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Term 5

This term we will be exploring the Tudor period in both our literacy and history lessons. Our work on the Tudors will lead up to a very exciting Tudor Day at the end of term, where we will be encouraging the children to dress in Tudor costume, and we will sample some Tudor dancing and cooking, amongst other things.


In their Science work the children will be learning about how nutrients are carried through our bodies; we will be looking at the design and function of different teeth, exploring the digestive system (with the help of a pair of tights), as well as looking at food chains. A very messy and exciting topic!


The children will be using water colour pencils to draw their own portraits of Henry VIII this term, which will be presented in frames decorated with the Tudor Rose printed by the children.


Children will be given the Term 5 homework grid in the first week of term, again with a selection of activities to choose from. We continue to ask that these books are handed in on a Monday and we will then hand them back, marked, on a Tuesday so that the children can then begin work on their next activity. Numeracy home learning activities will continue to go home on a Friday, to be returned by the following Friday.


Well done to those children who have been collecting certificates, stickers and stamps for their home reading. Please keep up the good work with home reading and times table practise.


Here's to another fantastic term!

Term 4


Our linked learning topic this term is Illumination. In their Science work the children will be learning about electricity and constructing their own circuits, as well as constructing working lighthouses in Design and Technology. For these lighthouses could we please ask for donations of any empty tubes from Pringles-type snacks, and any clear dessert pots that you might have.

Our literacy work this term begins with creative writing inspired by a short animation about a lighthouse. In RE we will be learning about why Christians consider Jesus an inspiration, whilst exploring our own inspirations, and the Easter story.


This term we have swimming lessons on Tuesday mornings. Could parents please ensure that children bring a drink and a snack (no chocolate please), in addition to their swimming kit, for these sessions.


As we mentioned during most of the parent consultations, we will be adjusting the Home Learning this term. We are reintroducing dedicated Numeracy homework sheets which will come home on a Friday and are due back by the following Friday. These will often take the form of a Chilli Challenge with your child choosing their own level of challenge.


In addition to numeracy sheets, your children will have received an updated Homework Wheel. We ask them to choose 5 activities from the choices over the term. These are due in each Monday and the books will be returned the next day. We have very much enjoyed sharing the fantastic home learning that the children have been producing over the last few terms.


Additionally, please keep up all the good work with times table practise and daily reading – well done to those children who are earning their reading stars stamps and certificates!


Term 3


Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year!


We hope you've had a wonderful Christmas break and are ready to start 2018 with another exciting term! Our linked learning topic this term is the Vikings. We are all very excited about our Viking Day on Friday 19th January and look forward to seeing the children’s (and the adult's!) costumes.


In our history work we will explore artefacts, consider historical sources and make detailed sketches of Viking long-ships. A good website to explore at home is the BBC Bitesize site, which has games, video clips and information that your child may find interesting -


In Literacy, we begin the term by reading The Last Viking by Terry Deary, with the children writing their own narratives based on the story. We will then look at instructions, culminating in writing our own Viking themed instruction texts.


Our Science work this term focuses on forces and magnets. Ukulele lessons continue to take place on Tuesdays.


Term 2


Welcome back everyone, we hope you all had a lovely half term.


We have another great, but very busy, term ahead of us. Our topic will be Rule Britannia, where we will be learning about the lives of the Anglo-Saxons


We will explore artefacts, consider historical sources and sew our very own Anglo-Saxon purses, using fabric that is dyed using vegetables. A good website to explore at home is the BBC Bitesize site which has games, video clips and information that your child may find interesting -


Of course, this is the Christmas term and we will be working hard on our Christmas performance. This year we are looking forward to entertaining you with ‘Baubles’.


In Literacy, we begin the term by exploring the Anglo-Saxon tale of Beowulf, with the children writing their own endings to this tale. At the end of the term we will be using the Christmas story as a basis for our narrative writing. In RE we will explore the Christian traditions surrounding advent and Christmas, whilst looking in detail at the figure of Herod.


Ukulele lessons continue to take place on Tuesday and this term our outdoor PE slot returns to its usual Thursday afternoon slot. Last term several children forgot to bring in PE kits, so could you please ensure kits are in school for PE session, along with suitable outdoor footwear. Now that the weather is turning colder, please ensure that tracksuits or suitable warm sports clothes are included in your child’s PE kit.


PE sessions are Wednesday and Thursday and will focus on dance and hockey this term.


Homework continues to follow the following pattern:

Homework books - due in each Monday with a new piece of work from the grid.

These will be marked and return on Tuesday, leaving the children with the rest of the week to work on their next piece.


Please also keep up the fantastic work with home reading, times table and spelling practice as these things have a considerable impact on classwork.


Term 1


Welcome to 4H!


Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed the six week break and had a fantastic summer! 


In Year 4 we will be exploring recycling in our linked learning topic, Eco Warriors. We will explore this across the curriculum, including making our own sculptures from recycled materials inspired by the work of Barbara Franc.


In Literacy we will also be exploring Eco Warriors, we will do this by writing narratives based on Michael Recycle and The Tin Forest, as well as non-fiction writing focussing on water.


In our Science and Geography work we will be looking at states of matter, and the water cycle. In ICT we will be creating PowerPoint presentations, whilst in RE we will be learning about key beliefs of Islam.


Every Tuesday we will be having Ukele lessons (instruments will be provided) and, this term, we will be having Football on a Friday afternoon.


Please make sure your child has a full PE Kit in school on Wednesdays and Friday. They will need trainers in order to take part in the football sessions.


Homework will be sent home in the form of a homework book containing a different grid each term. This has activities from across the curriculum for children to complete in whichever order they choose. In addition, children need to be learning their spellings (given out and tested on a weekly basis), and their times tables - this is important and will be really beneficial towards their learning.


Homework books are due in each Monday and will be returned to the children on Tuesday.


There will be a meet and greet session early in the term with the Year 4 teachers. This will give us an opportunity to run through the year ahead and to go through any queries. We look forward to seeing you then!

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