Year 4

Isaiah 26:4 – Trust in the Lord forever, the Lord, the Lord himself is the Rock eternal.


Welcome to Rosen Class – this is where you’ll find news about what we’re doing in class.

The Class Teacher is Mrs Jeffrey who is supported by Miss Tracey and Miss Michelle


Introduction Song

Going to use my feet today

Don’t know who I’ll meet today

Going to keep the beat today

Going to use my feet today

Going to use my eyes today

Look out for the lies today

Try to be wise today

Going to use my eyes today

Going to use my ears today

Going to have no fears today

Never mind the tears today

Going to use my ears today

Going to use my mind today

Leave bad things behind today

See what I can find today

Going to use my mind today

Going to use what I’ve got today

How and where and what today

Going to use the lot today

Going to use what I’ve got today.

Michael Rosen


Friday 22nd July - School's Out For Summer

We just about managed to cross the finish line, a little out of breath but with a exhilarating sensation of achievement.  It’s not always a well-paced race – for some, we started in the slow lane, for some it was a little bumpy, others needed a little recharge but the important thing is we all tried and we eventually got here – to the end of year 4.

Teaching children brings its rewards and it’s been a privilege to have taught yours this year.  They are a fun bunch with a great sense of humour and a touch of the mischievous!

Thank you for your support this year, kind words and your generous gifts, not just at the end of term, but throughout the year.

Enjoy the summer holidays with your amazing children and I’m sure I will see you around the playground.

Mrs Jeffrey


Friday 15th July - The Final Countdown

What a performance!  They really did themselves proud and I hope you had a chance to watch them perform in all of their glory.  The dressing room/classroom was awash with stage nerves, tears, excitement, pink hair spray/plaiting and last minute costume adjustments but boy did they deliver!  They even managed to save enough energy to sing, dance and mosh along to Amarillo!  What a finale!

In other news, we have been looking at the Lego story in detail and will be writing our report early next week.

In Maths, we have continued with shapes, their properties with a focus on angles and symmetry.

We have finished our Geography topic on the River Nile.

Next week will be a busy week – finishing off our Science and RE topics, prayer day, sports day, class swap afternoon and school leavers assembly.  The classroom will start to declutter as we send home children’s books and their work.  Today, the reports will be handed to your children with the covering letter sent by the school – do look out for them!

Please send in any reading and library books so we can all start afresh in September.  No homework so enjoy the (very) hot weather and see you for the final week of year 4!

Mrs Jeffrey



Friday 8th July - Rehearsals in full swing...

Rehearsals are in full swing and the children have been out of class practising with Miss Rachel and Miss Whiting.  They are looking so good – and will be brilliant on performance night.  The school has installed an impressive awning in the playground.

In English, I’ve had fun reading their adventure pirate stories.  The children used alliterative pirate names and had all sorts of dilemmas and quests.  Great Time Greg, Deadly Captain Tom, Barbarous Billy and Ruthless Red all made welcome appearances.  Now we’re working towards writing a report on the story of Lego.  We are using a visual text and it’s been challenging but the children have thrown themselves into the work with the promise of some Lego time once they have finished.

In Maths – we continue to work on shapes concentrating on angles, triangle and quadrilaterals.  We will move onto lines and symmetry and wrap up year 4 with positional and directional work.

Chess – we concluded our 4 week chess tournament with nail biting quarters, semis and a final today.  Well done to all the children who played several games and congratulations to our medallists.

There is no set homework this week but children can complete any Mathletics tasks they may have and learn their lyrics and dance moves for the performance next week.  All reading books/folders and library books should be returned to school as we prepare for the end of the school term.

Top up the sun cream and stay hydrated this week!  Enjoy!

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 1st July - the first of the month....

I hope you enjoyed the chance to see your children’s work and their classroom this week.  It was good to meet & catch up with you.

Rehearsals are well underway with dancing positions arranged by Miss Whiting.

This week, we’ve done work on characterisation, planned, written and edited our stories.  I’m looking forward to hearing them read their stories especially having read their plans.  They promise to be full of drama and excitement.

In Maths, we’ve finished statistics (graphs), completed the assessment and  started shape work.  They’ve made a good start with angles – acute, obtuse and reflex.  Just reminders to use rulers and their gridlines to make their work presentable and accurate!

In History, we learnt about the importance of the Aswan Dam and how people rely on it.

In RE, we learned about the miracle in the story of Jairus’ daughter and acted it out doing drama.

Homework this week is spellings and Mathletics.

Enjoy the summer fair – lets hope the weather is kind to us.

Have fun

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Please send in any photos of the alyssum plants you have grown (even if they weren’t so successful!).


Friday 24th June - Mamma Mia - Here we go again...

Rehearsals are going well for the school production and the class had an opportunity to perform for Miss Avan as we said some tearful farewells.

In Maths, we are really enjoying constructing our graphs and remembering to use rulers and gridlines!  We’ll finish this topic next week and move onto shape.  It’s interesting to see that some children who might find number trick straight forward find shape work challenging and vice versa.

In English, we have been doing work on pirates and mythical sea creatures.  They enjoyed working with alliteration to come up with names for the crew or pirates.  They will plan and write their (hopefully dramatic and adventurous) stories soon.

In RE, we have learnt about the miracle of Hannukah.  From the mouth of babes … I was amused by one recount of the Mackabeasts not the Maccabees!

We finished the week by exploring sound through different objects eg sound hoses, bells, shakers, tuning forks etc;  We revisited our learning from the scientist-in-residence and discussed how sound vibrations travel through different medium before reaching our ears.  It was a bit chaotic and rather noisy but all in a good cause.

Homework this week is spellings, comprehension and Mathletics.  I hope the weather is favourable for those of you (and there are many!) hiking in the Isle of Wight.  I’m sure that the sea views will be refreshing change from the Bush.  Have a lovely weekend where ever you are!

Mrs Jeffrey


Friday 17th June - What a Scorcher!

We started the week by finishing off our felt book covers – it was decidedly trickier than we thought.  We decided the videos were not much help and actually it was simpler to skip a few of the suggested steps which is all part of the DT process.  Anyway, the children worked really well and helped each other out and they are super proud of their covers – they were all personalised, colourful and some even had pockets.  We may have some future sewing bees in our midst.

In English, we started our book, Molly Rogers to the Rescue.  It’s a pirate adventure story with a female pirate as the lead.  We looked at some real life pirates and what jobs they might have aboard a ship.  We also learned about the origins of the kraken…more to follow!

On Wednesday – we all completed the MTC without any of the drama.  (The fire alarm drill took place on Tuesday and the faulty alarm started after we’d completed the tests.)  We will have the results in the next couple of weeks.  We have started the topic of statistics (graphs) and will be using rulers (!) to make our own charts next week.

We learnt about the River Nile in great detail in Geography using atlases and maps.

In RE, we’ve learnt about the miracle of Jesus turning water to wine at the wedding at Canaan.

A squad of children went for a Quad competition and two children were awarded third place in their round in a tennis tournament.

Homework this week is spellings and Mathletics tasks.

Suncream or brollies?  Take your pick and enjoy!

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Tis the season of rehearsals and timetable changes…next week only our class will have Gymnastics, PE and Music on Tuesday …they should sleep well that evening….


Friday 10th June - World Explorers Day

Vibrant colours, smiley faces, swinging hips and loose shoulders were the order of the day.  Mr McInroy introduced the day with a wonderful carnival themed assembly complete with spectacular head dresses and steel pans.  Children were chosen to model the headdresses but of course Mr Schumm had to get in on the act!

We learned and listened to music that is typically played at Notting Hill Carnival and discovered a little more about the background of the celebration.  We made masks for the afternoon parade so we finished the school day already for the celebration of the weekend.

We also have started our DT project of felt book covers which was trickier than we thought it was going to be.  Next week, we will decorate them and attach either a button strap or Velcro so it has a fastening.

We celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee on Wednesday when children were invited to come in red, white and blue.  They did with lots of variations on the colour palette…


In English, we have started a new pirate adventure book which will lead to adventure story by the children.

In Maths, we have finished the topic of time – please do keep practising time with them as some are still finding it quite tricky.  We will move onto statistics (graphs) next week.

The children enjoyed a sound workshop given by Mercedes, our new Scientist-in-Residence.  See attached page on the session.

Miss Whiting is busy with rehearsals for the Summer production and I daresay that you will be hearing Abba songs galore over the coming weeks.

So on that note, I wish you a sun filled weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Homework this week is spellings, comprehension and Mathletics.












Friday 27th May - Jubilee Week

It’s been a been hectic in class as we’ve been trying to finish all our term’s topics ready for the final summer term – how did that happen?

In Science – we squealed in delight, groaned in disgust as we imitated actions of the digestive system.  We used water to represent saliva and juice to represent stomach acid – and we mashed up the food in a bowl and plastic bag before pushing it through a tight and forcing it through a hole in a cup to represent faeces (that’s poo!).  I’m sure it will be a memorable lesson for all!

The Tin Forest stories were an absolute joy to read and some of the stories had some very original ideas.  The children have really developed their story writing skills this year – those who have made the most improvement have followed their plans and the success criteria!

In RE, we have completed our work on significant figures from the Old Testament finishing with Daniel (& the lions) and Jonah (& the big fish).

Miss Tracy and Miss Avan used hot glue guns to stick on the fabric that the children decorated last week for their drums.  They looked fantastic!

Homework for the half term is spellings and Mathletics.  Remember to practice times tables for the MTC on June 15th.

I hope you are looking forward to the Jubilee week and have some plans.  Let’s hope the weather behaves itself!  Enjoy and see you on Tuesday 7th June.

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Monday is an INSET day.

School photographs on Thursday 9th – winter uniform please.

World Explorers Day on Friday 10th June






Friday 20th May - It's Getting Hot in Here

The summer seems to finally be here – we’ve been enjoying the warmer weather this week and have been coming back into class a little hot and panting for breath.  Please ensure your child has a water bottle in class as the queues for the water fountain are very long and with a countdown for each child do not seem long enough to quench their thirst.

In Maths we finished the topic of Money and completed an assessment.  We’ve begun the topic of time so it would be great if you could practice this over the weekend and going forward.  My group have focussed on telling the time using minutes past the hour and minutes to the hour.  We will look at am and pm, 12/24 hour clock next week.

In English we have finished our fantasy of The Tin Forest and have planned our own fantasy story based on our class book.  We’ve worked hard to include ‘show not tell’ ideas to convey how the character is feeling without stating he’s sad/happy or tired.  I’m looking forward to reading their stories next week.

In History, we looked more at the story of Eweka, one of the obas of the Benin kingdom.

In RE, we have revisited the famous story of David and Goliath and the theme of faith and trust in God.

In RHE, we had a lot of fun designing a SCARF hotel for the positive mental and physical well being .  We discussed what keeps us healthy and listed a good night’s sleep, well balanced diet, physical exercise, water, doing things that make us happy, connecting with friends.  We tried to include all of elements into our hotel.

We had lots of children out for sports competitions this week.  On Thursday, a few of us went to a tennis tournament – unfortunately rain stopped play on Friday for the cricket tournament.

Thursday – it was good to see St Stephens in a different light on Thursday evening.  Well done to all those who took part – I hope you all enjoyed the cabaret – food, drink and entertainment as much I did.

Homework this week is spellings, reading comprehension and Mathletics tasks.  Keep practicing the times tables as well.

Have a lovely weekend – I hope you recover quickly from the cabaret evening!

Mrs Jeffrey







Friday 13th May - We're Off to the Zoo

The weather was decidedly wet at the beginning of the week which put dampener to our PE…fortunately it picked up and by Friday was a few degrees warmer and definitely drier.  We had a wonderful time at the zoo.  The children enjoyed navigating their own way around the zoo with their own choices of animals and areas.   The tigers, tiny giants and monkeys were a popular choice.  Many of us also enjoyed night life and the reptile house.  The children were well behaved and my group even amused other visitors with their Abba singing!  We’ll use our observations in Science when we’ll learn about animal teeth and their diets.

We’ve been tackling the tricky concept of giving change.  We looked at two strategies – using the number line and using column subtraction.  Many of the children are secure using the column method in spite of the obvious renaming/regrouping of digits (what used to be called ‘borrowing’).  We also discussed how people pay with cards now so people didn’t even need to calculate change.  Even so, this skill still needs to be taught and learnt.  Mr Perry and I have decided the children will take their Multiplication Times Table Checker on Wednesday 15th June so keep practicing (up to 12 x 12).

In English, we’ve been responding to some illustrations from our class reader – the title has yet to be revealed.  The children have completed some good work about the old man and his dreams.  They’ve revisited expanded noun phrases with prepositions are have come up with some lovely descriptive language.

In RE this week, we learned about Ruth and the choices and sacrifices she had to make when her life took a different turn.  We carried on with the theme of choices for RHE when we discussed the importance of different types of choices children and adults make.

In History, we learned about some of the obas (rulers) of Benin.

Homework this week is spellings and Mathletics.

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 6th May - A Four Day Week

Although it was a four day week, we’ve been super busy this week…

We wrote instructions for our very creative shirt machines and I’m pleased the children included eco friendly ideas such as using solar panels, bamboo fabric and wind energy.  Amongst some of the ideas was a time travel shirt and also a shirt that created marshmallow shirts.

In Maths, we completed assessments on decimals and have moved onto the topic of money which it seems, to be everyone’s favourite.

In Computing, the children had to work on algorithms for a dance sequence with repetition of actions.  They also explored how to add sound and change the background for their dance scene.

In History, we learned about the reliability of having tangible evidence (artefacts) rather than ‘passed on’ stories.  We read two different versions of the creation story.  There is a reading comprehension as part of homework this week.

The school celebrated Grandparents day on Friday in the beautiful hot sunshine who were treated to a Q&A session with actress Penelope Wilton.  Proud children brought grandparents to the class where we made our plastic bottle maracas.

Children are looking forward to London Zoo next Friday.

Homework this week is spellings, comprehension and Mathletics tasks.

Summer is well on its way – enjoy!

Mrs Jeffrey

PS We have named our plants:



Bobolina and Webb!


Friday 29th April - A long weekend looms ...

The children have all settled into the summer term really well and we’ve only completed a full week before another long weekend!

This week in English, they’ve been looking at instruction texts and have used The Shirt Machine as a point of reference for their own shirt machine.  We’ve had some unusual and creative ideas with lots of thought about being more environmentally friendly – from solar panels, bamboo pipes, natural fabrics and lemon operated batteries!

In Maths, we are really getting to grips with tenths and hundredths as decimals.  We will start the topic of money next week.  Please remind the children that they need to line up the digits in the right column to avoid unnecessary mistakes.

In History, we started out topic of Ancient Benin – not to be confused with the modern day country of Benin!  We looked at major events of Benin and compared it to what was happening in Britain at the same time.

In RE, we learned about another figure from the Old Testament, Moses and how he had a calling from God.  We discussed what a vocation was and thought about what vocation we would be suited to.

In Science, we are learning about whether animals are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.

It’s been another busy week!

Homework this week is spellings and Mathletics tasks.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey




Friday 22nd April - Summer Term is Finally Here!

Welcome back!  I hope you are all refreshed from the Easter break whether you spent it here in London or further afield.  The children look sun kissed and healthy and ready for the busy term ahead.

Only a three day week for the children but that has not stopped us going into the summer term at full throttle.

In Maths, we are still working with tenths as decimals and understanding how to divide 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10 and 100.  I was pleased to see lots of children completing extra Mathletics tasks/quests.

In English, we have started instructions and enjoyed making tissue paper flowers to ‘test out’ instructions and make improvements on the original set.  We also spent some time using different comprehension skills.

In Science, we are starting the new topic of Animals including Humans.

In RE, we will be learning about the Old Testament and started this week with Abraham.

Homework this week is spellings, reading comprehension and Mathletics tasks.  For the summer term, homework will only be found on this class page (and not Google Classroom) – if you wish for it to be posted onto GC please email me to let me know.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey



Friday 1st April - April Fool's Day

Unfortunately, now we are at the end of the Spring term, I’m too slow to think of cheap April Fools day gags to start the blog…

We made it!  Easter holidays are upon us and today’s bitter cold winds are a reminder that we can not rely on the weather but let’s hope the next two weeks are warmer than today.

The school was awash with amazing creations on Thursday for the Easter bonnet parade.  Each year, the bonnets get more and more elaborate which wouldn’t look out of place on a West End stage.  I hope the children enjoyed making and creating them – I know a lot of thought went into many of the hats – well done everybody.  I’m glad I didn’t choose the winners – that difficult task fell to other teachers.

We celebrated Easter with a church service, beautiful music from our school orchestra and choir.  Alistair talked to us about our failings and goodness within and left Mr Schumm to clean up the toothpaste (you had to be there!).

In English this week, the children wrote their diary journals following the following success criteria :-

Success Criteria

  1. To write in the style of a journal ie first person, informal language, express opinions.
  2. To include expanded noun phrases eg the towering trees with vivid green leaves.
  3. To use inverted commas eg “Yee-ha!”
  4. To include spelling words.
  5. To include rich vocabulary eg interlocking, gallop, magnificent
  6. To use relative clauses eg The metallic rhino, which was made from interlocking panels, had really helped me.

I’ve enjoyed reading their diary entries about their daring plans to escape the battle unscathed – lots of drama and suspense.  Some of their entries had happy resolutions, others not.  I was impressed that many of them are now referring to the success criteria more to improve their work – a few others need reminding!

In Maths, we’ve made good progress with understanding tenths as decimals.  The children are confident at representing tenths as fractions, decimals, bar models and number lines.

We’ve finished our topics in RE,  geography and science and completed the relevant assessments.

We finished the week celebrating (if that’s the right word) one of our students time at St Stephens with donuts and lemonade!  I’m glad we left it until the end of the week for that sugar rush.

No formal homework set this week but I would encourage the children to practise their times tables & spellings (spellings can be found on Google Classroom).  For my Maths group, I have added lots of fraction and decimal tasks and quests for extra practice.  This is builds on work we’ve done in class and the first few lessons in the summer term.  This should not be seen as homework just an extra for children to do if they have the time or inclination!  All these tasks/quests will be removed at the end of the Easter break so don’t worry about completing them all.

Just a reminder about the seed competition – remember to plant your alyssum seeds!

I hope the Easter bunny is kind to you all….enjoy!

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Remember we return to school on Wednesday – make sure the children have the gym kit on (hopefully no thermals needed…)!




Friday 25th March - Parents Evening & Pavilions

Thank you for making time for parents evening – it’s always good to feed back and get feedback.  Apologies for any technical hitches. In response to the meeting, I will be posting up the success criteria for next week’s English work – watch this space. Additional Mathletics tasks have been set by individual requests.

We have tried to conquer our fear of fractions with mixed results so I encourage you to support the children with times tables practice and completing the Mathletics tasks.  We will start work on decimals next week and learning how to write some of the common fractions as decimals.

In English, we have started our new class book Charlie Small.  The children are enjoying the tales of 8 year old (or 400 year old?) Charlie who has found himself in the jungle.

In RE we are learning about the importance of Last Supper and how and why it is symbolic for Christians.

We ended the week with DT day themed on pavilion structures – a building with an open space.  The initial experimental stage using plasticine was really tricky so we resorted to blu tack.  Then we used lolly sticks, straws and hot glue to create quite impressive structures.  Check out our photos.

Next week is a busy week – we will have an Easter bonnet parade (check your ParentMail) and a church service on Friday ahead of the Easter holiday.

All library books should be returned.

Homework this week is spellings, reading comprehension on the Last Supper and Mathletics tasks.

Happy Mothering Sunday to those of you celebrating – I hope those children get to spoil you!

Mrs Jeffrey



Friday 18th March - It all ended with Jupiter - God of Jollity..

Another busy week here at school.  I’ve been really impressed by how the children are responding to new rules in assembly and the classroom…  In an effort to reduce the noise both in the hall and in class – we’ve introduced stricter boundaries to which the children have responded well.  Long may it continue.

In English, the children have written their explanations of the chocolate making process and a number of them have been including relative clauses – something we have learned recently.  They should be very proud of their work.  Next week we shall start another book and work towards writing a diary entry.  I’ve been reading The Saga of Erik the Viking in class which they are enjoying; occasionally bringing it to life by inviting them to shout, row, glare, roar at appropriate moments in the story.

In Maths we are still looking at fractions and some of us are finding it quite challenging.  It’s a good opportunity to remind them that this is where their times tables knowledge and their understanding of the number system is vital.  Please ensure Mathletics tasks are kept up to date as this will support and consolidate their class learning.

In RHE, we have started the topic of Rights and Responsibilities and discussed who in our community keeps us safe and healthy.

Geography and Science this week had the children using atlases, maps to identify where plants are grown around the world.

On Friday, the weather was kind to us as we went to the Royal Albert Hall for Classical Spectacular concert.  We had a picnic lunch in the park and then waited patiently in the concert hall for the show to start.  We were not disappointed – we were treated to a solo performance by a Polish guitarist, Marcin, and live music by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, dancers, lasers, light show, fireworks and blazing torches!  What a wonderful start to the weekend!

Next week, we will have DT day and year 4’s will be designing and making their own pavilions.

Homework – spellings and Mathletics tasks.  Lovely forecast for the weekend – maybe a little/big Jupiter theme for you?  Enjoy!

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 11th March - Back to Business...

After all the excitement of last week, this week bore some resemblance to a normal school week – that is – as ‘normal’ as it can be here at St Stephens.

I hope you got a chance to visit the Arts Cafe gallery and view some of the children’s work.  They really enjoyed the different activities and are super proud of their work.

The children have revisited the chocolate making process and been to the idea of complex sentences – a joining of a main clause and subordinate clause.  Maybe they can enlighten you if you want to know more.  We are also going be brave and include some relative clauses into our explanations!

In Maths, we have been using cubes to make sense of the fraction work we have been doing.  There is so much of it…fraction work…so it’s important that we have a good handle on the fundamentals of fractions so we can move onto some of the challenging work.

In RE, we had a lesson on fame and Christianity and discussed how one may or may not influence the other.  They have also been filling in a Lent calendar every morning.

In Science, we used atlases and had fun locating where in the world plants come from.

Remember a packed lunch for the school trip next Friday.

Homework this week is spellings and rainforest comprehension.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 4th March - Giving It 100% All Week

Typical St Stephens fashion – doing it to the max.  The week was dominated mostly by Arts Week inspired by Fahrelnissa Zeid.  We started the week moulding our clay into tablets before cutting patterns and painting them.  Quick drying since Wednesday but they look amazing.  She has covered lots of different styles and used wavy and straight lines to compose pictures cleverly disguising faces and other pictures within the lines.  We used created pictures using a silhouette of a mosque and tissue paper.  For non-visual art, we storyboarded some of the Arabian Night tales with partners.  We finished the week making kaleidoscopes (thank you for sending in the cardboard tubes).  Mrs Pereira  got in on the action too by giving Spanish instructions for the children to do lovely tiles. On our class page, you’ll see a snapshot of what we’ve done but you’ll be able to see more in next Friday’s Art Cafe exhibition!

We enjoyed a beautiful Ash Wednesday service in the church where the children sang and listened to Mr Perry and Cheryl Freeman.

On Thursday, the children were really giddy with excitement about World Book Day – in fact the whole school was awash with costumes, creations, face paint and props.  What a marvellous effort!  I don’t know how the winners were chosen because there were so many fab costumes….not an easy task to judge.  I hope you got a chance to see the children in the morning parade – there’s a few pictures on this page if you missed the morning.

Anyway, business as normal next week.  Homework this week is spellings and Mathletic tasks.


Mrs Jeffrey




Friday 25th February - Spring is in the air!

It was great to see all the children had recovered from Woodrow House and refreshed from their half term breaks.  The children shared news of spending time in London, skiing holidays (France, Austria), the Francis Bacon exhibition and shredding sensitive documents in places of work!

This week, we’ve finished a lot of the topics we didn’t get a chance to complete last term and now we’re looking forward to Arts Week next week where we will learn more about Fahrelnissa Zeid and her work.  Miss Tracey is excited about doing some clay work with the class and we’re also be doing some non-visual art work based on the artist.


Next Thursday is National Book Day and the children are invited to come in fancy dress (definitely no football strips!) and we will have a parade for the parents.  As part of celebrating, the children will watch a performance of Jungle Book on Monday afternoon – what a treat to kick off the week!

We are also starting another initiative to promote STEM and each week we will spend time learning about an important figure in STEM.  Our first STEM person is  Dr Krishna Mooroogen.

Next Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday for which Mr Perry will take the lead.

We are looking at the making of chocolate and Fair Trade chocolate In English this term and the children will write an explanation.

In Maths we have started our topic of fractions so its doubly important times tables are practised.

Following up Miss Bell’s email – we would love it if people, over the weekend, would light up or decorate themselves or their home (inside and/or outside) to help raise awareness for Rare Disease Day which is Monday 28th February. This day hopes to draw attention to wide variety of rare diseases, all of which need more publicity if they are to be able to afford much needed research, as well as build people’s knowledge and understanding of what it is like to live with or care for someone with a rare disease.

More information about Light Up For Rare Disease Day as well as ideas can be found here and a video with info and ideas here. 

Don’t forget to send photos of your decorations, your artwork, you dressed up or lit up in one or more of the RDD colours (pink, purple, lime green or bright blue) to Miss Bell at and to share them on social media (with parental permission) using the #LightUpForRare tag.

She will make a special post next week with all the fabulous photos she receives!

Homework this week is spellings word (topic words), reading comprehension and Mathletics.  Both Mr Perry and I are going to keep a keen eye on children completing their tasks by Tuesday.  Those children who haven’t finished them by Tuesday will complete them at lunch time.

Enjoy the first buds of spring this weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Change from Woodrow House souvenirs has been returned in small brown envelopes in the reading folders.  Also thank you for the bottle of ‘thanks’! It was appreciated.

Friday 11th February - Woodrow House

What a week!  On Monday we had a parent come in to speak to the children about his experiences of Buddhism and Lunar New Year.  The children had a great insight into both and asked some great questions.  If you would like to come in and share your knowledge and experience with (both) year 4 classes about anything we are learning about – please email me. I know the children really enjoy listening to other people.

We started the week by finishing our slingshot cars – we’ve reflected, reviewed as we’ve been following the tutorials and were excited when we got a chance to test them out.  We also manage to squeeze in some chess, music, gym and PE before the big event of Woodrow House.

Plenty of fresh air and exercise for all the children with something for everybody.  You will have seen some of the photos this week.  Among some of the activities were Nightline, Wacky Races, Low Ropes and Shelter Building.  Of course, there was plenty of nutritious food at breakfast to set us up for the morning and again at lunch for the afternoon and again at dinner.

Children had plenty of opportunity of mixing with different friends and the trip can be heralded as a complete success.  I hope you enjoyed the stream of updates and pictures from the team.  There’ll be a few more pictures which I’ll put onto our class page when I find a moment.  Lots of tired but hopefully happy children.  I know there was some disappointment with the souvenirs – we’ll be feeding back to Woodrow House about that side of things but all in all a brilliantly successful trip.  I hope you can to hear some tales!

Next term we will finish some of our topics as well as starting some new topics.  We’ve also got Arts Week to look forward to.

Homework is spellings and any outstanding Mathletics tasks.  Have a fabulous half term break and don’t forget to unpack all that dirty laundry – there’ll be plenty of it!


Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 4th February - Lunar New Year and Slingshot Cars....

We started the week full of festive Lunar New Year spirit – learning about the celebrations that many people across the world have.  We shared some experiences that we had about eating Asian food and the origins of the 12 zodiac animals and enjoyed listening to the story of Nian the Dragon.  On Friday, we had an informative and noisy assembly where we witnessed Mr Schumm doing the lion dance with some children.

In English, we had a chance to finish our St George stories and edit and amend them.  It was a joy to read a wide variety of stories with some very unique ideas and storylines.

In Maths – we completed Multiplication and Division assessments and have made a start on Area and Perimeter.

In History, we learned about Norman castles – the earlier motte and bailey castles then the stone keep castles.

Today, we started our DT project of slingshot cars.  Its going well with constant reviewing and adjusting – we’ll finish them next Monday and race them in the playground – weather permitting!

Next week is a biggie….we will finish our slingshot cars and all our work ahead of our trip to Woodrow House.  The children have chosen their souvenirs and are getting excited.  I believe almost everything is done except the packing.  If you haven’t done so, please return the student data forms and the communication consent form.

Homework this week – spellings, reading comprehension and Mathletics tasks.

Just a few more sleeps now before your cherubs go away – enjoy them over the weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey




Friday 28th January - The Science Museum

An unusual week to say the least, we started the week rather low in numbers but had a pretty good show for our trip to the Science Museum.

We had an enjoyable trip today visiting ‘Who I Am’ gallery and the Wellcome Medicine Wing.  We joined Year 3 in the basement for some lunch and had just enough energy to run around when we got back to school.

This week we’ve planned and written up the first draft of our St George story and will be editing and improving them next week.

In Maths, we completed the topic of multiplication and division.  In addition to completing any outstanding Mathletics tasks – children need to complete the additional Maths worksheet this week.

Next week, we have Coding Day on Tuesday arranged by Mr Faith.

Homework this week is spellings, Mathletics and Maths worksheet.

There’s a recorder link for those feeling musical.

Been an odd week but business as normal next week – have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Sponsorship forms and money should be in next week for Sports for Champions.



Friday 21st January - Cramming it all in...

Another busy week…

English – we’ve been working on on descriptive work based on St George and the Dragon revising expanded noun phrases with prepositions and finding exciting vocabulary from the story.  Next week, we will plan our own version of St George – maybe even including a twist or two.

We’ve stayed on the St George theme for our Art this week where we sketched scenes for our ‘willow pattern’- esque work which included dragons, castles and knights.  Next time, we’ll use inks and fine brushes to paint our paper plates.

In Maths – we’ve moved onto division and had fun using place counters and using white boards to help us with our work.  We have been practising our family number facts and remembering the inverse of division is multiplication which is why it’s so important to practise those times tables!

In history – we learned all about the Battle of Hastings and sequenced pivotal points in the story.

Next week, we have an extra cricket session on Tuesday morning but the children will already be in their PE kits so nothing extra to remember.  On Friday, we are going to the Science Museum.  The children will all need a packed lunch and consent to go – please email me as consent.

Homework this week – spellings, Battle of Hastings comprehension and Mathletics tasks.

Definitely getting much colder so wrap up warm.  Check Google Classroom for work to do at home if you feel work can be done – lots of seasonal bugs etc; going around at the moment.

Have a warm weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey






Friday 14th January - Fully into the swing of it....

Another action packed week….the children enjoyed a LifeBus workshop with Sarah and Harold the Giraffe focusing on What Makes Me Me!  Sarah got us to think about and discuss lots of ideas surrounding our own identities after we had a chance to learn more about Mo Farah, Ellie Simmonds, Sadiq Khan and Greta Thunberg and some of the challenges they had to overcome to achieve great things.

In English, we really examined the story and the language in our class book St George and the Dragon and next week will start planning our own version of the story.

In Maths, we have consolidating our ideas of multiplication and using different ways to multiply such as the number line, place counters and the whole/part/part model (partitioning) which has been tricky but enlightening.

In Art, we have started 2 dimensional pictures which the children enjoyed.  In Science, we have started a new topic of Living Things in their Habitats.

In RE, we learned about the teachings of Buddha, the importance of the dharma wheel and created our own.  We discovered there are lots of similarities between the teachings of Buddhism and Christianity and our own values.

Phew! I’ve been busy sorting out admin for Woodrow House – just reminder to return the student data forms in (please do complete the doctor’s contact details) and send in £5 if your child would like to choose a Woodrow House souvenir.

Homework this week is spellings and Mathletics tasks.  Whilst there are lots of germs going round and for those children isolating/with Covid – check Google Classrooms for work which can be completed in their homework books or returned on Google Classrooms.

Anyway, looks like Jack Frost is around this weekend so wrap up well and enjoy!

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 7th January 2022 - Happy New Year!

Once again, thank you for the cards, gifts and generous gift voucher – I shall look forward to spending it very soon!

I hope Christmas was kind to you and your families and you all had a restful break from school whether you stayed local, managed to get away from London or indeed go further afield.  Hope you got a chance to  to sample your Christmas chutneys!

We’ve had a lovely start to the new school term and shared news about what we did over the Christmas break.

In English, we have looked at the front cover of a book and made predictions and used our inference skills.  Many of the children have a good idea about what the story is about so we shall share these ideas next week.  We are also coming to the end of Varjak Paw and getting very excited with the story.  It seems that Varjak, once scorned/teased/bullied might now triumph over his critics and become the hero!

In Maths this term, we are covering multiplication and division.

Next week we have a LifeBus workshop so this week we have completed an activity in which we wrote down things that ‘make me me’ – hobbies/interests, family, places we’ve lived in, favourite foods etc;

We will start a History topic on Normans in which we’ll learn about knights and castles.

In Science, we will start a topic on Living Things in their Habitats.  We have booked to go to the Science Museum at the end of this month (28th Jan).

In Art, we are looking at artists and their work on landscapes and views.  This week we will learn more about Paul Klee.

We love having your support in the classroom and we would love you to come in if you can help with any of the topics we are covering in class.  Please contact Mr Schumm if you’d like to come in and talk to/teach the children (this would be for both year 4 classes).  Equally, if you would like to help with listening to children read (though not specifically your child’s year group) – please contact Mr Schumm who is organising parent volunteers across the whole school.

Homework this week is spellings, reading comprehension and Mathletics tasks.  I will also put on Google Classroom work for those children who are home due to Covid – work can be completed in their homework books or submitted on Google Classroom.

Phew! It won’t be long before Christmas is a distant memory…

Time to get the tree, decorations and cards down this weekend but whatever you get up to – enjoy!

Mrs Jeffrey

Housekeeping bits…

Please complete and return the Student Data Collection Sheet – this is particularly important for the forthcoming residential trip.  Children will be able to buy a souvenir of the trip up to the value of £5.  Please send in the money in a named envelope to school.


Friday 17th December - Peace At Christmas

So it’s the last day of the Autumn term and Christmas festivities are warming up for most of us.  I know some of us will be thinking about changing & adapting plans because of the changing situations.

We ended the first term in the traditional St Stephens fashion – a whirlwind of activities with a various singing practices thrown in.  I hope you were able to attend the carol service on Thursday or Friday.  It was pity we couldn’t have the parents in church but Zoom was a good alternative.

This week, we finished with some end of term/topic assessments and had some fun making Christingle oranges and writing out our Magic Box poems.  We even got around to finishing art inspired by Tschabalaba Self on the last day.

No homework this week.  Homework books have been sent home so the children can review their work this year.  Ensure all Mathletics tasks are completed.  The children were all able to log into Google Classroom at school and will find their logins in the homework books.  This is what they will use should restrictions be in place in January.

Have a peaceful Christmas wherever you find yourselves and see you in 2022!

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Thank you for the cards, gifts and the generous voucher!  Looking forward to thinking about lovely things to spend it on!


Friday 10th December - Christmas Chutney, Jumpers and Lunch

Thank you for sending in kitchen equipment for Tuesday’s chutney making.  We had the luxury of working in the kitchen above the nursery all day.  It was hard work but by the end of the day, we had successfully produced 30 jars of delicious chutney in 2 varieties.  The children peeled, seeded, chopped, poured, stirred and spooned the chutney into jars which they labelled and covered with Christmas fabric.  They’re very proud of themselves and I’m very proud of them.

In English, we’ve started a poetry unit focussing on imagery and looked at poems by Valerie Bloom (The River and  Autumn Gilt), Benjamin Zephaniah’s Talking Turkeys [which the children loved], Summer by Walter Dean Myers and The Magic Box by Kit Wright.  The children have expressed opinions about which poems they like and explained why.  We’ve started to think about things we’d like to put into our own magic boxes thinking about using our different senses.

In Maths, we’ve stayed in our class groups and worked in pairs or threes looking at some seasonal Maths problems.  The children have enjoyed working with different people and have worked really hard.

In Science, we have learned about evaporation and condensation processes and will finish next week learning about the water cycle.

In Art, we’ve started work inspired by Tschabalala Self in which we will do some collage work in the outline of ourselves.

Nearly time for Christmas fair…. lots of you have already bought jars of chutney – thank you!  The remaining jars will be at the fair waiting to be sold!

Homework this week is spellings, reading comprehension based on The Magic Box and Mathletics.

Hopefully see you at the fair!

Have a good weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Mrs P has an idea if you find the children find themselves restless over the holidays.  Read about it below.

Friday 3rd December - Yay! We did it!!

Yay! We did it – all the hard work paid off and the children managed to pull it out of the bag and delivered a wonderful performance – well done everybody.  They even had the stage for the occasion.  I’m sure you will agree it was great to be able to be in one room and celebrate the work they’ve done this year.  The children were giddy and so excited in the morning getting ready for their assembly and thoroughly exhilarated after the event. Thank you for coming along and sharing this moment with them – forget fronted adverbials – this is what they will remember.  Also thanks to the all the behind the scenes helping hands of Miss Tracey and Miss Avan.

Aside from assembly practise – we have managed to write about our inventions which have ranged from toy makers to cuddle bots.  We have also peer assessed our work so read each other’s work with a critical but friendly eye.

We’re finished the first unit of multiplication and division and completed an assessment on Friday.

We’ve been learning the difference between human and physical geography when researching facts about Kolkata, Mumbai or New Delhi.

In Science, we have been learning about how to read thermometers when different objects change state.

The run up to Christmas will be very busy with planned and unplanned changes to the timetable.  Next Tuesday will be our DT day where we will make delicious chutneys for you to buy at the Christmas fair on the 11th.  The children will be practicing their songs and their readings with Miss Bell and Miss Aisla ready for the concert.

Homework this week is spellings, Mathletics, design a Santa sleigh.

Christmas shopping this weekend?  Early Christmas lunches?  Whatever you are doing – enjoy…

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 26th November - Caractacus Potts & Assembly Practise

Tobago and tropical beaches seems a lifetime away…

We have been busy creating our inventions (on paper at least) – we have all sorts of imaginative inventions from rubber boots, toymakers and very hi-tech Santa sleighs.  We’re trying to find and use technical or subject specific vocabulary for our explanations next week. We’ll be thinking about how our machines work and what stages it has to go through to complete what it needs to complete.

In Maths, we’ve been working with division and understanding how its the inverse operation to multiplication.  Children have been asked to practice corresponding division facts especially if they are confident with their times tables recall.

On Wednesday, they enjoyed a visit from an author and on Thursday enjoyed Year 4 Bloom’s assembly.  After drafting and redrafting our assembly script – we should be ready by Thursday.  I hope you will be able to watch it.

So as Advent approaches, so the wheels and the cogs at St Stephens move faster as you know.  Lots of work still to be done but alongside seasonal activities including the chutney making (week beginning 6th Dec).

Homework this week – spellings, comprehension, Mathletics and assembly practice.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to you on Thursday.

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 19th November - Tobago Beaches

We’ve written our stories set in Tobago – the children wrote lovely stories about meeting their cousin and described what a typical day might be like on the tropical island of Tobago.  Climbing up coconut trees, swimming with dolphins, eating exotic fruit and star gazing.  Does all sound rather wonderful and a life time away from city life.  For our next topic, we’re going to be writing explanation texts.

In Maths, we’ve been using whiteboards a lot more in class and in my group really understanding how multiplication can be represented in different ways and how a bar model can be used.  Remember to practise those times tables whenever you can.

In Geography, we learned about some of the major rivers in India – the Ganges, Narmada and the Indus.  In Science, we’re looking at properties of different matter.

I’ve introduced the assembly script to the class and hopefully by the time you’ve read this blog, I will have assigned parts.  We’ve had 4 complete read throughs and I’ve really struggled to choose roles for the children as there is so much enthusiasm.  Everyone has a part to play regardless of the number of lines that they will deliver and everybody will be taking part in the performing the poem, dance and hymn.  Please remind them to practice their parts as we’ll be practicing a lot next week!  I’ll send out a ParentMail about costumes next week.

Homework this week is spellings,  Mathletics and assembly practise.

The reading on the thermometers keeps bouncing around – heating on, heating off, big coat, light coat – whatever!  Tis the weekend so enjoy!

Mrs Jeffrey




Friday 12th November - Parents Evening Done!

It was lovely to meet you all this week – it’s a shame that you couldn’t come into school and see our class room but maybe sometime soon.  I hope you found Parents Evening useful.  Please do email me if you haven’t heard from me and you were expecting a follow up email.

On Thursday, Mr Perry talked about Remembrance Sunday in assembly and back in class, we observed the two minute silence with BBC live.

In English, we’ve done a lot of work around the book Gregory Cool and the children have written their plans ready for next week’s narrative.  I will encourage the children to use fronted adverbials, inverted commas, expanded noun phrases and references to Tobago in their work next week.

In Maths, we’ve finished the subject of perimeter and the children completed a short assessment.  Next week, we start the subject of multiplication and division. I just want to emphasise that the year 4 curriculum for maths covers an impressive amount of content so we have to ensure that the children are completing their Mathletics tasks every week and practising their times tables regularly.  If they have strong times tables recall, they should start practising the corresponding division facts.

In Science – we’ve been exploring the properties of gases – a challenging lesson to teach but hopefully they managed to learn that air is not weightless.

In Art – we’ll start the topic of The Figure and already looked at the work of David Hockney.

Homework this week – spellings, Mathletics, comprehension on Remembrance Day.

This weekend, I’ll be thinking, drafting and scripting our class assembly.  It won’t be ready in it’s entirety for Monday but I will introduce the class to a song that I have in mind.

A parent said to me today, “It really does feel like Friday today!”  – I completely agree! A walk in Kew Gardens tomorrow to blow away the cobwebs will be just the ticket!  Enjoy the autumnal colours…

Mrs Jeffrey




Friday 5th November - Remember Remember the 5th of November

Half term break already seems like a distant memory…hope you managed to make some lovely memories and recharge your batteries.

This week, we been learning about length and measurement in maths and revisited perimeter of rectilinear shapes.

In English, we are still reading about the adventures of Varjak Paw but have read our class reader Gregory Cool, the tale of a city boy who has doubts about spending his holiday with his Grandparents and cousin in Tobago.  We have been working hard on expanded noun phrases with prepositions and hopefully the children will be able to remember this when it comes to their practising their spellings.

We’re excited about learning more about India in Geography and know a little more about monsoons.  In Science, we started to think about States of Matter.

This week and next week only, our class have a drama session on Friday.  Next Tuesday, a few children have been selected to go to a sports fixture.  Remember no cricket on Mondays anymore.  Gymnastics on Tuesdays and PE on Wednesdays.

Homework this week – spellings with expanded noun phrases and Mathletics.  Please make sure the Mathletics is completed.  Some of the children are running up a lot of uncompleted tasks.

I played tennis last night to the backdrop of a public fireworks display which seems to be bit of an annual event now – if you’re going to a display – wrap up warm!  If not, hope you are cosy indoors!

Mrs Jeffrey






Friday 22nd October - We made it!

What an incredibly busy week!  We had so much to do and we just about made it so we fully deserve a weeks break from school.

This week 4 Rosen have been learning about Saiful Islam who is a professor at the University of Bath.  We found out that he was born in Pakistan and now lives in Britain. He challenged our ideas about stereotypes of scientists.  Our ideas about old, white males who wear lab coats, safety goggles and gloves and use test tubes in their everyday work was proved wrong.  Saiful works mostly on powerful super-computers on electricity projects.  His work includes how sustainable energy can be harnessed and used.  We had a great Zoom Q&A session with him where he answered lots of our questions about his life and about his work.  We already knew he held the world record for making the biggest lemon battery (using more than 1000 lemons) but he told us that his record had been broken but he is hoping to reclaim it back soon.  Watch this space!  Inspired by Saiful and his work, we attempted a challenge of creating a single circuit in which two bulbs would work independently of each other – it was tricky but some of us managed to do it!  We also read the story of Wangari Maathai, a black female environmentalist from Kenya, who overcame prejudice and corruption and leaves a legacy of over 30 million planted trees.  We’ve really enjoyed and been inspired by these people!
We had DT day on Wednesday and had the challenge of making a puppet with moving parts using at least two strings and one stick.  We thought about the Anglo Saxon myth of Beowulf which features the creature Grendel.  Our puppets are based on mythical creatures which allowed us to be really imaginative!  We used cardboard tubes, egg cartons, string, wool, paint plus any thing that was lying around to make a creations.  The classroom was very noisy and chaotic but we had lots of fun!
On Friday – the school was red as a part of Red Card to Racism day.  Mr Schumm held a special assembly and back in class we discussed diversity.
We finished the week by doing some printing which the children enjoyed.
We have finished our topics of Buddhism, Anglo Saxons, Picts and Scots and Electricity.  We have also finished cricket so our timetable will be slightly different in Autumn 2.  Next term, we will begin States of Matter, India and Christianity.
Homework this week is spellings, Mathletics, comprehension and design an eco poster or film.
Whatever you’re doing, where ever you are going – have fun, relax and stay safe!
Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 15th October - Viva Espana

…or Colombia.  The school was awash with children and adults dressed in traditional Spanish/Hispanic costumes or bearing colours of their country’s flags.  We were treated to singing and dancing by Illusion Flamenco in assembly this morning and then brushed off the cobwebs with a rousing version of La Bamba.

Back in class, we learned more about Colombia and made friendship bracelets using Colombia’s flag colours.  We also designed our own ruanas before taking part in a flamenco workshop.

In English, we’ve done a lot of grammar this week and learnt about fronted adverbials, inverted commas in speech, determiners and pronouns – phew!  We’ve also planned the next chapter to Varjak Paw which we’ll write up next week.  I’m really looking forward to reading them.  Their plans have included kidnapping, gangs and dark alleyways…

In Maths we have started subtraction with exchanging – sometimes a difficult concept to understand but vital to building Maths skills.

Next week is Black Voices week and our class will focus on Saiful Islam and challenge ourselves with a two light – two switch electricity activity (remember to send in any shoe boxes Mon/Tues).

Homework this week – spelling and Mathletics, questions for Saiful.  We will also read “Wangari Maathai – The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees”.

A really busy week ahead – DT Day (please remember to send in cardboard tubes) on Wednesday and Red Card to Racism to fit in as well so have a restful weekend ready.

Mrs Jeffrey




Friday 8th October - Getting to know Varjak...

We’ve been enjoying our class book Varjak Paw and this week we’ve picked out exciting vocabulary and phrases.  The story is very exciting and Varjak is a very interesting main character – the children have described him as adventurous, proud and independent.  He’s been tasked with saving his family from the Gentleman and his two cats.  We’ve left the story this week when Elder Paw has sacrificed himself to enable Varjak to leave the Contessa’s house.  He’s now in the Outside and looking for the help of Monsters…

In Maths, we have been adding four digit numbers with and without crossing over the tens (known as regrouping and renaming).  We have learned the importance of lining up the digits carefully and starting from the ones/units column.

In RE, we have looked at people who are our role models and many mums and dads feature – so that is good news.  In RHE, we have talked about kindness and had an assembly about anti bullying.

In History, we are learning more about the food, clothes, homes, leisure & work activities of the Anglo-Saxons.

We’re loving our Thursday afternoons of chess as well.  They have learned how to set up a board and learned how each piece moves and how a game is won.


On Thursday we enjoyed the first class assembly of the year – year 6 did a wonderful assembly on the Ancient Greeks.  It was great to see the children so engaged and as the weeks roll by, we’ll have to start practising ours.

Next Friday 15th October is Hispanic Day – year 4 will learn more about Columbia and read a story entitled Waiting for the Biblioburro.  We will also have the opportunity to take part in a flamenco workshop.  A parent will come in a read the story in Spanish to the children – what a treat!

Homework this week is spellings, Mathletics and comprehension.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 1st October - Runny, sniffly noses & coughs and bugs

We’ve been plagued by sniffles, coughs and other ailments this week but have just about made it through to Friday almost without any casualties.

Yesterday morning, we had the privilege and the honour of sitting at the front of the church for our Harvest Assembly – thank you to all those who donated food.  I hope you enjoyed some fine food and a beverage or two at the Harvest Supper.

This week, we finished reading The Iron Man which most of us enjoyed.  We’ve already started our next story Varjak Paw which I hope the children will really like.  This will lead to some narrative writing which I’m sure the children will love as they will get a chance to write the next chapter of the story.  It will give them the chance to use all the grammar and punctuation they have been learning in year 4 (expanded noun phrases, prefix words and possessive apostrophes) so do make sure that they try the grammar focus in their weekly homework.  Also, this week – please design a ‘safety electricity’ poster.

In Maths, we have finished our Place Value unit and will move onto addition and subtraction next week.  It is vital they understand how to rename ten units as one ten, ten tens as one hundred etc; In subtraction, it is vital they understand that one ten can be renamed as ten units/ones, one hundred can be renamed as ten tens.  Presentation is also important as it will minimise any mistakes made and makes it clearer to identify the steps needed to solve a question.

In RE, we learned about kindness by listening to the story of Buddha and the injured swan.  In RHE, we have been trying to collaborate, which was insightful.  A few groups collaborated well and got the opportunity to show off their ‘human machines’ and a couple of groups didn’t collaborate so well and didn’t get around to finishing the activity.

Children are really enjoying chess on a Thursday which is good to see.

The class had fun making circuits and investigating whether materials are insulators or conductors.

Homework this week is spellings and Mathletics.

Weather has taken a turn so wrap up warm this weekend and enjoy!

Mrs Jeffrey





Friday 24th September - The Iron Man

We’ve been working really hard this week on our persuasive letters to the Mayor trying to convince him/her to either release him or set him free.  We’ve tried really hard to include features of persuasive writing and know how to use rhetorical questions and strong emotive language to convince our audience.  I think a career in public office beckons for some of the children.

We’ve also read more of The Iron Man and are awaiting his proclamations of what plans he has in mind to defeat the space-bat-angel-dragon.

In Maths, we’re working confidently with 4 digit numbers – ordering and  comparing them.  We’re getting into the swing of times tables as well.

In RE, we have been learning about sacrifice in both the Buddhism faith and the Christian faith as well as discussing sacrifices we have made.

In history – we’ve learned more about the Anglo Saxons and how they lived discussing whether they came to Britain to settle here or invade the country.

In science, we constructed simple circuits and tested materials to if they were conductors or insulators.


The children should be more energised after having an extra PE lesson this week.

Homework this week is spellings, Sutton Hoo comprehension and Mathletics.  If you are having problems with Mathletics do find support and advice from the websites and links provided.

I hope the weather stays kind this weekend so we can all enjoy it.

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 17th September - Here comes the rain...

The heavy rainfall on Tuesday meant there was no cricket but at least it disappeared for enough time for some of our year to go and play football in the afternoon.  It was enjoyed by all that attended.

Meanwhile, back in class we enjoyed learning about tones and shades in Art which we put to good practise for our Michael Rosen portrait.

In Maths, we are consolidating our knowledge in place value working with four digit numbers and counting daily.  We will begin our weekly times table practise and the children will be able to practise on-line using a similar set up to the Government times tables checker (which will take place in the summer term).  Please encourage the children to practise them regularly.

In English, we’re really understanding the power of persuasive texts and a few children are writing balanced arguments about whether the Iron Man should be released from the pit.  Next week, they will use their plans to write their persuasive letters.

In RE, we are learning about Buddhism and what suffering means to followers of Buddhism.

We’ve started our history topic of Anglo Saxons, Picts and Scots by examining objects found at Sutton Hoo.

Homework this week – spellings and Mathletics.

Thank you if you signed the consent for the GDRP form, if not, please do so we can get a lovely class photo on the website.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey





Friday 10th September - Here Comes the Sun...

10th September 2021

So the sun decided to return to us in our full week of school making us hot and very sweaty in the afternoon.

We have elected our class school councillors, prayer group and librarians (for the term) and settled into our Maths groups smoothly.

Our timetable has already changed as we are fortunate to have CSCC come in and teach chess on a Thursday afternoons.

Next Tuesday, we have half the year group out at a football match/tournament. Alistair assured all the children that they would get an opportunity to represent the school in sports over the year.

This week in Maths we have been revising our place value knowledge and counting on and back in steps of 1s, 10s and 100s, rounding to the nearest 10 and having fun learning about Roman numerals.

In English, we have started reading our class book Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man.  At the end of the unit, the children will be writing a persuasive letter using features of a persuasive text.

The children wrote some lovely versions of ‘Down Behind the Dustbin’ for homework last week.This week’s homework is Spellings with a grammar focus on persuasive features (so a little challenging but we have done lots of work on it in class), comprehension (which will be given out every two weeks) and Mathletics tasks which are set online.  Children have the login details and passwords written in their Homework book.

This week my maths group to learn 2, 5 and 10 times tables Mr Perry’s maths group to learn 4 times tables.

Full week’s work done – it’s as if we’ve never had a summer break…

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey


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.​

Friday 3rd September 2021 - Back to School

Welcome back to school and to Year 4 Rosen!

I hope you are fully relaxed following the summer holidays and ready to start the new school year.  It has been lovely to see all the children again and we have spent this week getting to know each other. They have shared their holiday news of going abroad (lots of you went to Greece!), camping, visiting friends and family in Scotland/Cornwall/Dorset/Somerset and Norwich (or Nor – witch as the children pronounced it).

You will find our class timetable and our curriculum map on this page.  Year 4 will be split into 2 groups for Maths.  This year, Mr Perry will be teach the more independent group and I will teach and support the other group with the help of Miss Avan, Miss Cummins, Miss Lisa, Miss Tami and Miss Tracey.

Key Information:-

Mondays (Gymnastics)

Tuesdays (Cricket this half term only) and

Wednesdays (PE – Kick London)  – the children should come into school in their Gym kit or PE kit which they will keep on for the rest of the day.  The weather looks fine and warm this week but make sure your child has long track suit trousers/joggers and a school cardigan or jumper for the cooler days ahead.

Homework will be issued every Friday and should be returned by Wednesday.  Homework will be posted with the weekly blog and put onto Google Classroom but all spelling and reading comprehensions must be completed in their homework books.  Mathletics tasks are part of the weekly homework and should be completed weekly.  Homework this week is just spellings and writing a poem in the style of Michael Rosen’s Down Behind the Dustbin – there is no comprehension or Mathletics this week.

Reading books will be issued at least once a week on a Monday and if books get returned regularly Miss Tracey will endeavour to change them more often.  Children will visit the school library every Thursday when they will return and borrow books.  Miss Avan will not be in school this week but have plenty of support with across the two year four classes.

Please say hello at the end of the day if you haven’t already – it’s always good to put a name to a face and please do email me with any questions you have.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey

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Homework - Friday 15th July

No formal homework.  Here is a word list for the spelling words they have practised during year 4 – it would be a great idea to stay on top of this over the holidays if you find the time and the energy!

Useful links for times tables :-

Multiplication tables check: information for parents – GOV.UK (


Hit the Button – Quick fire maths practise for 6-11 year olds (

Please complete any unfinished Mathletics tasks.

Mathletics can be accessed by PC/Mac, iOS and Android devices as well as Windows tablets and Chromebooks – on the laptops at school we find that it works best using either the Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers. See for more details and if you experience difficulty in loading the Mathletics website at home please contact Mathletics ‘LIVE Chat Online’ help or email via

Breaking News - Saiful Islam reclaims the World Record

Saiful emailed us to update us with some terrific news.  After losing his world record for the biggest lemon battery – he has now reclaimed it back with a whopping lot of lemons – over 2000!

Congratulations to Saiful and his team!

Bible Verse

Children should learn the following bible verse:

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

Isaiah 26 vs 4



4 Rosen Timetable & Curriculum Map

Timetable Y4 Rosen Autumn 2

Year 4 Curriculum Map 2020-2021