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                                                     Mrs Foster                     Mr Norman                     Mrs Morse

                               Class Teacher                 Class Teacher               Learning Support Assistant

                                (Monday & Tuesday)         (Wednesday to Friday)                       


Schoop - The school ID is 17699

Twitter - @StDavidsCiWPrm https://twitter.com/StDavidsCiWPrm

Email - year4@stdavidsprm.cardiff.sch.uk 

Google classroom code - jhfggxb



Summer Term 2 2023

26th May – End of term

29th May – 2nd June – Half Term

5th June – Return to School
9th June - Rags to Riches
9th June – Sports Day (PM)
16th June – Reserve Sports Day (PM)
23rd June – Class Photos
29th June – Coffee morning and SLT open forum 9.15-10.30am

3rd July - 14th July Daily swimming lessons (AM)

7th July - Summer Fair (PM)
7th July – Reports out to parents

12th July - Afternoon Tea in our allotments (Parents invited)

17th July – Transition week (Year 4s will become Year 5s with their new teacher)
21st July - Last day of term
24th July – INSET day school closed for pupils


Please bring your book bag to school every day. Children will be reading in school daily and we will ensure your child's book is changed weekly. Please remember to do some reading at home every night. 


Oxford Owl Free E-Books

To access the free Oxford Owl e-books, please visit https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home and log in using the details below. 

Username: severnyear4
Password: severnyear4



Please bring a bottle of water to school daily, clearly labelled with your name. Healthy snacks can be purchased from the snack trolley (ordered via ParentPay) or brought in from home. 



Please wear your PE kit to school on Fridays. Children should wear black shorts, house colour or white t-shirt and trainers, labelled clearly with their name. They may also wear black jogging bottoms when completing activities outdoors. Mr Smith will be teaching PE on Friday afternoons.



Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child's name.



Children will complete spelling and grammar activities throughout the week as Early Morning Activities and during Literacy starters. These skills will be developed in work across the curriculum.

Each week we will focus on different spelling patterns. These will be practised in class and brought home to practise for homework.

We will not test children on spelling patterns weekly, but we will monitor and assess throughout the term.

Please use the Spelling Menu file below for ideas on how to have fun with learning spellings. 




This term, our context will be ‘Eco Warriors’, which will have a specific focus on "Humanities" to explore the key question: How can we protect our local environment?


Within this context, we will be exploring these questions that the children came up with:

  • How can we stop hurting animals from our rubbish?
  • How does litter get into the sea?
  • Should we use chemicals on our plants?
  • What can we do to stop littering?
  • What other animals are pollinators?
  • How do you make compost?
  • How much water do people use per day?
  • How much food and water do we waste?
  • What makes animal poo good for plants?
  • Is rain water better than tap water for watering plants?
  • Where does rubbish go when we take it to the tip?


For more specific information on the skills that will be taught this term, please view the our Inquiry Planning document for this half term uploaded below 

In our Eco Warrior topic, we have created newsletters to our parents and carers about tips for cutting down on household waste. Here are some examples:

Here are just some of examples of the things we have been getting up to in Year 4.
Check back here soon to see some more of the wonderful work

and the fascinating experiences we have had in our classroom

in each area of the curriculum.

Pupil voice is very important to us at St David's. We look forward to generating more ideas together as a class for our new topic. 

All of our planning will be based around the six areas of learning and experience and the four core purposes.




Languages, Literacy and Communication

Mathematics & Numeracy

Health & Wellbeing

Science & Technology

Religion, Values, Ethics

Congratulations to this week's VIP. This superstar has worked so incredibly hard this week in Literacy, coming up with ideas for his own space adventure story 

Our Year 4 VIP this week has been chosen for outstanding enthusiasm for our topic and for brilliant home learning. Congratulations. We are very proud of you.


Homework will be placed on Google Classroom every Friday. Please submit all homework by

the following Wednesday so we are able to look at your wonderful work and send this back

to you. 


Each week, children will be asked to complete either a piece of numeracy or literacy

based homework which will alternate from week to week. There will also be a termly

homework grid sent out based on our topic. Children may do as many homework tasks as

they like over the course of the term. Please see below for this terms homework

grid. Children are allowed to complete their homework in whichever format they wish

to choose. E.g hwb, PowerPoint, on paper, videos etc. 


Weekly spellings will also be taught in class and given to the children to practise at home. 

The children will be rewarded for completing their homework by receiving dojos!


Below is a homework grid that you can use at home to complete some fun and independent

activities linked to our current topic. Please don't hesitate to share any of your wonderful

work with us. Diolch!



Our Christian Value for this half term is Respect


Respect – A Christian value is to be conscious that God has created all people in His image. As a response, we show respect to all.

"Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor." – 1 Peter 2:17

Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of respect and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of respect within school. This includes recognising others in our prayers, listening to others when they are talking to us, valuing others ideas and understanding that others may have different opinions. Looking after school property and resources and thinking about how talk to others in a respectful way etc.


The Welsh language is very important to us at St David's. We encourage both staff and children to use incidental Welsh both inside and outside of the classroom. We enjoy our daily Helpwr Heddiw sessions to support children in learning new phrases by playing fun Welsh games. 


Please see below for some fun resources you can use at home:-

Learn Welsh Games - https://www.learn-welsh.net/welshgames

S4C Education - https://www.s4c.cymru/en/education/tag/36/primary/


Throughout the week please encourage your child children to use our PS3 phrase of the week. If a child uses the phrase or any Welsh questions in class, they can be given a Welsh token. The Crew Cymraeg group will count the number of Welsh tokens our class has gathered throughout the week. During our VIP assembly, the class with the most Welsh tokens win Dylan the Dragon for the week. Each week Dylan the Dragon will have a small scroll in his cage with a reward for the class chosen by our Crew Cymraeg. 



We enjoyed taking part in the Wales World Cup Singalong. You can watch this below. 

You can still visit https://jambori.urdd.cymru/ and click on "songs" to practise them in the Jambori playlist. You will find the lyrics, backing tracks and pronunciation guidance to help learn these songs at home if you enjoyed these songs. 

Jambori Cwpan y Byd | Wales's World Cup Singalong


This half term we will be exploring some Spanish greeting phrases through fun games and activities.


Spanish Greetings and Introductions 


“Cómo te llamas” (What is your name?) 

“Me llamo...” (My name is...) 

“Donde vive?” (Where do you live?) 

“Vivo en...” (I live in...) 

"Cuantos años tienes?” (How old are you?) 

“Tengo … años” (I am … years old) 



Languagenut is a wonderful online tool where children can access resources to support the development of their new language. Each child will have their own log in details where they can gain points for activities completed. Languagenut will also give you the correct pronunciation of words and phrases.​​​​​​

All children should have brought home their login details, however if you need a reminder please contact year4@stdavidsprm.cardiff.sch.uk.

At St David's, we are extremely fortunate to have access to a range of different ICT devices. We promote the use of 'SMART' rules daily, as we know how important it is to stay safe online.

Please encourage your children to use these 'SMART' rules at home too. 

For more information about supporting your child with using the internet safely, please click on the following link:



We are pleased to announce our Digital Leader pupil voice group for this year





We would like you to take part in our 101 Experiences challenge - 101 things for your child to experience during their time at St David’s C.I.W. Primary School. We would be delighted to see our children doing these activities outside of school, so please send in any evidence of each experience to year4@stdavidsciwprm.cardiff.sch.uk 

Each time a child achieves 5 experiences from the same category, they will get a sticker which shows the religious character which symbolises the associated purpose from the Four Purposes of the new curriculum. 

Here are some which have been submitted already:


We are very proud that St David's is a healthy school. We encourage all children to eat healthy during snack and lunch times. 

We are able to provide snack for your children in school at a daily cost of £2 per week / £14 per term. Please pay via Parent Pay.

Please ensure that your child has a labelled bottle in school daily, containing water only. We have fresh drinking water fountains, where the children can refill their bottles.

For advice on how to make a healthy packed lunch, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/healthier-families/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes/



During our worship time on Mondays, we have been learning about current news, topics and events. Then we have been exploring the key questions linked to these further in class. Here are some of the questions we have been discussing. 


When discussing the Picture News, we have been challenging ourselves to use new, ambitious vocabulary to describe our feelings and opinions.

What skills can we develop during Picture News sessions?

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What do we like best about Picture News?

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WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker. If they travel sustainably (walk, cycle or scoot) once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. It's that easy!

Please support us on our Active Travel mission by encouraging your child to walk, cycle or scoot to school, or use our Park and Stride arrangements at Pentwyn Leisure Centre. This will help keep our bodies healthy and help reduce our carbon footprint.  

St David's CIW Primary School is proud to be a Rights Respecting School, which means we are a community where children's rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

This half term we will be focusing on Articles 13, 14, 15 and 16 from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 



Throughout the Summer term, Mrs Foster will run the Year 4 Gardening club after school every Tuesday 3.25pm - 4.25pm (beginning Tuesday 18th April). Spaces are limited and on a first come first served basis. For those attending, we are politely asking for £2 per week please (to be paid via Parent Pay) to cover the cost of the gardening resources (eg compost) Please contact clubs@stdavidsprm.cardiff.sch.uk to find out if there are spaces to join, or to be added to the reserve list. 


By clicking below, you can access a range of resources to continue learning at home 


https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - Great online games for curriculum areas

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn - BBC Bitesize

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html - Lots of online games linked to different areas of the curriculum

https://www.learn-welsh.net/welshgames - Online Welsh games

https://corbettmathsprimary.com/5-a-day/ - Corbett Maths - 5-a-day Challenges

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ - White Rose Maths - Reasoning Challenges

hwb.gov.wales - collection of online tools provided to all schools in Wales by the Welsh Government

https://www.purplemash.com - award winning cross curricular website for  primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way.