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Spring 1 Newsletter 2019


Welcome back Jaguars, I hope you have had a fantastic Christmas holiday!



This half term you will be studying an adventure story called ‘Leon and the Place Between’ in this unit you will write a range of text types:


  • To write a setting description of the circus.
  • To write a character description of Leon/Abdul Kazam.
  • To write dialogue between characters.
  • To write a descriptive poem about inside the circus tent.
  • To write a newspaper article on the disappearance of Leon.
  • To write your own adventure story based on Leon and the Place between.



The Reading Challenge:

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 Multiplication and Division and then we will move onto Fractions.


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


Multiplication and Division:

  • Multiply by 10
  • Multiply by 100
  • Divide by 10
  • Divide by 100
  • Multiply by 1 and 0
  • Divide by 1
  • Multiply and divide by 6
  • 6 times-table and division facts
  • Multiply and divide by 9
  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12.
  • 9 times-table and division facts
  • Multiply and divide by 7
  • 7 times-table and division facts



  • 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 'States of Matter'

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


  • I can compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • I can observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • I can identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature



Mr Booth will be teaching PE on a Tuesday and on a Wednesday Year 4 will be going swimming so please remember full swimming kits. It is advised that you bring a swimming cap.




The theme in Geography this half term is Settlements in the UK.


  • By the end of the topic you should be able to:
  • To find out about the needs of early settlers and the origins of place names.
  • To be able to identify settlements and reasons for their original siting.
  • To be able to identify a range of mapping symbols and know their meanings.
  • To understand and describe how settlements are connected.
  • To be able to design a village settlement influenced by physical features and personal choice



This half term we will be studying Sikhism and our big question is:

How do Sikhs worship one God?


To answer our big question, we will be:

-5 K’s


-Ceremony of Amrit

-Similarities and differences of mosques and Gurdwara.



Art will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and the topic for this half term is Patterns and Printing.

The children will:


· Identify the different shapes and patterns of animals, birds, plants and nature

· Understand aspects of symmetry and repeating pattern.

· Expand my knowledge of the artist Andy Goldsworthy and the work he produces.

· Discuss what I like or dislike about an image.

· Use a variety of media, including charcoals, pastels and sketching pencils

· Use a variety of natural objects to create a piece of work

· Create an imprint in polystyrene to design my own repeating pattern




You will be studying 'Healthy Eating'

During this topic you will learn:


· To know why we eat and drink.

· To examine their eating habits.

· To develop an understanding of the different nutrients different foods, contain.

· To develop an understanding of why we need to eat a balanced diet.

· To know what foods are healthy.


Homework and spellings:

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

There is a star Icon at the bottom of our Year 4 Page called Homework and Spellings - here I will upload a copy of the homework and for the half term.


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 :)