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A huge welcome to all of our children and families. Please read this page to keep up to date with our focus for learning throughout the year. We are going to be asking, 'Where are we going and who are we going to meet?' throughout every unit of work. We will be travelling around the world and meeting many significant individuals. I am sure you will really enjoy the topics this year. I will share our learning further on our ClassDojo page.


All of our Autumn 1 learning is listed below. If you have any questions do not hesitate to speak to us before or after school or send a message on ClassDojo during school hours.


Mrs. Rafferty and Mrs McQuilton-Morgan 


This term, we will be focusing on place value. We will also be revising addition and subtraction and solving word problems. We will be learning written methods for multiplication and division and recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12




This term, we will be reading The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf. This is a fascinating book about a refugee called Ahmet who comes to live in London. We will be analysing the text, exploring new vocabulary, writing character and setting descriptions which will lead up to us writing our own story sequel.




In grammar and punctuation lessons, we will be focusing on the Year 4 objectives starting with using pronouns. 






In Autumn 1, we are going to be learning about Living Things and their Habitats. We will be able to recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways and we will be using classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their wider environment.




This half term we will focus on Europe. We will be asking the question 'Why is Europe successful?'




History will focus on a study of Ancient Greece. We will be finding out about Greek gods and goddesses, recalling facts about the battle of Marathon and explaining about the Ancient Greeks' political system.





Our first Art topic will be Texture and Pattern. We will be exploring charcoal, printing, reflection and symmetry.





In Autumn 1, our RE lessons are going to be focusing on Hinduism. We will be learning about Hindu gods, Hindu worship and Hindu symbolism.




We will be learning about families and relationships. This includes respect and manners, healthy friendships and thinking about how our behaviour affects others.




Design and Technology

This half term we will be adapting a recipe to make biscuits. We will be testing ingredients, creating a budget and designing the packages for our biscuits. We will then be having a 'biscuit bake off'!




The children have logins for Times Tables Rock Stars. They can access the app at home on a laptop or tablet. Please encourage your child to access the website at home as this will give them much needed practice of the Times Tables they are unsure of. Children will be taking part in TTRS in class every day.



Please click below to assess the TTRS website



This year, our P.E lessons will take place on Monday mornings.  The children must come to school wearing their full PE kit every Monday. Earrings must be removed and they will need a water bottle and outdoor coat..

This is the PE kit your child is required to wear:

Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms/leggings

Red t-shirt

Pumps or trainers

This term's focus is Basketball.





Every Friday, your child will be given their new spelling lists. Please take time to help your child learn these spellings each week. They will be tested on the following Friday. The children will be introduced to different methods to help them to learn the spelling rules. To help your child learn their spellings, please encourage them to recap the meaning of words and write them in sentences. 




In Year 4 the children learn to play the violin with Mrs. Guillan. This is a great opportunity for them to experience playing an instrument and you can look forward to hearing them play.




This will be taught by Technola every Monday morning. Look on Dojo for further information and photographs of our activities.




Reading books

We will continue to use Accelerated Reader. The children will complete a quiz on every book they read and then receive a new reading book. Please make sure your child reads with an adult every day after school. It is essential that your child engages in reading for pleasure as this helps to improve vocabulary and comprehension skills.





If you have any questions or are able to support us in any of our curriculum areas, please speak to us before or after school. We are always here to help.


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