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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

Summer 1 Newsletter: 


Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope everyone has had a lovely half term break and what brilliant news to return to, that we are officially an Ofsted recognised ‘GOOD’ school! Thank you for your on-going support of the school and a big congratulations to all the children too, as they have worked so hard.


I was so proud of all the positive reports which were fed back to me about how brilliant they children had been, after I was unfortunately off school ill. The children did amazingly. I was also so impressed, when I returned, with the children’s topic challenge homework which they have produced for our ‘Road Trip USA’ topic and the Native American dreamcatchers they had designed and made. Everything looks wonderful.


We have a really busy final half term ahead of us! There is our final express event of the year to look forward to, for our Road Trip USA topic, on Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 2pm. There is also lots of other exciting things to look forward to, like transition week and sports day. I am sure it will be a busy but enjoyable end to the children’s time in Year 4.


Friday afternoons will continue to be the children’s weekly double PE session as normal, so please ensure PE kits are in school each week for this. PE kits could be sent into school on a Monday for the full week where possible, as on occasions, there can be a change in the structure of the week. Especially in such busy half terms when changes may have to be made. Homework will still go home every Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday. The children will have their spelling test on Friday, after they have had the time to practise them as homework and in lessons. The spellings will continue to be on Spelling Shed.


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 goes home each week, on Friday, for you to note down when your child is reading to an adult at home. Please feel free to use any type of paper to record this if necessary, as long as your child is reading! 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. Books are also continuously being added to the reading corner in class, for children to really become engrossed in! Reading just 10 minutes a day has a real impact on children’s learning. Children should be reading at home at least 3 times a week. There are also still the sections for Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars on the homework sheet, which should also be completed.


We will be continuing with a big focus on learning the times tables, up to 12x12, this half term. During the w.c.17th June 2019, the children will be taking part in a national pilot trial of the new Year 4 multiplication tables check, which will become statutory next academic year. For the children this year, the pilot will be more practise similar to their homework, like the ‘Studio’ game they are familiar with, as part of their TT Rockstars homework. The results will not be published during this pilot scheme, but it is a great opportunity to see how this new check will work for future years and for even more practise of an important maths skill for this class. Any extra practise that can be done at home will massively benefit the children’s learning and their ability to recall and apply these facts, as we have always mentioned. 



Once again, thank you for your continued support and here’s to an amazing final half term!


Miss Appleyard and Mrs Wilkinson.


Year 4 Pedestrian Training

On Thursday 6th June, the Year 4 children took part in a Pedestrian Training session, using the Green Cross Code. The children went out of school and used the roads nearby to look at the best way to cross the road safely and independently. They had to choose the safest place to cross and think about why they knew it was safe. Year 4 also learnt the signs for when a parked car might be about to move off: lights, sound, driver and smoke (exhaust). Every single one of the children who went out with the road safety officer, were responsible and safe. Year 4 certainly represented our school amazingly on the streets of Barnburgh and learnt even more than what they already knew about keeping safe when crossing the road. If you are wanting to know the best way to cross the road independently, year 4 are definitely the ones the watch!

Year 4 Traders & Raiders Express Event - The Viking and Saxon Trade Fair!

On 1.4.19, a rare occasion took place at Barnburgh. The Vikings and Saxons met at an Express Event Trade Fair, to share their expertise and their wares with their parents/carers.

Congratulations Year 4 on achieving 2 weeks in a row of 100% attendance! They chose to spend their golden time at the park!

Year 4 - Dust Cap Bicycle Art - Active Travel

Year 4 looked absolutely fantastic dressed up for World Book Day, including Mrs Wilkinson! They had a fantastic day, celebrating a love of reading and even paired up with Year 1 to encourage their love for it!

5.3.19 - Year 4 made their way up to church for this week's RE lesson. We had already learnt about the importance of the Christian cross symbol and what it represents and so went on a 'cross hunt' at the church. We were surprised how many we managed to find!!

Maths - Decimals - What are tenths and hundredths?

Maths - Finding fractions of quantities, using concrete equipment

RE Home Learning Spring 2 - Christianity

Kung Hei Fat Choi! - Year 4 have celebrated Chinese New Year this week. They have made: Chinese lanterns, money envelopes with the Good Luck/Good Fortune sign on, Blossom tree paintings and origami pigs!

Anglo Saxon Kingdoms - Using an atlas, we located the seven Anglo Saxon Kingdoms and the names of towns which derived from Saxon words.

7.2.19 - Year 4 welcomed Reverend Kathryn into their class, to help them learn about Eucharist/Holy Communion. Reverend Kathryn told them all about what it was and how it was carried out in Church.

RE - Christianity - Palm Sunday Crosses

Author Visit! - Year 4 and the rest of KS2, developed their love of reading even more after a visit from Peter Murray, the author of Mokee Joe! They were even more excited to get their books and posters signed by the author himself!

As part of the Engage section of our Traders and Raiders topic, Year 4 used natural materials from Walt's Wood to weave with. They made their own looms like the Saxons would have.

Engage! D&T - Designing and creating our own Anglo Saxon shields

Engage! Bench Ball - We compared a game of Bench Ball, to a battle between the Vikings and the Saxons. The best tactics, teamwork, weapons and formations would help a team win!

Traders & Raiders! - The boys enjoying the Viking resources we have on loan in Year 4...

Our first express event of the year for our Burps, Bottoms & Bile Autumn term topic, was a huge success! Thank you to all of you who attended!

During Autumn 2, the children have linked their dance learning in PE to our Burps, Bottoms & Bile topic. Here is the end result! A big thank you to Mrs Kay for all her hard work!

14.11.18 - After children and parents in the school took part in the Active Travel Breakfast, we learnt about the history of the bike with Tom.

Year 4 had an amazing, science packed trip to Eureka for their Burps, Bottoms & Bile topic. They even loved the really disgusting 'Gross Lab' workshop!

Outdoor Learning - As part of our measurement learning in maths, we measured the perimeter of the different rectangles in our playground.

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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