Some of our children have been brightening up their windows with rainbows and reminding everyone to stay safe. 🌈🌈🌈


Well done Louis!


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⁩ Louis in Eucalyptus included the NHS logo in his rainbow 🌈


Parents, please share examples of your home learning. We would love to see how the children are doing 😊


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Parents and carers with children on Free School Meals - please take note of the scam email being circulated asking you for your bank details. Please do not respond to it if you receive it.


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PLEASE RETWEET: with 36,000 families at our schools in London and Essex, we want to supply food parcels for those in need (on top of free school meals which we’re already doing). We’ll fully fund this but URGENTLY need a supermarket chain to help.


Some of our pupils have written messages to key workers to show their appreciation for the work they do


We have a new plaque outside Kent House. Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones attended the grammar school that was previously on our site.


The children are very excited by their new climbing frame, which was officially ‘opened today’


World Book Day was a great success at HPAKH today with books by such authors as and being celebrated!


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Day 4. Paestum/ Poseidonia. Students exploring the stunningly preserved temples.


Well done to year 6 for organsing their own bake sale yesterday. They raised £131 and made most of the cakes themselves! Thanks to everyone who supported them by buying a cake or two 🍰 🧁


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

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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.


Hope you enjoyed a restful half term break and are looking forward to Spring. 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 2. 


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 cross-country and tennis.

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 an adventure story called The Green Ship by Quentin Blake. The children will be analysing the impact of the illustrations in the story and writing playscripts inspired by the adventure.

Your reading task is to read a book (or as many as possible) by with illustrations and/or text by the same author.


  • Mister Magnolia
  • Zagazou
  • Mrs. Armitage on Wheels

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


  • Consumer, producer, and decomposer
  • Organisms
  • Conquer
  • Settlement
  • Fertile
  • Population
  • Pattern

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!

Imagine and make a Green Ship from organic materials.


Draw and annotate a design of your model first and think carefully about your selection of materials. Add as much detail as possible. Take inspiration from Quentin Blake’s imaginative illustrations.

You are a playwright! Move over Shakespeare – there’s a new bard in town.


Improvise a short dramatic scene with friends or family; develop your dialogue and character. Don’t forget to add stage directions. Then write it and test it by acting it out!


Bonus points for evidence of the performance.

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 or 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 30th March 2020.

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 Green Ship”, which is a picture book full of inspiring images to stimulate the childrens’ imagination! We’ll write our own playscripts and adventure stories.


In Maths we will be starting by learning a range of addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems using 4-digit numbers. Then we will move on to multiplication and division, followed by fractions and decimals and percentages. Finally, we will learn about statistics.


In Science, we are developing our knowledge around ‘Living things’  - learning how to categorise living organisms and exploring food chains and habitats.


We will be building on our knowledge of Italy to investigate natural hazards including volcanoes and learning about the human and physical features of Naples.


We will be developing our knowledge of the Roman Empire and conducting a historical enquiry into how the Romans conquered Britain and their legacy.


In RE we will be studying Judaism, exploring the origins of the faith; the beliefs and rituals.  Additionally, we will be thinking about similarities and differences between the Christian and Jewish religions.


In Computing we will be using Logo to develop our programming skills and learn about algorithms.


In Art and design, we will developing printings skills and advancing our knowledge of pattern. Our key artist will be Diogo Machado, who is a Portuguese visual artist and illustrator.


In 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, we will be developing language about family, alphabet, hair and eyes. The children will be building from using adjectives using singular and plural agreement with colours, shapes and the body.


In PSHE we will be discussing diversity in Britain and looking at how different traditions and cultures can develop our knowledge of each other.


In PE we will be building our strength and stamina and preparing for cross-country running. Tennis will be our focus later in the term.


In Music, we will be developing our skills in singing, learning about Gospel, Folk, Blues and Country.


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