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Welcome to Jaguar Class :) 


Autumn Newsletter 2020


Welcome to your new class 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 homework star icon: if you click on it, 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 am looking forward to meeting your parents and getting to know them too! Parents - If you have any questions/queries about anything then please do come and speak to me at any time.



This half term you will be studying fantasy stories and to help us with our work we will be watching a clip called 'The Dream Giver' (Literacy Shed)  You will be working on a range of different text types such as character and setting descriptions, diary entries, poems about dragons and finally you will write your own version of the story based on 'The Dream Giver'



Guided Reading:

For Guided Reading,  we will be reading the Iron Man by Ted Hughes! It’s a wonderful book to start the year.


Synopsis –

Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron 

Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, 

when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste 

to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. 

This is a compelling and exciting story with many excellent 

opportunities for vocabulary development with Year 3 and 4 




This half term, we will be focusing on Number and Place Value and then Addition and Subtraction. By the end of the half term you should be able to:


Place Value

-Count in multiples of 6,7,9,25,1000.

-Find 1000 more and less than a given number.

-Count backwards through zero to negative numbers.

-Recognise place value of each digit in a four digit number.

-Order and Compare numbers beyond 1000.

-Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

-Read and write Roman Numerals to 100.

-Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.

- Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers


Addition and Subtraction

-Add and subtract numbers up to four digits, using formal written methods.

-Estimate ad use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation.

-Solve addition and subtraction two step problems.


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.



The theme in science this half term is 'Electricity’

The skills you will be learning this half term are:

I can construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
I can 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.
I can recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit.
I can recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.
I can identify common appliances that run on electricity.
I can set up simple practical enquiries.
Obtaining and Presenting Evidence 
I can make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
I can report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.



PE will be taught by Mr Hall and Mr Kelly every Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can wear your full PE kit on these days. 



The theme in history this half term is the Tudors.

The skills you will be learning this half term are:

  • I can  plot recent history on a timeline using centuries. 
  • I can place periods of history on a timeline showing periods of time. 
  • I can  explain how events from the past have helped shape our lives.
  • I can appreciate that wars have happened from a very long time ago and it is often associated with invasion, conquering or religious differences. 
  • I can understand that people who lived in the past cooked and travelled differently and used different weapons from ours. 
  • I can recognise that the lives of wealthy people were very different from those of poor people.
  • I can recognise that people’s way of life in the past was dictated by the work they did. 
  • I can appreciate how plagues and other major events have created huge differences to the way medicines and health care was looked at?



Art will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and this half term you will be studying Tudor portraits which is linked to our history topic. You will learn to sketch faces and really look deeper into how to sketch eyes, lips, mouth, ears etc. You will be using water colours to finish off your portraits. You will then use similar skills to sketch and paint a Tudor house and a Tudor coats of arms. 



For PSHE, we will be looking at safety around electricity which will link in nicely with our science topic and then we will be studying a text called ‘Dogs Don’t do Ballet’ where we will be focusing on understanding when to be assertive, what it means to be assertive and knowing that being assertive is sometimes hard. 



Our focus for this half term will be Islam and we will be doing lots of activities and discussions around our big question: How does the Quran affect daily lives of Muslims in their communities? 



You will be learning all about e-safety and will be gathering information about staying safe on the internet. We will also be linking our music and computing sessions by studying ‘Musical Composition’


English Homework and spellings:

Homework is a little different this year as it will all be set online. It will be set every Wednesday and you have a week to work on it. I will set weekly spellings online and provide you with a reading book for which you can keep for a week at home. 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.  


There is a star Icon at the bottom of our Year 4 Page called Homework where you can find your weekly homework tasks. You will also find the spellings tab below where you can play games and login to oxford owl to support your learning further. 


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 come and speak to me at any time.


Mrs Rashid :)