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 Avan


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 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

PS Please sign permission for your child’s photo to be used on this website – thanks!

Homework - Friday 3rd December

Week 5 03.12.21 prefix sub inter and revision prefixes

Design a santa sleigh sheet 1

Introduction Song by Michael Rosen

Introduction Song


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