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Play Practise

The children enjoyed their first rehearsal for the Year 4 play this week. It was great to have so many of them already confident with their lines.


In class we have looked at narrative poetry, decimals with measures (converting and rounding), pop-up mechanisms and the different biomes on our planet.


Homework was sent home today. One part is a spelling task, based on the -que spelling pattern. There is also a maths task related to measure and converting units of measure. Both pieces are due back in school by Wednesday the 8th of March.


We have also sent home lyrics for the different songs in our play. As part of their homework, we would like the children to read and become more confident with the lyrics for the songs, in addition to practising their lines for the play.

Visitors and Stories

The children have been lucky enough to have two visitors in school this week.

On Monday the children were shown a presentation about food waste and got to take part in some food waste discussions. Some of the information shared by our visitor was surprising for both pupils and staff.

On Wednesday we had a visitor come to share Sikh artefacts with the children, as well as information about the Sikh religion. The children enjoyed exploring and discussing the artefacts.

In maths this week, we have continued to look at decimals, including a challenge involving money.  In Literacy, the children have been using their descriptive skills to plan and write an engaging short story.

Homework was sent home today.  For English, there is a short spelling task.  In addition to this, we would like the children to learn any lines they have been given for our play.  For maths, a ‘balloon pop’ challenge has been set on active learn.

The link to Active-learn is as follows:  https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0


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Decimals, Settings and Living Things

The children have spent the week describing a range of settings in Literacy, as well as converting, ordering and adding decimal numbers in Maths.

In science we explored the Alban City School grounds as a habitat, identifying and recording the living things on our site. The children really enjoyed this and were surprised by the variety of animals found here.


Some pupils have requested a link to the coding gallery, to show off their apps.  Click here: http://apps.espressocoding.co.uk/?site_id=43267

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Settings and Food Chains

In literacy this week we have been looking at describing settings to improve our story writing skills.

In Maths we have continued to look at fractions focussing on finding fractions of amounts. Some pupils also got to complete a chocolate challenge!

In Science we learnt about and made food chains which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Homework was sent home today and is due back in school on Wednesday February 8th 2017. The English piece involves spelling -sion words and for Maths there is a fractions challenge on Active Learn:



Fun Fractions

The children have completed a lot of work around fractions this week, including adding, subtracting, simplifying and converting fractions.


In English, the children have evaluated their radio adverts and created persuasive posters to go with them.


In our science topic, the children have used classification keys to identify animals and created their own keys, focusing on yes/no questions.


Homework was sent home last week and is still due to be completed and returned by Wednesday 25th January.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Persuasive People

In our first full week back, the children have spent time planning and recording a persuasive radio advert. They have thoroughly enjoyed this and the teachers found the adverts to be very persuasive.


In maths, they have looked at fractions, with a focus on finding equivalent fractions and using this skill to simplify fractions.


Our new topic this term is habitats, which the children have started to look at by exploring climate around the world and by discussing the characteristics of living things.


Both classes have gained new pupils this week and both teachers are very pleased at how welcoming the children have been towards our new starters.


Homework was sent our today and is due back in school by Wednesday the 25th of January. There is a spelling piece regarding words that have the ‘shh’ sound spelt ch. For maths, some fractions activities have been set for them on Active Learn. The link is below.




The children have written their login details into their homework books. The school code is alci.

Enjoy the snow!

Christmas fun

The children have had an exciting week in the run up to Christmas. They enjoyed singing carols at the church and our visit to the pantomime, which had plenty of audience participation!


In class, we have been investigating tangrams, as well as exploring some artefacts to finish off our Roman topic.


Homework was sent home today. There are two pieces. The first is a times table challenge that we are suggesting the children work on in 3 separate short sessions. The second is to write a winter poem, using the planning sheet in their homework book to help. Homework is due back in school by Wednesday the 11th of January. Have a wonderful Christmas!



Super Stories

In literacy this week, the children have been writing stories set in Pompeii. They have worked hard to create some fantastic descriptive writing, which has been a pleasure for the teachers to read.


In maths, we have continued to work on time, including converting between different ways of recording time, as well as solving problems that involve time.


In our art lessons, the children have all completed their sculptures inspired by ‘A Roman Triumph’ by Peter Paul Rubens. They look fantastic and the children are very proud of them. They will be able to take these home for Christmas.


Finally, a quick reminder that homework is due back in school by Wednesday the 14th of December. We will be using our homework books in class next week to complete and submit their fantastic 100 word stories, so please try to ensure your child’s book is in school on time. Thank you.

All Roads Lead to Rome

The children had their Roman day out this week. They spent time exploring the museum, looking at the large mosaic in the park, as well as clambering over the ruins of the Roman theatre. It was a very busy day with a lot of walking, so I’m sure they were all quite tired by the end of it.


In addition, the children began creating sculptures this week and they are all excited to finish them, so that they can bring them home to show off.


Homework is being sent home today and there are two pieces. One is related to the use of apostrophes, the other is to practise telling the time on an analogue clock. Both pieces are due back in school by Wednesday the 14th of December.



Sustainability Week

As part of St. Alban’s sustainability week, we were lucky enough to have staff from our local Tesco store come and talk to the children about food miles. The children thoroughly enjoying tasting a range of fruit, and were shown on a map where each item originated. They especially enjoyed finding out how coconuts are harvested. Ask them about it!


In addition, visitors came to the school from the Marine Stewardship Council and talked to the children about sustainable fishing.  They now know to look for the MSC logo on seafood, to be sure that it comes from a sustainable source.


Thank you for your support during this week.  There were many fruit donations that the children used to create an amazing fruit salad.


Finally, a quick reminder that Year 4 are on a trip on Tuesday next week (the 29th of November) to Verulamium museum.  If you have not yet returned your permission slip, please do so on Monday.  The children will need a packed lunch, coat and outdoor shoes on Tuesday, as they are walking to the museum and back.