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St Mary’s C of E Primary School

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St Mary’s C of E Primary School


Class 4 - Miss Wright

Welcome to a brand-new academic year! We have so many exciting things planned. The class have already got off to a brilliant start by demonstrating an excellent and enthusiastic attitude to their learning.


This term, as part of our history work, we will be studying World War Two. In particular, we will be learning about how the lives of children were affected during this period. In geography, we shall be building upon the children’s existing knowledge of Europe and the wider world, by exploring the conflict’s allied and axis powers. During this half term, the children will also have the opportunity to reflect on life’s ‘Big Questions’ such as, Is it right to fight? and explore how this half term’s Christian Value of Justice is relevant. In RE, Miss Parkin will be delivering sessions on Wednesday afternoons about Beliefs in Action; studying the Kindertransport and its legacy.

In our Science sessions, we will be further developing our knowledge of the human body, with an emphasis on the circulatory system and learning about the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function. Our DT sessions will support this learning, as our food topic will be exploring healthy recipes. We will also learn about how rationing during WWII affected cooking and diets.


Class 4’s weekly PE sessions will be led by Mr. Wathall on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Children will need to have their PE kits (in PE bags) in school on these days. We advise that they bring their kits in each Monday and take them home each Friday to be washed. Children may wish to bring appropriate PE footwear such as trainers in on their PE days only, especially if needed at home during the week.


In English this half term, the children will be reading ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. It tells the story of a young boy, named William Beech, who is evacuated to the country as Britain is on the brink of war. During this unit, the children will have opportunity to write for a variety of purposes, in a range of genres; all whilst learning about our topic of World War Two.


This half term, we are launching a new reading challenge. The children are encouraged to read regularly at home and get their reading diary signed by an adult. Each time they complete a home read, they become a step closer to achieving a bronze, silver, gold or platinum award! How many reads can you record this half term?


In Maths this half term, we will be working to improve our place value knowledge using increasingly large numbers, as well as developing mental strategies and written methods for each of the four number operations. All children have their TTRockstars details in their new reading diaries and are encouraged to practise their multiplication facts each week. There will be incentives and rewards for children who improve their speediness and rock status – Good luck!


Homework will be given out each Friday and will usually consist of one piece of English and one piece of Maths. Where appropriate, English homework may be linked to our topic work. Homework should be returned by the following Wednesday at the latest. In addition to this, the children will receive weekly spelling lists each Monday which they will be tested on each Friday.


Finally, a reminder that the Class 4 drop-in session for parents is on the evening of Wednesday 14th September and I look forward to speaking to many of you then (see Miss Parkin’s letter for further details). In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to come in and talk to me or message me via Class Dojo about any concerns you might have about your child’s progress or well-being; I am more than happy to help.



Kind regards,



Miss K Wright