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"Achieving Success by Learning Together"

Owls - Year 4


Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year 4! We are very excited to begin our autumn term with the new topic, 'Mayan Mayhem'. We also have lots of new and interesting lessons, including swimming and guitars.

For the first swimming lesson on Thursday, 13th September, please ensure that your child has a letter giving them permission to wear goggles as they will not be allowed to do so if they do not have permission (this is a requirement of the Newmarket Leisure Centre).  Every lesson will also require a swimming cap, an appropriate swimsuit and a towel.

Our additional P.E. lesson will take place on Friday afternoon. Children will require black or dark blue jogging bottoms/leggings/shorts and a Paddocks Primary P.E. t-shirt and jumper (if it is chilly). Trainers and plimsolls are also required, to allow for P.E. indoors and outdoors. As we are now in autumn and will be entering winter, we can expect some chilly days; please make sure that your child has suitable P.E. attire for warm and chilly weather, as we aim to get outside for sessions as often as possible.

Children will be sent home with a guitar loan letter for parents and carers to sign. This document outlines the children's and parents' responsibilities concerning the guitar, and gives your child permission to take their guitars home to practise. If your child has their own guitar, they may bring it, if they wish, and Mr. Morley, the guitar teacher, will tune it.

In Year 4, homework will be given every Friday and should be handed in by the following Thursday. Your child will have a variety of tasks related to literacy, maths, science, spelling, reading comprehension and grammar and punctuation. These tasks will usually be a revision of what has been learned in class, however, it will occasionally be a starting point for future learning; regardless of the task, all Mrs. Hazelwood and I ask is that the children 'have a go' and try their best, as we want the children to enjoy completing homework, and see it as a fun challenge, rather than as a 'chore'.

Lastly, as requested by some parents, please see below some terminology that we have been/will be continuously using throughout our literacy sessions this year, which may be useful for you at home. Very shortly, we will be sending home the homework books with Times Table Rockstars logins as well as times table grids, so that the children can practise their times tables at home; all children are expected to be fluent with times tables from 0 to 12. Similar to last year, we will be carrying on with Accelerated Reading, and hope to get this up and running within the first two weeks of school.


verb: an action word   

Giovanni ran across the field. 

noun: a person, place or thing

The cat slept peacefully.     

adjective: describes a noun

The spotty, red tablecloth covered all of the table.

adverb: describes how, when or where an action took place

Sienna jumped joyfully.

Sienna left later.

fronted adverbial: an adverb that occurs at the beginning or 'front' of a sentence.

conjunction: a word used to connect words, clauses or sentences; there are subordinating and coordinating conjunctions (see helpful sheets in homework books)

clause: a sentence/group of words that makes sense on its own, containing at least a noun (main subject of the sentence) and a verb

Betty jumped.

The horse galloped across the field.

phrase: a group of words used to add meaning to a clause, which do not make sense on their own

after some time had passed                              in the garden                        because she was hungry

simple sentence: a sentence which has just one independent clause.

Gregory enjoys playing tennis.

compound sentence:  a sentence that has two independent clauses

I found the clothes in the attic and I saw a large mouse.

complex sentence: a sentence which has a main clause and a subordinate clause

After the Cubs defeated the Raptors, they held a huge party.


I hope this has all been helpful!

If you have any further questions or concerns or need to contact me, you can see me directly or e-mail me at:

 Thank you very much for your time and support. I look forward to meeting all of you on Friday, 21st September, for the 'Meet the Teacher' breakfast.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. T. Gaffney