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Chestnut Y4

Year 4

Miss Ford


Autumn Term

Welcome to our class page. We hope you will find it useful and it will let you know what we are currently learning about in school.

Teacher Bio

My name is Miss Ford and I will be teaching Chestnut class this year! In my spare time I love travelling (when Covid19 permits it, of course) and have enjoyed visiting countries such as Germany, Croatia, Switzerland and the USA. I have also recently rescued a cat from Battersea that I am enjoying looking after (even when she wakes me up at 4:00am!) I am really looking forward to getting stuck into our learning this term and getting to know you all!

Mrs Corrigan will be supporting our class full time from September, Mrs Danish will be supporting Chestnut class from October and Mr Naylor will be supporting across Year 4.


Class Routines

Our main classroom door for the start and end of the school day is the Chestnut playground door.


Our regular PE days are as follows:

Indoor PE - Tuesday

Outdoor PE - Friday

On these days children should come to school in PE kit.

From Tuesday the 14th of September to Tuesday the 30th of November the children will be participating in swimming lessons, which will count as their PE session for those days.

Our Learning

Our First Week:

During the first week of this school term each year group will be exploring a different country from around the world. We will be learning about Japan!

Our learning during this week will focus on our school's curriculum drivers (see below). We will be writing our own Haiku poems based on The Great Wave book, written by Veronique Massenot, as well as exploring the Japanese art of Kintsugi and the metaphor behind this art form. Additionally, we will be challenging stereotypes through exploring Japanese careers and focusing on physical and metal health through following traditional Japanese exercise videos and 'forest bathing'!


Current Learning:

This half term our curriculum learning is all about The Stone Age and this surrounds the Big Question 'How could you survive the Stone Age?' For full details of this unit, have a look at our Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser below.

Our class book this term is The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.


At the moment, we are particularly focusing on this learning:

In Maths we will be starting our learning on place value. These lessons will involve exploring the value of 4 digit numbers, ordering and comparing numbers of different amounts and using concrete resources to support this learning.


In our English lessons this term we will be exploring short stories. We will be using the Stone Age Boy book to increase our knowledge of the Stone Age before using these ideas to write our own versions.


In curriculum lessons we will be focusing on history and learning lots about The Stone Age. We will be going swimming in one of our weekly PE sessions as well as learning about Sikhism in RE.


Pictures of our Learning

Chestnut's weekly STAR OF THE WEEK

10/09/21 Chestnut's first star of the week award goes to Lara. Not only did Lara create a beautiful Kintsugi inspired Japanese plate, she also spent time carefully planning her design before choosing her favourite pattern. Great work Lara, well done!


Our expectations for homework are as follows:

Reading: Reading aloud with an adult progressing to more independent reading as often as possible.

Spellings: Children should be able to spell all words on the Statutory Word Lists for years 3/4

Times Tables: Children should be able to recall all times tables to 12x12 by the end of Year 4.

Project: Each half term, children are expected to complete a project that is linked to their current topic.


See the link below for Homework Guidance for this half term.

Recommended Websites:




Read Theory

Reading Games



Spelling Frame - activities to practise spelling patterns and rules



The Quest of Comma Castle

Spelling and Grammar









Times Table Rockstars

Top Marks 7-11

Radius of the Lost Arc


Word Problems

Maths Playground -you'll need paper ready for your working out!


Problem Solving and Reasoning

Nrich - mathematical games and problems