A journey to Kensuke’s Kingdom and a trip through the ear!

It has been another great week in Year 4. The children’s fantastic speeches about supporting refugees are finished and we are now working on typing them up so...


It has been another great week in Year 4.

The children’s fantastic speeches about supporting refugees are finished and we are now working on typing them up so that they are ready to practice. We will be working on polishing and practising these at school but copies will also be going home in the next few weeks.

During our Topic sessions, we have continued to learn more about survival in our playful enquiry. The children have been learning how to use a compass and more about what the different symbols mean on Ordinance Survey Maps. They are more confident in creating messages for their friends using the Semaphore flag system.

In English, we have been enjoying studying Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. The children have been identifying the features of the character Kensuke and have worked on using powerful adjectives in their writing, using inference and retrieval to discover more about the characters. Next week, we will read more of Kensuke’s Kingdom and, using the book as inspiration, we will be working on writing and punctuating direct speech correctly.

In Maths, we have been learning more about decimal numbers and specifically about hundredths. We have learnt that there are 100 hundredths in one whole and 10 hundredths in a tenth. The children have been practising partitioning and regrouping numbers and have deepened their understanding of them by making and representing decimal numbers in different ways (e.g. making 3.65 with 2 ones, 16 tenths and 5 hundredths). Next week, we will be learning about how to order and compare decimal numbers with tenths and hundredths. The maths sheets for this week are linked here:

Maths sheets A2Wk5

In our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) morning, we learnt about how sound travels through the ear. Each class decided on a way to help them remember the process. There was a song and in one class, the children acted out the process. We then wrote stories for Year 2 children that had an explanation of how sound travels through the ear.

Nile class acting out how sound travels through the ear.

The children have enjoyed another fantastic forest school session this week. The groups have been making fire using a flint rock and they have been building dens using the knots they have learnt. Please ensure that your child has appropriate, warm clothing for their last forest school sessions (warm tops, trousers and coats).


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Please make sure your children are wearing the correct school uniform and have their PE kit in school.

In Guided Reading next week, we will be reading Chapter 7, Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 of Race to the Frozen North.

We will be thinking about and discussing the following questions:

  • Ch 7 (inference and justification focus): How would you feel if you were in Matthew’s position and asked to leave your current life behind? Justify your answer with evidence from the text.
  • Ch 8 (prediction focus): How do you think Matthew will find the expedition? Justify your answer.
  • Ch 9 (comprehension focus): Would you enjoy the expedition? Explain why.

Congratulations to all the children in Year 4 who participated in the cross country competition on Wednesday! Well done for your huge effort,  your resilience, your positive attitude and your exemplary behaviour!

We are looking forward to more sports competitions throughout the year.