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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Excellence through effort and enjoyment

Year 4

How much sugar is in our food?

How much sugar is in our food? 1

Friday 17th January 2020


Teeth and times tables have been the focus of the week.


In literacy, we have considered how the Tooth Fairy might use the teeth s/he collects. We have also asked ourselves where s/he might live and how s/he always knows when a tooth has come loose. Using their favourite ideas, children wrote a letter as if from this famous sprite to a young person in a story who insisted on having more information before she would relinquish her molar. (Charlie CC and Annabel each lost a tooth as they worked!)


In maths we have practised ways to multiply a two-digit number by a single digit, including partitioning the larger amount into tens and units and also by using a formal written method. Building on our ability to calculate problems such as 70 x 6 we have moved to work out the product of 700 and 6 and similar multiplication questions.


Using eggshell as a substitute for teeth, we have investigated whether acidic products can damage our gnashers. The result was a resounding ‘yes’! After just 24 hours submerged in vinegar, most of the shell had dissolved and, after 48 hours, there was nothing left of the egg but the inner membrane.


Having learned how to set up and record a scientific inquiry, children designed their own experiment to discover how common drinks can affect our teeth. If we want our teeth to remain gleaming, we should steer clear of Coca-Cola, blackcurrant squash and coffee it seems.


Thank you to the parents who have volunteered their time to hear children read. If any one else can spare half an hour at the beginning or end of the day (or at any other time), do please step forward.



Maths: Two digit numbers multiplied by a single digit using a formal written method. Due Tuesday.

(Some children have been provided with a multiplication square to assist them. This is NOT a substitute for learning times tables and should be referred to only as necessary.)

Literacy: The children have been given some questions about animal teeth. Please could they research the answers on the internet or in books and complete the sheets in their purple books?

Spellings: homophones: brake/break, fair/fare, grate/great, groan/grown

Friday 10th January 2020


Class 4 really hit the ground running as we started the new term with a close look at our mouths and teeth. Our topic work began with creating and labelling a paper model of a cross section of a tooth. We then moved on to carrying out an investigation to assess the effectiveness of toothpaste using disclosing tablets, water and Colgate. They are beginning to think like scientists and understand how to create a fair test.


After gathering facts and producing a glossary of dental terms, we will next week be creating information posters and leaflets on teeth and how to keep them healthy.

I'd be grateful if you could send your children in with packaging from everyday foods for next Friday (17th January) we will be looking at the sugar contents and discussing the impact on our teeth.


In maths our focus remains on multiplication; specifically how to find simple solutions to seemingly difficult problems. For example:

70 x 6 can be turned into 7 x 6 x 10 - we have also looked at what happens when you multiply by zero. Times tables knowledge is crucial so please keep practising at home.


We had our first internet safety lesson on Thursday - we discussed keeping screen time to a reasonable level, particularly before bed.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Hester and Ms Wright



Maths for Tuesday

Literacy - comprehension in purple books for Friday

Spellings: near-homophones  -  accept/except, affect/effect, ball/bawl, berry/bury

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Reading Raffle


Monday 6th January 2020


We are looking forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday when we begin one of our favourite topics - Burps, Bottoms and Bile!

In this month of new resolutions, we shall have further opportunities to consider how to improve our diets, but we will also begin to understand the mechanics of our bodies and see precisely how different organs help process the foods that we eat. 


Hopefully, your times tables will be just as sharp as they were a few weeks ago and you will have read some interesting books over the holidays to tell us about. 


Before we put Christmas firmly behind us, we would just like to say a heartfelt thanks for the wonderful variety of gifts we received at the end of last term. They were delicious, luxurious, creative, useful and more. It is extremely thoughtful of you to remember us at such a hectic time of year and we are so grateful for your kindness and generosity.


Thank you and see you soon, Ms Wright and Mrs Hester


Class 4's election

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Word sheet: 'O Holy Night' and 'Oh What a Glorious Night'

Friday 13th December 2019


Singing practice has occupied us for much of this week and, when confident of the lyrics and melody, the children’s enjoyment is clear to see and rafters are most definitely raised.


There are, though, patches where we don’t know the words (I include myself here) and this rather spoils the performance. Can we all make an effort over the weekend to get to know all the words of the songs as well as we possibly can? It is mainly the second and later verses that cause us most trouble - the first verses and choruses tend to be fine. The carols are attached and  the concert will performed on Tuesday evening.


In maths we have been learning to love the bar model and in literacy we have grappled with grammar – in particular the possessive apostrophe and its use with plurals.


Our topic work has taught us about the events that led to the Reformation and some of the immediate consequences of this significant period of history. The culmination of our work on the Tudors will come next week when children will create board games based on their learning that include rewards for positive moments and punishments for negative times. We invite you to join us at around 2.45pm on Tuesday afternoon to roll a dice and take your chances!


Election day gave Class 4 the opportunity to have their own ballot based on the policies of five different parties all with marginally differing policies and manifestos. Children began to think about the impact on taxation of putting extra money into public services. They even began weighing up how they felt about it nuclear disarmament and animal testing.....they are an interesting bunch.



Maths – children have made good and, in some cases, excellent progress with their times tables knowledge this term. Keep practising over the break so that they are equally strong when you return. January’s lessons involve more multiplying and dividing so make sure you go over (and over and over) the ones you don’t know - as well as the ones you do.

Spellings – remind yourself of the spellings learned this term so you are ready to be tested on a random selection.

School of Rock

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Friday 6th December 2019


Our learning this week was eclipsed by the fabulous trip to see School of Rock on Thursday. The children seemed to really enjoy it and coped well with the train journey and subsequent walk to and from the theatre. We were all hugely impressed by the talented child performers on stage and several children were bashing at air guitars on the way home....


Our topic work has taken us round the world this week as we researched famous Tudor explorers. Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh and John Cabot were among the names we looked at. The children were amazed at how far off course they ended up.


Building tension and suspense in ghost stories formed the backbone of our literacy lessons. On first reading, some of the results are really impressive and the children relished hearing the build up to the appearance of Ann Boleyn's ghost in their classmates' stories.


Mathematical problem solving ws at the heart of our numeracy lessons with the children having to carefully identify what was being asked of them in increasingly complex word problems. We will continue working on these next week.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Hester and Ms Wright



Maths: in yellow books for Tuesday

Literacy: Please could the children write a short review of their favourite book? They must include the title and author, a short synopsis of the story (no spoilers please) and whether or not they'd recommend the book to their peers. These can be typed or hand written for next Friday. 

Spelings: immature, immortal, impossible, impatient, imperfect






Tudor Dancing

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Friday 29th November 2019

Prefixes and suffixes have occupied our thinking this week and Year 4 now understands the effect these can have on words and the meanings of some of each. Children are beginning to identify the presence of prefixes and suffixes in texts and to experiment with their use.


Recognising how multiplication facts offer a solution to division calculations kept us busy in maths and everyone made progress in this area. Learning that questions may either provide the number of groups and ask for the number of items or alternatively provide the number of items and ask for the number of groups sent us all cross-eyed for a while, but thankfully the penny finally dropped (I think)! We expanded our knowledge of mathematical vocabulary by learning about the inverse, dividends, divisors and quotients. Ask your children if they can give you an explanation of each.


Our portrait of the most famous Tudor king, inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger, now adorns the classroom wall. The collage materials you supplied were of superb quality and the children used these imaginatively to enhance the majesty of their painting. We examined a range of portraits and first-hand descriptions of Henry VIII in a bid to gather facts about the man and considered the difference between primary and secondary sources of historical evidence. The children finished the week by learning a Tudor dance then making up their own using the Greensleeves Tune as their guide. The results were impressive and we had a swiftly pulled together 'Strictly' judging panel to give their verdicts.


Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to give their time listening to children read and discussing the texts. With their help, we hope children will be able to share reading matter much more frequently, so please ensure that your child brings a storybook to school with them each day.


Times tables are coming on nicely – so another big thank you for all your efforts at home (and in the car). The biggest stumbling block, as always, is the middle sections of 6x, 7x and 8x. Current and subsequent maths lessons depend heavily upon tables knowledge, so please keep going.


Hopefully, we can locate and assemble the classroom Christmas tree next week. If you have any old and unloved decorations you would be glad to see the back of, please pass them our way.


Maths homework: Learn 7x tables. Maintain knowledge of 6x tables / Investigate divisibility rules – minimum requirement: 2x, 3x, 5x, 9x and 10x

Literacy Homework: Comprehension in purple books for Friday

Familiarise yourselves with the words to the carols we shall be singing at the Christmas Carol concert at the end of term. (In rehearsals, other classes seemed to know the words better than us.) Lyrics are attached.

The tune to ‘What a Glorious Night’ can be found via the following link:



Spellings: disappear, disbelieve, discontinue, uncertain, incomplete


Hampton Court Palace

Friday 22nd November 2019


Our trip to Hampton Court Palace went well. The children behaved sensibly and politely and were patient passengers in M25 traffic. The challenge we had signed up to was rather more difficult than any of us had expected but, although we didn't see quite as much of this beautiful and fascinating building as we would have liked, we all got a sense of the grandeur and the history of our surroundings and children may be keen to re-visit with their families sometime. 


Hampton Court and its ghostly inhabitants proved hugely fascinating to the children and we have begun to set the scene for ghost stories based around the Palace. Next week we will be creating the larger than life character of Henry VIII and describing what happened when the ghost of Anne Boleyn decided to take her revenge.


In maths we have been focusing on times tables and discussing how to use the tables we know to work out those we haven't yet learnt. 


We finished the week with an inspirational talk from a young man who has completed several impressive challenges including rowing the Atlantic in 40 days. His two main pieces of advice for the children were; always accept a challenge and always say thank you.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Hester and Ms Wright



Maths: in yellow books for Tuesday

Literacy: in purple books for Friday

Times tables: test on Wednesday

Spellings: young, touch, double, trouble, country

Friday 15th November 2019

Year 4 has been experimenting with figurative language this week and finding ways to enliven their writing with similes and metaphors. We have done our best to construct riddles (very popular during Tudor times) using imagery to disguise the subject of our poems and found that it is trickier than you might think.


The column addition and subtraction techniques we have recently learned in maths is now being put to good use to solve some thorny two-step word problems. Children are beginning to see how the bar model can illustrate a question and inform us about how to find a solution.


In anticipation of our trip to Hampton Court Palace next Monday, we have been finding facts about this impressive building which began life as an ordinary country house. We learned about the various jobs Henry VIII’s courtiers had and who was more important than whom. Many of us were shocked to discover that Henry’s wife did not have particularly high status.


In class next week, we shall be creating a life-size collage of Henry VIII in the style of the famous portrait by Hans Holbein. In order to make this suitably impressive, we need your help. Please send in any scraps of fabric or old clothing, ribbons, lace, beads, unwanted jewellery etc. on Monday or Tuesday morning.


Please remember to bring a packed lunch and drink in a backpack on Monday. You may also bring £5 in a named purse. You should wear school uniform and you must bring a coat. We hope to return to school by 4pm. If we are likely to be significantly delayed, the school will let you know.



Topic: Find and bring materials for our Henry VIII collage.

Maths: Word problems – try to draw the bar model for each and show your addition/subtraction workings. For Tuesday.

Literacy: To research Tudor ghosts. Find out if Hampton Court is haunted. If so, by whom? Are there any other Tudor ghosts you can find out about? Which buildings are they said to haunt? Please search wisely and make sure you ask an adult to help you if you are using the internet.

Spellings: weigh/weight, eight/eighth, height, high, neighbour, sleigh




Friday 8th November 2019


It was good to welcome the children back this week and to see them so enthused about our new topic. They have been busy constructing Tudor Roses showing the merging of the Houses of York and Lancaster and we have begun to discuss the wives of Henry VIII and consider their various fates. There is already an impressive amount of knowledge in the classroom which we will be tapping into as the term progresses.


In maths, we are still focusing on subtraction but have moved on to more complex problems requiring renaming in the 100s, 10s and ones - for example 6000 - 2324. Please encourage your child to explain the method we have been using in class.


The new laptops have already been put to good use in Class 4 as we typed up a carefully edited piece of writing from last term. The finished items will be put in the published work books  - always a very satisfying process for the children.


Looking forward to next week, don't forget Superhero day on Friday for Children in Need. Those who are less enthusiastic about dressing up are welcome to wear something spotty to mark the day. Donation details are on the home page of the website.


Have a lovely weekend.


Ms Wright and Mrs Hester



Maths: In yellow books for Tuesday

Times tables: Test Wednesday

Literacy: Comprehension in Purple books for Friday

Spellings: century, history, reign, execute, execution, although


Forest School

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Friday 18th October 2019


It’s been a busy last week of term for our class. Huge congratulations to all the children for their fabulous performances in Act of Worship. They had very limited preparation time and were all absolutely word and action perfect. Well done all and thank you to the parents who were able to come along and give us your much appreciated support.


Based on a touching animation about a guide dog, we have written a story from an alternative point of view in which we attempted to use all the grammatical techniques we have been practising since September. Meanwhile, in maths, we have grasped how to use column addition and subtraction and to rename numbers (carry/borrow digits) as necessary. Discovering how yeast and whisked egg whites can be added to other ingredients to help bread and cakes rise was the purpose of our topic lesson and, on top of all this, the spellings and the maths homework were trickier than usual!


It has been a hectic week for Year 4 families too due to parents’ consultations, the school’s Harvest Festival and our class assembly. Thanks as always to you all for your support.


Next term, our topic is ‘Off With Her Head’ which focuses on the Tudor dynasty.


Wishing you an exciting or restful half term – whichever you prefer.


Ms Wright and Mrs Hester


Maths homework: addition and subtraction

Spellings: because, used, no, know, there, their, they’re, where, wear


Literacy homework: Please have a look at the High Frequency Word list attached and highlight all those you need to learn then have a go at learning them. I have also attached the Statutory Word List for Years 3 and 4 in case you'd like to check those too.

Forest School

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Friday 11th October


It was good to see many of you at Parent's evening this week and we look forward to meeting many more of you next Wednesday. 


In maths we have moved on to column addition. We began by regrouping the ones and dropping off the extra 10 in the 10s column. Our literacy has taken us to culinary heaven as we wrote descriptive poems about our favourite foods.


The children are looking forward to showing you their Act of Worship on Friday. Please send them to school in their costumes. They won't need their uniforms as they can change straight into their Forest School things and back into their costumes on their return. You are all very welcome to come along and watch from 9 am.


Please make sure they know all their words for the song and both short dramas - see copies attached.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hester and Ms Wright



Maths - for Tuesday

Literacy - learn your words. A comprehension will be given out on Monday to be handed in by Friday please.


Commonly misspelt words: with, went, when.

invade - invasion   divide- division   collide - collision  comprehend - comprehension

Times tables test Wednesday

Forest School

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Friday 4th October 2019


We finished our focus on place value and numbers to 10,000 by using rounding to estimate and with a look at negative numbers.


Children came up with an impressive range of synonyms for ‘said’ in literacy. Do look out for other such verbs in your reading books and try to remember to add them to your list when next in school.


There was an unexpected twist in our food-based topic this week as we turned our attention to the work of a sixteenth century Italian painter. Giuseppe Arcimboldo used fruits, vegetables and other objects to create fascinating portraits. Children have designed their own images in his style and will create colourful collages in their next lesson. Thank you to those who have managed to find suitable magazine cuttings – it isn’t an easy task. We will supply a range of clipart pictures for children to use but, if they do have a particular requirement for their masterpiece, we would be grateful if you could find and print this at home. Please ask them about their plans.


Having researched key facts about the artist’s life, children then wrote non-chronological reports to detail their findings.


Mid-week, the whole school took part in an RE Day when we enjoyed activities based on key stories from The Bible which underlined the Christian values of creation, compassion, forgiveness and salvation. Year 4 painted pictures, shaped and baked bread, wove baskets, competed in an obstacle race and modelled plasticine butterflies.



Maths: Negative numbers. Due on Tuesday.

Times tables will be tested again on Wednesday – learn those tricky ones.

Spellings: different, difficult, important, ordinary, enough (for Friday)

Literacy: The children are writing poems about their favourite food or drink on Tuesday. Please could they eat their favourite food or drink and take notes on how it tastes, feels, smells and sounds while they're eating it. Can they think of adjectives, alliteration and any metaphors and similes that may help their poetic descriptions.

Forest School

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Dahlicious Dress Up Day - Photos by Ollie Vicary

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Class 4, Friday 27th September 2019


Maths has proved challenging for many children this week as we move on to rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. We have focused on looking at the number before the digit we are rounding to and on thinking about the nearest 10, 100 or 1000 going forwards or backwards. Do encourage children to round numbers to estimate the cost of any shopping you are doing.


In literacy we have read Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and been impressed by his ability to create an entertaining bit of poetry using just fifty words. We have decided to turn it into a little drama and are going to be presenting it during Act of Worship on the last day of term, Friday 18th October. Parents are welcome to come and watch on the day. We will start at around 9:00 am. A script is attached and the children know their parts.


Also attached are the words to a song we will be singing at our Harvest Festival service on 16th October. It would be helpful if children could begin to learn them.


Our topic work has taken us around the world as children identified where many of the foods we eat and drink come from. Thank you for all the labels you sent in - we received useful contributions from everyone in the class which made for a really interesting and informative lesson. We hope you don't mind us calling upon you again this week to find colour pictures of fruit and vegetables in magazines which children can use to create a collage. Please do not print anything, however, until we have had an opportunity to plan which images we will definitely need. As ever, we are immensely grateful for your support.


Please note that Tom Tugendhat (Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling) is running a competition to design his Christmas cards again this year. Drawings should be on A4 (portrait or landscape) using any medium. It would be great if children were able to stick to a Christmas theme and sign their name on the front. The winning four designs will receive 100 copies of their own card, a Tour of the Houses of Parliament with their parents and a special prize.’ The deadline is Friday 11th October and no later. More details can be seen in this week's newsletter.



Maths: Rounding numbers. Due by Tuesday

Literacy: Grammar questions in purple books

Spellings: Adding the prefix mis- at the beginning of words - mistake, mislead, misspell, misunderstand, misbehave Test on Friday

Times tables: Test on Wednesday. Which ones do you tend to miss out or get wrong? Try to learn some of these.

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It's been another busy week in Class 4. Our taste buds have had a full work out with the testing of various different foodstuffs including, cockles, tofu, kale and radishes. We've also been checking each other's tongues to identify who amongst us could be a super-taster or even a non-taster.


Our topic has also lead us into scientific realms with the identification of the three states of matter. We spent some time in the playground pretending to be particles in solids, liquids and gases and running around or sticking tightly together depending on which state we were pretending to be. 


In literacy we've focused on creating poems about our strengths and weaknesses as well as writing a sympathetic letter to James from James and the Giant Peach.


Our maths focus is still place value and looking at ordering numbers into the 1000s according to their size.


Well done all for excellent teamwork.


Ms Wright and Mrs Hester



Maths to be handed in by Tuesday

Literacy comprehension to be in by Friday - please spend no longer than 30 minutes on it.

Spellings: bake/baking   shake/shaking   paste/pasting   make/making   

Times-tables: practise at home.

Reading Raffle: Read five times and two of which must be to someone at home. Make sure reading diaries are signed.


Bread making at Bore Place

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Year 4 Forest School

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Class 4, Friday 6th September 2019


Hello and welcome to your new class.


We hope that everyone enjoyed the trip to Bore Place, which served as an introduction to this year’s first topic. As its name suggests, Scrummdiddlyumptious is all about food – its science, history, geography and even art.


There was more outdoor activity to follow as everyone headed off to Forest School which will take place on Fridays until half term. Thank you to the adults who have volunteered their help. A rota can be found below.


We have already discussed some of our expectations with the children and look forward to explaining more about how the class operates in our curriculum meeting at 2pm on Wednesday when we hope many of you will be able to join us. For those of you that are unable to attend, notes will be available on this website.


We look forward to enjoyable and successful times ahead.


Ms Wright and Mrs Hester



Weekly spellings will be practised in school, but should also be learned at home. They will be tested in context at the end of the week.

Spellings: fruit, favourite, potatoes, tomatoes, exercise


Maths homework will be set on Tuesday.

Year 4 Forest School timetable