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Spring 2 Newsletter 2018


Welcome to a new half term Jaguars!



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


  • To write a setting description of peaceful Pompeii before the eruption.
  • To write a character description of Tranio/Livia.
  • To write a newspaper article to describe the eruption and the aftermath.
  • To write a short story to include dialogue between Tranio and Livia after the eruption.
  • To write a diary entry in the role of Tranio/Livia on the day after the eruption.
  • To write a story based on ‘Escape from Pompeii’


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 Measurement:


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

  • Convert between different units of measure.
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure in cm and m.
  • Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares.
  • Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including in pounds and pence.
  • Read write and convert time between analogue and digital, 12 and 24 hour clocks.


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 Hall 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 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


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 spellings for the current week.


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


Spellings will be given out every Tuesday and children will be tested the following Tuesday. You can help your child by testing them and asking them to put the spelling into a sentence to check their understanding of the words.



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 :)