This half term, Year 4 will be reading:



Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He’s never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way – a secret martial art for cats.

Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all the mysterious Vanishings.

Our English work will be based around Varjak’s journey, encompassing a range of genres in our writing.



Spelling is initially taught as discrete lessons, where pupils learn rules and carry out activities that allow them to investigate these rules. Pupils are not given spelling lists to learn and will be tested each week based on the application of rules taught.

(View the attached rules – PDF)



Our maths lessons follow the Maths No Problem scheme. This is an approach taught across the whole school. This half term, pupils will be learning strategies to support mental calculation of multiplication and division as well introducing them to formal written methods. Pupils will then use a range of strategies to support them in solving word problems.


Topic – Mountains and Earthquakes

This half term our topic work will be based on mountains and earthquakes. Pupils will look at the key aspects of the physical geography as well as identify key mountains, their locations and how they are formed. They will also understand how the formation of mountains links to earthquakes.



Science is taught as through Science Weeks. This half term, Year 4 will be learning more about sound. Pupils will identify how sounds are made and understand that sounds travel through a medium to the ear. Pupils will take part in a range of activities to investigate pitch and volume.

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