Year 4 Star 2019 - 2020

Mrs Stokes

Class Teacher

Mrs Cannavan

Class Teacher

Mrs Coleman

SEN Teaching Assistant

Thank you for handing your letters in on time to enable the children to attend the St Nicholas Catholic High School Science lesson on Wednesday 4th. We were really proud of the children's behaviour and engagement in the lesson and the St Nich's staff were very impressed by the childrens knowledge of what is needed to make a fire - thanks to our Forest School lessons! They even remembered the names of the gas required and produced!! Well done!

Could all parents please ensure that they have returned their forms for the pantomime please as we don't want to leave anyone behind at school!!

Residential:A reminder - the trip is from 4th to 6th May. The cost of the trip is £150. Further details about the centre itself can be found on the attachment below. Closer to the date, we will hold a meeting to give you more details about the trip and answer any questions you may have.

Homework - Please check your child's diary for homework details!

This week's homework (w/c 2.12.19)

Maths CGP book page tbc

Due: Mon 25th Nov


CGP book  Page: 20 and 21 (Adverbial phrases as introductions)

CGP book Page: 52 and 53 (Apostrophes for singular possession)

Due: Wed 27th Nov

Due: Wed 4th Dec


Last week's words: heard, heart, height, history

Last week's spelling pattern: spelling test and homophones revision

This week's words: imagine, increase, important, interest, island

This week's spelling pattern: apostrophes for singular possession

Due: Tues 3rd Dec

Due: Tues 10th Dec


The children have spent time looking at words to describe the hostile, bleak, icy landscape in our class text 'The Ice Palace' this week. They have come up with some amazing ideas. If you see any examples on really cold days, do point them out as we haven't had many exceptionally cold days in their life times and some struggled to appreciate what being really cold was like!! Allow them to feel and touch the frost, ice and snow and encourage them to use words to describe what they can feel.

Daily reading of books for pleasure - including a wide variety of text types: poetry, stories, explanation texts, instruction texts, newspapers, graphic novels, picture books etc. Have fun!!


The children should by now have completed a minimum of three of the Topic homeworks and handed them in. A big thank you to parents for supporting the children in their activities. The artwork in particular has been of a very high standard this term and we've loved seeing it. It has looked like the children have had fun doing their kitchen science experiments too!! Well done! 

The next Topic homework grid will be handed out after the Christmas holidays.

Activity 1: Mon 30th Sept

Activity 2: Mon 21st Oct

Activity 3: Mon 18th Nov

Further information on Spellings - Spelling lists or activities will be given out weekly. The expectation is that your child should learn these spellings. Spelling tests will not be weekly (we will spend more time on the teaching of spelling patterns) but when we test words they will be taken from those set each week since the beginning of term to keep these fresh in their memory.

Helpful website to practise spellings: Look particularly at Year 3&4 spelling rules: 3,4, 5, 9,16,19,25, 26, 27, 28, 29 which have been covered so far. (Rule 30 has some of this week's spellings on it too).

Week 1

accident(ally),  actual(ly),   address,  answer,

ay sound spelled 'eigh', 'ei', 'ey' (weight, vein, grey)
Week 2

appear, arrive, believe, bicycle

sh sound spelled 'ch' (machine, chic)
Week 3

breath, breathe, build, busy, business

consolidation of above and test
Week 4

caught, century, centre, and certain

u sound spelled 'ou' (rough, couple)
Week 5

circle, complete, consider, continue

'ure' endings (treasure, creature)
Week 6

decide, describe, different, difficult

Prefixes 'in', 'im', 'ir' and 'il'
Week 7

disappear, early, earth, eight / eighth, enough

Revision of above
Week 8

exercise, experience, experiment, extreme

Suffixes starting with a vowel
Week 9

famous, favourite, February, forward(s), fruit

Test and revision of suffixes

Week 10

grammar, group, guard, guide Homophones: piece / peace, male/mail...

Week 11

heard, heart, height,  history

Spelling test and revision of homophones

Week 12

imagine, increase, important, interest, island

Apostrophes for singular possession

Times Tables - This year there will be a times table test for Year 4 children - similar to the phonics screening test in Year 1. It will test the children on their knowledge of tables 1-12. Knowledge of tables is absolutely necessary to accessing many areas of the Maths National Curriculum. They will have a computerised test and will have 6 seconds to answer each question so prompt recall is necessary and not just the ability to puzzle them out. It is essential for the children to practise as often as possible for this test. We will be doing what we can in school but appreciate any help at home. The following website will allow you to practise times tables in a similar way to the test.

Topic / Science Curriculum: 

Autumn Spring Summer
Europe (Geography) Ancient China (History) Vikings (History)
Digestive System  States of Matter Sound
Classification Keys The Water Cycle Electricity

PE on Monday

Please ensure your child has their full PE kit for the correct day. Yellow cards will be given for children who repeatedly forget their kits. This half term (Autumn 2) we are in outside doing invasion games and would like children to have trainers if possible please. The children are allowed to wear jogging trousers when the weather is cold - but please make sure they are the correct colour.

Water bottles

Please send your child with a water bottle which is refreshed daily. These should not be left in school overnight as they will not be washed. However, cups are available for children to use if bottles are lost or forgotten. In line with our school healthy eating policy please be reminded that only water should be in bottles - not juice of any kind. Any juice found in bottles will be poured away and the children will be asked to top up with water. Repeat offenders will receive a yellow card.

Forest School 

Forest School clothing should be brought into school every Wednesday - no matter what the weather. The children will still have to do Forest School even if they forget their kit - but please be informed that the field and woods are incredibly muddy and we do not provide spare kit unless in exceptional cases. Waterproofs have now been supplied for those that have ordered them. Please ensure that children are wrapped up warmly as the weather gets colder. Fleece insoles can be bought from many supermarkets and cut to size to line wellies for children complaining of cold feet - it tends to be the fingers and feet which feel it the most and wellies are great but don't have the best insulation against the cold. We will go out whatever the weather!!

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Greenbank Lane, Hartford

Northwich, Cheshire


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