Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W9

(I changed the week to week 9 because all the other classes were counting this as week 9)

This week we have had great fun…

  • Playing badminton in P.E with Mr Dunn and Mrs Sim. This is our second-week playing badminton in the big gym and our skills are improving. This week the Year 6-9 class joined us and we played together.
  • Designing and making our own marble run games. The kids said this was the most fun thing we did this week. They were challenged to make a marble run course using card, pins and sticky tape. The best designs also used paper cups to make tunnels and sometimes even split into two courses.
  • Reading the Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (adapted). We are studying novels with a historical setting in English and we have chosen to read this classic novel. So far in the story, we have met the children; Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis and seen them move from the city to the country. They also nearly got in trouble for stealing some coal.
  • Multiplied and dividing in Maths. This week we were trying to get quicker at mental multiplication, especially for numbers 1-12. It is really helpful if we know this off-by-heart by year 4 or 5. We also thought about when we need to round-up or round-down after dividing. If we are booking buses for a school trip, we need to round-up; if we are counting complete sets of something, we need to round-down.


Scary dress-up day

Don’t forget that next Friday is scary dress-up day! I am really looking forward to seeing what things get off the bus on Friday!

Goodbye Rana

Unfortunately, this week we had to say goodbye to Rana. Rana was a member of our class for a long time and all the kids will miss her. Good luck Rana!

Times Tables Challenge

I think some of us need a bit of practice with out times tables.

Why not try doing a column of this worksheet everyday?

(click to enlarge and print)

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W7

It’s great to be back!

It is great to be back in class after a nice holiday. Everyone looks refreshed and ready to learn again.

Mr Green a lovely holiday…

  • Riding his bike up and down the coast
  • Visiting his in-laws for Chuseok
  • Playing with our new cat
  • enjoying some peace and quiet
  • and hanging out with his family

This week we have had fun…

  • Doing another science experiment. This time we were looking at how air resistance affects how far a car will roll.
  • Doing yet another science experiment. This time we were trying to make parachutes that would help an object fall slowly.
  • Being to read some Historical Fiction, stories set in the past. We read an extract from Street Child by Berlie Doherty. I was very impressed by how well the students were able to understand a different passage.
  • Doubling two-digit numbers in Maths.
  • Playing some badminton with Mr Dunn in P.E
  • Revising a little on Word Classes – Noun, Verb, adjective etc. I think we have a bit of revision to do here

It has been a great start to the second half of the term and I hope we can keep up the good work all the way to Christmas.

Chuseok Celebrations

In case you missed it, here is the video of the Chuseok presentations and the fun we had afterwards.

Goodbye Juveria

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Juveria on Thursday as she is heading off to America. Juveria has been a great classmate and friend to everyone for many years and we are very sad to see her go.

Good luck Juveria!


Next week we will be…

  • Reading more historical fiction and beginning to explore the type of language used
  • Bringing our IPC Unit – Feel the Force to a grand conclusion by presenting everything we have learned in a poster and video
  • Practising some more multiplication and division in Maths

Well done everyone!

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W5


What a busy week of learning!

I feel like I need a holiday to recover from all the hard work and great learning that has been going on. Good thing it is a short week next week and we have a holiday or our brains might explode.

This week we have had fun…

  • Doing Science Experiment #1 – Investigating which type of chopstick is easier to use to pick up different objects. We learned a lot about friction and fair testing.
  • Doing Science Experiment #2 – Testing how different blocks of wood slide over different surfaces. We also got pretty good at drawing graphs to show our results.
  • Learning about different types of triangles, 2D and 3D shapes and their different properties.
  • Making lots of different creative things that displayed symmetry.
  • Learning how to summarise a longer report into a shorter presentation.
  • Making 3D shapes from nets
  • Learning a new game in PE

Please Remember

  • Next week in a short week (Monday and Tuesday only)
  • Monday is our Chuseok celebration and students are invited to wear Korean Hanbok or traditional dress from their own country. This is completely optional. No need to go out and buy anything.
  • There are a lot of very interesting extra challenges on the homework this week.

Shared Resources

If the students are able to access their school Google Account at home, I have shared a folder containing many of the resources we use in class. The resources are labelled by week and day so you can easily see what we have been doing and use the resources to revise if you would like to.



I challenged the students to make some Flexagons. Here are some good videos explaining what I mean.

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W4

Another great week in Year 4/5.

This week we have had fun…

  • Talking about the music we like and why we like it
  • Finishing our reports and looking at each other’s reports
  • Trying some difficult multiplication and division
  • Doing the Entry Point and Knowledge Harvest for our new IPC Unit ‘Feel the Force’
  • Mrs Sim made paper spinners and climbing frogs with us to explore friction and forces.
  • Finally getting outside for some P.E

Please remember

  • The students need a good snack to get them through to lunchtime without complaining about being hungry
  • P.E might be outside or inside from now on so please wear appropriate footwear
  • Some bits of the homework are complusary and some are optional

Shared Resources

If the students are able to access their school Google Account at home, I have shared a folder containing many of the resources we use in class. The resources are labeled by week and day so you can easily see what we have been doing and use the resources to revise if you would like to.

I will show the students how to access this folder again next week.

Principal Green

You are probably aware that Mr Green will be taking over as school Principal in November. I just wanted to reassure you that this will not affect my work with my class. My first responsibility and my greatest joy will always be in the classroom with my students.

Climbing Frogs

Extra Homework Challenge.

For the Entry Point of our new IPC Unit ‘Feel the Force’ we tried to make these climbing frogs. Some students were having a few problems with tying knots and threading beads. They have brought the materials home in a little bag.

If parents could help them finish the making before Thursday that would be greatly appreciated.

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W3

Another great week of learning in Year 4/5!

This week we have had fun…

  • Planning and writing non-chronological reports
  • Practising addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers.
  • Learning a new maths game – ‘Use to Make’
  • Finishing off our IPC unit on the brain by making a video and learning more about how we learn best
  • Perfecting our juggling performances
  • Learning a little bit about how Chinese characters have affected the Korean language and how to write some characters related to Chuseok.

Curriculum Evening

Unfortunately, due to the revised COVID-19 guidance, the school is unable to hold the planned Curriculum Evening next week. If you have any questions regarding what we are learning this term please send me an email.


A curriculum overview for this term is also available on our Class Page.

Hopefully, we will be able to meet soon!

Recording Of Lessons

As part of Mrs Sims coursework, and for the school’s upcoming CIS accreditation inspection, it will be necessary to record some lessons. Of course, all recordings will be handled in accordance with our Child Safeguarding and Protection Policies and only made available to the appropriate persons. If you have any questions about this, please send me an email.

Next week we will be…

  • Finishing our work on non-chronological reports by reading each others report and suggesting edits
  • Continuing our maths unit on addition and subtractions and learning some new concepts such as square numbers
  • Starting our new IPC unit ‘Feel the Force’
  • Having lessons with Mrs Sim on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Getting our Chuseok. presentation ready for the Chusoek assembly

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W2

Another great week of learning in Year 4/5. I am very impressed with my new class and eager they are to learn.

This week we had fun…

  • Learning to read calendars and timetables in maths. We are getting very good at finding information presented in different formats
  • Learning more about the brain and how it affects our learning. This week we thought more Memory and having a Growth Mindset
  • We particularly enjoyed playing some memory games and learning some tricks to remember long lists
  • Reading some more non-chronological reports and searching for information. This week we read about Tutankhamun and Dolphins

Online Learning on Monday

As you may already know; the school will be closed on Monday due to anticipated typhoon. We will be learning on-line using Google Classroom. Most of the students should be already familiar with Google Classrooms and how it all works. I might have to do a bit of catching up!

Please be ready to learn at 9 am on Monday in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

Growth Mindset

The students really enjoyed watching these fun little videos about Growth Mindset


All student managed to hand-in their homework on time this week. Some students did especially well and did the extra sections. Well done.

Next Week

Next week we will be…

  • E-Learning on Monday
  • Finishing off our IPC unit on the brain by making a documentary
  • Beginning a Maths unit on addition and subtraction
  • Having our first full lesson with Mrs Sim

Some things to remember

  • The Curriculum evening has been moved to Monday 21st September due to the typhoon
  • Homework is out on Friday – in on Friday
  • Some students are complaining about being hungry by the time we get to lunch. Maybe they need a bigger snack.

Some photographs from this week

Year 4/5 Class Update – Term 1 -Week 1

Welcome back to a new school year.  We have had an excellent first week and I am very impressed with my new students.  They have learned very quickly all about Mr. Green and the how my class works.  I think we are going to have a great year together.

I am looking forward to meeting you all at our Curriculum Evening on the Monday the September.  At this meeting you can see our classroom and I will talk about what we will be learning this year.

This week we have had fun…

  • Learning to tell the time to the nearest minute and using ‘to’ and ‘past
  • Reading a variety of non-chronological reports and finding information
  • Learning about the brain and how it helps us to learn
  • Talking about of Core Values
  • Meeting our new teachers
  • Getting our classroom, computers and resources well-organised ready for the year.

Mrs Sim

Year 4/5 are very lucky to be having two teachers this year.  Mrs Sim will be joining Mr. Green to teach our class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The students met Mrs Sim on Tuesday.  Mrs Sim is a Post Graduate Certificate in Education student from the University of Buckingham.

Next Week

We will be…

  • Learning about Calendars and Timetables in Maths
  • Reading some more non-chronological report and looking at the key features
  • Continuing our IPC Unit on the brain and learning.  We will be thinking about how we learn best.
  • Meeting Mrs Sim again

Some things to remember

  • P.E is on Tuesday and Friday
  • Homework is handed out on Friday and should be returned before the next Friday.
  • Curriculum Evening is on Monday 7th September
  • If you have any questions at any time please just send me an email.  It’s good to stay in touch. –

Our New Classroom

Mr. Green has been very busy decorating our new classroom.

See you soon!