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Year 4


This week, we have been looking in Maths at rounding to the nearest 10 in 2 and 3 digit numbers. Also, we have been learning about different units of time and the numbers of days in each month of the year.  Today, we have been practising telling the time to 5 minute intervals and it would be great if you could try this at home with your children. They were doing really well in the lesson. Times tables tests are off and underway and children are already moving to the next table, which is fantastic. Keep up the good work! 


In English, we talked about how our lives have been affected both at home and at school, due to the pandemic and they did some non-fiction writing and poetry on the subject. Next week, we are excited to start a new book called, 'Arthur and the Golden Rope'. 


We all enjoyed our first trip out of school to the Aquadrome, identifying trees and looking for mini-beasts. 


Home Learning

This week in spelling we have been looking at the 'air' sound in words: air, aire, ar, are, ear and ere.


Words to practise this week are as follows:












Challenge words:   millionaire





Please keep up the reading at least 5 times a week with an adult and sign reading record books. 


Continue with times table practice - we know lots of you are busy at home with this already! 


CGP books have now been purchased and will be sent home to you next week. Further details will be on next Friday's blog. 


Have a fabulous weekend! 


Mrs Bartram and Miss Wilson










On Friday, we will be starting to make canopic jars in our art lesson. The children designed them this week, so have a good idea of the shape they would like to make. Please could you help them find a suitable container or jar for this project - it must have a large flat lid as we will be sculpting a head onto the lid which can be either screwed or pushed into the container. A Pringles tube, a large Heinz baked bean container or even jar of some sort would be suitable. We will take great care when working, if children bring in a glass container.

In addition to the jar please can they bring in the following items by Thursday:


  1. A named art shirt - if they had one in school last year I have them in the cupboard so no need to send another. If you are unsure we can check on Monday - just ask your son or daughter to check with us.
  2. A roll of tin foil -  we won't use all of it, so children will bring home the rest on Friday.
  3. A newspaper for paper mache.


Thursday's science will take place in the Aquadrome as we are looking at animals in their habitats. Please could children have wellies or old shoes in school for exploring as we don't want to spoil any new school shoes!


Thank you for your support in providing these resources. I will post pictures next weekend of our sculpted heads!!


Mrs Bartram



We have had a great first full week back and the class are continuing to settle confidently into class routines and explore the new topics.


Homework this week is reading, spelling and times table practise.


Children will have come home with 2 reading books this week: as last year, please listen to them read at least five times over the week and comment in their record book.They can change books whenever they are ready in class.


For spelling, we would like the children the read over the Year 3 and 4 common exception words and practise spelling a  selection from the first half of the list that we worked on last year.


Children have been given the times table they should begin practising - they may know it already but just need to improve their speed. We will be having twice weekly timed tests and when they complete two tests with 100% accuracy in the time given they will move onto the next table. A record sheet is stuck in the front of the Reading Record book so that you can chart progress and is dated each time a new table is begun.


Please find Year 4's Meet the Teacher powerpoint below. If you have any questions please join us for a Zoom chat next Wednesday (16th) at 2pm or alternatively email the office and we will respond to any questions you may have.


Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


Mrs Bartram and Ms Wilson

Welcome to Year 4!


It is wonderful to be back, to see the children and to welcome the class into Year 4. Thank you for preparing them so well, they were organised and clearly delighted to be in school and we have enjoyed an exciting two days settling back into school routines and the new timings for the day. 


Homework and reading books will be sent home next week, once we have assessed the children's reading.

Homework days remain the same - work will be set on a Friday and returned by the following Wednesday and we will mark the homework in class together. Reading books will now be held in class so the children can change these weekly as before.


Times tables are a focus this year, so we have assessed the children's times table knowledge this week and on Monday they will be given the table they need to practice. We will test them at least once a week in class and once they have achieved 100% 3 times, within the given time, they will move to the next times table. Your support in helping the children to practice is much appreciated.


PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please can children come to school dressed in their kit, details have been sent in one of the many communications this week.

We will be taking the children outside for regular breaks through the day (in most weathers) so they will need wellies or old shoes to change into and a suitable coat or jacket. These can stay in school or be sent in each week.


Ms Wilson and I will share the class in the same format as last year. Ms Wilson will teach Monday to Wednesday and I will teach Wednesday to Friday. 

We will use the class page to update you and post pictures of our activities - please ensure you have completed the relevant permission forms so that we can include your child in the photos.


We are really looking forward to a fantastic year ahead and have some wonderful activities planned for the class.


Enjoy the weekend!


Mrs Bartram and Ms Wilson