East Acton Primary School "Growing Together"

Year 4 Hawthorn

Welcome to the Year 4 Hawthorn Class!



This week we are focusing on factor pairs for different numbers. We will be using arrays, factor rainbows and our amazing knowledge of times tables. 


Play this fun game at home to test your knowledge!




Things to do at home

Please can I ask that you practise reading different types of clocks with the children and encourage to say the time in different ways such as: 3pm, 3 o'clock, half past 3 or 3:30. 





Please continue to work on the children's times tables to 12 including the inverse. Also number bonds to 100 as the children are still finding this challenge to answer quickly.


Math Passports

The children will doing mental calculation tests focusing on:

- Doubling and halving numbers

- Adding and subtracting numbers to 30

- Multiplying and dividing by 2

- Adding and subtracting one digit numbers to a two digit number 

- Partitioning numbers 30=20+______



This term we will be looking at writing a narrative based on the book 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes (not the super hero). 


Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.


Guided Reading

The children will be focus on the reading domains 2a, 2b and 2d this term. We will be rotating through these and focusing on fact retrieval and inference questions each week to help support the children's understanding of the text we have been reading.


As well as this we will be doing comprehension activities throughout our units where we will continue to focus on the reading domains below. Please can I urge you to use the table below when reading with your children to help them develop these skills. If you would like support understanding the table please come and see me and I can discuss it with you. 




give / explain the meaning of words in context


retrieve and record information / identify key details from fiction and non-fiction


summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph


make inferences from the text / explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text


predict what might happen from details stated and implied


identify / explain how information / narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole


identify / explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases


make comparisons within the text




This half term the children will be looking at Electricity. Below is a video explaining what Electricity is. This week we will be looking at being safe around electricity and what we use it for in our homes.




Our PE this half term is swimming, can I please ask that each week the children have two hats with them this is for in case one breaks they have another to use. Unfortunately they will not be allowed to swim without a hat. We had a wonderful first session and it was commented on how well behaved our children are. Well done Hawthorn! 


Homework and reading books

Handed out: Friday

Due in: Wednesday

Book reviews: When the children have finished a book I would like them to write a book review for one of the two books they have been given. These will then be placed in a folder in the book corner to help other children choose a book. Please ensure these are done neatly as some will be chosen to go on the reading display in the corridor. 


Kind regards,

Hawthorn Team