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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Mr Romano (4R), Mr Kemp (4K) and Miss Colliass (4P)


In Year 4 we make learning come to life through exciting topics, themed days and lessons. We are resilient and independent learners and use our growth mindset everyday which means that we learn from our mistakes and know how to help ourselves find our way out of the learning pit.


Below you will find important information about Year 4. This is the place to go to find home learning, letters/reminders and the Year 4 learning journey. 

If you need to contact the teachers for any reason, please use the following email address -


On this page you will find key information with regards to the curriculum being followed in Year 4.


This page will be updated regularly so please check back often to find our current topic web.


Autumn Topic - The Rainforest

Spring Topic - The Greeks and The Mayans

Summer Topic- Growing a Better World



Between now and the end of the school year, the children will be expected to complete Mathletics homework and Spelling Shed homework each week. On Fridays, the new homework will be set and should be completed by the following Friday morning. All of this homework is online but if your child would like to practise their spellings, paper copies can be given out.



Year 4 Multiplication check


Key Information:


The national times table check is a test for all year four pupils that takes place between the 6th and 24th of June 2022.


The purpose of the check is to determine whether your child can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics.


It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times table questions. Your child will be able to answer 3 practice questions before taking the actual check. They will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.


This information will be used to inform our teaching and help provide support for pupils.


Why are Times Tables important?


Times tables are fundamental to support children and underpin everything within Maths. It is vital that all children know their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12.  Knowing the multiplication facts up to 12x 12, will give them the essential knowledge needed to be proficient with Years 5 and 6 curriculum.


How can you support your child at home?



  • Encourage children to play Times table Rockstars as often as possible. Small 5-minute daily sessions will help children to learn times tables more than one long session a week. The soundcheck is very similar to the multiplication check.


  • Quiz your child at home regularly. This could be when making dinner or on the journey to school


  • Display a poster with all of the times tables facts on at home.


  • We teach the children fun tricks at school such as the 9 times table finger trick. If you know this, you can practise it with them at home.


  • Create flash cards with your children and let them play with friends, siblings, grandparents. They could write the answer on the back and test themselves.


  • Occasionally we use songs to teach our times tables in school. You may find some suitable songs on Youtube. Let them sing along with those at home. Children could also make their own times tables songs


  • Chanting their times table is another excellent way to learn them. They could do this each time they walk up the stairs (12 or 13 steps).


Any times tables practise that the children can do at home will really support them to become proficient in their times tables and help them with their everyday maths learning.


If you require any resources please let us know.


Thank you for your support.


The Year 4 Team

IMPORTANT- Year 5 Class Allocations (Due in Wednesday 8th June)

WE ARE HISTORIANS: Our Ancient Greek and Mayan Double Page Spreads

Greek Day January 2022

For our hook day, The Year 4 children welcomed 'History off the Page' to the school to celebrate Greek day. All the children, parent helpers and staff had a fantastic day experiencing what it would have been like to live in Ancient Greece. We spent the morning in an Athenian market place, where the children became apprentices in making mosaics, pots, tiles, charms and medicines.

During the afternoon, our Greek children attended an amphitheatre where they performed marches and dances, and acted out Greek tragedies and comedies. Meanwhile, slave children served wine, olives, pitas, apples, and figs to the wealthier attendees.

Overall, the children had a wonderful day full of authentic ancient Greek experiences. 'That was the best day ever! 10/10!'


WE ARE GEOGRAPHERS: Our Learning Log Homeworks were the best we've seen in a LONG, LONG time! Check these out!

WE ARE GEOGRAPHERS: Our Rainforest Double Page Spreads

Rainforest Dioramas - plenty of fun (and mess) !

Spellings 14th- 21st January

Suggested reading list for Year 4 pupils in KS2 age 8-9


Books for Year 4 – the list above contains titles to appeal to children aged 8-9 in Year 4 of primary school. The books consist of a range of titles to cover all ability ranges including the less able and the more able, including funny stories, adventures, mysteries, scary tales, stories to fire the imagination and narrative non-fiction. This list of reading suggestions is revised regularly and includes stories by Nina Bawden, Malorie Blackman, Cressida Cowell, Gillian Cross, Ross Montgomery, and Roald Dahl.



Below are some links you might find useful. Enjoy!

Useful Links