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4th November 2016


We began this half term by looking at riddles where the children used clues to help us solve them, whilst learning about the key features. They revised the descriptive devices of adjectives, similes, metaphors and personification to describe an animal to their partner who had to then guess what the animal was, based on the clues provided. Following this, the children created their own riddle using these clues and making sure that the difficult clues came at the beginning and the easy clues came at the end.


This week in maths we have been focussing on multiplication and division.  The children began by using their times table facts to help them multiply. They have also been partitioning numbers to mentally calculate two-digit by single-digit numbers.  We have also looked at doing the same thing for division.  Some children also began to look at factors and which factors numbers have in common.  Finally, some children have also practised doing multiplication using the formal written method.

Project Work

This week in Project Work, the children have started a new topic; Bright Sparks. They have practised and developed new skills in using scientific equipment and carrying out a range of investigations. After understanding what a fair test is, the children changed variables within these investigations. They had a great time putting together electrical circuits and exploring different ways of using a range of conductors.


This week, students learnt to talk about their language learning experience and the facilities available in school. Teachers also led students to walk around school. During this, they are expected to say and recognise the keywords about the school facilities. Some classroom activities and worksheets were assigned to enhance their reading and writing skills. An online flashcard will be introduced in the next Weekly Round Up Email.


In computing this week, students have been reviewing repetition in coding and learning how to break codes into smaller chunks. They have also looked at the purpose of functions. They have linked these concepts to an activity based around the game Minecraft. They can continue to develop their skills by revisiting the following website https://studio.code.org/s/mc/stage/1/puzzle/1

Physical Education

Classes who are undertaking football have worked on their shooting skills in small sided drills and games. During netball, pupils have continued to develop their positional awareness in small sided games.

In swimming, they have been practising diving from our new diving blocks.


This week all Year 4 students were formatively assessed using the three aspects of the Juilliard Learner Profile - ways of being, thinking and doing. This included, in particular a focus on collaboration, curiosity and performance.


All homework is to be completed in the Homework Journal.


  • Reading Comprehension: answer the questions. Remember to answer using full sentences. Only spend 30 minutes on this.
  • Spelling: Choose one of the activities in your spelling journal. Complete this activity in your Homework Journal.
  • Reading: please record daily reading in Student Planners. Children should be reading for 15 minutes each day.


  • MyiMaths: Log on and complete the Multiplication and division activity set by your teacher. Maths sheet – if there is a maths sheet stuck in your homework book, you do this instead of MyiMaths.
  • Tables: Choose one of the times tables songs to learn or revise from our list of resources. Then choose one of the times tables practical activities to complete in your homework journal. If you are confident with your times tables, multiply a range of 2 digit numbers by multiples of 10 or 100. Eg: 45 x 10 = 450 / 76 x 4


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