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Melbourne Primary School

Melbourne Primary School Melbourne Primary School


Year 4


Mrs J Lawrie & Miss M Howe - Teachers

Miss V Lakin- Teaching Assistant

Mr I Richardson - HLTA (Computing)

Miss L Welch - PE




Our Canal

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As scientists, we will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local environment. We will construct and interpret food chains and recognise how environments can change, sometimes posing dangers to living things.

As geographers, we will investigate our local community.  We will use maps and diagrams to plot land use and identify significant human and physical features. We will map the course of the Pocklington canal and investigate how it is used. 

As Historians, we will learn how the Victorians made and used canals.  We will investigate what life was like living and working on the canal, comparing it with how it is used today. 

As artists, we will explore canal art.  We will learn how canal-goers decorated their boats.  We will use these ideas to create our own canal art. 

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As musicians, we will play and perform an ensemble, using voices and playing instruments with control and expression.

In ICT, we will use a range of software to search for and collate information, including digital images. We will also consider, as paramount,  safety online. 

In PSHE, we will consider living in the Wider World, focusing on rules, rights and responsibilities. A crucial focus is keeping ourselves safe.

In PE, we will manage risks, show an ability to both lead and form part of a team, support others and seek support if required when the situation dictates; show resilience when plans do not work and use initiative to try new ways of working; and use maps, compasses and digital devices to orientate ourselves and remain aware of changing conditions and change plans if necessary.


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Our Canal Vocabulary

Science- Classification, habitats, vertebrates, invertebrates, local and wider environment, producers, predators, prey.

Geography- Counties, cities, human and physical characteristics, four figure coordinates, eight points on a compass, symbols and keys.

History- Sources, artefacts, timelines, beliefs, attitudes, experiences, similarities, differences.

PE- Outdoor adventure, orientate, resilience, measured risk, initiative, along with our weekly swimming lessons on Thursday afternoons.

Music- Folk music, ensemble, control, expression, mood, tradition.

ICT- Vlogging, passwords, World Wide Web.

Art- Sculptures, colour washes, colour wheel, moldable materials, shape, texture, expression.

PSHE- Rights, responsibilities, rules, stereotypes.

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Beautiful photography of our local canal by S. Burns (Many thanks).




Heron P.E. day is Thursday. Please ensure your child arrives to school in their P.E. on this day. 



Guided Reading homework will be a key focus for your child this year. 


Spellings will also form an important part of the children’s learning at home. Children have been sent spelling lists, which we will check their application of throughout the week.

Times tables

Your child will bring home a times table sheet weekly.  The children will be tested on these the following Friday and once they achieve 50 correct answers, they will then progress on to the next sheet (getting progressively more tricky!). This is a timed challenge - 3 minutes and for many it will take time to be able to master this.  We urge you to practice with your child at home so that they can make progress. Timetable Rockstars is set up for children to use daily at home. 

Class essentials

We do encourage all the children to bring in a bottle of water for drinking during lessons. They can fill this in the classroom.

Please ensure that your children have separate indoor and outdoor shoes.


Important Dates

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Click here to find the most recent School Newsletter



Getting in touch

We look forward to giving you an update on your child's progress at the Parent Consultations. If you need to speak to us sooner, please ring the office or contact Miss Howe or Mrs Lawrie, directly. 

Please visit the Contact Us page for the school's contact information.


Class web links

(Clicking on the image or logo below will take you to the relevant website)

We use a reward system in school called Class Dojo these are online creatures that your child can personalize, and if your child follows school rules and routines and strives to do their best, they will receive Dojos through the week. Again you will receive an invite and you can log on to ‘Class Dojo’, where you can see one of the ways we give positive feedback.

We are also on Twitter, so watch out for our tweets! You can find us at @mps_heron We use twitter and the school website if we need to remind you of events such as home clothes days or if it is bad weather and the school has to shut. It’s worth logging on.


Learning resources

Click here to view a range of websites offering materials and activities to support your child's learning at home

Melbourne Primary School
Melbourne, York, East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4QE
01759 318369
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