Weekly note 12.02.18


Year 4 Weekly Update for week beginning 12.02.18

The children looked great in their costumes for Book Week today!  We’ve had another busy week and the children have made some super ‘Feel the Force Day’ movies.  We all enjoyed our special assembly with A F Harrold on Thursday too.

Here’s what’s coming next week:-

Numeracy: We’ll be revisiting written methods for the four operations. Please, please could the children keep learning their times tables at home.

see the blog for links and games.

Literacy: The children will be writing their own explanation text using their invention design from last week.

Tag Rugby session:  All of the year 4 classes will be taking part in a tag rugby session on TUESDAY.  Please ensure children bring their full outdoor PE kit (that can get muddy) and a plastic bag for muddy belongings!

Music:  We have been asked by the School’s Music Service to remind parents that applications to take up an instrument next year should be in as soon as possible.  They will accept applications until Friday 16th February.  Please contact the School’s Music Service for further information.

Ladies College visit: Next Wednesday 14th February Year 9 pupils from Ladies College will be visiting year 4 with history games as  part of their school projects. It is a great opportunity for the children to meet secondary children and find out the learning that they do. They’ll spend about 45 mins with us and we look forward to welcoming them.

Special Golden time:  On Friday we will be having a special golden time where the children will be watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the older version).  Children are welcome to bring onesies and blankets to make themselves more comfortable.  We will provide the popcorn!

Easter Service:  Children have been invited to sign up for auditions on Monday for our Easter Service.  The children have started learning some of the songs in their music lessons and should have brought home the song word booklet today.  If they have signed up for a singing part (group or individual) they should be prepared to sing some of the first song in an informal audition.  If they have signed up for an acting role, they should prepare to act part of the script that they have brought home.  If they haven’t signed up for anything but would like to be considered, they can opt in on Monday.  The more, the merrier!

song music

Song words

Audition script

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your continued support.

Year 4 team


Miss Green’s Class Assembly Song

Our class assembly is a week on Monday (13th November). Below are the lyrics for the song we will be singing  and the Youtube link should take you to the music we will be singing to. Please practise at home, as well as any lines you have in the script.

Play with Me

Why are you frowning at me, it won’t hurt to smile.

I just asked to play your game awhile,

When you’re older I know you’ll understand.

We can’t say you can’t play

So take my hand.


Oh won’t you play with me,

Come fo-llow my lead.

Feeling left out is not what we need,

So come on play with me.


Why am I so emotional?

Being left out games, hurts my soul.

Get so knocked down, brush off the dirt.

You could play with me so it doesn’t hurt.


Oh won’t you play with me,

Come fo-llow my lead.

Feeling left out is not what we need,

So come on play with me.


Oh oh oh ohhh oh oh oh ohhh,

Oh oh oh ohhh oh oh oh ohhh,

Oh oh oh ohhh oh oh oh ohhh,

Oh oh oh ohhh oh oh oh ohhh,


Why won’t you play with me,

Come fo-llow my lead.

Feeling left out is not what we need,

So come on play with me.


Oh won’t you play with me,

Come fo-llow my lead.

Feeling left out is not what we need,

So come on play with me.



Miss Green’s Class – Tudor Clothes Links

Tudor Clothes

We are currently researching all about what the Tudors would wear.

Here are some useful links and information:-

Rich and poor clothes

What did Tudors wear?                                           

Men and women’s clothes

Dress rich Tudor men and women in clothes you design!

Tudor Clothes

Primary facts

Ladies of the Royal Court





What did the poor wear?

  • Poor people needed clothes to keep warm. They wore any clothes they could find or were given.
  • Usually the clothes were made of wool and were very simple.
  • The colours were very dull and they were also very cheap.

Click on the link to see Horrible Histories transform a Tudor peasant into a Tudor Lord!


Tudor Underwear

The Farthingale

Tudor Ladies had Lots of Different Underwear

They wore:

    • Smock or chemise –  a short shift worn under a dress
    • Stockings or hose – clothing for legs
    • Corset – a garment with bones in it, designed to tighten the waist
    • Bodice – a sleeveless vest tightly laced in front
    • Farthingale – a linen petticoat with whalebone hoops
    • Roll or Rowle – tied around the waist widening the skirt
    • Stomacher – a triangular-shaped fabric that holds the dress together
    • Petticoat – a long draw-string skirt
    • Kirtle –  an underskirt
    • Forepart – a very decorated underskirt
    • Partlet –  was a high necked top designed to cover a low-necked dress

It must have taken hours to get dressed!

Want to try for yourself?  Click here to play the Tudor Dressing Up game.

Henry VIII – the world’s best dressed monarch?

Henry VIII’s wardrobe featured some of the world’s richest clothes and jewellery.  Click on the link to find out more

Tudor Shoes

Tudor streets were not covered with tarmac.  When it rained, and especially in winter, the streets would turn to thick mud. Towns and cities were very unhealthy places.  There were no proper sewers (except in Bristol) and all kitchen and toilet waste was thrown into the streets where it lay in heaps at street corners. It was very hard to keep your feet clean and dry under these conditions.  Shoes were very rarely waterproof so rain, snow and mud, let alone the sewage lying around would have made getting about on foot very unpleasant.

Several types of overshoe were devised to raise the foot further above the ground; these were known as “Pattens”, wooden shoes with blocks underneath which gave extra height to the wearer.  They were designed to be slipped on over an ordinary shoe.  Pattens first appeared in the 14th century and by Tudor times were worn by everybody.  These were very plain, which suggests that they belonged to the poorer classes.  Those belonging to a wealthy person would probably have had some decoration on the leather.

Weekly Update for week beginning 16.10.17

Wow what a busy week we have had!  We had a fantastic trip to Castle Cornet on Monday, yesterday Year 4 really enjoyed watching the production performed by Rhubarb Theatre. Finally, we had some superb presentations from school council election candidates, they should be really proud of themselves for taking part and the effort they went to.

Here’s what’s happening in the coming week:-

History: We will begin a project on another element of the Tudor period.  This week will involve researching.

Please click below for a few pictures from our Castle Cornet visit.  Ask the children to tell you about some of the artefacts and facts they learnt!


Numeracy: We will be learning about shape and space.

Literacy: Children will be writing their own poems based on the theme ‘Autumn’. The children are invited to have a go at some literacy homework this week.  See the link below for more information


Parents’ Appointments; We look forward to seeing you next week.  If you have not signed up for an appointment, please email your class teacher to make one.  A reminder that Mrs Dowding’s parents should book an appointment with her and if they also wish to speak to Mrs Judd about Numeracy they can book a separate appointment or Mrs Dowding can give feedback.

Google Drive:  The children have now been given their own Google Drive login and password.  This will be an easy way of children being able to add to work from home and for them to show you some of the work they have been doing. The folders are linked to Class teachers. A reminder that children should all have signed an e-safety agreement for home and school to ensure safe and sensible use of this technology. Let your child show you how to log on.

Tudor Day; Monday 27th Novemberalthough a long way off we thought you might like to put this in your diaries. The children will be participating in workshops in the morning and then you are invited to see their work. The children can dress as a rich or poor Tudor for the day. Please ask if you need some ideas.

Epic Friday: Children have made choices today for activities that will be run during 4 Fridays in November.  More information to follow!

Halloween disco: A reminder that tickets for the disco go on sale this Monday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 4 team

Year 4 Weekly Update for week beginning 2.10.17

We’ve had another super week in year 4!  We have been really pleased with the way the children have begun to learn their Rainbow targets. Miss Golland’s class had a wonderful first sailing session, they are looking forward to next week.

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

History: The children have begun working on team posters on their Tudor Monarch. For homework, children may wish to produce something extra that they could add to their team poster e.g. using an app like Morpho to create a video, making some extra fact cards or visuals that could be added.  More information is available in the topic section of the blog.

Numeracy: We will be looking at word problems and improving our written addition and subtraction methods. Please practice times tables and Rainbow targets and go on Mathletics-this is the homework this week!

Literacy: The children have all worked hard this week writing their story from another culture which they should be proud of.  This week they will be producing their final piece of writing in this unit.  We will also be doing some reading and spelling assessments through the week.

School Council: A reminder that children who would like to stand for School Council elections should prepare a short presentation (no more than 3 mins) or poster to share with their class.  These presentations will take place week beginning 9.10.17)

Sailing: A reminder that Miss Golland’s class will be sailing next Friday (6.10.17). The same arrangements as the previous week applies.

Recycling Week:  On Monday 2nd October school is hosting a special assembly to launch the island’s Recycling Week. Please send your child to school on Monday with a clean tin or can to recycle. To help celebrate Recycling Week we would like to invite families to make their own Recycling Pledge. To give you some ideas of how you might like to begin or improve recycling at home there is lots of information on the Recycling Guernsey website www.gov.gg/recycling

We hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Year 4 team

Year 4 Weekly Update for week beginning 18.9.17

 We’ve had another fantastic week, the children are settling into year 4 so well and we are proud of their hard work. Mrs Dowding’s class had a brilliant time sailing and are looking forward to next week.

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

History: The children have chosen a Tudor Monarch that they would like to find out more about. Thank you to those children who have started researching at home already – feel free to use the websites on the Year 4 blog and borrow any books from school. There will be no literacy homework for the next two weeks to allow time to do any extra research they would like to do to bring to their group.

Numeracy: Lessons will be focusing on sequences and mental strategies.

We would like to emphasise the importance of learning times tables. By Christmas we would expect most children to know their tables up to the ten times table and with fast recall. 10 minutes a day will make all the difference!

All children will be bringing home a Times Tables Rockstar login in the next few days. Don’t forget to use Mathletics to help as well!

Rainbow Maths Day: Rainbow Maths Day is on Friday 22nd and children are invited to dress in rainbow colours for the day. We will be doing Rainbow Maths related activities and handing out this term’s targets.

Literacy: Will be continuing to look at stories from other cultures. The children will be planning and writing their own.

Year 4 team

Weekly note 11/9/17

We’ve had a great 1st week in year 4, lots of teambuilding and getting to know the routines. The re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth was great fun and lots of learning took place. Thank you for all the props and costumes.   

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

History: On Friday we had a brief taster of the Tudor Monarchs. Over the next 2 weeks we will be carrying out some more detailed research on one of the characters of the children’s choice. We expect that the children will be enthused and motivated and want to carry on their research at home. Please encourage them to do so as this will be their homework for the next 2 weeks.

Numeracy: Lessons will be focusing on rounding and mental addition and subtraction. Rainbow Targets will be given out on 22nd September during the Rainbow Launch day-more details to follow.

Literacy: We will be writing and learning a story from another culture.  Any reading that links with stories from another culture would be much appreciated.  Please see links on the blog for books that are recommended.

Sailing: What an exciting opportunity for the children to have a ‘taster’ of life on the waves! Well, the Model Yacht Pond. Please could you fill in the blue permission form that will be sent Monday, giving your permission and any medical information, please return by end of next week. Mrs Dowding’s class will be going first next Friday. 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. Please report to Mrs Dowding. Children will need to wear clothes that can get wet, a pair of shoes that don’t come off (i.e. no flip flops, crocs, wetsuit shoes) 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!  

Family photos:  Please could the children bring in family photo for our class display.  

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Thank you for all the offers of help we’ve had so far. Please pop in and see us if you can help in anyway at all-it does make a difference!

Year 4 team