Cycle 4

Your Year 4 teacher this year is Miss Smail.

As we approach the end of the year, here is an overview of what exciting learning we will end the year on in Year 4.


We have a lovely new uniform this year at Brentnall and I would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in their uniform. Children can wear their burgundy sweater (with or without school logo, white shirt, black or grey skirt or trousers, black or grey pinafore, white or black tights (no leggings), plain white or black socks and black shoes (no visible logos). Please ensure if your child loses any part of their uniform that I am informed so we can help find it, or a new order is placed as soon as possible. Please also ensure all shirts are tucked in and uniform remains lovely and smart until the end of the year.


Homework is given out weekly on a Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This will include a piece of Maths homework and spellings to learn weekly. In addition, each term there will be a topic based homework project for the children to enjoy creating with you at home.

In addition to children’s learning in class, a topic based homework has been set for children to have a go at if they wish. This is to make an Ancient Egyptian tomb or pyramid, made from any material that you wish. Examples were given on the letter that was sent out to take inspiration from. This is due in Friday 22nd June 2018.


The children have all got reading books and will be bringing them home each night to read with you. Their diary is for you to sign to show your child has read at home for 15-20 minutes per night. There will be a prize for the child who has read the most books within the term.


Throughout the school there is a traffic light system to monitor behaviour. Children will all start on green at the start of the school day. Children will receive a warning if they display unacceptable behaviour and then will move down to amber and then red if this persists. Children do have the chance to work their way back to green if they are on amber when making the right choices within class and around school. If the children finish the day on red then a chat with parents will be required at home time.

Our Always board was carefully chosen by the class and is Minecraft themed. This is to ensure all children are consistently following our 6 Always rules in order to receive an Always badge. The rules we decided as a class are:

  • To listen to the speaker
  • To try your best and never give up
  • Treat others how you want to be treated
  • To listen to the speaker
  • Work together as part of a team
  • Be respectful to those around you

House points

Children will also be rewarded for good behaviour with house points and whichever house wins the most points will be announced each Friday in the Celebration Assembly.


Children will be doing P.E. on Tuesdays so will require their full P.E. kit for this day only. If your child has taken their P.E. kit home to be washed, we ask that it is returned on Monday and stays in school until Friday. On Thursdays we have swimming so can you ensure your child brings their kit every Thursday. This requires:

  • Swimming costume/trunks
  • Towel
  • Swimming hat
  • Swimming socks (if required)
  • Swimming bag


We have our music teacher coming in to teach Music on Wednesday afternoons. The children will be allocated a brass instrument and will need to take it home Wednesday nights to practice for the week and they will need to bring it back in on the following Wednesday for the lesson.

An Overview of Cycle 4


This cycle we will be developing our writing skills and completing short writing tasks which the children enjoy. We will also be studying a poetry book called ‘Hot Like Fire’ by Valerie Bloom, where we will study features of poetry, create our own and even some performance poetry.


Following our end of year tests, children will be developing their problem solving skills and consolidating all Year 4 knowledge so they are ready for the transition into Year 5.




History- Ancient Egyptians


Hook Question- Can you walk like an Egyptian?




Music– Brass Instruments tuition

French- Quelle heure est-il?

Religious Education-  


Why do some people think

that life is a journey and what

significant experiences mark




Taking more control

BLP- Relationships



Ancient Egyptian head pieces


Computing- Research skills


We are currently organising a trip as part of the Ancient Egyptian topic, to Manchester Museum on 11th June. Please return the permission slips to school as soon as possible. Many Thanks.

I am looking forward to another exciting cycle. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thankyou. Miss Smail