Weekly Learning
This week has been another busy week for Year 4. We have finished our work on converting fractions to decimals and started to remind ourselves about telling the time. It would really help your child if they can have access to both digital and analogue clocks at home.
In English we have written the first part of our leaflet about France. Ask your child what they would recommend you visit in Paris and why.
In RE we have continued to look at forgiveness and linked it to the Easter Story, where Jesus even forgave those who crucified him!
Thursday afternoon was very exciting as we watched the talent show. Well done to Lola and Will for representing Year 4. Both children worked extremely hard, Lola danced to a compilation track to show off her skills, while Will had composed his own piece of music.
We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter. 
In Maths this week we have continued to compare fractions and decimals. We have looked at hundredths and discovered that ten hundredths can be exchanged for one tenth. We have practised counting in hundredths in decimals, learning that zero point zero one is expressed as 0.01.
In English we have been studying the persuavive language used in holiday brochures. This involved completing a comprehension activity on Fantastic France, ( parents who attended the English evening were able to complete this too). We have been using imperrative verbs and descriptive phrases to encourage others to visit The Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and Disneyland Paris.
Rev. Anthony Howells joined us for RE on Thursday. The children asked him some challenging questions about forgiveness. This was for our topic "Is it always possible for Christians to forgive?". We then looked at Jesus' teaching through the parable of The Prodigal Son.
Today in PE , 4J challenged 4W to a game of kick rounders. Both teams grasped the competative element of this game, even Mrs Jarvis and Mrs Avery joinied in!  The final score was 22 -22. We look forward to a rematch soon.
In English this week, we have been looking at the story of Rumplestiltskin. We used our knowledge of playscripts to write the third scene - the trial. We have discussed who the judge would find more guilty, the King or the Rumplestiltskin, both of whom have a secret that helps explain their actions. 
In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions and started to discover that tenths can be expressed as decimals.
Science and Geography have been linked through researching the Water Cycle. We wrote the cycle from the point of view of a raindrop who experienced evapouration, condensation  and precipitation. We enjoyed sharing our Science Posters and seeing all of the different ideas and hard work of our friends.
On Friday afternoon, we discovered how talented we are as a year group. We were entertained with jokes, dance, singing, acting and an orginal composition of dance music. Each of us voted for our favourite performance; the results will be announced on Monday.
Year 4 have had a very busy week.
In English we have been looking at a crime scene and learning how Police Constables and CSI officers collect evidence and ensure it is reliable. We have looked through witness statements, PC Albee's notebook, an artist's impression and the evidence collected from the crime scene. We have then written a report for the court explaining how our findings point to Markie McCrumb being our main suspect.
In Maths we have continued our work on fractions and have successfully added and subtracted fractions with the same common denominator.
Our afternoons have been focused on Science Week. We have looked at neurons and made models of them with our memories attached. We investigated sneezes and carried out an experiment to prove that fizzy water contains a gas. Our week was finished off by practically looking for clues to discover who had stolen the jewels and money from the safe. 
In English this week we held a court. The children took on the roles of prosectors, defence lawyers, defendant (Mr Lo), witnesses and jury. The children used their knowledge of the play script to ask appropriate questions and challenge the defendant's comments. Please ask your child for the final verdict.
In Maths we have been revising our knowledge of numerators and denominators and then using the short cut method to find equivalent fractions by multiplication.
In Science we have had lots of fun finding out the effect salt has on ice. We are looking forward to Science Week next week.
Thursday and Friday afternoons this week were spent at Forest School for 4W. In 4J they looked at the basics of making a motion picture.
We have started lots of new topics this week. In English we have been looking at a Play Script called The Fly and the Fool, whih is set in Vietnam. We have been looking at the features of a play script, studying the evidence from the script to find out about more about the characters. We enjoyed acting it out.
In Maths we have been looking at data tables and then using them to answer questions and fill in the missing information. We have continued to look at bar charts.
In Science we have started our new topic on States of Matter. This involved being scientists doing an investigation using  variety of fizzy drinks. (As scientistis we were not allowed to taste them but observed what happened.)
4J had their last afternoon at Forest School and built some fabulous dens. 4W are looking forward to going to Forest School on Thursday and Friday afternoons next week.
Year 4 have had a busy week. In English they have finished off their newspapers and they are now displayed in the classroom.
In Maths we have moved on to tables and line graphs which the children are enjoying. This is a topic we will continue next term.
Thursday saw the children have a Barnabas experience, which saw them reliving religious stories which they really enjoyed. They also got to experience some of the foods used at Passover during  our RE lesson, if they wished or were able, and understand the symbols behind them.
Year 4 have been hard at work this week as Victorian journalists, and have started to write their articles for their newspaper, ready for publishing next week.
Maths has concentrated on division and understanding place value as well as our continued focus on multiplication.
We have also discussed internet safety this week as part of the national focus. The children have made posters to illustrate key points. The winning posters will be announced next week.
4J  also got to experience Forest School on Friday. It was muddy and wet but all the children said it was a great afternoon and they made some fantastic dens.
We have moved on to division this week and the children are using their knowledge of multiples in order to help them with their division.
In English we are looking at the features of newspapers and in particular written adverts, before writing our own next week. 
The children have been writing their account of life in Barnardos. They have tried to use standard and non-standard English in their text in order to demonstrate the characters of the children and adults.
Maths this week has concentrated on 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. We have really focused on why as well as how the actions are taken.
The children have also been learning more about coastlines and how they are formed.
In English this week we have been continuing our topic of 'The Runaways'. We have focused on how the author uses inference in their writing in preparation for their own piece of writing next week .
In Maths we have looked at multiplying a three digit number by a one digit number and how to use rounding and estimating in order to check whether our answers are plausible.
We have also started our Geography topic of Coasts, looking at different types of coastline.
This week in English we have been continuing our Victorian workhouse topic and looking at characters and inference.
In Maths we have looked at factors and common factors of numbers.
This week  we have started a new topic in English, involving the Victorians. The children enjoyed the victorian school experience on Thursday where they wrote in chalk, chanted their lessons and were 'seen but not heard'.
In Maths we are looking at factors of a product and will continue this next week.
Science has introducted the topic of electricity which we will be exploring further.
This week in English, the children have finished their diary entries for their imagined day with Monty the penguin. They have used emotive language and fronted adverbials in order to give the piece cohesion and emotion.
In Maths they have been rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred in preparation for estimating next week.
We have finished off our project on the Impressionists in Art and the children have used their knowledge of watercolour to produce some lovely pieces. 
This week  the children have written a follow-on chapter for a story we have been reading. They worked hard on descriptive writing in order to paint a vivid picture of a fairground in the readers mind.
In Maths we have finished our unit on place value in order to secure their knowledge before moving on to addition and subtraction of five digit numbers next week.
The children have also been practicing hard for their Christingle concert which is next week.
This week in English we have been completing our dilemma story set a fairground. The children have worked very hard at bringing excitement into their story using powerful descriptions and simile.
In Maths we are looking at place value and what this means when considering thousands, ten thousands and hundred thousands. We are using concrete methods to understand the value of the various digits within given numbers.
ICT proved very popular this week, with the children trying to write instructions for a  robot to make a jam sandwich. The children found that this was not as easy as they first thought but are now ready for coding on the computer.
This week we have been learning about Roman numerals. We have learnt the value of the 7 different letters alongside how to make numbers which aren't represented by the 7 letters. This involved adding and subtracting and being aware of when to do so.
In English we have been learning about a new story called "Lost or Stolen". We have used role play to understand the characters better and have created a blurb. As the story is set in India around the festival of Rashka Bandan each child made their own Rakhi bracelet using coloured threads and beads.
In Art we have been learning about Impressionism and in particular the different charteristics which define an impressionist piece of art. We have been recreating colour wash this week in order to paint a snap shot of an impressionist piece of art. We have been colour matching using water colours which will enable us to create our own pieces next week.
In Maths this week we have looked at strategies for mentally calculating multiplication and division and when it is best to use it rather than a formal method. 
Following on from looking at the structure of a tooth, in science  this week we have looked at the functions of the different teeth in our mouths and also the impact that differing liquids have on our teeth. (See pictures below). The children have made their predictions about which substance will be the most corrosive and will find out the result next week.
English has seen the children finishing off their newspaper reports about a Roman crash. They have role played and hot seated in order to understand the events that took place and what eye witnesses to the incident might say.
This week in maths we have been learning how to add and subtract using various methods. We have incorporated rounding in order to make the numbers easier.
In English we have started looking at newspaper articles and the features. We have learnt about headings, subheadings, captions, columns and the introductory paragraph. The children have also learnt about the 5w's so they can write their own article next week. 
In In science we have been learning about teeth. We have learnt the different names of the teeth and what their particular job is. We have also made a bar chart of the amount of adult teeth in our classes. Alongside this we made the inside of a tooth a label the various parts.
In Maths this week we have started to look at strategies to mentally solve addition. This has recapped on our knowledge of part, part, whole in order to make the process more straight forward.
 On Friday the children played a game using mental addition ( see the picture below) in  order to consolidate their learning.
In English we have finished our unit on Stage School and have written an article for a magazine. The children created some lovely work, carefully choosing their imperative verbs to instruct the reader.
Next term we will be looking at newspaper articles and a dilemma story.
This week in maths we have been learning how to read and solve 2-step word problems. We have found some parts quite hard and this has meant we have needed to practise column subtraction as well as our times tables.
In English we have learnt how to write a formal letter - we have set the letter out properly, used conjunctions alongside formal language. We have also spent time learning about the voice works.
In other subjects we have learnt about Boudicca, who was the queen of the Iceni Tribe. We have also practiced cup stacking in Zoe. This has helped us work on our co-ordination and gross motor skills. 
Year 4 led the Harvest Festival at The Church on Fairford Leys, this week. They all sung and learnt their words beautifully and they represented the school very well.
In English we have started to look at how to write a letter persuading a Stage School to allow them to join. The children have been using imperative verbs and are getting very good at using them!
In Maths we are using our multiplication and division knowledge to solve one step and two step problems. 
This week year 4 have continued learning about formal division. We have been learning how to divide numbers which involve regrouping the tens.
In English we have started writing our own chapter of the Bogeymen and the Trolls. We have been including direct speech, fronted adverbials and exciting vocabulary.
Year 4 went on their trip on Monday to the Verulamium museum in St Albans. We were given the opportunity to handle real Roman artefacts and learn about their uses.
Next week we will be holding our Harvest festival service at the church. We have been working really hard to learn our sons and speaking parts. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday morning at the church. 
This week the children have been very busy. 
On Monday they performed their poem for Year 1. Everyone did extremely well and the feedback from Year 1 was that the children thoroughly enjoyed it.
In Maths we have moved on to long division.
We have also been practicing some of the  songs ready for the Harvest Festival in a few weeks. The children have a copy of the songs with them and it would be really helpful if they could familiarise  themselves with the words.
Just a quick note. It is our trip on Monday. Could everyone please remember that they need a water bottle and a disposable packed lunch.
It's been a great first week back to school and it has been lovely to see everyone.
We have been looking at poetry this week in English, the language poems use, the devices that are used as well as how to perform poetry to an audience.
In Maths we have concentrated on regrouping in column multiplication.
Just to confirm, P.E. is on a Monday and a Friday. Could everyone please make sure that kit is available for these days and includes a jumper and jogging bottoms as the weather is starting to turn cooler.
There is no homework as it is the holidays. 
We have however sent home a copy of the Year 3/4 spelling list. This was handed out at the English evening. We also mentioned a website which frequently updates reading lists. Please follow the link if you'd like some inspiration for books for your child might enjoy:
Maths Homework this week is a sheet on hundredths in fractions and decimals. Please complete in your Maths book. This is due in on 3/1/19.
The Computering and English homework is attached. Please note the items for the animations need to be in school on Monday 1st April.
Maths Homework- due 27.3.19
Complete the sheet on fractions of whole numbers in your homework in pencil in your book.
Geography/Science homework- see sheet.
Maths homework on  equivalent fractions and Science Week Poster Competition both due 20.3.19.
For more details on the poster competition please see the attached sheet. Please do not stick your poster in your book but hand it in separately with your child's full name, age and class written on the back. Thank you
Maths Homework - due 13.3.19
For your Maths homework this week, we would like you to plan, carry out and record your own data for information you are interested in. Record the information on a bar chart.
(For example, in Mrs Simmons' family: Number of Pets owned, 4 dogs, 1 cat, 2 rabbits, 3 hamsters and 0 gerbils).
Science homework due - Thursday 14.3.19
Discover which famous scientist we will be discovering in Science Week. (See attached sheet)
Maths homework this week is to use your knowledge of data tables to answer the questions. Please have a go at drawing the line graph. We will be looking at this in more detail in Maths lessons this week. 
English homework this week is connected to World Book Day. We would like you to ask an adult about their favourite book when they were a child. Please find what they liked about it, a brief outline of the plot and the author. We will be sharing these in class this week.
There is no homework as it's Half Term. Enjoy the holiday and we will see you in a week.
Maths homework this week is to show the related division fact for given multiplications. For example 2 x 3 = 6 has the division fact 6 divided by 3 = 2.
In English the children have been asked to answer some questions based on a historical text. Children need to try to explain their answers fully and give examples.
Maths this week is to write the multiplication and division fact for the arrays pictured.
In English, the children need to find a written advert and fill in the features grid as they have done in class.
We appreciate that the homework is late going home, due to the snow day. If possible could you please return it by Thursday 7th so that it can be marked in time for Friday. Thank you in advance
Maths homework this week is to calculate some 2 digit multiplication . The children must also estimate their answer to see if their actual answer is plausible.
In English the children need to bring in examples of newspaper articles and remind themselves of the features. The children have also been set the challenge of finding out what a masthead is in newspaper terms.
Maths Homework 18.1.19.
Maths this week is practicing  our rounding to the nearest ten and the nearest hundred.
Topic homework is to write about or draw a coastline you have visited or would like to visit and explain what type of coastline it is.
Maths homework is the multiplication challenge. Children need to complete as many as possilble and compare their results with last time.
Science involves looking around the house to find as many items as possible that use the two sources of electricity- mains or battery.
There isn't any homework this week as we break up for Christmas next week. We hope you enjoy the time off and see you in the new Year.
Maths this week is an assessment of their learning in regards to place value and asks some straight forward questions to gauge their understanding of what various digits in a given number mean.
Their other homework is to practise their lines and songs for the Christingle performance which is at 4.30 on Friday.  
Art homework this week is a continuation of their project. We can't wait to see the results on Friday.
Maths is explaining the odd one out. The explanation is key. How many can the children find?
As we have been learning about Roman numerals this week involves you complete the missing Roman numbers. Some activies involve using addition and subtraction.
Return to school by 21.11.18
In art we are studying Impressionism. This is a two week piece of homework involving researching an impressionist artist. We would like you to find out about their lives and what pieces of art they are most famous for. You can present your information in various different ways including: PowerPoint, leaflet, booklet or even recreate a piece of art.
Be prepared to present your information to the class by 28.11.18
Homework this week is a repeat of the times table challenge. The aim is that whatever quantity they answered last time, they get more this go. The Challenge is on!
The other homework this week is science. The children should be able to explain why they can identify what food the selected animals eat purely by looking at their teeth .
See below for this weeks Maths homework.
See below for this weeks English homework.
This weeks maths homework involves practising the 2,3,4 and 5 times tables. You will have 5 minutes to complete all the questions.
Return to school by 17.10.18
In English we are constantly practicing editing. This weeks homework involves reading and correcting a passage and re-writing the passage correctly.
Return to school by 17.10.18
Maths homework this week is to spot the odd one out. The  children have been answering these types of questions in class. There is are many answers to the question but we are more interested in the reasoning (why?) behind their answer.
English homework is about practicing their imperative verbs and creating their own word bank of imperatives for next weeks task, which is all about persuading someone.
This week in maths we have been learning formal division - for this week’s homework we would like you to answer the questions provided.
Return by 3.10.18
We visited the Verulamium this week to learn about Roman life. For this week’s homework we have given you some Roman artefacts to identify.
Return by 3.10.18
As next is our Harvest festival service we would lie you to learn your song words and any speaking words you may have.
By 4.10.18
English homework this week is adverbials. This is for them to practice so they are able to include it in their writing next week.
Maths is times tables as this is really important for many areas of Maths including Division which we are learning at the moment.
Homework is due in on Wednesday 26th September.
We have been learning the formal method of multiplication and homework this week is consolidating that knowledge. Date for completion is Wednesday the 19th September.
In English this week we have been learning a narrative poem called the Bogeymen and The Trolls Nextdoor. We will be performing this poem to the year 1's next Monday. We would the children to learn their verses ready for Mondays performance. 
Completed by Monday 17th September.