Mrs Bradford
& Mrs Aitkenhead

assisted by Beverly


Click here for Year 4 overview



  • Reading records and reading books must be in school every day. 

  • Bring a named water bottle to school each day.

  • PE days are on Thursday and Friday and you are to come to school wearing your kit on both days. 

  • Our library session is on a Thursday so please have your library book in school to renew or change. 


At Boutcher, everyone has the right to: 

  • feel safe 

  • be respected

  • learn


Our first PSHE topic is Being Me in My World. In this unit, children think about understanding their identity and how they fit well in the class, school and global community. 



Children will receive homework each Wednesday. In Year Four, weekly homework is:

  • daily reading (with responses in reading journal)

  • comprehension x 1 (completed in CGP book and returned to school on Monday)

  • ten spellings words and sentences plus a Readiwriter activity 

  • Mathletics activities x 2 

  • practise of times tables through Times Tables Rock Stars


All homework needs to be completed for Monday morning. Please upload the spelling sentences each week to Google Classroom to be marked.  


Children will be tested on their spellings each Wednesday and their score will be recorded in their reading journal. 


We are starting the term with MANFISH, Jennifer Berne’s account of the life ofJacques Cousteau, beautifully illustrated by Eric Puybarel.  It’s focus on Cousteau’s fascination with and research around the underwater ocean world links beautifully with our Science topic of Living Things and their Habitats and we will be aiming to enrich our writing with our Scientific knowledge.   We will begin with looking at word classes and how to create effective description in our writing through building expanded noun phrases using prepositions to extend them.  Longer pieces will include a persuasive letter, narrative description and a diary entry.



Reading is fundamental to learning and is central to our curriculum at Boutcher.  Our first class read is ZOMBIERELLA, a funny, deliciously twisted fairy  tale by Joseph Coelho.  Regular guided reading sessions will enable us to practise reading aloud and to develop critical reading skills through our guided reading session.



Our first science topic is Living Things and their Habitats which works brilliantly alongside our Writing focus for this term.  We will look at the scientific grouping and classification of living things in our local and wider environments, before exploring the effects that changes in habitats have on the things that live there.  


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The first RE topic for this term, answers the question: What’s the Big Story? by exploring the Bible and considering its history and how it came to be the central Christian text today.  We also look at its exploration of faith and what it reveals about having faith in God.



History and select geography objectives will be taught through our study of the Roman Empire and its effect on Britain. 

Children will:

  • explore the extent of the Roman Empire including the build up to the Romans’ eventual occupation of Britain

  • investigate the Romanisation of Britain using a variety of sources of evidence to appreciate how an accurate picture of the past can be constructed

  • consider the process of change and empathise with the people whose lives were affected

  • study significant people, including Boadicea (Boudicca)


We will also make links with the local area so children have some understanding of Bermondsey during this period in history.



Click here for Year 4 book list


Please support your children to keep their times tables knowledge running smoothly!  We rely more and more on quick recall of mental maths facts to underpin our learning. Time spent practising on Times Tables Rock Stars is encouraged to develop quick recall and if you are bit rusty on basic key number facts, use Numbots to brush up on them!  Click here for Year 4 Maths

Methods Handbook. 



We begin our term with an artist study exploring the work of Keith Haring and his belief that ‘Art is for everyone’.  We look at his work as public and street art, and as part of the Pop Art movement.  We consider the different media and scales he worked at, his use of line and colour, and the meaning behind his cartoonish figures.  Then we will create our own, Haring-influenced piece in response to his work.