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Class teacher: Miss Heath

English - 

We are now reading the adventures of Varjak Paw by S.F.Said. This cat must learn "The Way" the save his family.

We will be exploring the text through writing a diary, a piece of advice, a poem, a newspaper article and some narrative fiction.


To enrich our text in our "Reading Fluency" lessons we will be reading the oldest story in the world! "The Epic of Gilgamesh" which is set in the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia where Varjak Paw's ancestors come from. We will also read a range of non-fiction texts to increase our knowledge of different styles of writing and writing for different purposes and audiences. 


Mathematics - 

In Maths we are developing our understanding of multiplication and division. 

We are also practising all our times tables to assist with the long multiplication sums! 


Topic - In topic we are learning about ancient Mesopotamia; how their writing was different as it was chipped into stone tablets, and the different Gods they believed in, as well as their way of life.


Science - This half term we are exploring the states of matter and how temperature can affect and change elements from gases to liquids and into a solid state. As a part of this we are studying the water cycle.


Key Dates


December 10th Fantastic Finish for our home learning projects.


Our Topic this half term is Mesopotamia. The children will be researching and learning about this throughout their school day.

As a Home Learning Project, the children must choose one area of Mesopotamia to focus on and create a project to showcase their learning. This could be a headdress, a cuneiform tablet, a poster, an artefact or any other interesting way to display their learning.

These will be displayed and presented to parents on Monday 10th December 2018 at 3pm. Prizes will be awarded for the most informative, most creative and fan favourite.

Key Messages



Our Library day will be on Monday each week. This will be an opportunity for your child to choose a book to share with you at home. As a school we encourage reading for pleasure and this is the perfect way for you to help promote a love of literacy, too.


A big thank you for your ongoing support with school uniform. The children all look very smart in their new uniform. Wearing the correct uniform is something we pride ourselves on as a school as it provides the children with consistency and a sense of belonging.

If you have any questions regarding school uniform please either refer to the school website, here, or talk to your child's class teacher.


It is important for children to have their purple school jumpers in school as the days become colder.


If it is cold or raining then please ensure your child has a coat.


The children will be swimming each week on a Thursday morning after the October half term. They must have a swim hat which are available from the school office.


Spellings will be tested each Tuesday.


PE Days - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. Pupils should bring their PE kit to school every Monday and leave it on their coat hook in case of a last minute change of timetable.

Times Tables

Children will be expected to know all of their times tables by Christmas.

The government have introduced an end of Year 4 times tables test.

Here are some ideas to help you at home to learn them-:

  • Recall the times tables in a chant. It is important to chant the whole statement, rather than just the answers.
  • Practice starting the times tables in different orders.
  • Create times tables dominoes. Can you match the question to the answer?
  • Create the times tables by grouping objects that you have around the house.
  • Play times table bingo.
  • Create a times table song.
  • Use online games - example in the link below.
  • Practice them walking to school.