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William Shrewsbury Primary School
William Shrewsbury
Primary School
Learning and Growing Together

​​​​Year 4​​

Curriculum Overview

Welcome to Year 4 for the Autumn term. We have lots of exciting events in the build up to Christmas including our trip to the National Memorial Arboretum and our 'Tomb day' event. We hope that you will enjoy the learning that is to come. Below, you will find information about the topics. If you look on the pages to the left, you will find a gallery of 'Wow work' completed so far and helpful explanations about different skills the children have been taught.


4R - Mrs Waters

4G -Mrs Brampton/Mrs Griffiths

4B - Miss Hunt

Autumn Term 2018


Our big topic for the Autumn Term is Ancient Egypt. During the term, we will be reading 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes and developing our written skills and understanding of vocabulary from this text. 

In the second Autumn Term we will be working on a text 'War Game' by Michael Foreman. This will link to the WW1 centenary anniversary celebrations.


This term we will be reviewing your children's understanding of place value and written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Your support with your child's homework is appreciated.


During this term, we will carry on learning about the Ancient Egyptians and the children will have the chance to explore an Egyptian tomb when they take part in our 'Tomb day' event. This will include learning about hieroglyphics, Howard Carter, mummification and Pharaohs. We will be including some WW1 celebration activities as part of our topic work in the second autumn term and these will be displayed in and around Burton.

PE and Games

Swimming will continue for the rest of the year. You will be provided with a list of dates and class order so you are aware when your child will be returning later than 3.25pm. Please make sure that your child continues to bring both their swimming kit (and a swimming hat) and a waterproof coat is a necessity.

Outdoor games will take place on a Friday afternoon. Please make sure that your children bring warm outdoor clothes for these sessions.


Your child will receive two pieces of homework per week. They will have a spelling activity and a Maths activity to complete by the following week unless otherwise stated. Please support your child to complete this work in a creative manner that engages them in their learning.

In addition to this, children are also expected to read and complete their reading records five times a week. This can include some comments from your child as well as your own comments on how they have read to you. This needs to be handed in once a week on Fridays. Children can compete in their class reading competitions by completing book reviews.

To help your child with their maths, please can you encourage them to regularly practise their times tables and number bonds to 10, 20 and 100. There are lots of great online games to help with this, our favourite is called ttrockstars . Your child will have a password for this, so please get in touch if they have lost it.