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"Achieving Success by Learning Together"

Owls - Year 4


Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you have all had a lovely summer holiday.  We have a very busy and exciting new term ahead in Year 4, and I am looking forward to seeing the children this Wednesday.Our topic for this term will be 'Our Community' and we will be visiting the National Racehorse Museum early this month, and partaking in many other interesting and exciting activities (more information to be provided later on). We will also be continuing with Mathematics Mastery and learning how to play the guitar with Mr. Morley, every Wednesday morning :0) 

Our swimming lessons will begin next Thursday, on the 14th September, and will carry on until the end of July. Please ensure that your child has a swimming cap, an appropriate swimsuit and a towel; if you wish for your child to wear goggles, I will need a brief, written note giving permission, as the swimming teachers at the leisure centre will not allow them to wear goggles without this written permission. Our additional P.E. lesson will take place on Friday afternoon. Children will 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.

Just as a reminder, homework will be 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 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'. All homework will be looked at by myself or Mrs. Hazelwood and Team Points will be given for effort, neatness and/or accuracy. The homework is not marked in as in-depth of a manner as the children's schoolbooks, but please be assured that it is always looked at and acknowledged and the children who need additional assistance will be provided with this, should difficulties be spotted.

The Year 3 drink bottles have been passed up, however, as I'm sure you can imagine, by Year 4, they are looking very rough. We are asking that if possible, it would be helpful if you could send your child to school with  a new drink bottle, which they can take home regularly to wash. Additionally, it is important to note that for simplicity sake, the children will not need to bring their own pencil cases to school this year as all resources will be provided; this being said, all Year 4 children will be writing with black pens, and though we will be providing pens, should your child wish to use a special writing pen of their own, they can bring this into school and we will write their name on it.

Lastly, as requested by some parents last term, 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.


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.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. T. Gaffney