Carlton Miniott Primary Academy, Thirsk

Class 4

Welcome to Class 4

Spring Term

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

Welcome to the new Spring Term after a great Christmas break. We are all looking forward to an extremely busy term with exciting learning opportunities being planned around our new topics.


This term will see Year 4 starting our new topics; ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘Incredible Inventions’. Over these topics, through Geography and History, we will be researching India, jungle climates, understanding how to use atlases; designing robots, discovering the history of inventions and creating our own newspaper articles. We will begin our learning by looking at India and the early life of Rudyard Kipling, following onto the story of the Jungle book and the lives of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and others. We will then research different inventions and how these have developed over the years, before designing our own robots and creating information pages about these.

English, Communication and Language

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

Narrative Writing – Over the first half term we will be writing both letters and diary entries. We will be focussing on key features and structures of these different genres and then creating our own. For our diaries, we will be writing in the role of Mowgli and his adventures with his animal friends. We will be writing our letters as Rudyard Kipling, explaining about his life in India.

Non-fiction Writing – The second half term will see a focus on non-fiction writing with both Newspaper articles and information pages being created. We will discuss and discover how these differ from fictional writing and how we can create effective pieces.



We are having a real drive with our reading this term, developing our fluency, understanding and comprehension of texts. There will be a high focus on Guided Reading and the higher level answers and tasks completed for each genre of book. Your child has a set day to read with the class teacher, where further reading and an activity will be set to be completed at home. In addition to this, children will also work with Mrs Ward once a week to develop comprehension skills, with questions set as homework to be completed for the following week. In order to support your child’s reading, we ask for children to read at least three times a week at home, with this recorded and signed in their planner. Three signatures in your child’s planner, earns them a ‘Gotcha’ and the chance to choose a book in the weekly draw.



Throughout the term we will developing our skills in number, calculations, fractions, measurement, shape and space and data handling. We will begin with developing our understanding of both 2D and 3D shapes, before moving onto converting units of measurement and problem solving. Over this term there will be a focus on independence; using our understanding of Maths fluency to solve problems and reasoning.

Rockstar Times Tables

Following the successful launch of our new Times Tables initiative, all children can now regularly access the TT Rockstars website to develop their fluency and understanding of all Times Tables up to 12x12. If you require a login, please contact me for a password and a username.


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.

Physical Education

PE for Year 4 is on Monday and Friday afternoons. 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. 

This term, Year 4 will be developing and improving their undertsanding of gymnastics, dance, squash, invasion games and stamina building as well as focussing on the fundamental skills such as catching, throwing and communication used throughout all areas of the curriculum.

Please note that there will be no swimming for all Year 4 pupils this year.


Expressive Arts and Design

Art – Using pastels and colours to create jungle scenes and 3D Modelling.
Music – Indian Music and Manipulating Sound using computers.
Design and Technology – We will be looking at the skills required in creating food. We will be looking at the need for a healthy diet and the importance of food hygiene.


We hope you can join us on our Science Investigation Afternoon; with an Open Classroom on Monday 12th March at 2.15pm.


We hope you can join us for our Class Assembly on Monday 19th March 3.00pm



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.


Please do not hesitate to contact me:



I look forward to continuing our work together in making sure your child feels safe, supported and makes the progress to achieve their full potential.

Here’s to another positive and successful term,

Mr Armstrong