Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School



Hello Durham 5.6.20:

Dear Durham,

Happy Friyay! Here is our riddle for today: What goes up the chimney when down, but cannot go down the chimney when up? (The answer is below!)

I hope you all had a lovely half term and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine! It’s been a pleasure to message some of you again on the Class chats this week and find out what you’ve all been up to - remember we have a new chat time of 4.00-4.15pm Monday to Thursday. I’ve also enjoyed marking your STEM tasks and seeing the fun you have had, flying and modifying your paper planes.  Some of you really went to town with your designs!


I wonder if you worked out who was who from Mrs Latty, Miss Wright and my school photos last week, it was fun looking through old photographs to find one to use! I spent more time in half term looking at family photos, as well as reading in the garden. I hope you are all reading every day, whether you are reading actual books or using SORA, keep it up. I also enjoyed going for socially distanced walks with friends in half term and I even saw some of you when I was cycling round Southborough!


This week has been a bit different as we have all been in school teaching the year groups who have returned this week. Mrs Longhurst and I are together in the Keys building – it is strange being at school without you all, we miss you! 

I look forward to speaking to you all soon. Have a lovely week and take care.

Love from,
Mrs Crumbie x

Riddle Answer: An umbrella!

In Art, we have been learning about Jackson Pollock. He was an abstract expressionist artist who created work by splattering paint and using different techniques to do action painting! We have created artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock by splattering and scraping paint and using dyes. We also added a mathematical twist by creating tape-resist lines to make different triangles and polygons on paper. This week we have put all of our learning together to make our own paper sculptures from hand-made papers inspired by Pollock.

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Long Division by Chunking

We have been practising our division by using the chunking method. 

The image below captures each step.

Can you complete some division equations at home using this method, dividing 3 digits by 1 digit? 


Long Division


The first step to solve the problem below is to identify that the question is asking us.

408 ÷ 4 =

The Lets Learn then shows how to solve this, first by dividing the ones, then the tens, then the hundreds.

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Method 2 here shows the long division written method. Initially, the first ‘chunk’ that is subtracted is 4 hundreds (written as ‘4’),and this leaves only 8 ones. On the side is written the number sentence 4 hundreds ÷ 4, with the answer (100) written on the top (1 in the hundreds column). The next ‘chunk’ is 8 ones, and when it is subtracted we are left with 0. Again, at the side is a number sentence 8 ones ÷ 4 with the answer (2) written on the top in the hundreds column.
Regreening the desert!

Last week, we used our STEM skills to try and solve a problem faced by

communities in a country in a very different part of the world. We learnt about Khadija, who lives with her family in Sudan, where drought is a big problem. We had to design  an irrigation system to help Khadija to water her crops.

Our models had to be able to collect and store rain water, turn the flow of water on and off and water

at least 6 plants at the same time At least one of the plants our model watered had to be 30cm or more away from where the water was stored.

It was a challenging task!

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Times Tables Transformers

To help us learn our times tables we have been practising them outside at every opportunity. This has included times tables relays at playtimes and lunchtimes, stepping stone to manoeuvre between locations and a little bit of healthy competition.

Term 3: What is our new text this term?


We have started this term with excitement by receiving new clues as to what our new text might be! 

So far, we have learnt that the new book might be linked to tropical rainforests, the continents of South America, Africa and Asia, and we caught a glimpse of some of the inhabitants of these verdant settings. 


Did you know, that many medications rely on ingredients found in the rainforest?

Or that we share 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees? 


Below you will find our 'K,W,L', which has captured what we already Know about rainforests, what we Want to learn, and later, what we have Learnt. 



Can you guess what our new book might be? 

Term 2 Art: Collaging

This term we have gradually developed our collaging skills before considering how we might represent the plight of refugees and their circumstances in comparison to ours. We bought in items from home to show our interests and own lives. 


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Tinsel and Tea-Towels: The Rehearsal

As we get closer to Christmas it's only natural that we begin preparations for the annual show! We have been finalising our songs and practising our lines. Practise makes perfect! We can't wait for you to see it in all it's festive glory on December the 11th. 

What is Ahmet's favourite fruit?

This week, to get to know Ahmet as well as we can we tasted his favourite fruit. Pomegranate! 

We enjoyed noticing the crown on the top of the skin before opening it to try the ruby coloured seeds. There were so many. Afterwards, we wrote some riddles and adverts just like the ones you see for M&S. 

It was exciting to eat something new, especially as it is eaten by children in other parts of the world. 


Who is the boy at the back of the class?
This week, we have continued to study just who the boy at the back of the class might be.
Why doesn't he speak? Why does he keep his head down? Why doesn't he come out for play? 

We have been using our inference skills to try to find accurate answers to these questions. 

Could Ahmet be the victim of bullying? Is Ahmet from another country? Why is his rucksack ripped? 

Only time will tell! 

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Arthur and The Golden Rope: 'The Howl' 

Slowly, our questions around this term's mysterious text are being revealed.

This week, we have all studied the curious events of 'The Howl'. 
We began by reading and listening to the text, without any images, on pages 16 and 17 which helped us to understand how words can help form our visualisations. 

Next, we role played each of the scenes. The before, during and after 'The Howl' to try to understand how the characters in the book truly felt. All of this inspired some exciting and descriptive writing. 

This was before the big reveal:

Here are the children in Durham who have been busy planting and growing plants from mustard seeds over the summer holidays!

Here are the children in Durham who have been busy planting and growing plants from mustard seeds over the summer holidays! 1 Well done Grace, Declan, Lizzie and Martha.

Have you ever wanted to be a Space tourist? 


This week in year 4, we will begin to explore the endless realm of Space. 


Your child will discover what it takes to be a part of the first generation to become Space tourists. 

Throughout these first 3 days, we will design, build and test a rocket that meets today's luxury standards. We will also write our own application letter, test our astronaut agility levels and interpret worldwide Space data. 


We look forward to taking our first giant step into Year 4 together.


Photos from our first week back

Photos from our first week back 1 We went outside to test our bottle rockets...
Photos from our first week back 2 The teachers added the water and fizzing tablets.
Photos from our first week back 3 We waited...
Photos from our first week back 4 and waited...
Photos from our first week back 5 and eventually our twelfth attempt worked!

Year 4 Curriculum Overview 2019-2020