Hello Woodpeckers. Welcome to a new term where hopefully the signs of spring are starting to show!
Our first day of term is Tuesday 20th February 2024.
We have a very exciting theme this term and we have called it: Can you see the bright lights? In our geography theme, we will find out all about London and look to identify the human and physical characteristics of our capital. We will look at how the land use has changed over time and what it looks like today. We will also be learning the important skill of using the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and keys to build our understanding of London and how we can use these skills to create our own maps.
Our class story this term will be 'The Accidental Prime Minister’’ by Tom McLaughlin.
We will share this book in class in our RED TED sessions (Read every day, Talk every day).
Please ask your child questions about the story to encourage discussion about this wonderful book.
Science week returns this term with the theme of time. We will be focussing on a variety of science experiments through the week finishing with a science day on Friday 15th of March.
This term, our PE days have changed and are Wednesday and Friday. Our Wednesday session will be football with Mr Herring. On Friday, we will be doing OAA (outdoor adventurous activities) with Mrs Adams. Please come to school on P.E. days in your kit. Please ensure you have suitable clothing for P.E. outside.
Please ensure that you have the correct PE kit and it is all labelled.
A paper copy of your home learning will be handed out each week. This term we are focussing on our arithmetic skills to keep them sharp. Quality not quantity is the key! A quick reminder that the presentation in your home learning book should be of the same standard as that in the class. Homework is due on Thursday.
Spellings for the term will be handed out and children should practise these weekly ready for our spelling quiz, to check progress, on a Thursday.
Times tables are very important in Year 4. We will do daily practice in class to ensure we have speedy recall of multiplication and division facts. Please ensure this is also practised at home.
Tuesday 20th February 2024 - Start of term
Wednesday 21st February - Virtual author visit with Ross Montgomery
Friday 23rd February - Gymrun badge assembly
Monday 4th March 2024 - Fairy Tales virtual author visit with Michael Rosen
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
Friday 8th March 2024 - Workshop with local mixed media artist Chess
Friday 15th March 2024 - Science Day - Come dressed as a scientist!
Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st March - Parents evening
Tuesday 26th March - Easter service at St. Michaels and All Angels church
Thursday 28th March - Celebration assembly and end of term
Reading is a passion of mine and the children will have lots of opportunities to read in school, however, nothing beats reading little and often at home. Woodpeckers are all fantastic readers, the skills they are improving on now are their comprehension. Reading improves spelling, widens vocabulary and promotes creativity in writing. Being a skilled and well read Woodpecker improves learning across all areas of the curriculum. We have a fantastic reading reward system called 'Read-opoly' in Woodpeckers which many of the children have already been lucky enough to win a reward on. Remember to read 4 times a week in order to move around the board. This term we have not 1, not 2 but 3 very exciting reading events happening in Woodpeckers! Firstly, we have a virtual author visit with Ross Montgomery.
Next is the fantastic World Book Day where you can, if you choose to, come to school dressed as your favourite character. There will be lots of book related activities happening throughout school.
Finally, and what I am sooooo excited about is a virtual author visit with the amazing Michael Rosen! Just ask the children about chocolate cake!
If you have any questions or worries, please do not hesitate to email
We can't wait to see you on Tuesday!
Mrs Adams and Mrs James.