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Welcome to South Africa Class!

Let's Be Scientists 

Autumn 2

I hope you enjoyed the half term break and welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term. Our topic for this half of the term is ‘Let’s be Scientists’. The weather is getting colder and wetter but we will try to be outside during PE and break times as much as possible so could children please have their coats in school at all times.


We will be looking at:

· Animals and humans

· Plants

· Rocks

· Light

· Sound

· Magnets

· Electricity


Our topic will focus on the scientific approach to conducting experiments and exploring ideas.





  1. In our fiction writing we will be focussing on writing narrative texts, building on the character and setting descriptions we looked at last half term. We will also be looking at writing war poetry from the soldiers point of view to mark remembrance day. non-fiction writing we will be learning about writing advertisements, looking at adverts for a film to tie in with our cinema trip. The children have been sent home spellings this week, with tests happening weekly. Thank you in advance for your support encouraging the learning of them.




Reading at home is greatly encouraged. Please can the children have their reading records signed to show they have read five times during a week. It can be anything at all (comics, internet articles, game instructions etc.) but please make notes and comments. We are looking in detail at comprehension of what we are reading questioning the children on what they have read is greatly appreciated.




In maths lessons, we will be looking at multiplication and division this half term. This will involve a range of methods for calculating larger multiplication and division, as well as learning our times table facts so we can recall them quickly and accurately. Homework will link to this – always focussing on multiplication and division facts. They will receive a house point if they complete these and return them back to school.






The Year 4 children in South Africa class will be drumming on a Friday afternoon and be gaining an understanding of basic programming skills in Computing. Our Core Learning Skills topic will be ‘Learning with Others’’ and Mrs Cannings will be running PHSE lessons with the children. We are also very grateful that Mr G will also be running Spanish lessons as a modern foreign language with the children on a Tuesday afternoon – please ask the children what new words they have learnt!




The children will be doing a variety of forest school activities alongside PE lessons with Miss Davis on Thursday afternoon. Please make sure your child has their Forest school/PE kit every Thursday. PE will also happen every Monday with me so please ensure PE kit stays in school.




Home Learning Activities- Autumn 2


Home learning tasks have been sent home separately and your child can complete as many of these as they wish. They can change the task being as creative as they want, and it is expected that at least two tasks are finished. These tasks can be brought in at any point during the half term. Homework will also go out weekly with a focus on spelling and times tables.



Make up a story with a Scientist as the main character.

5 dojo points.



Learn all of your times tables up to 12 x 12.

5 dojo points.



Write a report on your favourite author.

5 dojo points.



Can you think of 3 ideas to give to our school councillor?

3 dojo points.



Learn a song or a tune and perform it to the class.

3 dojo points.



Explain the water cycle, draw a diagram if you need to.

5 dojo points.



Design a model of something to do with Science, eg. a planet.

3 dojo points.



Write a piece of poetry like our poems that we read at the end of the day.

5 dojo points.



Draw or paint a picture of an animal and label the adaptations.

3 dojo points.



Please feel welcome to see me with any queries you may have, or if you just wanted to have a look at your child’s books.

Thank you, Mr Murphy.




Reading at home for Key Stage 2