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Good afternoon,


We have had a fantastic week in school with the children now earning marbles for their table in order to earn a small treat (not an edible one!) once their pots are filled. Marbles are awarded for all manner of things including the neatest/quietest/quickest/most helpful/hardest working/trying hard (you get the idea) table.  The children's response to the jars has been quite staggering - outstanding in fact! In addition, children can also earn marbles for the class jar for a collaborative treat - both ideas are working well and the children have loved filling their jars.


Miss Moran popped in to see us working hard in Maths on Thursday - children were all on task, busy solving problems and working with their partners really well. Year 4 also completed their first times tables tests today (Friday) and 14 children got every question correct - they will receive their 'Bronze Certificate' next week. If your child did not achieve 100% do not worry, just practise the multiples sheet that I sent home so that they can try to succeed next Friday - you will be able to see where they went wrong; most children could see the mistakes themselves. In Maths next week we will be focusing on counting in multiples of 6,7,9,25 and 100.


We've started using fronted adverbials in English and we will continue with this learning next week as it is a tricky area for Year 4 to fully grasp in one week! However, I have been really impressed with just how imaginative they have been using visual prompts and talk partners to write some fairly complex sentences. Well done Year 4!


Have a great weekend - I hope the weather is kind to us all.


Mrs Bowler (normal service with a blog partner resumes next Friday)



Comprehension: Julius Caesar's Goat, pages 10 and 11

Maths: Written subtraction, page 19

Spellings: arrive, experiment, notice, special and weight

Year 4 2019 - 20


Friday 4th October 2019


Hello parents,


This week in school we've been incredibly busy!


On Tuesday, we were visited by Rev. Snowball who shared in our Harvest Festival with the whole school; there were also some local neighbours who had accepted the invitation I delivered last week. Everyone did a performance for the Harvest Festival and Year 4 acted out 'The Enormous Potato', a funny story (because we had tweaked it a little bit!) with a message from God about sharing spare food we have with people who don't have as much. Everyone laughed when the potato (Henry) popped out from the ground and the farmer, his wife, their daughter, their son, the sheepdog, the cow, the sheep and the pig all fell over after much heaving!


On Thursday, Archie and Lucy performed their own original poem about chocolate - and they really, really performed! Mrs Edwards was so impressed that she gave each of them a gold 'Headteacher's Award' sticker. In the afternoon, we also started to make our Mayan masks in Art with Mrs Wilson and Mrs Bartram. We made a bit of a mess, but it was a really good lesson. Mrs Bowler sends her thanks to Mrs Moran for sending the message to parents about the cardboard (and aprons), and to the parents who were able to bring one or both items to school the next day. We have plenty left over, so do not worry about bringing in any more.


Have a wonderful weekend.


Charles and Mrs Bowler



Comprehension: pages 8 and 9, GRRRR (yes, it really is the title!)

Maths: page 18, Written addition

Spellings: answer, earth, famous, medicine, separate





Friday 27th September 2019


Everyone agreed it was a quick week this week with lots of things going on.


In class we have learnt about molecules in science; in English we were in character as either Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee or Veruca Salt to start our character descriptions which we will be continuing this next week; and in art we started to design our Mayan masks by practising the skill of continuous line drawings.


We also held our School, Ethos and Sports Council elections. Our Year 4 representatives (elected by the class) are:

School Council: Lucy and Alexander

Ethos Council: Millie and Charles

Sports Council: Niobe and Jamie

Well done to the above children. Also, well done to all the children who stood as candidates but were unfortunately not elected this time. Be very proud of how confidently they spoke. Mrs Duxberry and Mrs Bowler were incredibly impressed.


The Ethos Council met for the first time and were given Harvest Celebration invitations to decorate and on Thursday lunchtime we put them in envelopes, addressed them and posted them in the letterboxes of the local residents of school with Mrs Sharpe and Mrs Bowler. The very same afternoon, an elderly neighbour brought in a bag of vegetables that he has grown in his garden for our harvest collection. He also said that he and his wife would love to come to the celebration next week.


Have a wonderful weekend.


Homework this week:

Comprehension: pages 6 & 7 'The Dragonsitter's Island'

Maths: pages 20 & 21 'Estimating and Checking'

Spellings: popular, various, experience, remember, disappear.


Blog written by Millie and Mrs Bowler

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Weekly updates and news from Year 4



Friday 20th September 2019


Hello! Welcome to the 2019/20 Year 4 blog.


Firstly, my sincere apologies that Year 4 did not have a blog last week, it shan't happen again! However, I am positive we are all (parents and teachers) trying to prepare children to become increasingly independent as they move through school, so the children should have been able to tell you about their homework, spellings and reading books without referring to this page - we had discussed it all in class. I always ask the children to highlight their new spellings and write on the appropriate page in their Comprehension and Maths books when the homework is due in; we will mark it at an opportune time together so that children can see where they have excelled, or need to correct any mistakes.


It has been lovely getting to know your children over the past few weeks. Can you believe it is their third week already? It was also great meeting so many of the parents at the 'Meet the Teacher' session in your child's class on Wednesday. If you couldn't attend the meeting, please take a look at the copy of the Year 4 power point sent home the same day as it covers everything I mentioned and talked about. If you should need further clarification about anything, just ask. A few parents asked some questions (below) and my response is included:

Q. There used to be a homework club in school. Is this going to be running again?

A. I am not aware of a Homework Club, but I will ask.

*I sought advice and at this moment in time we are not able to run a club during the school day.


Q. Year 4 didn't have a blog last week, will there be one?

A. Yes, my apologies for not having a blog ready. I have only been here a couple of weeks and didn't know about a weekly blog until Friday afternoon.


Q. What happens if my child cannot complete their homework?

A. Please speak to myself or Mrs Wilson on the Monday morning. We would still expect the homework to be completed, but it might be your child needs a reminder, extra time, or a gentle word about expectations.


Now for this week in Year 4! What have we been up to this week? Well, continuing with our 'Choccywoccydoodah' theme we have been designing our very own chocolate treat. Year 4 children have the most incredible imaginations and have designed chocolate statues, fountains, machines, mousse, buildings and all manner of delicious creations - if only we could make them for real! In Maths we have been rounding numbers to the nearest multiples of 10, 100, 1,000 and 10,000. The children even rounded 7,635,418 - ask them to show you how!!


Mrs Wilson has been forging ahead with music and the response to learning the recorder has been impressive. Hopefully, children are practising at home so that you can also 'enjoy' their efforts. By the end of the year they will be playing a tune together in our class assembly, so please do support them and encourage them to practice for 5 minutes every day.


In future, I will be asking the children (in turn) to write the weekly blog with me on a Thursday or Friday. They will definitely let you know if they have written it, so there's no need to ask when it will be your child's turn as names will be drawn out of a hat each week; it will be a surprise for them, me and you.


If your child would like to stand for School Council, Sports Council or Ethos Council they need to stand up and speak to their peers saying why they would be a suitable candidate to represent the class. I have told the children they do not need power points or a script; a few brief notes should be more than enough if they feel more comfortable using them. Children can stand for all councils, but will only be able to be elected for one pending the results of each election.


Homework this week:

Comprehension page 4 and 5 titled 'Geocaching'

Maths pages 12 and 13 titled 'Rounding'

Spellings (please learn the meanings also): material, calendar, describe, through, reign

Daily reading - at least 5 times every week.

Times tables - keep practising! A favourite game my children used to play on the way to and from school was multiplying door numbers or car registration numbers, for example house number 27 was 2x7 or 7x2, or car registration LK56 TRZ became 5x6 or 6x5 etc. No need to practise at home if it's done before you get there!


Next week, less words and more pictures! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that the weather remains warm and dry.


Mrs Bowler