Year 4 


Welcome to Silver Birch Tree class!

Our class teacher is Miss McGrath 

Welcome to Cedar Tree class!

Our class teacher is Mr Hill

 with Miss Roberts, Mrs Holman, Mrs Nash, Mrs Osborne & Mrs Fenty to support our learning.


Spring 2024

Welcome back to Year 4 for what will be another busy, exciting and challenging term at Great Dunmow. This term’s experiences for the children are as follows:



The term has started with a focus on recounts through our book Varjak Paw by S.F. Said. We will also be incorporating how to write explanation texts linked to our History unit on the Iron Age. Other areas we will cover include different forms of free verse poetry for persuasion. We will be covering non-chronological reports and myths and legends through our text, How to Train Your Dragon later in the term. Through all work, we will be focussing on the development of key skills to improve detail, appropriate style and description within writing.



We’ll begin by continuing to learn about MULTIPLICATION & DIVISION, including factors, word problems, multiplying and dividing 3-digit numbers and the application of multiplication facts from 1 – 12. Another area of coverage is LENGTH & PERIMETER, where the focus will be on calculating perimeters of different shapes and equivalent lengths. Then we move on to FRACTIONS, including counting on in fractions, calculating fractions of quantities and the addition & subtraction of fractions. Whilst learning about DECIMALS, the children will cover the concepts of tenths and hundredths. There will be a continuing focus on recall of all multiplication facts.



The children will learn about family members, adjectives and the stories of The Three Little Pigs & Little Red Riding Hood.


General Information


Please make sure that children come to school with all the relevant P.E equipment: shorts, T-shirt and a tracksuit.  They will need plimsolls for indoors PE and trainers for when we go outside. It is particularly important that the children have suitable footwear for the outdoor sessions. No jewellery is to be worn at any time during PE sessions (children need to be able to remove their earrings or will be unable to take part in the lesson) and long hair needs to be tied back. Children will not be permitted to borrow kit from other children. Please let us know if your child is unable to partake in any PE lesson.


In addition, please ensure your child has a water bottle to take with them to PE lessons.



  • days for the first term are as follows:
    •  Tuesday (indoors) 
    •  Wednesday (outdoors) (Fridays when the cricket coach is on)


  • Reading – Children should be reading for 10 minutes daily and recording in their reading record, where possible.
  • Maths - A weekly task will be set for each group via Morodo. Work will be set on a Monday and is to be completed by the following Monday.
  • Spelling - A weekly set of spellings (taken from the ‘Spelling Shed’ scheme used throughout the school) will be set and reinforcement work is covered in class. This work will be shared on a Monday and tested the following week.
  • Literacy – A weekly task will be set on Mirodo. Work will be set on a Monday and is to be completed by the following Monday.
  • Times Tables – Children should be working on their times tables daily. They need to log in to TTRockstars to participate in tournaments and battles to win prizes!

Upcoming Events in Year 4


WOW Day – Science – Friday 9th February.


If you have any further questions, and wish to speak to us, please do not hesitate to see us.



Miss McGrath and Mr Hill



For further information about our curriculum – please see the long term plan below