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Growing Together in God

Miss McIlvenna, Mrs Aslam, Mrs Anderton and Mrs Murray


This half term we will be learning all about the Ancient Mayans


Core skills and success – you do the maths


In maths this half term we will finish of our topic on addition and subtraction. We will then move on to learn how to find the area of different shapes. We will the  move on to learning to multiply and divide by numbers up to 12. 

This year, Year 4s will take part in the compulsory Times Tables Check. Children will answer 25 questions, with only 6 seconds to answer each question.

How can you help at home?

Please ensure that you regularly practise and test your child on their times tables.  At the end of Year 4, children should know the all times tables up to 12x12.  It is always useful to practise the times tables as this really helps children with a range of mathematics work in school.  If you have access to the internet, please visit the following sites to support your child's learning at home.

Links to support home learning:





In English, we will be looking at performance poetry, understanding how to read the poem with expression and how to write our own performance poems. We will then look at persuasive writing, in particular focusing on persuasive adverts. Throughout both topics we will look at the different features of the text, both structural and grammatical. 


 How you can help your child? Encourage your child to read their reading book and ask them questions about the text which they are reading.

It is important to read a variety of texts with your child.  This can be anything from their reading books to newspapers and leaflets.  This will help to extend your child’s vocabulary and their understanding of different text types, which will in turn help to improve their writing.

Links to support home learning:

Today's Gospel - Jesus Christ is Light of the World -


The Symbolism of Light

In RE we will;

  • Gain an understanding of the Christian belief that Jesus is the, ‘Light of the World’.  

  • Explore the multi-faceted metaphor of bringing light into people’s lives. 


  • Why is Jesus seen as the light of the world?
  • What does the Christingle represent?  

Key Vocabulary 

Recapped vocabulary – Jesus, light, candles, Light of the World, savior, incarnation, Temple 

 Christingle, Dreidel, Hanukkah, Hanukah, Jerusalem, Temple. 



As scientists, we will be learning about sound. We will look at how sound travels and how we hear things. We will also investigate and order different pitches and volume of sound and how distance affects sound. 


Key Vocabulary 

Brass, Pitch, Tuned instrument, Tune, Volume, Percussion,  Muffle, Insulation, Travel, Instrument, Fainter, Woodwind, High/low, Strength of vibrations, Vibrate, Strings

sound - Kids | Britannica Kids | Homework Help



Ancient Mayan Clearcutting Still Impacts Carbon in Soil Today | Smart News|  Smithsonian Magazine


In history will will learn about the Ancient Mayans. We will look at where they came from and how they grew. We will look at the hierarchical system and daily live within the Mayan culture. We will focus in on what foods the Mayans ate and their religious believes. 

  • Where did the ancient Maya people live and how did the Maya empire grow?  

  •  What was everyday life like within the Maya civilisation?  


  • How did the religious beliefs of the Maya people effect their daily lives?  


  • Identify 3 sources of evidence from the Maya civilisation and explain what they tell you.  


  • What foods did the Maya people eat?


  • Why were certain foods particularly significant? 


Key Vocabulary 

‘Civilisation’      ‘Hierarchical’ 

‘Artefact’             ‘Gods’  

‘Itzamna’              Priests 

‘Rituals’                ‘Sacrifice’ 

‘Temple’                ‘Royal Court’ ‘

Farming’             ‘Thatched Huts’ 

‘Pyramid’             ‘Calendar’ 

‘Mesoamerica’        ‘AD/BC’ 



Book Description

The Borrowers are tiny people who live in the secret places of old houses - behind the mantlepiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They borrow everything from humans, existing on the scraps they collect from the homes they live in.

Arriety Clock's father, Pod, is an expert borrower, able to scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it. Girls aren't usually supposed to go borrowing, but Pod makes an exception for Arrietty, who can't wait to explore the house and gardens that lie beyond her cramped home. But when she is at last allowed to accompany Pod on one of his borrowing expeditions, something terrible happens - she is 'seen' by a human boy.

The Borrowers (A Puffin Book) : Norton, Mary: Books


Monday - Grammar or Comprehension  (due in Wednesday).

Wednesday - Maths (due in Friday).


Please read regularly with your child and sign their reading record. children must bring their book into school on a Friday to be changed. They will receive their new book on Monday. 

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