Who has taken part in the extreme reading challenge? If you have read in an unusual place, please share your picture with us.


Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing everyone next week. First day back for the children is Tuesday 7th Jan 2020 at 8.45am.


Some wonderful artwork from our year 4s at the Victoria and Albert Museum


Christmas at Kent House


Library Visit – EYFS


Library Visit – EYFS


Road Safety Workshops


Then there was light!


Harris Conference 2019


Cross Country Heroes!


Inspired by the work of Stephen Wiltshire some of our pupils have been imitating his cityscapes. Great job Ruby!


Book Fair Is Coming


Read Write Inc @ Kent House


Remembrance @ Kent House


Read Write Inc Information Session


Chartwells School Meal Parent & Pupil Survey

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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4:
Mahogany Class & Maple Class

Mr. Ward is teaching Mahogany Class this year and Ms. Tildesley is the class teacher in Maple Class.


Happy New Year! We hope you had a great Christmas break, and are looking forward to this new year. Thank you for your thoughtful cards and gifts. We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organisation of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times


Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Spring 1. 


In Year 4, PE in Maple Class will be on a Thursday and in Mahogany it is held on Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a clean PE kit to bring in at the start of each week. The kit should consist of a Harris Primary Academy PE T-shirt, black shorts, black jogging bottoms, black trainers or plimsolls. This term pupils will be learning hockey.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. We will be continuing with our ‘soft start’ approach to mornings.  In KS2, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:25. Please make sure your child is in class by 8:45 because we will be doing ‘early work’ on times tables knowledge to prepare children for their assessment.














Read it!

Say it!

Practise it!

Year 4 will be reading a fantasy adventure story called The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. To reflect the subject matter in the story, the children will be writing non-chronological reports about reptiles.

Your reading task is to read a book (or as many as possible) by the same author.

Ted Hughes has written some great short novels, including:

  • Birthday letters
  • The Hawk in the Rain
  • Crow
  • The Iron women
  • How the whale became and other stories

By encouraging students to think and speak using sophisticated phrasing, they are more likely to internalise it and use it confidently in their writing.

Read, learn and use the key vocabulary listed below.  Work together to incorporate the vocabulary into a conversation


  • digestion
  • omnivore
  • peninsular
  • Mediterranean
  • empire
  • amphitheatre

Spend some time practising the skills we are learning in school:


Maths:                                                                                   - Multiplication facts up to the 12 times tables and corresponding division facts

 (inverse of multiplication facts).


SPaG and Home reading:                                                                              - Spelling the first 200 key words in the Reading Record book

- Reading fluently and with expression.                                                      

Make it!

Write it!

Share it!

Make a model of the Iron Man or a moving body part e.g. leg with knee joint, elbow, skeleton etc.


Be creative and imaginative!


Attention should be paid to materials and colours. Make it as detailed as possible.

You are a newspaper reporter!


Write a newspaper article about something that could have happened in Ancient Rome. Include all the features of a newspaper article, such as: headline, by-line, picture with caption, interviews with quotes, facts and opinions, different font styles, arranged in columns, etc.

Create a poster to demonstrate and explore your favourite aspect of learning this half-term.

You can create: a poster, leaflet, PowerPoint demonstration, news report, interview.  Be creative

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together. The best homework overall will be presented in assembly and displayed around the school.

This homework will be due in by Monday 10th February.

We are all very grateful for your support!

In addition, we will be looking for every child to read at home with their parents every evening. Listening to children read will enable them to grow in confidence as they become fluent readers. Once children are able to read fluently and with expression and engage in discussion around their comprehension of the texts will be equally beneficial.

Many thanks from the Year 4 team

What are we learning?


In Literacy we will be reading “The Iron man”, which is a fantastic story full of myth, imagination, and tricky philosophical questions! We’ll write our own chapters, and plan our own survival guides and manuals.


In Maths we will be starting by learning about time, focusing on being able to tell the time on 12 and 24-hour clocks, converting between minutes and seconds and converting between hours and minutes. We will then move on to Geometry for two weeks, mainly learning about shapes and their properties. Finally, we will study money using decimals, focusing on calculating with pence and pounds.


The digestive system within humans will be our focus in Science this half-term, learning what body parts are key in allowing us to digest food and how the processes that involved. We will also briefly look at teeth and their role in allowing humans to eat healthily.


We will be developing our knowledge of Italy. Looking into where Italy is, what Italy holds within it, its main physical features and why it is at risk from natural hazards.


We will be developing our knowledge of Ancient Rome. We will be looking at the timeline of Ancient Rome, the different periods within Ancient Rome, what life was like in Ancient Rome and what they believed in.


In RE we will be moving on from learning about Sikhism, to focusing on more philosophical questions such as ‘Why do you judge me?’. We will be looking at discrimination, people’s attitudes and different rules that people follow and why they follow them.


Writing for different audiences, using the programme Logo and animations will be ours focuses in computing using the Purple Mash programme for activities.


In art we will be learning how to explore the use of colours and light in still life drawings inspired by Paul Cezanne and Leonardo De Vinci.


In Spring term (including Spring 2), we will be designing, making, and reviewing a wallet/money pouch. Children will think about the materials needed, and types of stitch used, as well as the design to make it appealing.


In French, shapes, faces and body parts are going to be what we are looking at inspired by the paintings by Henri Matisse.


In PSHE we will be thinking about public health and human rights. Discussing current issues


In PE we will continue with Gymnastics inside, focusing this term on jumps, rather than balances.


We will continue to learn to play the Ukulele with our Bromley Youth Music Trust music teachers, learning more, and more complex chords.


How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children also have a Mathletics login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts.

If you have any questions, please talk to Mr. Ward or Ms. Tildesley, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.


Mr. Ward and Ms. Tildesley