Happy Christmas, Year 4!

Thank you to all of the Year 4 children and their families for the kind gift bag. I hope that you all have a happy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year. Merry Christmas!

Key stage two – Christmas carol service

The countdown to Christmas has begun and the children are all working hard to learn the words to the carols for our Christmas carol service.

Please encourage your child to practise – they will need to know all of the words by heart. The words can be downloaded using the link, below.

We hope that you will be able to join us on Wednesday, 18th December for this special celebration.

Welcome to Year Four

I hope that you have all had a lovely holiday. It is good to welcome the children back for the start of a new school year.

We have not set maths and English homework this week. School reading books have been sent home today and I ask that you encourage your child to read regularly at home, supporting them to develop the habit of reading for enjoyment. It may be that your child is already reading a book from home or from the library. If this is the case, I would be grateful if they would note this in the school reading record.

I have updated the RE home learning section with details of our current topic. In the first of our themes, People, we will be learning about the family of God in Scripture. 

During the next month, I would like you write a special prayer for your family. Your prayer will form part of our class prayer book – Take time to decorate your prayer and make it look wonderful. Your neat handwriting might help persuade me that you are ready for your pen licence! You will need to hand in your RE homework by Wednesday, 2nd October. 

Space Chase: Summer Reading Challenge 2019

The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children taking part in the Challenge will join our super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

Space Chase will feature bespoke artwork from top children’s illustrator, Adam Stower, and will celebrate adventure, exploration, reading and fun!

Illustrations © Adam Stower 2019 for The Reading Agency

Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven and it is run in almost all libraries in the UK.

Visit your local library during the summer holidays to sign up – the sooner you go, the longer your child will have to read six books!

Staff will register your child for the Challenge and give them some fun materials to get them started.

Many libraries will also offer pre-school activities suitable for under-fours, including specially designed Summer Reading Challenge materials. Visit your local branch to find out more.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest free reading for pleasure event for children. It is run by the national charity The Reading Agency in partnership with the UK public library network.

The aim of the Challenge is to encourage children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.

Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there’s a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge.

Year 4 @ Kew Gardens

The sun shone for us this week when we visited the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Sophie takes up the story…

On Tuesday the 21st  May, Year 4 went on their school trip to Kew Gardens. Year 4 had a fantastic time even though we didn’t see all of Kew.

Year 4 were delighted when we got tickets to go to the children garden.

When we got to Kew, half of the children went to the Palm house and the other half went to the Temperate house. The Palm house was very hot and steamy while the Temperate house was a much more relaxed temperature.

A while later, we all met near King William’s Temple. The children were exhausted and hungry but were determined to go to the Treetop walk.

The children kept screaming because the bridge they were walking on was very wobbly! Apart from that they loved the treetop views.

After the Treetop walk, we had lunch. The children cheered with relief.

After lunch, we went to the new children’s garden. The children were so unhappy when we had to go. They still had a lovely time.

Thank you for all the parents who helped.

Thanks, Sophie, and I would echo your thanks to Mrs Miller and Mrs Watson for their help throughout the day. Here are some more of our photos.

Y3 and Y4 Swimming

Some of the children will be working on their life-saving skills in swimming this week and have been asked by their swimming teachers to bring in pyjamas for their lesson.

Thank you!

Sharing stories for World Book Day

As part of our celebration of World Book Day, children across the school shared stories with their friends in other classes.

Reception and Year 4 paired up to read to each other and enjoy sharing stories together.

We’ve been sharing stories!

We’ve been celebrating World Book Day this week with special assemblies where teachers have taken it in turns to share favourite stories or poems with the children in their key stage.

We hope that the stories we share will inspire the children to read on and read the books for themselves or find other stories by those authors.

We will list the books we have share on this page.


  • Mr Hayes (whole school):
    • Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, from Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  • Mrs Hayes (key stage one):
    • Mrs Wobble the Waitress by Allan Ahlberg
    • All Join In by Quentin Blake
  • Mr Hayes (key stage two):
    • The Rise of Wolves by Kerr Thomson


  • Mrs Teixeira (key stage one)
    • Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen
    • Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg
  • Miss Costello (key stage two)
    • Little House in the Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder


  • Mrs Ruffell (key stage one)
    • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • Mr Sallis (key stage two)
    • ‘Infinity and Me’ written by Kate Hosford and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
How would you describe infinity to Uma?

Happy Christmas, Year 4!

Thank you so much to you all for your generous gifts and kind words from all of us who have the joy of working with Year 4.

We hope that you and all of your families have a happy and peaceful Christmas and looking forward to seeing you all again in the new year when term begins of 7th January.

(In the meantime, enjoy being at home with your families, help your parents, read a book or three, keep your tables sharp and stay on top of your spellings. Lastly, be good!)

Y4 National SumDog competition

Well done to all of you who entered this week’s National SumDog competition. 3506 classes entered and we came a very impressive 173rd, scoring 347 points – exactly the same score as our friends in Year 5. They may have sneaked ahead of us on speed, but Year 4 triumph with the top placed student, Aidan, who came 40th out of 31,737 students – great job.

The competition may be over, but SumDog is always on hand to help sharpen your maths skills and while away the hours whilst you are waiting for school to start again on January 7th!