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"Achieving Success by Learning Together"

Owls - Year 4


Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting term in Year 4!

Our new topic is 'Inventors'. We will be learning about electricity and designing our own model house with working lights and buzzers! We will also be completing our own home projects about famous inventors, which we will share with the class and the rest of the school. Near the end of November, we are also hoping to visit The Palace House to participate in some science activities .


Just a reminder that swimming will continue throughout this term (and throughout the spring and summer term as well). Please ensure that your child has a functional swim cap, swimming costume and towel, so that they can participate in their weekly lesson. Earrings and any other jewellery may not be worn, as the swimming staff are very strict about this.


Our additional P.E. lesson takes place on Monday morning. Children require black or dark blue jogging bottoms/leggings/shorts and a Paddocks Primary P.E. t-shirt and jumper (if it is chilly). Trainers and plimsolls are also required, to allow for P.E. indoors and outdoors. As we are now in autumn and will be entering winter, we can expect some chilly days; please make sure that your child has suitable P.E. attire for warm and chilly weather, as we aim to get outside for sessions as often as possible.


In Year 4, homework is given every Friday and should be handed in by the following Thursday. Your child will have a variety of tasks related to literacy, maths, science, spelling, reading comprehension and grammar and punctuation. These tasks will usually be a revision of what has been learned in class, however, it will occasionally be a starting point for future learning; regardless of the task, all Mrs. Hazelwood and I ask is that the children 'have a go' and try their best, as we want the children to enjoy completing homework, and see it as a fun challenge, rather than as a 'chore'. Guitars may continue to go home so that the children can practise what they have learnt in the guitar lessons with Mr. Morley on Tuesdays.


Lastly, as requested by some parents, please see below some terminology that we have been/will be continuously using throughout our literacy sessions this year, which may be useful for you at home. Children should continue to practise their times tables on Times Table Rockstars or their times table grids. As we have weekly tests in class, they should also remember to take their corrected tests home for further practise; all children are expected to be fluent with times tables from 0 to 12. Similar to last year, we will be carrying on with Accelerated Reading, which is now up and running.


verb: an action word   

Giovanni ran across the field. 

noun: a person, place or thing

The cat slept peacefully.     

adjective: describes a noun

The spotty, red tablecloth covered all of the table.

adverb: describes how, when or where an action took place

Sienna jumped joyfully.

Sienna left later.

fronted adverbial: an adverb that occurs at the beginning or 'front' of a sentence.

conjunction: a word used to connect words, clauses or sentences; there are subordinating and coordinating conjunctions (see helpful sheets in homework books)

clause: a sentence/group of words that makes sense on its own, containing at least a noun (main subject of the sentence) and a verb

Betty jumped.

The horse galloped across the field.

phrase: a group of words used to add meaning to a clause, which do not make sense on their own

after some time had passed                              in the garden                        because she was hungry

simple sentence: a sentence which has just one independent clause.

Gregory enjoys playing tennis.

compound sentence:  a sentence that has two independent clauses

I found the clothes in the attic and I saw a large mouse.

complex sentence: a sentence which has a main clause and a subordinate clause

After the Cubs defeated the Raptors, they held a huge party.


I hope this has all been helpful!

If you have any further questions or concerns or need to contact me, you can see me directly or e-mail me at:

 Thank you very much for your time and support. I look forward to meeting all of you on Friday, 21st September, for the 'Meet the Teacher' breakfast.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. T. Gaffney