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 Autumn Term 2018 

Welcome back to school!

Class 6 – Peacocks: Autumn Term 2018 Newsletter


Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

Welcome back to school! We hope you all had a lovely summer holiday. Below you will find a curriculum overview for the term ahead, as well as information about our class.

Music will be taught by Miss Hudson     

French will be taught by Madame Binns     

On Wednesday the children will be taught by Mrs McElroy

Teaching assistants: Miss Baines and Mrs Lee

‘It’s Good to be me!’ is the title of our first cross-curricular theme which will be a P.S.H.E. and science lead topic aiming to help us learn and be proud of ourselves, our achievements and our talents, as well as appreciating those of others.


Inspired by our whole class reading book ‘Fizzlebert Stump- the boy who ran away from the circus (and joined the library)’ by A.F. Harrold, we will work hard to develop our writing skills and accomplish key grammar and punctuation objectives. In creative writing we will study the structural and linguistic features of stories set in imaginary worlds, instructions, poetry, explanations and fables. Spelling accuracy will also be an important area of our work and will culminate in a weekly homework task and a weekly spelling test. Please support your child in learning these spellings at home.


Year 4 is also the year that children earn their ‘pen licence’ — that peak of handwriting neatness that allows your child to write in pen at school. This can be a big thing for your child. However, don’t worry if your child is not writing with a pen straight away. They will get there eventually.

I have my pen license! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 


Reading activities will take place daily- individual reading, small group reading and whole class reading activities.

Carry on reading together

For English, the single most important thing that you can do to help your child progress, is to hear your child read. Good readers make good writers because they are exposed to a greater variety of vocabulary, syntax, grammar and style. When you listen to your child read, there are a number of things to remember:

  • Make it fun! Use silly voices and read to each other as well as just listening.
  • Ask questions about the text, the characters, the plot, the setting, the style of writing, the words. Anything to get them to think about what they are reading and understand the language and the deeper hidden messages in the sub-text.
  • Read a wide range of writing — from comics to newspapers; from novels to Pokemon cards; and even the children’s own writing!
  • Look up individual words in a dictionary or thesaurus together to find out what they mean.
  • Stop if they or you are tired!
  • Be a good role model for reading yourself. This is the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa, forget the chores and read a good book yourself!

Of course, children in Year 4 are perfectly capable of reading to themselves as well, and independent reading (and writing) must also be encouraged. However, it is important that those comprehension skills are regularly checked and reading aloud is perfect for that. We therefore ask that you continue to support your child’s progress in reading at home by making time to read with them and to talk about the books they read on a daily basis. Please sign and date your child’s reading log book to confirm they have read with you each day. We will check the log books and the children will be rewarded with house points for reading at home.


  • Number- place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Measurement – Length and perimeter
  • Multiplication and division
  • Mental calculation strategies


Again, we ask that you encourage and support your child’s mathematical progress by helping them to master the times tables to 12x12 and learning to tell the time on digital and analogue clocks. In maths there is an expectation that by the end of Year 4 all times tables are known and learnt fluently. Anything you can do to help that knowledge go in and stay in is fantastic:

  • Practise regularly and go back and repeat tables, previously practised
  • Sing tables in the car; at mealtimes; before bed; walking the dog; at any spare minute!
  • Put a poster at the end of their bed or give them tapes to listen to in the car
  • Download an app to practise on a laptop or tablet


Topic 1 - Animals and Humans

The digestive system, teeth types and functions, food chains, food chains, predators and prey


Topic 2 - States of Matter

Comparing different materials, changes of state, evaporation and condensation



Text and Multimedia


Personal and Social EducationIt’s Good to Be Me; Black History Month; Anti-bullying week

Explore feelings as an individual, developing self-awareness. Understand our feelings as well as considering our strengths and areas to develop as learners, aiming to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.


GeographyMap skills

Locating positions, coordinates, grid references, using atlases


HistoryThe Ancient Greeks

Comparing modern and ancient daily life and the influence of Ancient Greece on today’s society


Art - Developing drawing skills

Sketching, colour-mixing, Christmas art work


R.E.Expression of Identity, Harvest Festival, Diwali, Christmas



Indoor P.E. - gym and dance


Outdoor Games - football and netball


Week beginning Monday 12th November - Daily swimming programme for two weeks



  • Daily reading
  • Multiplication/Division facts to 12X12
  • Spellings
  • Learning to tell the time using digital and analogue clocks
  • Additional homework tasks linked to work in class

Please encourage your child to establish good routines for completion of homework activities by getting involved and supporting and praising their efforts. If your child is unsure about what they have to do, please tell them to ask us for help at school and reassure them that it is perfectly fine to do so.

If you have any questions about the curriculum or your child’s learning, please come and speak to us. We are looking forward to working with the children and making this an enjoyable and successful year for everyone.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Oxley and Mrs McElroy

Upcoming events:-

Thursday 13th December - Christmas Jumper Day & Christmas Dinner.

Friday 14th December - Classes 4, 5 & 6 party.   

Monday 17th December - Cinema trip to see 'The Grinch'.

Thursday 20th December - End of term - school closes at 2.30pm.

Below - our terrific classroom display of writing & artwork on the theme 'Good To Be Me' and more fantastic writing and artwork inspired by the story of 'Fizzlebert Stump';-