Happy New Year!

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are all refreshed ready for the new term.  Here is an overview of the term ahead.


Fractions and decimals will form a large part of this term’s maths.  This will include the following areas: calculating fractions of amounts and using these to solve problems; finding equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions; comparing and ordering fractions and decimals; and adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions (including those with different denominators).

The geometry aspects will focus on regular 2D shapes and quadrilaterals; translating and reflecting shapes using co-ordinates; and recognising, measuring and calculating angles.  For measurement, the focus will be on converting units of measurement; reading scales; and calculating the area and perimeter of shapes.  For statistics, we will revise how to read and interpret bar graphs and learn how to find the range and the mode.

We encourage the children to practise their multiplication tables regularly (at home and at school) to increase the speed and accuracy of their calculations.  We will continue with our Beat the Clock challenge to monitor progress.  We also ask that children complete a minimum of 3 Mathletics activities each week.


To link with our topic of ‘Great Britain’, much of our Literacy will be based around British myths and legends, such as Robin Hood and King Arthur.  This will include the following writing activities: reports; diaries; news reports; descriptions; and planning and writing their own legend.

The grammar and punctuation focuses will be: direct and reported speech; showing degrees of possibility by using adverbs or modal verbs; apostrophes for contraction and possession; and using punctuation for effect.

Weekly spellings (based on a particular rule or pattern) will continue to be sent home on a Wednesday and we ask that the children practise these regularly.  For homework, the children are to use the words in interesting sentences, paying particular attention to sentence openers and the correct use of punctuation.  The children will be tested on these words every Monday in the spelling/dictation test.  Please also encourage your child to continue to learn the Y3/4 key spellings (and in some cases the Y5/6 spellings).  The children can use Spellodrome to practise their spellings in a fun and interactive way.

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Emilie Todd for being our last mystery writer of 2016.  This was for her narrative writing based on the short film ‘Alma’.  She showed excellent characterisation and built up the suspense throughout.  Her writing included many of the features that we had been focusing on in class: relative clauses; subordinate clauses and varied sentence openers.  Well done, Emilie.


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