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Welcome To The Larch Class!


I hope that everyone has had a fantastic half term holiday and is feeling ready for a new school term.



Dates For Your Diary


Friday 8th November – Year 4 Residential to Malham (To develop team building skills) Returning Saturday 9th November.

Friday 29th November – Pantomime Day in Oldham

Tuesday 3rd December – Tree decoration assembly

Thursday 12th December –School closed for General Election

Friday 13th December –Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas Dinner Day and Christmas Fair

Tuesday 17th December – Christmas party day

Wednesday 18th December – Last day in school before Christmas- finish 2pm


During this half term the children will be learning:



This half term, we will focus on mental and written strategies to multiply and divide and we will also be learning to solve problems.

The more fluent your child is with their times tables, the easier they will find this work. Please help by encouraging them to learn and practise their times tables at home by using the children’s preferred apps and games. Any time spent learning and practising times tables is time well spent!



We will be reading and studying an adventurous and entertaining book called Varjak Paw, which is about a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. The book will be the inspiration for us to write diaries, descriptions, play scripts, explanations and newspaper reports.



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 1: words beginning with de, re, pre and non

Week 2: words ending in ly

Week 3: words ending in sure and ture

Week 4: words ending in ous, ious and eous

Week 5: words ending in tion and ation

Week 6: words ending in sion, ssion and cian

Week 7: words beginning in auto, circ and anti

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 your 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 to 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 The Vikings.  We are planning to answer the following questions:

• Who was King Arthur?

• Who were the Anglo Saxon’s Gods?

• Why is Sutton Hoo famous?

• Can we compare crime and punishment?

• What did the Vikings come to Britain?


Our first set of Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school by Monday 9th December and I am looking forward to seeing what the children have been learning, cooking and creating at home.



This half term our focus will be Teeth, Digestion and Food Chains and this will include:

• Identifying the names and functions of teeth and the impact of diet on animal’s teeth

• How to keep teeth clean and healthy

• Identifying the names and functions of the main parts of the human digestive system

• Investigating food chains to understand the terms producer and consumer, predator and prey also to know that arrows mean ‘food for’



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.


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.  


Kind regards,

Miss Claypool