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Hello Year 4,

Did you enjoy your half term break? I have been getting a lot of exercise out in the beautiful warm weather. I've been running at the local running track every morning and going for nice long walks in the sun. I also had a lovely picnic lunch with Miss Tanner at Greenwich Park. We sat 2m away from each other and didn't share any of our food to make sure we stuck to COVID safety rules.

Over the break, I finished reading the entire Harry Potter series. My favourite book is now Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince because Harry becomes excellent at potions, we learn more about the back stories of other characters and there is a lot of interesting development in the Malfoy family.

I have loved speaking to all of you on the phone lately. During the week, if you think of something you would like to tell me about, it is a good idea to write it down on a piece of paper so, when I call you to say hello, it will help you remember what you want to tell or ask me.

Remember to email your work to me at 

Have a great week and I am looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful work.

Love Miss Hobbs.



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Spelling Focus

The dis prefix

A prefix is a group of letters that go at the start of a word and change the meaning of the root word.

RULE: The dis prefix means 'not' so it means the opposite of the root word.

Eg. dislike means to not like something.


 Spelling words to learn:

  • mount
  • appear
  • connected
  • advantage
  • order
  • loyal
  • honest
  • dismount
  • disappear
  • disconnected
  • disadvantage
  • disowned
  • disorder
  • disloyal
  • dishonest

Learn these words using look, say, cover, write, check and test yourself (or get a family member to test you) at the end of the week. 



Times tables for this week

Revise the 12 times tables. To help you remember the more difficult 12 times tables, you can use the 'times 10 plus two groups' trick.

Eg 12 x 8

10 x 8 = 80      so      12x 8 = 80+16 (96)


Eg 12 x 6

10 x 6= 60     so      12 x 6= 60 + 12 (72)



Do you know any other tricks to help you with the 12 times tables? Email them to me at 


GAME - Times Tables Bowling

Click this link to play a fun times tables bowling game. Select the '12 times table' for a multiple choice game. The more answers you get correct, the more accurate your bowling becomes!