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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Year 4 2018 to 2019

Welcome to Year 4! Teacher: Miss Appleyard TA: Mrs Wilkinson

Autumn 1 Newsletter:


Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to Barnburgh and welcome to Year 4. I hope you have all had a lovely summer! Year 4 is a fantastic year with some great topics that the children will really become engaged in. Our first topic for the whole of the autumn term will be ‘Burps, Bottoms & Bile’; looking at teeth and the digestive system. There are some fantastic lessons within this topic, jam packed with great science aspects! Our class novel, which links brilliantly with this topic, will be Demon Dentist by David Walliams.


Within year 4, we will be continuing to encourage the children to develop on their skills from year 3, such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term, the children will be writing their own biography about David Walliams, to link with our class text and a persuasive leaflet on how best to look after your teeth and the reasons why this important. In maths, the focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction. Reading will see children continue to build on their current skills, as well as developing their understanding by working on the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss in guided reading. I’m sure this will only help to build the children’s love of reading! .


Friday afternoons will be the children’s weekly double PE session, so please ensure PE kits are in school each week for this. They will also continue to  complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits could  be sent into school on a Monday for the full week where possible, just in case.


Homework will go home every Friday and should be returned on the following Wednesday. The children will have a spelling test every Thursday, after they have had the time to practise them as homework.


Please can I ask for your continued support with ensuring that homework and reading is

completed as asked each week, as this is compulsory. The reading record sheet will go home each week for you to note down when your child is reading to an adult at home.


We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading, the children can still choose their own main reading book. Reading just 10 minutes a day has a real impact on children’s learning. As previously mentioned, our class text for this half term is Demon Dentist. Children should aim to read at home at least 3 times a week and we will be introducing new rewards for those who achieve this each week. Please try to do this as a minimum where possible. This should be recorded on their reading home learning sheet and returned to school by the Wednesday homework deadline.

The children will also still complete ‘Right to Read’ time every morning in class.


I look forward to working with you and your child this year and thank you in advance for your support.


Miss Appleyard and Mrs Wilkinson.


Congratulations Year 4 on achieving 100% attendance in the final week of the Autumn 1 half term! As a reward they enjoyed: crafting, iPad time and playing bowling and ball games outside!

Year 4 recreated the digestion process, using crackers as our food that needed digesting.

How do our teeth compare? Year 4 spent some time inspecting the teeth they have and comparing them with each other's.

On Monday 1st October 2018, Year 4 had a visit from two community dental nurses who came to talk to them about their job and how the children can look after their teeth in the best possible way. The dental nurses were blown away by how much the children already knew! During the talk, the children discussed: how many times a day they should brush their teeth and for how long, what time a day they should brush their teeth, what foods and drinks are bad for your teeth, how long they should wait after eating before brushing their teeth and how much fluoride, in parts per million (ppm), their toothpaste should have. The children had many questions which were answered during the session, as well as lots of their own facts and stories which they shared with the nurses. It was definitely an informative session and the children even went away with a brand new toothbrush!

We are super proud that we have won the attendance award for the first week and a half back at school. Not only did we win, but we got 100%!

11.9.18 We all brought our toothbrushes and toothpaste from home and brushed our teeth at school! It was part of our topic lesson, on writing top tips for brushing

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