Mrs Dowdall's class.


Hello and welcome to Year 4.

Usually at this point in the term, we would invite you in to meet with myself and discuss the curriculum and expectations for the children in Year 4. Unfortunately, because of the Covid situation, this is not possible. Instead I have recorded a short video message, which I hope will explain how we work in Year 4.

For those of you  whose children I have taught before, things are quite similar. For those of you whom I have not worked with - welcome!

If you have any queries, then please contact the office in the first instance, and I will do all that I can to help.

Best wishes

Mrs Dowdall

Welcoming you back to school.

Hello Year 4 – hope you’ve had a great summer and have made the most of the lovely weather we have had.

It has been great to see some of you out and about in Potters Bar, and be able to say hello, but I’m very much looking forward to welcoming you all back toLadbrooke and things getting back to normal.

I hope you could tell at our ‘picnic’, how excited I am at the thought of having you back in school to start your Year 4 learning journey. I can’t wait to get started on the Year 4 curriculum. We have some lovely stories to read together and great topics to explore.

Your parents have received a letter which details how you will come into school on Thursday and what you need to bring, but the main message is to bring your water bottle and no big rucksacks,only a book bag if you need to.

We will still be using the cloakroom for your coats and your pegs are in the same place as last year’s Year 4s. That is one bay along from where you were last year. Your pegs have all been labelled and they are in first name alphabetical order.

Unlike previous years, you were not able to have an afternoon with me in the year 4 classroom,when we would normally go through the classroom layout and where your trays would be, but in many respects it is very similar to Year 3. You each have your own drawer to put your book bag in (if you have brought one) and your water bottle will sit on the floor under your desk. In Year 4 I usually have most of the desks in row format and this is how they will be laid out on Thursday. I will put you in a space, but this may change as the term progresses. 

Unlike previous years, last year I have been into Year 3 to teach you on some Wednesday mornings, so I already know you a little bit and you know me, so that is a great start. So, that’s all from me for now, let’s all be ready to learn on Thursday! See you then.

Mrs Dowdall













Friday 17th July 2020

Well hello again Year 4, for the final time this term and school year.

I really enjoyed our time (albeit short) together in Year 4 and am just sorry that we didn’t get to finish the year, by going to Cuffley Camp and Lincolnsfield. I am sure that you already know that you will be visiting Cuffley in Year 5 with Mr Ward, but also with the current Year 3s and myself, so there will be 2 classes and we will have a great time! That is something to look forward to.

In the meantime, I am not posting any work for today. If we were in school, we would be handing out books, looking at past school events, maybe doing a Question of Thought! With that in mind, I would like you take some time and look through your books from Year 4. What did you enjoy the most? What have you learned? What gave you the most problems?

Once you have answered those questions, be proactive. Go online and find out about the things that you found tricky. Make them lass scary, so that you are in a strong position as you move into Year 5. Don’t leave any learning until the last week of the holidays. Try and do a little each week.

Keep reading, find some books that enjoy. Draw, paint, write a diary. These are things that you can keep and look back on in later years. This whole year will be something that you will tell your children and grandchildren about – it is history in the making.

You are a great group of children and I have enjoyed teaching you. I’m sure Mr Ward will say the same as you move in to Year 5. I can’t believe how much you have grown since March and I’m sure I will be in for a surprise when you come back in September! Take care and I look forward to seeing you in the Autumn Term.

Mrs Dowdall

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Thursday 16th July 2020

Good morning Year 4. I hope you got on well with your grammar work from yesterday.


Today in English I would like you to write up your report about the Olympics which you planned on Friday. Below is a list of requirements for this genre:

  • Accurate punctuation (capital letters, full stops, commas, apostrophes)
  • Write in the third person
  • Present tense (unless your subject is historic)
  • Passive voice (no personal views)
  • Headings/Subheadings
  • A coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS) and subordination conjunction (I SAW A WABBUB)
  • Pictures (with a caption)
  • Diagram (with a caption)

Again you can use the reading comprehension text as a WAGOLL.


Today’s lesson is investigating number patterns which involve multiplication and division, and can be found here:

Wednesday 15th July 2020


Good morning Year 4. I hope you are all well and raring to get down to some work this morning. Just think… only 2 days left of the summer term after today, and then you are in Year 5!

For those of you who attended the picnic on Monday, I’m sure you will remember what Mr Ward told you. I am going to reiterate what he said. Basically, that this school year has seen some incredible events that are unprecedented. You have had more time off school than at any time since the Second World War (which would have been our summer term topic), and even then, school classes were set up in village halls, churches, in fact any large buildings that could accommodate large groups of children. We have not been able to set up direct face to face learning. However, what we have had, is the internet which has enabled us to provide lessons for you, so that you didn’t miss out. There are a wealth of different learning platforms that you can access over the summer. BBC Bitesize, Oak Academy, Top Marks, TT Rockstars - all of these offer lessons and games that you can follow, to help you keep your learning fresh. The school website will still be available to you and any lessons that I, or the other teachers have posted will remain available to you. So, if you have missed some learning, you still have a chance to catch up.

If you can’t access the internet, then read books, write a diary, practise your times tables. This will stand you in good stead for your start in Year 5.


Today’s focus is grammar. The web address below takes you to BBC Bitesize site, where there are a range of lessons on different aspects of grammar. I am going to leave you to choose which ones you do. In Year 4 we don’t cover passive and modal verbs, but you do in Year 5. We have covered ‘relative clauses’, but referred to them as embedded clauses. This was when we were focusing on using the 5Ws to add extra detail for our reader. The rest we have covered, but this is a good time to revisit them and make sure you are confident about them and what their role is.


I hope you have enjoyed the lessons from the last two days. They have certainly sparked discussion in the Year 4 classroom this week, which is great and exactly what they are designed to do.

Today’s lesson is all about number sequences and can be found here:


The final lesson in this unit of Growing Healthy Plants is all about the life cycle of a flower. This can be found here:


Tuesday 14th July 2020

Good morning Year 4. It was lovely to see so many of you at the ‘picnic’ yesterday – you have all grown soooo much! I hope you enjoyed seeing your friends again, and the short time we had together. Please do remember what Mr Ward said. If you keep up with some work over the holidays – reading, maths, writing – then you will be in a much better starting place for Year 5.


As I mentioned yesterday, this week’s focus is going to be Reading Comprehension. Today’s work is about the Wimbledon Champions can be found here:

Ch1                            Ch2                   Ch3

If you still want to do some writing, then a great way of keeping up with your skills is to write a diary, of the things you have been doing every day, your thoughts and feelings etc. Alternatively you could write to a relative whom you don’t see very often. I’m sure they would love to hear from you, and it is exciting when they write back.


Today’s lesson is all about Roman Numerals and can be found here:

Monday 13th July 2020

Good Morning Year 4. What a beautiful, bright morning for our picnic. I look forward to seeing you there!


This week we are going to focus on reading comprehension activities. Your first one is setting descriptions.


Today’s lesson is all about problem solving and can be found here. You are using your reasoning skills and this is good practise for you. Enjoy!