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Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness


Great Gates Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale, OL11 2DN

(01706) 640480





Welcome to Year 4!

A very warm welcome to the Year 4 class page. It is here where you can find out all about the daily routines of Year 4 and catch a glimpse of some of our wonderful work. 

Read on to find out what else we will be learning about in the Autumn Term. There are also links and ideas to help support learning at home.


Staff: Mrs Rothwell, Mr McKenna and Miss Greenwood



Our first topic will focus on the family, looking deeper into our own family trees and then focusing on the human family tree of Jesus. We also focus on the ways in which people can be called by God and how we should listen for his call.


During our English lessons this term, we will be basing our writing around our curriculum theme of ‘Groovy Greeks’. We will use a variety of texts and film clips as a stimulus to help us engage and immerse in the topic.  We will be retelling a myth, writing poems, persuasion, non-chronological reports and explanation texts.


In Maths, we will start with place value. This will include knowledge of value of the digits in a number, using negative numbers, roman numerals, rounding and estimating. Next we will progress to addition and subtraction using a formal method and understanding carrying and exchanging through columns. We will be learning all our times tables. 


During our topic ‘Electricity,’ we will learn about where electricity comes from and how it is used before moving onto electrical safety.  We will then look at how to make simple circuits, learning the names of different components and how each of these work. We will investigate insulators and conductors and use this knowledge to make a switch.

Creative Curriculum

Our topic for the autumn term is ‘GROOVY GREEKS!’ Our learning will include; knowing that Ancient Greece was made up of City States, studying armour and warships, understanding aspects of Greek everyday life, learning about the importance of the Olympic Games and deducing information about Greek beliefs and religious practices from pictures of buildings and pottery.


PE will be every Wednesday afternoon.  Children will be going swimming this half term and should bring their swimming kits to school.


We will continue with our French lessons with Mrs Higgins along with other curriculum areas each afternoon including Computing, Art, Music and DT.



Our homework will take the form of Learning Logs which will be given out on Friday, to be returned the following Friday.  The children will be given a learning intention taken from one or more of their lessons in class and will show their own learning on this learning intention. It can be presented as drawings, writing, etc. It is completely up to the children how they show their understanding.  

Each week the children will be given spellings which will be tested on Friday. Children are expected to learn their spellings each week. Spelling rules are taken from the National Curriculum spelling lists for Year 3 and 4. We will also revise previous years’ spelling rules throughout Year 4.

Daily homework will consist of practising spellings, times-tables and reading.  Please try to listen to your child read every day for 10 minutes. This should be followed by a discussion of the text. Please then update your child’s reading record book each time you hear them read including books they choose from home. You can record aspects they found difficult or if they particularly enjoyed it. Please ensure your child’s reading book and record are in school every day so we can hear your child read as often as possible.


Thank you for supporting your child’s learning, if you have any other queries, please speak to Mrs Rothwell.


Websites to support children’s learning:


 For the Year 4 Curriculum objectives in reading, writing, spelling and handwriting which your child will be working towards across the year, please click the link below. 

Below is the Year 4 White Rose Maths Overview and link to parent resources.