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Happy new year. I hope you’re all looking forward to a frantic but fun-filled spring term.


We will be continuing with multiplication and division in Maths for the majority of the first half term before indulging in a little measurement of area prior to tacking everyone’s favorite maths topics – fractions and decimals.  No need to worry, I think we’re actually going to enjoy this !


In English we’ll start with a short blast of poetry before investigating biography writing (some Star Wars knowledge will definitely help with this). That should take us up to half term when, after the break, we’ll be using all our persuasive powers to create a leaflet to persuade people to visit Harwich.  That will tie in with our topic this term which is – Harwich and the Sea.  We’ll be investigating the history, geography, flora and fauna of Harwich and Dovercourt, as well as discovering where those odd house names – Fryatt, Newport, Jones and Deane – come from.  Some of our art this term will also be linked to this as we will be designing badges for our houses.


PE this term will also link to our topic as our dance will be informed by the sea and Harwich’s seafaring history. We will also be playing some netball.  Please remember that your child requires both plimsolls and trainers in school for PE.  It is a requirement that earrings are removed (it would be helpful if you could do this prior to sending your child to school) and that long hair is be tied up.  Year 4 PE will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. 


We have a class reading book this term which is Sir Michael Morpurgo’s, Born to Run.  Every child will have their own copy of this novel which we shall be reading together in class and using as the foundation for our reading comprehension work.


The themes for our religious study will be Incarnation, Gospel and Salvation.


Changes of State await in Science during the first half term and the Water Cycle in the second.


In ICT we will be investigating search engines and then learning some programming and making games.


As you will be aware the children were unable to commence their ukulele lessons in the Autumn term due to events beyond our control.  However, we have the ukuleles so Mrs Powell and I have accessed our inner Formby’s and the children will be twanging away this term.  Ukelele lessons will be on Tuesday afternoons but it would be very helpful if you could ensure that your child’s ukulele is back in school on Monday morning in order to give me time to tune them before Tuesday’s lesson.  I would really appreciate this !!!


French and Music will overlap this term as we will be increasing our French vocabulary by learning some French songs – or French versions of Songs; Uptown vous funk jusqu’a anyone?


Spelling and times table test will continue to be held on Fridays.  If you can help your child with these, I – and they - would be very appreciative, as you will be making a significant contribution to their progress.  Regularly listening to your child read a variety of books, magazines, comics and online articles is also vital to their continued development. Remember the All Saints Reading Challenge continues and all of the reading they do at home can be logged in their reading journals and counts towards the gaining of certificates.


Thank you,

Mr Hawthorne.