Badger (Year 4)

What do I need to bring to school everyday?

You will need:

  • A named lunchbox and water bottle
  • A healthy snack for playtime
  • A waterproof coat when the weather turns!
  • Reading books and Reading Record
  • A positive attitude!


We have high expectations of behaviour at New Close. Everything we do is centred around our six values:

Aspire, Positivity, Pride, Resilience, Respect and Responsibility. 

We reward good behaviour with house points, great to be green stickers, going for gold as well as star of the week.

When children do not follow these expectations, they will receive consequences. These consequences (known as stages) are outlined in our Good Behaviour Policy. 

PE kits

We are continuing to ask children to wear their full PE kits to school on the days when they have PE. This year PE is on a Wednesday. PE kit is:

  • Red t shirt
  • Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms/PE skirt
  • Trainers
  • School jumper/cardigan. No hoodies please

It is important that the children have the correct kit as they will be wearing this as their uniform for the day.

Forest School

We will inform you about when this is going to start. They must bring the correct kit to school to change into. This is old clothes -long sleeved top, long sleeved bottoms and welly boots/old trainers, waterproof coat. Children without the correct kit may not be able to participate in forest school activities.


On Mondays, starting from 12th September, we will also be swimming. Children need to bring to school in a bag their swim kit, goggles and towel. There will be no charge for swimming lessons as this is built within our curriculum provision.


Homework is: reading, learning tables and either a literacy or numeracy task. Homework is designed to support your child’s learning and help them to revisit skills taught in class. We aim to keep these tasks as simple as possible but children will benefit from some support at home to complete these tasks. All homework will be set on a Friday and should be handed in the following Wednesday. Children will receive house points for working hard on all aspects of their homework. For those who do not return their homework, they will be required to attend a homework catch up session on Wednesday lunchtime.

Reading Expectations

Children will either come home with a progress school book or (as a free reader) have a book for pleasure.

The children will need to have their reading book in school every day along with their Reading Record book.

The expectation is that they read at home six times per week and note the pages they have read in their reading record. This will be checked regularly throughout the week and every Friday. We expect at least one comment about their book per week.

Reading Races

We are continuing with reading races, encouraging children to read at home for pleasure. Your child will bring home their first reading race when they get their new book. Every time your child reads at home they can colour a spot and complete activities at key points. Completed reading races should be returned to school and children will receive a reward.


At New Close we use the scheme called spelling shed. Instead of spellings coming home and tested each week, the children will practice their spellings in school and there will be online test style games for them to practise using their spellings. There will often be a spelling related homework activity to support their learning.

Times Tables

Your child may be asked to practice set times tables or mixed tables to support their fluency in Maths. They are also expected to play TTRS – Times Table Rock Stars - online regularly. Let’s see who can become a TTRS Rock Legend!

Adults in Badger Class

Class teacher
Mr Grace -