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Welcome to the Larch Class!


The children have made a very positive start to the new school year, we have been enjoying getting to know each other.  They have been telling me about their busy holidays and beginning to settle into the Year 4 routines.

During this half term the children will be learning:



We will spend three weeks focussing on numbers to 10,000 which will involve: counting in different steps, comparing and ordering numbers, making number patterns and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We will then study addition and subtraction with numbers to 10,000 using mental and written strategies in addition to applying these methods to problem solving.



We will be reading and studying a fabulous book entitled “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”. The book will be the inspiration for us to write diaries, letters, play scripts, an autobiography and also a persuasive text. Can I respectfully ask that you avoid sharing the story with your child until the October half term holiday as one of the many skills we will be developing is making predictions.



Children will be given a new list each Monday (to work on in school).  There will be a spelling test

Each Friday. The spelling patterns for this half term are:


Week 2: words which contain the ea letter string

Week 3: words containing the letter strings ask, ass and ast

Week 4: words containing the letter strings ur and ure

Week 5: words which contain double consonants

Week 6: words containing the silent letters o, h and c

Week 7: words with prefixes dis, mis, in, il, ir and un

These can also be found on the school website.



It is essential that your child reads at home each day. Where and when possible, please ask you child questions about the text or book they are reading.  Please feel free to write positive feedback about your child’s reading in the Reading Record book.

Each Monday the children will visit the school library to choose a book to take home.  In addition, the children will continue take part in two guided reading sessions each week as well as having an individual reading book (that remains in school).



This term’s topic is The Anglo Saxons and Scots.  We are planning to answer the following questions:

• What do we already know about the Anglo-Saxons?

• Why did the Anglo Saxons and Scots invade Britain?

• What are runes?

• Can we compare crime and punishment?

• What was the legacy of the Anglo Saxons?


This will form part of this term’s first Home Learning Challenges.



This half term our focus will be Electricity this will include:

• Identifying appliances which are powered by mains electricity and by batteries and considering the benefits of battery power

• Exploring what circuits need to work and using symbols to draw circuit diagrams

• Investigating which materials are conductors and insulators of electricity

• Researching how to use electricity safely

 • Investigating how to make bulbs shine more brightly in a circuit



P.E. lessons will take place on Wednesday afternoons with a coach and also on Friday mornings with the Larch teaching team. Please make sure your child has their P.E. kit (a plain t-shirt and shorts plus pumps or trainers together with a sweatshirt or tracksuit for when the weather becomes colder) on these days, particularly if kit has been home for washing or used in an out-of-school sporting activity. Long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over for safety.


Dates For Your Diary

Sunday 15th September –  Christ Church will be holding a welcome service for the new starters. All welcome.

Tuesday 17th September – Individual/family group photographs.

Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th October – Parents’ Evening in the school hall 4:00-7:00pm.

Friday 18th October – Last day in school before the October half term.


On a final note please do not hesitate to contact me before or after school should you have any questions.  If these times are not convenient I can be reached via the school office.  I am sure this is going to be an exciting and successful year, I am looking forward to working with both the children and yourself.


Kind regards,

Miss Claypool









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