World Book Day Friday 8th March 2024

World Book Day is taking place on Friday 8th March. As a school we are going to be celebrating this day and have chosen the theme “Snuggle up with a good book!” On this day, we are asking pupils to come into school wearing their favourite pyjamas and snuggly clothes. This is so we can all snuggle up with a good book and immerse ourselves in the world of literature. Children are invited to bring their favourite book from home.

Throughout the day, pupils will take part in a range of exciting hands on and virtual activities to enhance their reading and ensure they are continuing to grow their love of reading. There will also be some challenges such as guess which staff member is snuggled up with a good book.  


Parents are invited into school to share a book with their child on Friday 8th March, from 2:50pm. Please enter via the main office where you will be shown to your child’s class. At the end of the shared reading session, please leave the school via the office to sign out.  


Children will be given a £1 book token to be spent at our school Book Fair or in a local bookstore on a range of identified World Book Day texts. You can find your local bookstore and have a look at the books available by visiting:  


From Friday 8th March – Wednesday 13th March we will have our annual book fair. The book fair will be held in the South Hall on these dates from 3:30-4:00pm. This an opportunity for you and your child to browse a range of exciting books from a range of genres and purchase one or maybe more. Further information regarding the book fair will be sent nearer the time. 

Year 4 News, 19.01.2024

This week has been a busy one, so here are just a few highlights!

On Monday we used the green screen to explore the ruins of Ancient Rome, before hopping back in time to discover what Roman buildings, streets and gardens would have looked like, giving us plenty of ideas for our writing.

On Tuesday we went swimming for the first session. This went well and we are looking forward to the next session on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, we had our first Enrichment sessions of the term, which were well-received. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to try out something new.

On Thursday we began to learn about states of matter, sorting materials and asking some very intelligent questions about how we know so much about the particles of solids, liquids and gases (particularly gases) when we might not be able to see them.

On Friday we had the highest attendance for the week and enjoyed our extra playtime as a reward.

Here are a few quick reminders for next week:

Tuesday – please bring your swimming kit and towel 

Wednesday – Enrichment – please bring anything you need for your club

Friday – PE day – please wear your PE kit to school

Homework books should also be returned on Friday mornings. Please note that if your child does not bring their homework books into school on a Friday, they will receive a homework sheet for that week so that they do not miss out on opportunities to consolidate learning. This week’s homework is an anagram sheet to help with Y3/4 spellings and a times tables quick practice sheet.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Miss Brotherton

Year 4 Residential

Please look out for a letter coming home with the children detailing plans for our upcoming residential trip to Laches Wood. Laches Wood boasts a rich mix of natural beauty and woodland shelter, with a wide range of indoor and outdoor adventure activities that will stretch and challenge – having fun, nourishing mind and body, and making memories to last a lifetime.

For further details please visit

If you have any further questions, the best people to speak to are Miss Harrison, Mrs Wust and Miss Brotherton.

Year 4 News, 12.01.2024

What a brilliant start to our Spring Term! Everybody has been focused, calm, kind and considerate and it has been great to see all of our children refreshed and ready for a challenge.

This week we have been looking at:

  • multiplication and division through the finding of factors;
  • the foundation of Rome through the legend of Romulus and Remus;
  • our preconceived ideas about Rome and what we would like to learn next;
  • how to create our own spreadsheets by using Google Slides to play Battleships;
  • how a green screen works by cancelling out specific colours for special effects;
  • what Baptism means to Christians;
  • ball control skills in small-scale games of hockey.

This week has also seen the introduction of the Golden Lunchbox! Year 4 worked hard to earn as many pom-poms as they could to create an impressive total of 91. They were only just pipped to the post by Year 2, but they did earn a special mention this Friday for working out their total each day and calculating the scale of improvement each time.

Our Purple Book stars this week were Molly for being a great support to others and Amara for her impressive mental arithmetic score. Well done to both of you!

Please don’t forget that swimming begins on Tuesday. Mr. Baker will support the children in these lessons.

Have a lovely weekend – see you next week for more fabulous learning!

Miss Brotherton


(For Year 4 and a select few Year 5 children)
Swimming sessions will start on Tuesday 16th January and will last for 10 weeks. The children will walk to and from Abraham Darby Leisure Centre with adults from school.
Please ensure your child brings their costume and a towel each week. Children may bring a swimming hat and goggles if they wish.
The children will be working towards their Aquatics skills award and self-rescue awards. Those who are able will also be assessed against the National Curriculum standard of being able to swim 25m (one length) unaided.

Year 4 Swimming


We are delighted to be able to take Year 4 swimming next term. Swimming sessions will start on Tuesday 16th January and will last for 10 weeks. The children will walk to and from Abraham Darby Leisure Centre with adults from school.
Please look out for letters coming home with the children. As always, there is no cost to you, all you need to do is return the attached form by Friday 22nd December 2023 and ensure your child brings their costume and a towel each week. Children may bring a swimming hat and goggles if they wish.
As swimming forms a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, all levels of swimming ability are planned for from complete beginners through to regular swimmers. Therefore, please think very carefully about how far your child can swim without putting their foot/feet down. This will help us ensure that they are allocated to the correct ability group.
The children will be working towards their Aquatics skills award and self-rescue awards. Those who are able will also be assessed against the National Curriculum standard of being able to swim 25m (one length) unaided.

Year 4 News, 08.12.2023

This week has been rather busy! In Science we have been experimenting with circuits to adjust the brightness of a bulb. In RE we have begun to learn about the meaning of Advent. In Maths we have been using our times tables to multiply and divide by 9.

We have also been practising our parts for the Key Stage Two Christmas Performance. This is going well and the children have been eagerly practising their lines. It would help if you and your child could rehearse the following two songs at home:

Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone

Band Aid – Do They Know it’s Christmas

All children in 4B were sent home with a script last week so that we could be ready in case of illness, absence or stage fright. If you would like another copy of the script or prayer for your child’s part, they can be found here:

Y4 Christmas Prayer

Y4 Christmas Script

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Brotherton

KS2 Christmas Performance at St Michaels Church

Please look out for a letter coming home with the children in KS2 this afternoon detailing plans for their Christmas Concert.
This year, KS2 (years 3-6) will be holding their Christmas Concert at the beautiful St Michaels Church, Madeley on Wednesday 20th December 2023. There will be two showings. One at 2pm and one at 5:30pm. We ask if you can kindly try and stick to 2 tickets per child, to make it fair for everyone to be able to attend. If there are tickets left over, they can be re-distributed nearer the time.
For the evening performance, we ask that children are dropped at St Michaels Church no later than 5:15pm for a prompt start at 5:30pm.
Children should wear their school uniform as normal but with a Christmas jumper, this can be worn all day in school.
This event is free 🙂
Thankyou very much for continued support and we look forward to celebrating this special time of the year with you.



Christmas Dinner and Jumper Day 2023

The children should have received letters regarding our upcoming Christmas Dinner celebrations which will take place on the 20th December 2023. The children are welcome to wear Christmas jumpers on this day.
Please complete and return the form attached at the earliest opportunity.
If you require another letter please pop to see me (Miss Harrison) in the office 🙂
Here is another copy of the menu

Children in Need 17.11.23

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may already know, this week is this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal Week. John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School is excited to be joining with many others around the UK to help raise awareness.

Children are welcome to come to school on Friday 17th November in their own clothes.

Due to the cost-of-living crisis, parents are not expected to contribute but if you would like to donate, you can do so here;

Donate using the ‘70701’ shortcode (Campaign dates: 31st Oct 2023 to 30th Nov 2024) –

Text the word ‘FIVE’ to 70701 to donate £5

Text the word ‘TEN’ to 70701 to donate £10

If children have PE on Friday (Y3 and Year 1) they will need to wear sensible footwear.

For further information please see

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Miss E Harrison

Year 4 News, 10.11.2023

The children in Year Four have had a very busy week. In Maths they have been learning two efficient ways to subtract 2 numbers. They have also been learning how to use estimation and rounding in order to check that their answers are correct. Also, this week we have begun to learn about the Greek myth of the Trojan Horse. In addition, we have been learning to identify the features of newspapers. This will help us when we are writing our own newspapers next week.

In Science, we have begun to understand more about electricity and about what makes a working circuit. During this week’s French lesson, we learnt the names of five different fruits. In RE, we discussed what it means to have a spiritually ‘warmed heart’, exploring the things that warm our hearts.

In our Music lesson this week, we learnt a new song and made much more use of the bow, linking this with reading music from a hand or a stave.

I felt extremely proud of the way the children paid their respects during our Remembrance Service on the playground and hope that you are, too.

Year 4 Homework, 10.11.2023

This week’s homework for Year 4 is as follows:

Maths: pages 54 and 55, Area.

This will help you to prepare for next week’s Maths.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: page 60, Inverted Commas.

This will help you to prepare for next week’s newspaper writing!

The Great John Fletcher Bake-Off 2023!

The Year 4 children have all been baking!

In the Great JF Bake-Off, we were set a Technical Challenge: to work as a team to prepare, cook and decorate a pumpkin cake using pumpkins from our Ludlow trip.

Everyone worked brilliantly together, dicing, grating and mixing the ingredients to create a mixture of smooth consistency. The last step at the time of writing was to get them into the oven for cooking.

Finally, we will decorate the cooled cakes using frosting and sprinkles. A huge Thank You goes to our star bakers in Year 4, plus the adults who gave their time to support us today: Miss Ide, Miss Wharton and Miss Thomson.

Here’s our photo gallery – Paul and Prue would be proud!

Year 4 News, 20.10.2023

Year 4 have had a very busy – and tuneful – week!

In Music, we have now begun to use the violin bow to produce longer and more resonant sounds upon the open strings. We are getting better at holding and supporting the violin as we play and will continue to practise this. Our concentration is improving all the time!

We have played along with Bow Down, O Belinda and Jim Along Josie, as well as using the bow to play along with a song Olivia taught us about the names of each violin string. This took much more work in the elbow and wrist than any of us could have anticipated – Miss Brotherton included!

Here we are – on video – playing pizzicato (plucked strings) with the song Jim Along Josie:

Thanks to for their video compression tools.

In History this week, we have begun to learn more about the city states of Ancient Greece and the different ways in which they were governed. This involved locating them on a map and comparing Athens and Sparta as two good examples of how differently the states would operate.

In Design Technology, we have been planning some recipes to make use of the plump, tasty-looking pumpkins we had picked at Ludlow last week. We have also learnt a little more about food hygiene and safety when working with utensils. Next week we are hoping that we can prepare the pumpkins and try out some different dishes. Please look out for a consent and allergy update letter for tasting sessions.

In Maths we are learning about how to use the column method for addition and will be moving on next week to subtraction. We have spent some time refreshing our memories about how best to use manipulatives to show what happens when we make an exchange into a new column.

In PE this week, we have been able to dodge the weather a little – we will be using the playground more and more now as the autumnal weather hits us, but parents are welcome to send a spare pair of socks and  / or shoes in case of wet feet as a result from using our extensive grounds for outdoor PE.

In Art this week, we have noticed Miss Hawkin (our Art teacher) eyeing up the pumpkins we have picked. We are wondering if she may have some creative ideas of her own about them… stay tuned to find out more!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Miss Brotherton and Year 4

Year 4 News, 13.10.2023

We have had a busy week in school, creating some lovely pieces of work in RE to express our thoughts and questions about creation. In Science we have begun to explore pitch by twanging rulers and creating simple string instruments and playing them.

To end the week, we visited Lower Wood Farm at Hopton Cangeford, near Ludlow. We met and fed the animals and explored the grounds of the working farm as part of our links with the Country Trust. We then travelled on to the Pumpkin Patch at Middleton, where we were able to try out some of the fresh corn from the fields and even got to bring back some pumpkins! We will be exploring what we can do with the pumpkins next week.

Here are some photos so far from the visit – stay tuned for more soon!



I wanted to say a huge thankyou to our families for all of their kind donations towards our Harvest collections this year. Your generosity will go on to help so many families in our community.
A big big thankyou to my brilliant helpers who did a fantastic job of organising and packing away the donations ready to be collected.
If you would like to contribute further or require support you can do by visiting

Year 4 Trip To Downton Estate, Ludlow

An opportunity has arisen for our Year 4 children to visit the Downton Estate near Ludlow for pumpkin picking and carving as well as a chance to see a working farm in the picturesque Shropshire Hills! This visit will include meeting Farmer James’ Aberdeen Angus calves and learning about the farm’s innovative way of rearing using herbal leys. Students can see demonstrations of the tractor and bailer and have a chance to see crops growing in the fields. This visit will be free of charge.


We ask that all children be on the school site promptly at 8.30am on Friday 13th June. This ensures that there will be enough time for registration and a toilet trip before the coach arrives at 8:55am. The coach will pick the children up at 13:45, ready to return to school for 3pm (traffic depending).

All children will need to bring a packed lunch, please. We ask that children only bring water, no pop/fizzy/energy drinks, and no glass bottles.


All children will need to be dressed appropriately for the outdoors and will need a waterproof coat and wellies. If children do not have wellies, please ensure that they bring a change of shoes in a carrier bag as the farm is very muddy! Children are welcome to bring their own hand gel if they would like to.

Please indicate your consent for your child to attend this visit via your ParentPay account no later than Thursday 12th October. Thankyou


Year 4 Homework, 29.09.2023

Dear Parents,

Your child should have come home today with two homework books – one for Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling; the other for Maths. I have asked the children to write today’s date in the contents pages to remind them which pages they need to work on for this week:

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling – Pages 18 and 19 – Adverbial Phrases

Maths – Pages 10 and 11 – Ordering and Comparing Numbers

The activities on each page are very short and should not take too much time to complete. However, this is Year 4’s first time using the books and I am happy to adapt the length of homework tasks to best suit the needs of the children. Homework will be marked together on Fridays before the next week’s work is set.

If you would like a set of digital tools with which to explore the Maths homework further, I have set up access to our White Rose Maths tools at the link below:  (opens in new tab)

When asked for a three-word login, type: