Autumn Term



14th September 2018


Dear Parents and Carers,

I am enjoying getting to know your children as we settle into the classroom routine and am very pleased to have such a hardworking class.  Thank you for your support in getting your children into school on time so learning can start at 8:45 am.

I am sure you want to support your child’s learning during the term so here is a summary of the work we will be covering as well as important dates for your diary.

Main Topic

The children will be researching the Second World War, with an emphasis on the effect it had on the lives of children in Britain. We will look at the average family and how lived in the War. Rationing, clothing, schooling, the blackout, evacuees; how evacuation had such an impact on children.


The children’s key English texts will be ‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden, and  ‘The butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children will also study script writing, letter writing and in-depth character analysis with regard to these texts.  They will explore poetry and short story writing across both half terms.

Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will take place two to three times a week, a written comprehension once a week and grammar lessons twice a week, with one longer session of creative writing also.


Place value, number bonds and times tables. Problem solving/investigative work.

Column addition/subtraction/multiplication and division, including decimals.

Multiplication and Division facts/multiplying by 10, 100, 1000

Properties of quadrilaterals

Fractions and division/ percentages as part of 100

Children must know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of year four, so this will be a continued focus.


 States of Matter – the Water cycle  – Humans and Animals.


Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ –

The Bible – How it arranged and how to access its learning.

 Class Routine

Monday                            Italian, Music, Topic                                                      

Tuesday                             Philosophy RE                                                                 

Wednesday                    PE

Thursday                           Spellings Drama                                                             

Friday                                  PE Science Singing                                                                                


Journal:                                  This term is a reading emphasis, one entry however short, per night if possible.  Given in on Wednesdays.

Spellings:                               Thursday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:               One piece of written homework per week, given out and handed in Wednesdays.

Reading:                                Children are expected to read for 30 minutes AT LEAST five evenings a week.

They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and comics as well as stories.

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

Warmest regards,

Richard Toynton