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Banks Road Primary School

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Banks Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L19 8JZ


The Beatles Class

The adults who work in The Beatles Class this year are:

Miss. Randles - Class Teacher

Miss. Brand - Teaching Assistant 

Dates for your diary: 

  • Monday 9th September       5:00pm   - 'Meet the Teacher' meeting 
  • Friday 20th September                     - Jeanes for Genes day 
  • Friday 27th September                     - Macmillan Coffee Morning
  • Thursday 10th October                     - SEN Coffee Morning  
  • Friday 22nd November                     - KS2 School Council Members visit to Parliament
  • Wednesday 4th December   2.10pm  - Year 4RE (Elvis Presley) Class Assembly
  • Thursday 16th June              2.10pm  - Year 4RA (The Beatles)  Class Assembly   


My Maths- Your child will be expected to complete their online maths homework every week.

Reading Plus- Your child will be expected to complete their online reading homework every week.


Spellings- Your child will have a spelling test every Friday. 


If you do not remember your details, please check your child's homework book or speak to the class teacher.

Homework club is available if you are struggling to access the homework or find time to complete it.



In Art, we will be focusing on the skill of 'Printing'. In sticking with the theme of our vehicle text, we will be printing various pictures of water-based items.

We will focus on a range of printing artists throughout this topic, but will aim to produce a final piece based on 'Polynesia' by Henry Matisse by the end of our unit

Please check back for our finished pieces! 



This Term, we are lucky enough to have Mr. Keegan from MGL aiding with our learning. Alongside Miss. Randles, Mr. Keegan will be teaching us how to design an interactive toy on the computer. This will be, again, based around our underwater theme. We will be trying to produce a toy which is enjoyable to play with but, also, teaches the user about climate control!

In our second Half Term, we will become meteorologists and focus on collecting and presenting data using the technology we have available. We will be finishing off by filming and recording our very own weather reports!



All the learning in our first Music unit is focused around one song: Blackbird by The Beatles - a song about civil rights.

We will access the various musical dimensions through:

  • Warm-up Games
  • Flexible Games
  • Learning to sing the song
  • Playing instruments with the song
  • Improvising with the song
  • Composing with the song  


Autumn 1 welcome message from the class teacher:

Hello and welcome to the 4RA - The Beatles class page!

I am very excited to start this new role as a year 4 teacher at Banks Road Primary School and to have you all in my class. We will explore a range of exciting topics throughout the year and I am looking forward to starting this learning journey together. 

Find out all about our class artist on Thursday 16th June 2020 when we perform our class assembly!

Please visit our class Seesaw for class updates.



The first Half Term, our class text will be 'Manfish - A Story of Jacques Cousteau'. This story focuses on Jacques Cousteau, an oceanographer and 'Champion of the Seas'. It is a biography and narrative that tells the story of Cousteau from a young boy.

Whilst using this book, we will be focusing on creating an 'Invention Narrative' where the children will create an invention which gives us access to 'another world' - much like Jacques Cousteau's invention of the aqualung used in SCUBA diving.

We will also be focusing on a 'Biography' of one of the country's national treasures: David Attenborough. We will be learning the different components needed to create a biography and, then, producing a biography for Jacques Cousteau.

This text will be a driving force for the majority of our first Half Term's work. We will be linking a range of subjects to the story and the themes encountered in the book. Please check back for future work!




Our first topic in Maths is 'Reasoning with 4-digit numbers' where the children will be building on their understanding of number. The skills that we will be focusing on are:

  • To recognise the place value of each digit in a 4-digit number.
  • To order and compare numbers beyond 1000.
  • To find 10, 100 or 1000 more or less than a given number.
  • To round any number to the nearest 10.
  • To round numbers of up to four digits to the nearest 100.
  • To round any number to the nearest 1000.
  • To use knowledge of place value and rounding to reason with 4-digit numbers.



Our first Science topic for Year 4 is 'Animals including Humans' which should lend itself to the underwater theme of our learning this Term.



We will focus on Geography for our first Term. Whilst looking at an underwater world in our English text, in Geography, we will focus on 'Climate Change' and 'The Water Cycle'. Across these two topics we will focus on;

  • Collecting and accurately measuring information.
  • Locating lines of longitude and latitude.
  • Locating some of the world’s climate zones on a globe or map, naming examples and having some understanding of them.
  • Describing and giving examples of the variety of biomes and vegetation belts.
  • Using appropriate geographical vocabulary to describe weather, climate, climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.
  • Naming and locating (some of) the UK’s most significant rivers and mountain environments.
  • Describing features of a river and a mountain environment in the UK.
  • Learning how rivers and mountains are formed.
  • Understanding where rivers and mountains fit into the water cycle.


Religious Education:

The first Half Term, we will be focusing on the religion of Buddhism. We will be focusing on a specific question throughout this range of lessons, which is;

'Is it possible for everyone to be happy?'



In our PSHE lessons, we will be looking at 'Healthy Me' where we will be focusing on how to stay fit and healthy - both physically and mentally.


This half term's Curriculum Newsletter:

Statutory Multiplication Table Assessment:

This year, our children will complete a mandatory multiplication assessment. This will test the children on their multiplication tables from 1x1 to 12x12.

The purpose of the test is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

Please be working on these with your children throughout the year. Please find a copy of the multiplication tables and the answers below.

 Timestable Chart.pdfDownload
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This half term's spellings:

 3.-prefix-pre-de-re .docDownload
 4.-prefix-in.-imp-imm .docDownload
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