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Spring 1 Newsletter 2021

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

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 



This half term we will be focusing on a book called Escape from Pompeii. I have chosen this book because it will link nicely with our volcano theme this half term as well as looking at an important historical event. The video links below will help us to build scientific, geographical and historical language into our writing so please take a look ……


Guided Reading:

For Guided Reading, we will be reading The Firework Makers Daughter by Phillip Pullman. This book will link nicely with our Volcano theme throughout this half term.    



This half term, we will be starting our multiplication and division unit.

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: States of Matter

The skills you will be learning this half term are:

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 make systematic and careful observations and where appropriate take accurate measurements using standard units.
I can identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.
I can make simple predictions based on everyday knowledge.
I can begin to raise relevant questions using scientific experiences.
I can use different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, set up simple practical enquiries, simple comparative and fair tests.
Obtaining and Presenting Evidence
I can identify patterns, similarities and differences in data to draw conclusions.
I can use straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support my findings.
I can identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.



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. 

A new and exciting thing for this half term is cricket - we have a dedicated coach coming in every Tuesday to teach KS2 children. 



Our Geography topic this half term is called: Volcanoes

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

  • I describe and compare the main physical and human features of a country.  
  • I can explain why people are attracted to living by a volcano 
  • I can describe how volcanoes have an impact on people’s life. 
  • I can use an atlas to find some countries on the Eurasian, African and Pacific plates? 
  • I can use an atlas to find a country or city that is close to or on a plate boundary
  • I can show the ring of fire on a globe. 
  • I can describe how volcanoes are created. 
  • I can locate and name some of the world’s most famous volcanoes. 
  • I can locate the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn 
  • I can use appropriate symbols to represent different physical features on a map 




DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and this half term you will be making moving pictures.

The skills taught throughout this unit: 


I can explain how particular parts of my products work.

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 apply a range of finishing techniques, including those from art and design, with some accuracy.
I can understand how mechanical systems such as levers and linkages create movement

I can use my design criteria to evaluate my completed products.
I can evaluate how well products have been designed. 


PSHE: Healthy Eating 

  • To understand the sugar content in our foods and create a leaflet to raise awareness and investigate how different drinks will have an effect on our teeth. 
  • To gather data from our class about our favourite healthy foods and create a bar chart/pictogram to show our results. 
  • To research healthy foods from around the world and write up healthy recipes.
  • To understand how we can keep our bodies healthy and create a leaflet to raise awareness for a younger audience.
  • To create an exercise program for the class and evaluate its effectiveness. 



Our focus for this half term will be Sikhism and we will be doing lots of activities and discussions around our big question: How do Sikhs live life to the full and achieve good Karma?

Throughout this topic, we will learn and explore: 

  • What is the Gurdwara and how is this important to the community?
  • What is the Khanda?
  • How do Sikhs worship in the Gurdwara?
  • Why do Sikhs have a Langar?
  • How do Gurdwaras look different or similar around the world?
  • What is the Golden Temple like?
  • How do Sikhs celebrate with their local communities?


Computing: Paint/Draw/Photo editing/Animation/Video

  • I can import a photograph, explore the effects which can be created and use a range of visual effects such as filters, hues and painting over photographs to give different effects.
  • I can sequence and edit video footage and still images once transferred from a digital camera to computer.
    I can add text, sound effects and other graphic effects to video.
  • I can create a stop-frame animation using a camera with built-in stop motion software or an on-screen stop animation package.
  • I can evaluate and improve digital work with a view to audience and purpose.


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 and spellings:

Homework will now be set on Google Classrooms. You will be sent an email in the first week back to explain how to login and complete tasks that I have set. Once logged into Google Classroom you will see the English task I have set for the week. I will set homework every Wednesday and expect it to be completed before the following Wednesday. There will also be a spellings section where I will be setting your spellings for the week too. 

Below, is a spellings tab where you can play games and login to oxford owl to support your learning further. 


Reading Homework:

I will provide you with a levelled reading book for which you can keep at home, for a week. Please read your book as many times as possible over the week, even if you have finished it, read it again. This helps to build your fluency in reading. The Jaguar class will change their books every Thursday so please make sure your reading book is in school that day. Even if you haven't managed to finish the book please do still bring it in so we can check your progress with it.  


My Maths:

Maths homework will be set every Wednesday and expected to be completed by the following Wednesday. Children have been given a My Maths letter with login details so please keep these safe. If your child has trouble logging in at home, they are more than welcome to complete homework in school with me at lunchtimes.  

I am really looking forward to a great year with you all and again if you have any questions or concerns please e-mail me on


Mrs Rashid :)