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James Brindley Community Primary School
‘Working together to fulfil potential’

Year 4

 

 

'The Home of Y4H and Y4S'

Welcome to a brand new year at James Brindley Community Primary School!

 

Please check here for regular updates throughout the year for information related to our class curriculum, along with news, key information and dates, important updates and photographs of the exciting things and work that we have been getting up to. 

 

**Please note that in the event of a class based isolation and the need for home learning to recommence, all work will be accessed from this class page and Purple Mash will resume as a means of communication between myself and the children. 

 

A warm welcome to everyone and what an exciting start it has been! We have been so impressed with how the boys and girls in the new Year 4 classes have returned to school. They have come back full of enthusiasm for their learning and with an added level of maturity both in their manner and the quality of their work. Well done!


This term is a Geography-based topic across the school and we are focusing on Cities and Rivers - if you would like to conduct any research at home, then please feel free! In Mathematics, we will be primarily focusing on Number which will range from understanding the value of numbers to using the four different operations in different contexts. In English we are looking at a book called 'The Lost Happy Endings' by Carol Ann Duffy.

 

Swimming is an important part of the curriculum and here at James Brindley we focus on swimming in Year 4. Therefore, the children will be attending swimming lessons every Thursday with Mrs Devney and Mrs Seddon. This will finish in February.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, Mrs Seddon or Mrs Devney.

 

 

Important information:

  • Year 4H P.E lessons will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Thursday will be swimming until February).
  • Year 4S P.E lessons will take place on Mondays and Thursdays (Thursday will be swimming until February). We will be doing our very best to be outside for PE lessons this year therefore, we would like children to have both an indoor and outdoor P.E kit available for all sessions (indoor kit pumps/outdoor kit trainers).  All PE kits will go home on a Friday to be washed over the weekend ready for the following week.  Could we also give a gentle reminder that earrings and other jewellery must be removed on these days (if your child can not remove their own earrings please make sure they are removed before school and not worn on PE days).
  • Homework has changed slightly for this year.  Your homework is going to be topic based through a series of 'pick and mix' activities (you may recall that we used the 'pick and mix' activities during your home learning).  A selection of activities will be given and you need to pick one to complete each week.  You can complete the activities in any order you like. We have sent homework books home for you to use when recording. We do not expect these to be handed in weekly, however, we will be asking that you send pictures of the work you have completed towards the end of each half term (We will give you more information about this nearer the time).  We will also be keeping a weekly record in school of the activity/activities that you have completed each week.
  • Spellings will go home on a Thursday and will be tested the following Thursday.  Spellings can be accessed using SpellingShed  (https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb).  Please encourage your child to be using SpellingShed as part of their homework routine. 
  • Children should continue to read 4 times a week.  Please sign children’s planners weekly as these will be checked on a Friday.  Anyone who does not have evidence of 4 reading sessions will be asked to attend reading club.  This is a club which is open to all pupils on a Friday lunch time.

 

We look forward to a successful and happy year with your children!

 

Mrs Holt smiley and Mr Stanfield laugh

Daily Activities

 

As mentioned, each day I will be posting a short Maths and English activity on this page. It will appear below and will be updated daily alongside the date, so please scroll down to find the work I would like you to do each day. I will also be updating Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars so feel free to login and play away! In addition to the daily activities, I have made a list of websites that are all free to use and lots of fun! There are plenty of games to keep you busy and support your learning!

 

UPDATE: I am now going to begin to upload all of the lessons for each week on a Monday. They will be structured and displayed in the same way but you will have to scroll down to find the correct date for each day to make sure you do the right lessons! Be careful and try to stick to the right lessons each day otherwise you may become confused. This will give you and your parents/carers the opportunity to plan ahead and see what lessons you will be doing and the learning journey that we will be going on that week. I hope this proves helpful! Thanks and carry on all of the great work Year 4! I am missing you all!

 

 

 


 

 

 

September:

 

Welcome to a brand new year at James Brindley Community Primary School! A warm welcome to everyone and what an exciting start it has been! I have been so impressed with how the boys and girls in the new Year 4 class have returned to school. They have come back full of enthusiasm for their learning and with an added level of maturity both in their manner and the quality of their work. Well done!


Term 1 is a Geography-based topic across the school and we are focusing on Cities and Rivers - if you would like to conduct any research at home, then please feel free! In Mathematics, we will be primarily focusing on Number which will range from understanding the value of numbers to using the four different operations in different contexts. In English we are looking at a book called 'The Butterfly Lion' by  Michael Morpurgo.

 

Swimming is an important part of the curriculum and here at James Brindley we focus on swimming in Year 4. Therefore, the children will be attending swimming lessons every Thursday with Mrs Devney and Mrs Seddon. This will finish in February. The children have already had a stellar start to their swimming lessons with every student impressing the new coaches! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact myself, Mrs Seddon or Mrs Devney.

 

This term, P.E. will take place on WednesdaysPlease make sure both PE kits are in school at all times (indoor and outdoor) and that all items have your child's name in them. This term, the children are going to focus on Gymnastics and the school will be providing a specialist coach to help them improve their gymnastic skills. Whilst on the topic of sport, it would be pertinent to mention that Cross Country will be beginning again in the second week of term (week beginning 9th September) and this year the training will be on Thursday lunchtimes instead of Wednesday lunchtimes. We also have two upcoming races at the end of September and early October. More information along with the dates will be sent out over the coming weeks. I would like to take this opportunity (as the teacher in charge of Cross Country!) to encourage every child in my class this year to have a go at running at least one race as it is great for building resilience, confidence and character.

 

Homework will be given out on a weekly basis. It will usually include spellings (which the children can now access using Spelling Shed), four complex sentences for writing and of course maths, which we will have worked on that week in school. If you could also practise the times tables as much as possible that would be fantastic as we will be starting to test the children daily and the children will be assessed in June. They must be able to answer each multiplication up to x12 within 6 seconds. Along with Spelling Shed, we also have Times Table Rockstars or 'tt rockstars' as the children call it. This is another brilliant way of engaging the children with their learning. A timetable and homework expectations can be found below, please familiarise yourself with this information in order for us to ensure the finest of work is received before the homework deadline - Tuesday each week.

 

Please try to read at least 4 times a week with your children as it makes a huge difference to their learning! If you are able to ask them questions as you read with them this will also support their comprehension massively. To clarify right from the beginning of the year, children are allowed to read their own book every now and again, however, please make the school book a priority as it gives children the opportunity to access a wider range of texts and vocabulary.

 

I look forward to teaching this wonderful class this year and I am sure it will be another very successful year for all. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to me or make an appointment with Mrs Renshaw at Reception.

 

Thank you for your support and all of the effort you put in at home! 

 

Mr Stanfield

 

Dates for your diary:

Class Assemblies: 29/11/19

Bridgewater Hall: 2.7.17

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MAPAS Music Evening at The Lowry 26.6.17

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MAPAS Music evening 26.6.17

MAPAS performance

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MAPAS Performance 07.12.16

Anti-Bullying Work

Rabbi Coleman visits Year 4

Our busy last week of Autumn 1

Sports for Schools - Olympic Visit

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Let's Dance

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Canal Trip Part 3

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Canal Trip Part 2

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Canal Trip Part 1

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Alphabet Bridge

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Photos

Previous cohorts: photos and videos

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Year 4 Samba Drumming
Many thanks and a huge well done to all of our year 4 children who recently performed at the Lowry and Walkden de Janeiro. Here is a short clip of our samba band performing on the bandstand at Walkden de Janeiro on Sunday
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