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Autumn 2 Newsletter 2019


Welcome back to a new half term Jaguars!

This page will give you an outline of all the topics we will be studying this half term and if you scroll to the very bottom of this page you will find a Maths and English homework star icon: if you click on them, you will find this half terms homework and any help sheets you might need to help you complete your homework. 


I have planned lots of fun and engaging lessons this half term and all I ask is that you work hard and get stuck in! I’m looking forward to meeting all your parents at our Parent workshop on Thursday 7thNovember.



This half term you will be studying a range of non-fiction text types and to help us with our work we will be watching and studying a documentary called 'Blackfish' we will also be reading the book 'Big Blue Whale' and 'The Morning I met a Whale'

We will be learning how to write a newspaper article, an information text on whales, an informal letter to humans describing life in captivity, a persuasive speech to SeaWorld encouraging them to set their Orcas free and finally a descriptive free verse poem about whales. 


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 finishing off our addition and subtraction unit and then moving onto measurements and then multiplication and division.


Measurements -


Perimeter on a grid

Perimeter of a rectangle 

Perimeter of rectilinear shapes 

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 

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 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 'Electricity'

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

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors



Mr Hall 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 history this half term is the Medicine. By the end of the topic you should be able to:

-Locate The different periods of medicine we will be studying on a timeline.

-Understand and explain the effects of the Plague.

-Understand and explain the uses of Herbal Remedies used by the Monks.

-Explain how Edward Jenner cured small pox and the introduction of vaccinations.

-Explain the Roman public health system



Our focus for this half term will be Christianity and we will be doing lots of activities and discussions around our big question: What do I think about Jesus and how is he portrayed in art from around the world?

Throughout this topic, we will learn and explore: 

  • How Jesus is portrayed differently in paintings from around the world.
  • How a parable teaches us about Jesus’ personality? 
  • The importance of the Holy Trinity to Christians.
  • What Rosary beads are and why they are important to Christians. 
  • Why it's important for Christians to follow in the footsteps of their Disciples. 
  •  Explain the importance of the nativity story. 



DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and this half term you will be studying Picture frames which will link nicely into our enterprise project for Christmas. We will be making Christmas picture frames for you.



You will be studying Healthy Eating and our objectives are: 

  • 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.


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


You will come home with a spelling log with spellings inside to practice at home. These spelling logs MUST be brought to school everyday along with your reading book and record. 


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 :)