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4R - Mr Richardson

Welcome to 4R!



In Year 4 already! Doesn't time fly and what a strange year it has been! We are very excited to have you back! Welcome to Class 4R's page smiley. Here you can find out all about life in 4R and all the exciting things we get up to. Make sure you check out our Learning Leaflets below to find out about our topic and continue your learning journey at home too!


We loved getting in the festive spirit and decorating baubles as part of a Christmassy Art Workshop. Thank you to Mr Whilton for organising!

From going on leaf hunts to making packaging for our cereal or working on our Maths, we have loved our start to Year 4!


Please ensure your child comes into school in their P.E. Kit on the following days:




Friday (Outdoor PE)


Swimming will be on a Monday and will begin on Monday 14th September and will run for 11 weeks. Your child will get a letter before the swimming lessons commence.  Please ensure your child brings a swimming kit for their swimming lessons.


Home Learning

Please ensure your child completes at least 4 pieces of home learning a week. This could be anything from reading a couple of pages of their book, practising their times tables or attending a club. For each piece of home learning, your child will receive a merit which can contribute to a home learning award each half term. Please make sure you record their home learning in their home learning diary provided and ensure it is signed and dated.

*Please note, due to COVID restrictions, children will change their reading book on a Monday. These must then be kept at home and brought in on a Friday so that they can be cleaned and quarantined over the weekend. Thank you for your understanding with this during these difficult times.

15 merits = Bronze award

20 merits = Silver award

25 merits = Gold award


Fancy a challenge 4R? Let's see if everyone can get at least a bronze award every half term!



Times Tables Rockstars - Thee children will be tested on their times tables knowledge four times a week. Please ensure you help your child to practise their times tables and ensure they log in to Times Tables Rockstars daily as they will be given certain times tables to practise in line with the tests.


SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) Friday - There will be a SPaG test every Friday. Please ensure your child completes their SPaG homework which will be given out on a Friday in their SPaG book.


Please ensure your child accesses Times Tables Rockstars, Letter Join, Bug Club, Spelling Shed and Purple Mash at home as this will really help to support their learning and prepare them for middle school.

Thank you for all your continuing support! We do appreciate it :)

Summer 2 - A Summer of Sport

Well here we are in our final half term at Matchborough and what a year it has been! With so much sport happening this Summer we thought we would bring sport to the classroom and immerse ourselves in all things sporting. Why do basketball players like doughnuts? A. Because they dunk! We will be finding out about different countries competing in the major sporting competitions while getting ourselves in a positive mindset for our Sports Day. Will be also be research famous sports people and reading books by Tom Percival to explore our emotions. It is going to be a busy one! So dust off that kit and let's get into sport!



Take a look at the Home Learning Leaflet to see tasks you could complete at home.




Summer 1 - Elizabethans

This half term we will be learning all about the Elizabethans! 

Elizabethans did all they could to survive in an age of sin and bling, of beddings and beheadings, galleons and guns. Explorers set sail for new worlds, risking everything to bring back slaves, gold and the priceless potato. Elizabeth lined her coffers while her subjects lived in squalor with hunger, violence and misery as bedfellows.

Shakespeare shone and yet the beggars and thieves, the doxies and bawdy baskets, kinchins and fraters scraped and cheated to survive in the shadows. These were dangerous days. If you survived the villains, and the diseases didn't get you, then the lawmen might. Pick the wrong religion and the scaffold or stake awaited you. The toothless, red-wigged queen sparkled in her jewelled dresses, but the Golden Age was only the surface of the coin. The rest was base metal.

We will also be reading the hilarious story The Queen's Orang-utan by David Walliams, writing our own version of the story and a discussion text based around a very important yet strange decision The Queen has to make!




This half term we will be learning all about the Vicious Vikings! The Vikings were fearsome, seafaring warriors with huge boats, large shields and enormous ginger beards. This much you probably know. But do you know why the Vikings had names like Fat-thighs and oaf? Maybe you could find out?! Over the half term we will be finding out about how they came to settle in England as well as their religion and way of life. We will be writing and performing playscripts based on well-known Viking sagas. We will also be focusing on writing non-chronological reports to showcase all of our new knowledge. It's going to be a busy one! Take a look at the Spring 1 Learning Leaflet to find out more.


Autumn 2 - Invaders & Settlers

We can't believe we are onto our next topic already! Our next topic of the year will be the Anglo-Saxons or should I say the Smashing Saxons? We will be finding out about Saxon raids and how they came to settle in England. Using historical enquiry, we will be exploring the Saxon way of life, in particular their clothes, jobs and religious beliefs. Did you know that 'Saxon' was a name the Welsh, Scots and the Irish called all the strangers who moved into England when the Romans left? We will also be reading the legend of Beowulf and writing our own sagas based on our own heroic warriors.

Autumn 1 Topic - Snap, Crackle & ROAAAR!


Have you ever collected coupons from a cereal box? Maybe you were saving them for a book or toy? Well, when Dan and his brother decide to collect 100 coupons so that they can have their very own lion, they assume the task will be easy enough. How wrong can you be?! We will be reading There's a Lion in My Cornflakes, looking at advertising, writing persuasive letters and designing our own cereal!


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