Y4 Learning in RE

During the autumn term, our learning in RE will follow three themes. In the first of our themes, People, we will be learning about the family of God in Scripture. 

The Church names the family the ‘Domestic Church’ where children begin to understand the Church which is ‘nothing other than the family of God.’ This topic explores the truth that Jesus had a natural family with real people with names and a history.

This topic is rooted in Scripture, through which the children learn to link the events of the Bible with our Catholic belief.  Children will also come to understand what is meant by the following key vocabulary through this topic: chosen people, siblings, relations, ancestors, generations, Old Testament, roots, family tree, genealogy, nomad and nomadic.

Home learning in RE

We have already learnt this term that there are four broad types of prayer: 

  • Adoration: Praising God.
  • Contrition: Asking for God’s forgiveness.
  • Petition: Asking God for something.
  • Thanksgiving: Showing God gratitude.

During the next month, I would like you write a special prayer for your family that includes these four parts. Your prayer will form part of our class prayer book – Take time to decorate your prayer and make it look wonderful. You will need to hand in your RE homework by Wednesday, 7th October. 

Prayer and Reflection

Father, creator of all,
you ‘ordered the earth’ to bring forth life 
and crowned its goodness by
creating family life.
Teach us the beauty of human love,
show us the value of family life
and help us to live in peace 
with everyone. 

Welcome to Year 4

It is lovely to have all of the children back and they have been brilliant! There are so many new routines for everyone to get used to as we work hard to maintain our protective bubbles but the children are rising to every challenge.

Individual reading

Over the past week, I have read with all of the children and have given each child a school reading book. I know many children are also enjoying their own books and this is something that I really encourage. It is helpful to me if they could record these titles in their home/ school reading logs.

All of the children have an opportunity at the start of each day to change their school reading book for a new title. I ask them to record these in their reading record. We are currently operating a quarantine system for returned books, whereby they are left for a minimum of 72 hours before being placed back into the general library stock.

Our guided reading programme ensures that every child reads and discusses their reading with a teacher twice each week.

Home learning

We will continue to use the Google Classroom to support home learning this year. Your child’s existing log-in will provide access to the Year Four Google Classroom. Click on this link to access the Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTYzNDcyNTM0NTIx?cjc=5kikesg

This link will only work if logged in to your child’s own school Google account. You will not be able to access the classroom if logged in to Google with a parent’s account or that of another family member.

Home learning continues to be set at 2pm on Friday, to be completed by 8:30am on the following Wednesday.

As always, supporting your child’s learning is best achieved through an effective partnership between home and school. If there is anything that you would like to discuss with me, I am available most days at the end of the school day.

Year 4’s Virtual Class Assembly

Last term, the children in Year 4 were busy preparing a class assembly to share with their families and friends.

The closure of St Adrian’s, along with all schools in the UK as part of measures to tackle the corona virus pandemic, dashed our hopes of sharing our hard work… until now.

We hope you enjoy our virtual assembly!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Dear All,

Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18th-24th May) and the theme this year is Kindness. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the importance of kindness!

Kindness matters most!

We would like all of St Adrian’s to get involved, so we have attached some activity ideas at the bottom of this post to help you to celebrate this week – if you would like to.  

There is a Kindness Calendar which challenges you to be kind twice each day – once to yourself and once to someone else (that is only two acts of kindness a day, we’re sure all of us St Adrian’s are kinder than that!!)

And for our competitive pupils there is a Kindness Cup trophy to design. If everyone in your home takes part in in the Kindness Calendar Challenge you can award your Kindness Cup to the winner! 

Finally, if you want to learn a little more about the science behind why kindness matters try the following link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-matters-guide

Take care to be happy and healthy.

The Wellbeing Team


Seven days of Kindness: https://mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2036/seven-days-of-kindness-calendar.pdf

Also, we’re already in May but this Meaningful May Calendar has daily actions for May 2020 which you may want to try beyond this week: https://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/875760/may_2020.jpg

Wellbeing: Helpful Links and Tips

The five ways to wellbeing we promote at St Adrians

As the number of weeks away from our usual routines of work, school and activities with friends grows, it is increasingly important to focus on looking after our mental health. 

In response to the impact that COVID-19 and isolation poses to our wellbeing, many organisations are offering support and resources – we would like to share some which your may find helpful. These include:

• The ‘Schools and Families Advice Line’ (SFAL) is a new service established to provide emotional wellbeing advice and early help to children and young people, school staff and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be really worrying when you, or someone you know is going through a difficult time.
If you feel this service could help, please call the Single Point of Access (SPA) who will take your details before passing them onto a call back service.
Telephone: 0300 777 0707
Email: hpft.spa@nhs.net
You will then get a call back from a mental health practitioner between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

• The Spot the Signs & Emotional Wellbeing project by the Herts Mind Network are offering free webinars for young people and parents/carers. You can book onto a session by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2QZqK4f
Below is a snapshot of some webinars being held:

• Mentally Healthy Schools have put together a list of helpful links focused on coping exercises and activities:

• Wellbeing activity ideas for families: https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/coronavirus-wellbeing-activity-ideas-for-families/

• Looking after your family’s mental health while staying at home: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-advice-for-families-staying-at-home/

• Here is a comprehensive list of links/websites/apps to aid in looking after your mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus:


Please take time to look at the attachments, particularly if you or your loved ones are worried or anxious about Coronavirus.

Take care to be happy and healthy.

The Wellbeing team.

Year 4@Home – Summer term

Hello and welcome back to ‘school’ for the start of the summer term.

It’s really strange not seeing you all and hearing what you have been up to. I hope that everyone is OK and that you are finding ways to keep in touch with each other.

All of our learning for this term can be found in our Google Classrooms. If you are having problems accessing the classrooms, you can email our helpline: googleclassroom@stadrians.herts.sch.uk

We are very proud of the way that you have quickly adapted to using the Google Classrooms and the enthusiasm with which you work. Keep doing the best that you can, but I understand that there may be some days when, for many reasons, you are not able to complete your assignments. Please do not worry about this.

Take care of yourselves and of all your families.

With best wishes,
Mr Hayes

Year 4 @ Home

Friday, 3rd April

It’s Friday and the last day of the Spring Term.

Today all of our learning can be found in the Year 4 classroom.

Thank you so much to all of you for your hard work over the last few weeks. I have been really impressed with the way that you have given everything your best go and the patience that you’ve shown as we’ve all got to grips with new ways of working.

We’ll start our online lessons again on Monday, 20th April. In the meantime, keep reading. Mr Bedford’s newsletter gives plenty of ideas if you are looking for things to do.

If you have any problems, you can post a message to the class Stream, or ask your parents to email our helpline: googleclassroom@stadrians.herts.sch.uk

Look after yourselves and take care of the ones that you love. As we head into Holy Week, we journey through great sorrow before we experience the joy of Easter and so we take hope from Christ’s promise of new life.

Year 4

The children have been exemplary this week as we have worked our way through the uncertain times in which we find ourselves living. Each day, the children have remembered their absent friends in their prayers and cheered those who have been present to answer their names on the register.

From Monday, I will publish a new post at 9am each day to direct the children towards the planned learning activities for the day. My intention is that the majority of these should be shared via our Google Classrooms, which can be accessed here.

Some of the planned learning will need to be ‘turned in’ for marking whilst some of the challenges will not need to be submitted – unless you would like to add a photo of your work to the Google Classroom. None of the work that I am setting will need to be printed.

I will not ask the children to use any technical skill that they have not already practiced at school but, just in case, I will add a simple guide to completing some of these ‘admin’ tasks in the ‘Useful Stuff’ folders that I have added to each of my classrooms. I have also included a reminder of the login details needed to access some of the resources that we may use.

If you have any technical problems accessing the Google Classroom, or with any of the resources that I share, you can email googleclassroom@stadrians.herts.sch.uk . I will answer as soon as I can, but this is not a 24/7 help desk.

It is a sad and uncertain end to the term, but I wish you and all of your families health and every blessing.

Richard Hayes