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Autumn Term – Fire and Ice

Dear Year 4 parents,

Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely summer break.

This term, the children will be taught on a Wednesday by Mrs Jackson, on a Tuesday afternoon by Mrs Clifton and at all other times by Mrs Chaplin.


We will continue to use The Write Stuff as the basis for our teaching of writing. This term, the children will write adventure narratives and diary entries based on The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and poetry relating to the wonderful book, The Lost Words. The Last Bear will also be our class novel and be used in Guided Reading lessons. Some children in the class will revisit previous phonics learning and all children will receive direct teaching of spelling and have some opportunity to practise their handwriting.

The children will continue to have the opportunity to take a book from the school library and will take part in a variety of different lessons to teach them specific comprehension skills and to promote a love of reading for pleasure and reading as a key tool to support all their learning.

Maths/Times Tables

Please support your child with the rapid recall of times table facts, both multiplication and division. All the children have access to Times Tables Rockstars and their login details can be found in their Reading Record. Maths topics this term are Place Value and Addition and Subtraction.


There will be a weekly spelling homework on the Spelling Shed website. Again, the children have their log-in details in their Reading Record. Please encourage them to login and practise. There will be a half-termly test of twenty words taken at random from the previous six weeks’ lists. The children will be encouraged to revise the previous term’s spellings and to focus on high frequency words that are being misspelled.

Art, Geography, French and RE

Our topic is Fire and Ice and we will be learning about volcanoes, earthquakes and the reasons for climate change. In RE, we focus on Islam and consider what holds Muslim communities together. In French, the children will revisit and extend their Year 3 learning, practising how to talk about themselves and their family.

Reading at Home

The children will continue to be able to change their reading book as necessary. We will check to ensure that the books they are choosing are sufficiently challenging and cover a variety of genres.  Please continue to read to your child and to listen to them read as often as possible and complete the Reading Record. Re-reading passages, discussing the text, highlighting interesting or unknown vocabulary, and talking around the subject are all very worthwhile activities.


Homework will be weekly spellings, a Maths task and reading and at various points in the year, a specific one-off Learning Log homework linked to an annual or national event such as World Book Day. It is important that all children complete the homework. Please email me if your child is experiencing any particular difficulties with this.

PE will be every Tuesday and Wednesday. Please send the kit into school every Monday.

Please make sure your child has a sun hat, a raincoat and a water bottle in school every day.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Chaplin and Mrs Clifton

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