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Maple Class - Mrs E Smith - Year 4

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Maple Class - Year 4 - Mrs E. Smith

Welcome to Year 4, we hope you had a great Summer and are refreshed and ready to take part in some exciting learning.


This term the topic is "Food for Thought". We will exploring a range of food, learning about a healthy diet, finding out where our food comes from, cooking and of course we will be tasting lots of different foods.

We have invited a number of guests into school for the children to experience a range of learning experiences. A letter will be sent home soon explaining the details of these visits.

Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their numeracy and literacy daily. This will be within dedicated English and Mathematics lessons and via cross-curricular activities designed to support, develop and enhance their skills.


Charlie and the Chocolate factory will be the text we will be studying this term.  Using this text the children will be writing letters, descriptions to develop their use of adjectives and similes, poems.


Reading books in book bags will go home every day. Children are encouraged to change their books independently when they have completed reading it. Children will not always read their home reading book in school, but every child reads with an adult at least twice a week during Guided Reading Sessions.

Children can also access Nessie and Giglets from home and will be given copies of their passwords so they can use these at home.

Please continue to write comments in their reading records (for example “Enjoyed this book and could tell me what was happening” or “Made a good attempt at sounding out new words” etc.) Children can also write comments in their record book.

In Maths we are learning to:

Read and write numbers to 10 000
Understand place value of 4 digit numbers
Add and subtract 3 digit numbers
Exploring properties of shapes

Here is some helpful information!


We have PE on Wednesday and Friday. The children need to have a white t-shirt, black shorts, black joggers, trainers or plimsolls. Please could the children keep their PE kit in school for the half term to enable all children to be prepared for all PE sessions. It will be sent home on the last day of half term.

Just a quick reminder that jewellery is not be worn in school for safety reasons!

Please put your child’s name on all items of clothing, so they don’t get mixed up when dressing and undressing!


We have a weekly spelling session on a Thursday and children practise their spellings throughout the week. We do not have weekly spelling tests, however, the children work together to test each other. Spellings will also be sent home weekly as part of homework for children to practise.


Homework will be sent home with your child on a Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday.  Homework will involve 3 parts:

Reading at least 3 times a week.

Spellings to practise

Either Literacy or Numeracy activity that will involve parental support.  

Water Bottles

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It is very important that children are hydrated, in order to work at their best. Please send your child in with a water bottle everyday.


We are  a Healthy School, therefore if you would like your child to have a snack at break time, please provide fruit. 

Thanks for your help!

Mrs Smith