Autumn Term 2019


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Dear Parent/Guardian

Welcome to the 2019 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 Mornings.  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.  We will be studying different ways to move around the hall in gymnastics, use low apparatus, linking movements, balancing using points and patches and analysing other people's routines.  We will also be studying Egyptian dance with Mrs Townend, who is a dance  and gym specialist.


In Games: We will be looking at spatial awareness and ball control.  We will be focusing on football, netball, basketball and tag rugby.  We will learn how to move whilst controlling the ball, how to pass accurately and how to attack and defend whilst playing the different sports.  We will also be playing mini games of each sport, where the children will have to apply their knowledge.



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 with 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 sign and date your child's log and where required, write a comment.

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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 grammar, adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs. We will also be looking at setting the scene in stories and using the senses to describe objects. The children will also be carrying out comprehension activities based around reading and understanding what has been read. We will be reading 'Stone Age Boy' and 'Stig of the Dump' as class novels.


In Maths we will be covering place value, addition, subtraction, division, times tables, number, shape, data handling, money, time, data handling and fractions.


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 'The Human Body'. This will include bones, organs, healthy eating, a balanced diet, healthy lifestyles and hygiene.


In History we will be studying 'Ancient Egypt', looking at pyramids, gods and goddesses, pharoes, food and drink, lifestyles, religion and comparing the findings with everyday life today.


In Art we will be looking at sketching skills, including blending of colours, shading and colour mixing.  We will also be creating different Egyptian artefacts using recycled materials.  If you have any newspapers, Pringles tubes, shoe boxes, tissue boxes or 1 pint plastic milk bottles please send them into school ASAP.


Upcoming events for remainder of the Autumn Term:-

Monday 11th November - 'Anti-bullying Week' begins.  Year 4 swimming programme begins.

Friday 29th November - SEAL round-up assembly - 'New Beginnings'.

Monday 2nd December - Penny Post begins.

Friday 6th December - Non-uniform Day.

Saturday 7th December - Christmas Fair, 2.00pm-4.00pm.

Tuesday 10th December - KS2 Production, 2.15pm.

Wednesday 11th December - KS2 Production, 9.15am.

Thursday 12th December - Christmas Dinner.

Friday 13th December - Christmas Jumper Day. Musical celebration, 4.00pm.

Tuesday 17th December - Class 4, 5 & 6 party.

Thursday 19th December - End of term - school closes at 2.30pm.

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

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Graham.


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