Welcome to Year 4


A very warm welcome to Year 4. My name is Miss Holtby and this will be my fourth year at St Francis. I am delighted to be teaching Year 4 this year, and I am looking forward to our time together. Before I became a teacher in the UK, I travelled to lots of different countries and taught English to children in Vietnam. I love reading and spending time outdoors and I am excited for us to explore the world around us together. Our classroom will be an interactive and creative space in which everyone is valued.

In Year 4 we will be positive, give everything a go and push ourselves to be the best that we can be.

Welcome to  Wonderful Y4 Class

Your Class Teacher is Miss Holtby.

Supporting Miss Holtby in class is Miss Deben.

We have begun to explore our new class text. Looking at six of the illustrations, we added our inital thoughts and noun phrases to them. This is one of the the images. We’re looking forward to finding out more about the book and will write our own short story in a similar style. 




We learnt all about Vincent Van Gogh and after practising his techniques of mixing different shades and tones of yellow, we recreated one of his most famous paintings, Sunflowers.

Please have a look at our suggested reading lists for children in Year 4. These books are a range of bestselling picture books and longer texts to encourage both shared reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure.

A list of Recommended Reads from us is attached below:

Additional Recommended Reads for Year 4


The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

The Big List of Virtual Author Activities

In Year 4, it is expected that children access learning at least 4 times a week using:
Spelling Shed, Maths Shed, Reading Eggs and Timestables Rockstars.

Useful Websites

A great resource for talking games at home – Let’s Get Talking Games

A fantastic website for all sorts of home learning activities and online books – Teachwire Website


Website Age Range Content
www.classroomsecrets.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Home learning packs covering English, phonics, maths and practical activities.
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Covers the whole curriculum
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Early Years -Yr2 Phonics games and activities



Early Years – Yr6 Various activities and video links to many subjects
www.spellingframe.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 Some free spelling games
www.primaryresources.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.teachingideas.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.topmarks.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of subjects with lots of interactive online activities and games
www.crickweb.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Free online education resources and games
www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ Yr1-Yr6 Excellent website with a really wide range of subject coverage



Yr1-Yr8 Free resources and learning videos that link directly with our in school maths curriculum
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Early Years – Yr6 Body Coach – Online exercise videos to keep you active 9am live daily
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Early Years – Yr6 Free e-readers
https://corbettmathsprimary.com/ Yr1 – Yr6 Free maths resources
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/primary-resources/ Early Years – Yr6 Lots of geography resources
https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html Early Years – Yr6 Free downloadable home learning activities
http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/ Yr1-Yr6 Daily maths learning
https://www.mathswithmum.com Yr1-Yr6 Maths videos to help with children’s learning
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw Early years – Yr2 Phonics based video and dancing
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ 0-5years A government recommended website for Early Years
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online All the family Virtual Tours of 12 museums around the world
https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science Yr1-Yr6 Science activity ideas