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Year 4 - Rufford

Welcome to Rufford class! 

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Key dates

Perseverance Day- 17.01.2019

Chinese New Year- 05.02.2019

Random  Act of Kindness Day- 14.02.2019

Last day of this  half term - 15.02.2019 

Important information

  • Spellings go out on a Monday and are tested on a Friday, those children who achieved close to full marks will get a text home to celebrate! If ever spellings get mislaid, there is a copy of the spelling booklet for year 4 where you will find all spellings for this academic year. 
  • Children must come to school everyday equipped with their reading book (from our library with appropriate book band) and reading diary. We endeavor to check these daily but will be checked a minimum of every other day. It is crucial to your child's development and learning that they read 4 times a week, this is our target and we have some incentives to keep us going!
  • Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday however please ensure your child brings their PE kits every day in case of last minute changes. 
  • The school office is going "cashless" and will therefore only be accepting payments via "Parentpay". For more information please visit the "Parentpay" page of our website or contact the school office.
  • Homework grids go out at the beginning of term, this includes 9 tasks based on our topic and involve a range of activities. We love to celebrate homework on a Tuesday and Friday. 
  • For any other information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to Mrs Laity.

Star of the week

Year 4 voted:


as our star of the week!

They wowed us this week by

Because she is always responsible and kind to others. 

Well done! 

What have we been up to this week? 

Making spelling exciting! - 03.12.2018

Today we played a very exciting (and competitive) game of spelling snakes and ladders. It was so much fun and meant that we could not only read the words in our spelling list, but also understand them,

Learning our model text - 29.11.2018

As we have begun to study a new text type, this week we have been reading through the text and have managed to learn it and recite it (with actions) from memory!

Making our Viking puddings! - 22.11.2018

For our parent outcome for Autumn  we invited all of our parents to come in to school to sample our homemade, authentic Viking bread. We then added freshly chopped fruit and honey to create our very own Viking puddings! 

Thank you to everyone who came. 

Our trip to Perlethorpe - 05.10.2018

What an exciting day we had! When we first arrived at Perlethorpe we were greeted by a Viking lady called Freya, she wore her hair in braids and a long green, velvet dress. TO begin with, we walked into the woods and created our very own Viking settlement our of branches, cloth and special areas such as: the latrine, animals, cooking and eating. She tested that they were good enough by getting us all inside and throwing water on the top! Only some of us got wet... 

After lunch, we dressed ourselves up as Vikings in traditional tunics with medallions around our next to define which clan we were a part of. 

We went to an traditional Viking house and listened to Magnus (our Viking guide) who explained the origins of the Vikings to us. From this we took part in three exciting activities, these were: jewellery making, a game involving keeping a ball in the air with our shields and grinding wheat to make wholemeal flour. What an exciting day!


Spectacular science - 19.09.2018

Today we conducted a science experiment to see which material we could find outside was the best insulator. We needed to find a material that Rhea Silvia could use to keep her precious babies, Romulus & Remus, warm when their basket went into the River Tiber. 

Have a look at our results, what do you think? 


Ruthless Romans - 26.09.2018
We just wanted to share the amazing work we have been doing in all lessons that links to our topic of the Romans! We have created a storyboard of the legend of Romulus & Remus, answered and created questions regarding the town of Pompeii and we have been writing our very own short stories based on a Roman disaster!


We became the Roman army - 28.09.2018

What a day! Not only have we been reading and writing about the Romans, today we go to experience what it was like to have been in the Roman army! 


Story time - 01.10.2018

At the end of the day today we loved listening to one of our reading champions read a fun story to us called "The day the crayons quit!"

Certificates of achievement

Who has excelled themselves and shown our school values this week? 

During the autumn term, as we are swimming the year 4's will not be in achievement assembly. Therefore we focus on celebrating our star of the week in class assembly on a Tuesday. 

Letters/ communication home

Key documents


Our topic




To learn more about the vicious Vikings, head to the following sites that have been specially picked by Miss Hodkinson to help your learning at home!

I can't wait to hear all about your exciting research! 



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Look back with pride and forward with confidence