St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

Our Statement to Live By this week is: 'Simple things make us happy.'

Class 4

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



We will begin this half term with work on place value and number. We will look at both written and mental methods for all basic calculations and then finally move onto work on shape, measure and time. After half term, we will begin work on fractions.
There will be a big focus on times tables to ensure the children can recall these quickly and easily.



Our units this term include Fantasy Stories and Information texts. Our first novel is The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. We will then move onto a unit based on T.S. Eliot’s ‘Cats’ and some work on debating.


Religious Education - The Mission of the Church

Our first RE topic is called ‘The Bible’. In this topic the children will learn that the Bible tells us about God and his love for us. They will be given the opportunity to develop their research skills by looking up Bible references. Our second unit is called ‘Trust in God’. The children will explore the importance of trusting in God as well as the difficulties it brings through the stories of Zechariah, Mary and Joseph.


In Science, our first topic is ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’. We will look at classifying materials and their uses. This will include testing materials for conductivity. We will then look at materials that dissolve and how to separate mixtures of materials. After half term, we will move onto ‘Habitats’.

Art/Design Technology

In art, we will use a variety of mediums to create pieces linked to our topic work.


Computing - Coding

.Our first unit will be all about using Microsoft Word, and our second unit will involve using Scratch to create a quiz.


In our PSHE we will be focusing on celebrating differences, from our scheme ' A Journey in Love'.  We will be specifically looking at physical differences and then how a baby develops in the womb.



Our first topic is ‘Extreme Earth’, where we will be looking at natural disasters and locating these on a map. After half term, we will move onto a unit on The Vikings to find out all about where they came from and why.


Physical Education

 This half term we have Swimming on a Tuesday. Please remember a full kit including a swimming cap. PE will be on a Wednesday, but
this may change, so please keep a full indoor kit in school every day. An outdoor kit should be brought including a waterproof coat. Earrings may not be worn during PE lessons.


 Homework will be set on a Thursday and is due in on a Tuesday. Some of the work will be online, so if that is a problem please let me know and I can send home something else. There will usually be some Maths, Reading, Spelling/Grammar and Times Tables. Year 4 children are expected to do 30 minutes of homework a day in some way (Y3 20 mins). 


Home Reading

The children are expected to read to an adult and have their green reading diary signed at least three times a week.  It would be extremely beneficial if you could hear your child read every night. 

Digestive system experiment

Class 4 investigated how the digestive system works.  They recreated the transit of food through the body and learned what different parts of the digestive system do.

Class 4 visit to theatre group.

Class 4 visited the Civic Hall in Barnoldswick  to watch a Horrible Histories presentation.   The children had a wonderful time learning about the Awesome Egyptians. 

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 Miss Shekleton, the class teacher.

 Class 4 Long Term Plan Cycle A 2018-19.pdfDownload
 Class 4 Long Term Plan Year B 2019-20.pdfDownload
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