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Friday 13th May 2022

We have had a lovely week in school. We went to the Canal Centre in Rickmansworth to look at the local history and geography. We had a fantastic time and learnt lots through different hands-on activities.

Our favourite parts included the boat ride on The Pride of Batchworth where we looked out for different types of wildlife. We also enjoyed looking inside ‘Roger’ the canal boat and learning how it functions.

We learnt how the canals have changed over time, the purpose of canals, how to use a lock and what a weir is.

Thank you to our parents helpers: Mrs Ferman, Mrs Budd, Mrs Chasseguet and Mr Pugh. We couldn’t have done the trip without you.


Home learning:

English- create a labelled step-by-step guide with a diagram OR a pop-up step by step guide (as discussed in class) of your invention. Make sure you include the introduction and conclusion (this could be at the top and bottom of your work). Use the photocopies of your classwork to remind yourself. Make sure you are using fronted adverbials.

e.g. flap labelled 1) Firstly, turn on the power switch.
flap labelled 2) After a while, the power button will glow green to show it is on.


Maths: Uploaded 3-digit division sheet.

Times Tables: you have all been told which timestables you need to work on. Our test will be in early June.

Have a super weekend!

Miss Jessett


Friday 6th May

A great end to a short week!

We had lots of fun on Wednesday when we went to the Aquadrome to sketch our landscape. When we came back to school, we transformed our sketches into watercolour paintings. We worked in the style of Heaton Cooper, focusing on aspects such as the vanishing point and detail.

In Maths this week, we finished off our work on multiplication. We started looking at formal long division using the bring down method. We will be doing more of this next week as it is tricky. If you would like to practice at home, I suggest having a look at this video and having a go at some of your own problems.

In English this week, we continued writing our explanation texts thinking about how to use paragraphs. We looked at how to make our writing more concise and cohesive by editing.   

Next week is mental health awareness week. We will be discussing how we can tackle loneliness and partaking in some activities. Have a look at the website for more information.


Home learning

Grammar, punctuation and spelling CPG pages: 82-83

Maths: please complete worksheet given on multiplication. Also attached on here if lost.

Spellings: words with silent letters: eighty, answer, knowledge, whether, wrong

Times tables: Everyone has done so well with their tests – HUGE well done! Please continue to practice these.


Enjoy the weather!

Miss Jessett






Friday 29th April 2022

This week we have been looking at mental multiplication in maths with up to three-digit numbers. We did this by breaking it down using a cherry model. If you would like further practice at home, please practice multiplications like 134 x 6. Remember break it down into 100 x 6, 3(0) x 6 and 4 x 6. Then add them all together.

In English this week, we have been coming up with our own wacky inventions! We have been looking at how to make an effective explanation paragraph, by using fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, prepositional phrases and a range of conjunctions. If you would like further practice at home, please design another invention and explain how it works by using the discussed techniques.

Home learning

CGP Maths Pages 10-11

CGP Grammar, punctuation, spelling pages 24-25

Spellings: eight, neighbour, weigh, reign, height

Times tables- please continue to practice any you find tricky. You all did SO well on the times table test this week, just practice at doing them on a laptop/ computer!

Please make sure you have all that you need in your pencil cases (pens, pencils, glue).


Have a super LONG weekend!

Miss Jessett


Friday 22nd April 2022

We have had a super first week back in school.

In English, we have been looking at explanation pieces of writing and using fronted time adverbials. We did this by creating a flow chart on a ‘how to’ guide to making toast! If you would like further practice at home, you could write a ‘how to’ paragraph explaining how something works and using fronted time adverbials.

In Maths, we have been looking at equivalent fractions. If you would like to practice at home, you could have a go at drawing bar models for fractions such as 1/3 or 2/5 and coming up with other fractions which are the same as this. Remember, whatever you do to the numerator (top number), you do to the denominator (bottom)
e.g 1/3 (x4) is equivalent to 4/12

Our new topics this half term include electricity (science), creation (RE), the local history of Rickmansworth (history) and landscape painting (art).

Home learning:

CGP comprehension pages 16-17

CGP maths pages 29 and 34

Table of the week- choose one you find tricky. If you feel confident with all of them, have a go at counting forward/ backwards in 7. Start from different points (like we did in class when we counted in 2/5/10s).

Spellings: protons, neutrons, electrons, electricity, electrical current


Please remember to sign up to our trip to the canal! 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jessett

Friday 1st April 2022

We have had such a fun Spring term. We hope you enjoyed our Easter performance. I am so proud of all of you!

We had a fantastic last week of term, including our Easter day on Wednesday and our end of term Church service today.

In English this week, we finished off our non-fiction reports on wolves. We were learning the purpose of paragraphs. I am really impressed with the final versions of these reports.

In Maths, we continued to work with fractions, using bar models to help us better understand them.

In science, we concluded all of our learning from our unit on sound to design our own musical instrument. We did not create them in school, but if you would like some extra home learning over the holidays, you could have a go at brining your creation to life.
Youtube link here gives some suggestions of the type of DIY instruments we designed in class.

You have all been sent home with your year 3/4 spellings. Well done, you have made some great improvements! Circled spellings are incorrect (unless otherwise stated)

Home learning

You all deserve a well-deserved rest!

10 x signed reads in reading log. We have an EPIC account if you would like to read online.

Times table practice- our end of Year 4 test is in June.

Spelling list (sent home)

Science project (optional)


CGP mental maths and handwriting books are yours to work through as you please.

Have a lovely, restful holiday. Happy Easter!

Love from Miss Jessett



Friday 25th March 2022


We have had a lovely week in Year 4. Year 4 did really well in the dance festival, and more importantly had a lot of fun- well done everyone!

In Maths this week, we have continued to look at fractions of amounts, if you would like any further practice, there is work on Google Classroom.

In English this week we have been analysing non-fiction texts to do with wolves. We have analysed tricky texts with lots of technical vocab. Today we considered the structure of these texts and arranged our information into paragraphs. If you would like further practice at home, there is some work on Google Classroom.

Home learning:

CGP comprehension pages 14 and 15

CGP Maths pages 32 and 33

Table of the week: 7 x 

Again, no spellings. Please focus on learning your words to the play, including the song lyrics! (Next week, we will be doing a spelling test of the year 3/4 statutory words)


Please bring in your outfits for the play on Monday (let me know if you need help with anything).


We are making 'Brazilian fudge balls' next week for our DT project. The recipe includes condensed milk, butter, cocoa powder and sprinkles- link below. I am aware of a few egg allergies in the class, please let me know if there are any other allergies I need to be aware of, or if you would not like your child to take part. 

We are really excited about showing you all our Easter performance next week. 

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine,

Miss Jessett


Carpenter's outfit for the play: anything brown/ black that looks like work clothes. We will try to find high-vis jackets in school to give you.

Friday 18th March 2022

We had a fantastic science day on Thursday where we made 'ear gongs'.  We have been practicing our Easter performance, ready for the last week of term! 

In Maths this week, we have been adding and subtracting proper fractions (such as 2/5 + 1/5). We moved on to working with improper fractions (such as 6/5 + 3/5) and turning them into mixed numbers e.g. 9/5= 1 4/5. If you would like further practice at home, I would advise adding and subtracting improper fractions. You could move on to fractions with different denominators if you would like a challenge!

In English this week, we have been focusing on our comprehension skills. We have read non-fictional pieces of writing about wolves, and have been extracting evidence to help us answer questions. If you would like to practice at home, you could practice writing clauses (main or relative) joint by conjunctions. e.g. the pack of wolves trotted cautiously whilst they were hunting for prey.

Home learning

Maths CGP pages 30-31

Comprehension CGP pages: 12-13

Table of the week 6x (or any table you find tricky). Remember to have a go on this website:

(6 seconds per question)

NO SPELLINGS THIS WEEK, please focus on learning your lines and songs for the play!

5 x reads aloud to an adult, signed in reading records


Costumes for the play:

Mary- blue dress/ clothes

Joseph- brown clothes (we will give you a string belt in school)

Roman soldiers- soldier outfits/ red beige colours (a few members of the class said they can borrow their Roman soldier outfits)

Wood cutters- baggy t-shirt and dark trousers/ black jeans (we will provide hard hats)

Trees- green t-shirt if possible. Please don’t worry if it’s brown or black. Black/ brown/ green bottoms

Narrators- smart. Black/ grey trousers/ skirt and white shirt

Jesus- vintage, ripped clothes- brown

Fishermen- blue/ grey t shirt, trousers.


PLEASE DO NOT GO OUT AND BUY ANYTHING SPECAIL- you could look in a charity shop/ we can make some costumes in school. If you do not have something, please just wear what you think appropriate for your character.

Friday 11th March 2022

We have had a lovely week in Year 4.

In Maths, we continued our work with formal addition and subtraction of decimals (including money). 

In English, we finished off our final playscripts and have started exploring explanation texts. Today we analysed sentence structure: the importance of subjects and verbs in forming multiple clause sentences. 

We had an exciting science this week where we explored how high and low pitch sounds are made. We created panpipes using paper straws. We found out that the shorter the straw, the quicker the vibrations, creating a higher pitch. The longer the straw, the lower the pitch.


Home learning:

Maths CGP: pages 48-49

Grammar, punctuation and spelling: pages 16-17

Spellings: pitch, explanation, experimentation, dissatisfaction, option, nation

Table of the week: 3 x or any table you find tricky

*differentiated spellings- please focus on your target spellings

Reading: 5 x reads, signed into your record

Please learn your lines to our performance !


Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Jessett

Friday 4th March 2022

We have had a great week in year 4. We loved World Book Day and I was so impressed by all of your fabulous costumes!

This week in maths we have been continuing with decimals: rounding, multiplying, dividing and adding. If you would like further practice, there are some challenges on year 4 Google Classroom.

In English this week, we have continued our work on playscripts. Turning well-known poems into playscripts. If you would like further practice on this, there is some work on our Google Classroom.

Home learning:

Table of the week: 11x 

Reading: 5 x aloud to an adult (this can include our year 4 play)

Maths CGP: 38-39

Grammar, punctuation and spelling CGP: 10-11

Spelling: source, celebration, responsibility, responsibilities, decision

If you would like to practice any of your handwriting or mental maths CGP books at home, please do.

Please learn your play lines!


Friday 25th February 2022

 A great week back following the half term. Everyone has come back fresh with a great attitude to learning. It was lovely to get a chance to speak to you all at parent’s evening.

This term in maths we have begun to learn all about decimals: how to convert them into fractions (and vice versa) and how to add decimals to make a whole number. We will continue this next week. If you would like further practice at home have a go at converting decimals (up to the hundredths e.g. 0.78) into a fraction = 78 / 100 and vice versa.

In English we are studying both the play and narrative version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. We have been analysing and comparing both versions: what makes them different and why. We wrote our own scene from the play using verb phrases to bring the characters to life. We also discussed the purpose of determiners and nouns. If you would like to practice at home, have a go at writing your own playscript using verb phrases for example…
Hatter: (sang loudly) Time for tea!

Spelling game:

Attached is a link to fun spelling games if you would like to practice at home. You can select whatever you would like to practice (year 3/4 statutory spellings, topic words, high frequency words etc)

Login details

Username: marys9 - year4

Password: rug74

(note- the points accumulate as a class, it is not your individual score)

Home learning:

Spellings: tenths, hundredths, scenery, directions, hemisphere

Table of the week: 12x

Maths CGP pages: 35 and 28

Grammar, punctuation and spelling CGP pages: 12-13

Reading: 5 x reads aloud logged into your reading record


Friday 11th February 2022

What a fantastic last week in school before a well-deserved rest.

This week we finished off all of our topics.

In history, we explored adaptive farming practices and the types of crops grown by the Maya civilisation. We even made a delicious chocolate recipe using a traditional recipe.

In PSHCE we finished off our unit on ‘keeping ourselves safe’ by discussing and role-playing how we can manage a risk.

In RE we explored the story of Rama and Sita in celebrating Diwali, and how Hindus show their faith within their faith communities.

In science, we explored the water cycle, by looking at the parts played by evaporation and condensation.

Finally, we finished off the week with an art day to celebrate our fantastic Mayan Masks. The children worked with Mrs Duxberry to finish off their Modroc sculpting. They then mixed and blended acrylic paints to give the paints a bright and vibrant finish. They look fantastic and you should be very proud of your work!

We had a fantastic day on Wednesday celebrating the school’s vision and values. Attached are some photos of the activities.

I would like you to have a very well deserved rest this week, so I am not giving you a lot of home learning. If you would like to work through any of your CGP mental maths or comprehension books, please do so.

Home learning:

Reading: 5 x signed reads

Focused tables: 8, 9 and 12 x (or any others that you find tricky)

Spellings: focus on learning 10 of the highlighted spellings from the year 3 / 4 statutory spelling list (or your given spelling list).


Friday 4th February 2022

This week we have been using lots of hands-on resources to help us explore lines of symmetry: mirrors, cutting out paper shapes and folding paper. Today we even had a go on the Chromebooks (website Geoboards) to further explore lines of symmetry. If you want to practice at home, have a go on the website

to continue exploring lines of symmetry. 

Remember to use the vocab we have used in class to explain what shape it is and why. Does it have any lines of symmetry?

Vocab: right angles, quadrilateral, lines of symmetry, straight lines, parallel, perpendicular, square, rhombus, parallelogram, octagon, heptagon etc…


In English this week we have created a diary entry (from Charlie’s perspective) and have done a FANTASTIC setting description of Mr Wonka’s ‘chocolate room’ using sensory imagery, adverbs, adjectives, and similes and metaphors. If you would like further practice at home, you could describe a room in your house/ somewhere you have been this weekend/ on holiday- make it sound magical!

Home learning:


Maths CGP book pages: 56 and 57

Comprehension CGP pages: 10/11

Table of the week: 8 x

Spellings: central, environment, location, terrain, tropical
*unless given differentiated spellings

Reading 5x aloud to an adult. To be logged in reading record.

Everyone has done so well this week and have produced fantastic work. I am so proud of all of you. One more week until half term!

Miss Jessett

Here is a photo of us wearing our numbers for National Number Day!


Friday 28th January 2022

Well done for everyone’s hard work this week. I know it has been a bit of an odd one this week, so looking forward to seeing you all back in next week (fingers crossed). Thank you for all your help at home, I have been very impressed with the work I have been sent in.


This week in maths we have been exploring perpendicular and parallel lines, and using lots of mathematical vocabulary to describe shapes. If you would like to practice any of this at home, there is lots of work on Google Classroom.

In English this week, we have continued reading ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’. We have come up with some fantastic character descriptions using expanded noun phrases and figurative language. We have also been familiarising ourselves with written dialogue. Again, if you would like to practice any of this at home, there is lots of work on Google Classroom.

In science this week we explored how a solid (ice) might turn into a liquid (water). We investigated the effect that salt might have on the rate of melting and why this might be. If you would like to, perhaps you could repeat the experiment by change the variables. Try seeing if the amount of salt you uses speeds up the melting, or perhaps try experimenting with different materials. I would love to hear your results! (The resources we used for the lesson are on Google Classroom).

Thank you for all the cardboard that you bought in. We are using it to build the base of our Mayan masks. We are slowly building up the relief to make bold facial features. We will then cover this with Modroc and eventually paint our masks!


Home learning:

CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling book pages: 42-43 AND 60-63

CGP Maths book pages: 60- 66

Spellings: condensation, precipitation, cycle, bicycle, transportation, evaporation, chocolate, process, freezing, freeze
* unless given differentiated spellings

Please continue to work through your handwriting book. This is yours to be kept at home.

Reading 5x aloud to an adult. To be logged in reading record.

Table of the week: 6 x (


Friday 21st January 2022

We have had a fun week in Year 4! We all undertook a science experiment investigating how to turn a solid into a liquid and vice versa. Perhaps at home you could investigate this further using other temperatures or other materials. 

This experiment was followed by creating our own Wonka Bars. The children were able to come up with their own wonderful creations- they all sound fantastic and delicious! I am so impressed by the labels they created to go with them. We discussed the effect of onomatopeia, similes, metaphors and powerful sensory imagery to make them sound even more scrumptious. 


This week in Maths we have been learning how to calculate the perimeter of a rectangle. If you would like to practice at home, please continue to do so. We ended the week working out how to calculate the perimeter when we are only given one length and the total perimeter. 


Maths- complete the 4 questions given out in school (written below) AND pages 44-45 of Maths CGP book.


  1. A football pitch has a perimeter of 72m. The length is double the width. Draw the rectangle showing the length and the width.
  2. A rectangle has a length three times the width. The perimeter is 32cm. draw the rectangle showing the length and the width.
  3. The length of a football pitch is three times its width. The length is 36m. What is the width? What is the perimeter?
  4. The perimeter of a rectangle football pitch is 96m. The length of the pitch is three times the width.  Find the length and width of the football pitch. 

Science- draw a labelled sketch of the water cycle. Make sure you include these key words: water vapour, rain (precipitation), evaporation, condensation


If possible watch an adult boiling a kettle. Watch what happens and write down your findings. Think about how is the state of matter changing? From what into what? What is happening to the particles (draw a diagram)


Handwriting- continue working through your handwriting books. These will be kept at home for you to practice. 


Spellings- you all have been sent home your spellings. Highlighted are the words you still need to work on. I suggest choosing 10 to work on at a time. 

Spellings this week: February, medicine, peculiar, grammar, separate, material, pressure, probably, reign, occasion

*unless given different spellings. 


Reading- 5 x signed reads.


Have a fantastic weekend. Stay safe and healthy.

Miss Jessett

Friday 14th January 2022

We have had a great week in year 4 and packed lots of learning (and fun) in! In Maths this week we have been looking at data and how it is presented. It would be great if you could spend some time going through the Maths homework with an adult. Remember it is really important to keep your intervals consistent on your scale. We are looking at States of Matter in Science, and next week will be doing another experiment to investigate how properties can change from a solid into a liquid.

Home learning

English: design your own chocolate bar! I want you to design your own chocolate bar based on our book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’. You may want to watch the film for inspiration or to look at images online.
Once you have drawn your chocolate bar, I would like you to write me a descriptive paragraph (think how you could use onomatopoeia, powerful adjectives and the senses).

Think about:

  • Who is it for? A goodie, a baddie, your friend, your teacher?
  • What happens when it is eaten?
  • What ingredients does it contain?
  • What is the name? (the name should reflect the above information and should therefore be created at the end).

Use this as inspiration from chapter 2: (I have handed this out, but just in case it gets lost!)

‘Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the moment you put them between your lips. He can make chewing-gum that never loses its taste, and sugar balloons that you can blow up to enormous sizes before you pop them with a pin and gobble them up. And, by a most secret method, he can make lovely blue birds’ eggs with black spots on them, and when you put one of these in your mouth, it gradually gets smaller and smaller until suddenly there is nothing left except a tiny little pink sugary baby bird sitting on the tip of your tongue.’

Maths: create a bar chart AND a line graph on the subject of your choice. For example you might choose to create a bar chart on your family/ friends favourite fruit. Create a line graph to show change over time in something you are interested in.

Table of the week: 7 x (please use the website posted on the blog below- it is SO helpful_

Spellings: materials, properties, particles, liquid, vapour *unless given differentiated


Please bring in any thick cardboard you have at home (i.e. not cereal boxes) for our art project!

practice multiplication tests

Hi all,

I have found a fantastic website which will be hugely beneficial for the end of Year 4 multiplication test (link above). You can click on the game and select 'adjust difficulty'. Here you can select what times tables you want to be tested on. DO NOT change the 6 second timer as this will be the time we are given at the end of the year, so great to get used to. This is a replica of what the test will look like in June, so the more practice now, the better! 

Hope you find that useful. 

Miss Jessett

Friday 17th December 2021

What a fantastic first term we have had. The children have done really well and have stayed motivated throughout the term, despite it being a long one. It has been lovely getting to know you all, and I am really looking forward to the next term.


I have sent home handwriting books, and mental maths books. If you would like to practice any of this over the holidays, please choose whatever you wish to work on. 

Please try to do 10x signed reads (5 a week). I attached the details to our year 4 epic account, so you can even read online!

After the holidays, I will be testing the year 3/4 statutory spellings (document is attached at the bottom of this class page)


MERRY CHRISTMAS! Have a lovely and relaxing holiday! I hope you and all of your families stay safe and well. 

Love from Miss Jessett

EPIC account details

Online EPIC reading account (that we used last year in lockdown). Lots of great reads for over the holidays which you can access online via

class code: dkt1449



Friday 10th December 2021

In English this week we have continued reading ‘Ice Palace’. We finished publishing our leaflet, we created a story map for Ivan’s journey and came up with lots of lovely character and setting descriptions. We then rewrote a section of the story focusing on using time adverbials, adverbs and expanded noun phrases.

In Maths this week we have been measuring, comparing and estimating units of mass and capacity. We started the week learning how to measure accurately, and ended it by estimating the mass and capacity for different objects and liquids. If you would like to practice at home, please continue to convert units of mass (g to kg, cm to m and then km, and ml to L).

We finished off our science topic this week by writing up our science investigation. We undertook a science experiment to see the effects that different liquids can have on our teeth )using eggshells to represent our teeth)! We discovered that vinegar and coca-cola were the worst for your teeth, and that water and milk were the best.

Home learning:

English: Prepare a ‘book review’ for a book you are reading this week. This might be a levelled class book, school library book, or any other book of your choice. You may choose to do this as a written review or a leaflet. Make sure you write a summary of the book (so far) and if you would recommend it to a friend and why.

CGP Maths book: pages 51 and 6

Table of the week: 4 x

Spellings: (year 3/4 statutory spellings) accidentally, eight, complete, position, forwards

5 x signed reads

Please can we also make sure that we have the correct equipment in our pencil case- a lot of us have no glue stick or whiteboard pen. Thanks!

Hope you have a lovely weekend! Last full week of school until the Christmas holidays.

Miss Jessett

Friday 3rd December 2021

This week in Maths we have been continuing to convert units. Focusing on converting time measures. If you want to practice at home, you could convert hours to minutes and vice versa, and days to weeks, and vice versa.

In English this week, we continued reading ‘Ice Palace’. We gathered information on cold climates using Chromebooks and non-fiction texts. We analysed leaflets and started to draft our own. Next week we will finish publishing our own leaflets on ‘How to survive in cold climates’. We focused on structural devices (such as headings, subheadings and paragraphs) and subordinating conjunctions.

Home learning:

Spellings: (add the suffix ‘ly’) publicly, beautifully, frantically, anxiously, breathlessly
*unless given differentiated

Maths: CPG book pages 22 and 23

SPAG: CPG book pages 14 and 15

Table of the week : 6 x (linked to maths learning of converting minutes and hours)

Have a super weekend.

Miss Jessett.

Friday 26th November 2021

This week we started reading a new book in English called ‘Ice Palace’. We have been discussing character emotions and using expanded noun phrases to create a vivid setting description.

In Maths this week, we have been converting units of length, mass and capacity! If you want to practice at home you can continue to do this (example given in home learning). Use a place value grid to visualise the jumps you are taking between.


Home Learning: 

Spellings: immediately, petrified, permission, confusion, conclusion
*unless given differentiated

CPG Maths book pages: 42-43

Maths: choose 5 household objects to measure the mass of (like we did in class today). Make a table with the name of the object and then the mass in grams (g). Create a third column with the weight converted into kg. Remember 1000g= 1 kg, so to get from g to kg, you must divide by 1000. You can use a place value grid to help you. Example below.


Mass (g)

Mass (kg)

Tin of tomatoes




Handy hint: a lot of objects (especially cooking ingredients) already have the mass written on it!

I have given double Maths homework this week as it is an especially tricky topic we are doing!


Table of the week: 10 x * please ensure reading records are brought in daily so that I can start to write individual times tables in.

5 x signed reads in record.

Have a lovely weekend and stay warm!

Miss Jessett

Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Hi all, tomorrow as part of an art/ dt project we are going to be creating pop-ups. If you have any carboard at home (i.e. cereal boxes etc), please bring it into school! 

Later in the week we will be analysing the design of catapults, so if you have a (child friendly!) catapult at home, please bring it in!

Thank you! Miss Jessett

Friday 19th November 2021

This week in maths we were multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We acted out a place value grid to show how we move numbers one or two digits. We explored how to show divisions as fractions and decimals. If you want to practice at home, you can multiply and divide 2 and 3 digit numbers by 10 and 100.

In English we continued reading Biscuit Bear. We focused on using commas and subordinating conjunctions to make our writing fluent. We finished off the week by reading our own versions of Biscuit Bear to the Year 1 class. We really focused on expression as we did this. If you want to practice at home, you could write sentences using subordinating conjunctions.

We replicated the digestive system in science this week. Attached is a photo of Jamie Norwood’s work which explains our investigation.

Next week we are going to design our own catapults in DT. If you have a catapult, please bring it into school to analyse!

Home learning:

CGP handwriting book: pages 2-5

CGP maths book: pages 36-37

Spellings- focusing on ‘ly’ endings: happily, greedily, noisily, carelessly, does

Table of the week: 9 x

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Jessett

Friday 12th November 2021

Another busy week in year 4! This week we read a story called ‘Biscuit Bear’ in English where we focused on expressive reading, and how we can make our writing flow better by using conjunctions and punctuation. If you would like to practice at home, please read aloud and discuss the use of punctuation and conjunctions in the book: what effect does it have?

In maths this week we have been looking at solving tricky word problems on factors. We have been discussing how to solve a word problem: read the question twice, draw a bar model to go with it (visual representation), write down the calculation you have drawn, which will then allow you to find the answer.
If you would like further practice at home, these are the sort of questions we have been doing in class. You could try different variations.

Miss Jessett has a bag of sweets. The bag weighs 64g. Each sweet weighs 8g. How many sweets are in the bag?


Next week we will continue to explore word problems and deepen our understanding of multiplication and division.


Next week we are doing a science project about the digestive system… if you have any old/ laddered tights that need throwing away, please send them in! Please make sure they are washed before hand.


Home learning

5 x reads out loud to an adult signed in reading record

CPG Maths book pages 24-25. Use factor bugs to help you.

Science: this week started to look at the digestive system and started exploring the functions of organs within the digestive system. For homework, I would like you to focus on the functions of the large and small intestine. I would like you to create either a poster or leaflet on their functions and the main differences. Please include either a drawing or picture.

Useful website:

Table of the week: 7 (recap)

Spellings: adding suffixes onto root words: shining, sparkling, stopped, exercising, hurried  
* unless given differentiated list


Friday 5th November 2021

A great first week back after a well-deserved half-term break. We have jumped straight back into learning this week! We have started a new topic: Extreme Earth, where we started to explore what the ground beneath us is made from. We investigated and labelled the parts and functions of a volcano. We have started to explore Hinduism in RE, and we started a discussion in PSHCE about the importance of negotiation and compromise.


In science this half term, our topic is ‘animals including humans’. This involves looking into food chains, the digestive system and teeth. We analysed and created our own food chains this week.


In Maths, we have been looking at factors: what makes up a number. This is when knowledge of multiplications is really needed. We have been making factor bugs to understand all the different ways a number can be made (or not, if it is a prime number). We have been doing lots of word problems this week to understand exactly what a question is asking and the different steps involved in getting to the answer. If you want to practice at home, please continue to work on factor bugs and how you can visualise a number in a bar model.


In English this week we have been reading ‘The King who banned the dark’. We have been using persuasive writing to create a speech, which we presented today- they were super! We have been analysing how to make writing persuasive, and have been using lots of powerful verbs, adverbs and prepositions. If you wanted to practice at home, you could write sentences to include powerful verbs, adverbs and prepositions. You could impress your parents by explaining what they are and how they are different from one another.

Home learning

CGP Mental Maths work out- make sure you have finished pages 2-7 (workout 1-3) which is what we should have finished today in class. Remember this is just for me to see where you need help, so don’t panic if you can’t do it.
Workout 4

CGP comprehension – an Interview with Jacqueline Wilson (page 8)

Table of the week: 5

Spellings*: ‘air’ sounds: therefore, scary, fairy, flare, millionaire
*unless given alternative list

5 x signed reads to an adult

Have a great weekend. Enjoy Fireworks Night celebrations and stay safe!!

Miss Jessett

Friday 22nd October 2021

We have had an excellent first half-term back in school. I have been so hugely impressed with the attitude to learning, and we have managed to fit in so much work already!

We had a fantastic trip to the St Albans Roman Verulamium Museum on Wednesday. We had a great ‘market session’ where the children got to dress up as Romans! We saw a Roman theatre and got to explore the museum and artefacts. The children’s behaviour was impeccable and they acted as great role models to St Mary’s.
We finished off the half-term by using formal subtraction in maths. If you would like to practice this at home, you can have a go at subtracting up to 4-digit numbers which require regrouping.
In English, we focused on using powerful verbs and adjectives to up-level our writing. We created beautiful character and setting descriptions, using expanded noun phrases.
We ended the day by grouting our mosaics, so they will be ready to take home next half term!


Home learning:

Spellings: based on commonly misspelt words this half term
persuade, possession, material, library, centre, although, address, various, purpose
*unless given alternative spelling list.

5 x signed reads

Maths: complete multiplication grid and practice times tables. Focus on 6 and 8 times tables.

Have a lovely and relaxing half term everybody- you all deserve it.

Miss Jessett.

Friday 15th October 2021

Another super week in year 4! We had fun in art making our Roman mosaics in the style of Wassily Kandinksy, and have learnt all about the effects that humans can have on the environment in science.


In Maths, we have been using column/ formal addition to add up to 4-digit numbers. Today we looked at how you might find missing place values to sums without digits. If you would like to practice this at home, please have a go at using formal addition to add up to 4-digit numbers together focusing on regrouping.

In English, we have been analysing more Roman Myths. We have continued to use similes and metaphors and have begun to look to how to use expanded noun phrases and multi-clause sentences effectively.


We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Learning Showcase next Thursday afternoon to show-off all of our lovely work. We are also really looking forward to our trip to the Roman Verulamium Museum on Wednesday.


Home learning:
CGP maths book: page 18

CGP grammar, punctuation and spelling: page 8 and 9.

Spellings; ‘er’ sounds:  further, verse, thirsty, learn, persuade

Times table of the week: 9

Please make sure all Christmas cards are in with details on the back filled in.

One more week until half term! Nearly there!

Miss Jessett

Friday 8th October 2021

Another great week in Year 4. This week we explored Roman Myths in English and started to look at analysing figurative language, including metaphors and similes.
In Maths, we started applying our knowledge of place value and regrouping to progress our understanding of formal addition. If you would like to practice more at home, you can look at how you split a number (up to 4 digits) according to its place value and then adding these values back up using a formal addition method. For an extra challenge, regroup the chosen number into creative ways. An example below:

1432 = 1 thousand, 4 hundreds, 3 tens and 2 ones. Challenge = 0 thousands, 12 hundreds, 23 tens and 2 ones. Use these partitioned numbers to then practice formal/ column addition.

I was extremely impressed by everyone’s science homework on classifying animals. This week in science, we started to explore the impact of humans on the environment by undertaking independent research on Chromebooks.

The children today have created their Christmas (!) cards which can be turned into calendars etc. Please make sure their designs on the back of the forms are complete, and then are returned to school. Each child has an information pack with them.


Home learning:

Spellings (‘or’ sounds): thought, herbivore, cardboard, forecast, course
 *some children have been given differentiated spellings.

Table of the week: 3 x and revise 6 x (please refer to the times tables songs I put under Curriculum information).

Comprehension CGP book pages: 6 and 7 (Aesop’s Fables)

5 signed reads to an adult. Please make sure all reads are signed in reading record.

Finish Christmas card if it is not finished.

Friday 1st October 2021

We have had a super week in Year Four with lots packed in, including our Harvest Festival service. This week in English we have been writing our own fictional stories based on ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ which we will conclude next week. We have been focusing on using coordinating conjunctions and fronted adverbials.

In Maths we have been continuing rounding to make mental additions easier. If you want to do some extra practice at home you could round sums to the nearest to the nearest 10 or 100 and compare the differences. Which is more accurate and why?

I have added a file called ‘Times tables songs through schools’ under the curriculum information section at the bottom of this page. This is a very useful (and fun) way of learning the times tables!


Home learning

English: Finish off Pompeii newspaper report on Google Docs and make sure you have sent it to me. Remember your newspaper must include: Newspaper title, Headline, byline (e.g. Miss Jessett, Year 4), Introduction and main body of writing. Remember to share it with my email with two t’s! 

Science: make a classification key (like the ones we have been looking at in class) for these animals: hedgehog, cow, robin, adder, salmon and woodlouse.
Think about the animal’s characteristics, where it lives and what type of animal it is. Examples of questions you may want to ask: is it a mammal? Does it have legs? Does it live underwater? Does it have gills?

Spellings: ‘air’ sound: ordinary, various, nowhere, share, beware. *Some children have individual spellings to work on which they have been given in person.

CGP Comprehension book: pages 2-3

Table of the week: 11

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jessett.

Friday 24th September 2021

We have had a super week in Year Four! The children are continuing to impress me with their fantastic attitude towards learning.

In English we have been exploring ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’, have designed our very own maps (focusing on the use of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions), and have created our own ‘threatening creature’!

In Maths, we have been looking at rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. If you would like to practice rounding at home, you could practice drawing a number line and giving the children a 3- or 4-digit number to round to the nearest 100 or 1000.

We have also been doing a lot of spellings this week, which the children have been very resilient towards! By the end of next week, you will have an individual copy of the year 3 /4 statutory words that your child knows and the ones they need to learn.


Home learning

5x reads (please make sure these are signed into reading records- they can be a book from home too!)

Table of the week: 8

Spellings: ‘er’ sounds:    whirl, certain, perhaps, earth, purpose

CPG Grammar, punctuation, spelling pages 22 and 23

CPG Maths pages 12 and 13


Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jessett.

Monday 20th September 2021

Swimming information: 

Swimming is taking place all academic year. The children do not receive awards as they are not receiving 'levels', however you will know if your child reaches the national curriculum level. Mrs Bennett will provide more information via parent mail on this subject. 

Forest School:

Similar to last year, children will bring in wellies etc. in a named, labelled bag which they will only bring in on days they have forest school. We do not have forest school this term.

Miss Jessett

Friday 17th September 2021


Another great week in Year Four! We have had another week packed full of learning.

In English we continued exploring the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and analysing newspaper reports. Today the children created their own newspaper reports.

In Maths we continued working on place value (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones) and partitioning (being able to split numbers into different parts). We rounded off the week with rounding! We revised how to practice rounding to the nearest 10 and 100 using number lines to help us.
If you would like to practice further at home, you could work on creating part-whole models for numbers up to 4-digits. If you would like to practice rounding at home, you could practice drawing a number line and giving the children a 3-digit number to round to the nearest 10.

We finished the week off by creating a whole-class piece of artwork in the style of Kandinsky. This term we are using Kandinsky’s abstract art style as inspiration when thinking about our final project: mosaics.


Our council members this year are:

School: Jake and Jamie G

Eco: Dylan and Oscar

Sports: Thomas and Jack H

Ethos: Lilia and James


Home learning

5 x reads (out loud to an adult). Please make sure these are signed into their reading records. Children can read a variety of books.

Spellings:  separation, position, question, progression, division (unless given alternative list)

Table of the week: 6

CGP maths book pages 8 and 9

CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling pages 18 and 19


Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jessett.



Friday 10th September 2021

We have had an excellent first week back in school. I have been hugely impressed with the children’s attitude to learning. The children all displayed exemplary behaviour at the Start of Term Church Service on Tuesday.

We have begun learning about our new topics this term, such as Animals and their Habitats (science) and Romans (History).

Detailed information will be uploaded onto the class page, alongside the Meet the Teacher Presentation ahead of the meeting on Thursday.


Home learning

5 x reads (out loud to an adult). Please make sure these are signed into their reading records. Children can read a variety of books.

Spellings:  straight, possession, mention, guide, eight

CGP maths book pages 2 and 3.

CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling page 5.

If children would like to apply for ethos, school or sports council please write either a letter or create a poster of application for Monday (details on school newsletter).


Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jessett.

Friday, 3rd September 2021 



Welcome to the Year 4 weekly class page. We have had a super start to term in Year 4 and I have been really impressed with how quickly all the children settled and at their attitude to learning.  

We have had an exciting start to the term and have already packed in a lot of work to be proud of!  

We have discussed class roles and responsibilities this year: ethos council, sports council and school council. More information to explain how to apply very soon, but something to think about in the time being.  


Our Meet the Teacher meeting will be organised shortly, and the information will be sent to you.  


There will be no homework this week. From next Friday, it will be uploaded to this class page in the same way as last year.   


Have a lovely, restful weekend! 


Miss Jessett