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Spring 2 Newsletter 2019


Welcome to a new half term Jaguars!


This one is going to be an extra special half term as we are studying a project called ADRIFT. This project is really special because you will be learning all about what home means to you. You will also learn to understand the deeper issues around refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and migrants and what they mean and who they are.


Adrift Project!

Year 3 and 4 will be working closely together ensuring the class are fully immersed into the project. Take a look at what exciting things they will be learning each week, here:




This half term you will be studying a story called ‘The Wisp’ in this unit you will write a range of text types:


To write a setting description of a refugee camp

WD – Compare two settings.


To write a newspaper article to explain what happened to the old man in the refugee camp.

WD – Find real stories about refuge camps and write a magazine article explaining life there.


To write a persuasive letter to the wisp asking for your perfect dream to come true.

WD – to write a persuasive letter to the government asking for help for refugees and give them your own suggestions on how they can be helped.


To write a speech sandwich between the boy and the wisp.

WD – to write the journey of the wisp and using a speech sandwich between the wisp and the people it visited.


To write a narrative from the point of view of the wisp.


The Reading Challenge:

The Reading challenge is going really well in year 4 and the children are always excited to come and show me their reading records each morning. Please keep it up year 4. There will be prizes towards the end of the year if you reach beyond the gold level!


You should read every night and ask your parent/carer to sign once you have read. If you manage to read 5 times within the week you will earn a stamp in your reading record. Once you have earned 10 stamps you will receive a bronze certificate in praise assembly. You will have to earn a further 10 stars for a silver and then gold certificate. Please ensure you bring your reading record and book into school every day in order to keep track of your reading.



This half term, we will be focusing on Fractions:



· Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.

· Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by a hundred and dividing tenths by ten.

· Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

· Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths.

· Recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼ ½ and ¾.

· Find the effect of dividing a one or two- digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as units, tenths and hundredths.

· Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number.

· Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places.


Times tables are really important and by the end of year 4 it is expected that you should be able to recall your times tables up to 12 x 12. In school we will be playing daily times tables games and there will be a weekly times table challenge called Rainbow times tables (This is a timed test. You will progress through the colours once you achieve full marks on each colour) To help you achieve full marks ensure you practice your tables at home too.



The theme in science this half term is 'Animals including Humans'

By the end of the unit you should be able to:


  • Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
  • Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions
  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey



Mr Booth and I will be teaching PE on a Tuesday and Mr Kelly will be teaching PE on a Wednesday. Please ensure children have their full kit in school on these days with their names in.




The theme in Geography this half term is Volcanoes which links nicely with our English and Adrift topic.


By the end of the topic you should be able to:

· I can explain what volcanoes are and locate them on a map.

· I can explain what happens when a Volcanoes erupt and find out the reasons for volcanic activity.

· I can identify between composite, shield and dome volcanoes, and describe how they were formed.

· Explore life around in volcanic areas such as Hawaii and Galapagos islands.



DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and the topic for this half term is Moving Pictures.


The children will:

  • To investigate and evaluate products with lever and linkage systems.
  • To experiment with a range of techniques to create moving mechanisms.
  • To explore and experiment with a range of different fonts and graphic techniques.
  • To plan and design a story book.
  • To be able to make a storybook with moving mechanisms using a design
  • To be able to evaluate a finished product.



You will be studying 'Rules and You'


During this topic you will learn:

· I can understand why we have rules and to know what a law is.

· I know why stealing is wrong.

· I know what vandalism is and what the consequences of vandalism are.

· I can understand what police officers do and why we have a police force



Maths and English homework will be given out every Wednesday and expected back the following Monday.


If your child is finding the homework difficult then please encourage them to come to homework club on a Wednesday and Thursday Lunchtime.



My Maths:

The children have been given a My Maths login which is glued into Maths homework books. If your child has trouble logging in at home, they are more than welcome to complete homework in school with me or go to homework club on a Thursday lunchtime.


Feel free to come and speak to me about any concerns or queries!


Mrs Rashid :)