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Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Here, you will discover all the learning that is taking place in Term 3.


In our reading lessons, the children have been looking at the book, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. The book is about a boy, who with his parents goes on an adventure of a life time on a boat around the world. However, one night he is washed overboard. Fortunately, he is rescued by a man called Kensuke and Kensuke helps look after the boy and his dog by providing them with food. However, the relationship between the two is strained and they initially led very separate lives. Michael feels that he is a prisoner on the island as Kensuke forbids him from doing lots of different things but Kensuke does not want outside intruders on the island and leads the life of a recluse.  Gradually, a friendship develops as Kensuke save Michael’s life. 

Over the term the children have explored a range of different question types including summary, inference, vocabulary and literal retrieval. Children have also explored questions written in an exam style. At the end of the unit, the children demonstrated their understanding of the book by writing a book review. 

Here is a selection of our work from our daily reading session.

Inference questions



Once a week the children have also been exploring a non-fiction text and have been answering questions based around the weekly question focus children have explored a range of different texts around the following subjects: The Holocaust, Solids liquids and gases, A town in Italy and a persuasive letter. 


Children have also been encouraged to engage in free choice reading. They have been directed to a range of resources including Bug Club on Active learn. Children have been asked to demonstrate their understanding of these books by answering a series of questions. Teachers have enjoyed seeing the children share their books. 


This term our English has been based around our text in reading Kensuke’s Kingdom.  The children have focused on persuasive writing. They have considered arguments for and against Michael travelling around the world and whether Michael should or shouldn’t leave the island. The children have tried to include a range of features in their persuasive reports including persuasive adverbs, powerful adjectives, rhetorical questions, exaggeration and repetition. The children have also learnt how to structure an argument.


In maths we have been learning how to perform different multiplication and division questions, we have explored various multiplication tables, revised how to use the grid method for multiplying a 2-digit number by a 1 digit number and multiplying a 3-digit number by a 1 digit number. Progressing on to a formal written method. We have also explored mental methods for performing calculations. Children have also carried out a range of the division questions and looked at word problems. 


At the end of each unit children have been completing an online assessment to assess their understanding and inform teachers of their progress.


In science we have been learning about solids liquids and gases. We have planned our own investigations and at home we have been experimenting melting different types of chocolate to see which type of chocolate melts the fastest milk, white or dark chocolate. One conclusion that seemed to be universal across the year group was that the chocolate was yummy!


We have been exploring the work of different artists. This week we looked at the work of David Barnes and tried to create a picture of a scene in his style. We explored his work because he liked to create scenes of homely environments and we have been spending a lot of time at home. Do you like our work? 



In geography we have been looking at different countries in Europe and identifying them on a map. We have also identified capital cities. Additionally, we have carried out some research on a capital city. We have explored two coastal towns one in the UK and another in Italy on the Amalfi coast. We have drawn sketch maps from one location to another and written directions using compass points. Some children also carried out independent research and   found a map of a town on the Amalfi coast. The children have also used keys and read coordinates to identify the location of different places. In future lessons we will compare the human and physical features of Weymouth in Dorset with a town on the Amalfi coast. 


This term in PSHCE we have looked at which substances can be harmful to the body, we have explored the effects of alcohol, cigarettes, medicines and drugs. We have learnt about the effects on the body and how some substances are illegal. 

Religious Education

In RE this term, we have been looking at the importance of the bible to Christians. 


Weekly event

Each week the children have been learning about the weekly event. They have looked at World Religion day and Martin Luther King Day. Most recently they have explored World Holocaust Memorial Day. Below are some examples of the poems that the children wrote.


Please see the document below which was shared at our Curriculum Governing Board Meeting on 09.02.21 to celebrate our Remote Learning during Lockdown.