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Welcome to Year 4, Comet Class at Shalfleet Primary

Staffing – The teacher for Comet class is Mrs Blackburn and supporting the class is Miss Heimour

In Comet Class our learning is active and through creative and stimulating activities, we aim to challenge the children at every opportunity whilst encouraging them to develop their confidence. We support them to work collaboratively, sharing ideas wherever possible and learning through mistakes – in fact we celebrate them as a means to helping us learn!

We are encouraging children to become more independent with all aspects of school life; from remembering the correct resources each day; bringing in a water bottle daily; becoming good independent learners to bringing in letters and any monies in a named, sealed envelope to their teacher. Please support your child to develop their independence skills.

Please find below information on this years planned events/trips – please note these may be subject to change.

This years class charity is The Shoebox Appeal

Autumn 1

Harry Potter World Trip

Autumn 2

Egyptian Inspire Day – Parents invited in

Spring 1

Estelle Baker – Romans Workshop

Spring 2

Brading Roman Villa Trip

Summer 1

Ventnor Botanical Gardens Trip

Summer 2

Yarmouth Geography field trip

South America Day – Parents invited in


Uniform – We ask that you regularly check that all clothing is named, including their PE kit, and that all children are provided with a hat in hot weather, and a coat when it is cold or wet. 


As your child enters Year 4, their homework commitments and expectations will alter to reflect their growing maturity. The weekly homework timetable for Year 4 is as follows:

English -set on Mondays – to be handed in by Thursdays

Maths – set on Thursdays – to be handed in by Mondays

Topic – at least one topic task needs to be completed

Topic homework will consist of a topic grid which will have a variety of tasks related to the topic; children can choose any task. The work should be completed on A4 paper. They hand in the tasks once they are complete; they are expected to be completed independently, although some guidance may be needed.

Children are expected to read their school book or other media at least three times a week. Homework will also involve learning their spellings and spelling rules.

As with all homework, your support would be greatly appreciated as discussion and practise will help improve confidence.

Food & Drink

Fruit time – The children can bring a piece of fruit to eat during morning play.

Drinks – Each child will need to bring in a water bottle to drink throughout the day. 

PE & Outdoor Learning

In Comet Class, we have P.E. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Children are asked to come to school wearing the correct clothing on these days; they will also be responsible for removing jewellery and keeping it safe during P.E. lessons. For the first half term the class will have dance lessons on Mondays too, so can they please wear PE kits on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for Autumn 1.

Forest Schools activities will be on Mondays – clothing needs to be brought in for children to change into.

Science and Engineering Festival – Southampton University 16th March

A fun packed day where the children were able to explore and learn about a range of scientific concepts.
Throughout the day the children joined hundreds of people from all ages, to participate in numerous tasks and activities whilst talking and interacting with leading scientists and students from the university.
The pupils enjoyed making slime; what DNA was and learning how to make strawberry DNA; viewing their sweat glands on their fingers; learning about infections and how it finds their way through the body; completing a microscope quiz; constructed germ models; investigated how prosthetic limbs work using sensory feedback; made ultra-violet colour changing bracelets; designed invisible ink pictures and investigated how sound waves travel.

The highlight of the day was the excellent and amusing show which we had booked in for – The Science in Magic Show by Ian Dunne. Throughout the 50-minute show, everyone was enthralled by the various scientific demonstrations which were presented in an amusing way.

At the end of this brilliant day, the journey home was slightly spoilt by the long wait the children had to endure due to the problems with Red Funnel. However, they surpassed themselves and behaved impeccably, arriving back on the island ninety minutes later than they were due to!

The magic show was really fun; I found that learning science in a fun way. I especially liked using blu tac and construction toys to make germs.

I really enjoyed making slime. It was fun to see it neon and it was cool.

I loved seeing different types of science/ I enjoyed making my bracelet.

Magic is in science and science is in magic.

I enjoyed learning about germs.

I loved all of it because it was fun.

The magic show was the best, it was very funny.

I loved the magic show; the man was really funny. I loved the interactive displays everywhere.

I loved the range of activities and the magic show.

Year 4 Trip to Brading Roman Villa

When we went to the villa we took our coats and bags off then we were welcomed by three lovely people. They told us we had four activities to do, the first one required us to move to a different room, we had four tables and they all had box with objects and cards you matched the cards with the objects and kept swapping. The next activity was making a mosaic we were given a pot of coloured tiles and glue we were also given a tile after we had finished we tidied up for the next group of children. We stopped for lunch then the time came for a new activity. The third activity was a tour of the villa we were shown all the beautiful artifacts and mosaics. The fourth activity was, we were given a clip-board with some work sheets there were pictures of some artifacts and we had to find them and write down what they were. Finally came the saddest time was when we had to leave. So, we got on all of our coats and bags then walked to the coach and went back to school.

National Read a Book Day

We started with the class reading picture books; this they enjoyed very much. From this they developed their own mini story and then produced their own books.

Miss Issac judged them. The class were delighted to have their own books and to take them home!

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