Hobletts Manor Junior School

Hobletts Manor Junior School

Learning and Achieving Together


Cobalt 2023-2024

Welcome to Year 4 and Team Cobalt

Your teacher is Mrs Hollman & Mrs Bonner

Your teaching assistants are Mrs Pullen & Ms Rogers


In English this week, we have been reading a new text called, 'Small in the City' written by Sydney Smith. The story helped us to understand what it is like to feel tiny is a busy and noisy place. We thought about vocabulary that described the feelings of the main character and the setting that he was in. We used this vocabulary to write a setting description, and ended the week with some poetry. Next week, we will be exploring a different setting in the story and using expanded noun phrases, adverbial and prepositional phrases. We will also write a 'lost poster' about the cat in the story!


This week in Maths we been focusing on place value and have used bubble models to explore the value of each digit in four digit numbers. We have also practiced adding and subtracting 100 from a range of numbers, exploring what happens when you cross the thousands boundary. As well as this, we have compared and ordered numbers and practised our estimation skills! Next week, we will be rounding a range of numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, using rounding slopes to support us. 


As Geographers, we have learnt about the differences between human and physical geography. We started with a sorting activity and drew our own scenes with natural and man-made features.


In RE, we have begun looking at our new religion of Hinduism, exploring where it originated and where it is now practiced in the world today. We used globes and atlases to find the countries and located them on our own maps. 


In PSHE, we have been looking at how our actions can affect others and how important we feel rewards and consequences are. We also discussed that rewards and consequences are a result of the choices we make. 


In French this week we have been continuing to describe one another. We have written sentences to describe hair and eye colour. 


Weekly Home Learning

Times Table Rock Stars and Spellings each day

Reading (5 times per week or 7 times for the challenge)


Optional Home Learning

Your optional homework this term is to research our local area, Hemel Hempstead.


You might want to think about:

  • How many people live in Hemel Hempstead?
  • When did Hemel Hempstead become a new town?
  • Where is Hemel Hempstead on a map? Can you draw a map of its location?
  • Are there any famous landmarks in Hemel Hempstead?
  • Do any famous people live in Hemel Hempstead?
  • Take pictures of our local area and label them.
  • What links are there to the Tudors?


You can present your research in any way you choose, for example a PowerPoint, a poster or a report. Enjoy learning new information about our local area. We look forward to seeing these before we break up for Christmas.

Buddy and Dylan

Tilly and Teddy

Georgia and Skyla

Alma and Menaal 


Friendly Leaves.....


Skyla and Zoe this week for being extra caring, kind and helpful to many members of their class including their teachers. 


Top Ten Rockers


5 times


7 times


Menaal (x6)

Odin (x6)














































1. Teddy

2. Georgia

3. Lavelle

4. Leticia

5. Kealan

6. Tilly

7. Nancy

8. Yusuf

9. Zoe

10. Alma
















Zoe (x6)

Kealan (x6)



Leticia (x6)

























Discussing how we feel when we loose something - linked to our story in English 'Small In The City.'

First Cornets lesson!

Science - Sorting Vertebrates

Geography - Learning about how to name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom using a map.

Sonny made a sock puppet at home and spoke about it in class, he was very proud of his achievement!