Class 4 2017 - 2018

Miss Addis

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a great holiday.  I can’t wait to hear all about them. Last term, we really hit the ground running, I’m hoping for more of the same or even better this term! In order for you to have a better understanding of what your children will be learning in this term, I have put together some general information about the main topics we will be studying.


Our topic for this term will be called ‘Our European Neighbours’. Within this topic, we will be locating where Europe is in the world and finding interesting facts about it. We will identify, name and locate a wide variety of European countries. Also, we find out about physical features of some European countries, identify and locate the major capital cities of Europe and we will be putting their research skills to the test, as the children will find out facts about the human and physical features of a particular European country.


In Literacy, we will be reading the book Kensuke’s kingdom including retelling chapters of the book. We will also be writing descriptive pieces, performing pieces of drama, and writing diary entries.  In this term, we will be looking at writing poetry and non-fiction texts.


In Numeracy, we will be looking at multiplication and division and concentrating on the written methods we need for these calculations including working out areas of shapes. We will also be investigating the tricky area of fractions. Decimal numbers, time, money and measure will also be covered this term.


In Science, we will be learning about States of Matter. We will be learning about the differences between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects and identifying their properties. Children will work scientifically and collaboratively to complete different experiments. They will explore in-depth how water changes state, exploring melting, freezing, condensing as well as a particular focus on evaporation. Finally, they will learn about the stages of the water cycle.


In the first half term, our PE slots are on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.  We will be having PE on the first day back so please bring your kits. The correct kit is important for the comfort and safety of your child (t-shirt and shorts and pumps for indoors, with jogging bottoms, a warm long sleeved top and trainers for outdoors). Please ensure if your child has long hair it can be tied back.  For health and safety reasons, jewellery should not be worn in school, this is especially important for PE. Earrings must be removed or covered. 


Literacy/Topic and Maths/Science homework will be handed out on Fridays. Homework should be kept in their folders and returned by Wednesday. Please ensure homework is handed in on time for marking. If you have any problems with homework being completed please let me know.

Most weeks the children will bring spellings home to learn. These will be sent home on Tuesdays. Spelling tests will be Monday mornings. To ensure the children retain new spelling patterns it is ideal to practise the new spellings at least 3 times.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to come and see me after-school or email at


Miss Addis.

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Main Contact: S Dyson

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