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Autumn Term 2019/20

Who Inspires Us?


As part of our topic “Who inspires us?” the children will be finding out all about the amazing people involved in nature, conservation and exploration. They will then use this knowledge to write a biography based on their chosen individual. (En4/3.3). Linking in with our topic, the children will also be writing newspaper reports, diary entries and will be completing a piece of persuasive writing (En4/3.3.1,2,3).

The main focus of our Literacy work will be on the unit 'When the giant stirred' by Celia Godkin. 


This term, the children will be focusing on fronted adverbials, conjunctions, punctuation speech and use of apostrophes (En4/3.4). The children will be focusing on this both through independent grammar lessons and will be applying this in their writing work.


This term we will be focusing on four topics in numeracy: 

Number & Place Value (Ma4/2.1)

Ma4/2.1a count in multiples of 6, 7, 9. 25 and 1000

Ma4/2.1b find 1000 more or less than a given number

Ma4/2.1c count backwards through 0 to include negative numbers

Ma4/2.1d recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s)

Ma4/2.1e order and compare numbers beyond 1000

Ma4/2.1f identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations

Ma4/2.1g round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000

Ma4.2.1h solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers

Ma4/2.1i read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of 0 and place value.

Addition & Subtraction (Ma4/2.2)

Ma4/2.2a add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate

Ma4/2.2b estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation

Ma4/2.2c solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why

Multiplication & Division (Ma4/2.3)

Ma4/2.3a recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12

Ma4/2.3b use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together 3 numbers

Ma4/2.3c recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations

Ma4/2.3d multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout

Ma4/2.3d solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by 1 digit, integar scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n object are connected to m objects.


This term we will be focusing on two topics in science:

All Living Things (Sc4/2.1)

We will be grouping living things in different ways, exploring and using classification keys to group living things and recognises changes in environments.

Animals including humans (Sc4/2.2)

We will be describing the simple functions of the digestive system in humans, identifying the different types of human teeth and their functions and constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains.



Our Topic this term is “Who Inspires Us?". This will be an exploration into the lives and work of many influential and inspiring people. We will focus on the area of animal conservation in the first half term and then move onto inspiring explorers in the second half term. 

We have lots of exciting things planned, such as themed cooking (DT2/2.1). 

We will also have educational trips based around our topic and lots of cooking days, art days and use of the MacBooks to learn as much as we possibly can about these inspiring people. 


We will be using the MacBooks and iPads to support various lessons throughout the Autumn term. We will use Purple Mash to improve on our coding skills learnt in Year 3. We will also be using the internet to support various lessons, particularly the world wide web to research and communicate (Co2/1.4).


This term we will be focusing on Christianity. We will be looking at the important features of the life of Jesus and their meaning for Christians.


PE will  be taught on a Tuesday and Friday, so please make sure you have your full PE kit (PE2/1.1). 

Swimming will take place on Thursdays, We will leave school at 9.05am. (PE2/1.2).


Italian with Mr Hunt will be taught this year (FL2/1.1, FL2/1.2, FL2/1.3, FL2/1.4).


Homework will be through our jigsaw of activities. Homework is to be handed in on a Wednesday. Spelling tests will take place on a Friday.

Reading - could you please read with your child as frequently as possible (even if they are a free reader, as this is proven to improve a child’s comprehension skills).


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