Carlton Miniott Primary School, Thirsk

Class 4

Welcome to Class 4

A huge warm welcome from Mr Armstrong, Mrs Ward and Everyone in Year 4!

Welcome to the new Autumn term! We are all looking forward to an extremely busy term with many sporting events, exciting learning opportunities and a trip all being planned!
In Year 4 we are all looking forward to starting our new topic ‘Up your Street’ where we will be investigating local history and looking at what Carlton Miniott School used to be like! We are excited to see where our learning will take us and what journey we will go on… We will start by observing photographs to study what Thirsk used to look like many years ago; we will use census information to find out about the jobs and industry in the local area. We will travel the ‘Thirsk and Sowerby Past and Present’ Walk to discover local historic sites such as Thirsk Castle, Pudding Pie Hill and Mill Gate. Our theme will end with research around the history of our school using different primary and secondary sources. 

English, Communication and Language

Where possible there will be a strong and evident link with our topic theme, through our writing.

Narrative Writing – We will be reading James Herriot’s Stories for Children and focussing on the vivid character and setting description; this in turn will provide the inspiration for the children to produce their own stories about animals, set in our local countryside.

Following our fictional stories, we will explore mystery stories and identify the key features. We will use the local mystery of the ‘Busby Stoop Chair’ to inspire our own Scooby Doo style mystery narratives.

Non-fiction Writing – The children will produce a persuasive piece of writing for Thirsk Tourist Information, to encourage people to visit our local town.


Throughout the term we will developing our skills in number, calculations, fractions, measurement, shape and space and data handling. We will be working on the place value of 4-digit numbers (including ordering, comparing and rounding); we will be working across all 4 operations; developing our understanding of fractions and decimals. The term will end with a focus on time, shape and graph work.

Big Maths and Big Problems

During Friday maths lessons, the children will complete either a ‘Big Maths – Beat That Learn Its’ Test or a ‘Big Problem’. The Big Maths Test will assess the children’s understanding over a range of skills, with the aim of improving their scores, each week. The Big Problem will see the children apply knowledge and skills they have been focussing on in class; they will demonstrate an understanding of word problems, multi-step problems, mixed operation problems, explanations and reasoning – based around real life problems, where appropriate.

PE for Year 4 is on Tuesday and Friday afternoon. The children should bring their kits on Mondays and take them home on Friday as depending on the weather, the days may change.  It is really important for health and safety that the children have the correct PE kit in school; Indoor PE kit is black shorts and a white t-shirt; the children also need trainers/plimsolls for outdoor PE, it is also recommended that children bring long sports trousers to keep warm when outside. The children are requested not to wear earrings on PE days.
Please note that there will be no swimming for all Year 4 pupils this year.


We hope you can join us on our Design and Technology Morning; with an Open Classroom will be on Thursday 23rd November at 9.10.




As you know, Carlton Miniott prides itself on having an open door policy, should you have any concerns or wish to come and visit the classroom after school please ask. It is really important to us that your child is happy to come to school and that you feel involved in their learning journey.


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I look forward to working with you this year to make sure your child feels safe, supported and makes the progress to achieve their full potential.


Here’s to a positive and successful term,

Mr Armstrong