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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Year 4

Notices & Reminders

Wednesday 13th November

Welcome back! We hope the children had a great week back last week. As I'm sure the children will have told you, our topic this term is 'Stones and Bones'. We will be learning about the Stone Age and touching on the Iron and Bronze age too. We would love to see anything you do at home to support your children's  learning. We will be uploading homework by the end of this week and I'll post a message once it is up on the 'Homework' section. 

I look forward to seeing those of you on Thursday afternoon whose parent consultations were postponed before half-term due to my absence. 

Miss Samantha Howes.


Thursday 17th October 

We have had a great week creating our own Aztec masks using some messy paper mache! The children have really enjoyed designing and building their own designs using cardboard. I am looking forward to seeing the finished products on Monday when I am back in to school.

This week in English the children have been learning about Newspaper reports and have written some good reports about Charlie winning the fifth golden ticket. We are going to be publishing them for display outside the Year 3 classroom. We hope to send a copy home too so you can see their amazing handwriting!

In Maths the children have been working really hard on subtraction and using more than one exchange in a calculation. The children have worked hard practically with equipment to explain  how you solve these calculations. 

We are hoping to improve our book area after half term it would be good if over half term the children could complete a book review on the book they are currently reading or have just read at home to put up in the book area. I've attached a book review template below for the children to use. As well as this the children could take a photo of themselves reading this book in strange or different places when they are on half term break and bring them in! The photos could be emailed to the school office and can be printed at school if printing is not available at home. If the children are feeling particularly creative they could produce a painted front cover of the book as well. It would be lovely to see these on display in the book area.

Me and Miss Howes thank you for your continued support.

Miss Mills

Friday 4th October

We are going to be having Sculpture week in the week beginning 14th October. As part of this we are going to be making Aztec masks to link with our chocolate topic. It would be great if you could send the children in with some thick cardboard if you have any lying around! E.g. cereal boxes or shoe boxes. If you could also send in some newspapers in as well that would be great.

In English the children enjoyed writing Fantasy stories and learnt the key features of what makes a great fantasy story. I'm sure you will look forward to reading them at parents evening. All the children are working really hard on improving their handwriting- this has been great to see. In English next week we are starting to learn about the key features of a newspaper report and then writing their own newspaper reports based on Charlie finding the golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It would be great if you could look at some newspaper reports with your children and discuss the features of them. You could also encourage your child to bring in a favourite or interesting example to share with the class. 

In Maths we are learning about addition and subtraction and have been learning how to add numbers crossing the tens boundary. We have been using equipment to help us understand the calculations practically as well as looking at the links with subtraction. This week we will be moving towards column subtraction. The children are becoming much more confident in explaining their answers using correct mathematically vocabulary. As well as this we are continuing to learn our times tables in class. We have moved onto our 7s and 9s. It would be great if you could encourage your child to do a multiplication flower (Template is below), a wheel or a poster for our Maths display. Check out the ideas below for some inspiration. Feel free to be as creative as you like. If your child is already confident with their times tables they could be challenged to write the division calculations or times the number using 2/3 digit numbers past 12. 

I look forward to seeing the children's work. 

Hope you are all have a good weekend.

Miss Mills and Miss Howes









Tuesday 1st October 

Just a quick note to parents re. homework. Some of the children were surprised when I held a spelling test on Friday and state that they were unaware that they had spellings to learn. The children's homework has been outlined on the 'Homework' section of this page and was uploaded at the beginning of term in addition to paper copies being available in the 'going home tray' in class. - The children have a list of spellings to learn each week in addition to regular reading, Mathletics and multiplication revision. (The children have been told this in class a couple of times now but I just wanted to clarify so that we're all on the same page) If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of us after school. Many thanks for your support,

Miss Samantha Howes and Miss Tara Mills. 


Friday 20th September

Just a quick message to remind the children that they will have PE on Mondays. Please can the children keep their PE kits in school all week due to the fact that they might need their kit on other days as well. As the weather changes towards Winter please ensure your children have suitable outdoor clothing.

We have been busy learning our 6x tables if at any point the children could make a multiplication flower for our Maths display that would be great! Please find the template for this attached below. If your child has time it would be good to do the 3x tables as well and make links between the 3x and 6x tables and how this knowledge can help them in learning their 6x tables.

We have a visit to the local church on Monday morning in which the children will be learning about the features of a church and asking questions to the local vicar.

The children have settled in to school really well! We look forward to working with you over the course of the year.

Thank you for your continued support.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine with your children.

Miss Tara Mills

13th September 2019

Just a quick note to apologise for being late back from swimming today. We were well on track to be back at school for 3:10pm however, unfortunately, took a slight detour via. Harlowbury School. The coach driver was ever so apologetic. On another note, the children were fantastic and really impressed us during their swimming assessment. They have all now been placed into their groups and are ready to start their swimming lessons next week.

Have a great weekend! 

Miss Samantha Howes. 


12th September 2019

Thank you to all who could make it to the parent meeting this morning! It was great to see you and I'm starting to match your faces to the children's :). 

I have uploaded my notes below for any who couldn't come along this time. 

Homework is now up too - please ask if you have any questions.


Many thanks, 

Miss Samantha Howes.


10th September 2019

Welcome back!

Miss Mills and I have both really enjoyed settling the children in over the past week and getting to know them more. We will do our best to upload as much information on here as we can throughout the year to keep you up-to-date with all that we are up to in class. 

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our 'Meet the Teacher' session on Thursday 12th September at 8:45am in the hall (I will upload notes onto here afterwards for anyone who isn't able to make it).

P.S. Please don't forget we have our first swimming session on Friday afternoon. The children will need a full swim kit in school. We will be back at school for collection at the regular time of 3:15pm.

Miss Samantha Howes. 

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