We are a dedicated and hard working team at Finlay and all our staff contribute to the children’s learning and well-being, offering many activities to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but also to enrich the children’s cultural capital and develop our school SMILE values. 

The adults working in our class are: Miss Clare Moncrieff, Mrs Tracy Leavy,
Mrs Arooj Khalid
If you need advice on any information below, get in touch by calling us on 01452 530310 or email: Clare.Moncrieff@finlay.gloucs.sch.uk 

What are we learning about in the Autumn Term? 

Our theme for the Autumn Term is Horrible Histories: The Romans. The children will be learning about The Roman Era, looking at The Celts as a tribe, how the Romans invaded and how their Empire grew. The children will then be looking at the Roman legacy, including what the Romans left for us – straight roads, hot water systems, the calendar etc. The children will spend time focussing on Glevum (Gloucester) as a Roman town too. This theme is rich in historical knowledge, and will see the children building on the prior knowledge in Year 3 of pre-historic eras including The Stone Age and Iron Age. 

Within this theme, we will also have opportunity to develop our Art and DT skills, by making some Roman clay pottery and preparing a Roman banquet! Throughout this unit, we will be rewriting the myth of Romulus and Remus, as well as writing a biography on Julius Caesar. 

In Science, we will be learning about The Digestive System and teeth, exploring what happens to our food as it enters our mouth. This block of learning will include an exciting opportunity to investigate the effects of different drinks on our teeth. We will then be learning about electricity, applying our scientific knowledge to DT, where we will be making a chariot with moving parts. 

In RE, we are exploring two big questions from the Gloucester Agreed Syllabus: ‘What is The Trinity and why is it important to Christians?’ and ‘What do Hindus believe God is like?’
In PE, we will be developing the skills required to play football and netball, which we will then apply to mini invasion games, whilst in Jigsaw/PSHE and RSE, we will be learning about ‘Being Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’. 

Home Learning 

Please see a copy of our home learning activity sheet for the Autumn Term. This grid includes a range of activities for children to complete at home. Evidence of these home learning tasks can be uploaded to Seesaw or completed in home learning books.

The children should also access Times Tables Rockstars and Spelling Shed at least three times a week using their individual log ins. They also are required to read to an adult at least three times a week, and record this in their reading logs. 


Useful links

Year 4 - useful links for learning from home

Oxford Owl

Reading books are available from



Email Kerry.davies@finlay.gloucs.sch.uk for the login details for Year 4


Times Table Rockstars: 

Children will need their username and password to login from home. https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student 

Scholastic: 5+ days of reading texts and activities.

Reading levels of the texts can be changed. There are also comprehension/follow up questions for the articles provided. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-3-5.html

Wild about reading!

If you have a library membership you can borrow ebooks and emagazines for free: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/ebooks-eaudiobooks-and-emagazines/

TTS Booklet Covering all Core Subjects and foundation subjects

KS2: Can be downloaded and uploaded to website or printed as a hardcopy.


Classroom secrets Home Learning Packs:

Maths, Reading, SPaG and Practical Ideas – booklet can be downloaded or printed. Worksheets accessible at three different levels: WTS, EXP and GDS 


Twinkl School Closure Home Learning Packs

These can be printed or uploaded as a pdf online.


Spanish! Learn languages for free.


BBC Bitesize has a host of materials for KS2


Educational online games


Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online


Blockly - Learn all about computer programming.


Learn all about computer programming. Scratch 


More Useful Sites