Sunday, 10 December 2017

School is closed tomorrow Monday 11th December due to adverse weather conditions. We will keep you informed about Tuesday.  Please check your texts as well as the school website.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Week beginning 4th December 2017

Hello Everyone,

We have had a productive week, as the children have been creating poems about storms. We have all been excited and impressed by the creativity and imagination they put in to this literature.

We have been working on multiplication of 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers.

We had a special treat on Friday as Mrs Burgess came in to school to show the children examples of making pop-up cards and cards with levers. This has followed on beautifully from our work on levers and leverages this week.
The products are amazing and I am sure the children will enjoy sharing them with you.
The children will be taking their art and pottery home this week. The plates they made might come in handy for Christmas gifts!

Next week will be busy as it is the last full week before the holidays. On Monday we will be watching The Foundation classes and KS1's Christmas performance. It will be a 'fun' swim for Year 4 on Wednesday. Thursday the staff will be having a Christmas lunch with the children, which will be followed by a movie. Finally Friday will arrive and the children can wear Christmas jumpers to school as we will be having our party.

Although there will be many extra activities next week we will also working!


We will be continuing to work on multiplication and move on to division. We will be playing multiplication and division bingo and will be testing so that the children can move up at least one table over the holidays.


The children will write the final copies of the storm poems, which you will be able to see on display on Wednesday. A book review on Oliver Twist will be completed and we will be working on metaphors. There will not be a spelling test next week.


The children will complete their work on levers and leverages.


As we will be rehearsing for the carol concert we will be learning a Spanish carol and a Spanish Christmas song. We will learn how to say 'happy Christmas' in Spanish.


I will be telling the Christmas story and we will discuss the meanings of events as they occurred.


The Storm poetry will be typed for display so word processing skills will be developed.

I will take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very peaceful and happy Christmas. I hope to see many of you on Wednesday when you have the opportunity to come in and look at their work.


Friday, 1 December 2017

Week beginning 27th November 2017

It has been a calmer and quieter week this week!
The children really enjoyed taking part in the class assembly. I did try to get a photo of all of them together but only managed to get a few individual shots, see below:



It was such good fun and I hope you enjoyed sharing in all the lessons the children enjoy in Year 4.
This week we have completed our newspaper reports on the Potters Bar train crash in 2002 and have continued to work on writing in the past tense. The children have completed a comprehension activity and the spellings results were so much better!
We have learned how to subtract using the expanded and compact methods and have spent more time on tables and number bonds. Please can you continue to work on these at home as it does make a huge difference to the outcome and helps the children work at a faster pace when they are doing maths at a higher level.
We have spent some time on art this week as the children completed their pots with Mrs Burgess and have created 'storm' paintings which all look extremely effective. they will soon be going up in the corridor.
We will be working on multiplication of 3-digit numbers with 1-digit numbers. We will also be learning to memorise our tables by recognising patterns.
We will continue towards the end of the week with division of 2-digit numbers with1-digit numbers and we will carry that into the following week.
Next week the children will work on a comprehension exercise, write a book review, carry out several spelling challenges and recite poetry.
We will be looking at poems about storms, so if any of you have anything at home that you think may be suitable please send it in. They will be creating their own 'storm' poem next week.
Art and DT
We have an exciting activity planned for next week as Mrs Burgess will be working with the children to create pop-up Christmas cards using levers and leverages. As a class we will be focusing on this earlier during the week so the children are familiar with the concept before they create their own
In Spanish the children will learn how to ask and tell someone when it is their birthday. We will be learning a Christmas Carol in Spanish - Little Donkey.
As part of our 'living things' topic we will be looking at habitats and how animals adapt to their environments. The children will then write a report on a hedgehog's habitat.
As Christmas approaches the theme for our RE lesson next week will be advent.
The children will be learning where the continents are on a world map and be able to name them and show which area they cover.
I hope you all have a restful weekend.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Week beginning 20th November 2017

Hi Again!

After all the excitement this week we will be catching up with all our subjects next week.


We will be rounding 4-digit numbers to the nearest 10,100 and 1000.
We will be subtracting using the expanded written method and choosing when to use mental calculations.
The children are beginning to learn their spellings and number bonds and I do send cards home each week for them to use. Please ensure your child does this work so that he/she can move on to the next set.


We are writing newspaper reports at the moment and the children will edit and improve their work.
We will be writing a book review, carrying out a comprehension task and writing a diary in the past tense. Please ensure your child learns his/her spellings.
There are 3 challenges for the spellings now and each child has a set to take home and learn.


The children will be transferring the data regarding animals, plants and trees onto bar charts this week. They will be able to use these charts to explain the most common wildlife in our local area.
I will also be bringing two plants into school for an experiment to find out what they need to flourish.


We are now learning the months of the year and next week we will be able to say when our birthdays are in Spanish


We will be looking at ancient civilisations and putting them into a timeline.


The children will continue their pottery work as the second half of the class is now in the process of making pots. The rest of the class will work on self-portraits.

I hope you all have a great weekend.


Week beginning 20th November 2017

Hello All,

It has certainly been a busy week. The children have worked so hard during rehearsals and hopefully you all enjoyed today's assembly.

I know the children found it to be great fun and were extremely excited!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Week beginning 6th Nov

Hello Parents and Carers

This week we have used the novel 'Oliver Twist' to create different story endings. The children have also carried out a comprehension activity based on the book, which they completed well. They have thoroughly enjoyed this story.

For art, the children have started making clay pots, learned how to shade in water colour and drawn the characters from Oliver Twist.

We began the week working on subtraction and moved on to fractions on Wednesday. For a Friday treat and to promote their understanding, I brought a large cake into school. The children were only allowed a piece when they answered a question correctly.... and surprisingly they all managed to!

We have been learning how to classify animals into different groups and the children are really benefitting from the practical activities being used to reinforce the concepts.

We have begun rehearsals for our class assembly which will be held on Friday 24th November at 9am.

Can you please start sending in costumes.

If your child is showing a model of Potters Bar in the past, please could they wear (waistcoats or jackets, peaky caps, trousers tucked into socks, long dresses mop caps or aprons over dresses etc)

Those children demonstrating Kung Fu Punctuation can bring their karate uniforms in as soon as they will not be needed at home.

The children showing the clay paints can wear aprons over their uniform if possible.

The children demonstrating the Spanish lesson have been given t-shirts, but can wear skits or trousers that are colourful, neck scarves or sombreros.

If you need any advice about any of the above please see me, Mrs Pittson or Mrs Farrell.

Please send any costumes in bags that are clearly labelled with your child's name.

Next week is 'anti-bullying' week so we will be working on different activities related to this every day.
We will also be starting 'report writing' in literacy.

One morning next week we will be taking the children to the local woods to study plants, animals, insects and habitats.

We will be learning the story of Rama and Sita for Hinduism and the children will be asked to re-write this story.

For maths we will be working on written addition and subtraction.

I have posted next week's spellings separately.

Have a good weekend.


Week beginning 13th Nov Spellings

The spellings for next week are as follows:

Challenge 1                            


Challenge 2