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Happy New Year!! Happy New Term!!

Welcome back to an exciting term!  I hope you all had a super Christmas with lots of special family time.

Firstly, as I am sure you are all aware, I got married on New Year's Eve!  We had a magical day followed by a fabulous cruise around the Caribbean.  The children  are doing very well remembering my new 'royal' name! Thank you for all of your kind messages and wishes.

Please read on to find further information about the fantastic work we will be doing on our latest topic as well as general routines in Year 4. If you require any further information then please feel free to pop in and see me or write a note in the message book.

Mrs King

Our topic for the Spring Term is...

World War 2 Through the Eyes of a Child


What Wonderful Things Will We Be Doing?

As always, our topic will be truly cross-curricular as this period of history can be linked to so many different aspects of our curriculum. From our English work to Maths, History, Geography, Computing, Science,  Music, PE  and Art, we will endeavour to ensure our topic encompasses all parts of our learning.

This engaging topic will introduce children to the life of a child in wartime Britain and will explain  World War 2 in Europe by studying the start of the war, the Dunkirk rescue, the Battle of Britain, the D-day landings and finally the end of the war, all from a child’s perspective. They will learn all about  the historic events that led to the outbreak of the Second World War, place events on a timeline that will grow throughout the topic and build an understanding of the chronology of the war. The children will also be given the opportunity to look at and experience, through role play, the early events of the war from a child’s perspective

Our English work will look at lots of non-fiction and also some super fiction stories such as Friend or Foe by our class author, Michael Morpurgo. In writing we will look at writing our own diary extracts from the perspective of an evacuee, poetry and information texts .  We will also become roving wartime reporters! For Design Technology and Art, we will create wartime propaganda art, design our own air-raid shelters and even create wartime recipes using what limited ingredients were available.   There will be lots of opportunities to learn and perform popular wartime songs and many drama opportunities.  We will also ensure that  our topic flows  into  Mathematics by looking at rationing and Science where their area of learning is Sound.   In computing, we will use the internet for lots of research opportunities as well as creating animations to reflect wartime life.

 I have already planned an exciting educational visit to explore  the life of a child during wartime Britain; a letter will follow shortly.

During this half term,  we will be participating in Forest Schools with our very own Bear Grylls, Mr Agnew.  Please ensure you provide your child with warm, waterproof clothing and footwear for this activity.

The children will also receive regular French and R.E lessons as well as 2 hours of Physical Education every week.  Our PE sessions will take place on Monday and Friday.  Please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school for these sessions.

Much of our computing curriculum will be taught alongside other Foundation subjects, enabling the children to apply the skills they are being taught to produce amazing pieces of work.

Class 4's Student Teachers

Last term, Class 4 were fortunate to have two student teachers working and training with us. They are working with us until February.  Here is some information about them:

"Hi my name is Miss Johnston. I am from Donegal in Ireland. I have completed my degree in early Childhood Care and Education. I am currently undertaking my PGCE at the University of Chester. I am completing my first placement at Little Leigh from November 2016-February 2017. I have a love for music and drama. In Ireland, I am a member of a local drama group and our greatest achievement to date was taking a production to Florida in 2009. I am really enjoying my time at Little Leigh and working with Class 4. I enjoy explaining the Irish culture to the children and I'm very excited to teach them about Gaelic football this week!"

"Hello I am Miss Brown, I am from Derry in Northern Ireland. I have a degree in Early Childhood Studies which I obtained at John Moores University in Liverpool. I am currently living in Chester as I am undertaking a PGCE at Chester University. I am completing my first placement here at Little Leigh from November 2016 to February 2017 and working with year 4, alongside Mrs King and Miss Johnston. I have a passion for Art and before I leave Little Leigh, I hope to create and teach an Art lesson to year 4. I am enjoying my time at Little Leigh very much and I am thankful to all the staff, parents and children for making this an enjoyable experience."

Spellings this week...

This week's spellings concentrate on common contractions.

  • don't
  • can't
  • isn't
  • I'd
  • I've
  • I'll
  • I'm
  • aren't
  • hadn't
  • haven't
  • couldn't
  • you're

Quote of the Week...


Times Table Practice

 Click on the link below to help with your multiplication practice. There are lots of games to choose from...


Who Is Our Class Author?

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The children discovered that our mystery author was...

Michael Morpurgo

Here are a few facts we have discovered about this amazing author.

  • Michael Morpurgo was born in 1943.
  • He was born in  St Albans and then lived in Northumberland.
  • During the war, he was evacuated to Northumberland.
  • He mainly writes books about animals and war.
  • His famous books are:  War Horse, Kensuke's Kingdom, Friend or Foe, The Butterfly Lion.
  • In 2003, he became Children's Laureate.
  • Five of his books have been made into films. 


Children in Year 4 receive the following homework:

English (on a weekly rotation)

Mathematics (on a weekly rotation)

Spellings (on a weekly basis)

Learning Log (on a half term basis)

Times Tables - please work with your child on learning their times tables. We focus on a different one from the 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12 every two weeks.

All homework should be handed  in on time unless otherwise agreed with the class teacher.


The children have two P.E sessions each week; one on a Monday morning and one on a Friday afternoon. We recommend kits are brought in a Monday and taken home on a Friday.

Children should have both an indoor and outdoor kit in case of inclement weather during the colder months.

Girls with long hair should tie it back and all jewellery, including earings, must be removed for P.E.

Any child who does not have a suitable P.E kit may be asked to complete alternate work.


Children receive one guided reading session with the teacher every week. Aside of this, they have follow up sessions which are linked to their text. They will also have the opportunity to participate in SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) activities during guided reading sessions. I will endeavour to read with your child during any quiet reading time throughout the day but I cannot stress the importance of your child reading at home with you as much as possible.

Outside of school, we ask that children are read with 3 times a week. If you would like any extra support in how to get the most out of reading with your child, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

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