Bloom

Year 4

TRUST

‘Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself is the Rock eternal’

Isaiah 26 vs 4

Welcome to the class page for Year 4 Bloom. Here you can find out everything we’ve been up to during the week, as well as our homework tasks.

Our teacher is Mr Perry  and our TA is Miss Cummings. We also have Miss Tamy and Miss Lisa as our 1:1 teachers.

 

We hope you are as glad to be back to school as we are and are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead.

We look forward to getting to know you all as the year progresses.

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Updates

Friday December 3rd - Christmas is coming... let the carnage commence!

Friday the 2nd December 2021

Dear Parents,

Subjects have been motoring on, as us teachers are thinking about just how we could fit everything in from the curriculum before the bells toll 12 and the ghosts of Christmas come calling…or maybe that is just for me. I have been telling the children that our school days are going to extend over Christmas just to complete all our subjects. I think some of them believe me!

So what have my class of little Bob Cratchit’s been up to? This week we have wrapped up our work on our English topic, that of explanation texts. Although we have looked at assorted natural, scientific and mechanical object texts as a focus, we rounded it off this week where the children wrote about a machine they invented, many of them included a Christmas theme. The children designed machines of their own with written explanations of each stage of how the machine works and how we operate it. We have had a wide variety of inventions from doughnut making gadgets to a money making machine…although I think that is really called ‘counterfeiting’! We rounded of the writing by editing and giving advice and feedback to each other for their work – a very useful and important skill. I am very much looking forward to reading through them myself.

On that note…this week’s homework contains a task where the children need to design a sledge for Santa complete with lots of gadgets. There is a skeleton design template on the page to the right. There will be no comprehension this week , but there will be the usual spellings and mathletics.  

Maths lessons for my group have been all about expressing knowledge. We are acknowledging that sometimes actual methods are straightforward and we are comfortable with them, but what can we do with that knowledge? They have looked at the importance of using inversing to check calculations and times table knowledge. The children have been depicting equations dividing and multiplying by 10 and 100 in a variety of ways, they have focussed on the describing rather than the actual final answer and have looked at how the methods in our head can be used to solve a variety of questions.

So Christmas is here, or almost. So that means in these strange times there will be no celebrations, carols, performances, Christmas cheer…Hey wait! This is St Stephens so of course there will!

Over the course of the last nine months or so I have actually watched Mr Schumm waiting for latest DFEE updates just to see what we could physically do at the school, keeping to government guidelines of course. Having as normal a term as possible has definitely been a blessing.

It has been wonderful that despite the fact that Covid is still very much with us, our events are going ahead at a rapid pace. I have seen the wonderful FOSS advertising and preparing for our annual fete, the school halls are just echoing with the sounds of carols and nativity songs from the lower years being practised and we are starting to learn our own song for Carols by Candlelight’ which we will perform the last week of term. Trust me, it is a beautiful event and I am sure those parents who have been before will back me up. I hear those of you with children in lower years will have a chance to see their ‘Nativities’ soon as well, so that is great too.

Whether Christmas is your thing or not, or if you are not fond to the build- up to the season, with all that goes on,  it IS a special time of year. I have been telling the children in assemblies how important Advent is. Yes we are waiting for the celebration of the birth of Jesus when he came the first time, but also those of us who are Christians also believe we are looking forward to the second time he comes. This week churches up and down the country lit their first Advent candle -that of HOPE. I hope we are all feeling that first stirring of hope and joy that can be found at Christmas. Finally our Christmas topic in RE is all about peace at Christmas, it’s message from God, and how Christmas brings us peace …amid all the carnage of course!

As you think about how you will celebrate with loved ones this year I wish you as carnage free a Christmas as possible.

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Friday 25th November - And the award goes to....

Dear Parents

It has been a bit parky the last few days don’t you agree? Still I am not complaining. I prefer the cold to rain and hot sun. I have a cricket club on Wednesday mornings and for a sport that is known for stopping in even slightly cold or rainy conditions, it felt a bit odd getting out the wickets and bats in seemingly arctic conditions. Still I had my big coat on and a cup of coffee so all was okay.  Oh dear I am starting to sound like someone at a get together with nothing to say that ends up talking about the weather!

In English we have moved on to a new topic – explanation texts. Although we are using a text that gives a rather fantastical version of how a dishwasher works (think ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’ only with cats instead). The learning is still important and is linked to how to structure a factual non-fiction text.

Last Monday we had a really fun, yet very important, lesson for ‘Relationships and Health’. It was on the importance of personal space, the children’s rights in that regard and not to intrude on others personal space. The children revelled in the initial party atmosphere as we had an exercise that was basically like ‘musical chairs’ and discussed how we felt when our ‘island’ got a little crowded. We then looked at the importance of being able to ensure our space and our body is not infringed upon. Finally we came up with statements for our wall display that made these points clear.

In geography and science respectively we have recently started new topics –  ‘India’ and ‘States of Matter’. India is a fascinating country filled with many types of mountain, long rivers, assorted forests and a LOT of people! So far the children have enjoyed researching types of mountains, terrains and population areas. We will be looking at the rivers next week. On to science,  I do like to bring into the lessons the mention of items such as chocolate and cake (ask the children) usually as an example of a word problem in maths such as ‘child ate 360 doughnuts over a week how many did he/she eat a day?’ Whenever their names are included in a silly problem the children always find it amusing. However when I actually bring real snacks into a lesson their little eyes always light up! In science we observed and investigated how items could change state at room temperature (or when hot in todays lesson) with products such as chocolate, cream and ice on display. Watching them stare at the chocolate chunks on the plate, yet nor being allowed to eat them was in some cases seen as a form of torture…quite amusing to watch from my part. I did let them try a few twiglets at the end of the lesson on Monday and watching the various reactions to the taste of one of my personal favourite products was equally amusing. Oh the little things in life that make my day all the better!

When it is assembly week it is hard to fit all our subjects in (in order to practice) and the children do certainly enjoy the theatrical interludes but it can equally be great to get back to some levels of normalcy. Speaking of assembly …

Our assembly was a great success and I was very proud of your children who were all brilliant! They spoke so clearly and sang so beautifully and their enthusiasm created a wonderful energy. A big pat-on-the-back to those with lots of lines to learn and to those who stepped out of their comfort zone. The costumes were excellent and thank you to all who provided them as well as our wonderful class team of Mrs Cummins, Miss Tami and Miss Lisa. I can get a little carried away when writing the script and always add bits n bobs as I go and I hope you got all the in-jokes, especially the film references! Thank you for coming and I hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed performing it.

Well that is the lot I think for this week. I have decided it will be the new me. Less coffee, healthy walks (try the All Trails app) healthy eating and only a little Netflix. I am all set up to go.

I will start next week!

Have a great weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Friday 19th November - All Creatures Great and Small

Friday 19th November 2021

 

Dear Parents

It has been another wet couple of days! Is it just me or has this year’s weather been wetter than normal? I seem to be collecting wet and muddy trainers and walking shoes at my front door. My mop and bucket is also seeing more use than normal, but small problems I suppose. Saying that my Netflix shows or sports podcasts can somewhat distract me a little, but it is good to make you all think I am a domestic champion.

Anyway on with my next dazzling entry. Reminds me of the old James Herriot books (the show ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ are based on these) where each chapter is another incident in the life and times of a Yorkshire vet. How about the life and times of a Shepherds Bush primary school teacher? It has a nice ring don’t you think?

I have put above our blog webpage our Year group bible verse (and stuck it in the inside cover of their h/w book). I would like them to learn it off by heart please. We promote in our school each year group having a spiritual gift and identity. We in year 4 look at TRUST. In RE we are starting to look at our Christmas module. Ours is titled ‘Peace at Christmas’ and we have begun by looking at the difference between internal and external peace. What brings us internal peace? Do we have a special place or activity we love?

In English we finished our work on the story of ‘Gregory Cool’ and on Monday the children wrote their piece on life for Gregory in Tobago. I have begun to mark them and thus far their work has been excellent, putting into action all the learning we have been putting into our English over the last few weeks. In maths my group have been using the skill of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 to help them to be able to convert metric measures. We have also learnt how to solve word problems on this topic by picking the key words, numbers and mathematical language out that helps them solve them.

I have been impressed with how hard they have been working on their assembly for this Thursday. We have been talking about keeping it ‘fresh’ (which can be hard after practising it many times) and keep working on putting character and power into their voices. I look forward to sharing our work with you all this Thursday. Thank you to all those who have provided costumes so far ( do not worry if you have not been able to, we will try and work something out). Please can we have the last of any costumes due by this Tuesday at the latest.

I think that is my lot for today. As much as I would love to outline the amazing activity I have planned for the weekend to enrich and inspire my life…I won’t as it involves a walk, a T V show, a pie and probably a bit more mopping!

Have a great weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Friday 12th November - Remembrance Day

Friday 12th November 2021

Dear Parents,

Firstly thank you for all who came to the parents’ evenings. It was a pleasure talking to you and I would like to reiterate that I have really enjoyed the first term teaching your lovely children. They are a talented, bright and lively that is for sure! It is interesting hearing some of the impressions the children feed back to you after getting to know me. Great titbits have included my coffee habit, my enthusiasm for history (where I have deduced I may talk too much), my drawer that will have the odd kitkat lurking and my sense of humour – or lack of!  It has been fun getting to know your children’s own unique characteristics too.

As well as parents evening we have been doing a little learning too. In our English lessons we have been moving toward wrapping up our topic on life in Tobago. The children have used all sorts of descriptive tools to bring to life their items which have included Tobagon wildlife, houses, beaches and markets and much much more. They have dipped their toes in poetic writing, fact file pieces and finished the week planning a day in the life of ‘Gregory Cool’ in Tobago which we will be completing on Monday. It was fantastic to see how they joined the genres together to learn how to write a ‘story from another culture’– and found new and wonderful ways to describe life in the Caribbean.

We had a simple but really good lesson in Art today as we looked at the work of British artist David Hockney. Looking at pieces on still life poses of people the children worked in small groups sitting in a circle and took turns in both posing to be drawn before sketching themselves.

There are some excellent pictures and a few photos above highlighting what the children were doing.

In other subjects we have continued our topic of ‘How we feel’ in our relationships and health topic. Yesterday the children looked at the difference between being unkind, teasing and bullying. We played out some sketches about pressure situations and where the pressure may come from – not always from the people actually involved and how it may cause uncomfortable situations. We have also been lucky enough to have two drama sessions (last Friday and today) which has also had a focus on how we can deal with relationship situations in the playground. We had great fun in our science lesson too as we looked at the differences between solids and liquids and how materials such as sand, salt and sugar may pour like liquid but are yet are solid.

We had an assembly this week on Remembrance Day and have looked at a few moving videos about why we have such as day – whether we believe in war or not. As a result the children’s reading comprehension homework will be based upon this.

Homework as always is to the right of this screen.

I would also remind parents that next Friday it is individual photo (with siblings) day so all the children must come in dressed smartly and in winter uniform.

Okay I am shattered and a good Viking show is waiting for me at home on Netflix so I will sign off. Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Kind regards

Mr Perry

 

November 5th - Remember Remember the....well where do I start?

Friday the 5th November

Dear Parents

Well we are back with a bang! Does anyone else feel as though they never had a holiday?

The children have this week been at using inverse in their calculations to help them to check their calculations and to understand the relationship between the operations. Starting with learning to break down two step addition/subtraction real life problems by recognising the important information (numbers and maths vocabulary ) , they have then learnt to use subtraction to help them check addition problem answers (and vice-versa). Towards the end of the week we moved towards a new subject – that of finding missing sides measurements in rectangles and then working out the shape’s perimeter. As always their Mathletics homework will be based around these subjects and my group are to continue to learn their 8 times tables. Please help your children by practising regularly.

In English we are looking at a book about a boy who goes to his grandparents’ home on the island of Tobago. It is called ‘Gregory Cool’ and the children have identified how and why life in Tobago was different to life in England from food and weather, to terrain and habitat. The children have worked this week on a fact file about Tobago through using research and will moving toward a narrative as though they are Gregory just arrived on the Island.

In our other subjects we have begun new topics in Humanities and Science – India and Changing State respectively. We have had mini assessments on the previous subjects of Electrical Circuits and Anglo Saxons as well. In RE we have a small two week subject (The Beatitudes) before we begin a Christmas module. Our topic this week was the teaching of Jesus at the Sermon of the Mount on the Beatitudes. We broke down what each one meant and then the children ordered them from most to least important – writing about their top three in their books. Next week we will moving on to the children creating their own. They have already come up with some wonderful examples such as ‘ Blessed are those that recycle , because they can protect the planet for themselves and future generations’ and Blessed are those that feed the homeless , because they shall have a reward in Heaven.

We have kept homework fairly light this week with mathletics and spellings, but would encourage you to remind your children to be ongoing in your learning of their spellings, timetables and being engaged in regular reading.

A couple of last points before I let you go. Firstly a reminder that we have our parents week next week. I hope you are all signed up and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Thank you to those who have already organised some costumes for the children’s play. We still have a few weeks but it would be great to start getting the rest in.    

Have a wonderful weekend and a safe one (if you are doing anything with fireworks) and I will see you all next week.

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

October 22nd - Red card to racism, D & T day, Black Voices week ...I need a half term!

Dear Parents

With the first half of the term now over, we can all stop and take a breath.  What an eventful week it’s been: Red Card to Racism day , Hispanic Day, Black voices Week, and our DT day.

During Black Voices Week class Bloom have been looking at the life and work of the Green Belt pioneer Wangari Maathai who was from Kenya. The children researched her life using various sources to understand what she did and the reasons behind her mission. We had a visitor from STEM awareness who talked about their work and how they are motivated by the lives of people such as Wangari Maathai.  As a class we read a number of books based on her life with a focus on her work in replanting trees which helped other issues as well such as healing friction between local tribes and helping to create work and fight for the rights of women. We learnt that she faced danger and prison in her work from those more concerned with the financial gains from cutting down the trees.  The children wrapped up the week creating a poster highlighting awareness on the dangers of deforestation and what we could do to help it. She was a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for all her hard work and vision. We found Wangari Maathai to be an inspiration and we learnt much from her.

 

Yesterday was our half-termly ‘Design and Technology’ day. Sometimes I feel I am the only person in my family that does not have an ounce of savvy with creating things with my hands, but with the guidance of our creative school art leader – Miss Hall – and the wondrous help of Miss Cummins…and Miss Lisa …and Miss Tami…and Mrs Jeffrey….and Miss Tracy we muddled on! I was peppered all day with some helpful and sage advice as well as a hands on approach to helping me…I mean us!

Anyway, as you know, the title of the day was creatively called ‘Puppet Day’. With all the cardboard rolls (I won’t say toilet rolls), and plastic bags in the class it began to look at first like one of my old cub scouts jumble sales. With a design in place along with paint, string, fabric and glue at the ready we got going. To be fair we did not suffer too many pricked fingers or tears (and I promise I stopped crying after the first tearful mishap with a pin) as we turned our resources into movable (kind of) puppets. The children had fun and they did very well. Phew glad that one was over, well at least until autumn 2 term anyway.

Red Card to Racism Day

Although I am so glad to live in such a multicultural society, it saddens me that racism and discrimination still abounds in our society. The children today all wore red in support of the ‘Red C Card to Racism’ movement and we had a lesson on what prejudism is and ways in which it can occur and manifest itself. The children looked at scenarios in everyday life and discussed how to deal with such situations.

 

 

Class Assembly

The children all now know their roles and there are a number of thoughts for costumes and it would be great to get your support in dressing your children in the relevant clothes.  Here are my thoughts.

Children who are historical characters should try and come in those era costumes. So ask your children please if they are:

  1. Romans
  2. Ancient Britons
  3. Anglo Saxons
  4. Specific characters such as Grendal (a troll) King Hrothgar or Beowulf.

Narrators can chose one of cultures above, picts or scots or they could come in a suit or dress.

We will do what we can this end but would be great for your support as well.

Homework is on your right of the screen for half term. Please I would ask if you could support me in helping the children be organised in both completing homework as well as not losing it or not packing it into their school bags. We have been getting a few more cases of this lately than normal.

May I finish by saying that I hope you have a great break and I look forward to seeing all the children refreshed after half-term. Pictures of D & T day, Red Card to Racism day and Black Voices Week are above.

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

October 15th - Viva la Columbia ...

Dear Parents,

It feels like deja vu but…we are all exhausted after another busy week! In English, the children have continued their work on our novel Varjak Paw and they have been really getting into it. They have been learning how to use interesting vocabulary and finished the week planning a ‘chapter’ of their own for writing early next week. From what I have read, there are great ideas, showing their passion for the book and their knowledge of the characters and I am very much looking forward to reading their final product!

Today is Hispanic day and our class is representing Columba. We had a brief lesson on Columbian geography and culture. The children used their knowledge and growing research skills to prepare a fact file advertising the merits of Columbia, looking for key facts and explaining why it would be an excellent place to visit. They then looked at a cultural skill in braiding and created their own friendship braid or hair weave  as well. Always a challenge for my own skills! Finally the children took part in a flamenco workshop which was great fun – once they got over the fact they had to partner with a member of the opposite sex!

Their art skills have been out in force as well with some excellent portrait work following the style of Andy Warhol. They looked at the iconic Marilyn Monroe picture and used their skills from earlier in the term (on proportion and correct linings of the face) to draw their own Marilyn head and then finished the piece using bright and clear colours. The finished products were fantastic as I am sure you can agree from some of the photos I have uploaded.

I know I am always talking about how ‘busy we are’ but these couple of weeks really do highlight that. Today was Hispanic Day and next week we have D & T day, Red Card to Racism day and Black Voices Week, where as a school we all look at a leading figure in the science community. We are looking at the inspirational figure of Wangani Maathai who was a green pioneer who, amoung many other accomplishments, led a movement to bring back more trees to her home country. I will say more on her next week.

Then we have the little event of our class assembly…eek! Fear not, it is not until mid-November, but I have given them their scripts to start learning. There are always a few tweaks along the way and the children know lines may be added, taken away or changed. Please could you help out a little with costumes I will send a more concrete list out next week by parent mail.

I am also aware parents evening is fast approaching, which I am sure you have received correspondence about from the office so please sign up for a slot.

Homework is to the right as always.

Kind Regards.

Mr Perry

October 8th - Lots Of Learning From Stories

Dear parents,

I think sometimes I should cut and paste for every blog ‘it has been a busy week in St Stephens’ but I must try and be more creative so in on with the blog…it has been a busy week in St Stephens!

We are well into the half-term now and it has been wonderful getting to know your children. They are getting to know me as much as I am getting to know them. Nowadays I am often greeted with comments such as, ‘How many coffee cups have you had today?’ The answer is usually followed by a stern frown. In a similar fashion if they win a small treat for a task such as the best presentation as a group in RHE or the winner of a times table game they really ensure I pay my debt!

I have been enjoying the teaching subjects this term and there has been some great work occurring through the class. In RE we have been looking at stories and tales told by The Buddha in order to put across a theme or a learning point. It struck us how we can learn so much from stories in all religions, even if we are not from that religion (or of no religion at all). For example last week we looked at the story of the sacrifice of the Monkey King to save his people from the King’s greed and today we looked at the story of ‘Prince Siddhartha and the Swan’ which highlighted how important it is to show kindness to others. We realised that Jesus used stories all the time to help put across his teachings as well. Our learning in Buddhism around not giving into greed or that we should show kindness to both animals as well as people around us is something we could all learn from no matter what our religious beliefs are.

In Art we are looking at the portraits and work of the controversial figure of Andy Warhol. Today the children studied the stark spectrum of colours he used and the effects that they had on his work. We look forward to creating our own work in a similar style in his artistic style. We are looking forward to expanding on this in the coming weeks.

It was fantastic yesterday seeing another cornerstone of our school family coming back – that of class assemblies. Today was the turn of Mr Gane’s class, who performed a brilliant assembly on the Ancient Greek Gods – an assembly after my own heart. As a previous Year 6 teacher, it was definitely a topic I loved using and well done to Mr Gane and the class for putting in such a great show, especially as they were the first in a long time. I could also remember (with heart palpitations) the worry about being the first class to go!  On that note I had better go check when our one is.  Oh let the stress and worry begin!

Homework as always is to the right of this entry.

So I will say goodbye now and go get a fun size bag of maltesers to pay my growing debts!

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

October 1st 2021 - It Is Harvest Time... Let Us Feast!

Dear Parents

We’re all exhausted after another busy week! In English we have started looking at our new topic of fictional writing. We have looked at the difference between where we put apostrophes depending on how many items or people we are talking about and have spent time learning how to use a dictionary properly. As part of the topic we have been reading a book ‘Varjak Paw’ which the children have been enjoying immensely. They have been using evidence to predict what will happen next , making excellent comparisons so far with classics such as ‘101 Dalmatians’ and ‘The Lady and the Tramp’. This was a book we looked at last year and then had read together as a class, because we enjoyed the book so much. It was wonderful to see it ignited so much interest that three children them proceeded to take it out from the library in the afternoon. Happy reading guys!

In Maths, the children in my group have been consolidating their knowledge on place value looking at counting ahead in 1000s and 25s and spotting patterns within the numbers. The latter part of the week has included work on negative numbers to complete over the week. We rounded off the week by doing a little assessment to show off our knowledge of Place Value.

Other subjects have included continuing our topic of electricity in science, where the children have looked at the difference between objects that use mains electricity and those that have batteries. We have looked at the dangers and the absolute ‘no nos’ of behaviour around electrical power sources. I am sure many of you parents are of an age as me, and It was interesting recalling and explaining to the children the computer suites from school with the green screens (and no pictures), the first proper home PCs followed by briefcase sized laptops. Boy am I old! I always get worried when we start our computer lessons that they know more than me. I think they secretly think I was born in the same era as Oliver Twist. They may have a point!

Our Harvest Festival went well and it was wonderful to see us all together again in such a fashion. As I said in the service it is amazing (and a shame) that the last time we all came together for a Christian feast day like that was Christmas 2019! I think we can all agree a lot has happened in the two preceding years. Thank you for so many of you coming and of course for all the Harvest donations that are quite simply stacked in Mr Schumm’s office. I think the tears came to my eyes when we all sang ‘ I Give Thanks’. Just watching all the teachers, children and parents getting stuck into the actions as well as singing their hearts out was simply heart-warming. One teacher said they felt the hairs rise up on the backs of their arms and I have to agree with them. It was special indeed.

Speaking of special …A massive thank you to all the parents who came to the family supper – one of my favourite St Stephen’s events. I think I got to say hello to most of you and if not …well hello! Delicious food – I could not pass without taking at least one more falafel!  It was wonderful to celebrate all together and to have it on the same day as the Harvest Festival was a bonus! Just like the ‘old days’. Thank God for the harvest and then have a feast afterwards! Thank you so much for all the wonderful food brought to the event! Your children MAY have been on a sugar high running around but I was too busy stuffing my face to notice. A wonderful event all around thank you.

Homework as always is in the right of this entry. I have put a poem from our class poet the children need to learn off by heart over the next few weeks. Instead of comprehension this week I have also asked the children to create a poster in their homework books on safety around electricity – our science topic. There will be the usual spellings and mathletics as well.

Have a wonderful weekend and kind regards.

Mr Perry

Friday 24th September - Its almost Family Supper time ...Bring on the sugar! r

Dear Parents,

Is it raining? Is it sunny? It does seem a bit of a lottery these days. I honestly am never sure what to wear in the mornings. Jacket? Fleece? Jumper? As I have said it is a bit of a lucky dip!

It is the end of another busy week at St Stephen’s. In Maths my group has been focusing on recognising the value numbers, placing them on number lines and we continued to look at solving problems around greater and lesser symbols. We will be moving from next week on to the seven times tables so want to consolidate the six times tables. As we discuss in class the old motto ‘practice makes perfect’ this is no truer than with times tables and the children should practice for ten minutes a day. We have mathletics homework based upon our work in class today.

We have been loving our humanities topic of the Anglo Saxons. The children have been researching, illustrating and writing up theories on Anglo Saxon life and practices. There have been some fantastic examples of work. When discussing the warriors as tall, red haired and bearded I swear I caught a few of the children looking in my direction- or maybe I am just being paranoid! I do know though that my Dad is convinced we are descended from Vikings so perhaps that is not far off the truth. Seriously though I have really enjoyed teaching about the Anglo –Saxons, Scots and Picts and not just because of my own personal love of history. The children are learning how integral many of these ‘invading’ cultures have been to the ultimate development of our own country, with not a few challenges along the way. We have looked at how despite being imposed upon us, these historical cultures including the Romans, Saxons and a future topic for Year 4 – The Normans – leave a massive legacy on our language, government and architecture. Our reading comprehension is based on a relatively recent discovery of Anglo – Saxon history, the burial site of Sutton Hoo.

Speaking of fantastic …we have finished our topic this week on the Iron Man. I have been so impressed with the quality of the persuasive letters produced in the class. The children have given solid and powerful reasons for keeping him imprisoned (or releasing him) with all the features of the framework of persuasive writing included. I am really starting to realise how much potential they have.

The children have been blessed yet again with lots of fun experiences. This week as well as continuing our weekly chess workshops they also took advantage of the Year 6 absence by having an extra PE lesson. I have challenged them to a chess match and to pick a champion for a game with me Christmas week. Winner means the whole class gets chocolate. Oh and before you ask, yes I am prepared to beat an 8 year old at chess J I have a reputation to uphold. Fear not though they have been working hard at their other subjects as well.

Harvest Festival  – Thursday 30th September 9.00 AM

 

As I mentioned last week, It is wonderful that we are getting back to some semblance of normality at St Stephens and that we can all meet together to celebrate our church festivals. On that note, you are all invited next Thursday morning at 9pm (September the 30th) to our Harvest Festival where we come together to thank God for our harvest. This will be held in St Stephens Church. Every year we collect non-perishable goods to go towards feeding those in need at a local charity. Like last year, proceeds will go to the ‘Upper Room’. You would have all received a parentmail with the list of appropriate goods. We look forward to seeing you there.

Family  Supper – Thursday 30th September PM

With all the wonderful events that FOSS put on, I know this one is always one of the favourites and it was such as shame that we could not put it on last year. The children love it because –as one child stated- we can run around in the dark! I am just thankful we pass over all responsibility to you at 3.30pm J . I mean what is not to love about children who have been stuffing their faces with doughnuts, cakes and other puddings (and of course a few savouries too) running around the playground on a sugar high! Seriously though it is a wonderful evening and I am always one of the first in line with my plate to sample the wonderful variety of food that is brought to the supper. It is a simple event – yet one that really shows our community spirit.

 

I am going to go home and try and procrastinate about the list of jobs I have to do. Maybe I should stay and do a bit more marking!

Kind regards

Alex Perry

Friday 16th September - Bring home the Harvest !

Dear Parents

It has been a busy week in Year 4. We have all been getting used to our daily routines and systems and the children have been adapting well. Well done to all for settling in and getting stuck into life as a Year 4 child. I have been getting used to them, but equally they have been getting used to me so probably equally challenging 😉

My group in maths this week have continued working on place value and we have been looking at organising numbers in order and breaking them down into 1000’s, 100’s 10’s, 1’s. We have been working hard on being able to reflect these numbers in different ways as well as continuing our work on rounding to the nearest 100 and 1000.  Homework on matheletics will reflect their learning. In English we are looking at developing our sentence structure using expanded noun phrases, checking our punctuation and reminding ourselves of correct homophone spellings. We had our weekly spelling test today. The children have been enjoying ‘magpying’ new words as they put across valid arguments for keeping or releasing a character from a book – The Iron Giant.

In Science we have been begun looking at electricity and the concept of human and natural made energy. Circuits are always a fun topic and the children have begun to learn about the components and parts of a working circuit as well as really enjoying the practical element of why they might work (or not). Getting a circuit working for them certainly made their faces light up…excuse the pun!

We have had a real focus on our school goals this week, looking at our Year group special word ‘TRUST’ as well as our school vision. I led an assembly this week with a focus on our vision and the words it contains – Joy , Excellence, Respect, Responsibilty and Nurture. Have a look at our vision which is on the school website.

It is wonderful that we are more or less back to normal with our very busy school calendar.  Normally it is around this time we have the family supper, Harvest Festival and the children in Year 6 head off to PGL and it is amazing that all these events are going ahead. There will be more updates for the Family Supper on the 30th September and the Harvest Festival next week and we wish the Year 6 well as they set off for PGL on Monday.

Homework this week will be the usual spellings and online mathletics.

Have a great weekend and kind regards.

Mr Perry

Friday 10th September 2021 - There is democracy in the house!

Dear Parents

Did we have a summer holiday? When was it? It seems so far away…cue a bit of whinging and sobbing in a corner…followed by a large glass of wine!

This past week or so (and over the coming half term)  I am getting to know the children’s learning habits through classroom activities, informal assessments and looking at their gaps, particularly in light of such a fractured year during covid, although thankfully we had very active google classrooms last year to help us.  These do not count in any way in a formal manner, but purely as a way of helping them recall learning and for me to look at how I can support them better. Don’t be alarmed if your child moves onto different class working groups and there may be movement in the maths classes in the coming weeks as Mrs Jeffrey and I get to know the children.

We have started our maths and English topics in earnest. In maths, my group have looked at face value, understanding the value of parts of four digit numbers and what happens to them when we add to or subtract from those numbers. We also joined history and maths together by having a lesson today on Roman numerals, they really enjoyed it and it was fun trying to get the right sequences together accurately. Timetables are a massive push this year and the children know this also requires regular practice at home. We are working in my group on consolidating times tables up to 5.  There will be an informal test next week. Our homework for maths this week reflects all these points.

Their mathletics log ins are stuck on the inside covers of their homework books. 

Schools are fortunate to have received funding from the government this year to support children to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Miss Williams, as our KS2 Specialist Catch-up teacher, will be working with a number of children from Year 4 who need additional support in their Maths and English learning. These sessions will take place on a weekly basis as on-to-one sessions and in small groups. More details on this will follow later on in the term.​

Homework – Please see opposite for the homework which will be spelling, comprehension and maths.

In RE we have begun our topic of Buddhism as well as begun looking at our class spiritual word –Trust. Next week the children will write prayers and created a poster with their bible verse in their RE books based on their idea of Trust in each other, close family and most importantly – God. We also have started our worldwide religious topic on understanding what Buddhism is and where it started , by looking at the story of Prince Siddhartha – who of course went on to later become The Buddha.

We held class elections for school council this week and the children voted for who would take on that role. Well done to all those who went for it, as well as the two children nominated as our prayer group representatives.

Speaking of elections we also saw the speeches and presentations prepared by the Year 6s and voted for the house captains. As a prior Year 6 teacher I know how important these elections are and told my class just how the confidence of many house captains have risen as a result of being elected, the amazing fund raising they have been a part of and the pivotal role they have in school daily life. The children took the responsibility of voting very seriously and I am sure they have made excellent choices.

So all in all it has been a very democratic week in class…although I still have my dictator moments J .

Just to round off I would like to say your children are certainly a group full of character and energy. I see myself having a long bath before sinking into my couch every Friday when the week ends with a glass of wine and a box set on Netflix as I try to recover J . Seriously they are wonderful children and I am having great fun teaching them.   They are a credit to you!

 

Kind regards

Mr Perry

Friday September the 3rd..... And we are back... When is half term?

Welcome to Year 4 Bloom!

I hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and are ready to start the new school year. I always loved teaching Year 4 (I taught Year 4s for five years before going to year 6) and they are at a lovely age in their development and also they begin to get my humor (or lack of) J  as well. It is fantastic once again to meet new families, siblings of old students and to welcome our new addition – who has fit in wonderfully. We are all in this together as we start our year 4. I look forward to getting to know your children (and you of course) in the coming weeks and months ahead.

Mrs Cummins has been wonderfully helpful over the last few days and we thank her. She has over twenty years’ experience as a TA and is a welcome member of the Year 4 team. As I am sure you are aware – Miss Tracy will be working next door with Mrs Jeffrey. We also have the wonderful Miss Tamy and Miss Lisa in our class as well (who you of course know) and I know they will be brilliant.

The Children have been letting me know all about themselves by creating a coat of arms that represent them and have included with them topics such as family, interests and talents. They have learnt a bit more about me and my interests, hobbies and expectations. I look forward to hearing more about their own summer and what they love to do in their play time. In light of the times we live in, we have also discussed what would be the same and what would be different in school from last year’s restriction and we are thankful we can bring back being together as a school family through assemblies, playtimes and looking at being back on track with school trips and sports events – roll on Woodrow House! The children have been listening and following the rules sensibly.

Our timetable will look similar to previous Year 4 timetables and the new timetable will be published on this blog (see to your right). In Maths – Year 4 will be split into two groups.  I will be teaching the more independent group (Mrs Kelly’s last year) and Mrs Jeffrey will be teaching the other group (Mr Faiths) supported by additional adults. Although the groups will start the same, there may be changes based on Mrs Jeffrey and I’s judgment. We will want to support your children as best as possible. As per my parent mail yesterday for this half term only we will have on Mondays (Gymnastics), Tuesdays (Cricket) and Wednesdays (PE – Kick London). The children should come into school in their PE clothes which they will keep on for the rest of the day, as before I would want the children to have full school uniforms on Thursday and Friday. Having cricket is a wonderful bonus the children have once a year for half a term, this term being our turn. The weather looks warm next week but make sure your child has long track suit trousers/joggers and a school cardigan or jumper for the cooler days ahead.

Reading books will not be issued this week but will go out every Monday and should be returned by Friday when they will be changed, these books should be read with an adult and recorded in their reading log books. We will also have a school library slot on a Thursday where the children make a more personal choice.  Children will visit the school library every 2 weeks for 30 minute.  Homework will be issued every Friday and should be returned by Tuesday. Mathletics tasks are part of the weekly homework and should be completed weekly.

I am looking to meeting you all properly but at the moment, all adults are encouraged to leave the school site as soon as you have picked up your children. Please do email me with any questions.  If you would like to discuss anything in detail – we can arrange a face-to-face meeting or a Zoom call.

 

Please see to the right where we have the spellings for this week. We will not start reading comprehension and mathletics until next week.

 

My email is a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Friday 3rd December

Spellings 

Try and use the words you are not sure of and take a risk with your sentences.

Week 5 03.12.21 prefix sub inter and revision prefixes AP

 

Mathletics and Times Tables 

Your maths teachers will put the tasks on mathletics based on class learning .

Mr Perry’s maths class will be focusing on times table tasks and corresponding division facts.

Design a Santa Sleigh 

A reminder please that this is not optional homework, but hopefully you will enjoy it. Please find attached a sheet to help you design a new gadget filled sleigh for Santa. It should be clearly labelled and stand out and your gadgets described in the side column of the sheet.

Design a santa sleigh sheet 1

Friday 25th November - Homework

Spellings 

This weeks spellings will be ‘ous’ words. Please see sheet for instructions. Yes we are aware that these spellings were given a few weeks ago, but as I felt a lot of children did not actually learn them ( and admitted so ) I would set them again.

Week 4 25.11.21 ous words AP 1

 

Mathletics

There will be questions linked to the children’s learning in their maths groups. Children are to also focus on times tables and corresponding division facts.

Comprehension 

As Advent Sunday in nearly here our comprehension will be based upon this subject.

Advent comprehension

Special Task 

I have outlined a few more details on the spelling sheet but due to the success of the play this week, I have asked the children to design a poster advertising it as though it were a show in the West End.

 

Friday 19th November Homework

No comprehension this week but see spelling sheet about a small thinking task in preparation for our new English topic. 

Spelling 

This week we will be learning prefix words that begin with im, il and in. Try to use words and vocab from our science (State of Matter) geography (India ) and RE (Peace at Christmas and Beatitudes) topics within your sentences.

Week 3 19.11.21 il im ir prefixes

Mathletics 

Please ensure you continue to stay up to date.

There are three new ones on the system for Mrs Jeffrey and four more for my group.

 

Class Assembly 

You are doing really well and this time next week we can all breathe a sigh of relief!

Please remember to keep it fresh and get that character in your lines for the play.

If able do not forget your costumes so we can help those without.

Bible Verse 

Isaiah 26 vs 4

Trust In The Lord Forever, For The Lord. The Lord Himself Is The Rock Eternal.

Please could the children learn their class bible verse off by heart.

November 11th - Homework

Spelling 

This week we will be learning more common exception words.

Please write sentences in your best handwriting and try and use words from our Tobago topic in English.

Week 2 11.11.21 more common exception words

Mathletics 

Please ensure you are all up to date as some children are falling behind.

There are three new ones on the site.

Week 2 04.12.20 il im in

Reading Comprehension 

This weeks comprehension is based around Remembrance Sunday and why we reflect on it.

Remembrance day comp week 2

Class Assembly 

The children have their scripts and are learning their lines well. Costumes are also beginning to come in.  The children are doing well practising the song ‘Eye of the Tiger’. So keep it up!

November 5th Homework

Spelling 

This week we will be learning ‘ssion’ words. We often misspell words with double consonants so be careful.

Please write sentences using expanded noun phrases.

Week 1 05.11.21 ssion words

 

Mathletics 

Please ensure you are all up to date as some children are still behind from half term.

There are three new ones on the site.

 

 

Class Assembly 

The children have their scripts and are learning their lines well. Costumes are also beginning to come in.  The children are doing well practising the song ‘Eye of the Tiger’. So keep it up!

Homework 22nd October 2021- Yay half - term

 

Spelling 

This week we will be learning ‘ous’ words. Some of them can be tricky so pay special attention.

Your spelling sentences  should be in your best handwriting using the skills we have learnt this week.

Week 9 22.10.21 ous words with AP

Mathletics 

Please ensure you are all up to date for the return after half -term.

 

Reading Comprehension

In light of our work this week in Black Voices Week. I have chosen another scientist ‘Mary Reynard Daly’ in which to base our reading comprehension homework on.

Black Voices Comprehension

 

Class Assembly 

The children have their scripts and should be learning their lines. I have also made reference to costumes in the blog. The children should also be practising the song ‘Eye of the Tiger’.

Homework Friday 15th October 2021

Mathletics

Some of you are starting to fall behind on Mathletics. Please ensure you are up to date by this Wednesday.

Maths

Please practice your times tables and set by your teacher. My maths class you should be confident in your tables up to 7 by half term. Mrs Jeffrey’s are working on tables up to 6.

Spellings 

Please find attached your spellings. Remember to practice every day and not just when you write your sentences.

Week 8 15.10.21 cian words AP

Black Voices Week 

Please see spelling sheet for a task for Black Voices Week

 

D & T Day 

Please can you bring cardboard rolls in for our D & T day on Wednesday as we are making 3D Puppets

 

 

Homework 8th October 2021

Spelling 

This week we will be learning ‘gue’ words. Some of them can be tricky so pay special attention.

Your spelling sentences  should be in your best handwriting using the skills we have learnt this week.

Week 7 – gue words – handwriting focus

Mathletics 

My group has slightly more to complete this week. As well as the usual four srands I set, there is also an end of unit (for place value) mini test so you have five strands. I will set more calculation work next Friday for addition and subtraction.

 

Reading Comprehension

Our current reading book in English is Varjak Paw and we have been focusing on the early chapters where Varjak is living at the Contessa’s house with his family. So I thought that this weeks homework shall be all about the care of cats.

Cat Care Comprehension Week 7

Poetry 

Here again is the poem the children should be learning by heart for the first week back after Half Term so they still have around three full weeks.

This is a popular and famous children’s’ poem by our author Valerie Bloom called ‘The River’.

The RiverPoem by Valerie Bloom

Homework October 1st 2021

Poetry 

An English target for KS2 children is to be able to learn poem off by heart. I am going to put the poem up here and we will go through it once a week in class but I would like the children to try and learn it by heart for the first week back after Half Term so they have around three full weeks.

This is a popular and famous children’s’ poem by our author Valerie Bloom called ‘The River’.

The RiverPoem by Valerie Bloom

Science

No comprehension this week, but to help reinforce (and show ) your learning in our science topic of electricity I would like you to design a poster about staying safe around electricity. Use the words we have learnt too such as insulator and conductor.

Please complete in your homework book.

Spellings

Please find attached our weekly spellings which are based around the prefixes of auto and anti. Your sentences should include our grammar focus of using possessive apostrophes.

week 5 prefixes Anti. Auto and possessive apostrophes AP

Mathletics 

Homework again is based on our class learning as we wrap up our topic of Place Value and continue to consolidate our learning around our times tables. My class is focusing now on the 7 times tables and Mrs Jeffrey’s class is working on using the three times table to help learn the 6 times table.

September 24th Homework

Reading Comprehension 

As we have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxons in history around the discovery of the burial ship at Sutton Hoo, I thought we would include a reading comprehension based upon the topic. Please answer neatly and in full sentences in your homework book.

Sutton Hoo Reading Comprehension hw 24th Sep

 Spellings

Remember practice makes perfect…or at least it helps! Please remember to practice them at least 10 minutes a day to help them to stay in. Ensure your sentences are clear and neat in your book please. We are looking this week at spellings with the letters ‘sc’ in them. We are also focusing on expanded noun phrases so please ensure that you include them in your sentences.

Week 4 24.9.21 sc words and expanded noun phrases

Mathletics

My group are concentrating on the 6 x tables and Mrs Jeffrey’s group are consolidating the 3 times tables. Like the spellings, please keep practising to ensure that they go in.

We have also set work on Mathletics based on our work in class this week.

Enjoy!

September 16th 2021

Spelling

As discussed in class, I am aware for many of us we look at the spellings when writing our sentences and then forget about them. Please remember to practice them at least 10 minutes a day to help them to stay in.

Week 3 17.9.21 im in il ir

Mathletics 

Mathletics this week will be based upon the groups class learning.

 

Homework September 10th 2021

Spellings

This weeks spellings are homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. These are common words we use so you need to learn to remember the difference.

The sentences should be clear and neat and put in a way that is linked to our current English topic (persuasive writing) .

See the sheet for details.

Week 2 10.9.21 Homophones 2 persuasive features

Reading Comprehension

Please see the attached sheet about a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. Please answer the questions clearly and neatly in your homework books.

Comprehension 10.9.21

 

Maths

Both classes have a focus with our times tables (see spelling sheet ) . My maths class are learning the 4 times tables and Mrs Jeffreys are practicing the 2, 3, 5, 10 .

Mathletics  

Both classes have had mathletics tasks set based on class lessons including converting Roman Numerals to 100 and rounding off to nearest 10.

Their log ins are stuck on the inside covers of their homework books.  

Timetable and Curriculum Plan

Please see below our curriculum map and timetable.

Year 4 Curriculum Map 2020-2021

Here are the topics we will cover for our foundation subjects. They are subject to shuffling as we move through the year, but these topics are what will be taught. Below the curriculum map are the themes we cover for ‘Relationships and Health Education’ ( RHE).

Curriculum Map 2020-2021

RHE Curriculum Map

Here is our timetable for the Autumn 1 term. As discussed, Cricket will be on Tuesday for this half term only and then gymnastics will be switched from Monday to Tuesday after half term.

Timetable Y4 Bloom Autumn

Spelling.

Here are this weeks spellings . Please write 10 sentences using your best handwriting. You have been told your groups starting out this year and they are written in the first page of the homework book.

Week 1 3.9.21 adjectives AP