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 https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYi2Y65SRx

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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: