Class Teacher - Miss Tiwonge Katemedza 

Teaching Assistant - Ben

Term 2 Newsletter
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We are looking at non-fiction texts and will be writing non-chronological reports this term. It will fit in with our topic on Ancient Egypt. We will learn how to read the texts for information, to skim and scan and how to answer comprehension questions. We'll also be looking at stories based in Egypt including a short version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra!

After half term we will write stories set in another time, looking at how we can use our learning to help add colour to a story set in Ancient Egypt.


Maths themes for this term include multiplication and division; measure, area and perimeter; fractions and capacity and mass.

We will also have daily Mental Maths sessions to improve quick recall and build on fast mental strategies, and the weekly times tables challenge continues.

Topic Work: Science and History

Science before half term is on the theme of light. After half term, the theme is forces and movement.

Our term long HIstory topic is Ancient Egypt. Please take time to help your child find information on the internet to help them immerse themselves in the topic even further.

During Science Week we've had a day investigating light. We used laser pens to see beams of light and to investigate if objects are transparent, translucent or opaque, and we used torches to create shadows and drew silhouettes.


Coach Dan will be focussing on rugby and netball skills this term, while Mr Miller will continue to build water confidence and swimming skills.


Before half term we will work on skills with clay, including shaping and rolling, cutting and scultpure. We hope to make some lovely objects based on our history topic.

After half term we'll be print making. We'll use press prints for repeat patterns and print onto paper and fabric.

Design Technology

DT work is based on the theme of "Resistant Materials". We'll measure and cut wood to make some picture frames, then use the skills we've learnt to make the chassis for a moving toy car.


In our Computing sessions we'll be using data-handling packages, then move on to some programming skills. Year 4 are very excited to be using Logo again and will build on their skills while year 3 learn the basics.

We'll be carrying on with internet safety work too, thinking about the apps and games we use and play with online and how we should behave.


In French we'll be learning to talk about what we enjoy doing and will learn a story to tell. Chichewa lessons continue with the children learning conversational skills including answering questions. We'll use drama and role-play in each lesson, as well as speaking and listening, singing and writing.

New Books for the Class!

We've been donated around 100 books for the class from 2 schools in the UK. We'd like to thank Barry Road Primary School in Northampton and Mr Doney's cousin, Mrs Julie Micklethwaite of St Catherine's Prep School, Bramley for their kind donations which have excited all the children!

Planting the Legacy Forest for Science Week

All classes have planted trees around the field as part of the Science Week topic on Growth.