Autumn Term 2018


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Dear Parent/Guardian

Welcome to the 2018 Autumn Term.  I hope you have had a nice relaxing break over the holidays.

P.E. & Games

Please ensure your child has both kits in school from the first day back.  If the weather is nice, we could move P.E and Games to different days. 

PE lessons (indoor) in class 5 will normally be on a Thursday afternoon. Games lessons (outside) will normally be on a Tuesday afternoon. 

For PE lessons the children need a plain white t-shirt and black shorts. Bare feet are fine for PE although black pumps are preferred to avoid any injury.


An outdoor kit is required for Games lessons, which should include a warm pair of joggers or a track suit, T shirt, jumper plus trainers. To avoid your child missing Games, it is advisable that they keep their kit in their locker during the week.


Could you please ensure that your child’s kit is clearly labelled with their name as there are often unclaimed items in the classroom.

In P.E:    we will be looking at Gymnastics, different ways of moving, pathways, balancing and using low apparatus such as benches, mats, tables and boxes.

In Games: we will be looking at football, netball and basketball.  In all these sports we will be concentrating on skills, team work, rules, special awareness and mini games/matches.



Your child will bring home a reading book and reading record every day to share with you. We will ensure that your child will read at least once a week by a teacher or a teaching assistant. As part of their homework children are asked to read each evening to an adult (house points will be awarded). In order to help us monitor your child’s reading progress please could you write a comment in their reading logbook.

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Reading is not only about the completion of books and moving through the scheme, but also about your child's understanding. Please read no more than 15 pages at any one time.  After this, discuss the vocabulary used and the text/story with your child.  This will help them to think about what they have read and will also show you that they have understood the content.  This is vital to enhance your child's reading ability and their enjoyment of reading.


Year 3 & 4 children are asked to do a small amount of homework each week. This will consist of:-

* Reading every night with an adult
* Learning weekly spellings following a given list and pattern
* Learning their times tables starting with the 2,3,4,5 and 10 x. Then progressing onto 6,7,8, 9, 11 and 12x. The children need        to be able to chant the times tables in order but also answer questions in a random order based on their knowledge.
* Occasionally, reinforcement work may be sent home for completion.



In Literacy we will be looking at stories by the same author; Lauren Child, Roald Dahl, Francesca Simon and others, instructional writing, poetry writing and lay outs, imaginative writing, setting the scene, up levelling of sentences and stories, grammar and spelling activities (SPAG) and weekly  comprehension activities.

  Lauren Child (b.1965)            Roald Dahl (1916-1990)            Francesca Simon (b.1955)

In Maths we will studying place value, number involving splitting numbers, value of numbers, and number families, times tables in order and jumbled up but also in work/ problem solving, 2D & 3D shape including regular and irregular shapes, statistics, money, time 12 hour and 24 hour and problem solving.


Please support your child by helping them to learn the times tables at home. If your child knows their times tables they will find all aspects of maths easier.  Times tables are crucial for fractions, division and problem solving work.

In Science we will be studying Electricity, how to build simple and complex circuits, equipment needed to build working circuits, why circuits may not work, what needs electricity to work and what are conductors and insulators,


In History  we will be studying The Romans, where they came from, when, why they invaded, what they brought to the country that we still use today, roads, weapons, Gods/Goddesses and much more. 


In Art we will be looking at creating a Roman Chariot from recycled material, then inserting a working electrical circuit. 


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Graham.


You may find the following websites useful in supporting your child's learning:





Below - our fantastic classroom display of written work & artwork on why 'It's good To Be Me!'

Below - our terrific classroom and corridor displays inspired by our work on 'The Romans' & 'Roman Britain'