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Term 1

Welcome to Year 4

We hope that you have had a fantastic summer holiday!


This term the children will be engaging in a variety of fun and engaging activities as well as developing new skills and understanding across the curriculum.  


 ** PPA will be on Wednesday PM**



Every week, your child will choose a book from the class library as well as a levelled book from Oxford Reading Buddy.  Please encourage your child to read at home and feel free to ask if you need any support.  Please ensure that children bring in their books every day. Don’t forget to log onto Oxford Reading Buddy:  If you have forgotten your username and password, please speak to a Year 4 adult.




OUR PE DAYS ARE Thursday (Indoor) AND FRIDAY (swimming)

On Thursday the children can come into school wearing PE kits and will stay in their kits for the whole day.  Please can children bring in their school jumpers so that they can wear them after their PE lessons. 



Plimsolls or trainers

Black shorts or black jogging bottoms

White T-Shirt

A hair band for children with longer hair


On swimming days, children will need to bring their swimwear and a towel into school in a named bag.  For boys this will include swimming trunks or shorts (not longer than knee length). Girls should wear a one-piece costume.  Children with hair that is shoulder length or longer should bring a swim-hat or hair-band. Children may bring goggles if they use them normally and no earrings or jewelry should be worn in the pool.


We will be walking to and from the lessons and therefore children will need a raincoat and appropriate shoes.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see me at the end of the school day or make an appointment to talk to me at another time.


Miss Hinchcliffe



Links for reading and maths:


27.9.21- 1.10.21- Week 4

This week we have put into practise using a range of exciting fronted adverbials and imaginative vocabulary. We explored the character of Abikinile from 'The Village That Vanished' and created detailed character descriptions. See below some of our writing:


Week 3 w/b 20th September


This week started with our Year 4 Computing days. We had a day programming Ozobots - small robots that have sensors in them that allow them to follow a line. They can be programmed to do specific actions by using different colour codes. After learning how to use them we had various challenges to complete.


Week 2- 13.9.21-17.9.21

Second week into term 1 meant full steam ahead for Year 4 this week. We visited Bristol Harbour as part of our local enquiry project- How has Bristol city centre change over time?

We compared a present day map and a map from 1885 and noticed the river has been built over to make roads/pathways.  We also did a quiz about the local area e.g. what is there to do, how many shops etc. We discussed how there are more present day facilities than we could see on the map of 1885.


Week 1- 6.9.21- 10.9.21


Wow, it is SO good to be back. What fantastic start to the new school year we have had. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the new Dogwood class and their enthusiasm for learning has been a joy to see!

This week has consisted off a lot of art activities including the beginning of the Art on the Hill project (more information to follow) and getting to know one another.


We have also introduce 2 new additions to our class… Bubbles and Snowball our class fish. Just like the children they have settled in well and are being looked after by our weekly fish monitors!


Week 5

w/b 4.10.21


This month is Black History Month and we have been researching why Somalians moved to Bristol and also about their homeland. Look out for our informative non-chronological reports next week!


We learnt about using Roman numerals and we have come up with a challenge for you:




XC - XVII = ?


20 house points for the first correct answer! blush

Week 6  wb. 11.10.21


It was all about listening this week. Year 4 have been learning the life skills of peer mediation and active listening.


It was tricky to remember all the different steps for active listening:

1. Eye contact - being engaged.

2. Body language - good posture, not fiddling etc

3. Summarising back key points to speaker.


'It was harder than I expected!'


'It really made me think how I listen to other people.'


'I think it will really help with any arguments in the playground. Active listening makes you think about how the other person is feeling.'