Whitby's Lane, Winsford, CW7 2LZ

Sycamore Class

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Year 4’s class page. Here you will find all the updated information for the upcoming term.

It is with great pleasure that I will be teaching your children this year.  This year we will build on what they have learnt in Year 3 in Maths and English and they will experience new, exciting topics.

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This term’s topic is Science based all about living things and their habitats. This topic presents lots of exciting opportunities for practical activities investigating our local area and comparing other habitats. Our science curriculum will be supported by the reading that we will be covering during reading lessons and our English unit.

Our trip this term will be science based as the children explore different habitats at Chester Zoo. More information will be given at the start of the term.

English will be linked to our science topic and the children will begin creating narratives and  news paper reports based on the wordless picture book ‘The Whale’ by Ethan and Vita Murrow. 

In Maths we will be focusing on Place Value to begin with and children will deepen their understanding of numbers up to 1000. We will then move onto addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children will be continuously assessed and learning will be adapted to fill any gaps in understanding caused by Covid-19. Furthermore, times tables are a large focus on Year 4 to build fluency. Therefore, the children will be practicing times tables daily in school and we ask if the children can partake in the weekly times tables challenges set through TTRockstars each week from a device at home.

 It is important that the children continue reading outside of school in order to progress in their reading skills, especially in understanding what they are reading. As per the homework policy please ensure you listen to your child read for at least ten minutes each day – this is a vital step in becoming fluent readers. Please fill out your child’s reading records when you hear them read each night.

What should/shouldn’t your child bring into school?

  • At Oak View Academy we are passionate about becoming Plastic Free, please bring in a re-useable water bottle that has your child’s name on it. 
  • Unless there is a plan in place, please do not send your child in with fiddle/play toys as these cause distractions in class. If you are unsure, please speak to me at school. 
  • The children do not need a pencil case as yet in class, I will let you know if this changes. 
  • Children should have their reading book/diary with them each day in case their book needs to be changed. In KS2 the children can change their own books and can just let me know when they have finished their reading book.


PE is on Monday afternoons, please ensure they have their PE kit in school, this can be taken home at the end of the week but must be back in in time for PE or your child may not be able to partake in the PE lesson.

Swimming will be on Thursday afternoons this term only. Children must remember to bring their swimming kits on this day.

Mrs Leader will take the class for one hour on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, teaching PSHE and Maths.

I will always make myself available to discuss your child’s progress and any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to catch me at the end of the day or to arrange another time to meet.

We are very much looking forward to the Autumn term and all the exciting learning opportunities that we will encounter,

Best wishes,

Miss Leonard and Miss Woodall.

*Please see an overview of the Year 4 curriculum below*

Sycamore Class Blog

16 September 2021

Connecting with our friends

Junipers have enjoyed getting to know their friends a lot more this week. The children have been exploring and playing games to find things their friends like and dislike; discussing things they have in common. It has been lovely to see them communicate and understand each other and have no an interest in others around […]

12 September 2021

Habitat hunting…

Wow! What a fantastic and very busy first week back for Sycamore class. This week the children have really had the chance to settle into the school routines. In our Science lessons this week we were focusing on habitats and understanding that different animals live in different places. The children were very excited to go […]

12 September 2021

Shooting for Success

This week Hawthorn Class learnt about the history of rocket science and we attempted to launch our own rocket using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda! In English we have been recapping how to punctuate speech and in Maths we have been exploring numbers up to 100,000. Learner of the Week: Caleb Star of the Week: […]

10 September 2021

Toys of UK Past…

Our first full week back is done and dusted. I’m sure that everyone (including myself and Mrs Kinns) will sleep well this weekend! As part of our History and our English this week, we have been reading the book Major Glad, Major Dizzy. The children then discussed and sorted toys, deciding whether they were toys […]

10 September 2021

Getting to know our friends

Junipers have had an amazing week getting to know their new friends. It has been lovely to see them form such lovely friendships. We have been enjoying circle times, activities and games. The children have been learning some initial sounds in phonics each day and have been focusing on recognising their own name in the […]

05 September 2021

Terrific Two Days!

WOW! What an amazing first two days Cedar have had! All of the children were so excited on Thursday morning and had clearly missed being in school and seeing their friends. Cedar spent Thursday and Friday laughing, playing and learning together, all whilst trying to get used to a new classroom with new routines. There […]