17/5/19

The children have been working very hard this week and have enjoyed writing their settings for an animated story called The Dream Giver.
They also completed tasks in reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling.


We have been learning how to multiply and divide decimal numbers by whole numbers and we were pleased to see that the method is very similar to multiplying and dividing whole numbers by a single digit.
School Trip


Next week is our two days out at the Leicester Outdoor Pursuit Centre. The children are very excited about the trip and we’re all hoping for good weather.


If you haven’t yet paid, please do so by Wednesday next week.
A reminder that children need to be at school  at 8am on Thursday and Friday with a packed lunch, drinks bottle and wearing suitable clothing. On Thursday, pupils will also need a change of clothing in case they get very wet during the boating.


Please hand any medication and travel sickness tablets to Mr Pierce on the morning of travel. These must be named and labelled. We will take inhalers and other medications that are already in school.
We aim to be back at school each afternoon at 4pm for you to collect your child.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Chestnut class would like to thank all the parents/grandparents who came along to last week’s assembly. Hopefully the songs are a distant memory to you all now!


Sports Day takes place on the first Wednesday after half term. This year, the event takes place in the morning. Details to follow.


Some parents have been asking if the classes for next year have been sorted yet. The simple answer is not yet. Parents will be informed after half term once the staffing structure for next year has been finalised.
Well done to the six pupils who took part in the Shakespeare Play in a Day event which took place last Saturday. A great day was had by all and Mrs Ellis who accompanied the children was very proud of their efforts. Well done Sam, Isabelle, Alfie, Taya, Daniel and Ellie.


Don’t forget to keeping reading and practising your tables with Times Table Rock Stars.

5/4/19

This week the pupils have been writing newspaper reports and planning their own chapter based on our class reading book, The Thieves of Ostia.
In maths, we completed a standardised maths test and looked at tessellating shapes. We will continue tessellating shapes next week.
In our topic work this week, we looked at Roman roads, aquaducts and compared houses from the Roman period to our modern day homes.


We are inviting parents to come and see this term’s learning logs next Thursday from 2.45pm.


Thank you to all the parents who have paid the deposit for the school residential. We wanted you to be aware that the school has been asked to make preparations for our hall to be used as a polling station for European Parliament elections on 23rd May, should these go ahead, which is the night that we are planning to sleep over at school.  We will let you know as soon as possible if any plans have to change.


A quick reminder about PE kit. Quite a few pupils have outgrown their plimsolls or trainers or do not have a complete kit. Could you please check them over Easter, as next term we will hopefully be doing lots of PE outside.
The pupils are making their way through the levels on Times Table Rockstars. Just 10 minutes a day will help in their times table knowledge.

Chestnut have their class assembly on May 10th. Parents are invited to come and watch. Doors open from 2.30pm.

29/3/19

This week we have been rounding decimals and converting fractions to decimals. The children are getting much more confident. Next week we will be looking at tessellation. 

In English, we have been looking at newspaper reports and also reading a brilliant novel ‘Thieves of Ostia’ which is a Roman mystery story. The children will be writing a newspaper article about one of the first mysteries described in the book. The children will then be writing their own Roman mystery stories.

Please remember that the ten pieces of homework are due in by the last week of term. The children should also be regularly logging in to TTRockstars and working their way through the training levels. The children should be aiming to be able to answer any times table question within six seconds.

15/3/19

Year 4 have this week been working with tens, hundredths and thousandths in their maths work and have been dividing different numbers by 10, 100 or 1,000.

We have been continuing our topic on Rome and Roman Britain and we have been writing about the legend of Romulus and Remus. We have also looked at reasons why the Romans invaded Britain and why the Roman army was so good. We are, as ever, working on our times table fluency and our spellings. This week we have looked at the words, “flail, contemplate and dwindle”. We will try and include these words in our writing about the Romans. There were some great examples of Roman soldier drawings this week and pupils are continuing to bring in their superb learning log tasks. Thank you to all the parents who have provided support to their child in completing the tasks.

Pease look at the email about next week’s meeting regarding the school residential trip. A reminder that it will be in Mr Pierce’s classroom at 6pm on Thursday 21st March.

8/2/19

This week in maths, we have been learning all about decimals and looking at tenths and hundredths. We will continue to look at decimals next week. In English, we have written our own Escape from Pompeii books and we have shared these amongst the class. Next week we will be learning the story of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome.

We have started looking at the Romans and the pupils are enjoying finding out what the Romans did for us.

Well done to the pupils who took part in the Rotary Swimarathon last Sunday. They did very well and we are very proud of them. 

Keep up with the Times Table Rockstars as well as other timestable programs online.

Don’t forget that the Scholastic Book Fair is on next week. It’s a great opportunity to pick up a new book as well as raise money for school.

Thanks for your continued support.

15/2/19

We have made it to the end of half term! The children have worked so hard over the last six weeks and we are so proud of them. They will hopefully be able to tell you lots of things about mountains, volcanoes, Venice, Pompeii, fractions, parallel and perpendicular lines, squares and rectangles and electricity! 

In English this week we have been working on great description and finding out the facts about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. After half term the children will be writing their own adventure story – The Escape from Pompeii. We hope to make these into books that other children can read and enjoy.

In maths we have been drawing squares and rectangles and making sure that the correct technical vocabulary is used to describe the shapes. After half term we will be moving on to look at perimeter and finding the missing lengths of squares and rectangles.

During half term, please encourage your child to log into TTRockstars as we have set up a Battle of the Bands competetion where we will see which class, Sycamore or Chestnut, is the best!  Please can you also remind your child to keep reading – the more they read the more enjoyable children find reading to be. It might be a good opportunity to visit the library or bookstore and have a  look at a new author or genre. 

The children should also be half way through their leaning log tasks – we did ask for ten activities to be completed by Easter. We have some good examples of learning logs from last year if you want to pop in to have  a look or if your child wants some inspiration then just ask.

8/2/19

Pupils have enjoyed studying our new book, “Escape from Pompeii” and we will be continuing to work on it next week. Our class reading book, “The firework maker’s daughter” will be completed next week. We are all excited to find out what happens at the end. 

In maths, we have been learning about perpendicular, parallel, horizontal and vertical lines and practicing how to use a set square and ruler to draw 2D shapes accurately.

In our science lessons we have been looking at electricity and making electrical circuits. We will continue this next week. The pupils were challenged with the Bleep Test in PE this week. You can download this from Spotify and have a go yourselves!

Thank you for attending our Parents’ Evenings this week. It was a valuable opportunity to show the progress the pupils have made, as well as detailing their next steps.

1/2/19

The children have been working hard this week on writing a travel guide to Venice. We just need to go for real now! We have been continuing our work on fractions and have used our skills to answer real life word problems using bar models to assist our work. The children worked well with pastels and crayons to draft, revise and draw their version of the Rialto Bridge and these will be on display in the classrooms for you to see next week.

Please remember to sign your child’s Reading Records whenever they have been reading, and encourage them to  practise regularly on Times Table Rockstars. We now have children who can answer over 60 in one minute. The World Record is 179! Keep trying!

Reports will be coming home with your child on Friday. Please take time to read and discuss it with your child in preparation for next week’s parents’ evenings where we will be setting targets and next steps for the remainder of the year.

25/1/19

It has been another busy week in Year 4.

The children have been writing a letter in English describing a symphony concert in Venice. This is based on the book Gabriella’s Song and has given the children lots of opportunities to write fronted adverbials and subordinating conjunctions. Next week we will be looking more closely at the city of Venice and writing a tourist guide. If you get the chance to conduct some extra research about Venice with your child over the weekend that would be amazing. 

In  maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions. The children are gaining in confidence and we will continue this looking also at finding fractions of amounts and solving word problems. 

The children are enjoying learning about mountains and volcanoes and we are starting to see some amazing home learning tasks on the same theme. 

11/1/19

Happy New Year!

It has been a lovely start to the term.

In English the children have watched a short Pixar film called For the Birds and written dialogue and persuasive letters. Next week we will be looking at the picture book Gabriella’s Song and learning about Venice and symphony orchestras. 

In maths we are learning about fractions and have so far looked at fractions on a number line and ways to simplify fractions. We will be continuing to work on our fraction knowledge in the next few weeks. 

Our main topic this half term is mountains and volcanoes. The children have enjoyed looking at atlases and maps and we will be learning lots of facts about volcanoes and mountains.

PE this term will be on Wednesdays but the children need to have their PE kits in school every day please as sometimes (like next Monday and Tuesday) we will have additional ad hoc sessions.

In our upcoming PSHE lessons we will be starting a topic about human bodies where we will be covering:

  • Differences between males and females using correct terminology
  • Valuing the body’s uniqueness and capabilities
  • Responsibilities for personal hygiene 

If you have any questions about this then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please ensure the children have warm coats in school every day now that the weather is colder and that all clothes are named so that we can get any lost items back to their owners.