Weekly note 30.10.17

Year 4 Weekly Update for week beginning 30.10.17

What another busy week we have had.  The children have all been working hard and Miss Green’s class enjoyed their final sailing session today.  We would just like to say we have had a fabulous half term, thank you for all your positive feedback at parents evening.

Here’s what’s happening after half term:-

Numeracy: We will be looking at problem solving and sequences.  Remember to keep practicing your times tables and Rainbow targets over the holidays.   

Literacy: We will be learning about Information texts based on Tudor Crime and Punishment.   In Guided Reading we will be researching this too.

History: We will be continuing our research on different areas of Tudor life  (Buildings, Food and Clothes).  See if you can do any extra research or make any resources for your group film e.g. PicCollage, model making, baking.

PE: Swimming has now finished so children will need outdoor PE kits for those times.  We will also be welcoming the Sports Commission for our Games sessions.

Epic Fridays:  The children have been told their activities for this terms Epic Fridays.  These will begin on the first Friday of next half term.  More information to follow.

Mrs Dowding’s class assembly:  Children from the class will be able to read through and begin to learn lines (script and song link will be on the blog).  Children will also need a Tudor costume for the assembly (let Mrs Dowding know if you are unable to get hold of one as we have spares).

Have a restful and enjoyable half term holiday.  We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Year 4 team

Tudor buildings – Research links

Tudor buildings

Below are some useful links and videos that you may find useful for your area of research.  Enjoy!






How were rich and poor homes made?

  • One of the most distinctive things about a Tudor house was the black and white effect (see image below), because of their exposed wooden frames. There are many Tudor houses in England, some of which are still being lived in today. The town of Lavenham in Suffolk is famous for its Tudor buildings.
  • Many Tudor houses featured a wooden frame (joined together by wooden pegs and not nails), a tall chimney, a steep roof and an enclosed fireplace. The walls between the timber frame were made from wattle and daub, which was wood strips or sticks covered with clay and dung. The walls were often whitewashed.

Poor houses

  • Most homes had dirt floors, which were almost impossible to keep clean.  People covered the floor with reeds or rushes and replaced them when they became too filthy.


Furniture – rich and poor






Rich houses

  • During the late 15th century, glass was expensive and only a few people could afford glass windows. Most people took their windows with them when they moved.
  • Only rich people could afford carpets, although they were often hung on the wall, rather than placed on the floor.



  • Very rich people in Tudor times liked to have a large garden, often containing a maze, fountains or hedges shaped like animals. Poor people had much smaller gardens and grew their own herbs and vegetables.



  • The Tudors followed Italian influence in creating gardens which mirrored the alignment of the house, creating a harmony of line and proportion that had been missing in the Medieval period. For the first time since the Romans left, sundials and statues were once more popular garden ornaments.
  • But the most prominent contribution of the Tudors to gardening was the knot garden. Knots were intricate patterns of lawn hedges, usually of box, intended to be viewed from the mount, or raised walks. The spaces between the hedges were often filled with flowers, shrubs, or herbs.
  • No Tudor gardens have survived intact, but some of the best examples still remaining can be glimpsed at Haddon Hall (Derbyshire), Montacute House(Somerset), and Hampton Court Palace (near London).
  • The latter has reconstructions of Tudor knot gardens, but these were planted in the early 20th century.
  • If the Tudors were heavily influenced by Italian ideas the Stuarts were slaves to the French fashion for formal gardens. The chief feature of this French style are a broad avenue sweeping away from the house, flanked by rectangular parterres made of rigidly formal low hedges. The prime survivors of this style can be seen at Blickling Hall (Norfolk), Melbourne Hall (Derbyshire), and Chatsworth House (also Derbyshire).
  • https://www.hobbies-and-crafts.co.uk/dolls-houses-miniatures/how-to/tudor/the-tudor-era-gardens-and-outside-spaces







Tudor Monarch extras!

Tudor Monarch extras
This homework is optional! It is a bit of fun and could be a family project which carries on the learning we are doing at school! Share our enjoyment of the Tudors-you may learn something!

Bring it in whenever it is ready-there is no time limit!

The children have been busy researching their chosen Tudor Monarch and are now making team posters to show what they have learnt.  For your homework we’d like you to create something to add to the presentation that gives additional interesting facts about the monarch.

The way you present can be as creative as you like e.g. powerpoint, Morpho, a model etc.    

Think about the examples you were shown from last year and look on the blog for links to more creative and imaginative examples.

Many thanks

Year 4

Weekly note 25.09.17

Year 4 Weekly Update for week beginning 25.9.17

We’ve had another fantastic week in year 4 and have had a great time launching our Rainbow maths targets with some activities that we did outside in the beautiful sunshine-not a rainbow in sight! Mrs Dowding’s class have also enjoyed their final sailing session!

For your information here’s what’s happening this week:-

History: We will be continuing our research on the Tudor Monarchs and presenting them as a poster. Projects can also be done at home, more details to follow.

We have a planned trip to Castle Cornet on Monday 9th October. Buses will leave school at 9:15 and return for lunch. Please remember a waterproof coat and let your class teacher know if you are able to help.

Numeracy: Children will be bringing Rainbow Target letters home today, please practise these number bond targets daily-there are also some useful links on the blog. A times table / division target will be sent home next week. We will be using our knowledge of sequences to solve problems.

Literacy: We will be completing our final week of stories from other cultures culminating in a last piece of writing on this topic.

Sailing: Miss Golland’s class will be sailing next Friday (29.09.16). You will need to arrange for your child to be dropped off at the Model Yacht Pond, by the sailing club, anytime from 8:30 for a 9am start. Children will need to wear clothes that can get wet, a pair of shoes that don’t come off (i.e. no flip flops) that can also get wet, jumpers and coat if it is cold and wet. A plastic bag is a good idea to put the clothes in afterwards. Please don’t forget to pack school uniform!  

We hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Year 4 team

Rainbow Maths Day

Just a reminder that tomorrow (Friday) is our Rainbow Maths Day.  Children are invited to come to school in bright coloured clothes.  The children will be bringing home their new Rainbow targets that day too.

Don’t forget – Mrs Dowding’s class will meet tomorrow morning at the Model Yacht Pond for another fun sailing session before returning to school (in colourful clothing) to join in with the Rainbow Maths fun!

Many thanks

Year 4 team