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Spring 1 Newsletter 2020


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



This half term you will be studying a text  called ‘Escape from Pompeii’ in this unit you will write a range of text types that link with our volcano topic:


-To write a character description

-To write a setting description before and after the eruption

-To write a diary entry 

-To write our own version of the story ensuring we include scientific and geographical language.  

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:

  • 11 and 12 times tables

  • Multiply 3 numbers

  • Factor pairs

  • Efficient multiplication

  • Written methods

  • Multiply 2 digits by 1 digit

  • Multiply 3 digits by 1 digit

  • Divide 2 digits by 1

  • Divide 3 digit by 1

  • Correspondence problems



  • 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 Hall will be teaching PE on a Tuesday and Mr Kelly will be taking our class for swimming lessons every Wednesday, so please ensure they have their correct kits with them on these days. They can come to school in their PE kit on a Tuesday with uniform in their bags and please wear uniform on Wednesdays. 



The theme in Geography this half term is Volcanoes!

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

  • To understand what a volcano is and where they are located around the world.

  • To explain the features of a volcano.

  • To explain what a tectonic plate is and what the ring of fire is. 

  • To explain what life is like in volcanic areas and compare this to where we live.



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 studying:


-What Sikhs do inside of a Gurdwara.

-Ceremony of Amrit.

-Sikh celebrations.



DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and the topic for this half term is Moving pictures which again will link nicely with our volcano topic because the children will be designing and making a moving volcano. 


During this topic we will be looking at a book called the way back home and exploring the themes and issues in the story. Our learning intention is how to welcome people into our school who have a language barrier and how we can overcome these barriers. 



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 - 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 :)