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Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

We are a 'GOOD' School - OFSTED: May 2019..... Year 1/2 Production Tuesday morning 9.15am, EYFS Production Wednesday 9.15am and Christmas Jumper Day Friday!!
Welcome to BarmingPrimary School
Barming Primary School is a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 4 to 11 years old. There are currently 406 children on role.
A Message from the Head of School
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 92.8%
  • Year 1 94.7%
  • Year 2 95.1%
  • Year 3 97.3%
  • Year 4 98.0%
  • Year 5 97.4%
  • Year 6 92.7%
  • Whole School - 95.5%

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!




Class Teacher: Mrs N Vinall (Maternity Cover - Mon/Tue) and  Mrs G Dyer (Wed to Fri)

Teaching Assistant: Miss M Hadrill (am)



Class Teacher: Mr A Jibb

Teaching Assistant: Mrs D Greenwood (am)


Year 3/4 Afternoon Support: Mrs S Brooks


Wednesday (Every other week) - PPA Time all day

Mrs D McLeish - Braeburn Class

Mrs L Ingram - Gala Class





Term 2  2019/2020

TOPIC TITLE:  The Shang Dynasty




Our topic for this term is sound.  Children will be learning about how sound is made and how the pitch and volume of different sounds change.  They will begin to learn about the ear and how it receives sounds from around them.  They will also look at how it travels through the air as well as through other liquids and materials.



How to Train Your Dragon



This term we using the text ‘How to Train your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell and thinking about stories with Historical settings.



Our focus this term will be on sentence construction and how to improve the language we use, as well as accurate use of commas.  We will be using dictionaries and thesauruses to help to improve our spellings and the vocabulary we use in order to make our writing as interesting for the reader as possible.  We will be writing descriptions, letters and persuasive/instructional texts all based around the story.



In topic we are beginning to learn about the Shang Dynasty


We will be studying how the Shang Dynasty came to be, when and where they use to live and how.


The children will be learning about different leaders and putting events in chronological order.  They will also be investigating different artefacts and thinking about how they were made and what they were used for.



In Maths we are starting the term by looking at adding and subtracting, perimeter and continue with multiplication. This will include:


Adding subtracting 1s, 10s and 100s from given amounts.  The children will be using place value counters to help them understand how to exchange from other columns.  We will then revisit column addition and subtraction, leading on from the skills and knowledge they gained in Year 3.

The children will also be moving onto length and perimeter and developing their measuring skills, using rulers and measures.  They will be learning to apply four digit numbers in a real life context by measuring in meters. They will measure the perimeter of regular shapes and calculate the perimeters of rectilinear shapes.


Please continue to make use of Times Tables Rockstars, as a good knowledge of multiplication is needed throughout the maths curriculum.




In programming and coding this term, the children will be learning about digital footprints and creating and evaluating different algorithms.



This term, we will be learning about Christianity.  The children will be looking at the story of The Nativity and looking at the significance it has for Christians today.



Monday: Indoor PE: This term we are studying gymnastics for our indoor PE sessions.  We will be thinking about balance and how to use equipment safely and sensibly.


Friday - Outdoor: For outdoor PE we will be participating in Hockey.  Children will be learning how to hold a hockey stick correctly and keep control of the ball when using the stick.  They will learn about passing and moving with the ball.


DT: Children will be designing, making and evaluating their own hand held drum.  They will be designing a pattern for their drum based on the Shang Dynasty and try simple printing techniques.



At the end of Year 4, all children will have to take a times table test.  It is extremely important that the children continue to learn their multiplications and divisions throughout the year in order to develop their speed and accuracy.


Check your Times Tables knowledge...

Learn your Times Tables

Year 4 Checker

Speed Test

Times Tables Games



Please continue to learn spellings from the Year 3 and 4 word list.  You could play games such as scrabble and boggle where the children have to make up their own words.  Continue to identify tricky spellings in reading and discuss the meaning of different words.  Sometimes spellings can be learnt in different ways using rhymes and saying words slightly differently, emphasising all the sounds in order to help remember them.  

Have a look at some of the things we have been up to in term 1...

Pizza making!


All the children had a great time creating their own pizzas.  We had some great ideas and the children even made their own pizza boxes to take them home in.  Here are some of the creations the children made:

Our pizzas and boxes

The Digestive System

The children have enjoyed learning about the digestive system and have carried out many different investigations over the term.  They especially liked creating the intestines!



Continue your learning at home by following these links:








The Shang Dynasty