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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Year 4 2019 - 2020

Our School Council Representatives


Dear Parents/Carers,


It is hard to believe we have already enjoyed our first half term and are now on the run up to Christmas. It has been lovely to look at the Shabbat themed homework which has been brought into class. I would like to thank you for your support completing these lovely pieces.


This half term, we continue to work on our Burps, Bottoms and Bile topic. This week we have been learning about the bowel and some of the more ‘interesting’ elements of the digestive system. It has certainly been fun, with lots of giggles and shouts of yuk!! As we continue to look into the digestive system, we will investigate why people burp and trump, what the different organs do and how they help the body survive. As part of our topic work, please could I ask that children bring in an old, white t-shirt. This is to help us create a wearable digestive system. This will be made using either DT or art skills later in the half term. In RE, we will be investigating the Jewish tradition of Shabbat and why this is important to the Jewish people.


In English, we will be writing information texts, persuasive text on how best to look after your teeth and the reasons why this important. In maths, the focus will be on multiplication and division. 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. We have started the half term by looking at the song lyrics ‘This is me!’


As I mentioned in the first newsletter, we will continue to prepare for the new multiplication timestables checks. This new statutory test requires the children to quickly recall their times tables. We will continue to learn these in class, however we would really appreciate if the children could continue to practise their maths skills on Maths Shed when ever possible. The children will be completing a multiplication test every Friday to provide us with an overview of their progress in this area each week.


This year PE days will vary. Again this half term our PE day will be Friday, however please could I ask that all PE kits are brought into school on a Monday and then kept in school for the week.


Homework will continue to be set on a Friday. This will continue to be through the online platforms. Log in details are available on their reading sheet. This will be sent home each Friday. The current weeks spellings will be available on the class page each week. A selection of these words will be tested on a Monday.


Thank you once again for your continued support


Mr Longley and the Year 4 team.



Our Spellings



Year 4 Spelling List


Homework will be issued on a Friday.

Children will be expected to complete:

  • Spelling Shed activity             
  • Maths Shed activity                              
  • Continue to learn this terms Key Instant Recall Facts
  • Read to an adult at least three times a week.   


Spelling Shed      


Multiplication Check Practise


Click on the logos below to go to the log in pages




School is an important part of your child’s life.In Year 4 we will encourage your child to retell a story they have heard. This will help your child to put ideas in the right order. Children will also be encouraged to read things around them – cereal packets, notices and signs. We will discuss words. Children will have the opportunity to read each morning and will also have guided reading sessions each day. 

Read with your child – 10 minutes a day can help. We will send home levelled books once a week, but we also strongly encourage children to read books they have chosen. This is really important to help develop their love of reading



“Reading aloud is much more than just telling a child a story and if you can spare 10 minutes a day you can make a huge difference to their development,” said Inez Bailey, CEO, National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).

“Storytelling is not all about teaching your child to read. You learn to talk a long time before you learn to read, and sharing stories and giving your child time to respond is a wonderful way to help your child’s language development”, she said.

“Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict,” she said.

“The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both of you – just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it’s just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.

Year 4 Recommended Reading List

Reading Content Domains - How to answer questions

Spring Term 2019 - 2020

Misty Mountain, Winding River & Vista

This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world, including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them.

Mighty mountains peak above the morning mists, imposing and eternal, rocky outcrops at their feet. Discover how these giants are formed, as a fold or a block, a dome or a plateau. Follow the water cycle’s course from peak to valley and meet the exceptional tribes of the hostile Himalayas. Then plan a mountain expedition from the BMC that is eco-friendly and safe as can be. But beware, look out! What’s that by that tree? Its footprints are huge! Have we found the Yeti?


This project teaches children about the techniques that artists use when composing landscape images, such as colour and atmosphere.

Vista Landscape Art Project - Exploring the use of viewfinders

Autumn Term 2019 - 2020

Year 4 Autumn Highlights

Autumn Express Event - Disgusting Digestion

Change Starts With Us Pledges

Anti-Bullying Week. We made our own kaleidoscope to show how things are not always as they seem. We discussed how sometimes we need to see the bigger picture to understand the world.

Odd Socks Day 12.11.2019

Walk Through The Bible - Session 3

Creating our own 'Forky' to help us settle into the new year

Science - Recreating the digestive system. We modelled how food worked its way through the digestive system.

Walk Though The Bible  - Session 4 - Topics covered: David and Goliath - David the Psalmist - Solomon the ‘king with 1000 wives’ - Prophets begin to speak

Walk Through The Bible - Session 3 - Topics covered: Promised Land • Joshua conquers Jericho • Gideon puts out a fleece • Samson the strong man • Ruth, Great Grandmother of David

Walk Through The Bible - Session 2 - Topics Covered: • The first Passover • 10 Commandments • Spying out the Promised Land

Year 4 Information

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Year 4 Curriculum Expectations