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Class Teachers: Mrs Morris, Mrs Engleman & Miss Forster. Support Staff: Mr Thompson, Mrs Kharchenko, Mr Willis & Mrs Luby.


Good Morning!

Lots to share today! First off, Mr Burgess has arranged a TTRS battle between Year 4 and 5 at 9.40am today! It would be fantastic to see as many of you as possible taking part and showing the Year 5's how amazing we are at times tables. Also for Math, don't forget to access a lesson a day from the isee reasoning website with Gareth Metclalfe (details in yesterdays post).

Writing - https://www.pobble365.com/ This is a brilliant website. Everyday they put on a new, thought provoking picture. Under the picture they put questions to talk about with your child and ideas for writing. For example, today they have written the start of a story based on the picture for the children to finish off. They have also put on some 'poorly' sentences for children to fix and set a challenge for them to write a super sentence using brackets.

Finally, I just want to talk about the importance of creativity and imaginative play. I have attached some ideas below for things you can do in the house during the creativity hour on the proposed time table.  This may a very difficult time for lots of us as we try to home school our children and cope with the uncertainty of the situation we have now found ourselves in. However, my hope is that when they look back at this in years to come, they will remember the quality time that they had with you and the exciting things that they got to do with you at home. So have fun and remember that you are all doing a great job.

Thank you.
Year 4 Team.


Thursday 26th March
Good morning all! Thank you again for all the messages and suggestions- we will keep posting your ideas. Please add anything; work you have completed or pictures of yourself working to our portfolio.

Well done to all who have been working through Purple Mash activities - hopefully you can see our messages when you have handed them in. Also TTRS and Numbots challenges - great stuff.

Today we would like you to try this maths lesson from Gareth Metcalfe. His website is isee reasoning and the lesson we would like you to try is found at 
http://www.iseemaths.com/lessons34/ It is the consecutive number video. Please do let us share how you get on.

Performance Poetry! Your challenge today is to memories a poem and perform it to your family. Think about volume, pace, pauses and expression. You could use different voices, background sounds, props and actions. Feel free to choose from the ones attached below or find one of your own to learn.




Join me every morning at 9am for the Joe Wicks daily workout! You can access the workout free on his YouTube channel and it the whole family can join in!

Exercise is essential not just for physical well being but our mental health too. During times of uncertainty, it is even more important that we protect our children’s mental health and give them strategies to deal with anxiety positively. Just doing this 30 minutes workout every morning will boost their mood and help them to approach their work more positively (& it will have the same effect on you!).

Why not make the most of this beautiful weather too and go for a walk after lunch (just make sure you remind your child to stay 2m away from other people).


Good Morning,

Now that libraries are closed, some of you might worry about how your child will continue to access a range of books. Today we have attached a couple of links to some maths and reading resources (see below). The reading link will give your child access to thousands of e-books and quizzes to check their understanding. If you have trouble accessing this then you can also sign up for free to Oxford Owl, where they can also access a huge number of e-books.

We hope that these resources will be useful. Don't forget that we also included a list of lots of online resources in the home learning packs and many of these sites your child will already be familiar with. This list can also be found below This includes Purple Mash, where we are regularly setting tasks for children and checking any completed work.

The Year 4 Team



It feels very strange not to be seeing you all in school this morning. However, that does not mean that we are not available to offer help and support through these unusual and uncertain times. If you have any questions or queries please feel free to message and we will do our best to help. Alternatively, if you want to share any of the learning that your children are doing at home we would also love to see it.

We know that supporting your child to learn from home might not be easy. We find that having a clear structure and routine really helps children. We have attached a proposed time table that you might like to follow.

The Year 4 Team :)

Dates for your diary...

First Day of Term                                6th January 2020

Stanley Head (1 night)                      9th January 2020

Bikeability                                          29th January 2020

Times Table Competition                29th January 2020

Half Term                               17th-23rd February 2020

Roman Visitor in School                24th February 2020

Parents Evening (3.30-5.30pm)   26th February 2020

Parents Evening (5-7pm)              27th February 2020

World Book Day                                    5th March 2020

Cheese Tasting                                    11th March 2020

End of Term                                              3rd April 2020

Things to remember...

Could all children please have a water bottle with their name on it to ensure they are hydrated all day.

PE kit should be kept in school at all times. Can children make sure they are not wearing jewellery or earrings on PE days and their hair needs to be tied up. Their PE days are currently Thursday and Friday.

Reading: We expect children to be reading at home five times a week. All children have specific reading books and diaries.

Homework: This will be given every Friday and is expected to be returned on Tuesday. Children can choose from the sheet here.


Roman Day

What an exciting day we have had in Year 4! Today has been our Roman day, led by our fantastic Roman visitor. We have been so impressed with the behaviour and enthusiasm of our children. They have had the opportunity to make copper wire rings, to use quills and ink write letters and to create Roman mosaics. They even had the chance to re-enact a Roman battle! I know that it is a day that they will remember for a long time.


In RE we have been learning all about Diwali. The children have listened to and retold the story of Rama and Sita and they have learnt about how Hindu's celebrate Diwali. In our final lesson the children created their own Rangoli patterns, using bright colours and sand. They also created Divas, which are lit to help guide Rama and Sita home.


Roman Chariots

This half term we are learning about The Romans. In DT we created our own Roman Chariots. We investigated different ways of connecting axons to wheels and experimented with different material before we designed our own. We think that they turned out pretty good!

Roman Chariots (1)


Today some of the Year 4 children completed their Level 1 Bikeability. They worked hard, listened carefully to the instructor and did fantastically. Well done!

bikeability group

Times Tables

In November, fifteen year 4 pupils took part in the first round of Stoke-on-Trent’s Times Table Rock Stars Competition. We had a great afternoon at Thistley Hough High School, and three pupils qualified for the final on 29th January at Port Vale Football club.

We took a group of supporters to the final, who also took part in times table tasks and supported our finalists Muhab, Emmanuel and Reshika.

Our three finalists along with 22 other year 4 pupils, took part in a range of activities, and received goodie bags and certificates. Emmanuel and Reshika both qualified in the top 10. It was tense waiting to find out who was the overall winner.

When the winner was called it was Reshika, who had won ‘The Stoke-on-Trent Times Table Champion 2020’, and received her trophy from Mrs Bedford. Well done Reshika!

Well done to all the pupils who represented Stoke Minster CE Primary Academy.


Wow! What an incredible few days the Year 4's had at Stanley Head. It was an action-packed few days. The children developed their communication skills through team building games, faced their fears when they went climbing and crate stacking and made lasting memories when we sang and had a hot chocolate around the campfire. I know that all the children (and staff) really enjoyed the experience and that they are already looking forward to going again in Year 6!

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