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Hello Year 4,


It’s Miss Smith here. This week, when we haven’t been in the classroom, Mr Radburn and I have been having one-to-one and group call meetings with some children from our classes. It has been lovely to see you and to hear about the different things that you have been up to. If you want to have a one-to-one call with your teacher make sure you send them an email to their class email address to request one. I know that I have a couple more lined up for next week and I can’t wait!


This week you will find out what classes you are in for Year 5. The activities for this week from the Year 4 team are to do the first two English lessons on Oak National Academy, Week 11 of White Rose Maths and your guided reading (it is the final three chapters of Matilda for Sycamore class). You then need to go onto the ‘Welcome to Year 5’ transition page to complete the activities that the Year 5 teachers have set you. Remember to complete these to the best of your ability as the teachers will be seeing your work at some point and you want to create a good first impression!


There is a library returns quarantine box at the front of school, outside of the office. You are more than welcome to return any books that you have borrowed from the library. If you would like to borrow any more books from the library, then email your class teacher and this can be arranged. Sycamore class, if you have any of my personal books, the ones that have Miss Smith written on the inside, could you try and put these in the quarantine box too. This is so that I can take them to my new school for other children to enjoy. 😊


Make sure you keep practising your times tables and spellings, and keep reading!


Miss Smith and Mr Radburn 

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Additional Home Learning Activities

The Maths Factor

Carol Vorderman's website -The Maths Factor - is now FREE for everyone to support children's continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. Follow the link below to sign up.

Reniassance - myON

Life is Better When We Read Together!


Schools may be closing, but reading doesn’t have to stop. To help support teachers, students and parents to 'Keep the UK and Ireland reading', Renaissance are offering access to thousands of enhanced digital books through myON and articles from myON News. Take a look using the link below:


Welcome to the new school year at Melbourne Junior School as your child moves into Year 4. 


The Year 4 Team


We have a team of dedicated adults working with the children to support their learning.  In addition to our class teachers, Mr Radburn and Miss Smith, our teaching assistant, Mrs Perry will also be supporting groups of children further to her classroom responsibilities.


PPA (Planning, Preparation & Assessment)


On Tuesday afternoon, the Year 4 teachers will be out of class on PPA time. Mrs Wright and Mr Wardle will share the responsibility of teaching Redwood Class and Sycamore respectively.


Our Curriculum


Our main topic this term is ‘Ciao Italia!’ We will be taking a virtual tour around Italy, learning about its landscape, people and culture, with a particular focus on the Campania region. Our studies will also examine volcanoes and earthquakes and their impact on the landscape and people. 


Work in other subjects will include:


  • Maths – Number & Place value and Calculations
  • English – Recounts – postcards and travel blogs
  • Computing – Online safety and multimedia
  • PE – Real PE (indoor) and Net and Court Games (outdoor)
  • French – Les Animaux
  • RE – Beliefs & Practises (Judaism) and Buddha’s Teachings (Buddhism)
  • PSHE – New Beginnings: Inside Out
  • Music – Music Partnership – Learning a brass instrument (Sycamore Class from Autumn Term onwards, Redwood from Spring Term 2) and singing
  • DT – Pizza making


For further information, see our Autumn Term 1 Newsletter below.

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During our Ciao Italia launch day, the children in Redwood and Sycamore enjoyed taking a virtual tour around Italy, exploring famous Italian cities and landmarks, the art and music, learning some of the language and tasting some delicious Italian foods.
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Midlands Music Service Workshop - Volcanoes


The children in Redwood and Sycamore liked their visit from the Midlands Music Service, learning about Volcanoes. They enjoyed composing and performing small pieces of music to represent the different stages of a volcanic eruption. 

Merry Christmas from Mr Radburn, Miss Smith, Mrs Perry and all of the children in Redwood and Sycamore classes. We hope you all have a fun filled festive season and the happiest of new years.

Ding Dong Merrily on High

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The Year 4 children wanted to perform their song from our carol concert to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy.