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Whitecote Primary School

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Year 4

Hello and welcome to the Year 4 webpage!


4 Birch: Miss Taylor and Mrs Keighley

4 Spruce: Miss Bowers



Outdoor PE is on a Tuesday afternoon. Children will need a plain white t-shirt, plain black or grey tracksuit bottoms (or shorts in the Summer), a plain black or grey tracksuit top/sweatshirt, and trainers. Swimming is on a Wednesday afternoon. Girls will need a one-piece costume and towel and Boys will need swimming trunks or shorts (above the knee) and a towel. Please leave their P.E. kit in school when possible because P.E. times may sometimes change. Please write your child's name in all their kit!



Please make sure you read your child's school reading book with them for at least 10 minutes per day. Reading is a 'building block' on which much of their other learning rests, and regular reading at home makes a huge difference in the classroom. If you would like any support or advice on helping your child with their reading, please pop in after school to see their teacher.  The children also need to complete the assigned work in the Times Tables Rock Stars and to learn their spellings each week. 



This half term our topic is Arnside. We will be learning about where Arnside is and the similarities and differences between Arnside and Bramley.  As part of this topic we will also be learning about food chains and habitats through the residential visit.  


Well done to all the children who wore some fantastic (and very scary) costumes on Spooky Friday.


Spooky Friday




4 Birch spent the day in Haworth on Tuesday.  We had a great time and the weather was very kind to us.  The children were fascinated by the artefacts in the Brontë Parsonage Museum.  They saw some original things the sisters would have used to write their famous books and also copies from the BBC TV series about the family.  The moors were windy and chilly but the scenery brought to life the story of Wuthering Heights and we could all imagine Heathcliff running over the heather and grasses, being chased by Catherine.  Fortunately, the children are too young to have heard of Kate Bush and her famous song!

Another popular place was the sweetshop and all the children spent some time in here.

Thanks to Mrs Keighley, Mrs Hepworth and Miss Bowers who came with us and also thanks to the children, who behaved brilliantly all day.



Thanks to all the parents who could come to the meeting today.  We appreciate that many parents could not come so please look at the presentation which was shared with parents and children this afternoon.  Please ask Year 4 staff if you have any questions.  There will be a lot more information in the coming months.


We will send out text reminders for payment deadlines and when we need forms, etc. returning.


4th January 2018 CE      ROMAN INVASION

The Centurions of 4 Birch successfully invaded the barbaric Celts of 4 Spruce today.  Wearing their gold helmets with red plumes, the soldiers marched into the classroom, re-arranged the furniture and offered the Celts the chance to join the Roman army.  The leader of the tribe, Miss Bowers, was sent to Rome as a slave to the Emperor and 3 of the young tribe members declined the offer.  they were taken away and 'killed'!  All those who agreed to join the army were presented with a silver helmet and a gold or silver (and white chocolate) coin as their first wages.


The soldiers all then left to invade the next village.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Several parents joined us for reading related activities and refreshments to encourage children to read more.


Arnside Residential

The children really enjoyed the 3 day visit, doing activities to demonstrate camouflage and food chains on Arnside Knott with the National Trust Rangers.  On the second day, they dod pond dipping and bird watching at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve and on the last day, the children spent some of their money in the gift shops in Arnside.  Well done to all the children for the brilliant behaviour and thanks to the 4 members of staff, who looked after them all so well.