Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School



Dear Durham,

My name is Miss Parsons and I am going to be your new teacher in Year 5.  I can’t wait to meet you all and speak with you soon! I bet you are all looking forward to seeing each other and catching up on what everyone has been doing during lockdown. I know we have an exciting year of school ahead of us as I taught Year 5 this year and as lots of new things planned too. I am looking forward to teaching you and helping you to develop in your new school year.


The book I have chosen to share with you is by Enid Blyton. It is called The Naughtiest Girl in The School and it was first written in 1940! Once you've listen to the short clip, have a think about what will happen next. Do you think Elizabeth will go to school or get sent home? Listen carefully to how their school uniform is described - how is if different to yours? 


I love keeping fit and healthy by doing different sorts of exercise. What kind of exercise do you like to do? I also enjoy reading a good book as well as spending time with my family dog Stanley who I am sure you will see pictures of very soon. I am looking forward to seeing all your fantastic vidoes and talking with you soon. 


Have a wonderful summer holiday and I will see you soon!

Best wishes,

Miss Parsons

Miss Parsons reads part of her favourite book

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Year 4 Spelling and Handwriting week beginning 6th July

Year 4 Handwriting and Spelling week beginning 29th June

Year 4 Handwriting and Spelling week beginning 22nd June

Year 4 Handwriting and Spelling week beginning 15th June

Year 4 Handwriting and Spelling week beginning 8th June

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.

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.

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!

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. 


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!

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

We went outside to test our bottle rockets...
The teachers added the water and fizzing tablets.
We waited...
and waited...
and eventually our twelfth attempt worked!

Year 4 Curriculum Overview 2019-2020