Year 4

Autumn Term 1 (2017-18)

Whole School Theme: Who's Who?
Year Group Theme: Pakistan

Topic overview

This half term Year 4 will be focusing on the country of Pakistan through a range of different subject areas.

During our topic sessions children will look in detail at Pakistan and make comparisons with the UK. This will include examining location, population and climate as well as cultural differences between the two countries including a food tasting session!

Textiles will be a focus in the Art and Design and Technology sessions where children will be given the opportunity to explore textiles and patterns linked to our topic work and then design and produce a bag or purse.

English will focus on stories set in different cultures (i.e. Pakistan) and a persuasive script which provides children with the opportunity to write a script to advertise a film to a specific audience. The core text will be linked to Thurrock Trailblazers and the Royal Opera House to create and Sing Carmen.

Maths will continue to use the Numicon scheme with particular focus this half term on revising calculation methods for adding and subtracting as well as securing key number facts and strategies; while Science this half term provides children with the opportunity to find out more about teeth, digestion and eating.

It will be an exciting time in PE where children will be looking at multi-cultural dance linked to our topic and also be learning how to play hockey. PE days in year 4 are on Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit ready for these days and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you!

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes each day.  This should include a range of text types.  Please also encourage and support your child to complete their Guide on the Side homework to a high standard.

Letters regarding spelling and times tables will follow shortly.

Guide on the side

This half term’s homework is linked to our science topic: ‘Animals including humans’ which is linked to the whole school theme of: ‘Who’s who?’

Children are to research 1 organ in the body – they can choose which. They will need to find out what it does in the body to keep us alive and well, and present any other interesting facts they have found out.


This half term children will have the opportunity to taste some Asian food and then be taught how to make their own vegetable samosas as part of our Open futures/Cook it programme.

As part of our Science topic, we are also hoping to take the children for a visit to a local dentist to find out more about looking after our teeth.

Parent and child session


Our Parent – Child Sessions enable children to share examples of their work with parents and gives parents an opportunity to take part in some of the activities with their child. The session will be a celebration of the learning that has taken place this half term.

Our Year 4 pupils have started to learn the clarinet with
Thurrock Music Services and they are thoroughly enjoying it!
TPA Clarinets