Welcome to the Class 4 page...

Welcome to the Class 4 page. Take a look at what we have been learning and if you want to leave us a comment then please do so...we'd love to hear from you!

W/C 20/11/17

This week children have been given their feedback following assessments and have written their personal targets. These targets have been sent home on Friday and any help you can give them with practising these skills at home would be appreciated. We would like to see a huge improvement in the overall attainment in class in all areas.

Some children had the chance to work on the farm with Sam this week. Three children took their designs for a Fantastic Beast habitat and started to use their Maths skills to measure and cut wood and other materials to make their habitat. Some children had the chance to update our information for each animal down on the farm and have started researching each animal so they can write a non-chronological report to display.

In Maths, children have been learning about equivalent fractions and how to add/subtract them too. They also learnt about triangles and 2D shapes and their properties. In Literacy, they have been studying stories and how to add a new ending to an existing story. They have also started work on their new Literacy approach with Miss Williams and begun the power of reading course. All children are very excited about this and have created lots of exciting ideas already.

In topic, children have been studying the science of animals and their characteristics, then grouping them using venn and carroll diagrams. PE days are still Tuesdays, please do not allow your child to forget their kits on these days. Also, we need every child to bring their reading books and book bags every day for when they are asked to read with an adult.

W/C 13/11/17

This week has been assessment week in KS2. The children have completed Reading, GPS and Maths assessments. They have given their all and will be told their overall result next week. These will then inform their next lesson this half-term so they can be taught the areas they are weakest in and strengthen those they understand so they are truly embedded.

They have also worn blue for anti-bullying day and spots for the Children In Need Spotacular! It has been a busy and hectic week with lots of changes going off around school. They have also been given their autumn 2 homework to complete before 18th December. Please make sure they are given time and quiet workspace to complete this at least once per week.

Remember to follow their target sheets, which were sent home following the Parent/Pupil open days. Your children need to be making rapid progress in reading and Maths especially! Thank you for your continued support.

W/C 23/10/17

This week class 4 have been learning how to borrow and carry in addition and subtraction using columnar methods. They have been practising arithmetic skills too. This has seen them having to move from one method to another quickly in short time periods. You could help your child with this by regularly testing their multiplication and division facts of 2-12 x tables. You can do this before bed, whilst in the bath, on the way to or home from school for just five minutes at a time. Why not make it a challenge and test each other. Let them test you too!

In Literacy, children have been writing their very own fantasy stories! They have written two this week. One for assessment which they will receive feedback on after the half-term holiday. The other was one they planned and discussed last week. I look forward to reading them both!

They have also been looking at speech marks and brackets in GPS lessons. They have continued their times tables challenges and enjoy receiving prizes when they pass with 100% correct.

In spellings they now have double the time to learn these new spellings:


Test – 7th November 2017

  1. because
  2. anyone
  3. myth
  4. gym
  5. pyramid
  6. limited
  7. young
  8. touch
  9. double
  10. country

 Since your children have an extra week they could always practise the spellings they have been struggling with. Please do not forget to read with them everyday in the holidays too. Why not ask them to write a diary, newspaper report or web blog about any trips or fun things they do in the holiday? This could be something like a visit to a relative or just playing with friends.

Children, don't sit inside all half-term! Get outside and play with friends! Just remember to let your parents know where you are and where you're going. I want all of you back in on Monday 6th November bright and early and ready to learn.

W/C 16/10/17

This week in Maths, children have been learning about Roman Numerals and how they were used in Ancient Rome. We found out that they were probably used like a tally mark at first then developed from there. Did you know that:

I = 1, V = 5, X = 10, L = 50, C = 100, D = 500 and M = 1000. So the year would be MMXVII (2017). Ask your children about this! They have been asked to watch to the very end of TV shows to see if they use Roman Numerals to show when the programme was made.

In Literacy, we have been studying many different joins and spelling patterns. Including the I sound spelt as a Y when elsewhere than at the end of the word. So for example, myth, gym, pyramid, etc. Children have then used dictionaries to find new words with the spelling rule. Their new spelling list is as follows:

Test - 24th October

  1. heart
  2. height
  3. history
  4. imagine
  5. increase
  6. important
  7. interest
  8. island
  9. knowledge
  10. learn

Please ensure they practise daily for at least ten minutes as the overall class scores dropped this week!

In writing, we have planned our own fantasy stories using a story mountain planning sheet. We worked in pairs and decided on some fantastic ideas which we will write up in story format next week.

In topic lessons, we wrote a recount of our trip to Barnsley Museums as an article for a newspaper/magazine. Children struggled with this so we spent an extra session on it to ensure we fully understood it. Some of the articles will be completed next week.


W/C 09/10/17

Year 4 had a fantastic day at Experience Barnsley and the Cooper Art Gallery. We had an Ancient Egyptians day. Their behaviour was exceptional, as always.


Week commencing 9/10/17 cont...

This week in Maths, we have been using place value and inequalities (> < =) to compare and order numbers up to 5 digits. We then tried to order numbers on a number line which was blank. Children's understanding of place value is increasing each week. They now need to practise these skills in real-life.


In Literacy, we have been studying speech punctuation and how it is used in story starters. We look at speech in speech bubbles then converted this into direct speech. In grammar we looked at a variety of punctuation but focused on inverted commas (speech marks).


We were given a new list of 10 spellings:

Test – 17th October 2017

  1. forgetting
  2. forgotten
  3. beginning
  4. beginner
  5. prefer
  6. preferred
  7. gardening
  8. limiting
  9. limited
  10. limitation

I was impressed to see most of the class had improved their scores since last time. They must continue to practise for at least ten minutes per day.

In topic lessons we have read more of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book by J.K Rowling and then made our own recount of how we found them. 

We had a look around our Book bus (A ticket to read) on Tuesday morning and learnt where to find books suitable for us. We will have a weekly slot where a group will go to read with a teaching assistant. 

On Thursday, we visited Barnsley Museums and took part in an Ancient Egyptian workshop where we learnt about gods and how they worshipped scarab (dung) beetles. We then made our own scarab amulets, like the Egyptians used to make, and put these on string so we can wear them as a necklace. These will eventually be brought home to show you! We also learnt about a famous artist, from Barnsley who lived in tombs and sketched very detailed drawings about a variety of aspects of Egyptian life.  


Week commencing 2/10/17

 This week, we have been using place value charts to find the value of digits in 4-digit numbers and the value of numbers written in words.

In Literacy, we looked at exciting story starters using humour and description. Some children even created a  new starter for Harry Potter!

In Topic lessons, children have been creating their deign plans for their own beast's habitats. They will then work with Sam (Farm Manager) to measure and build their own miniature habitats to be shown in our class zoos.

This week's spellings are:

Test – 10th October 2017

  1. Habitat
  2. Diet
  3. Describe
  4. Different
  5. Difficult
  6. Early
  7. Earth
  8. Eight
  9. Enough
  10. minute


W/C 25/09/17

This week Y4 have studied how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers. They have also been using mirrors to practise reflecting objects in a vertical mirror line.

In Literacy, we have been practising our lower case joins of l-d and u-I-l in handwriting. In writing lessons we have looked at a good example of a setting description, improved an example of a setting description and created a shared piece which described a spooky setting.

Children have worked well through each lesson and are beginning to use atmosphere and mood to describe the tension in the setting as well as the objects.

Children's spelling ability was tested on Tuesday and those who scored 10/10 received a prize! Children who improve week on week will receive a sticker and those who score full marks will receive a prize. Keep reminding your child to practise their spelling list and remember: if they struggle to remember them, they can focus on 2-4 words before trying to score 5 or more. Here is the list of this week's spellings:
Year 4 spelling list

Test – 3rd October 2017


In creative curriculum, the children have been using atlases to locate Egypt on a world map, an African map and then locating key features in Egypt such as the pyramids of Gisa and the Valley of the Kings.

In topic, they studied habitats for their fantastic beasts and whether our school farm would provide a suitable habitat for any of the beasts.

Remember to keep practising times tables everyday; reading every evening and spellings. Just ten minutes on each area can really make a difference!

Thank you for your continued support.

W/C 18/09/17

 Y4 have been focusing on subtracting vertically and borrowing from the next column to subtract large numbers. In Literacy they have continued their work on Fantastic Beasts and looked at providing further description about the beasts.

In Topic, we have been studying Ancient Egypt and looked at hieroglyphics and why they were used. Your children should be able to write their own name in hieroglyphics now!

 This week's spelling list has been sent home (Tuesday) and there will be a spelling test next week to see if they can score 10/10. I have asked every child to try and aim for at least ten minutes reading every night and ten minutes spelling practice.

 Here are the spellings from this week (19th Sep):

  1. Pharaoh (Ph pronounced ‘F’ Pha-raoh)
  2. Sphinx (Sph pronounced ‘Sf’ SPh-inx)
  3. Pyramid (Py-ra-mid)
  4. Address (A-ddress)
  5. Answer (an-swer)
  6. Breathe
  7. Build
  8. Circle (Cir pronounced ‘sir’ Cir-cle)
  9. Continue (con-tin-ue)
  10. Experience (Ex-pe-ri-ence)

Thank you for your continued support...

Mr McClure


W/C 11/09/17

Welcome Year 4

Year 4 have been reading J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them in lessons. They have created their own fantastic beasts and gone out into the school grounds to find suitable habitats for them.

 In Maths, we have been looking at place value and what each digit represents. In Literacy, we have been using adjectives to describe nouns and some children even used similes too! We have used our fantastic beasts pictures to describe.

 In Geography, we have been studying the world's seven continents and discovered that all continents begin and end with the same letter! We are beginning to study Ancient Egypt in History and link all these facts into our class book.

 In PE, this week we have studied how to work well as a team and get the best from our group and in Music we have been studying African music. 

 Our class PE day will be Wednesday morning so please make sure children have their full PE kit on this day each week.

 Mr McClure


W/C 27.03.17

This week Year 4 have been to the Cooper Art Gallery to look at the works of Picasso. The children were really well behaved and learnt lots about different art techniques.

W/C 06/03/2017

This week Class 4 have begun their journey into sensational space. We looked at the different planets in our Solar system. Class 4 had lots of fun researching facts about the planets and creating posters. Next week we are looking forward to making the planets to display in our classroom. 


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