continue to support the children with their speed and recall of the times tables and we will use 'Times Tables Rock Stars' as a way to excite and track their progress. There will be a weekly times tables test on a Friday.

We will continue to have Miss Kee for one of our PE sessions and Mrs Kandes for our Wild Tribe and MFL lessons.

We encourage clear and open communication with parents regarding any aspect of the time that your child is with us so if you do have any questions then please feel free to ask however we would prefer it if you spoke to us at the end of the day rather than the beginning and if you need a longer appointment then we will accommodate you when we can.

Roll on year 4!