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Welcome To Larch Class    


Welcome back! We are all really excited to start the new year, Mrs Trundle and I are really looking forward to getting you know you all. I hope you've all had a lovely summer and are feeling well rested to begin the new school year. Below you will find some key information about the curriculum and some key dates for the diary.


Key dates     



* Monday 6th September: Autumn 1 half term begins. 

* Thursday 16th September: Meet The Teacher meeting on Zoom.

* Tuesday 21st September: Individual photographs.

* Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th October: Parents' Evenings.

* Tuesday 19th October: Bulb planting with SUDs.

* Friday 22nd October: Last day of Autumn 1 half term.

* Monday 1st November: Autumn 2 half term begins.

* Tuesday 23rd November: Flu vaccinations.

* Tuesday 30th November: Pantomime at Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

* Tuesday 21st December: Last day of the Autumn 2 half term




We will start this half term by focusing on place value up on numbers up to 10,000. We will then be moving on to addition and subtraction of 4-digit numbers.


This half term, we will be starting with a book called 'The Promise'. The whole school will be focusing on this book, it will help children realise the importance of nature and how one person can implement positive change in the world. It will help inspire the children to produce diary entries and letters as well as the opportunity to act in the role and create persuasive posters. We will then be focusing on 'The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane'.


As last half year, there will be a focus on teaching and learning the words on the weekly spelling list in class, rather than sending lists of spellings home. A new list will be given to the children each Monday and they will be tested every Friday. Please look below for each week’s spelling rule and list.


It is essential that children in Year 4 continue to practise their reading skills every day. Reading books are being sent home and to be changed every Friday.

Children take part in Guided Reading sessions three times a week in which whole class strategies are used, using different forms of media including pictures, films and whole class texts and written comprehensions. The children also have time to read independently for pleasure after dinner every day. In addition, children are able to choose a book from the class book corner, which is to stay in school.


Our topic this half term is ‘Anglo-Saxons and Vikings'. We will developing the children's chronological understanding, looking at life in Britain after the Romans. We will be looking at Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, their influence on life today and what life was like for an Anglo-Saxon in Britain. We will also be looking at the religious beliefs of the Anglo-Saxons and their conversion to Christianity.


This half term our Science focus will be 'Electricity'. The children will understand how electricity can be generated, identify electrical appliances and understand the dangers of electricity. The children will also have the opportunity to create their own circuits and investigate if materials are electrical conductors or insulators.


P.E. lessons will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

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