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Ysgol Gatholig Joseff Sant.

We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

Dyn ni’n tyfu gyda ‘n gilyddd mewn cariad Duw wrth i ni weddio, dysgu a chwarae

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Welcome to

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Ysgol Gatholig Joseff Sant.

We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

Dyn ni’n tyfu gyda ‘n gilyddd mewn cariad Duw wrth i ni weddio, dysgu a chwarae

Year 4 2016-17

Welcome to Year 4!



Teacher / Athro: Mr. McHugh frown





Important Information sad


If you are in Mr Woodford's English or Maths class, you may find your homework located on Mr Woodford's class page. Please check both pages to avoid missing out!



Costume information for Mystery at Magpie Manor (updated).


Please be aware that the costumes listed are suggestions and should you be unable to find any of the items listed, they will be supplied by the school.


If you do own any of the items listed, please bring them to school as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.


Character Items Colour
Magpie Mac Scruffy coat, trousers and hat. (Preferably) brown, grey or black.  
Mr Fortune Trousers, long sleeved shirt, (bow) tie and blazer (jacket). Black/grey trousers and blazer. White shirt.

Flapper Girls


Lady Pica


Hi and Low





Knee length dress.


Flat shoes.


Large necklace (pearl).


Earrings (pearl). 



Not specified.
Agatha Christie Dress (old fashioned accessories if possible).  Not specified. 

Lord Pica


Trousers, long sleeved shirt, (bow) tie and suit jacket. Black/grey trousers and jacket. White shirt.
Magpies Shoes, Trousers and t-shirt. Black/grey trousers and shoes. Plain white t-shirt.
Servants / Maids Shoes, trousers and t-shirt. Dress also appropriate for female servants/maids.

Black/grey trousers and shoes. Plain black t-shirt. Plain black dress. 

Sid Saddle  Long sleeve shirt, corduroy (chino) trousers.  Not specified 
Basil Bud  Gardner apparel (choose appropriate clothing). Dungarees if possible. Straw hat. Not specified. 
Grandmama  Plain dress and cardigan (old fashioned if possible).  Not specified. 

Ivor Gavel and Bunny 

Trousers, shirt and tie Black trousers and plain coloured shirt. 
Boots  Trousers, shirt, (bow) tie. Jacket if possible.  Black trousers and white shirt. 
Male guests Trousers, shirt and (bow) tie.  Not specified. 
Female guests.  Plain dress and accessories. Arm length gloves if possible.  Not specified. 
Tradesmen (Bernie Black, Den Bones, Phil Pie and Ernie Churn).  Trousers and long sleeved shirt (to be rolled up).  Any colour. 
Inspector  Suit and waistcoat.If you have an alternative costume, please bring this in.  Not specified. 




Assessment Timetable


Tuesday 2nd May - Maths Procedural (11.00am).   

Wednesday 3rd May - National Reading Test (9.00am).

Thursday 4th May - Maths Reasoning (9.00am).



Homework has been given out to help the children prepare for their tests. Additional resources will be uploaded to the 'Homework' section at 4.30pm today.  Previous homework and website links detailed on the page can be used to revise work taught throughout the year.


To prepare for the National Reading Test, it would benefit the children if they are tested on their understanding of the books they are reading at home. After reading a page, you can ask whether or not certain statements are true, or if they can sequence the information. Do they understand the meaning of the words they have read? These are the skills they have been developing in school and were used to complete the previous homework booklet.


I will also upload additional resources to prepare for the National Reading Test and Reasoning Test. These do not need to be completed but are available for those who wish to use them.


These resources are now available on the 'Homework' page.   



Please read the information above. Additional resources have been uploaded. Completing each quiz will help your understanding. A guide how to complete the homework has been provided in the 'Homework' section. Revise using the 'Homework' page and the booklet provided and you'll do fab! Good luck!


Please complete the booklet. All other resources have been provided should you wish to use them. They do not need to be completed for homework. They are there to help :)  


Homework booklets will be sent out over the Easter holiday. These booklets will contain a number of maths questions and reading activities that will support the children in preparing for their tests when they return to school.  The booklets will cover what the children have learned in class and will act as a revision tool.



Easter Update


I would like to wish everyone a lovely Easter! The class have worked really hard this term and everyone should be very proud of the work they have produced. Do not worry if you are stuck on any of the questions in your homework booklet. We will discuss each activity when you return to school :)  


Messy Hair Day!

Welsh Games!

Our Week! (04.02.17)


In class this week, we have been learning about the importance of giving and the feelings associated with receiving. The children consolidated their understanding of place value and how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. The class also had a lot of fun using Puppet Pals on the iPad to act out their play scripts. Not only did the children succeed in creating their own production but they also worked effectively as part of a team (an important life skill). Well done everyone! 



Mathletics Homework (04.02.2017)


We are now part of the Mathletics community! This is an online resource which provides the children with the opportunity to revise and consolidate learning taking place in class. Each child has been provided with their own username and password. As part of their maths homework, the children are expected to work their way through the content available to them. The class are able to compete with each other as part of the experience and against other children from all over the world! Enjoy using the platform and have fun learning!  


Additional homework will still be provided throughout the term.



Homework (13.01.2017)


The class have been given a chart to record the items they recycle in green bags this weekend.


If anyone has lost their homework, the chart can be accessed below and drawn on paper ready for next week.


Item Number put in green recycling bag over the weekend
Newspapers and Magazines  
Food tins  
Plastic bottles  
Drink cans  
Yogurt pots  



Christmas Update and Homework


I hope everyone is having a lovely Christmas with their family and friends! You have all made a fantastic start to the school year and are deserving of a joyful Christmas break. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! 


Your homework is to create a poster which persuades somebody to visit Llancaiach Fawr. You need create an advertisement that makes people want to visit Llancaiach Fawr.




Why would people choose to go to Llancaiach Fawr? How do they find out about it?


What does persuade mean? How might you persuade somebody to visit Llancaiach Fawr?


Year 4 Class Assembly and Homework




In preparation for our class assembly on 6th December, the children have been asked to memorise their parts.


The children will be asked to stand and say "I will give the gift of love this Christmas by..."


Homework this week is for the children to complete this sentence and memorise what they are going to say.


Thank you.



Class Assembly


On 6th December, the children took part in their class assembly. This was a joyful occasion.The children worked really hard to prepare and this was certainty evident during the service. The singing was fantastic!


A big well done to everyone! I would also like to thank all the parents (including family, friends and carers) who attended. Your support was very much appreciated. 



Trip to Llancaiach Fawr




Year 4 will be visiting Llancaich Fawr on Friday 25th November 2016 as part of their Context for Learning. They will leave school at 9.15am and will return by 3.30pm. Children should wear suitable clothing and footwear for the afternoon. We recommend a contribution of £16 in order to enable this visit to go ahead. Your contribution will cover the cost of transport, insurance and the visit to the Manor House (including 2 workshops). All permission slips need to be returned by Tuesday 15th November.


Thank you.




Year 4 Half-Term Homework




Over the half-term break, you need to prepare a presentation about the human body. You can talk about the major organs in the body (you can choose one to focus on) or the human skeleton (bones). You can create a model or a poster to support your presentation. Be creative!


 Please avoid using computer programmes (PowerPoint) to present your work.




Over the half-term break the class were asked to complete a project based on the human body. The children have produced fantastically creative pieces of work which were very informative and engaging to read! The children also had the opportunity to present their work to the class this week. 



Half-Term Update


I would like to congratulate the children on making a great start to the school year! It has been lovely getting to know the children and it was also a pleasure meeting everyone's parents last week.


I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable half-term!



P.E. and Swimming Lessons


Our P.E. sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Please remember to bring your kit. Swimming lessons will begin on Monday 26th September 2016.



Please speak with me before or after school should you wish to discuss your child's progress. A meeting can be arranged should you wish to discuss your child's progress at length. If I can help you with anything else, please do not hesitate to ask.