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Autumn Term Newsletter - Find out what you will be learning about this term

September 2009

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new school year. Mrs Dennis and I are looking forward to working with your children and helping them with the transition from key stage 1 to 2. Please find below a list of topics that we will be covering this term.



This term we are concentrating on ‘Myths and legends’, which compliments our class topic this term which is the ‘Groovy Greeks’. We aim to make the children’s learning real, exciting and relevant.

Spellings will be sent home for your child to practise on Mondays, for a test on Fridays. These spellings will be linked to specific strands of the literacy curriculum. Occasionally your child may have extra spellings, words taken from errors made in their literacy work.

Please continue to read regularly with your child as this greatly improves your child’s progress in all areas of the curriculum. If any parents are free and willing to come and listen to children read, please let us know. All help is greatly appreciated.



In numeracy this term we will be covering a variety of topics including:

·     Counting, portioning and calculating

·     Securing number facts and understanding shape

·     Handling data and measures

·     Money and real life problems

·     Fractions


Here I am

The areas we are covering this term are ‘Homes’, ‘Friends’ and ‘Preparations’.



We will be focusing on the ‘characteristics of materials’ this term in science.


History and Geography

This terms history programme is closely linked to our topic ‘Groovy Greeks’ as well as geography. These two areas will be covered simultaneously as part of a weekly humanities afternoon.



This term we will be focusing on word processing, using ‘Publisher’ and navigating the internet, mainly through Literacy and History. I.C.T will also be incorporated into most other subject areas.


The ‘Groovy Greeks’ will again form the subject of our art project this term. We will be learning about a range of ancient Greek crafts. The children will be experimenting with the different design techniques and will be decorating their own Greek plates. Art will be taught every Monday afternoon. If any parents are free to help during our art lessons please get in touch as help is greatly appreciated.



From this term the whole will be teaching French. This is to bring us inline with the Government proposal that all schools are to be teaching a foreign language by 2011. This will be taught twice a week and encouraged throughout all lessons when appropriate. Please encourage your children to speak the language at home as well.



The children will be partaking in the mini ‘Olympics’ keeping the link with our topic. Weather permitting; we may have opportunities to do outdoor games. Our P.E days are Wednesday and Thursday mornings. After the half term break we will be commencing dance on a Wednesday morning and swimming on a Thursday.  Please ensure that on these days your children are not wearing any jewellery and have full, appropriate kit. If earrings are unable to be taken out, please provide your child with plasters to cover their ears.

If any parents are available to help us during our swimming block, any help would be greatly appreciated. Please mention to either of us.



Homework will be sent out every Friday to be returned the following Tuesday. Please ensure that your child brings their homework in on time.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and arrange a time where we can discuss your child’s progress.

Yours sincerely,

Miss. N. Underwood and Mrs. L. Dennis

Class 4