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

Miss Golland’s Class – Tudor Food

Tudor Food

We are currently researching all about the different foods that Tudors ate.

Here are some useful links that cover a range of topics:








Where did Tudor food come from?




What did the poor eat?Rich and poor tudors ate very different foods from each other.




What did the rich eat?

The link below will take you to a great BBC documentary all about preparing for a Tudor feast. This is one to watch at home as it is quite long!


Other links:




What was a Tudor kitchen like?





Do you want to bake like a Tudor?

Here are some links to sites that will tell you all about baking in Tudor times:



Below are a selection of links which will take you to Tudor recipes if you want to have a go yourself.



How did the Tudor diet affect people’s health?

Tudor diets weren’t particularly healthy and often caused problems for their health. The water was polluted and could be very harmful, the sweet fatty diet consumed by the rich caused their teeth to rot and the rubbish dumped outside houses encouraged rodents which spread the plague!



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

Reminders 11/10/17

School Council

A gentle reminder for children who wish to run for school councillor, please remember your posters and speeches for tomorrow (speeches no longer than 3 minutes).


Digital Leaders

Any child wishing to apply for the class Digital Leader role needs to complete an application form by Friday. Application forms can be collected from class teachers.



Year 4 Teachers

Digital Leaders

We are introducing Digital Leaders across the school. One Digital Leader will be chosen per class and they will have various responsibilities including being a technical expert within their class and helping their peers to use digital technology. They will also be responsible for ensuring that the iPads are charged and looked after carefully. The Digital Leaders will be required to attend regular lunchtime meetings with all the other Digital Leaders where they will learn their responsibilities and be taught how to use apps more confidently as well as learning to use new apps which they can then show their class.

Interested children will be asked to apply for the role by filling in an application form. This process will start to give them awareness of the real world of work and how you have to apply and interview for a job.

The children have had an assembly to introduce them to what being a digital leader will involve and have brought home an application form if they are interested. Please talk about the role with your child and help them to fill in the application form if they would like to apply. It needs to be returned to your child’s teacher by Friday 13th October.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Karia.

Weekly Update for the week beginning 9th October

Year 4 Weekly Update for week beginning 9.10.17

A fantastic week with a very informative assembly about recycling on Monday-well done for those who bought their tins in! We are really pleased with the hard work and creative ideas that has gone into the Tudor Monarch posters at school-amazing!  Here’s what’s happening in the coming week:-

History: Our trip to Castle Cornet is on Monday 9th of October. Buses will leave school at 9:15 and return for lunch. School uniform can be worn but please remember a warm waterproof coat.  Click on the link for more details.


Numeracy: We will be continuing with our written method of subtraction and then solving 1 and 2 step word problems.

Literacy: We will be beginning our unit on poetry. Bring in any poetry books you have at home to share with us if you want!

Homework project: a reminder that you are invited to add to your team’s posters on the monarchs. The more creative the better!

Harvest Festival:  We will be watching the Year 3 Harvest Festival Performance on Tuesday at school. Children can bring in a Harvest box filled with non-perishable items that will then be distributed by the GVS to the elderly in our community. Click on the link to see more.

Harvest poster-28t7e9n

They may also wish to write a letter to the recipient of their box using the school address as they may then get a reply.

Halloween Disco: The PTA work really hard throughout the year to put on events for the children to enjoy however these can only go ahead with the support of parents to help. The Halloween disco is coming up soon (for details please see the poster below) and the PTA need some more parents to volunteer to help for the hour while their children are at the disco. Help is needed to man the glow products stall and the snack stall as well as general crowd control. No experience is necessary! If you don’t have the time to join the PTA, please consider helping out for an hour at one of their events. If you are able to help with the Year 3 and 4 disco, please could you either contact the PTA directly at StMartinsPTA.gg@gmail.com or let your child’s class teacher know.

Halloween Party Poster

Miss Green’s Class will be sailing on Friday 13th and 20th of October Could you please make sure children are dressed with warm clothes as it’s getting colder.

We are also looking forward to the Rhubarb Theatre group performing for us on Thursday afternoon.

School council candidate presentations will take place this week (they should be no more than 2 minutes long) and then elections are on Friday.  Good luck everyone!

The children will be saying their team goodbyes this week.

Phew! What a busy week!

Have a good weekend!

Year 4 team

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

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