Milefield Primary School, Milefield Lane, Grimethorpe, Barnsley, S72 7BH

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Milefield Primary School

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Welcome to the Class 3/4 page. Take a look at what we have been learning.

Week Commencing 10/9/18

Welcome back to the new year 4 children and parents and welcome to Key Stage 2 to the new year 3 children and parents.

We have a really exciting topic planned in for this half term for our year 3 and 4 classes. Our topic this half term is:

What lies beneath your street? / Fantastic Beasts.

To kick start the topic we had a visit from Animal Encounters. They brought with them their collection of lizards and a snake. They brought along a bearded dragon, a gold crested gecko, a blue tongue skink, a tegu and a chameleon. We found out about the different lizards, where they were from, what types of things they ate and their unique features. The children asked some really good questions too.

We have made a start on our new book 'Krindlekrax' by Philip Ridley which we are now able to reveal the title of. We are enjoying it so far and have begun to make predictions about what we think Krindlekrax is and it's role in the story. We have met lots of the characters and found out about Lizard Street, where all the characters live. Some of us think the story could be an adventure story, or a quest. Some of us think that it could be a sci-fi - action story and others think it might be a myth. In literacy we have had a go at making or drawing what we imagine Lizard Street to look like and the children have had fun doing this.

We have started to look at number in maths. The year 3 children have been reading and writing numbers and in words and have  started to recognise the place value of a number up to 1000. They have been learning to count up in 4's and 8's and should try and practice this at home to gain more confidence. The year 4 children have been counting up in 6's, 7's, 9's and 25's and need to learn these tables by heart. They have looked at Roman Numerals and are enjoying trying to work out the unfamiliar roman numbers up to 100.

We have been learning the following spellings:

forgetting      forgotten          beginner        preferred      gardener     

gardening      limited            limitation         limiting            beginning

                                                                                                                                                     Please make sure your are learning these at home.

Please note, PE will be on a Monday so please ensure your child has their kit on this day.

Please ensure book bags are sent back to school daily and that your child has spent 10 mins at least with their book.

Trip letters have also been sent for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park visit so please make sure to return them by the 21st September.

Thanks Miss Gillespie

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Our Animal Encounters Visit

Week commencing 17/9/18

We have read some more of our book 'Krindlekrax' this week and the plot is starting to get thicker. We have learnt that Corky the school caretaker used to work in the sewers and this is where he met the crocodile Krindlekrax. The children have enjoyed learning about the sewers and how toilets have changed over the years. We learnt about the toilets of the Early Man, who used to dig a hole in a field; the toilets of the Romans, which was a communal area, with a bucket and sponge; the Medieval toilets, which was done over the castle walls; the Georgian toilets, which was done in the dining room behind a screen in a potty in the furniture and the Victorian toilets which were sheds at the bottom of the garden.

We then had a letter from JK Rowling who encouraged us to help her design a new fantastic beast for her next book. We enjoyed looking at some of her Fantastic Beasts and used some of the features in our own designs.

In RE we have been studying the Jewish faith, and the celebration Yom Kippur. We used Elvis from our story to help us understand the festival as it is all about forgiveness and putting right any wrongs we have committed. Elvis is a bit of a bully in our story and is terrorising the whole of Lizard Street. We had a think about some of the wrongs we needed to put right too in our own lives.

We are looking forward to our trip next week to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, please make sure your forms and monies have been returned.

Our spellings this week have been:

myth       gym         mystery        pyramid        Egypt           double       trouble       country        young      touch   


Week commencing   24/9/18

The story we are reading in class is set in London. We have thought about London and what it is like there. We compared the city to the village of Grimethorpe and made a note of similarities and differences between the two. This week Mrs Kenworthy has told us all about Grimethorpe and what it was like in the past. She brought in some pictures. We were shocked to find out that Grimethorpe used to have a picture house and lots of the houses where we live  now, particularly in red city weren't there then.

On Thursday we went on our trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We had a great time, exploring the sculptures and playing in the leaves. We complained quite a lot during the walk along the river in the afternoon, because our legs were getting tired and the sun was hot!

In maths the year 3 children have been using column addition to find the sum of 2 numbers, and the year 4 children have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

In literacy we have learnt about Winston's darkest secret and how he and Wendy contributed to Krindlekrax living and growing in the sewers of Lizard Street. We considered how Ruskin must be feeling and have written diary entries and letters to an agony aunt.



Our visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Year 4 2017/2018

W/C 29/1/18

The children have been working on their understanding of measurement and converting between g and kg and ml and l this week. They have been applying their knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 1000 to convert between the measurements.

They have been thoroughly enjoying rugby lessons and are not looking forward to those sessions ending next week. They will have swimming to look forward to after the half-term holiday though!

Please don't forget that homework is due in next week and will be marked. Also, next week is assessment week so please ensure all children are in school everyday and on time. Below are some photographs of the rugby sessions with Josh from Team Activ.


W/C 22/1/18

The children have had another busy week this week. They have been learning how to convert measures in Maths and how to write diary entries. They have even been outside learning how to use trundle wheels to measure perimeter. They went to see George's Marvellous Medicine at Sheffield Lyceum this week and had their rugby lesson on Friday. They are thoroughly enjoying the rugby lessons. These will be back to Thursdays from now on. Please make sure all children have their PE kits on these days. They have continued their work on Arthur and the golden rope with Miss Williams and have been looking at how to convert decimals and fractions.

We only have two weeks left at school before the February half-term break, keep your children practising at home and making sure they learn their times tables and read every night. Thanks for your continued support.

W/C 15/1/18

What a busy second week! Thank you for your co-operation this week and your children's hard work! They have produced some fantastic news reports for Miss Williams in Literacy and they are going straight up on display! Well done to Leon J and Macey A for winning the special mentions in our sharing assembly on Monday afternoon. The children have been having a blast in rugby lessons with Team Activ. They are learning more and more each week! Please remember to keep sending in their PE kits. I have seen a massive improvement in children bringing their reading books everyday. This is seeing a vast improvement on their reading understanding, so thank you!

Next week (for one week only), we will be taking part in rugby lessons on Friday instead of Thursday as they are going to the Lyceum theatre in Sheffield to see George's Marvellous Medicine on Thursday morning! I am sure this will be an exciting time for them and they will love it.

In Maths, children have been trying to prove or disprove statements about division by using the skills taught last week. With Miss Williams, they have been revising key areas they learnt last week including time and shape. Keep working on their homework with them and enjoying it! Please do not worry about the coding part of the homework, I don't think children will have been taught this part of computing this half-term. Apologies for the confusion.

In GPS, children have been learning how to place a comma after the adverb opener. Just like the one at the beginning of this sentence! They have also been studying diaries with me (Mr McClure). We have been using Diary of a Wimpy Kid in reading skills lessons to develop their comprehension of this type of text.

In DT, children have continued to design their own CAM toys ready for their challenge in Summer term. In Science, they studied materials and how to compare and classify them accurately. In RE, they continued their work on Hinduism and learnt some interesting facts about where it began in the world and who founded it as a religion. In Computing we have had a huge focus on Online Safety. We looked at how to remain safe when using online technologies and how to avoid or report cyber-bullying appropriately. The children even had an assembly about this.

In History and Art children have been studying toys from the past and how they differ from toys available now. They have also studied pop art and attempted their own versions of Andy Warhol's classics.

W/C 8/1/18

A warm welcome back and a happy new year to all of Year 4 and their parents/guardians. We have started the week as we mean to go and studied the use of bus-stop method to divide in Maths. Some children were even able to show remainders!

In Literacy, we have begun to look at toys in reading sessions and answered questions based on the reading they have completed. In writing and GPS we have studied the use of commas to separate clauses and then tried to use these in our diary writing. Children have struggled with this concept so we will study this in next week's lessons too.

In Topic lessons, we have begun to look at technology and toys as well as Hinduism in RE. Children have been putting their ideas to the test in Science and deciding on a suitable material in which to make our toys out of. These toys should be made and available to buy at our Summer Fair!

We started working with Team Activ on Thursday and begun our lessons in rugby. From next week, children will be outside for rugby lessons so please remember to pack them some outdoor shoes and PE kit. A warm hoody/jacket and trousers/leggings might be a good idea in this climate! Please be aware that whatever you send will get muddy though! So do not send any new or precious items. It is an essential part of the curriculum and children should not be trying to avoid PE. Please ensure that you encourage them to take part as it is teaching them a new skill and we have highly-skilled coaches coming in to teach it. When they are completely set to play rugby, they will play at Wakefield Trinity rugby ground and the match will be televised! Details of this will follow nearer the time.

Homework will be handed out shortly and children should aim to complete at least 4 pieces before the end of the half-term. The date the homework is due will be stated on the homework sheet.

Thank you for all your continued support.

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