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Welcome to Team Foss
(Year 4)

Welcome to Team Foss

(Year 4)

Team Foss are the Year 4 children at Brotherton and Byram C.P. Academy. Mrs Thompson is the class teacher.  The children also have specialist teachers in PE and Spanish during the week.

Our typical day begins with TT Rockstars on Chrome Books. Next, we have a check in. This is a very important part of our day where we can share how we’re feeling. The first part of our morning is spent on our maths learning where we develop new skills and strategies as well as revisiting previous learning. This helps to make us great mathematicians! We then practise our spellings before a well-earned break.

After that, we read together. These sessions help us to explore and use new vocabulary. We also dig deeper into the text through a variety of activities such as group discussion and even drama! Next, we have our English lesson where we focus on learning, revisiting and practising the skills we need to complete a piece of writing.

In the afternoon, we start by practising our times tables. This is followed by a second opportunity to read together where we focus on developing our fluency and comprehension skills. The rest of the afternoon is spent on our creative curriculum, for example, Science, History, Geography, Computing, RE, Art and Design and Technology. 

Water bottles

Please send your child daily with a water bottle filled with fresh water (no juice) that they can keep in the class and use throughout the day to hydrate themselves.


Every day your child will bring their reading book and planner home. Please encourage your child to read every day, to a sibling, to you or to themselves, and please record this in their planner. Your child’s planner will be checked daily and if your child reads five times in a week, they will receive a stamp. When they get five stamps, they will receive a special prize from Mrs Fletcher. 

PE kit

Please ensure your child brings their PE kit to school ready for Thursday. Children can keep their PE kits in school throughout the week if preferred.

 Times tables

Please encourage your child to practice their times tables regularly at home. There are lots of ways you can do this. Your child has a log-in for ‘TT rockstars’ which is a great game for practicing times tables.


Your child will have a set of spellings each week to learn that they will be tested on. These will be made up of statutory year 3/4 spellings, spelling patterns and targeted words. A list will be sent home in planners each Thursday.


Spanish is taught by a specialist Spanish teacher on Thursdays. In year 4 we focus on 4 key skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing. We also build our knowledge of Spanish phonics, vocabulary and grammar. We do this through lots of games, songs, stories, puzzles and creative tasks. We reinforce how to recognise letters and sounds in Spanish and use this to help us learn to read and write simple words and phrases with good pronunciation and spelling. We build confidence in answering simple conversation questions and talking about ourselves. We learn to count to 30 and in tens to 100 and look more carefully at how adjectives change in a sentence. We extend our vocabulary with personal descriptions, animals and adjectives, dates, birthdays and party food as well as deepening our understanding of interesting grammar rules such as gender and adjective order.

We also have an eTwinning link with a school in Spain and collaborate on various projects and themes together for example sharing Christmas Cards or taking part in a video conference.

Some useful websites:

Topic games:

Number games:

Colour games:

Greetings games: