Welcome to Budbrooke Primary School

Year 4 - Chestnut 2023 - 2024

Mr Brereton

Mr Brereton

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Spring Topic-  Misty Mountain, Winding River

In the Misty Mountain, Winding River project, children will learn about the characteristics and physical processes of rivers, including how they shape the landscape over time, their significance around the world and the impact of flooding. They will learn how to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key to locate and plot geographical places and features on a map, as well as how contour lines are used to show the topography of an area. They will have the opportunity to learn about the stages of the water cycle and about mountains and their different formations, studying mountain ranges in the United Kingdom and around the world. They will also learn about habitats and how human and natural influences can have an impact on the environment.

  Misty Mountain, Winding RiverMisty Mountain, Winding River (Geography focus)Keyworth Primary and Nursery School - Information about this half termInterconnected World | Year 4 | Geography | Cornerstones CurriculumPremium AI Image | A photo of a winding river leading through a misty  mountain landscape soft foggy lightPremium AI Image | A Peaceful Landscape A Sunrise over a Misty Valley with Winding  RiverLakeside Primary Academy: GeographyWide mountain river Free Stock Photos, Images, and Pictures of Wide mountain  riverwinding river stock photos - OFFSET


This term's class reader is ....

The Iron Man

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (9780571348596/Paperback) | LoveReading4Kids

by Ted Hughes


The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, illustrated by Chris Mould (Faber and Faber) Robots! - ARTPEDAGOGY Week 10: Ironman challenge | National Literacy Trust The Iron Man- Ted Hughes Illustrated by Chris Mould – Lily and the Fae The Iron Man by Ted Hughes | Drama & Theatre


Chestnut Class Spotlight- December 2023

Chestnut children performed a wonderful class assembly to showcase all their learning from the Invasion topic. They have continued to be very curious to learn interesting facts about the topic and have applied their understanding to write a play script about the events of the Norman invasion.

In English, they role played the events from the Battle of Hastings and wrote stage directions, scene descriptions and dialogue for actors to follow.

In maths, they have used arrays and bar models to solve multiplication and division problems as well as learning the relationship between the 3x, 6x and 9x table. They have also found the area of different shapes.

In science, the children have been learning about sound waves and how the ear works. They have used sound meters to investigate which materials would be most suited to sound reducing head phones.

In PE, the children have been working on their balance skills to improve and develop their core strength. They have also been performing tuck jumps and squats.

Chestnut Class Assembly

This week Chestnut class performed their class assembly about  Invasion. They taught the audience lots of facts about what it was like in Britain when the Romans left, how the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings invaded and how life changed.  They showed art work based on the Sutton Hoo findings, read poems based on Beowulf and showed off  their descriptions of Dragons from How to Train Your Dragon. They also debated who was the best Saxon king as well as singing some catchy songs about Vikings and Saxons. 



Year 3/4 Harvest Festival Assembly 

This week, Chestnut and Holly class performed their Harvest Festival assembly to celebrate harvest time. They acted out the story of the Enormous Turnip as a dress-rehearsal to the whole school on Thursday and then to parents at a special performance in the community at St Michael’s Church on Friday. 

The Year 4 children displayed their acting skills and read the narrating parts loudly and clearly while the Year 3 children joined in with the songs and the actions to bring the traditional tale to life. 

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Rotary Club Presentation

Alan Bailey, the president of the Warwick Rotary Club, visited Budbrooke last week to present Year 4 children from Chestnut with their dictionaries.

The Warwick Rotary Club organises events such as the Warwick Thai Festival, the Warwick Castle carols and Warwick racecourse bonfire night. The money raised then goes to help with local projects as well as supporting with overseas aid such as providing toilets for schools in West Africa and sending shelter boxes to Libya and Morocco.

The Year 4 children said: “The dictionaries are fantastic. They will be really helpful because we can use them to help spell exciting vocabulary in our writing to make it exquisite and stand out.”



Chestnut Class Spotlight

It has been a very exciting time in Chestnut class. As part of the ‘Invasion’ topic, the children have been very curious to learn interesting facts about the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain and how the language and culture changed after the Romans departed.

They have applied their retrieval skills to research the topic using non-fiction books and confidently presented their findings to the class in information pages and historical timelines.

In English, the children acted out the story of ‘Beowulf’ and are currently writing Anglo-Saxon narrative poems based on the events. They have used noun phrases, alliteration, kennings and powerful verbs to create adventurous and arm-gripping poetry about the warrior defeating a monster.

In maths, they have used ordered, partitioned and compared four-digit numbers on number lines, rounded numbers to 10, 100 and 1000 as well as showing great confidence when using Roman Numerals.

In geography, the children have been using compass points to give directions and using 4 and 6 figure grid references to locate places on a map. Also, in science, they have looked at food chains and webs including researching a variety of producers and consumers in nature.

As well as all the exciting curriculum learning, Chestnut class has also been practising the singing and acting ready for the Harvest assembly performance at St Michaels Church on 27th October.



Chestnut class PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. PE kit should stay in school and will be sent home at the end of every half term.

Children should have a water bottle in school. 

Home Learning:

Home learning will be uploaded each week in the 'files' section at the bottom of this page. There will be three colours to choose from. Your child will be given a colour every Thursday. The colour will be found in the margin of their home learning book. Select and complete the colour your child has been set.

Homework will be handed out on Thursday to be completed and returned by the following Tuesday. 

Spellings- handed out on 25.01.24












Spellings- handed out on 25.01.24












Ways to support your child:

-Practise your child's spellings with them.

-Read (preferably daily) with your child. Try and encourage them to read a range of genre of books and authors. Here are a couple of useful lists of recommended books for year 4 children:



-Practise times tables with your child. Little and often is often the best way with times tables. Purple Mash is an excellent resource which has lots of times table activities on. Here are a few good websites with games that your child can play whilst also practising their times tables:

Each child has login details for www.timestables.co.uk where they can explore and practise the timestables ready for the Multiplication Check towards the end of the school year. 






-Support your child in completing their weekly maths and English/topic homework which (starting from wk beg 18th September) will be handed out on a Thursday to be completed and handed in by Tuesday. . 



Any bit of reading you can do with your child will be hugely benficial. The following link will take you to a list of great books that are recommended for year 4 children: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/products/Pie-Corbetts-Reading-Spine-Year-4-Pack-x-7-9789951118682

This link will take you to a website that will suggest alternative options if your child enjoys one particular author or genre of book: https://www.booksfortopics.com/booklists/branching-out/

Whilst it is great when a child finds an author or genre that they love, it is also important that they branch out and try alternative authors or genres. The guide above will help you make suggestions for your child to try, based on what they know they already love. 





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