Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Ms Douch, Mrs Wells, Mrs Blurton, Mr Doughty, Mrs Ryan, Miss Brooks and Mrs Murrin welcome you to Year 4. We hope that you enjoy your year with us and that you continue to work hard to make great progress in your learning.

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Happy New Year!


We hope you had a lovely break and are looking forward to an exciting 2018 in Year 4.


In science we are moving onto our new topic of sound. We are going to be investigating how sounds are made and then travel through our ears. We will try and answer the question "If a tree falls in the forest, and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?"


In geography we will be making a study of our local area on our field trip to Everdon Field Study Centre and comparing it with the habitats we can find around St James.


In maths we are continuing to look at number, place value, mental maths and the four operations. We will also be looking at data handling as well as exploring time and roman numerals. We are still encouraging the children to learn their times tables with instant recall as we ‘race around the clock’ to complete our target times table within one minute. This will help the children progress towards the national target that children should know all their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. Please continue to practise these with your child and encourage them to use Times Table Rockstars at home!


This term the whole school is studying a talk for writing unit on Jack and the Beanstalk. We are looking at suspense and are aiming to write our own suspense story! We will continue to do spellings every week. We were really impressed last term at how the children moved up the spelling lists really quickly and how keen they were - we are hoping that this can continue this term!


P.E. is on Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has a suitable PE kit in school every week. Earrings should be removed and long hair should be tied back on this day.


We are always happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns that you may have. Just make an appointment to meet with us and we will do our best to help!

Zepplin Raid 1917 Centenary Commemoration


Please look in the Community Section of the website to see pictures of our special history project commemorating the Zepplin bombing raid on Northampton 100 years ago that sadly killed two of St James' school pupils.

Everdon Residential Trip 2018


Time to get excited for one of the great highlights of Year 4 at St James, the 3 day residential trip to the Everdon Field Study Centre. All the details are in the letter below.

Spellings will continue to be tested every two weeks. In case you've mislaid the spelling list, here is the full list for you to see the words for your child's list.

The Magic Curriculum at St James

The Government released a new National Curriculum to be implemented from September 2014.  The National Curriculum provides children with an introduction to essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens in modern Britain.


Here at St James we believe that a rich and relevant curriculum should be taught and embedded through the application of key literacy, numeracy and speaking and listening Skills.  We have therefore developed the “Magic Curriculum” which at present Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 follow with Years 2 and 6 commencing this way of working from September 2015. 


The Magic Curriculum is Memorable, Aspirational, Gripping, Inspiring and Creative.  Each year group studies three units over the year to enable broad and balanced study over different subject areas.  These units are Science led with other subject areas being linked in a meaningful and creative way. 


Children learn best when they get the opportunity to apply the key skills learnt previously and therefore at St James we have developed Magic Fridays.  Every week each class has a Friday where they apply key skills and have a Magic Curriculum focused day using key skills learnt in Literacy and Numeracy over the week. 


For more details of what is covered in Year 4, please click on the Curriculum map below:

Have you seen the Kids' Zone?  Play games, and visit some cool websites like the one below. You can vote for your favourites!