Kings Furlong Junior School

Growing and learning together

Year 4

This week in Year 4                                             w/b 10/12/18


What a busy week this has been.  We have performed our show "Silent Night" twice.  The children had been learning their lines and honing their acting skills for the past two weeks and were very keen to put it altogether and perform it to an audience .  They particularly enjoyed singing the diverse selection of songs - from traditional carols to Austrian yodels.  We are very proud of all the children, many of whom overcame their nerves to perform in front of a large audience.  We would like to thank you for all your help with costumes, learning of lines and listening to songs at home.  The songs are certainly catchy and we think it is a first for KFJ having a verse sung in German!   We were so pleased that so many of you could come and watch the show. We hope you enjoyed it!

On Thursday we went to CBEC to watch the drama club put on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  This was a really entertaining performance with plenty of audience participation. It also showed us the importance of delivering lines clearly and with expression.  Thank you to CBEC for inviting us!

The focus of our English lessons has been to finish our sequel to the Snow Queen.  This has involved composing four chapters and has been a major writing task.  We are now busy publishing our work and making a beautiful book in time for Christmas.  In maths we have been learning how estimation can improve accuracy when subtracting and adding.

Next week is going to be another creative experience as we prepare for the Christmas Market. The children will be baking, working with clay, experiencing painting with wax resist and much more. We hope you can join us on Thursday morning.  

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This Week in Year 4..................................  (w/b 3/12/18)


We have been continuing with our study of Traditional Stories and this week we had a go at writing our own sequel to the Snow Queen.  We looked at boxing up the story into the five parts- opening/build up/dilemma/events/resolution and have applied the sentence types and speech punctuation that we have been practising.  So far we have written two parts of our stories and the writing is really powerful with carefully chosen vocabulary.  We will be continuing this next week.

We have also been looking at candles - the very many ways in which they are used and their importance to Christians, especially  in the making of Advent Rings.  Maths has been studying other ways to present data eg pictograms, line graphs.

We are working hard on our production of Silent Night.  Costumes are super - thank you.  We are busy staging each scene and are very much looking forward to you coming to see either the Wednesday or Friday performance.  To help us with this, on Thursday we are going to CBEC to see their pantomime.  We know we will be able to pick up tips that we can use when we return to school.

Hoping you have a peaceful (and not too wet) weekend

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                                 30/11/18

Year 4 have become scientists this week and have carried out investigations involving different states of matter.  First we used three different solids, (jam, marshmallow and ice) and observed what happened when we heated them.  We recorded, using stopwatches, how long it took to change from a solid to a liquid.  Some groups actually noticed a further change to a gas.

Then the children were set a challenge to actually prove that temperature has a direct correlation with the amount of time it takes to change a solid to a liquid.  To do this we set four blocks of ice at various points inside and outside the classroom.  We took the temperature every fifteen minutes and also recorded how much liquid was in each pot. The results were recorded on line graphs and showed that we had proved the link between temperature and melting.

Further Maths lessons concerned other ways of presenting data.  In our English lessons we have read the traditional story of the "Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson.  We blocked out the five elements of the story and will be using this next week to write our sequels.

Thank you so much for the Christmas themed items donated to the PTA on the non-uniform day.  These will be used to make hampers to be raffled and winners drawn at the Christmas Market. 

Next week rehearsals will begin for our production.  We would be grateful if you could help children learn their lines and when they need to come in - they need to know who speaks before them.  If you are having problems with costumes, please see us as soon as possible so we can help source items for you.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                           23/11/18


We have been continuing with our science based project by looking at how different solids melt and turn to liquids.  We set up an experiment to investigate the time it takes for ice, marshmallow and jam to melt when heat is applied.  We then looked carefully at our results and drew a scientific conclusion on what happens to the particles when solids turn to liquids.  Some of us even changed the liquids to gas and were able to explain what effect this had on the particles.

This week has been test week and the children have tried their best with every challenge they have met. We have had tests in reading, Maths and writing so we can assess children's learning and support any areas which have proved difficult.

In English this week, we have begun our study of Hans Christian's Anderson's "The Snow Queen".  This will be our focus for the coming week too.  We also have given out scripts and costume suggestions for our performance of "Silent Night".  We would really appreciate your help in the learning of lines so we can make the most of practice opportunities.  Hopefully you have received the letter which explains how you can obtain tickets (at no cost) from the school office.

Thank you for letting the children take part in "Be bright, be seen".  By dressing up in bright clothes, it has reinforced the message of being visible on these dark mornings and evenings.

Next week we have another chance to wear non-uniform in return for a contribution to the PTA Christmas hampers.  Year 4 have been asked to donate a Christmas themed item eg craft/activity book or decoration to be raffled on December 14th.  We hope that you will be able to support our PTA who work hard on behalf of all the children in our school.

Finally on Thursday, Hepworth will be going to QMC Primary Science Centre.  The children will need a coat and packed lunch.  Moore class will be going on Monday December 3rd.

Have a good weekend,

Year 4 Teaching Team


This Week in Year 4                                         16/11/18

We have now started our topic entitled "Fire and Ice" and began this week with a study of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.  We found out how Hindus celebrate this festival today and where it first originated.  We have retold the story of Rama and Sita and made diwali lamps out of clay.  Our Guided reading has also been on this subject.  Please ask us to share our findings with you.

We have now moved on to the Science behind the project and have begun to investigate states of matter - Solids, Liquids and Gas - looking at the differences in the particles and how they move.  We will be continuing with this in the following weeks and have booked a session at QMC Primary Science Centre so we can carry out experiments to find out even more.  Letters have gone out - please check bags.

By now, you should have heard about our Christmas production "Silent Night".  A letter was sent out regarding tickets for the performance on Friday 14th December.  On Thursday this week the children auditioned for speaking parts, dancing, acting and stage crew positions.  The cast list will be finalised on Monday and children will be given lines and songs to learn and suggestions for costumes.  Your help with both of these would be much appreciated.

Finally, the weather is set to get colder.  Some children are still arriving without coats.  We appreciate they may not need a coat if travelling by car in the morning but do need a coat for playtime and being outside for an hour at lunchtime.  Please remind them to bring one.  Thank you for your help with this.

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This Week in Year 4                                                        9/11/18


This week has seen the culmination of our World War 1 project.  The children have been enthusiastic to learn more about this event which has its centenary marking the end of hostilities this weekend.  We have continued looking at life in the trenches and this week we studied the Christmas Truce.  The children were amazed to learn that both sides stopped fighting for a few hours to play football and exchange gifts in No Man's Land in 1914.  The Sainsbury advert from 2014 was a really good introduction to this aspect of WW1 and well worth a look.

The work that the children have produced has been stunning and shows great respect for those who lost their lives.  We were pleased that so many of you were able to come and share with the children and were then able to stay for our memorial service.  We think the poppy installation from the plastic bottles looked brilliant.  If you couldn't make it today, there will a chance to see them for another week.  Please do come and take a look!

We hope that you have a peaceful weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team



This Week in Year 4                                                2/11/18


Welcome back.  We hope you had a good half term.  The children have returned to school very enthusiastic about our mini project on World War 1.  We have been looking at what it was like for soldiers in the trenches.  We have looked at letters from the time and have tried to create our own.  We have based our learning on a very special book "A Song for Will".  This tells a story based on true life about the gardeners in Cornwall who go off to war and how their feelings and attitudes change over the four years.  We have also looked at the painting "Over the Top" by the Hampshire artist, John Nash.

We are continuing next week with this project and hope to take part in the whole school installation which will be revealed on Friday.  For this we would be grateful for any clean, empty plastic 2 litre bottles.  We have already got a good number but still need more.  Thank you.

In Maths we have finished our topic on Perimeter.  We have practised measuring in mm to improve our accuracy.  Next week we are moving onto division.

We still need your help with home reading.  Every child should be heard four times a week.  Research has shown that this leads to greater progress in all areas of the curriculum.  When a child achieves the four times a week challenge, they are given a raffle ticket to win a book.  We would really like every child to be entered into the draw and would appreciate your help and encouragement for this to happen.  Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                 19/10/18


We have now reached the end of the first half term in Year 4.  It was lovely to meet so many of you on  Parents Evenings and we really appreciate all your support in the last seven weeks.  This half term, we have really enjoyed learning about Ancient Egyptians and the children have become experts in many aspects of this fascinating civilisation.  After the holiday, we are looking at WW1 and year 4, in particular, will be looking at life in the trenches.  This is because of the centenary of the end of the war in 1918.  Thank you for some of your stories concerning friends and relatives that you have shared already.  If you have any other memories, please contact us - either by letter or by dropping in.


This week also, we were fortunate to share Y3 posters explaining the vocabulary of a river.  This was interesting for the children as they could remember how they approached this last year. Then later, we took part in a Year 5 quiz in the Hall where the older children shared their fantastic models of the Solar System.


We would  like to thank everybody that sent in items for the Food Bank.  Both classes were able to make generous donations to this very worthy cause with Hepworth winning the inhouse competition by having the largest number of food gifts.  Well done!


We are very proud of the effort from the children this half term and wish them and their families a restful and enjoyable half term.  We look forward to seeing them again on Monday 29th October.


The Year 4 Teaching Team

 This week in Year 4                                12/10/18

This week we have been using our expertise on Ancient Egypt to design a page for a very special book.  We have helped our archaeologist/explorer, Henry Jackson, for example. to write a diary entry, an explanation and much more.  This has given us the chance to apply the skills we have been learning in our English lessons this year.

In our Maths lessons, we have been looking at multiplication.  We have improved our skills in multiplying two and three digit numbers by one digit.  With this in mind, could we ask for your help in encouraging your child to thoroughly learn their times tables.  Each week we use X Factor tables tests and children can take home practice sheets by helping themselves from the tray unit in the cloakroom.  Instant recall makes a huge difference in so many areas of our Maths learning.

On Thursday we went to the Ashmolean museum in Oxford.  The children were amazed at the size and scale of this impressive building and the number of exhibits the museum displays.  Looking around the galleries and taking part in the Egypt Detective Activity was great fun and helped the children to understand the difference between primary and secondary sources.  Holding an artifact that was thousands of years old was a very special experience!  The children really enjoyed this trip and we were congratulated on their behaviour and enthusiasm.  Well done, Year 4.

As we come up to half term, please could you check uniform.  We have many coats and jumpers already but as they are not named, cannot return them.

We look forward to meeting you at this week's Parents Evenings.

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This Week in Year 4                      5/10/18


Welcome to the first message of the year.  Now we have our new website up and running, we will be able to share what we have done in the week just gone and also what we are looking forward to in the future.


This week we have been continuing with our work on Ancient Egyptians.  We have looked at pyramids and how they are constructed using nets.  We have also used our school grounds to increase our vocabulary about Autumn and used this for writing as if we were a leaf about to leave the tree (or a conker).  Today we used our knowledge of verbs and adverbs to write poems about Autumn which we can share with you at the forthcoming Parents Evenings.


We also walked to the Discovery Centre in town and had a very enjoyable time learning about the organisation of the children's section - not just books, but e books, cds and dvds.  We were congratulated on the number of our children who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge so thank you to all who participated.


Next week we are very much looking forward to our trip to the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford.  Our children have become real experts on the Egyptians and the homework involving the Pharaoh's death mask was absolutely incredible!


Finally can we remind you that children do need to read at least 4 times a week.  This will help them to progress across the whole curriculum.  Thank you to all who do meet this challenge every week.


Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team 

What are we learning in Year 4?


This half-term our topic is 'From Papyrus to the Pyramids'. Our topic flyer and vocabulary are shown below.


Welcome to Year 4!


Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.


Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your Teacher know!


This week in Year 4 13/07/18


This week has simply flown by.  We have had three lots of swimming and the progress the children have made throughout this block of lessons is fantastic. Some children have been introduced to swimming and have been really brave in conquering their fears.  Other children have been improving their swimming skills while others have been learning new strokes such as the corkscrew.  It has been hot walking to QMC but the children cannot wait to get into the water.  A huge thank you to everyone regarding swimming kit.  Nobody has forgotten in the last seven sessions.  The last session will be on Monday.

This week we have worked on our DT project and have designed a product to keep us safe on a bike, scooter or skateboard.  We then made a prototype and the ideas were highly imaginative!  No two were the same!  Finally we evaluated our finished item, thinking about our successes and how we overcame problems.

On Tuesday the children watched the Year 6 production of “Shakespeare Rocks”.  Some of you may have seen it if you have older children.  It was extremely enjoyable and shows the children that there are many talents in our school. Wednesday was great fun too.  Dressing in red and white or football kit to support England in the World Cup,was a really good shared experience for the children.

As we enter the last full week of the year, we hope that the children will look back on their varied experiences in Year 4 favourably.  We would also like to thank all of you for your support over the last year.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team 


This Week in Year 4 6/7/18


Today the children spent the morning in their new classes and with their new teachers.  All returned happily, having had a really positive morning.  Most of the children’s questions were answered but if you have a particular concern, please do get in touch. There will be an opportunity to meet new teachers (and present teachers) at next Wednesday’s Open Evening.  Please do come along.

The children have taken home a letter inviting you to attend a concert of brass instruments.  The children have been learning to play cornet, trombone etc this term.  This was very different to the skills needed for the violin and ukelele.  We think they have made real progress.  Please do come along on the 18th and have a listen!

Next week we are making our DT models of a safety feature for a skateboard or bicycle.  A letter for possible useful junk to come in has already gone home but we would be grateful for any items on Tuesday please.

Finally our block of swimming lessons are going really well.  The children are half way through their sessions.  Next week is going to be really busy , as swimming is on three times – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  As it is still going to be hot, please could you send in a water bottle and a snack.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This Week in Year 4 29/06/18


What a busy week this has been!  We started our block of swimming lessons at QMC this week in really hot temperatures.  The children have coped with this really well and are thoroughly enjoying improving their swimming skills.  There are three groups at the pool with the beginners and middle groups having teachers in the water with the children.  This has helped enormously with those children who were very nervous in water at the start of the initial session.  Thank you for sending in swimming kit – nobody has forgotten yet!  One request – several children have the same towels.  Please could you name them to avoid confusion.  A name on the small label is a tremendous help, especially when we are checking for lost items in the changing rooms before we leave. 


This week we have been continuing with our work on Goth Girl.  This novel has proved very popular and has given the children many opportunities to use their creative skills.  This week they have designed their own character in the style of Chris Riddell and are busy writing small booklets about them.  These will later be placed on the class bookcases for others to read.


Maths has been Fractions Madness!  We have been learning to use the Bar Model to find fractions of quantities.  Please ask your child to show you how they would find three quarters of 28 using the bar model!


It was lovely to see so many of you at the Summer Fete tonight.  The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all.  Thank you for your support.


Remember it is an INSET day on Monday but we look forward to seeing the children again on Tuesday.

Enjoy the sunshine,

The Year 4 Teaching Team



On Your Bike! Year 4 Project Flyer Summer 2 2018




This week in Year 4 22/06/07


This week has been slightly different for the children.  We have been doing our summer assessments.  The children have really made us proud with their enthusiasm and are to be commended for the effort they have made with their reading, spelling and Maths. Only writing to go! 


Our project “On your Bike” continues.  The children are enjoying this science theme as it  consists of very practical activities.  This week we have been finding out what makes a bulb light up in an electrical circuit and learning how to record this using scientific terms.  We then moved on to another property of materials by looking at which objects were magnetic.


Next week, as you are aware, we start our block of swimming lessons.  The children are really looking forward to this and we are sure that they will all make progress, whatever their starting point.  It is going to be hot so please can we ask that all children have a bottle for water in school every day.  Some children still do not have them and as PE lessons will go on as normal, children do need to take bottles out with them.


Enjoy the sunshine

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 15/06/18


What a great Sports Day we had this morning.  The children entered into the spirit of the event with great enthusiasm.  We were really pleased to see the level of sportmanship shown and the support for their fellow competitors.  The weather was also kind to us.  Thank you to all of you who attended and stayed for the picnic.  The children really appreciated it.


Keeping with the sporting theme, we are fast approaching our first swimming lesson at QMC.  Please can we remind you that all children will need a swimming hat as this is the rule of the Swim School and QMC.  Trunks for the boys need to be worn as shorts do not make it easy to learn to swim or improve strokes.  Girls will need a one piece costume and no earrings please.  Thank you.  We are sure they will enjoy their lessons and going regularly over a short spell really does help them to make progress.  Any issues, please let us know.


We have begun another book study which is proving to be really popular.  We are looking at Goth Girl by Chris Riddell and our homework this week is linked to it.  It is a beautifully presented book with fantastic illustrations and we look forward to studying it agian next week.


Whatever you are doing this weekend, we hope you enjoy it.


The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 8/06/18


We hope you had a great half term.  The children have returned enthusiastic for their last half term in year 4.  This academic year really has gone quickly! 


It was lovely to see so many of you on Thursday for our presentation.  We think the children produced some really thoughtful ideas for a possible redevelopment of the Leisure Park.  They took all the views of the stake holders into account and were able to share ideas sensibly with the adults in the room.  We will wait to see what actually happens in the future.  The date muted is 2025 so our children really will be the customers of the future!


The second part of our presentation provided the hook for our next project “On Your Bike”.  We looked at the necessity of wearing a cycle helmet by taking part in an egg drop.  Each group had to protect an egg from being dropped from a height.  The only proviso was the egg had to be able to be taken out of the case – just like a head comes out of a helmet.  There were so many different ideas and many, but not all, eggs survived.  We hope you enjoyed this as much as the children.


Thank you for sending the children in with their PE kit for our new day of Monday.  This will concern the many areas of athletics and Thursday’s lessons will be looking at the skills needed for rounders.  We also have swimming later on in June.  Please check the letter sent out this week for the exact dates.


Hopefully we will see some of you again at Sports Day on Friday morning.  Keep your fingers crossed for fine weather!


The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 25/05/18


As we reach the end of another busy term, it is time to take stock of all that has been achieved. The children have produced some really thoughtful pieces of writing and have shown a real interest in their town with the work on the Leisure Park development.


Next half term there is a slight change to timetable in that PE will now be Mondays and Thursdays.  Please remind your child to bring kit especially for the first day back.  Swimming will take place from the end of June at QMC.  Look out for a letter coming out soon with all the details.


Our next project is a Science based one.  We have called it “On Your Bike”.  Again More detail to follow.


We hope you and the children have a lovely holiday and we will see you in June.


The Year 4 Teaching Team


This Week in Y4 18/05/18


This week the weather has been lovely and this has enabled us to make the most of our PE lessons outside.  We are extremely fortunate to have the amazing school grounds with the field and trees and now from our Year 4 window, we can watch the garden coming to life under the careful management of Year 3 children.  We have been enjoying multi skills and developing our cricket abilities in small team games.  We certainly have children who can throw the ball well and use the bat to great advantage, sending the ball flying across the field.


In Computing this week, we have further developed our knowledge of Excel.  The children can now input data and make a range of graphs which can be interpreted to find out more about the wishes of the people of Basingstoke, concerning the redevelopment of the Leisure Park.


In English, we have been developing our skills in speaking and listening and using this to take part in several class debates.  The children really enjoyed debating “Cats v Dogs” and then turning their attention to whether the redevelopment of the Leisure Park should take place.  Some children were even persuaded by the presentations to change their minds!

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 04/05/18


This week we have been taking part in the Big Pedal Challenge.  Lots of children have been cycling or using their scooters to get to school – even in the rain on Wednesday!  Thank you to all who took part.  We hope you enjoyed it.


This week we have written a middle and end to a narrative story about a boy who gets stranded in a ball pit.  We had many inventive ways written about how he escaped.  The stories were imaginative and entertaining.  We hope to display some in school.


In Maths we  finished our work on symmetry and then looked at reaasoning.  Today the children had a new task to do which was solving a problem and then being able to explain it to another group, using the correct mathematical language.  This was enjoyed by all and a lot of learning took place.


On Tuesday, we are walking to the Leisure Park.  The weather looks to be hot.  Therefore please could all children bring a water bottle and wear a sunhat.  If possible, putting sun cream on before leaving home would also be a great idea.  However if rain is forecast, then a light raincoat would be needed. This trip is only the morning and so the children will not be required to carry their packed lunches.  

Enjoy the sunshine this long weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 27/04/18


What a difference a week makes!  Last Friday we were boiling in record temperatures for April and this Friday we have had rain cancel our PE outdoors which meant learning new cricket skills in the hall.  However we have still managed to get to Level 5 on the Long Barrier which should improve our fielding and throwing.


This week we have been working on our skills as Newspaper reporters.  We have written a piece about a robbery which took place in the early hours.  The children have practised  writing headlines, using a good introductory paragraph to draw the reader in and then adding details in the main body of the piece.  We are now beginning to publish our work in the style of a news article.


In Maths we have revised our knowledge of 2D shapes and are now looking at symmetry.  We started with using shapes with mirrors and will continue this week with work on symmetry using the mirror line.  We also listened and voted for our favourite times tables songs.  More news to follow on this.

The children have also been thinking about the Leisure Park.  What is already there, what they like to do there and then what they might like to see there when the area is developed.  There were some very imaginative ideas!  We are hoping to walk to the Leisure Park on the 8th May and would love some help to accompany us.  Thank you for the volunteer who has already approached us.  It is a morning trip – leaving at 9 and returning in time for lunch.  Please let us know if you can help.


Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Remember next week is the “Big Pedal”.

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Y4 20/04/18


What a difference in the weather!  The last two days of this week have been staggeringly hot.  The children have coped extremely well.  Thank you for sending them in with water bottles, sun hats and sun cream already applied.  We are lucky to have a lovely field to enjoy in the fine weather but the shade of the trees provide welcome relief too.


This half term our new topic is called Leisure and Pleasure.  We are looking at a local issue and have chosen the proposed changes to the Leisure Park.  As part of this, we will be walking to the Leisure Park to look for ourselves.  A letter has gone home tonight with further information.


We have been looking at newspapers in English this week.  This has involved looking at the 5Ws that make a successful opening paragraph – why, who, when. what, where.  We have also been learning about direct and indirect speech.  Maths has all been concerning data handling through many forms such as pictograms, block and line graphs.


Our PE this half term is Multi-Sports and Cricket.  These are both outdoor activities but can we suggest that children still bring shorts for these lessons as joggers/track suit bottoms are too hot for the Summer term.


Hope you enjoy the sunshine this weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 23/03/18


This week has been a week of change.  We began the week in snow and the children enjoyed building snowmen and making snow angels on the field.  Then this afternoon, the sun was out and it was a lovely warm spring day, just brilliant conditions for our Sports Relief afternoon.  The children enjoyed taking part in a wide range of activities, representing their colour teams.  Some were well-known sports such as football, rugby and hockey but others such as curling, boule and archery were new to the children.  The sportsmanship shown was a real credit to all who took part  Thank you to Mrs Davies for organising the whole event.


We have also been pleased to welcome some of you this week into school.  A huge audience came to both ukulele concerts and listened to the skills the children have acquired over the term.  This morning, also, some parents attended the Maths meeting and then came down to class to see for themselves how pictures and resources can add so much to real understanding of maths concepts.  Thank you, as always, for your support.


Looking forward to next week, we have a visit from an Anglo Saxon warrior.  The children have become real experts on our history project and are using their knowledge to write a non-chronological report about life in Anglo Saxon times.  This will stand them in good stead to be in role on Tuesday.


Have a lovely weekend

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 16/03/18


This week in Year 4 we have been learning about Crime and Punishment in Saxon times.  The children found this fascinating.  Do ask them to share some of the “ordeals” with you.  In Maths we have finished our work on division and have moved on to measurement.  This will involve working with a variety of measures under the areas of length, capacity and mass. In English we have studied how to improve our writing by using expanded noun phrases and three action sentences.


We have been enjoying our new PE studies of basketball and dance.  We are using our Saxon knowledge to develop our own dance based on the lifestyles of the Anglo Saxons. 


Next week there is a change to the PE timetable as it is Sport Relief week.  On Friday we are asking the children to come to school in sports wear but with their colour team t shirts as we are having a whole school afternoon devoted to sport.  This means that year 4 dance has been moved to Monday.  Children will therefore need their kit on Monday and Thursday to change into and sports kit to be worn on Friday.  We would be grateful for your help with this as we want the children to join in every activity and sometimes when they do a sports club after school, they do forget to bring kit back in.  May we suggest, that where possible, kit comes in on a Monday and goes home for washing on a Friday.


Also next week you are invited to a musical performance on the ukulele.  Please see the peach coloured letter for further details.


Hoping you have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team


Year 4 Musical Performance


Year 4 children have been learning to play the ukulele this term and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It is our pleasure to invite parents to a special performance so you can see how well the children have been doing. Each performance will start promptly at the times below:

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Hepworth class 1.45pm

Moore class 2.15pm


This week in Year 4 9/3/18


Back to normal this week after a very different end to the previous week.  The photos of some of our year 4 children enjoying the snow have been super and show what inventive and creative children they are.  We used their experience of the snow to develop our descriptive writing at the start of the week.  Each child produced a piece or written work and a poem based on their time in the snow which encouraged them to use the expanded noun phrases that we had been studying.  


In Maths, we have been looking at division.  Many children have realised the connection with the multiplication work we had been studying the week before.  They have enjoyed learning new methods of division and being successful with larger numbers.  To be efficient with multiplication and division, it is, however, necessary to know all your times tables well.  As we mentioned on Parents Evenings, it is a Government requirement that all children in year 4 should know their tables.  We would be grateful for your help in this.  There are many websites for practising times tables in a fun and engaging way.

Yesterday we had a very successful World Book Day.  The children looked fantastic in their costumes.  We know that parents are hugely involved in finding costumes and would like to say a big thank you for all your support.  


We have now started our Dance module which is indoors.  Children have been challenged to all come in the correct colour t-shirt and wear shorts.  Come on  Year 4!  We can do this!


What a busy couple of weeks!

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 4 Teaching Team


Our current Year 4 project is ‘From Invaders to Settlers’



This Week in Y4 23/2/18


Welcome back. We hope you all had a good half term. The children have returned in good spirits and are looking forward to our next project. This time the period we are studying is the Saxons. We began by getting into tribes, designing our standard and then looking on a map to decide where would be the best place to settle. Next we looked at maps to see which countries the invaders came from and where they settled in Britain. The homework this week is finding evidence from place names to show where the Saxons settled in the South East of the country, which includes Basingstoke. On the last week of term we have been lucky enough to book a “Saxon” to come in and lead us through an activity day. Please look in your child’s bag for the letter.

In Maths we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have been learning about equivalence and fractions of quantities. In English, we have begun one of our major book studies for the year, Stig of the Dump by Clive KIng. We have looked at the setting of Stig’s home and written a character study of Barney.
PE this half term will be basketball on Thursdays where outdoor kit will be needed and dance on Fridays in the Hall so please remind your child to have shorts.


We hope you have a good weekend.

Don’t forget World Book Day on Thursday!
The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 2.2.18


This week we have worked in small teams to paint our volcanoes and the landscape surrounding them.  The results are extremely artistic.  Next week we will be coming to the point the children have been really excited about – erupting the volcanoes and watching the lava flow down the hillside on the land below.


In Maths we have continued to work on Time.  The children have worked hard to solve problems which involve converting into the 24 hour clock, reading timetables and working out how many days from one month to another.  The children have been learning how many days are in each month, either by using their knuckles or by reciting the rhyme “30 days has September” which many of you will be familiar with.


In English we have been looking at persusiave devices which can be used in letters.  Today the children wrote to Miss Westaway to try and persuade her to keep the Friday reward playtime for regular reading.  We think they have produced fantastic letters!


Have a lovely weekend,

Year 4 Teaching Team


This Week in Year 4


This week we have been making volcanoes from drinks bottles and modrock.   We have left them to fully dry out and then will be painting them and the surrounding landscape. When ready, we will be erupting them!  This is the part that the children are really looking forward to!  


As well as making volcanoes, we have been looking at the impact of volcanoes on the humans that live near them.  We found many positive and negative reasons for being in the vicinity of the volcano. Do ask the children what their final opinion was.


In Maths, we are helping some children learn how to tell the time while others who can tell the time both digitally and on an analogue clock, are now practising converting to the 24 hour clock.  Any practice you could give them at home would be hugely welcome.


In English, we have been learning about personification and have been finding verbs to describe a volcano.  We have practised writing sentences and next week we will be using these as a basis for writing our own poems.


Thank you for sending in the correct PE kit.  Most children now have PE shorts for Gym and so will be able to use apparatus.  A few children, though, still need to bring shorts and also find their appropriate colour team t-shirt.  Just a reminder – orienteering is on Thursdays and Gym is on Fridays so children need kit both days.

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 19/01/18


This week has seen us learning about the different types of rocks.  We handled a selection of rocks and then identified them using flow charts, just like real geologists.  Then we used our knowledge to write an explanation text about the three main groups – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.


In Maths we have been looking at coordinates and the children have really enjoyed using these skills when orienteering with Mr TV on a Thursday afternoon.  Next week, we are moving onto Time.  Many of our children still cannot tell the time and need help with digital and analogue clocks.  Please could you help us by practising with your child.  The more practice, the more proficient they become. These are life skills so any help with the basic telling of time would be very much appreciated.


We are hoping to make our own volcanoes next week and then causing them to erupt.  We will be doing this in small groups next Wednesday.  For this, we need small, empty plastic bottles and would be very grateful if you could send any you do not need anymore to school please.  We are aiming for 12 per class.


FInally, a plea.  Some children are not in shorts for gymnastics on Friday.  We cannot let these children use apparatus and so to avoid them becoming upset, please send them with blue shorts on Fridays.  It is warm in the Hall so they do not need tracksuit bottoms to keep them warm – although they can put them over their shorts for dinner play.  There is a link to uniform on this website for further guidance.  Thank you.


Have a good weekend.  Stay warm!
The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 12/01/18


May we wish everyone a Happy New Year and say a huge thank you for the cards and presents given to us for Christmas.  They were very much appreciated by the whole team.

This week we have started our new topic “There She Blows” and the children have been very excited to find out all about volcanoes and tectonic plates.  They are becoming quite experts at explaining why volcanoes occur and how they erupt so please ask them.  In Maths we have revisited addition and subtraction, using various methods leading to the more formal column addition and subtraction.  Next week we will be applying our skills to solving multi step word problems.

PE days remain the same – Thursday and Friday.  As one session is indoor (gym), children must wear shorts but can wear track suit bottoms for orienteering outside as the weather is still changeable.

Today we have been treated to a hugely enjoyable pantomime.  We watched “Sleeping Beauty” and joined in with the songs, comedy routines and cheering.  We were even entertained by Miss Dunn and Mrs Barter joining in a dance routine – do ask your children to tell you all about it!

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 15.12.17


We were very proud of all our children who took part in the pantomime this week.  We hope you managed to get to see it as it showcased the talents of the children in many different ways.  Most of the practices took place at lunchtimes, showing the huge commitment needed.  But it was well worth it!

This week we have begun to publish our extended story based around “The Snow Queen”.  We have also been introduced to the bar model for finding fractions of quantities.  Time has also been spent on preparing for the Christmas Market which takes place on Wednesday next week.  We hope to see as many of you as possible at this event which has become something of a tradition.  This year, monies raised will be donated to local charities which support the homeless.


On Thursday, which is the last day of term, children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper with their normal uniform.  This is just for fun – it makes it feel really Christmassy in school!  No donation necessary – just for fun!


Have a lovely weekend,

Year 4 Teaching Team


This Week in Year 4 8th December 2017


It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around the school.  The tree is sparkling up in the hall, the Christmas postboxes are ready and waiting and the Christmas songs are being sung with great enthusiasm in the Hall.  Many of our children are involved in the Pantomime next week and are really looking forward to performing for you all.


This week, we were really proud of all our children’s performance in the violin concert.  To be able to play such a repertoire of songs in such a short space of time is really amazing.  A violin is not an easy instrument to learn but our children did extremely well.  Thank you to the huge numbers of parents who came to watch both performances.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.


Please can we make a polite reminder that children are not to bring in their own pencil cases.  We have all the pens and pencils they need.  This avoids a lot of heartache if items get lost as children may sit in a number of different places throughout the day.  Thank you for your help with this.

This week we have started writing our own sequels to the Snow Queen and have moved onto equivalence fractions in Maths.  All this alongside so many creative opportunities!


Have a lovely weekend

Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Y4 w/e 01/12/17


It has certainly been a cold week but thank you for sending your child to school with coats, hats and scarves.  Everybody needs to be warm, especially during the lunch hour.


This week we have started our book study on The Snow Queen and are now busy planning our own sequel to this famous story by Hans Christian Anderson. This fits with our project “Fire and Ice” and we hope to produce our own book.  We have also began to look at candles which is linked to advent and also, of course, fire.  


In Maths we have continued with work on Area and Perimeter and are about to move on to Fractions next week.


In PE the children are taking part in Hockey and Netball.  Please send in dark jogging bottoms on cold days if your child would prefer to wear this outside. 


Just one final reminder about lost property.  We have a huge amount in cloakrooms and the medical room.  Do please come and look if you think your child has lost something.  We do try and return each item but many are not named and so this is not possible.

Thank you,

Have a good weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team


Year 4 Musical Performance


Year 4 have been learning to play the violin this term and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Parents of children in Hepworth and Moore are invited to a special performance on Wednesday 6th December at the following times:

Hepworth class: 2.00pm

Moore class: 2.30pm


This week in Y4 w/e 24/11/17


This week in Year 4 we have been developing our skills in persuasive writing.  We began by writing to a chef to persuade him to store his ingredients carefully, according to the length of time it took for each item to melt.  We followed this by using our persuasive toolkit to create an advert for a favourite book.  We looked at how adverts can manipulate the target audience in a variety of ways by using such devices as rhetorical questions and amazing adjectives.  This activity was carried out extremely thoughtfully and the results are fantastic.  


In Science we looked at the properties of air.  Have you seen the homework task this week?  It really makes you think!  In Maths we have used our work on multiplication to help us with our new topic, area and perimeter.  If you are measuring anything in metres, centimetres and millimetres in the lead up to Christmas, the children would love to help with some practical tasks to improve their accuracy and give real purpose to learning.


Our next reward for reading is rapidly approaching.  There is still time for everybody to make it eight times over a fortnight.  Thank you for your help with this.


Have a lovely weekend

Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 17/11/17


This week seems to have flown by but we have fitted in many different activities.  On Monday both classes spent time at the QMC Primary Science Centre and carried out four experiments connected to our project, Fire and Ice.  The children really enjoyed this and learned a great deal about how change of state differs according to the material.  Huge thank you to the parents who accompanied us.


On Tuesday we looked at wax resist by using a candle to draw a design and then adding a cold water wash.  Wednesday saw us melting five different materials, (jelly, stewed apple, chocolate, marshmallow and butter).  We timed how long it took to melt and at what temperature.  Some of the children were very surprised at how they compared to each other!


On Thursday we had a great response to our Children in Need activities.  Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.


Finally could we please ask for your help.  The expectation of our school is that all children should read at home at least four times a week.  The majority of our children do but there are a few children who do not meet this every week. Reading is so important to every part of the curriculum and it is now that the foundations are laid which will be built on for the rest of the children’s educational journey.  Thank you and if we can help further, please let us know.


Have a lovely weekend

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 10/11/17


As the sun shines into the classrooms, it is time to reflect on the week just gone.  We have been looking at the historical reason for Firework Night and why we celebrate on November 5th.  We have also used sights and sounds we experienced last weekend, to write creatively about Fireworks.  


Our Maths this week has been all about the different ways we record data from pictograms to bar charts.  Learning to interpret data can be challenging but the children have enjoyed improving their skills.


Yesterday we were lucky enough to take part in British Film week and the whole year group went to the Odeon to watch the film “Moana”.  It was enjoyed by all.   Thank you to the parents who accompanied us.


On Monday, we are going to the Primary Science Centre at QMC to carry out experiments linked to our new project, Fire and Ice. Hepworth will go in the morning and Moore in the afternoon.  Because of the timing of the sessions, children in both classes will need a packed lunch and of course, a coat.


We are still working on improving our reading and encourage children to read at least four times a week at home.  It is a vital skill which encompasses everything we do in school.  We are really grateful for your continued support with this.


Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team



Fire and Ice Project Flyer



This week in Y4 20/10/17


We cannot believe that we have now completed our first half term in Year 4.  These last seven weeks have flown by but we have managed to fit in so much!


This week we concluded our project on Ancient Egyptians by visiting Haslemere Museum.  We were able to see a mummy and coffin from 3000 years ago.  In one of the sessions we learnt about mummification and pulled various organs from the mummy.  Ask your child about the brain!  We finished the visit by making a mummy of our own cuddly toys.  We had lots of lovely comments about the behaviour of our children and also admiration of their wide knowledge of the project.  We would like to say a huge thank you to the Mums who came with us!


It was lovely to meet you all on the recent parents evenings.  Every family had a representative to talk about how their child had settled into the year.  As always, we hope everyone is happy at school but please do contact us if we can help with any problems.  Often a small problem can be easily sorted and saves any worry.


As we write this, the sun is streaming through the classroom windows and we hope this is a sign of the weather for the week ahead!  We do hope everyone has an enjoyable (and restful) half term and we look forward to seeing everybody once again on Monday 30th October.

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 6/10/17


This week we have been busy learning more about our project of Ancient Egypt.  We have looked at tomb paintings and found that all the Egyptians face sideways.  We then tried to create our own.  We have also researched the famous Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, and seen how his death mask and treasures were found by the explorer, Howard Carter.  In our English lessons, we have written an adventure for our own explorer, Henry Jackson, which has developed into an exciting trip into an unknown pyramid filled, with mummies which come to life!  In Maths we have looked at the properties of shape, angles and have now begun to look at the symmetry of different 2D shapes.


We are taking part in a whole school challenge next week and would be very grateful for old newspapers.  Please sent them in as soon as possible.  Thank you.


Have a lovely weekend

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 29/09/17


We hope that your child has enjoyed their first month in Year 4.  The interest shown in our project has been amazing.  This week we have been exploring the pyramids with our own explorer, Henry Jackson.  The children are experts on their construction as we have built our own out of multilink and found out the mathematical patterns in the number of bricks used in each layer. We also had a go at using hieroglyphs and creating our own tomb paintings.  Next week Henry will be entering into the pyramid and experiencing his own adventure.  In Maths we have been looking at methods for subtraction.  The children have used this skill to answer word problems and solve an investigation.


Just a few reminders.  Next Friday will be the reward for reading 8 x in two weeks.  Please could you support your child by helping them to achieve this.  This week’s reading presentation is now on the school website if you missed the meeting.


We look forward to meeting you on one of the Parents evenings which are being held in October.  If you still have not returned your slip, we would be grateful if you could send it in.  Times of appointments will be given out early next week.  We have done our best to accommodate brothers and sisters in other classes.  Any problems, please let us know.


Enjoy the weekend

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 22/09/17


We have been very busy with our project this week on Ancient Egypt.  The full title is “From Papyrus to Pyramids” and we have been looking at how the Egyptians used papryus from the river Nile to make paper.  Following on from this we will be looking at Egyptian writing known as hieroglyphics.  Our writing has been based on the diary of Henry Jackson – an explorer who has travelled to Egypt and is commenting on what he has seen.  Life is very different!  Next week we will be creating our tomb paintings and would be grateful for any old shirts to prevent accidents to clothing.


In Maths we have been looking at Addition and learning different methods to use when problem solving.


We have now begun sending homework.  Spellings and tables will be next to follow as systems are now in place.  Homework is set on a Wednesday and is due in school the following Monday.  It is often used in class that day so we do need it!


PE in Autumn can be quite damp.  Please could your child have a carrier bag to put wet shoes in so that the rest of the kit stays dry.  Thank you.  We do encourage children to take it home at the weekend for washing so it is ready for the following week.


The children who had read eight times in the last two weeks had extra playtime today as a reward.  The majority of children do read but the expectation is all children read to an adult at least four times a week.  This has such an impact on their learning in all areas of the curriculum.  Thank you for your continued support with this.


Hopefully this glorious weather will continue and the weekend will be warm and sunny!

The Year 4 Teaching Team


From Papyrus to the Pyramids Project Flyer



This week in Year 4 15/09/17


We have now completed a full five day week in Year 4 and the children have settled in really well.  They look smart and are organised with PE kit, reading logs etc. This time of the year, we are still enjoying our beautiful school grounds and so started our writing by describing Autumn and its changes.  We then moved on to Diary writing and practising the skills needed for this.  In Maths we have introduced Place Value and will be looking at addition next week.


Because of the changeable weather, children are going out in coats or jumpers and then taking them off because they are hot.  For this reason, some are being left outside and then cannot be found.  If the items are not named, it is harder to return them and children become very distressed at the end of the day.  Please could you check that jumpers, coats and lunch boxes are named.  Thank you for your support in this.


Today we have sent home an information letter about life in Year 4.  If you have any concerns about it, please come and see us.  We have also sent home a topic flyer about our topic on Ancient Egyptians so you can see what your child will be studying this half term.


Have a lovely weekend,

Year 4 Teaching Team


This week in Year 4 8/9/17


Hello everyone.


Welcome to a new school year!  We hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday. The children look really smart in their uniform and are all set for learning.  We have been very impressed with the way they have settled in and can see examples of our learning behaviours in every lesson.


PE takes place on a Thursday and Friday and children need PE kit in school on these days.  It can be brought in on a Monday and taken home on a Friday and this routine does seem to work well.


All children have a reading book and reading log now.  The expectation is that all children read at least four times a week.  Reading is a huge focus in our school so if there are any problems, please let us know and we will do our best to solve them.


Finally a plea for help.  If you have any men’s shirts that are no longer used, please could you send them to us.  They make great art aprons as they cover everything!


Have a great weekend

Year 4 Teaching Team