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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mathletics this week will be based upon the groups class learning.
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.
Please see the attached sheet about a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. Please answer the questions clearly and neatly in your homework books.
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 .
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.
Please see below our curriculum map and timetable.
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).
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.
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.