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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

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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 413 children on role.
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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 95.8%
  • Year 1 97.6%
  • Year 2 93.2%
  • Year 3 92.3%
  • Year 4 94.1%
  • Year 5 94.6%
  • Year 6 95.7%
  • Whole School - 94.7%

Year 4



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Welcome to Year 4!




Class Teacher: Mrs Mia Stockwell-Thompson

Teaching Assistant: Miss M Hadrill (am)



Class Teacher: Mr A Jibb BA(hons)

Teaching Assistant: Mrs D Greenwood (am)







Term 4


The Romans in Britain




In topic we are continuing to learn about the Romans. Normally we would have a year group visit to Canterbury or Durovernum Cantiacorum as the Romans knew it. We hope that this will go ahead but we are also planning a virtual Roman experience


We are studying Roman weaponry and armour, the structure of the Roman army and we will also look at Roman Society and how they used to live. We hope to engage in some experimental archaeology and do some Roman cooking.


Why don’t you try to find some Roman heritage around our local area? There are two Villas in Maidstone (TQ7556 and TQ7654), and another at Teston (TQ6953). Other substantial Romano-British buildings have been identified at Barming (TQ7253), East Barming (TQ7254), Boughton Monchelsea (TQ7751) and Chart Sutton (TQ8049).


What do you think the numbers refer to? Can you find any information in Maidstone town centre about the Romans.


Quis, Quid, Ubi, Quibus Auxiliis, Cur, Quomodo, Quando?





This term we will be looking at imaginary worlds. We will be basing our writing on two fantastic classic novels: “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Our focus will be on getting children to use their imagination and to use exciting vocabulary.




In maths we will be starting off with Time and Roman Numerals. We will then be focussing our attention on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be making sure that we are really secure with our formal methods.


Please continue to make use of Times Tables Rock Stars and Purple Mash Times Tables. Good knowledge of multiplication is needed throughout the maths curriculum. We will be sending home some games



In science we are looking at electricity. We have lots of experiments lined up, we will be making our own electric circuits and learning about electrical safety in the home as well as generating electricity in different ways. We will investigate the different materials that can conduct electricity.


Mr Laker says that he believes that electricity exists because the bill keeps arriving from the electricity company. However he doesn’t know how it gets into the wires. We will be investigating this very question and learning about the different ways that electricity can be generated and, indeed, how it gets into the wires.



In computing we will be investigating shape and control using the programming language LOGO.



We are learning about the Christian festival of Easter. We will be learning about the message of forgiveness.


Until the end of term 4 we will be having specialist PE provision from PASS. Our PE day will therefore be switching to a Wednesday. Please can children come to school already dressed in their PE kit on Wednesdays.


We will be learning about equal opportunities and we will be taking part in the Send My Friend to School Campaign.


Term 2 


TOPIC TITLE:  The Shang Dynasty

The Shang Dynasty:

The children will learn who the ancient Shang people were, where and when they lived, using maps and atlases to locate Shang cities. They will also learn about the role of the king, the religious beliefs and rituals of the Shang people and how oracle bones were used in divination ceremonies. The children will also examine a range of Shang artefacts and draw conclusions about what they can teach us. The unit ends with a close look at the remarkable discovery of the first intact Shang tomb which belonged to the Military General and High Priestess, Fu Hao.



Sound: We will learn about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness. The children will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations, and completing a sound survey of their school. They will work in groups to create a human model of the way particles pass sound vibrations on, and write and star in their own documentary explaining how sound travels. The children will work in a hands-on way to explore pitch, and will use their understanding of how high and low sounds are made to create their own set of pan pipes. They will have the opportunity to make a string telephone, and will use this to investigate how sounds change over distance and through different materials. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best material for soundproofing, in the context of making a music studio quieter.



This term we will be studying “How To Train Your Dragon” by Cressida Cowell. We will be looking at how Cressida Cowell uses language and in particular how she creates humour. We will be writing in her style and learning about the different uses of commas in writing, fronted adverbials and embedded clauses.



In Maths, we are starting the term by looking at multiplication and division. This will include:  Multplication facts and related division facts  Focus on the 6,7,8,9 and 12 times tables  Formal methods of multiplication (grid method and short multiplication)  Formal methods of division including the ‘Bus Stop Method’.



This term we will be looking at Christmas and all of the symbols that surround it. We will look at the story of Christmas and examine Christian symbols and characters in the story such as: the star, shepherds, wise men etc



Monday: We still hope to do PE on a Monday however now that the field is closed we cannot guarantee an outdoor space, so it may not happen every week but please still come in dressed for PE. Friday - Outdoor: Hockey We will be learning how to dribble, shoot and pass the ball. We will also take part in a small game of Hockey.



Sewing and Printing: We will be making fabric bags for the end of term and these will have a Chinese inspired print design. Children will learn simple stitches and some printing techniques. There may also be the possibility that children get to have a go on a sewing machine.


At the end of Year 4 ( June), 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.  



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The Shang Dynasty