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Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Year 4

Friday 24th May 2024


It's been a busy week for Year 4, on Monday we embarked on a delightful trip to Ightham, where we engaged in a variety of art activities. The students had a wonderful time exploring their creative sides, and you can see some of their fantastic work in the photos below.


In English, we have been focusing on poetry. We have been busy writing poems about their relatives or people they admire. This exercise has allowed them to express their thoughts and emotions creatively while honing their writing skills.


In our Maths lessons, we have been delving into the world of quadrilaterals and triangles. We have explored different types of shapes and learned about lines of symmetry, enhancing our understanding of geometry.


As it is half term, I encourage all students to continue their learning journey at home. Playing Times Tables Rock Stars will help them improve their multiplication skills in a fun and engaging way and there is also a whole school tournament for them to compete in. Additionally, please ensure they complete their Maths and English homework on Atom. These activities will reinforce what we've learned in class and keep their minds sharp over the break.


I am incredibly proud of the hard work and achievements of Year 4 this Term and wish them all and you a restful and enjoyable break.


Enjoy the sun,



Star of the Week – Eddie Stockdale and Amelia Price

Friday 17th May 2024


Congratulations Y4 we smashed the other year groups on the Times Table rock stars challenge a well-deserved victory.


In Maths, we have been mastering how to measure various angles using a protractor. We’ve focused particularly on identifying and measuring acute and obtuse angles. Alongside this, we continue to be hard at work learning our times tables in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). There is one times table sheet to be completed by Friday as well as Atom homework covering our previous topic of Area and Perimeter.


In English, we have been transforming their role-play of ‘Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx’ into scripts, which has been a fantastic opportunity for them to explore dialogue and stage directions. Each pupil had the chance to perform a script written by their classmates, bringing the story to life with great enthusiasm and expression.


I have also set up another whole school tournament on Times Tables Rock Stars which ends in one week. If you require a login I will send home a physical copy on Monday.


On Monday we have our Art Day trip to Ightham. We have an exciting day planned with activities taking place on the field and in the woods. We will be departing at 8.45 promptly so please ensure that your child is dropped off at school at 8.30.


Please find below a collection of photos from our wonderful trip to Bore Place on Thursday. We had a brilliant time even with the weather.


Kind regards,





Please see this week below.


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3 keywords - circuit , electricity, exoskeleton

Friday 10th May 2024


This week in English, the Y4 have thoroughly enjoyed writing their personal recounts of our exhilarating trip to Bewl Water. It was a delight to see them express their adventures through vivid descriptions and reflective thoughts, capturing the essence of their experiences.


In Maths, we've embarked on a new topic—understanding the concepts of area and perimeter. The children have shown great enthusiasm and curiosity as they explore how to measure different shapes and calculate their dimensions.


In preparation for the upcoming Multiplication Tables Check (MTC), we are also hard at work practising our times tables. Therefore, for homework, students are required to complete the times tables worksheets provided in their homework books. We will be marking these systematically to monitor progress and provide targeted support where needed. The first worksheet will be reviewed on Monday, the second on Wednesday, and the final one on Friday. This structured approach will help reinforce their learning and ensure they are well-prepared for the MTC. There will also be an optional Atom for those who would like an extension.


I have also set up a whole school tournament on Times Tables Rock Stars which ends in one week's time. The winning year group will be decided by taking the average score across the class which means that every effort counts and your personal results will remain private. The winning year group will receive a reward. So please Y4 let's not let the side down.


Looking ahead, we are all buzzing with excitement for our upcoming trip to Bore Place next Thursday. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about bees, pollination, and the fascinating process of honey-making.


Kind regards,





Please see this week below.


7 Spellings- measure, treasure, pleasure, enclosure, creature, furniture, adventure


3 keywords - Insulator, classification, evolution


Star of the week – Oscar Fisher

Friday 3rd May 2024

Welcome back, Year 4! I hope everyone is well-rested after our thrilling residential trip to Bewl Water. It was a marvellous opportunity for all of us to explore the outdoors, build teamwork skills, and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Back in the classroom, we have dived into writing a detailed recount of our Bewl Water adventures. This exercise not only helps sharpen our writing skills but also allows us to relive the fun moments spent together. Additionally, we're enhancing our grammar knowledge by learning about modal verbs, which will add more depth and variety to our writing.


Maths lessons have been bustling with activity as well, as we've just wrapped up our unit on metric conversions. The students have done exceptionally well in understanding and applying their knowledge to solve practical problems, showing great improvement and confidence.


Meanwhile, in Science, we have been researching the incandescent light bulb, which has sparked curiosity among the students. They have been busy creating informative posters that highlight their findings and understanding of this significant invention.


For homework this week there is going to be a trial of English on Atom. It will only be 5 questions. There will still also be the Maths both are due on Friday.




Going forward we will be including 3 words of key vocabulary from our topics in our spellings. Please see this week below.

1.      mountainous

2.      generous

3.      mischievous

4.      courageous

5.      outrageous

6.      spontaneous

7.      ridiculous

Key vocabulary

8.      invertebrate

9.      conductor

10.    appliance


Star of the week – Will Clark

Friday 26th April 2024

This week has flown by in Y4 with excitement ever building for our residential. In English, we have been hard at work learning about the main character in our class book ‘Marcy’. We have written some fabulous character descriptions. We have also not forgotten our grammar mastering fronted adverbials.


In Maths, we've continued focusing on measurements and conversions. This week, the problems have been around converting mass and volume.


Science continues to be a delight this week. We have been creating and using classification keys allowing us to discern between different species. We have also been doing lots on electricity today testing which materials made good conductors and insulators, with some interesting results.


Please make sure to check you have everything you need packed. Arriving at normal time on Monday morning in your own clothes.


Only Atom this week as we are on residential but please learn the spellings.


See you on Monday,






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Star of the week - Arthur de Ryckman de Betz

Friday 19th April 2024

Welcome to our Year 4 class weekly update. It's been another week full of learning and discovery across different subjects.


In English, we've dived into the fascinating world of ancient Egypt, exploring the life and reign of Tutankhamun. The students have been captivated by stories of pharaohs, pyramids, and mummies, enhancing their understanding and sparking lively discussions in class.


In Maths, we've been focusing on measurements and conversions. This week, the children tackled practical problems involving converting between different units like kilometres and metres. It's been wonderful to see them apply their mathematical skills in real-world contexts, showing great enthusiasm and improvement. Homework this week will be on Atom to be completed by next Friday.#


Science has offered us a double delight this week. We started with learning about classification, where the children had fun categorising different plants and animals based on specific characteristics. We also began exploring one of my personal favourite topics: electricity. Having a background as an electrician has allowed me to share my passion and knowledge with the class. We've started with the basics of circuits and conductors, and the children are eagerly anticipating more experiments.


All the best,




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Star of the week – Emma Streatfeild


Thursday 28th March 2024 (End of Term 4)

As we draw the curtains on Term 4 and eagerly anticipate the onset of Easter, it's been a term filled with learning and exploration for our Year 4 class. One of the highlights this week was our splendid trip to SES Water on Tuesday. It was an enlightening experience where the children delved into the intricacies of the water cycle and uncovered the journey water takes from the rivers to our taps. Their curiosity and engagement were a delight to witness as they learned about the essential processes that ensure we have clean and safe water in our homes. (See photos below)


Back in the classroom, our English lessons saw us creating our very own newspaper report, centred on our class book. The children embraced the challenge with great enthusiasm, demonstrating their growing literacy skills and creativity. It was a joy to see them apply their knowledge in crafting engaging and informative reports.


In Maths, we have continued our journey through the world of money, enhancing our understanding and practical skills. As we move forward, we're shifting our focus to length and measurements. This new topic promises to be an engaging one, offering hands-on experiences and practical applications in everyday life.


Looking ahead to the next term we will be venturing into the world of electrical circuits. The children will discover how electricity works. Additionally, our exploration will extend to the natural world as we dive into grouping and classifying animals.


With regards to homework, I will be setting two pieces of Atom Homework on everything we have learnt this term. If you could find time in your schedules to complete them it would be much appreciated. I will make the due date the first Friday back. The spellings below will be for the first Friday back as well.

I eagerly look forward to welcoming you all back next term.


All the best,






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Term 4 Headteacher awards go to Will Clark and Mary Streatfeild

Friday 22nd March 2024

Our Year 4 class has had a bustling and productive week. In English, we've embarked on a journey into the art of letter writing. Offering advice to the character in the book we are reading.


Turning our attention to Maths, we continue to explore the world of money. The children have been diligently working on calculating change and figuring out the costs of multiple items. Atom homework this week will be optional to allow time to learn lines and complete the task below.


In Geography, we have been learning about the formation of mountains. As a continuation of our learning, I'm excited to announce a special geography homework assignment. They are tasked with creating an A4 poster about a UK mountain. This project is an excellent opportunity for them to showcase their understanding and creativity. Below, you'll find an example of a poster I've created, which I hope will inspire our young geographers. It can be completed via any medium. Please remember, that the deadline for this assignment is Thursday.


Look forward to seeing you all at the Easter Service next week. Please make sure they practice their lines and acting over the weekend.


All the best,

Mr. Reid


Spellings (Due Thursday)


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Star of the week – Fleur Madgewick

Friday 15th March 2024


It's been an exhilarating week in Year 4, having plunged into the world of swimming (excuse the pun). We have been dedicating our energy and enthusiasm to mastering strokes and building our confidence in the water. It's been a joy to see their progress as they embrace the challenge.


In addition to our aquatic adventures, we've embarked on a fascinating journey into the natural world, exploring the concept of erosion. Our young geographers have been hands-on, conducting experiments with sand trays to observe first-hand the effects of erosion on riverbanks.


Mathematics has taken us on a different kind of adventure, diving into the world of money. Our focus has been on understanding and comparing amounts, as well as mastering the practical skill of calculating change. Maths homework is on Atom due Friday.


In English, the class has explored the world of newspaper writing. The children have been exploring the structure and style of news articles, learning how to craft captivating headlines and report facts in an engaging manner.


We've also begun rehearsals for the upcoming Easter service.




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Star of the week – William Owen

Friday 8th March 2024


On World Book Day, our Year 4 class was immersed in the enchanting world of stories and books, making it a truly marvellous occasion. The children donned their favourite literary characters' costumes, bringing a colourful array of bookish joy to our classroom. It was a day filled with reading, storytelling, and sharing our favourite tales. Please check out Instagram for photos.


In addition to celebrating literature, we have been delving into the rich tapestry of Norse mythology. Our class took on the exciting challenge of learning and retelling the myth of the creation of Thor's hammer to the Year 2 students. This not only allowed us to explore these ancient stories but also helped us develop our storytelling skills, ensuring that the younger children were captivated by the thrilling adventures of gods and mythical creatures.


In mathematics, we've recently concluded our journey through the world of decimals. The children have shown great enthusiasm and progress, in mastering decimal numbers. This knowledge will undoubtedly serve as a solid foundation as we move on to money next.


Geography lessons have been equally engaging, as we've explored the reasons why people settle around rivers. Through interactive discussions and research, we've learned about the importance of rivers in providing water, transportation, and fertile land for agriculture, which has been crucial for human settlements throughout history.


Maths homework is on Atom due Friday.




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Friday 1st March 2024


In English, Year 4 has been diving into persuasive writing, creating scripts to convince others to visit Iceland. To bring their persuasive arguments to life, they've stood before a green screen, presenting with confidence and enthusiasm


In Mathematics, we've taken a step forward into the world of decimals. This new chapter has allowed the children to explore numbers in a more detailed and precise manner. Through various activities, they've been learning how to read, write, and understand the value of decimals. This fundamental skill is crucial for their mathematical development and will serve as a building block for more complex concepts in the future.


In Art we have been inspired by the beauty of landscapes, the children have been experimenting with sketches and watercolours to capture the essence of the natural world. Geography has taken us closer to home, with a focus on the River Thames. We've been exploring both the human and physical features along this iconic river, utilising grid references to locate and identify them.


We were also thrilled to welcome author Jo Clarke to our class on Tuesday. She shared invaluable story writing tips with the children, inspiring them to explore their creativity and refine their storytelling abilities. This visit was a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn from a professional writer.


For English homework, the students will find their tasks in their homework books. There is also some Atom Learning, due next Friday.





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Friday 23rd February 2024


Welcome back to Year 4. In English, we have started with our new book, "Arthur and the Golden Rope." As we delve into this story, we have been honing our writing skills by drafting letters. We have also been creating beautiful poems about books and reading.


In Maths, we have continued our exploration of time, building on our understanding of hours, minutes, and seconds. This has hopefully enabled us to appreciate the value of time in our daily lives.


Our art lessons have focused on landscapes. We have been introduced to various techniques and styles, encouraging us to observe and replicate the beauty of the natural world through our artwork. Furthermore, in Geography, we have begun exploring the rivers of the world.


Next week, we're in for a treat as we eagerly anticipate a special visit from none other than the author Jo Clarke, renowned for her captivating Spellboda series.


Homework this week will be on Atom due Friday.




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Bonus Word


Friday 9th February 2024


This week in our English lessons, we have been diving into the art of persuasive writing. Year 4 has been busy crafting convincing posters aimed at enticing people to visit the majestic Grand Canyon.


In Maths, our focus has been on mastering the art of time-telling and conversions. From analogue clocks to digital displays, we're becoming time-telling experts, ensuring we're never late for our next adventure.


In DT we've not only created delicious and healthy snacks but also designed the packaging for them. With sustainability in mind, we've carefully considered the materials we could use, ensuring that our packaging is both eco-friendly and appealing. See some finished products below and us preparing the snacks.


Regarding Homework, as Year 4 has worked so hard there will be no mandatory homework only an optional Atom which we be covering everything we have learnt this term in Maths.


Enjoy the break,

Mr. Reid

Friday 2nd February 2024


In our English lessons, we've been delving into the art of punctuation by learning how to use inverted commas. This skill allows us to give voices to characters in our writing, making our stories and dialogues even more engaging. We've also been honing our debate skills, discovering how to express our opinions persuasively while respecting the viewpoints of others.


In the realm of mathematics, Year 4 continues to explore fractions. We've mastered the art of simplifying fractions even those pesky improper ones. Additionally (excuse the pun), we've ventured into the realm of adding fractions.


Geography has taken on an exploration of our backyard – the United Kingdom. We've been studying the physical and human features that make the UK unique and diverse. Furthermore, our studies have led us to examine the intricate web of connections that form the national rail network, showcasing how transportation links our communities.


The Atom homework this week will focus on fractions and the English homework will be on inverted commas. Both are due on Friday.


Have a great weekend,

Mr. Reid




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Friday 26th January 2024


In Year 4 this week, we have been learning all about Imperative verbs and instructions writing. Learning about the steps required to create campfires and writing our own instructions for others to follow. In mathematics, our Year 4 have continued with fractions delving deeper into equivalent fractions. Finding out hard facts like though you may get more slices of pizza doesn’t always mean you get more.


In science, we performed an experiment, observing the temperature of ice as it melted. We have also begun our DT project looking at packaging on food seeing how they turn 2d shapes into 3d packaging. Geography has been all about physical and human features this week.


As for homework this week, there’ll be both an English and Maths piece to complete for Friday. The English this week is in their homework books and Maths is online with the Atom.


Best regards,

Mr. Reid




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Friday 19th January 2024


In Year 4 this week, we have been discovering new and exciting literary devices to enhance our writing skills. From similes to metaphors. Over in the realm of mathematics, our Year 4 mathematicians have embarked on an adventure with fractions. They're diving into the world of numerators and denominators, learning to slice and share numbers and pizzas!


In the captivating world of science, we performed an experiment, observing how ice transforms from a solid to a liquid in various conditions. It became even more exciting with the recent drop in temperatures, providing an unexpected twist to our scientific investigation.


Geography this week has taken us on a journey across the continents, focusing on the climates of countries in North and South America.


As for homework going forward each week, there’ll be both an English and Maths piece to complete for Friday. The English this week is in their homework books (hopefully in their bags) and Maths is online with the Atom.


Best regards,

Mr. Reid




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Friday 12th January 2024


Greetings from the Year 4 class! This term, our budding writers have been honing their letter-writing skills in English class, drawing inspiration from the captivating adventures of the main character in our class book, "The Boy Who Biked the World." It's been a fantastic journey delving into the intricacies of letter structure both informal and formal.


Meanwhile, in mathematics, our young mathematicians have been mastering the art of line graphs, showcasing their analytical skills. This afternoon we have been practicing all the skills we have learned so far. The Atom homework this week reflects areas that the class could use some more practice in,


Over in science, we've been exploring the fascinating realm of states of matter, with engaging practical demonstrations involving hula hoops to illustrate particle structures (See photos below) And let's not forget our artistic endeavours in watercolour, where we've been channelling the spirit of J. M. W. Turner


Please note: Nail varnish is not a part of the school uniform. Also, please ensure your child comes to school with a working blue pen filled with ink.


Best regards,

Mr. Reid


Star of the week – Tilly Martin




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Friday 5th January 2024


Welcome back Year 4 and happy New Year. The last two days we have immersed ourselves in the art of Haikus in English, making some of our own. Additionally, in art this afternoon we explored watercolours, letting our creativity flow onto paper and creating some lovely nature scenes. In Maths, we continue to learn about graphs focusing specifically on line graphs this week. There’ll be some maths homework on Atom due on Friday. Also, our spelling tests will resume on Fridays.


Best wishes,

Mr. Reid




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End of Term 2 19/12/2023


It has been a fantastic term for Year 4. I just wanted to take a moment to express how incredibly impressed I am with our recent carol concert! The dedication and hard work shown by all the children was truly remarkable. Their performance was outstanding!


I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to every child for their effort and commitment throughout this term. Your dedication truly shines through, and I couldn't be prouder. I'd also like to express my gratitude to the parents for the fantastic gifts I received. Your generosity and support mean a lot to me.


There will be no homework assigned over the break! Instead, I encourage Y4 to indulge in the joy of reading the books they have borrowed from our school library which should be in their bags.


Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and looking forward to more amazing achievements in the upcoming term.


Best wishes,

Mr. Reid

Friday 15th of December 2023


This week in Year 4 has been quite eventful! We have dived into the realm of graphs during our maths lessons, mastering the art of drawing bar graphs and putting our skills to the test. Our English lessons were filled with poetry, some deliciously describing chocolate cake while others had us giggling over turkey-themed verses.


A highlight of the week was our fantastic trip to watch Aladdin in pantomime on Tuesday—it was absolutely fabulous and had us all captivated! During art, we got into the festive spirit by creating Christmas decorations. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them!


In Science today we focused on teeth, learning all about dental care. We even conducted an experiment to discover who's been brushing their teeth properly—quite an interesting discovery! See the results below.


No new spellings or homework this week.


Star of the week-Penny Raybone


Kind regards,

Mr. Reid


Friday 8th of December 2023


This past week in Year 4 has been a whirlwind of learning. In our maths lessons, we've tackled the challenge of division with remainders. It's been quite the mental exercise, working out how to divide fairly when there's something left over. But gradually, we've been mastering the art of dividing numbers and understanding those tricky remainders. Therefore, this week there will be some Maths homework on Atom.


In science, we delved into the world of teeth—discovering the diverse types found in carnivores and herbivores. From sharp incisors to sturdy molars, we've been learning not only about their shapes but also about how they're specialised for different diets.


During our English lessons, we've been engrossed in the heroic tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. Venturing into the maze of ancient Greece, we've crafted our own narratives, spinning imaginative stories about the clash between Theseus and the fearsome Minotaur.


And amidst all this learning, we've embraced the festive spirit! We've dedicated ourselves to rehearsing and perfecting our Christmas carols, putting in our utmost effort to make them shine during the upcoming celebrations. Over this weekend if they could practice their lines for the upcoming service it would be much appreciated.


Star of the week-Tilly Toynton




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Friday 1st of December 2023


Well, Year 4, here we are in Christmas month. We have our own class advent calendar and today we were treated to some holly behind our first door.


In maths, we have been learning about multiplication with two/three-digit numbers and division with the bus stop method. There is some optional Atom maths homework to help consolidate this. Although it is optional, I do recommend that you give it a go.


We have continued to write our myths in English lessons - ensuring we have written in the past tense as the task required. The English homework (compulsory) is based on irregular words and the past tense. This is due next Friday.


We conducted a fascinating experiment in science, demonstrating how food is digested in our bodies. Please see photos below.


Today we enjoyed a visit from our local MP - Tom Tugendhat, who had come to present Leo Heath in Year 6 with an award for his annual Christmas card competition. He then took questions from the floor; we were proud when Caspar posed a challenging question to him.


Hoping to see plenty of you at the Christmas fair tomorrow!



Star of the week – Albert waters




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An Investigation into the Human Digestive System with Mrs Glover

Friday 24th of November 2023


This week in Year 4 it has been a whirlwind of learning adventures! In English, our creative juices have been flowing as we've delved deeper into the fascinating world of Greek mythology. We've put our thinking caps on and started crafting our very own Greek myths - stories filled with heroes, gods, and epic quests!


Meanwhile, our history lessons have transported us back in time to ancient Greece. We've been exploring the everyday lives of people in that era and discovering more about the famous figures who left their mark on history.


Maths has been an exciting journey too! We've shifted gears and dived headfirst into the realm of multiplication. It's been challenging, but we're tackling it with enthusiasm and determination.


For the homework this week it’ll be more Atom. However, there will be an optional extra for those who would like more of a challenge. I would also like to add that on a Friday afternoon we do class presentations. It is a chance for students to share something they're passionate about with the rest of the class, and it's entirely optional.


Have a good weekend,



Star of the week – Darcy Quinnell




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Friday 17th of November 2023


Division was the star of our maths lessons this week! The children tackled division techniques, mastering both with and without remainders. From sharing equally to solving real-life problems, they're becoming division experts. Once again there will be more maths homework this week on Atom to be completed.


In English and History, we dove into the world of ancient Greece by crafting diary entries from the perspectives of Orpheus or Eurydice. It was an imaginative exercise that allowed students to explore the thoughts and emotions of these mythical characters.


In science this week, we took a fascinating journey through the digestive system, unravelling how our bodies process food. From the mouth to the stomach and beyond!


Atom Learning Link


All the best,



Star of the week – Mabel Rainbow




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Friday 10th of November 2023


Welcome back to Year 4! This week, we've been delving into the world of multiplication and division, focusing particularly on the magical numbers 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12. For maths homework this week, we're trying out a new programme called Atom Learning, which is an online platform. The children should find their logins in their bags. I'll leave the URL below for you to follow. It's due on Friday, just like the spellings.


In English and History, we've embarked on an exploration of Greek mythology. Immersing ourselves in the captivating tales of gods and mortals, we've set out on an intellectual odyssey—excuse the pun—exploring all things 'myth'.


Year 4 students have also been unravelling the mysteries of food chains. From predators to prey, they're discovering the intricate relationships that keep ecosystems buzzing.



Atom Learning Link


All the best,





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Friday 20th of October 2023


It’s been a great term for Year 4. To conclude our topic this week, children learned how the Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions were brought to an end by the Normans in 1066. They also competed in the Big Quiz, testing their knowledge of all the amazing history they have learnt so far.


Year 4 has also tackled challenging maths problems and made great strides in their understanding this term. In English, their writing and reading skills have flourished, showing lots of creativity.


I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge the support of you, the parents and guardians. Your involvement, encouragement, and commitment have been invaluable. Thank you.


Half Term Art Competition


We are delighted to hold an art competition linked to English. Over the half term break, we would like the children to choose their favourite book and design a front cover for it using their own ideas. They might like to choose one of the books they read for the summer reading challenge but this is not essential. The design must be drawn on the A4 card supplied. The children can use any medium they enjoy or even add collage. They need to add a title and it must be their own design - rather than copied from the original cover. Your child’s name should be written on the back of the design. We look forward to displaying the covers in our library area and announcing a winner from each key stage. There will be a prize for KS1 and one for KS2, as well as runner up prizes. All book cover designs should be given to class teachers during the first week back at school after the October half term. Below are some examples of book cover designs.


Have a lovely break,

Mr Reid




No new spellings over half term please just practice the ones already covered.

Friday 13th October 2023


Year 4 has had a lovely week. We enjoyed a music workshop and children spent an afternoon creating presentations about an Anglo-Saxon king of their choice. It was made even more exciting due to a power cut!


In maths, Year 4 has continued to work on column subtraction and has now moved on to the difficult task of word problems involving both addition and subtraction. I have set eight word questions for them to complete for homework. This is due to be handed in on the first Friday after the holiday.


In English, we have been working on our grammar and have learned to use prepositions and fronted adverbials. We have also been looking at narrative structure and have written non-chronological reports on a monster of our own creation (LazarPig being one of my favourites!).


In history, we have been learning about Norse mythology and the children have created their own comic retelling of a famous myth about Freya and the goblins.


Have a lovely weekend,

Mr Reid





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Friday 6th of October 2023


Year 4 has had a great week, this afternoon in forest school we were learning about Nordic Runes and how to write our names and coded messages for each other.


In maths, Year 4 has been working on finding the difference and column subtraction. We continue to practice our time tables daily in class and have songs for the 7s 6s and 3s now.


In English, we have been working on creating our own short stories. We have been analysing other short stories and looking at the structure and how to hook a reader in. The children then set about writing their own and I must say I am extremely impressed with the creativity of some of the stories.


During PSHE this week the children have been learning about Black History Month which is celebrated in October in the UK. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. We have been discussing famous black and mixed heritage people from history and the modern-day who have advocated for racial equality or have had a positive impact on their community such as Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Mary Seacole, Katherine Johnson, Marcus Rashford, Pele and Sir Lenny Henry to name but a few.


I have asked the children to do some research either on one of the people listed above or someone else relevant to the lesson and produce a Word document with some facts about their lives and achievements. These need to be no more than one side of A4 and can include pictures. They may make the fact sheet as eye-catching as they wish with larger fonts and colourful writing. We will be displaying them in and around the school for October.


They will need to be handed in on Wednesday 10th October for our next PSHE lesson.


Have a lovely weekend




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Please see the attached for details of PSHE homework for Mrs Major for 11/10/23.

PSHE Homework for Mrs Major

Friday 29th of September 2023


Year 4 has been working hard and has had a very busy week. Performing at Harvest festival to much acclaim with a fantastic dance.


In maths, Year 4 has been working on column addition and mental maths strategies. There is some Maths homework this week which I will review and mark on a Friday same as the spelling.


In English, we have been working on our descriptive writing creating some fabulous character descriptions. As a school, we took part in Roald Dahl Day on Thursday which entailed a workshop in which we all took part in acting out scenes from George's Marvellous Medicine. We also have been planning and writing a book review for a blue Peter badge which we plan to finish next week.


Also In preparation for a music workshop next Tuesday, we would like the children to choose a song of their choice and then write a review explaining why they chose it. They should explain how it makes them feel and what instruments they can hear.


Have a lovely weekend





Adding the prefix il- (before a root word starting with ‘l’) and the prefix ir- (before a root word starting with ‘r’)


Illegal, illegible illogical, illiterate, illicit, irregular, irrelevant, irresponsible, irrational, irresistible

Friday 22nd of September 2023


Year 4 have been learning about the daily life of Anglo-Saxons this week in history and have continued to develop their weaving ability in art. We have also been to forest school today enjoying the sun.


In maths, Year 4 has been polishing their estimation skills. We also have started developing our adding ability and how to deal with remainders.


In English, we continued to enjoy Esio Trot and discussed in depth the moral conundrum of replacing tortoises. We have also been writing poetry in the Kennings style, which are now on display in the classroom.


Please find below the Y4 curriculum and some websites that may help with times tables.




Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Reid



Adding the prefix im- (before a root word staring with ‘m’ or ‘p’)


Immature, immeasurable, impossible, immortal, imperfect, impatient, immovable impolite, important, improper 

Friday 15th September 2023

 Year 4 has had a great week. This afternoon we have been hard at work weaving and some of the class expressed it was their new favourite hobby.


In maths, Year 4 has been working on rounding and estimating. We have also been creating and solving number patterns.


In English, we have been looking at fables and started with the classic tortoise and the hare deciphering the morals that they teach us. On the topic of tortoises, we have also started a new class book ‘Esio Trot’ which has been very popular.


We have also been practicing our harvest festival songs and I have been blown away by the singer ability of the class.


Have a lovely weekend and please remember to practice your spellings and times tables!

Mr Reid

Spellings (Test On Friday)


Adding the prefix in- (meaning ‘not’ or ‘into’)


Inactive, incorrect, inaccurate, insecure, indefinite, incomplete, infinite, inedible, inability, indecisive

Friday 8th September 2023


Year 4 have had a great time and are settling in well.  This afternoon we took advantage of the good weather and went across to the church to practice our sketching skills working on perspective and shading.


In maths, Year 4 have been working on place value and ordering numbers up to 4 digits.


In English we have been analysing poems and creating our own. We have also been focusing on our reading comprehension about garden birds, Year 4 then went about creating a fact file on a garden bird of their choice. I never realised Toucans and Snowy owls were so common in Chiddingstone!


The children have spelling homework this week – Please see the words below. The test will be on Friday.


Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sun!

Mr Reid



Words with /aw/ spelt with augh and au 


Caught, naughty, taught, daughter, autumn, clause, cause, astronaut, applaud, author