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

Year 4

Friday 26th March 2021


It has been assessment week and, although this is never popular, children have shown great maturity in knuckling down to do what needed to be done. Between tests, they have enjoyed painting the clay models of sea creatures which were fashioned last week and outdoor time in the form of walking, PE and a raucous team-building exercise in which increasingly large groups of children had to turn over a mat while standing on it at all times!


On Thursday morning we enjoyed a talk from ScubaJunkiesSEAS on sharks – we all learnt so much! Did you know that the Greenland shark can live to be 500 years old?  There was a collective, “ahhh…,” for smallest species of shark called the dwarf lantern shark, which is only ten centimeters long. It can light up its belly, a process known as bioluminescence, as a form of camouflage from predators swimming beneath it in the sea. 


Year 4 had the exciting job of releasing a rescued hedgehog into the school vegetable garden and surrounding countryside.  We all wished the hedgehog a safe and happy life in his new home and hope one day to see him/her again.


We have written and rehearsed a whole class simile poem which we will perform at next week’s Easter Service on Wednesday. Everybody speaks part of the poem and you MUST learn your words off by heart by Monday. Please also take note of who speaks the line before yours so that you know when to come in. There is a copy of the poem attached below along with the lyrics to See What a Morning which you also need to learn. Those of you who are taking part in the bible reading should practise your words (see below), but do NOT need to learn them. 


Don’t forget that Wednesday is also the day to bring in your decorated Easter Bonnets or Boots so that you can take part in our spectacular parade.


Have an enjoyable weekend gluing, sticking, sewing and line-learning.


See you for end of term fun next week.

Ms W and Mrs W




Clay models of sea creatures

Team Building Larks

Friday 19th March

Dear Year 4,

Another busy and productive week in Year 4. We have been trying our best to get to grips with fractions.  So far, we have found equivalent fractions and added fractions with common denominators, putting them in their simplest form (or lowest terms). It has become very apparent to everyone how important their times tables are in the topic of fractions. 


Next week, we have another talk from Cat and Dave at ScubaJunkiesSEAS. This time we will be learning about sharks – very exciting! We also have assessment tests for maths, reading, spelling and grammar and punctuation. This will inform our planning and teaching for next term, enabling us to identify any gaps in skills and knowledge. 


The children had a fun Red Nose Day coming to school ‘back-to-front’ – we even had some fabulous hairstyles with ponytails and plaits back-to-front. The ‘egg’ and spoon races caused much laughter and cheering.  After several exciting, close run heats, held in our class playground, Penelope was third, Ryder came second and our winner was Elsie, congratulations!


Have a lovely weekend!

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright



Regular maths and literacy homework will resume after the Easter holidays. For now, please make sure that you are reading for at least 15 minutes a day and, as we have assessments next week, you should practise tricky spellings and times tables as often as possible.







Year 4 Walk

Friday 11th March 2021


Whatever each of us was feeling last weekend about returning to school this week, I think we can all now agree that we are very pleased to be back. Well done to all the children for adapting so quickly to their new routines and our expectations and to parents for ensuring that their children had the right things in the right places at the right times. A big pat on the back to us all!


Year 4 children have clearly benefited from excellent home-schooling which meant that, in just a few days, we have been able to cover a lot of ground. Fractions has been our maths focus and we’ve considered time conjunctions and the features of a biography in literacy. Underwater food chains and associated vocabulary filled our topic sessions and extra outdoor time in the form of a catch-up-with-friends countryside ramble and human-chain relay races proved hugely popular and motivating.


Homework this week is to research information about the explorer, conservationist, filmmaker and inventor, Jacques Cousteau. Children already know the main facts about the man, but they should attempt to find out a further 6–10 interesting and different details to include in a biography of his life. These can be jotted down on the activity sheet found inside the homework book (and below) or written directly onto the page. Alternatively, a bullet point list could be typed and stuck in. Some useful sources of information are attached.


Please note that the biography will be structured and written in school next week. It should NOT be written at home.



Statutory words: appear, breathe, calendar, experience, extreme, heart, imagine, important, popular, pressure


High frequency words: at, like, see, their, saw



We're Not Washing Our Socks

Our Nativity Scene backdrop

Water colouring Club - A Walk in a Snowstorm paintings

Friday 11th December 2020


Year 4’s classroom is sparkling – we have definitely put the glitter to good use this week making gorgeous snowflakes to decorate the windows. We have also created a Bethlehem inspired backdrop, from an old sheet, for the Nativity next week.


Again, thank you to those who have already brought in their tea towel headgear and a stretchy band to secure it. Please make sure everyone’s is in school by Monday so we can be fully prepared for the dress rehearsal. Can we also ask you to provide your child with a sock – the larger the better? An adult’s thick woolly walking sock or welly boot liner or Christmas stocking is ideal. Do make sure everything you would like to see again is clearly named!

Rehearsals have been going well and Year 4 have enjoying practising their song and perfecting the actions/dance.


This week the children have finished editing and making improvements to their Merlin and Arthur, Sword in the Stone inspired adventure stories.  They are all very proud of their work and will be bringing home a copy of it, along with another example of their recent writing, for you to see next week.


Water colouring club have taken home their fabulous Christmas tree cards. We will definitely be continuing this lunchtime club next term as everyone, including Mrs Wetz and Ms Skinner have enjoyed it.  We will be watching a tutorial on water colour painting techniques the first week back and then we will all decide on our next exciting project. 


Next week is full on Christmas with the school Nativity on Wednesday and the birthday/Christmas party on Thursday morning when we will be playing some party games, indulging in some delicious cake and making party hats.


If anyone has any odd pieces of wool that they no longer want, we can put it to good use. Please send any spare yarn in on Monday. Thank you.


Best wishes,

Mrs Wetz and Ms Wright


Maths: Year 4 did very well with their challenging short multiplication homework last week - well done everyone! This week they have some fun times table Christmas colouring - enjoy. Please use a times table grid if you are unsure of your x9, x8, x7 and x6 tables.  

Maths homework 11.12.20 - Christmas Times table colouring

Literacy homework

We have been trying to master our use of the apostrophe this term.

The final challenge of the year is to show you understand that an apostrophe works in two ways:

a) to replace missing letters in contractions and

b) to indicate that someone owns something.

Although the apostrophe is sometimes used with a plural noun, it is NOT used to make a plural noun.

Friday 4th December 2020


The appearance of our classroom Christmas tree was this week was met with much excitement, despite its rather shabby form! Challenging though the year may have been, nothing, it seems, stops children looking forward to Christmas and they could barely wait to deck the halls.


Year 4 has started rehearsals for the outdoor nativity and we all feel our song is going rather well. The time that would normally be spent on literacy homework can this week be dedicated to learning the words and actions to 'We’re Not Washing Our Socks' (make sure you know the chorus as well as the verses) and 'O Holy Night' (the second verse needs some attention).


Thank you to those who have already brought in their tea towel headgear and a stretchy band to secure it. Please make sure everyone’s is in school by Tuesday next week. Can we also ask you to provide your child with a sock – the larger the better? An adult’s thick woolly walking sock or welly boot liner or Christmas stocking is ideal. Do make sure everything you would like to see again is clearly named!


On a more academic note, in maths we are learning formal written methods for multiplication and in literacy we have studied the features of play scripts and attempted to bring together our full range of grammatical techniques in a piece of writing about Viking life.


One more week of work before the fun and games begin…


Best wishes,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz




Literacy: Learn 'We’re Not Washing Our Socks' and 'O Holy Night'. All the way through. By Tuesday. No excuses. Copies of the words have been placed in the literacy homework books and can also be found by scrolling down below.

In addition, children need to know just the first two lines of the traditional carol 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks' which are as follows:

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

All seated on the ground...



question, mention, position, action, injection

possession, discussion, expression, conclusion, tension


High frequency words: of, my, one, him, time


Maths: differentiated sheets attached.  If children find the missing number sums too difficult then do please print off the short multiplication sheet instead.  Some children have already been given this sheet which should be in their school bags.  Some of the sheets have rather a large number of questions on them so please do only spend 20 minutes doing the homework - you are not expected to complete them all.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Viking boats and nature paperweights

Friday 27th November 2020

This week Year 4 have been learning about pronouns and how, if used effectively, they help their writing flow well.  They wrote a short account, using pronouns,  of how Merlin and Arthur escaped the clutches of an angry pike in the film The Sword in the Stone. 


The glitter is back (it’s not even December I hear you all thinking) – the nature paperweights have been given a layer of sparkle for the festive season and will be coming home with the children this week.  


In the school Nativity Year 4 are shepherds so they will need a tea towel and an old pair of tights of large hairband for their costume.  Please could these be sent in to school in a named bag – thank you.  The children will be singing, ‘We’re not washing our socks’ and the lyrics are attached so they can start learning the words and practising at home. 


In water colouring club the children have almost completed their winter snowstorm scenes.  This week, they painted footprints in the snow and learnt about perspective and how objects become smaller the further away they are.  We have a few winter fir trees to add on the hill tops and a silhouette of a man walking his dog to complete the scene.  Our next project will be a shining angel to make a Christmas card. 


Have a lovely weekend!

Sarah Wetz & Rebecca Wright



Recognising and writing main and subordinate clauses. Children have each been given two pages of complex sentence activities to complete. If they find the task difficult, please make a note in their books to confirm that they have worked for at least 20 minutes. If there are different types of task, we ask that they attempt several of each rather than all of one and none of the other. Where an explanation is required, this should include information about types of clause and conjunction.


Spellings - plural endings:

woman/women, potato/potatoes, lady/ladies, story/stories, leaf/leaves, knife/knives, axe/axes

High frequency words: I, had, mum, children, made



Sheets attached.  Please can the children recap the names of 2D shapes while working out the total number of vertices in the bags.  







Nativity Song Lyrics - We're Not Washing Our Socks

Friday 20th November 2020


Following our retelling of Norse myths last week, we tried out some performance techniques this week and children threw themselves wholeheartedly into exercises where they had to speak like an angry parent or walk while pretending their leg was in a cast! They were then given the chance to practise their newfound skills by reciting couplets from a Norse saga – Sigurd the Dragon Slayer. Self-consciousness got the better of most in the end, but Rome wasn’t built in a day!


Maths lessons presented us with word problems involving multiplication and division. It is clear that some of you have been busily at work in the background getting times tables facts to stick and this is of huge benefit. Please keep going.


Mrs Wetz and some Year 4 pupils Zoomed a thought-provoking assembly about Sir David Attenborough, we displayed our kenning poetry on colourful sword templates and wrote delightful blessings in the style of the Christian Grace to hearten us and send us on our way at the end of the school day.


As rehearsals begin for our socially distanced Christmas nativity, we would be grateful if children could begin to familiarise themselves with the Calypso Carol and O Holy Night. Lyrics and links to the tunes are attached below.


Wishing you all a good weekend.


Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz




Literacy: Research new facts about King Alfred the Great and record them in full sentences. Please ensure that what you write is legible, that it makes sense and is properly punctuated – names and all! For Tuesday.


Spellings – homophones (it is important to be able to use these correctly in context).

medal/meddle, missed/mist, scene/seen, board/bored, which/witch

High frequency words: he, up, no, from, day


Maths -  see attached multiplication and division word problems x6 x7 and x9.  Some children have asked to do a further maths investigation which is also attached.  If they find this too challenging then they should just complete the word problems sheet.  

Class 4 Autumn Walk

Friday 13th November 2020

As part of our exciting topic this term, Traders and Raiders, we have been reading the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  We now all understand the difference between legends, which have some basis in historical fact and tend to mention real people or events and myths, which are entirely fictional. We have also been making Viking longboats using cereal boxes and reams of selotape – so far these are looking good.  In geography, we have been looking at the journeys made by the Vikings and the parts of our country which were invaded by them.


On Thursday we went for a sunny, autumn walk, during our break-time, and collected interesting and beautiful seeds, autumn leaves, berries… to mount on a small wooden ash disk to make a paperweight. We will be going on another walk next Thursday too, so please do remember those wellies as it is quite muddy on some of the footpaths.


Watercolour painting club was well attended and the children experimented with different watercolour techniques to create a lollipop card.  Next week we will be starting our winter scene pictures learning about perspective and colour value. 


In maths, we have been attempting to master the inverses of multiplication and division sums and also division with remainders.  Our times tables are coming in very handy this week!


Have a lovely weekend!


Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz



Literacy is now due on TUESDAY and maths is due on THURSDAY.



Summarising texts is the theme of this week's literacy homework. Children should try to recognise which details are essential to the story and which are not.  A variety of challenges has been set including identifying the most accurate summarised version, creating a relevant chapter heading and/or describing what happens in their own words and within a limited word count. 


Spellings (soft ‘c’):

centre, century, certain, recent, experience, sentence, notice

circle, decide, special



Maths homework this week is a recap of the properties of 2D shapes and the children have been asked to create their own set of shape top trump cards.  They have been sent home with the card templates on an A3 sheet. Please see attached a differentiated Powerpoint on the properties of 2D shapes.  The majority of the children in the class should refer to Powerpoint 2 or the more detailed Powerpoint 3.  However, if a simpler version is more appropriate please refer to Powerpoint 1.  Please note, if you run these Powerpoints as slide shows you will need to click on the questions down the side of each slide to see the answers.

Top trump cards - template

Friday 6th November 2020


Our latest topic, Traders and Raiders, has excited much interest. Our new class story is written in the style of a Viking saga and children have analysed the text in careful detail to infer characteristics of the unlikely hero, a boy named Odd. They have also produced a colourful array of Saxon shields, complete with metal boss and a handgrip.


Maths, as warned, is all about multiplication and we have worked on building strategies that will help us use the facts we know to find the facts we don’t. This is useful even for those who already have good times tables recall because multiplication does not stop at 12!


We were allowed off site for the first (and perhaps the last) time on Wednesday when it was Class 4’s turn to attend an act of worship in the church. The lesson was about peace and it made a very pleasant change to our daily school-based routine.


As the weather has now turned chilly, please ensure that children bring coats – and gloves and hats if they need them. They understandably enjoy escaping the classroom and being outside and most still want to eat their lunch in the garden. With this in mind, it might be useful if your child could bring a large plastic bag or similar to sit on so that they can use their coats for warmth rather than as picnic blankets.


On Thursdays or Fridays each week, depending on the weather, Year 4 will be going for a bracing country walk during their break time so could all children please bring in named wellies and a raincoat for the end of the week. 


Many thanks,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz



Please note that literacy homework will be set by Ms Wright this term and the maths homework will fall to Mrs Wetz.

This means that literacy is now due on TUESDAY and maths is due on THURSDAY.

A couple of children appear to be without one or other or both of their books (you know who you are!). Please have a good look at home for them. If your exercise book was not in school this week, your homework is therefore on loose paper.



Viking reading comprehension. Please answer as fully as you can and in complete sentences using joined-up handwriting.

Writing should be in blue pen and drawings should be in pencil.


with, went, when, invade/invasion, divide/division, collide/collision, comprehend/comprehension



Bonfire Night Multiplication Mosaic Colouring - this is a differentiated activity and the children have chosen which sheet they wish to tackle.  Some children have asked if they can complete more than one sheet which, of course, they are very welcome to do. 






Pumpkin art

Friday 16th October 2020


We have all had a fabulous and very productive first term – the children have been delightful and have settled well over the last few weeks.  We have accomplished some lovely pieces of writing, completed the invaluable place value topic in maths and have just finished addition and subtraction within 10,000. Scrumdiddlyumptious has been a great creative curriculum topic and we have all enjoyed learning about healthy eating and where our food comes from. This week we did some cooking and made Hot Frogs from Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach – very yummy!  


Next term our class topic is ‘Traders and Raiders’, which is based on the Saxons and Vikings. In maths we will be starting the term looking at multiplication and division so please brush up on those times tables as these will make life much easier.


Have a great half term holiday!


Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright




Times tables: frequent practice please.


Reading: ten minutes a day 

Friday 9th October 2020


The highlight this week was our Harvest Festival, held outdoors in weather that remained thankfully dry. After a shaky start and some last minute rehearsals, Year 4 children managed to learn a tricky multi-part song and Martha and Jude presented their Bible readings clearly and confidently. We enjoyed the dances, poetry and drama performed by other classes and happily joined in with the actions that accompanied songs sung by our youngest pupils. Everyone agreed that it was especially nice for the whole school to meet together even if we had to remain in our socially distanced bubbles.


In class, we attempted to get to grips with complex sentences and children are beginning to be able to distinguish between main and subordinate clauses. In maths, we tried, with mixed success, to learn some mental maths techniques and we practised column subtraction. RE gave us the opportunity to consider the Ten Commandments and, in our topic lessons, we matched familiar foods to their country of origin and discussed seasonality.


It was good to catch up with some of you at parents’ consultations and we look forward to meeting with everyone else in the week ahead.


Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz



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

Alternative spellings: in, are, as, back, by


Maths: addition – column/mental. Due Tuesday.


Times tables: frequent practice please.


Reading: ten minutes a day 

Literacy: expanded noun phrases - please see attached






Literacy homework 8.10.20 Expanded noun phrases

Friday 2nd October 2020


This week, we have started a new topic in maths on addition and subtraction.  We have been adding thousand numbers with carried numbers using the column method.  The children have been trying to use their number bonds to ten to help them with the mental addition in the column sums.  We have also enjoyed the narrative poem The Rascally Cake, writing our own recipes for the disgusting cake. We completed our science investigation to find the juiciest fruit or vegetable and were all (including Mrs Wetz) very surprised at the results – the winner was the radish. We had a good discussion about the validity of our results and whether we should repeat our experiment to check our findings.  One suggestion, from some of our budding scientists, was that radishes have very thin outside skins whereas, something like a lemon, has a think rind which does not contain so much water and therefore does not lose so much weight when dried in an oven.  Well done, everyone. 

We are looking forward to taking part in the school Harvest Festival next week.




Literacy: please see sheet attached.  This is due in next Thursday. Pease do watch the BBC Bitesize link on the sheet as a reminder of how to punctuate a list - the children found it very amusing. 


Maths: negative numbers. Due on Tuesday.


Spellings: different, difficult, important, ordinary, enough

Alternative spellings: said, can, little, into, too

These will be tested on Tuesday (along with one or two words from previous weeks).

Literacy homework 2.10.20 The Rascally Cake

Friday 25th September 2020


With our assessments all completed we are now able to forge ahead with revising and teaching the areas of the curriculum we have identified as requiring most focus.


This week we have learned and practised using prepositions to guess where hidden objects might be found; to enable a partner to draw a picture accurately and to describe the paintings of a renowned artist. Recipe formats informed the children’s instruction writing and resulted in some tasty scones.


In maths we are busy learning how (and why) we round numbers. After a hesitant start, children have all made excellent progress and many are now able to round numbers to 10, 100 and 1000 and are beginning to use this skill to estimate answers to addition problems.


Topic work featured the works of the painter, Arcimboldo. Children were fascinated by the way this sixteenth century Italian artist was able to produce portraits from fruit, vegetables, animals and other objects. This week, they went on a mini outdoor treasure-hunt to discover some biographical details about the man and next week they will use his ideas to create their own masterpieces.


As the weather has lately become more unpredictable, please send children to school with a coat. Although very few choose to wear one, it does provide something dry to sit on when the ground is wet and we would like to be able to eat lunch outside as often as possible.


Thank you,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz



Maths: Rounding. This can be found in your child’s green homework book and should be returned by next Tuesday. Several different activities have been distributed, so copies are NOT available on the website this week to prevent confusion. 


Spellings: thousand, hundred, one, two, four, eight, increase, decrease

Alternative spellings: all, were, come, house, to, we, go, will

Please practise once a day at home. Tested on Tuesday


Times tables: Please practise daily to ensure knowledge of 2x, 3x, 4,x 5,x 8x, 10x before moving onto 6x, 7x, 9x


Literacy: Instruction texts.  The children have been asked to write the instructions to make a sandwich.  It might be helpful for the children to make their chosen sandwich first, before writing their instructions.  Do please take some photos to attach to the homework. 





Literacy homework 24.9.20

We have all had a lovely sunny week at school.  The children have enjoyed picnicking in their bubble garden. 


It was great to see so many of you on our zoom curriculum meeting earlier in the week – apologies again for the delayed start. Please find attached the curriculum overview for Year 4 and our class timetable. 


The class enjoyed our Roald Dahl day which focused on the fabulous story of Fantastic Mr Fox.  We read some of the book, studied the characters of the three farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean and wrote a description for them.  We then made WANTED posters for Mr Fox while watching part of the film, in the afternoon. 


Have a great weekend!

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright



Spellings: fruit, favourite, potatoes, tomatoes, exercise

Alternative spellings: with, then, could, would, should

We have worked on these in class, but they should be practised regularly at home. There will be a test on Tuesday.


Reading: daily for 15 minutes. Please read to an adult whenever possible, ask questions and discuss things you have noticed.



This has been sent home in a green exercise book and should be returned by Tuesday morning. In case of emergency, copies are attached below!


Times tables will be tested on Friday, so please spend plenty of time learning these important mathematical facts. Without them, you will find much of the work we have to do this year rather difficult.


Literacy: please see work in literacy homework books and attached below. Some of the class have chosen to tackle the more challenging sheet 2 but if they find it too difficult then they can print off sheet 1 and do that instead. This homework should be in by next Thursday, 24th September.

Y4 Curriculum Overview

Friday 11th September 2020


Hello everyone,

It's like we've never been away. The children have tackled a full week of lessons and tests without complaint and are managing our new school rules and routines superbly.


In literacy, we have recapped the grammatical rules of writing a list and explored ways of trying to spell words we don't yet know. In maths we have reinforced our understanding of place value and skip counting. Our RE focus was to consider what Christians may learn about God from the Creation Story and, in this term's topic (entitled Scrumdiddlyumptious), we have begun to understand the benefits of different nutrients and which foods provide what.


Next Thursday is Roald Dahl Day. You do not need to dress up, but there will be craft activities and other Roald Dahl-inspired lessons in the classroom. At the end of the week, you will also have to opportunity to vote for our next Head Boy and Head Girl.


We look forward to presenting our overview of the year ahead in our virtual curriculum meeting at midday next Wednesday. Details of how to join will be forwarded shortly.


See you then,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz



Spellings: pleasure, treasure, measure, leisure, picture, adventure, capture, creature, future

Alternative spellings: the, that, not, look, put, and

We have worked on these in class, but they should be practised regularly at home. There will be a test on Tuesday.


Reading: daily for 15 minutes. Please read to an adult whenever possible, ask questions and discuss things you have noticed.


Maths: place value

This has been sent home in a green exercise book and should be returned by Tuesday morning. In case of emergency, copies of the two different versions are attached below!

Times tables will be tested on Friday, so please spend plenty of time learning these important mathematical facts. Without them, you will find much of the work we have to do this year rather difficult.


Literacy: please see work in literacy homework books and attached below

Literacy homework - Weslandia

Reading and writing large numbers codebreaker

Hundreds tens and ones partitioning

Dear Year 4,

Welcome back to a new school year! The children have been fantastic this week and should be congratulated for settling back in to the school routines so quickly, with very little fuss.  


In literacy we have started a diary entry for a boy called Wesley, from the book Weslandia by Paul Fleischman.  A copy of the book can be found on the link below:


We have also been for a short walk to listen to the sounds of the countryside, completed a comprehension, painted some very large flowers for a classroom display and even carried out a science investigation on taste - all in just three days! 


Literacy and numeracy homework will be set from next week however, could the children please practise their times tables for a test on Friday afternoon.  


Have a fabulous weekend! 

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright