St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Barnoldswick
Lancashire BB18 5EN

01282 813045

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Class 4

If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 4 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Potter, the class teacher.



The children will learn about:

GeneralThe children will learn about: mental addition and subtraction; decimals, percentages and their equivalence to fractions; problem solving, reasoning and algebra; fractions, ratio and proportion; written multiplication and division; number and place value; position and direction; and the properties of shapes.


Mental Maths Children will practise times tables and mental maths (at an appropriate level) every day. A times tables test will take place every Friday. Children who have memorised their 12 times tables, will move on to learning division facts relating to times tables.


Stories which raise issues or dilemmasIn this unit we will read the novel ‘Bill’s New Frock’, by Anne Fine. This excellent book will challenge the children to think for themselves about issues such as stereotyping. We will identify and discuss evidence in the text that suggests the character's point of view and their possible actions while exploring alternative views on a problem. Through drama, the children will create scenes from stories and then explore characters' thoughts and motives. We will also discover some techniques which good authors use to develop characters and to draw in their readers, and apply this to our own writing.

Debating and ArgumentUsing issues arising from our class novel, ‘Bill’s New Frock’, and other issues, the children will learn ways to express their opinions and justify these. They will also learn to consider both sides of an argument so that they can build stronger arguments to support their ideas.

Reading, Spelling, Handwriting and Grammar Each child will participate in guided reading, spelling, handwriting, comprehension and grammar activities every day at an appropriate level.


Religious Education - Inspirational People

Life in the Risen ChristThe children will learn about what the resurrection of Christ means to Christians. We will learn about the appearance of Jesus to Mary of Magdala and about the significance of the ‘Our Father’ and the Rosary prayers.


PSHE - A Journey of Love

A Journey of Love (continued) In this PSHE (personal, social and health education) topic, which will continue throughout the year, we will look at some of the physical, social, emotional and spiritual changes that we experience in our lives. The children will begin to understand and celebrate the things that make us ‘unique’. To understand some of the physical changes, the children will need to identify the different male and female body parts and understand their functions.  


Changes to Materials   This unit follows on from the properties of materials. The children will discover that through different processes, materials can change and that while some of these changes are reversible, others are irreversible.


Art/Design Technology -Indigenous Art

Mosaics and Religious IconographyHere the children will learn about the art of mosaic patterning, looking at the history of this technique and how it can be used to create elaborate patterns and pictures. We will also explore religious iconography, creating some of our own as we delve deeper into our history topic.


Computing - Coding

Programming (continued) This term we will continue basic computer programming, making simple games and animations.


Physical Education

P.E. lessons will take place every Monday and Friday afternoon this half term,. Please make sure your child has suitable indoor and outdoor kit. Indoor kit should remain in school at all times.

Earrings must be removed for all PE lesssons.


Early Christianity – Following the death of Jesus in Jerusalem, the children will explore how the Christian message spread to Britain. Using many of the same clues used by archaeologists and historians, they will develop a picture of Christianity in Britain: from its earliest days, through the turbulent periods of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions, to the building of the monasteries, such as Bolton and Fountains Abbey. 



Maths homework will continue to be allocated to children online. Some children have asked for a worksheet to complete as well as or instead of the online homework, which I am happy to provide. Most children receive a list of spelling words each week. These spellings should be practised and at least three should be written into sentences or short pieces of writing for homework. If the children do not have a new spelling list, I would like them to complete any other kind of writing instead of the sentences. This could be a recount, a short story, a script – anything!

Home reading - Green reading record books should also be brought to class each day. In Class 4 we expect children to read at least three times in the week, but many children choose to read on a daily basis, which is wonderful.

Long Term Planning



Please find below an outline of the topics covered in your child's class. We are currently in cycle A.

If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 4 please do not hesitate to speak to Mr Bell, the class teacher.

CLASS 4 Long Term Plan Year A 2016-2017.pdfDownload
CLASS 4 Long Term Plan YEAR B 2017-2018.pdfDownload
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