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John 10v10

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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!


Welcome to Mrs Barnes-Smith's Year 4 class! We are delighted to be supported this year by Mrs Williams and Miss Hodgkins. On this page you will find useful information about our work and ways you can help your child at home. Check back often to see what we've been learning!


General Reminders:


Homework - Your child receives homework on a Monday morning (spellings and comprehension) which must be handed in on a Friday morning. This should be completed in their green homework book. Please listen to your child read the comprehension homework and discuss the questions with them - this mirrors the approach we would take in class. In addition to comprehension and spellings, topic grids are given out termly/half termly. See the link at the bottom of the page for this term's grid.



PE - This term PE is always on a Wednesday afternoon, where children learn athletics with specialist Ron Oliver from Stourport Athletics Club. The second PE session of the week rotates according to other visiting specialists and availability of our hall. Therefore your child needs their PE kit in school every day so that they are prepared from week to week.


PE kit should consist of:

  • White t-shirt or polo shirt
  • Black or navy blue shorts or leggings
  • Pumps or trainers. (Personally I prefer children to have trainers as they provide proper support during athletics lessons.)
  • Tape for earrings if they cannot be removed.


Reading - Please hear your child read every night for around 15-20 minutes. (As far as is possible). Fluency in reading helps children to build their understanding of the world, their comprehension, vocabulary and develops empathy for others. Reading can be from many sources, not just their reading scheme book. Try this list for ideas:



Our learning in Year 4


English & Topic

This term our topic is Coasts, which we are linking with the text "The Mousehole Cat" by Antonia Barber. The story follows the tale of Mowzer the cat and her fisherman Old Tom, as a terrible storm comes to their village and threatens the lives of those who live there. The text provides opportunities for children to develop a richness of vocabulary and figurative language, including similes, metaphors and alliteration. So far we have written character and setting descriptions, explanations linked to coastal features, and short stories based on the text. Next, we are learning how to construct a balanced argument as Mowzer faces the dilemma of whether to go out onto the stormy sea with Tom or stay at home in the cottage and wait to see if he returns...



In KS2 we all follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme. Each week children have lessons on how to spell the patterns needed to be successful spellers for their age group. Recent patterns include the various ways to spell the "shun" sound (tion, sion, ssion, cian) and the "chur" sound (ture). Children use spelling journals in class to record their learning and support their independent spelling during writing lessons. See below for a copy of the Year 3/4 spelling list from the National Curriculum.



In September, the whole school began the Maths No Problem approach to lessons. In Year 4 we love learning using this method as it's full of practical diagrams and uses bar modelling to support children's understanding. If you would like to know more about the Maths No Problem programme, follow this link:


For support with basic number facts and times tables, encourage children to try the Top Marks website and play some fun games that help consolidate learning!


Sport Relief Journalism!

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Fishy Feasts and Heavenly Homework!


What a great end to the half term we had! Firstly we tried our hand at some baking of traditional Cornish foods, including scones, pasties and hevva cake. We spent a wonderful afternoon having a tea party to celebrate the end of our Mousehole Cat topic. Then on the Friday Mr Calcutt, who is a fish chef, came to show us how to make Stargazy Pie just like Old Tom and Mowzer ate in the book! 


Furthermore, we wanted to show you some of the AMAZING topic homework that was submitted as well. I think you'll agree that Year 4 have excelled themselves!


We hope you enjoy seeing what we have been up to.

Cornish Cooking and a Fishy Feast!

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Heavenly Homework

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