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National Poetry Day

Year 4 learnt and performed the poem 'Please, Mrs.Butler' by Allan Ahlberg.


Autumn Term newsletter 2022

Dear Parents/carers,

Welcome to the new school year at Melbourne Junior School as your child moves into Year 4. We would like to let you know a little more about the Year 4 team and what we will be doing over the forthcoming term.


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: Poplar  - Mrs McGibbon, Mrs Lawrence, Sycamore - Mrs Worthington and Redwood – Mr Radburn, our teaching assistants, Mrs Donnachie, Mrs Fortin – Tobin, Mrs Gibbins, Mrs Seeds and Mrs Winfield will also be working with and supporting groups of children.


PPA (Planning, Preparation & Assessment)

On Tuesday mornings, Mrs Worthington will be out of the classroom on PPA time,  Mrs McGibbon and Mrs Lawrence will be out of class on Wednesday mornings on PPA time and Mr Radburn will be out of class on Friday mornings on PPA time. Mr Wardle will be teaching the Year 4 classes during these mornings.


Our Curriculum this term:

  • Maths – Number & Place value, Four Operations of Number and Area
  • English – Picture books and poetry, writing to inform
  • Science - Rocks and Soils and Animals including humans
  • History - How did Britain change from The Stone Age to the Iron Age?
  • Geography - Where in the World?
  • Computing – Inside a computer, effective searching and e-safety
  • PE – Gymnastics (indoor) and Net, Wall and Court Games (outdoor)
  • French – Phonics and Presenting Myself
  • RE – What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today? Major festivals (throughout the year)
  • PSHE – Relationships
  • Music – Music Partnership – Learning a brass instrument (Wider Opportunities), A Night on Bare Mountain and Singing
  • Art – Cave Drawings and Paintings
  • DT – Textiles - designing and making decorations


Dates for the Diary:

Thursday 15 September Project String Quartet concert for the whole school- Vivaldi

Monday 19th September Bank Holiday for The Queen’s Funeral

Thursday 22 September Online Safety workshops for all classes

                                         5pm: On line safety workshop for parents – details to follow

Thursday 6 October National Poetry Day

Thursday 20 October Parents evening

Friday 21 October School closes for half term

Monday 31 October School reopens - Flu immunisations this half term

Tuesday 1 November Parents evening

16/17/18 November Y3/4 visits to Cresswell Crags (More details will follow)

Wednesday 21 December End of Term


  1. Daily reading (noted in homework diaries) At least 4 times a week, signed by parents/carers
  2. Learning times tables (TT Rockstars)
  3. Learning spellings in preparation for tests each Friday (Spelling Shed)
  4. Work will be set on Fridays alternating between a Maths activity and an English activity using the Dactyl Homework Scheme.



All children will be able to log-on to Spelling Shed in order to work on their weekly spellings.

Spelling activities also take place in the classroom each week.

Spellings are tested and new wordlists will be given out each Friday.



It is an expectation that children will read a minimum of four times a week, preferably aloud to an adult. This recognises the importance of practising this vital life skill.  Many reading skills, such as expression and intonation, can only be developed when reading aloud.  Please record and sign all reading in homework diaries. Children who meet the minimum target by the Friday diary check (Sycamore and Redwood)/Monday diary check (Poplar), will receive a Reading Reward.



Our P.E. days this term are: Sycamore - Tuesday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor), Poplar – Wednesday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor) and Redwood – Tuesday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor).


Children should continue to come to school in P.E. kit on their P.E. days.

A note would be appreciated if your child is to be excused from his/her P.E. lesson. For health and safety reasons, earrings should not be worn on P.E. days and long hair tied back.


Parental Support

Parental support is highly valued and we are indebted to those parents who are able to provide consistent, or occasional, help within school with tasks such as reading, practical tasks or helping to prepare resources. If you can offer any help, please contact your child’s teacher.


Getting in touch

There are a number of ways you can contact us. We encourage the use of the homework diary for simple messages or queries and to contact the office in person or via the school email:

We are also available to be contacted via email using the following email addresses:,


We will endeavour to respond to emails as soon as it is practicable to do so.

In addition, we are usually available after school.  Alternatively, an appointment can be made for a mutually convenient time.


Thank you.


The Year 4 Team



Mrs McGibbon, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Worthington, Mr Radburn,

Mrs Donnachie, Mrs Fortin-Tobin, Mrs Gibbins, Mrs Seeds and Mrs Winfield.