East Acton Primary School "Growing Together"

Year 4 Hawthorn

Welcome to the Year 4 Hawthorn Class!



Areas we will be looking at this term are:

Place Value and understanding what each part of a four digit number represents as well as looking at the ways we can create a number. Below are some of the resources we have in using class. 


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 letter writing using the book below. It is story about two daughters and their journey to become queen. If you would like to watch the story being read please click on the link:




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 infrence questions each week to help support the children's understanding of the text we have been reading. 




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 Animals including Humans. We are learning about human teeth and the different jobs that they do. Here is some fun information about teeth and what they do. 


What’s in your mouth?

What’s in your mouth? There’s your tongue, your gums, a lot of slimy saliva and of course your teeth! But did you know not all teeth are the same?


The teeth you have now are different from the ones you had when you were younger.

Humans have two sets of teeth; deciduous teeth (sometimes called ‘milk teeth’ or ‘baby teeth’) which start to fall out from around 5 years old, and a later set called the adult or permanent teeth. There are usually 20 deciduous teeth and these are replaced by 32 permanent teeth.

You should have all of your permanent teeth by the time you are about 17. Take care of them as they have to last for the rest of your life!

Two parts


When you smile and look in a mirror you’ll see a row of shiny white teeth.

That’s not the whole story. The parts of the teeth you can see are the ‘crowns’ of your teeth. There are also parts of teeth that you cannot see because they are below your gums. These are the roots and they hold your teeth in place, in the bones of your jaws.

Different teeth for different jobs


Humans have four different types of teeth, each designed to do a different job. Look at your teeth in a mirror. Can you spot the different types?

Incisors: these are the sharp, chisel-shaped teeth at the front of your mouth. They have straight edges to slice through your food.

Canines: the 'fang'-shaped teeth on either side of your incisors. These grip, rip and tear your food.

Premolars and molars: these are teeth at the back of your mouth which are large and flat with two roots. They are stronger than your front teeth and are used for chewing and grinding food.

Some adults have extra molar teeth at the very back of their mouths called ‘wisdom teeth’ that appear when they are between 17 and 21 but not everyone gets these.

What makes teeth go bad?


If you look after your teeth they should last for your lifetime. Sometimes things go wrong and our teeth start to rot and decay. If we’re not careful our teeth may develop cavities (holes) which our dentist may then have to fill.

Cavities are a sign of tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when the food we eat and drink is broken down by the plaque bacteria we all have in our mouths. The plaque bacteria make acid which breaks down the tooth and creates holes.

Sugary foods are particularly bad for our teeth plaque bacteria just love to feed on sugar!

Dental health through history


In the past, people had different ideas about dental health.

In ancient Sumeria (modern Iraq) people believed teeth went bad because of ‘tooth worms’.

In medieval times barbers didn’t just shave you, they took out your teeth. Ouch!

Queen Elizabeth I loved sweet things so much that her teeth went black with decay.

Today, we know a lot more about how to look after our teeth.

By brushing our teeth twice a day, limiting the amount of sugar we eat and drink, and visiting the dentist regularly, we can all keep our smiles nice and bright!





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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