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Year 4 Newsletter

Spring term 2019



Mr Shipley and Mrs Stewart hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year the children worked very hard last term and earned deserved break. We are excited for the term ahead with a focus on extreme explorers. This topic will include famous explorers and their findings and adventures, natural disasters, mountains, map work and survival skills.


Our vision is to…

  • Create challenging and stimulating learning that is fun and engaging.
  • Provide children with transferable skills preparing them for the outside world as well as the classroom.
  • Motivate children though unique experiences
  • Encourage children to have pride and high expectations in their work, to not fear challenge and to push themselves to achieve their individual best.
  • To create independent learners, providing children with a range of techniques to support their own learning.
  • To maintain the Weldon way.




In English, we will be learning to write portal tales. For this we are focusing on the short story of Elf Road and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Following on from this we will create instructions; these will help us to write a survival skills book linking to our topic. Later on in the term we will be writing a range of poems. Please continue to read at home and practise spellings. Spelling tests will be continue to be on a Friday.


Below are details of the grammar content to be taught during Year 4:



The grammatical difference between plural and possessive –s

Standard English forms for verb inflections,

Instead of local spoken forms.


Noun phrases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives,

nouns and preposition phrases.




Use of paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme.

Appropriate choice of pronoun or noun within and across sentences

to aid cohesion and avoid repetition.




Use of inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech

Apostrophes to mark plural possession.

Use of commas after fronted adverbials


Terminology for pupils

determiner pronoun, possessive pronoun adverbial




In Maths, we will continue to work weekly on multiplication and division facts. It would be appreciated if you could continue to practise these at home. Times table rock stars seems to be a great success and we hope this can continue. This term we shall be learning about fractions, decimals, measurement including time and recapping the four operations. We use a range of resources to support the understanding of key concepts and will be applying our learning to real life situations.



This term we will be learning about word processing, how to make documents reports and ppts. As a class we will create a range of fact files and reports on explorers and geographical features and locations.



Music this term will link to our topic



Religious Education

In Re we will be studying Christianity with a focus on Pentecost and salvation.



This term we will be focusing on celebrating difference. This unit will look at how we are all different, even though we have similarities. We will celebrate these differences and understand why they are important.



This term we our outdoor lessons will be OAA (outdoor and adventures activities.) and basketball. Indoor we will be focusing on dance. PE lessons will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are also attending swimming lessons at Corby Swimming pool this term.


Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days and fasten up any long hair/long fringes with soft hair bands. Parents of girls - remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings they will be unable to participate in PE for health and safety reasons.


This term we shall also be swimming, every Tuesday afternoon at Corby swimming pool. This will run for 9 weeks.



As scientists we will be exploring electricity and will use this to power our DT project, making an explorers safari car. We shall also learn about sound.



Our library time is on Thursday. Children can take out a maximum of two books and keep them for two weeks. Please encourage your child to read their library books and return both books regularly.




Homework activities are sent home every Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday. One week children will have Maths and English activities and the following week comprehension.


Every child has their own reading book. May we request that you make a comment each time you hear your child read. Your child will be given regular opportunity to change their library books. We recommend that they are encouraged to read a wide range of genres.


Spellings and Times tables.

Spellings and times table tests will be every Friday, spelling booklets will be sent home to practise every week. Times table practise will be provided in school and your support with learning at home will be appreciated.


Celebration Assembly will continue to be held on Thursday afternoons and Singing Assemblies on alternate Fridays. Please refer to our assembly schedule on our school website.



I would like the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your child’s needs and progress. Two evenings are to be held on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th February 2019. However, if you wish to discuss your child’s learning before this, or at any other time, you are welcome to make an appointment. If you need to speak with myself before school please ask at the school office first, thank you.



Mr Shipley