Friday, 26th March 2021

Our last week (before the holidays) in Year 4 has been another busy one.

The children have spent time this week learning about Jesus’ Passion according to Mark’s Gospel and finding out more about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  Yesterday, the class watched online the very reflective Stations of the Cross service lead by Year 5 and 6 from Our Lady and St Vincent’s Church.  This has been recorded and will be available from OLSV website.

In D&T the children continued with their project, applying a second layer of paper-mache followed by  additional details such as wings, beaks, paws, etc to personalise their bedside lamp structures. Some excellent designs coming along!


During the week, the children participated in several Lenten Charity events organised by the Year 6 house captains.  On Wednesday, they completed a  Lenten word hunt on the field whilst on Thursday, they took part in an obstacle course. They also took part in a Fairtrade chocolate and banana morning on Wednesday.

In PE the children have worked on General fitness and Team-building over these last few weeks and they have really enjoyed completing their daily Golden Mile.

Today, the class used twigs, stones, berries and other ‘treasures’ found on the school grounds to decorate their Lenten Pots which will bloom later just in time for Easter.

We wish all of you and your families a safe, healthy and blessed Easter!

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

P.S.: During the holidays, please keep  reading and update your reading logs on the stories you have completed.

Friday, 19th March 2021

Year 4 has had yet another very busy week.

The class furthered their science learning about famous Hungarian inventors and also had a look at the history of the incandescent light bulb.

They continued creating a detailed design plan for their D&T project – The Bedside Lamp.


The children came up with great ideas for their ‘shells’ and evaluated materials and procedures that they felt would to suit their build.

On Thursday they put the first layers of modrock on and next week they are going to add the paper mache.  You could sense the excitement in the classroom!

The children have continued to complete their daily mile and played team building/problem solving games during PE.

As today is Red Nose Day, the children spent time this week learning about the founders of the Comic Relief charity and the wonderful work that this British charity gives to projects in the UK and abroad.  Last week the children learnt about the importance of sleep and Max, Macy, Violet, Monica and Ela-Maria produced  beautiful posters giving us their top ten sleep tips.  Congratulations to Monica and Violet who won a sleep mask.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Happy St Joseph’s Day!!

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Please see below your Home Learning:

19.3.2021 Home Learning
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and spend some time practicing your homophones. After your practice, please test yourself on this week’s words.

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete at least 2 activities.

English Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the assigned revision tasks.

Maths Please log onto Mathletics and complete the assigned activities. The activities will give you further opportunities to consolidate the decimal number work that we have been doing in class.



Spring Term – Friday 12th March

It’s been a wonderful week in which we have welcomed the children back into school.

They have been working extremely hard….catching up with all their peers and embracing their learning.

The health and wellbeing of the children is our priority over the coming weeks.  We have a series of planned activities woven into our curriculum to ensure that we are managing as positively and as sensitively as possible the transition back into school which may well be a challenging aspect for our children to face. Our aim is to make the transition as smooth as possible for each and every child.

As part of this transition back, each day we have walked or run many laps of the school field – completing our school mile!   We have noticed that the children have become a little faster at getting around the field…keep this up children!

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day – the children were dressed in an array of costumes – Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara came as characters from ‘The Scarecrow’s Wedding’!





Home Learning this week.

Focus is on:  St Joseph.

The feast of St Joseph is on Friday 19th March. Earlier this term, we learnt about some of the
characteristics of this special saint. He trusted in God, he listened to God, he looked after Mary and
Joseph and he brought Jesus up in his faith.
There are many different images and paintings of St Joseph created by many different artists.

We would like your child to create their own A4 painting /drawing of St Joseph, using any medium they like and bring their work into school by Friday 19th March and give it to Ms Varga.

Some of them will be displayed in Our Lady and St Vincent’s Church.

Click here for the school newsletter.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day.


Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara



Friday, 18th December 2020

We have had a lovely last week with the class. After finishing off our big story, ‘The Magic Coin’ and completing RE learning based around Advent and Christmas customs around the World , the children dedicated some time to the coming festivities. They got their classroom into full party mode and created some wonderful decorations.

The children looked lovely in their party outfits on Wednesday and enjoyed the Christmas lunch followed by a class disco, more party food and a movie. The children really enjoyed dancing with their glow sticks and with the disco lights, the class was full of colourful lights!

Thank you children for all your hard work this term. We appreciate all the efforts you have made and your very mature attitude towards the changed rules and routines of this ‘new’ era.

We also thank you parents for your continued support this term and for the generous presents and gifts you have given to us.

We wish you all a safe, healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

God Bless.

See you in 2021!

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara




Friday, 11th December 2020

What a festive week Year 4 has had!

Today, they had a visit from Father Christmas. They could ask all sorts of ‘Top Secret’ questions and Father Christmas was very patient answering all of them. They were delighted to receive their box of chocolate!

The children looked fantastic in their Christmas jumpers too!

Earlier in the week. the children did some gardening to plant Spring bulbs into our class gardens and made coins using aluminium foil, inspired by our story ‘The Magic Coin’.

They have made Christmas cards including mechanisms to create moving parts and decorated their classroom with a selection of paper ornaments.

Well done to Alfie and his Mummy making this record sized rubber band ball, which he is very proud of.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

See Home Learning below:

Friday, 11th December 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Please log onto spelling frame and practice this week’s spelling words.–spelt%E2%80%93tion%E2%80%93sion%E2%80%93ssion%E2%80%93cian-(1-of-2)

completion, expression, discussion, confession, admission, expansion
extension, comprehension, electrician
Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete at least 2 activities. Update your reading logs.
RE Please research different Advent customs, traditions around the world.

Be ready to present your research, next week Tuesday as part of our RE lesson.

This article is a nice starting point (please be aware, this site contains pop up advertisements)


Friday, 4th December 2020

Year 4 has had another busy week with lots of Christmas preparations taking place as the period of Advent continues.

The children have researched particular time periods for their Magic Coin story writing, finding out details about the Great Fire of London, Pirates or Mars.

They have created multiplication baubles to decorate our classroom with and have been investigating patterns and exploring number sentences.

They have also produced some beautiful water colour paintings inspired by the Annunciation according to Luke’s Gospel.

Well done for Alfie earning a Head Teacher award his Magic Coin paragraphs and Samuel, who has collected 50 house points and turned it into a Gold Star.

We have also decorated our class Christmas trees and participated in an Act of Worship.

This week was National Tree week and the children looked at how important trees are in our environment and the benefits they give.  In design and technology, the children continued to explore making levers and mechanisms and over the next few weeks will be using their new skills to device and create their own greeting cards.

Thank you for all the beautiful musical instruments and also for your contributions towards the class hamper (our theme is white).

We wish you a lovely weekend.

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara


Please see your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Friday, 4th December 2020
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and practice this week’s spelling words. Test yourself t the end.

mountainous, obvious, outrageous, poisonous, serious
spontaneous, tremendous, various, vigorous
Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete at least 2 activities. Please update your reading logs.

Science Next week the children will weed our class gardens and then plant bulbs ready for next Spring. Please may I ask that you send in a pair of wellington boots, clearly labelled for Monday, 7th December as the gardens are very muddy.
Study Ladder Log onto Study Ladder and complete the tasks assigned.




Friday 27th November

Exploring Multiplication Games on Maths Frame using Multiplication Tile Crash and Multiplication Miner….the children used their knowledge of their times tables and other tools to assist them.


This week, the children have focussed on starting their story plans based on ‘The Magic Coin’ story as well as developing their understanding of dialogue and ensuring they can use the correct punctuation for this in their work.

We have been reading our class book on Half Magic and the children have immersed themselves in this story which is about a girl called Jane who finds a strange coin.  It turns out that the coin grants wishes but only by half!  Ask your child to tell you about this exciting book! Alfie and Ti took the opportunity to show the class their coin collection which the children really enjoyed.

In Maths, the children have been creating and regrouping arrays for multiplication (using the distribution law) and learning multiplication facts through building arrays.  The children have been encouraged to learn the facts for the 2 – 12 times tables as this will  develop their understanding of this solving problems involving multiplying.

Over the last two weeks, the children have been finding out about how scientists have made a difference to our society.  They learnt about George Washington Carver , a world-renowned American Botanist, who devoted his life’s work to helping farmers successfully grow their crops and they have learnt about Dr Ayanna Howard who designed the Safe Navigation Rover to assess the terrain on Mars using human-based logic and choose safe paths accordingly.

In design and technology, the children continued to develop their understanding of mechanics and levers, creating a waving hand mechanism and a moving dragon.  We were delighted to see some of the children try their skills at home too.

Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Ms Varga


Homework for this week:

The Suffix – ous


Science Homework – Create your own musical instrument.

Home learning for this week is also whole-school focus as this Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. Click here for details.

Additionally, we are providing you with an electronic version of the Wednesday Word, so that each week you can focus with your family on the Advent Gospel readings.

Click here for this Sunday’s copy.

Please continue your child to read daily and record in their reading diaries.

Friday, 20th November 2020

Year 4 had another busy week!

On Tuesday, Miss Pringle helped them learn about the fantastic game of hockey! The children practiced different ways of holding their sticks and they also dribbled their hockey balls, ‘hoovering’ on the playground. They then consolidated these skills on Thursday and moved onto two new games where they could become goalkeepers. They did very well!

On Wednesday, the children had karate with Michael where they learnt new movements and techniques of meditation. Another chance for the children to be active came during our English lesson, where they acted out some of the characteristics that some of the main characters displayed in the play such as confidence, shyness, anger, etc  The children finished their second narrative piece this week with such imagination and showed that within their story their writing is progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary with an increasing range of sentence structures! Well done to Ben and Nathalie for receiving Head Teacher Awards for their pieces.

The children later brought balance to our week by participating in a serene and respectful Lectio Divina prayer session on Wednesday where they meditated and prayed on a piece of scripture from Luke’s Gospel.

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Please see your Home Learning below:

Friday, 20th November 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame to practice and test yourself on this week’s spellings.

division, invasion, confusion, decision, collision
television, erosion, fusion, passion, pension
Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities.

Please make sure you put time aside to read and update your reading logs.

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete your assignments.

For this week’s tasks, I encourage you to write down your number sentences on a piece of paper using the vertical method presentation and calculate them on the paper, showing your exchanges before submitting them online.

Science In the next 3 weeks, I would like you to create a musical instrument using recycled materials. We are going to use these instruments during our final assessment lesson in the topic of Sound.

Your musical instrument must produce two different tones.

Once, you have created the instrument, please write up a short summary of :

  • how you have made it
  • what materials you have used
  • what you have had to do in order to produce two different tones.

Please bring your instrument into school latest on Monday, 14th December 2020


Friday, 13th November 2020

Year 4 had another busy week. In Maths, the children carried on developing their column addition skills and have now moved onto formal written subtraction. In English they have practiced constructing expanded noun phrases and have planned how to turn our shared play script, ‘The Fly and the Fool’ into a narrative.

On Wednesday, Year 4, as well as all year groups, took part in a live Remembrance Assembly. They  used what they learnt and in an art session, painted water colour pictures themed around poppies.

They had karate this week learning a new sequence with Arthur and Kian showing the rest of the class a chosen sequence alongside Michael.  On Wednesday the children logged onto their Year 4 Google Classroom, took part in a Maths Quiz and then wrote a Book Review using Google Docs.  This session showed us how independent and confident they are growing in using this learning tool.

Today, we said Goodbye to Angela who is leaving our school and going to Cranbourne Primary School.  The children wished her all the best and Maria and Hebe organised a card for her from the class.  We will miss her and wish her all the best.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Thank you Eric for sharing this picture of you with us!

Our Karate Session with Michael

Using water colours on our poppy designs.

Please see your Home Learning below:

Friday, 13th November 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Please use Spelling Frame to practice this week’s spelling words and later test yourself!

measure, treasure, pleasure, enclosure, creature, furniture, picture, nature, adventure
Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete three tasks. Please also update your reading logs.

Reading awards will be given next Friday!

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the assigned activities.

In Maths you will be asked to recap and practice 6s and 7s multiplication facts.

In English your task is to complete and improve sentences using better quality vocabulary. This task is very similar to the ones we do in class as morning challenges but the focus is solely on the use of vocabulary.

Friday, 6th November 2020

The children in Year 4 came back with renewed energy after half term!

In Maths the children have moved on to written formal method for addition, whilst in English they have started working towards writing a new narrative piece based on a traditional Vietnamese folk tale, The Fly and the Fool.  On Friday, the children worked in small groups and after discussing the elements of a play script, they went onto acting out the playscript.


In RE, the children have learnt about Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah as special occasions in children’s life. They also took part in a Remembrance Act of Worship.

The children carried on with their karate lessons with Sophie being given recognition by Michael.  Well done Sophie!  In PE the class have continued to develop their skills through invasion games. They looked at the basic parts of their digestive system in Science and looked at Milton Keynes as the fastest growing city in the UK as part of their Geography.

Leon, Finn and Eric have been exploring our school garden and came across some small peppers.

Please see your Home Learning below:

Friday, 6th November 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Log onto Spelling frame to practice and test yourself on this week’s spelling words.

sadly, usually, completely, finally, comically, happily, angrily
gently, simply, humbly, nobly, basically, dramatically
Reading Please logon to Read Theory and complete 3 tasks
Study Ladder Please logon to Study Ladder and complete your assignments.

They are based on mental and written methods for addition.