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Year 4




Miss Lillis (4 Craufurd)  Mrs Seker & Mrs Davis (4 Field)


supported by Miss Cooksey and Miss Toulson



Our PE days this year are Monday and Wednesday starting from the 12th September 2022.

Children are still required wear their PE kits (with trainers) to school on their PE days.



We strongly encourage children to complete set homework. This can really help them to embed and extend the learning that takes place in school.



Reading for fifteen minutes every day at home can make an impact on all areas of the curriculum. In Year 4, we have a "STARBOOKS"  reading incentive. Children are rewarded for reading five times a week and having their reading diaries signed. They will have their Starbooks loyalty card signed each week and after eight weeks, will get a reward! Each week, everyone who reaches cup five enters our prize draw and two lucky winners get to a enjoy a hot chocolate treat at the Starbooks bar. We have even invested in a pod machine to make it an extra special treat!  


Tips for reading at home: 

1. Try hear your child read aloud as much as possible. If this is not possible every day, then ask them to summarise for you, what they have read independently.

2. If your child comes across a tricky word which they can't read, try not to tell them the word straight away. Encourage them to sound it out or re-read the sentence to see if they can work out the meaning. 

3. Always check that your child understands what they have read by asking them questions about the book.

4. Check Rising Stars online to see if there is a comprehension to complete for home reading books. (Not every book has one linked online, but many of them do, so please check each one)

5. Aim to change home reading books every 1-2 weeks. Book change day is Friday in Year 4.

6. Read as widely as possible- not just your school book- read your library book, books from your shelf at home, swap books with friends, read on a kindle device, read magazines, newspapers- whatever you enjoy! 

7. Read to your children as much as possible. Hearing stories really helps them to develop attention and listening skills, imagination and vocabulary. It even impacts on writing skills. Plus, it's a lovely way to spend quality time together. 

8. Look out for the books we are reading in school and treat your child to their own copy at home. We often refer to them on Dojo. 


Spelling - weekly spelling lists will be set on Spelling Shed. Please try to complete the assigned games each week as this consolidates the spelling pattern we are covering in school. The more games you play, the better chance we have of winning the school competition for the class with the most points. It would be great to see Year 4 on the winner's board! 


Maths - Children each have their own Mathletics account with the same log in as last year. The tasks will compliment class work, and are usually set on a weekly basis. If you  have a mobile device, there is a free app to download. It is also available through most web browsers. Your child will have opportunities to practice on school equipment if you are having technical problems.


This year we will be concentrating on counting and tables facts. In Year 4, children are expected to be able to recall all the facts up to 12 x 12. We will be learning these regularly in preparation for the statutory Year 4 Multiplication Check. For a challenge, you can even learn the division facts to match! You might like to use Mathletics or Hit the Button to help you learn your tables.

Update: Try this fab new app! My team of tables novices have been trying this out, and the verdict- it is great! It's called Ten Minutes a day Time Tables from DK- here's a link. You can download it on android link and Ios (link).



This section of our webpage will be updated every half term. Please check back to find out what we will be learning as well as suggestions for enriching learning at home including projects  and competitions!


Our topic for this half term is linked to Geography and called "From Farm to Fork” looking at a tasteful yet healthy journey of our food on its pathway from farm to fork. Throughout the half term, children will be investigation our big question: 

Where does our food come from and do we all get a fair share?



In English this half term we will be writing wishing tales and creative recipes, inspired by the book Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles. There are two other books in the series by Rupert Kingfisher that the children might want to read for pleasure at home. 

In Maths we will be learning about place value, addition and subtraction, working with numbers up to 10,000. 


In French, we will be learning the names of foods and saying what we like and dislike. 


We will be preparing three different world foods in DT as part of our cooking in the curriculum projects. Look out for some tasty dishes that will be coming home! 


In Art, we will be improving our drawing skills and studying the work of Archimbaldo who is famous for creating portraits with compositions of food. 


You can earn rewards and extra dojo points for choosing to complete one of the optional home learning projects below:

a) Design and make your own 4-digit place value flip chart.  

b) Read the next books in the Madame Pamplemousse series and write a book review.

c) Create a portrait of your favourite animal made using fruit, vegetables and flowers in the style of Archimbaldo.

d) Encourage your family to buy Fair Trade items to help ensure farmers and producers in other countries get a fair wage by designing a persuasive Fair Trade poster.(You might want to include some Fair Trade stickers and labels from things you have purchased!)

e) Send us videos or pictures of places you have visited or activities you have done that are linked to our learning in school. 

f) Talk to your family about our focus on the value of 'Thankfulness.' Can you tell them about any of the stories we have shared in worship and how they have encouraged you to be more thankful? If your discussion results in your family acting or thinking in a different way, ask them to send us a message about it. 

g) Research some more world foods and prepare a meal with/for your family. Send us a recipe and a photo (any actual samples would also be gratefully received!)


Please see below for some videos and links you might want to explore at home. Please note- these links will take you away from the Oldswinford CE Primary website- we urge you to check ahead for unsuitable adverts on YouTube.


Supermovers times tables

Daily Ten great for lots of maths, but we use it for quick fire tables questions.

Place value- using numberlines

                  - ordering three digit numbers





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