St Margaret's CofE Primary School, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HB

01273 303109

St Margaret's CE Primary School

Grace, Strength, Love

Year 4


"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."  - The Lorax

Our topic this half term is Oceans and Climate Change. Year 4 created beautiful, sustainable, recycled artwork at the beginning of the year for an Art exhibition. We have displayed these hanging in the classroom to remind us about the importance of using less single use plastic. This term we will be reading 'Song of the Dolphin Boy' by Elizabeth Laird. This book has a focus on how children can work together to help their planet/ towns from unecessary plastic waste entering our oceans. We will be thinking about how businesses can be more sustainable working with WWF to actually share our own voice and question big businesses and what they are doing to help our future. 


Let's Dance 

Let's dance is an incredible opportunity for Year 4 to learn a choreographed dance lead by Nicole. They will perform this dance on the stage of The Brighton Dome on Tuesday 14th March. This has been a well loved tradition for Year 4 students and gives them some time in the spotlight. We look forward to dazzling you with our Mulan Warrior themed dance to the music 'Loyal, Brave and True by Christina Aguilera'. 


PE & Forest School

PE and Forest School will be on Monday morning with MrJones.  Please ensure that the children come into school on these days wearing their school PE kit: shorts or tracksuit bottoms (depending on the weather), trainers, school jumper or fleece. Children will need to bring appropriate clothing for forest school to change into as necessary (for this term a waterproof coat and wellington boots). 


Homework will be set weekly on a Monday.  Information of what homework is set will be available on Google Classroom. This gives the children a week to have a go at completing it. The homework set will recap the learning done in school. Weekly homework will consist of the following ... 

Maths - an interactive online game will be set on mostly TTRS or Active Learn.

Please be helping your children learning their times tables ahead of the check in June. This can be done in a variety of ways (not just TTRS). 

Reading - children should be attempting to read ideally 20 minutes a day. If this is too challenging please start of with 5 minutes or 1 page and we will work on building this up throughout the year. Reading journals are also encouraged and this is a space for children to review literature in a variety of ways. One every 1-2 weeks is recommended. Reading for pleasure is hugely important so children may read a variety of texts and there is no expectation that it should be narrative. If you are struggling with book choices please use this resource for some recommended reads.

Spelling - Weekly spellings will again link to online games that children can play to assist them with their learning. The spellings will focus on high frequency words and spelling rules/patterns.