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Term 1

Welcome to Yr4!

What a fantastic start to the year! It's been so lovely to meet all of the children and we are all very much looking forward to a year filled with learning and laughter. The children have very quickly settled into their new routines and have relished opportunities to tackle new challenges!


For the first three weeks we will be concentrating on our ‘recovery curriculum’ which has been created to help ease students back into school through PSHE, mindfulness activities and opportunities that will help children to garner a growth mindset. 



This term PPA will be on a Wednesday afternoon and covered by Mrs H.


PE will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit with a plain white T-shirt, black shorts and trainers. Children may also need a school jumper and a coat.

Reading in and out of school

At the beginning of the week, your child will choose a book from the Oxford Reading Buddy. These will then be returned on Friday and will be quarantined before being redistributed. On Fridays, the children will be able to choose a book from the class library to take home over the weekend - these will be returned on Monday.

Please encourage your child to read at home every day and if you need any help with how to support your child's learning journey at home then please feel free to ask!


Maths Learning

In maths, we are focusing on place value and patterns this term. We have created our own secret codes and learnt a great rhyme to help us when we are rounding to the nearest 10 or 100.


5 to 9, climb the vine,

0 to 4, slide down to the floor!



Friday Challenges

This year at SMRP we will be taking part in weekly 'Friday Challenges' as a whole school.

So far we have had great fun to see who can build the tallest tower, who can move the most cubes with chop sticks, and who can create a play of The Three Little Pigs with only 2 people!


We have thoroughly enjoyed these challenges but we have also learnt that even though it might be difficult at first, it's important to persevere!

The Vanishing Village


As part of our English learning, we have started to look at the book 'The Vanishing Village' by Ann Grifalconi. Before reading, we used our prediction skills to infer the plot and the setting. We discovered that the setting was in East Africa and we couldn't wait to find out more about it!

Atlas fun!

After discovering that our new English text is set in East Africa, we used atlases to find out all about the continent. Did you know that there are 54 countries in Africa?

Our challenge for this Friday was all about the hula hoop! We had to work in teams to move the hoop from one side of the room to the other - but without using our thumbs!

After a few turns we decided to come up with some rules to make it fairer for everyone. It was still tricky though!

Despite the challenges we persevered and we had lots of fun too. We can't wait to find out what our next challenge is! 

East African Non-Chronological Reports


This week we have been focusing on finishing our non-chronological reports about East Africa. First, we researched about lots of different topics such as food, clothes, toys, native animals and weather. We made sure that we used conjunctions and exciting sentence starters to hook the reader. We hope you enjoy these examples!

Fun In Maths and Science


In maths, we have focused on ordering numbers using less than, greater than, and equal to. We also learnt two new vocabulary words - ascending and descending.


Food chains was our learning in science this week and we had great fun! We learnt about primary food sources, producers and consumers. Then we made our own food chains using strips of paper and pinned them to our science display!



Black History


As a part of Black History month, we have been learning all the different ways that the Somali community make Bristol a special place. We learnt about the annual Bristol Somali Festival that started in 2015 and about different aspects of Somali food and art. We even had some of our Somali students teach us how to count to 10!

Child of Hope


This term we have spent a lot of time learning about Uganda. This was in preparation for our topic about Child of Hope. Child of Hope is a Christian-based charity that provides free education, food and clothing for children living in the Namatala slum. We looked at different objects from Uganda, including musical instruments, jewellery, and art.