Autumn Term 1 2019

September 2019

Dear Parents,

The children have settled in well during their first week back at school.  Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research. 

Main Topic and Literacy

This term, we will be studying World War 2.  This will include history and geography. Our core text is ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’.  This is a book about the experience of siblings who are evacuated from London to the Devonshire coast.  In addition to the core text, we will also explore three fictional picture books about aspects of Word War 2 as well as factual texts.  Children will work on recounts (diary entries), character study, descriptions of settings, feelings of characters, writing for an audience including: persuasion, instructions, a balanced argument and poetry.  Children will be encouraged to read with understanding and compare texts, plays and films.  They will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will be taught daily through the core English texts, short stories, poetry and comprehension.


Times tables (it is now a national requirement that all children know their times tables up to 12s by the end of Year 4)

Place value


Addition and subtraction

Length and perimeter

Multiplication and division

Apply and explain methods to solve multi-step problems

Please note this website is fabulous for learning times tables:



The children will be taught to:

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • 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
  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.


Pupils will be taught to:

  • Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
  • Recognise that vibrations from a sound travel through a medium to the ear
  • Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it
  • Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it
  • Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.


Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life Series:

First half term: The Bible

Second half term: Trust in God


Journal:                       One written or creative task per week – given out Thursday, back by following Wednesday.

Reading:                       Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes AT LEAST five nights a week. They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment in their reading record once they have finished their book – this should be a reflection on what they like/dislike about the text, including plot and characters.  

Spellings:                     Wednesday for test the following Tuesday – 4F

Maths Homework:         ‘MyMaths’ – children will be given a login and password to this programme and maths will be set             weekly to complement what is being taught in class. 


Tuesday 17th                Meet the teacher (6:15pm – 6:45pm)


Wednesday 9th             Visit to Chislehurst Caves (focus on WW2 and evacuees)

Friday 11th                   9:15am Harvest Festival in main hall

21st – 25th                      Half Term

Monday 28th                 INSET Day


Friday 1st                     All Saints (Mass)

Tues 5th– Weds 6th        Open evenings

11th – 15th                     Anti-bullying week

20th                              Flu vaccination day


Monday 9th                   Christmas Play (2:00pm) – 4F

Thursday 12th              The Canterville Ghost at the Unicorn Theatre

Thursday 19th              Break up

School breaks up for Christmas holidays on Thursday 19th December.  Children return to school on

Monday 6th January.

Thank you for your support in advance.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email on .

Best wishes,         

Teresa Fitzgerald