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Year 4

Mr Myers (4B) and Miss Emmanuel (4Y) are supported by Mrs Baker and Mrs Serieux.

At St. Helen’s we are committed to developing the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum. We ensure that we cover all areas of the National Curriculum.

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Supporting Learning at Home

We recognise the extremely important role that parents play in their child’s education. We want to work in partnership to help parents develop their skills supporting their child’s learning at home. 

We encourage children to read widely and for pleasure, to help them the children will always have a reading book borrowed from the class library but have online accounts to support their reading i.e. MyOn & Oxford Owl.

Homework is provided to your child every week on their Google classroom. This homework links to work that they have been doing in class. Please refer to the GSuite Parent Guide on the school website to increase your confidence with how to use it when engaging with home learning. Please click here for the guide.

Year Four Expectations

All children are assessed within different curriculum subjects against the Age Related Expectations (ARE). The ARE’s are taken from the National Curriculum but are consolidated to reflect what we expect of a child.

Teacher assessments are generally based on a variety of different sources but will generally be a combination of on-going formative assessment in class, book work and formal summative testing.

Children are classed as:


  • Working towards the expected standard
  • Working at the expected standard
  • Working above the expected standard


The curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on the knowledge and skills that pupils have been taught at Key Stage 1. Spoken language underpins the development of pupils’ reading and writing. Reading at KS2 consists of word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading). Writing is composed of three strands: transcription (spelling and handwriting), composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing) and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.

In Year 4 the children have to sit a multiplication test in June. This consists of 25 multiplication questions which are answered on a screen. The children have 6 seconds in which to answer the question before it moves on to the next. The test is carried out in June and the results are given to the school shortly after the test window has passed.

News and Photos

In DT, year 4 have enjoyed creating strong shell structures using laminating, corrugating and ribbing. We were able to create a structure that was able to hold 12 dictionaries and 4 pencil cases!


Year 4 have been investigating tooth decay by looking at the effect of different liquids on eggshell.


Children developed greetings with each other as part of the Citizenship focus 'Building Bridges'.


Children developed greetings with each other as part of the Citizenship focus 'Building Bridges'


In DT children made their own shell structure using a cube net template.

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Children visited Canning Town library developing their knowledge of authors alphabetically and were able to view a range of genre texts.

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In Science children have been learning about the digestive system. They worked collaboratively to label organs of the human body and the purpose of these.

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We have been learning about sound and loved using dominoes to investigate whether sound travels fastest through solids,liquids or gases. Using tuning forks helped us understand how the sound waves travel through vibrations.

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Useful Links

These are websites that are useful for developing children’s skills in year four to complement their learning in school.

English Links

Teach Handwriting
Description: Lots of fantastic videos and work sheets to support letter formation.

BBC Bitesize
Description: This website is packed with games and activities to support your child's learning in school.

Description: Fantastic selection of reading, spelling and writing activities.


Maths Links

Active Learn
Description: Use your child’s login to access lots of fun and interactive games.

ICT games
Description: A selection of fun games to support mathematical skills.