Year 4


Good morning Year 4.


I hope you all got on ok with the maths from yesterday.

Today we are going to be multiplying by 100. As with yesterday, you will find it easier to do if you use your place value chart. When we made things ten times bigger yesterday, we moved the number one place to the left on the place value chart because 10 has one zero and we are multiplying by 10.

Today we will move the numbers 2 places to the left, because we are making the numbers 100 times bigger, and 100 has two zeros.

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As part of our spellings for this term, you will be learning use words that have suffixes added to them. A suffix is a group of letters which are added to the end of a word, which can change it’s type or meaning. An example of the suffixes you have looked at already is the ‘er’ suffix, where teach (a verb) becomes teacher (a noun). A suffix can sometimes change the word’s meaning or it class.

Today’s lesson is all about the suffixes ‘ate’ and ‘en’.

Part of the requirements for being a Year 4 writer is to be able to use words with suffixes correctly.


As mentioned yesterday, our topic for this term is Incredible Inventions. You were looking at the telephone yesterday and hopefully speaking to your parents/grandparents about how these devices have changed over time. How did your string telephone work out? If you want to extend your learning with this you could think about how you could change the design and the impact this might have.

To begin with today, I would like you to think about the wheel, and answer the following questions:

  • What would life be like without it?
  • When was it invented?
  • How could things be moved around without wheels?

Ultimately, the invention of the wheel changed life dramatically.

What other inventions can you think of which have changed history? (Clue – think about transport, medicine, machines, communication)

Now have a look around your home. Make notes/lists about the following:

How many inventions can you find?

What inventions could you not do without?

What did people use before these things were invented?

Had we been in school under normal circumstances, our trip for this topic would have been to the science museum. During lockdown, it is possible to do a virtual tour of the museum.


Once on the site you need to click on level 0 (scale on the right hand side of your screen). Then by clicking on the screen and rotating 180° you will find yourself looking at the ticket office. If you follow the arrows and crosses on the floor which appear when you run the cursor over them you need to make your way past the ticket office and into the space area. Continue forward, through this area until you reach the gallery right at the end called ‘Making the Modern World’. Once inside this gallery you need to navigate around the outside and stop at the large display cabinets which line the room. Inside these, you will find lots of different inventions from different eras which show how they have changed over time. See if your parents can identify things which they had when they were your age!

Don’t worry if you can’t access the virtual tour, watch my screencast for today, which has some pictures of the relevant displays.

Good morning year 4 and welcome to Spring term and a new year!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your families and are ready and raring to go with your learning.


This term, our maths starts with Multiplying and Dividing. To begin with you are going to learn how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100. You have already begun to do this in class when we have done arithmetic, using your place value charts, and there is a quick recap of this in the introduction below. You should all have a mini-place value laminated chart that you were issued with at the start of term. If not, you are all familiar with the place value chart and should be able to draw one out at home. Please use this to help you in your lesson.

If you are multiplying whole numbers then your answer will always be bigger than the number you

started with. Conversely, if you are dividing by whole numbers, your answer will always be smaller than the number you started with.

If you are multiplying by 10 you are making the number TEN TIMES BIGGER. It is really important that you understand the difference between this and just adding 10 to a number. If you have multiplied by ten, then the number you start with will move (completely) to the next column on your place value chart.

When you are multiplying by 10 your number will move one column to the left. It only moves one column, because the number 10 has only 1 zero.

You also need to be familiar with the other ways of saying multiply, which include:

lots of, multiplication, groups of,  multiple of, repeated addition, times, multiple, multiplied by


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Our English lessons for the next two weeks are following the Oak Academy, the story of The Robin.

To analyse a film clip and order the story (

In the first lesson you will need to create some expanded noun phrases for the starter picture in the link. We have done this in class for other prompts, remember DAN (determiner, adjective, noun) or DAAN (determiner, adjective, adjective, noun). remember if you are using two adjectives together, you need to put a comma between them.

Then,you need to order the events in the story, breaking it down into sections of what happened next, and then write some sentences for different scenes from the film

If you can’t access the Oak Academy links, then there is a separate link to the short film below, together with a PDF document which includes the key points.

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Although we have now completed our science unit on Sound, this is a good activity for you to try and it also links in with our new topic of Incredible Inventions.

The link attached gives all the information you need to be able to make you own telephone, but I would also like you to talk to your parents/grandparents about telephones when they were younger. What can they tell you about:

  • How you made a call
  • How big they were
  • Could you make/receive calls when you were out and about?
  • When did they get their first mobile phone?

If you have any picture of your phones, once you have made them, please forward them to me, together with the outcome of your discussions.

Have a great day and I look forward to seeing what you have managed to achieve.

Mrs Dowdall

Good Morning Year 4!

Welcome to your first home learning lesson in Year 4!


In class this week we have begun our first unit of Measures, starting with a recap of converting 1) metres to centimetres and 2) centimetres to millimetres.

You should already know the following:

1m = 100cm

so 365cm = 3m  65cm or 7m  18cm = 718cm

 1cm = 10mm

so 55mm = 5cm  5mm or  9cm  6mm = 96mm

With this in mind I would like you to measure various things around your house. Things which are longer than a metre and things which are less than a metre. You need to record them in a table which can be found here. Examples of how to record them are shown in the headings on the table. At this stage you are not converting the measurements into decimals.

Happy measuring!


As we have only literally just started our Information Texts unit, I have given you some work on poetry for today.The English curriculum says that you should be able to recite a poem that you have learned. For English Homework this week, I have given you a poem to copy for handwriting practise.

For your English lesson today, I want you to learn the poem off by heart, ready to recite on Friday. Additionally, you could add an extra verse or two,, thinking about what you could hear, if you held up other objects to your ear. Make sure you read the poem carefully and understand the link between what the subject is holding and what they hear.

If you left without collecting your homework, then the handwriting sheet can be found here.


After our Artists through History lesson that we did today, you might find something that you would like to draw at this website:

#DrawWithRob — Rob Biddulph

This may come in handy when we make our own animal books!

Make sure that you do some reading, and practise your times tables too.

See you on Friday - enjoy your day.

Mrs Dowdall


ICT  - We are meteorologists

As you know we have been looking at reading, recording and beginning to predict the weather.

Following last week’s lesson on describing the weather from give scenes, you are today going to use what you’ve learnt to write a mini weather report on the weather outside of your window.

Remember to use correct terminology and also record the time of your report.

For example:

At 3:30pm on Wednesday the 25th of November 2020 in Potters Bar it is dark and gloomy with a temperature of around 13 degrees Celsius. The skies are partially cloudy with a small chance of scattered showers and a gentle breeze blows in from a North Westerly direction.

For an extension, you could go onto the Internet and select another town, city and/or country to search for the current weather there and as like above create a weather report for it.

I look forward to reading them when we can all return back to school. Mr Smith


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: