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Boreal Owls Y4

Hello everyone and welcome to Year 4!

Year 4 - Boreal Owls

Teacher: Miss Lois MacDonald 

TA: Mrs. Julie Grayshon 

Miss. Beckie Sharples 

Mrs. Hayley Cox 



Dear Boreal Owls and Parents, 


First of all, I would like to welcome you all to the new Autumn Term and to the Year 4, Boreal Owl, family. I am extremely excited to be teaching you all this year and getting to know you as individuals. I have heard lots of wonderful things about you and cannot wait to get stuck into our learning journey, together. I plan for our classroom to not just be a hive for learning but also one that is filled with fun, laughter and smiles. 


We are all very keen and eager to meet you! I and Mrs Cox will be with you on the first day back (Friday 3rd September) and then on the following Monday, you will get to meet Mrs Grayshon and Miss Sharples. 


Important information

  • Drop off time is from 8:45- 9:00 am at the green gate and will be greeted by members of staff. This will either be Miss Sharples, Mrs Cox, alongside other members of staff.  The gate will be shut at 9:00 am. The children will then walk round to the door of the classroom where I will be waiting to greet them inside the classroom. 
  • The children will be taking part in Guitar lessons, first thing on Thursday morning. Children will be provided with guitars and will be required to bring them in on Thursday's, for their guitar lesson. 
  • PE will take place on a Thursday morning. The children will need to come into school, on a Thursday, wearing their PE kit. The children will be doing their PE outside so it would be best to send them in with some extra layers to ensure they are warm enough. We know how unpredictable the English weather can be. 
  • Homework will be handed out on a Friday and will be due back in on a Wednesday. I will go through this with the children but it will not start until the children have settled back into the routine of school. The children will be given their weekly spellings to practice alongside either a piece of English, Maths or Handwriting homework. In addition, there is an activities grid for the children to choose one activity from, each week. This activity will be completed alongside their other homework set.
  • Pick up time is 3:30 pm and will be from the main playground. The children will be brought to the top of the playground and then will be sent down to you. If you have anything that you wish to speak to me about, at the end of the day, I am happy to do so but please wait until I have sent all of the children home before coming to speak to me. 


If you have any questions or wish to discuss anything with me, please let me know. 


Kind regards,


Miss MacDonald, Mrs Grayshon, Miss Sharples and Mrs Cox 



Welcome to our classroom :)

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Can you climb the Reading Rainbow?


This year, I have created a new reading challenge of the Reading Rainbow. It includes 20 different picture books, for the children to read and explore. Each of the children will start at the bottom of the rainbow and see how high they can climb, up the rainbow, throughout this term. The 20 books on the rainbow are:

  1. Rosie's Walk
  2. Dear Zoo
  3. Postman Bear
  4. Rabit's Nap
  5. Hide and Seek Pig
  6. My Big Brother
  7. Not Now Bernard 
  8. Mr Gumpy's Outing
  9. The Wonky Donkey
  10. Each Peach Pear Plum
  11. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 
  12. The Pig in the Pond
  13. Ruby's Worry 
  14. Where the Wild Things Are 
  15. The Tiger Who Came to Tea 
  16. Leaf
  17. Six Dinner Sid 
  18. Paper Dolls
  19. The Gruffalo 
  20. The Gruffalo's Child 


In order to climb the Reading Rainbow, the children must read each of the books (in order) and must have evidence to prove that they have read the book. Whether this is, reading to an adult or peer, reading to a teacher in school, a peer, having someone write in their reading journal or someone simply saying they saw them or heard them reading the book during reflection time at school. I know the children are already very excited about this and eager to get involved in this reading challenge!  

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Spelling Challenges