Diss Church of England Junior Academy

Diss Church of England
Junior Academy

Welcome to our Year 4 page!


The Year 4 teaching team 

Acer class - Mr Aylmer

Pine class - Mrs Harrison

Support Staff - Mrs Paines

What learning looks like in year 4:

 Here is a copy of our Autumn Term  Curriculum. It lists all of our areas of learning for the Autumn Term.

Autumn Term TTP


Reading is promoted and modelled to all our children throughout their time at school. Children will have a daily reading lesson where they will learn how to read fluently as well as make inference, predictions and retrieve key words or phrases to answer comprehension questions. As children encounter new vocabulary we will explore the definitions of these words within the context of the book and the effect this has on the meaning. Alongside daily reading lessons, we have a story at the end of every day to continue fostering a love of reading. 

This half term, our class book is 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. We are all enjoying discovering more about the main characters, Lila, Chulak and Hamlet.





In English we will be using a range of books linked to the topic to inspire our writing. Each half term, we will focus on one fiction, one non-fiction and one poetry unit. At the end of each unit, the children will produce a piece of writing to go into their best writing file.

Our Second book focus for the Autumn term is 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. We are using this book as a model journey story and will produce our own journey stories in response. Later in the half term we will return to this text to begin writing our own instructions. These will be based around the explosive creations of our fictional firework makers. 



We use the Power Maths scheme which follows a mastery approach to Maths. All children have access to a range of manipulatives to promote their concrete understanding of abstract concepts. Alongside this we promote fluency within the 4 operations through an additional arithmetic lesson each week.

This term, we will be focussing on number, place value, addition and subtraction. 

There are lots of fun learning opportunities for you and your child to explore together at home. Here are a few suggestions.

BBC Bitesize Collections.

Guardians Maths Game

Topmarks Maths Games


We have a thematic approach to our learning and link our topic to the other subjects where possible. 
In history, the focus is on 3 main strands: Romans, China and Ancient Egyptians.
In geography, we focus on locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills.

This term we are discovering more about the Romans! We are learning why the Romans invaded Britain and what life would have been like in Roman times.

The Romans


In Science children are expected to ask questions, perform tests, identify and classify and gather and record data. They will also have the opportunity to learn about key scientists.

 To continue our Science work, we will be learning about states of matter!

 States of Matter




Every day we will be running PATHS sessions in class. This is a PSHE programme which empowers children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which enable them to make positive choices throughout life.

As part of this, each day there will be a Pupil of the Day. This is a randomly selected pupil who will receive compliments from their teacher, friends and themselves. At the end of the day, they will bring home their compliments to share with their family. We ask that you talk to your child about this and share your own compliments with them. 


 PE is on Tuesday. This term, we will be swimming.  Children need to come into school wearing their swimming kit under their uniform. Girls should wear a one piece swimming costume, boys need to wear swimming trunks/shorts, no baggy shorts please. Please ensure your child also has a towel and underwear to change into after swimming. Please send your child with a coat, we will be walking to the swimming pool. Earrings will need to be removed before swimming. Children will need a swimming hat and can wear goggles if they wish. 



 Spellings will be handed out each Friday and will be tested the following week. 

All children have access to TTRockstars (an online Maths APP). Children should try to complete this at least 3 times a week.

TT Rockstars


 We are lucky to have a fantastic library in school. In addition, each class has a selection of 50 wonderful books to enjoy. You child will bring home an age appropriate reading book from the library or from the selection of 50 books to read in their class. While these books are not used during reading lessons, it is still vital that children are reading daily. Children will read these independently every morning as part of the morning routine so they need to be brought to school every day. They also need to be reading each day at home, you can record this in their reading record. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

Reading at Diss

Google classroom:


 Our class code for Google Classroom is:    kv3oo4r