Rossington St Michael's C of E Primary School, Sheepbridge Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN11 0EZ

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Rossington St Michael’s C of E Primary School

Learning to be the best that we can be with the love of God

NEW HOMEWORK AND SPELLINGS  - New homework due in 09/03/2019 - Illegal, Illiterate, Illegible, Impatient, Impossible, Incomplete, Across, After, Again, Along

Weekly Attendance - W.C. 25.02.2019 - 94% - Our horse is currently in second to last place! Remember to turn up and be on time!

Welcome to 4W - Ready, Respectful, Safe!

 Class Teacher: Mr M Walker

Teaching Assistant: Mrs D Taylor


Hello! Welcome to our class page. One this page you are able to view class information such as daily timetable and routines, pictures of our class events and trips, information about our learning and any FAQs.This is a space to celebrate the children's achievements and show off the amazing things the children do every day at school.


Class Charter

During the first week of term, as a class we decided on the values and rules that we believe are important, in order for us to be outstanding learners. We agreed to;

  • Use our listening skills to listen carefully to each other,
  • Keep noise levels down whilst working,
  • Welcome new people,
  • Use manners,
  • Not to fight,
  • Respect each other,
  • Persevere with learning,
  • Not to answer back,
  • Not to bully each other,
  • Help keep each other safe,
  • Be ready to learn and accept challenges.

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Important Information

Physical Education - Our PE days this year are Thursday afternoon (Orienteering with Miss Walker) and Friday afternoon (Dance). Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school for these days, which should include appropriate outdoor clothing. Jewellery must not be worn for PE, if earrings can come out they should be, however, if they can't be removed then plasters (supplied from home) should be worn. Unfortunately, we are unable to help children remove jewellery or place plasters on.


Homework -  Homework will be given out on a Friday and due back in the following Thursday in order for us to mark it together on a Friday afternoon.  If children do not complete or make an attempt to do the homework or forget to bring the completed one in, as with all other classes across the school, children will be required to stay in at break and complete this.


Reading at home -  On a Monday, we will check all children's reading records for evidence of reading at home, an adult will need to sign the reading record to show that this has taken place. A bookmark, has been placed inside the children's reading record to help question the children as they read text.


Reflex Maths - Since October half term, the children have been accessing Reflex Maths. This is an online platform designed to develop the fluency of children's times-table knowledge. The games that children play are interactive and engaging and the children have so far shown great enthusiasm for it. Children are able and know how to access this one a computer or iPad at home. This is more preferable than Times-table Rockstars as it teaches the children at their own rate instead of testing them like Rockstars. Passwords for the children are the same as their Rockstar password. We go on this everyday during assembly or at 12:00 for 15 minutes.


Active Learn and Times-tables - The Active Learn maths online platform, will have lots of engaging games assigned to the children's user accounts for them to access throughout the year. Their username and passwords have been written down in the front of their reading record on a sticker. Should they need reminding throughout the year, the children should simply ask for their details again. By the end of year 4, children are expected to know and recall all table facts up to the 12 times-tables. Children should use Times-Table Rockstars to practise and schedules have been assigned for them to practise the ones they have shown need developing. Links below




Below is a list of words from the National Curriculum. These are words that can be tricky to spell but with support, the children by the end of Lower Key Stage 2, should be able to spell. Please use this list to support and add to the spelling words sent home each week. Simple activities like reading, covering and writing the word, then comparing the two spellings, can be effective. In addition to the spelling list below, I have also included a Complex Speed Sounds Chart, these are all the sounds and ways of making such sounds which should aid with spelling.


Spellings will be sent home with the homework each week, with a look, cover, write, check grid for children to use. These are generally words from our spelling sessions at school and focus on the spelling rules for year 4. Ocassionally, we might send words home from the list below and/or lower down in school to consolidate their learning.

In addition to the common exception words, we have a big focus on the 100 and 200 most commonly used words and making sure that the children are comfortable in spelling these. These are words that are used every day in conversation, writing and general day to day life. In the coming weeks we will be sending more information about these.

Below is a list of the 100 and 200 most commonly used words, please refer to these and occasionally test your children in batches of 10.



 This half term we will be looking at the book The White Giraffe by Lauren St John. This book is about a young girl, Martine Allen, who looses her parents in a tragic accident on New Year's Eve. Her future takes an unexpected turn of events when Mr Grice, from Social Services, tells her that she is to move to Cape Town, South Africa, to live with a grandmmother she never knew about. Who is this women and why was she never told about her? Throughout the book, it takes us on a journey of discovery as Martine tries to work out the secret of Sawubona Game Reserve and 'The Gift' that Miss Grace told her she had. Is she really the chosen one? Expressive an engaging language make this book exciting and thrilling and explores a range of issues related to our Science work.

From the book, children will be writing discussional texts looking at the differences between Sawubona and Hampshire (2 places Martine has lived) and researching the pros and cons of keeping animals in zoo environments. In addition to this, children will create poems about the mystical white giraffe as well as non-chronological reports about animals that might be seen on a Safari.

This book is part of a series of books by Lauren St John and covers multiple tales of various animals.


In maths this term, we will be revisiting some of the skills that we have learnt previous in the autumn term. We will recap place value, which encompasses rounding, counting in multiples of 10, 100, 1000, 25 and 50 as well as place value adding. Children's number skills will be developed through revisiting written methods of addition, subtraction and multiplication. As the term moves on we will investigate fractions and decimals and will introduce the children to properties of shape at a year 4 level, including angles. 

We will continue to use reflex to develop times-tables and number sense. We have sense a great increase in the children's knowledge of the tables since using this and are still encouraging the children to use this at home.




Spring 2 Topic: Art Attack

In this topic, the children will develop their basic art skills including, sharing, colouring and identifying shapes within pictures to copy and replicate. Following on from this, we will then look at the artist Henri Rousseau, a french painter who used post-impressionism to paint pictures of animals in their natural setting. After we have written biographies about Henri Rousseau, we will move on to investigate the drawing style of one of our favourite illustrators, Quentin Blake. After half term, we will look at the work by Andy Goldsworthy and how he uses natural materials to create art. The children will explore materials and mediums and use these to create their own art work of the white giraffe.

Spring 1 Topic: Keen to be Green

In this topic, the children have learnt all about recycling, reusing and reducing our waste. The children have found out about the pros and cons of plastic and how we can avoid throwing so much away. To coincide with this, we investigated and researched how to reuses plastic bottles and make them into planters, critically evaluating other people's designs by specifically looking at which one will allow the least amount of waste.  In addition to this, we taught the children about various issues around looking after the environment which includes, how land is being used in other parts of the world and important environmental issues such as fossil fuel usage.

Autumn 2 Topic: The Normans

In this topic, we followed on from the children's historical journey, which started last year. We will looked at The Normans and William the Conquerer, who beat King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This will be a memorable date which the children should remember. We will investigated Norman castles, the Norman way of life and a day in the life of a Norman. We will investigated the Norman timeline and produce work about why the Normans chose to invade Britannia. The children reproduced snippets of the Bayeux Tapestry, which contributed to them creating a scaled down version. In DT, we learnt and practised sewing, we focused on back stitch and sewed the letters of our initials.

In addition to our topic sessions, we will be learning all about human digestions in Science and how the body is able to break up food in order for us to get nutritional value from it and why food is so important to us.

Autumn 1 Topic: Wonderful Water

In this topic we investigated major rivers around the UK and the seas that surrounds us. In addition to this, we looked at a river bed environment to see where water came from and how it made its journey to the sea. The children did some amazing and informative non-chronological reports about a river's journey. As the topic progressed, we took a trip to Ewden Water Centre (see below), to learn about how they treat water to make it safe for us to drink. On the trip, we briefly learnt about the water cycle and furthered this back at school with art work in science and some more non-chronological reports about it. This linked really well to oour English focus The Blue Umbrella.

We used water colours to create images from some of the scenes in The Blue Umbrella and made the two colourful umbrellas pop out through the use of making colours darker and richer with more layers and paint.

In science we investigated states of matter and how objects can change depending on the temperature and what these important stages are called.


Amazon Trip January 2019

On Monday 21st Janaury, 4W went on an amazing trip to the new Amazon Fulfillment Centre at the iPort. The whole trip was fascinating and the children had a wonderful time learning about how the products were stored, picked and then delivered. We learnt all about the process from when the initial customer order comes in, right through to the end where the products get loaded onto the lorry ready for delivery.


One of our favourite parts of the tour around the centre was seeing the labels being put onto the box by the SLAM machine. This machine has been developed to blow air over the label to stick it on instead of the machine pushing the label onto the box. We were all aastounded by the size of the centre as it is 14 football pitches in area and 11 metres high. The children loved watching the pickers using their fork lift trucks to travel up to the top shelves and collect products. 


At the end,the tour ambassadors had put on a special activity for the children to take part in. These were driving mini remote controlled fork lift trucks, standing on a an actual fork lift truck and pressing buttons whilst stationary and, because of our current recycling topic, a sorting activity of products that could be recycled.

As a result of this experience, we felt that we could share some of our thoughts and feelings about the day by wrirint a diary entry. Below is a selection of the diaries that we have written summarising the great time we had on our trip.


Ewden Trip

On Tuesday 18th September, we visited Ewden Water Centre, Sheffield. We had a great time learning all about the water cycle, how water is treated to keep us safe and then how important water is in other parts of the world. We investigated what it was like to live in Ethiopia, with limited water and found out that if the World was made of 24 people, 10 would not have access to clean, safe drinking water.

Whilst learning about how water is treated, we met a number of 'nasties' that the water is treated for whilst at Ewden, which included an incredible amount of peat. During the treatment tour, we learnt new words such as 'floc' and 'coagulent'. One part of the process, linked really well to our science learning, where we put raisins in lemonade to see what the effect would be of the gas trapped inside. Ewden, uses a similar method to get rid of the 'nasties' and continue the filtration process.

We also found out about the WaterAid pledge, which is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. In order to learn more, we examined the diary of a young Ethiopian girl called Ferhiwot, she told us in a video she has to travel 4 miles to collect water to drink each. However, this water is dirty and contaminated, we will continue to examine her story during our comprehension lessons.


Did you know...

  1. It take approximately 3 hours for water go through the treatment centre,
  2. 1% of the World's water (in various states) is drinkable,
  3. A running tap uses upto 9 litres of water per minute,
  4. 70% of the Earth is water.

Worries and Concerns

For little worries or concerns, please feel free to catch me at the door at drop off or pick up or send a note with reading record s. If you have something urgent or needs a little more time, then please feel free to contact the main office and leave a message or use the main school email address.