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Autumn 2 Newsletter 2021

Welcome back Jaguars! I hope you've had a good break!

This page will give you an outline of all the topics we will be studying this half term. 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! Parents - If you have any questions/queries about anything then please e-mail me on 



The children will be given a levelled book from Oxford Owl and this will be changed once a week. It’s important to re-read the book once finished as it will help to build reading skills like being able to summarise. Please ensure reading books are brought into school everyday so that children can be listened to and work on their reading targets throughout the school week.



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. 


Guided Reading:

For Guided Reading,  we will be reading The Boy Who Biked the World: Part one On the Road to Africa by Alastair Humphreys. This book will link nicely with our African theme running through some of our subjects such as Geography, DT and Music.  



This half term, we will be finishing off our addition and subtraction unit and then moving onto measurements and then multiplication and division.


In our Measurements unit we will look at:

  • Conversions between different units of measure for e.g. cm and mm, km and m. 
  • Perimeter on a grid
  • Perimeter of a rectangle 
  • Perimeter of rectilinear shapes 

In our Multiplication and Division unit we will look at:

  • 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:

Times tables are really important and by the end of year 4 it is expected that you should 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. 


Click on the times tables icon at the bottom of this page for some useful websites and games.

Here is a link with more information about the times tables test:


Here is a link to Maths Frame.


This website gives you an example game of what the test will be like so you can practise one here as much as you like. You will have to get used to the time element - I do understand that the time element can upset some children and make them anxious but if we start now and practise as much as we can, we can build up their confidence for when it comes to the actual test. 


Science: Living things and their habitats: The skills you will be learning this half term are:


I can explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in the local and wider environment.


I can make systematic and careful observations.


I can recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.


I can make simple predictions based on everyday knowledge.

Obtaining and Presenting Evidence

I can record findings using scientific language.

I can record findings using drawings and

labelled diagrams.

I can record findings using keys.

I can record findings using bar charts, and


I can gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.



PE will be taught by Mr Hall and Mr Kelly every Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can wear your full PE kit on these days. Can you also please remember to bring in spare socks and shoes/trainers in case we go out onto the field where it can be set and muddy. 



Our Geography topic this half term is called: Exploring Madagascar.

The skills that you will be learning this half term are:

I can use correct geographical words to describe a place and the things that happen there 

I can recognise and use the 8 points of the compass to navigate around a map of the world 

(N,NW, W, S, SW, SE, E, NE) 

I can describe and understand key aspects of climate zones,  biomes and vegetation. 

I can use maps to locate countries and describe features 

I can understand geographical similarities and differences through human and physical geography between two regions 

I can identify the position and significance of the tropic of cancer and tropic of capricorn. 

I can use a 4 figure grid reference 

I can describe and understand key aspects of human geography including trade links and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water. 



DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and this half term you will be studying African Picture Frames. 

The skills taught throughout this unit: 


I can indicate the design features of my products that will appeal to intended users

I can model my ideas using prototypes and pattern pieces. 

I can make design decisions that take account of the availability of resources.


I can select tools and equipment suitable for the task.
I can refer to my criteria as I design and make. 

I can measure, mark out, cut and shape materials and components with some accuracy.

I can assemble, join and combine materials and components with some accuracy.
I can make strong, stiff shell structures

I can use my design criteria to evaluate my completed products.
I can evaluate how well my product meets the users needs and wants.


PSHE: Way Back Home

Learning Intention:

To overcome language as a barrier

Success Criteria:

I know that people speak different languages.

I know how language can be a barrier.

I can find ways to overcome barriers.

Other learning:

British Values and Picture News



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. 


Computing: Database 

I can understand that ‘yes/no’ questions can be used to divide a set of objects into subsets and that a sequence of ‘yes/no’ questions can identify an object.

I can create and use a branching database to organise, re-organise and analyse information.

I know some real-life examples of branching databases, such as NHS direct diagnostic sites or cinema telephone booking systems.


Internet Research

I can understand that content on the internet can be located efficiently but is not always relevant.

I can use keywords for effective Internet searches.

I can select relevant information (pictures, text, sound and video) to use in other software.



Music:  Orchestra

Skills taught throughout the unit:

I can  explain the place of silence and say what effect it has

I can start to identify the character of a piece of music

I can describe and identify

the different purposes of music

I can begin to identify with the style of work of Beethoven and Mozart. 

I can identify how a change in timbre can change the effect of a piece of music.

South and West Africa

Skills taught throughout the unit:

I can Sing a traditional African song unaccompanied.

I can play a chord progression on tuned percussion. 

Recognising the stylist features of south and west Africa music 

Learning how music evolved in different traditions 


English homework will be set on Google Classrooms every Wednesday and expected to be completed for the following week. Maths will be set on My Maths every Wednesday and expected to be completed for the following week. Your child will come home with a letter with their login details. 

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


Mrs Rashid :)