Tansley Primary School

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Welcome to Super Sycamores Class

Hello I am Mrs. Holloway, and I am the Class Teacher for Sycamores.   I teach the children Tuesday- Friday.   On Mondays they are taught by Miss Hampson, who will also teach them on Wednesday Mornings, to cover my non-teaching time. 


Welcome Back 

I hope you didn't eat too many chocolate eggs over Easter and that you are...

'Ready to continue to explore with Year 4!'



Here you will find important information for the whole year of 2023/24. 

For information about a specific term, please scroll down to the leaves.




This term's topic is: 




Weekly spellings and learning activities can be found on on Spelling Shed. Logins and password details are located in children's reading diary.  We would ideally like children to practise at least twice at home but welcome additional practise beyond this.  We will be testing on Thursday mornings, where children will be taught spelling rules, and the new spellings for the next week will be issued. In addition to weekly spellings, children will very much benefit from learning the words from their Statutory words. See the links below. 


Additional Spellings (please see useful links below the leaves)

Statutory Spelling List Words which children  need to learn how to spell for their age.

Common Exception words (CEWs) Words that are tricky to spell with phonics/spelling rule.


Our times-table test is on THURSDAY on the multiplication table that each child is currently working on. Please support practise of both multiplication and division facts.


To support children's rapid recall please use Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) regularly.  Your child's login details can be found in their reading diary.  Children that use TTRS regularly are more confident and have quicker recall of times tables.  Children who have been on during the week (last 7 days from Friday to the next Thursday) will be awarded a raffle ticket.  Winning tickets go receive prize from Mrs. Holloway's lucky dip box.


What is Times Tables Rock Stars? Parents and Carers Guide - YouTube


All children are required by the National Curriculum to know their 12 x 12 Multiplication facts by the end of Year 4. After which they are expected to maintain and apply these to various areas in mathematics.

The Y4s will be taking part in a National test at the start of the second half of this Summer term, just after the half term holidays (Monday 3rd June)  Thank you for your support to those who attended the  MTC meeting held in February, if you missed it details about the MTC can be found following the link below.


It is expected that the children read at least 4 times a per week.  This can be both to adult and independently with parent check understanding by asking comprehension questions. Please remember to sign the green reading diary with comments about how your child read/answered questions.  Children need to bring their reading diary and book every day. Children are allowed to change their book independently once they have completed it (or at teacher's discretion).


To support children's comprehension, here at Tansley we use VIPERs.   These are to help support and develop the areas of comprehension skills by providing parents with question stems you can use with most reading books. Follow the links below and find the VIPER section under reading.


You may even find it useful to search online for your child's book title along with comprehension questions, you can sometimes download free questions, which provide the answers. 


Children will be having their P.E. lesson on a Tuesday afternoon and will need to come to school in their P.E kit on this day. P.E kit is trainers, black shorts or joggers (depending on the weather) and a red shirt (no football shirts or hoodies). Children should bring a red/ black jumper if needed. Jewelry will need to be removed for health and safety reasons, so it is better if removed at home if possible. If not, it must be covered by medical tape by the child /  before coming to school.


Swimming will continue in the second week of the summer term, resuming on Thursday 25th April.  Please remember swimming kit (costume/trunks, towel, waterproof swim bag, goggles, no jewelry, and long hair tied back).


Remember to be prepared for the weather at various times of year.  Remember hats and gloves in the cold weather and sun hats and sun-cream in the summer. Any which way, you should always have your COAT.


Water bottles need to be named, non-breakable and not leak.  Please ensure they get a hot wash every week to prevent any nasties getting into tums.

If there are any other questions you may have, please do not hesitate to contact me at:


Mrs. Holloway



















Welcome to Super Sycamores Class!


Here you will find useful information for  the year 2020/21. 



Our topic for the Summer term:

The Life of Locals in the Victorian Period


Should you need to contact me:


If I am teaching /on non-teaching days I may not be able to contact you immediately, but will return your call/email as as soon as I am able to.



































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