Birchwood Grove CP School

Year Four - Autumn 2023

 Welcome to Year 4 at Birchwood Grove! We will put any information on this page, including planning, homework and anything else that may be useful. We will also use Parent Mail or Seesaw to update you.  Our curriculum is based around concepts, with every subject being linked where possible. 

Autumn Term 2023


Our concepts for the Autumn Term are Influence, Truth and Belief and our focus subject is History.


Key Question: Did the Vikings leave a legacy in Britain?

Growth Mindset

To start our year, we have been exploring the importance of growth mindset. Using Flight School, a book about a Penguin who has a ‘Soul of an Eagle’, was the perfect book to help us do this.  We have used Flight School to understand the importance of resilience and friendship whilst also using this as a chance to develop our scientifically knowledge of animals and how to classify them. To finish our growth mindset focus we created our own sequel of Flight School.

 History focus

Loki : A Bad God's Guide to Being Good - Louie Stowell - (ISBN ...Following this book we are going to explore the Vikings and consider what their influence was and how it has impacted the world we live in today. We will be exploring the fascinating world of the Vikings through the eyes of everyone's favourite trickster - Loki. Using the wonderful book written by Louie Stowell, we will be developing our understanding of the history of the Vikings and how their gods were central to how they lived. 




Spring Term 2024

Our concepts for the Spring Term are Change, Cause  and Consequence and our focus subject is Art. 

Key question: How do changes have positive consequences?

Arts focus

Following on from our learning about the Vikings we are moving to another great time period one which many of the children look forward to exploring: The Ancient Egyptians. Using 'The Ancient Egyptian Sleepover' written by Stephen Davies to help us explore the incredible world of the Egyptians. Throughout this term we are going to explore how the Egyptians made such huge technological and social progress whilst Britain was still living (un)comfortably in the Stone Age.



Our aim is to develop an understanding of this time period to enable us to answer the following questions:


How did the Egyptians influence Britain today?


When were the Ancient Egyptians alive?


What did the Egyptians believe in? 


What did the Egyptians achieve?


Why did Egyptians develop faster than other civilisations?


Who were the most famous individuals in Ancient Egypt?

 Summer term 2024

Our concepts for the Spring Term are Diversity and Belonging and our focus subject is Geography.    

Key Question: How can diversity be nurtured?

Geography focus

In our final term of Year 4 we are going to use the phenomenal book edited by Teddy Keen which follows the journey of an mysterious explorer through one of the most incredible places on earth: The Amazon.








Swimming 2024

Please see the dates for swimming below.

Robin Class:

Thursday 18th & 25 April, Thursday 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd May 2024


Dove Class:

Thursday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th June 2024, Thursday 4th & 11th July 2024




We will be setting homework each week:

Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in on Wednesday. Homework club will be on Fridays after school- contact the school office if your child would like to join. Please let us know if you are having trouble with any logins. 



 This year we are challenging the members of Year 4 to complete the 100 book challenge!



Help at home

 Homework expectations in Year 4: 

- Times Table Rockstars 


- Spellingshed spelling activities 

Homework is set each week on a Friday, and is due to be completed by the end of school on a Wednesday. 

Birchwood Grove run a Homework club on a Friday after school. Please enquire with your child's teacher for further details. 

 Maths Fluency Sheets





Grammar, Spelling and punctuation

Year 3 and 4 Spelling words

Click here to play spelling games and quizzes.

Click here for spelling and grammar games.

Please encourage your child to go onto spelling shed to practice spellings, they have been given a login, if you would like a copy of your child's login please see your child's teacher.