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Archive | 2018

A Roman Banquet

Today the children took part in a Roman banquet. This involved lounging on cushions and beanbags and being served olives, grapes, bread and sausages by the helpful slaves (the teachers!) In between each course we had some wonderful entertainment in the form of singing, dancing, poem reading and clowning around! We have packed a lot into our last week on our Roman topic, including drawing Roman towns and creating power points on the Chromebooks!

We have still been working hard in Maths this week and have solved some tricky problems involving perimeter. The carol concert and pantomime were also a success last week. We’ve had such a busy time.

Have a lovely Christmas break. Homework will go out today and please ensure that the spelling sheets are kept in the separate spelling folders.

The mystery continues…

I am sure that you have all heard about the mystery of Mrs Goddard’s missing cup by now! The children have been busy gathering facts and opinions in order for them to write a newspaper report about the missing cup. Today we will look at gathering quotes from teachers and selecting the best facts and opinions to go into our reports. In Maths, we have been looking at converting different units of length, mass, capacity and time.

The new spelling sheets are given to children every week so please ensure that these go into the folder that each child has been given.

Next week, we will be talking about Christmas around the world. If anyone has any knowledge of traditions in different countries, could you write a short letter to year 4 explaining any special or unusual traditions? This would really help us as we look at this topic in Faith and Belief next week.

Taking over…

Last Friday Gold class took part in  ‘Kids takeover day’ at the new St Albans Museum. Over the past few weeks they had been creating activities to carry out with Little Robins based on artefacts from the museum. We had some storytelling, board game playing, mosaic making and coin creating and Little Robins had a wonderful time. Well done Gold class!

So far this week, we have been starting our new Literacy topic about writing news reports. We have identified facts and opinions and have found the key features in a news report. Maths has been testing our multiplication and division skills as we have seen what effect x and ÷ by 10 and 100 has on a number.

Here are some useful websites that you can use to practise your times tables at home!




18 thousand steps!

Wow what a busy week we have had so far. Yesterday we had a visitor from Dina who talked to us about Hinduism and Diwali. She brought lots of interesting items with her that we had a look at.

Today we walked 18 thousand steps to the Verulamium museum and had a great time. We visited the Amphitheatre, did some sketching, saw the amazing hypocaust mosaic and took part in a marketplace workshop and explored the museum. Thank you so much to the parent helpers that came along! The weather stayed dry and the children did Alban City School Proud!

Just to clarify about the spelling sheets – Every week the children will receive a spellings sheet to complete and should practise those spellings. Every week the children will then be tested on those spellings and need to get a certain amount right in order to move onto the next group of spelling. Please keep spelling sheets in the homework books for now until spelling folders arrive. Thank you for your support with this.


P.S. Please ignore the previous post about homework. This was put on the wrong year group’s blog


Friday 16th November 2018


Subordinating conjunctions and clauses.

Subordinating conjunctions: because, who, while, where

Subordinating clause: She saw the rare bird, while walking in the forest.

Read your book and list the subordinating conjunctions/clauses. If you can’t find any choose one or two pages to edit and add subordinate conjunctions/clauses.


Maths challenge: Have a times table race with an adult. Who can answer the most in one minute?

2s, 5s, 10s


Friday 23rd November 2018


Create a fact file about your perfect friend. Describe their personality explaining how and why they are such a good friend.


Maths challenge: Create your own rhyme for the two times tables.

Riddle me this…

We have had great fun writing our own riddles this week, ensuring that we include lots of excellent grammar and descriptive language. Can you solve Gold class’ class riddle?

In maths we have been investigating data. We collected some data and drew bar graphs and pictograms to present the data. Next week we will continue our graph drawing to present our science data which we are collecting today!

There is lots to look forward to next week as we have a Hindu speaker coming in to teach us about Diwali and our trip to the Verulamium museum on Wednesday (don’t forget a packed lunch!).

Spelling sheets have gone home this week and the children will be having weekly spelling tests. Every week the children will then get another sheet linked to their progress to bring home and practise.

Making history!

What an action packed first week back at school! We have been having fun problem solving in maths and putting our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills to the test when completing word problems and bar models!

We have enjoyed solving and performing riddles in literacy and had some very expressive performances! In Place and Time we have started to look at the Roman Numerals and look forward to working with them in maths very soon!

Gold class worked with St Albans Museum this week as they gave them ideas about what to put in the Time Capsule discovered in the old museum building. 5 enthusiastic members of Gold class were lucky enough to help bury the time capsule – they did Alban City School proud and made history!

Be careful what you wish for…

We had great fun reading “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by Doctor Seuss last week, in which the King wanted something different to fall from the sky… Is oobleck a liquid? Is is a solid? We had a messy time trying to find out and discovered that it’s properties change as you apply different pressure.

In Literacy, we have been practising the rules of speech and our editing skills, which has linked to our text “Escape from Pompeii”. Maths has brought us more times tables practise and problem solving challenges.

After half term, the school will be using a new spelling programme. Spelling activities will be sent home along with homework and these will be linked to each child’s needs. Have a wonderful half term!

Roman Cooking!

After researching the food the Romans used to eat, we made a list of vegetables that we could make into our very own Roman soup. This afternoon, we worked hard to bake bread and make soup and you will be getting your goodies to take home tomorrow!

In maths we have been revising how to tell the time on an analogue clock in words and have been solving some tricky time problems. We have produced lots of descriptive setting descriptions in Literacy and enjoyed using similes, fronted adverbials and our senses to extend our writing!

Dynamic diaries

This week in maths we have been exploring subtraction with regrouping.  The children have worked on a variety of problems including some missing digits problems!  Today we wrote some fantastic diary entries about the life of a Roman soldier using some specific key vocabulary as well as emotive language.

We have been busy completing our Roman mosaics this week using coloured paper.