Weekly Learning


At the beginning of this week we took part in the KS2 Cross Country – The children completed two laps around the field with Year 3. It was an enjoyable afternoon and the sun was out!

This week in Maths we have continued with our unit on fractions. The children have been adding and subtracting fractions with the same numerator. The children have done well in remembering that the denominator stays the same!

In English we have started our unit on Poetry! The children have read three poems. We have explored some poetic features such as rhyme, rhythm, alliterations, metaphors and similes. The children then had a go at writing a haiku poem ensuring that line 1 had 5 syllables, line 2 had 7 syllables and line 3 had 5 syllables. We worked out the number of syllables by clapping!

This week in Science we began investigated gases. We discovered that Joseph Priestley was the first man to invent fizzy drinks as he accidentally added the gas, now known as carbon dioxide, to a liquid!

As always we have uploaded the homework on to the blog, this will be due back into school upon our return. We hope you and your families keep safe during this time and look forward to welcoming the children back. 

Mrs Thomas, Miss Ilyas and Mrs Jarvis :)



We started this week by celebrating World Book Day! The children showed great excitement and enthusiasm towards all the reading activities they took part in. Each class moved around to different classes between Year 3/4 and had the opportunity to take part in different reading activities. In the afternoon, the children took great pleasure in reading to Early Years children. All the children shared the enjoyment of reading and sharing stories!

This week in Maths we have continued with our unit on fractions. The children have been finding equivalent fractions and using their multiplication knowledge to find the simplest form of a given fraction.

In English we have continued our unit all about France! The children researched the last part forming our promotional leaflets… Nice! The children collected information and used their knowledge of persuasive features to write a paragraph to persuade tourists to visit Nice.

This week in Science we began our new topic on states of matter! The children compared and grouped materials together according to whether they are solids, liquids and gases.


This week in Maths we have continued with our unit on table and line graphs. The children have learnt that data on a line graph usually shows us change over time and how to read a line graph. The children then used their knowledge of reading a line graph to answer questions.

In English we have continued our unit all about France! The children have written some great persuasive paragraphs to persuade people to visit France. This week we wrote two paragraphs; one about Paris and one about visiting the Alps. After writing, we have been focusing on the skill of editing to ensure the children have produced their best written pieces. The children will use these paragraphs in their promotional leaflet.  

This week we celebrated 20 years of St Mary’s being on this current site in Fairfordleys. The children all planted seeds which we will eventually take down and plant in forest school – once the weather is not so cold! The children thought about 10 things they have achieved or done at St Mary’s and 10 things they were looking forward to – there was some great discussion around this! The children also learnt how to say hello in 20 different languages!


What a lovely first week back in Year 4!

This week in Maths we reached the end of our unit on column multiplication. The children showed great perseverance in multiplying a 2 digit number by another 2 digit number! We have now started a new unit on tables and line graphs. The children have been looking at data and entering the data into a table as well as using tallies to collect data.

In English we started a new unit all based around France! We have been working on using imperative verbs, facts/statements, rhetorical questions and conditional sentences to write a paragraph to persuade people to go to France. This will help the children to publish a promotional leaflet.

The children have made a start on our Design Technology project for this term – making money containers. This week we looked at different types of purses and wallets and evaluated these. We analysed the products to draw out the advantages and disadvantages. The children then had a go at attaching a button onto binker and completing different types of stitches to practice ahead of making their products.


This week in Maths we have moved on to looking at multiplying numbers. The children have shown great perseverance in learning the two different methods we used. The first method makes the number 10 times greater first before multiplying it by the ones. The second methods multiplies the ones before making the answer 10 times greater. 

In English we finished our unit based on the book ‘The Mousehole Cat’. The children started off the week by writing the second half of their narrative. The children have now finished writing the problem, resolution and ending of their stories. The children then had a go at becoming authors and publishing their stories in a book format!

On Tuesday 11th February, it was Safer Internet Day 2020. This year the campaign has used the hashtag #freetobe. The campaign is encouraging the children to think about identities online, looking at how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others! The children became ‘identity detectives’ thinking about how they may perceive different people online.

As part of our next DT topic, the children will be designing, evaluating and making their own wallets/purses. For our evaluation lesson the first week, could you please send the children in with any old purses/wallets you may have at home - Thank you!

The children should be proud of all their efforts this half-term! We hope you have a lovely half-term break and look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 24th February! 

The Year 4 team :)


This week in Maths we have been focusing on using column multiplication to multiply a 4 digit number by a 1 digit number. The children have had a go at multiplying with regrouping. After using column multiplication, the children then used their estimating knowledge to show what a reasonable estimate would be and how they could use previously learnt knowledge. For example, if they 3 x 7 = 21 then 30 x 7 = 210.

In English we have continued with our unit based on the book ‘The Mousehole Cat’. The children started off the week by practicing skills they could use in their writing. The children had a go at improving a character description based on Tom (the fisherman) as well as practicing their knowledge of speech punctuation. The children have now started to write their own narrative based on the book.

This week was Children’s Mental Health week and this year’s theme was find your brave! The children took part in inside out day on Thursday and did various activities thinking about what bravery means to them and what could be the barriers to being brave. The children designed and created a “brave book” to give ideas and advice to a younger audience.



What a busy week in year 4!

This week in Maths we have learnt about multiples of a whole number. The children have learnt to identify common multiples of different numbers. The children have then applied their knowledge of multiples and times tables to column multiplication. To recap their previous knowledge, the children started off doing multiplication practically and then moved onto the abstract where they recorded the written method.  

In English we began a new unit based on the book ‘The Mousehole Cat’ which is a Cornish tale based the legend Tom Bawcock, it tells the tale of a cat who goes with its owner on a fishing expedition in rough and stormy seas. The children looked at the structure of this narrative and worked in groups to identify the opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending of the story. The children have now also used their senses to write a setting description of Mousehole, Cornwall.

In Geography this week the children began to write a newspaper report on the impact of coastal change on people’s lives. The children watched a recent news report (22.01.20) where people were told to evacuate their homes (in the village of Skipsea) due to the cliff eroding, putting their homes at risk.

In Science the children were introduced to the terms ‘conductors and insulator’. The children had the opportunity to test different materials and make predictions of whether these materials were conductors or insulators!


This week in Maths we have looked at finding the factors of numbers (two numbers which multiply together without a remainder). The children are able to use a multiplication grid to help them find the factors pairs of a given number. The children are now able to identify the common factors of two whole numbers.

In English the children have seen the Runaways story grow and have planned and written the new story which takes place after the original, when Hannah and John arrived at the shelter in Stepney Causeway. The children have worked hard to use show not tell!

In Science this week the children really enjoyed experimenting. The children used a bulb, wires and batteries to show whether a circuit was complete or incomplete!


This week in Maths we have continued our unit on rounding. This week the children have learnt to round to the nearest hundred. The children have now been trying to apply their knowledge of rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred to estimating the answers of addition and subtract questions.

In English the children have written a character description about the Master of the Workhouse (Mr Patch) and have shown empathy to the children in the story by re-enacting a scene in the workhouse. The children are now able to recall the main ideas and plot of the story which they have used to help them write from the point of view of one of the characters.

In PSHE we have started our topic on diversity. We read a story called ‘The Name Jar’ which explored the importance of our names and their meanings. The children enjoyed researching and finding out the meaning of their names as well as translating their names in different languages! 


First of all we hope you had a lovely break and Happy New Year to you all. We would like to thank you all for all your generous and kind wishes and gifts before the break!

We have had a busy but great first week back in Year 4!

In Maths this week we have started a new unit looking at rounding numbers to the nearest ten. The children have been able to apply their knowledge of number lines to help them to do this.

Our new unit in English is based on a story called the Runaways! By Jim Eldridge. This is a historical story which is set in the Victorian era. The children have thoroughly enjoyed gaining new knowledge about this historical period. The children had the chance to make predictions of what they think will happen at the end of the story after finding out the bare bones.

This week our new topic in Science was introduced to the children – Electricity! The children shared their prior knowledge about electricity and shared what they would like to find out during this topic.

4I have now attended their first forest school session. The children were able to use their communication skills to help them in their team game and really enjoyed their time outdoors. 

Just as a small reminder:

Our PE days this half-term will be Thursday and Friday so please make sure the children have warm clothing for their PE lessons. During our class PE lessons the children will be developing their cross-country skills so they will need a pair of trainers that they would not mind getting muddy and a carrier bag to keep these in. PE kits will be sent home weekly due to the nature of this activity.

Thank you!


What another busy week and our last one in school of 2019!

This week the children have been busy completing their board games and they have had a go at playing them in class. We have been doing some festive filled activities and the children enjoyed making their own pop up Christmas cards!

A couple of reminders:

  • The children have no homework over the holidays.
  • When we return to school, for the first two Fridays (10th and 17th Jan), 4I will be going to Forest School so please could you make sure the children have the appropriate footwear and clothing.  

We hope you and the children have a lovely break over the Christmas holidays. We look forward to welcoming the children back in school on Tuesday 7th January 2020!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Year 4 team :) 


We have had another busy week in Year 4!

This week in Maths we have been looking at finding missing numbers on a number line. The children have been applying their prior knowledge of the number system to locate where the numbers should be placed.

In English we have continued with our Penguins topic but have now moved onto looking at non-chronological reports. The children have picked out features of information texts, ready to apply these features to their fact files about Penguins. The children have enjoyed sharing facts and gaining new knowledge about Penguins!

The children have been introduced to the digestive system in Science this week. We explored the different parts of the digestive system and their roles. We carried out an experiment to show what happens inside our bodies!

We have started our Design and Technology project – making board games! The children played and evaluated their own board games. Now the children have planned their own board games based around our Science topic, Teeth and Digestion! The children have thought of rules, questions, and the aim of their game.


This week in Maths we have been looking at number patterns. To help us spot the pattern we have been thinking about what digit is changing and whether the digit is getting smaller or greater.

In English we have written two diary entries from the viewpoint of the boy in the video. In the first diary entry the children were able to write about what activities they had done with Monty (the Penguin) and the second diary entry was written as if it were the end of Christmas day. The children have impressed us with their use of emotive language!

This week the children have worked hard to practice for the Christingle service. We made our own Christingles which the children took to the Church for the service. The children did a great job this evening at the service and should all be very proud of themselves!

Next week for our DT project, the children will be evaluating board games so they can eventually design and create their own board games. Please could the children bring in a board game on Wednesday 11th December which we will be using as part of our lesson. 


This week in Maths we have continued to work on our place value knowledge. We have used the place value charts to help us understand the value of each digit in the different columns.  

In English we have started our new topic on Penguins! We have watched a video of the John Lewis Christmas advert featuring Monty (the penguin) which we will be using as a stimulus for our writing. The children have enjoyed sharing the facts they know about Penguins.

The children had the opportunity to watch a performance by Tring Park School which was about the different states of matter and water cycle – This will come in use when we cover these topics in Year 4!

This week we have started to practice for our Christingle service on Friday 6th December. The children have been given a copy of the song lyrics which they can use to learn at home.


This week in Maths we have moved onto looking at place value. The children have been able to show numbers on a place value chart using counters; the children have also been writing numbers up to 10,000 in digits and in words.

In English the children have written a new chapter for the story of Lost or Stolen. The children have been working hard on including inverted commas and creating suspense in their chapters!

In Science this week the children have started our experiment to investigate which drink causes the most damage to our teeth. We have used shells in orange juice, coca cola, blackcurrant squash and water which will show us over the course of a couple of weeks which drink changes the colour of the shell the most!


This week in Maths the children have learnt how to find the area and perimeter of shapes. The children now know the two methods they can use to find the area of shapes; by counting the number of squares in each shape or by using the formula length x width. The children have also learnt to find the perimeter of shapes by adding up all its sides to calculate the distance around a shape.

In English we have now been thinking how we can develop a new storyline using the existing characters – Ravi, Chandra and Taj. In our new chapter, our characters face a new dilemma of whether they should stay at the fair and have a few more rides (with the tickets they have found) or go home on time and hand the tickets in. The children have been developing ideas for the speech they will use in their new chapters.

In RE this week the children had a go at looking at many different symbols and discussed what symbols are and why they are used. The children have learnt that some symbols are universal and others are cultural so may not be recognised worldwide; they had a go at drawing some symbols of Christianity.

In Art the children have used their sketches of leaves and copied these onto their printing tile. The children have glued string around the shape of their leaf ready for us to start printing next week!


In Year 4 we have been busy during our first week back after half-term!

This week in Maths we have started a new unit and have been looking at area. We measured area using non-standard units such as unifix cubes and dienes and we have more onto looking at how we find the area of shapes using standards units such as 1cm and 1m.

In English we have also started a unit based on a story called Lost or Found? This story is set in India and has introduced to us the festival of Raksha Bandhan where sisters give their brothers a Rakhi bracelet which represents love and care for their siblings. We had a go at making our own Rakhi bracelets!

Our topic for Science this half-term is teeth and digestion. The children have learnt about the different types of teeth (incisors, canines, molars and premolars) and the jobs they have to do. We then had a go at moulding the shape of the different types of teeth using playdoh!