Tawny Owls Year 4 2021 - 2022

Mr Hutchinson


Autumn 1

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Welcome back, I hope that you have had a lovely summer break and are ready for an exciting autumn term ahead! We start our term focusing on a text called, 'The Whale’ by Ethan and Vita Murrow. As we explore the book, there will be lots of writing opportunities, including setting narratives and newspaper report writing, as well as a focus on spelling and grammar expectations throughout the text.

During our shared reading sessions, we will be continuing with our teaching sequence from Literacy Counts called, 'Steps to read,' which has been specifically developed to ensure that the children are immersed in a variety of text and genres. This term the children will be immersed in fiction, non-fiction and poetry pieces of text with strong links to whales, habitats and the coast.

In Geography, we will be learning about the coastline around the United Kingdom and learning to answer the question, ‘Do we like to be beside the seaside?' and 'What natural features can we find at the seaside?' Our learning on this topic will lead to high quality outcomes for our curriculum books. This terms knowledge be supplemented through our English text and our Science unit of work, ‘dangers to living things.’ Our Art lessons will link to this theme focusing on observational drawing, and later on printing techniques, linked to seascapes from the book ‘The Whale.’

Spelling and Maths homework will be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Both of these pieces of work will be set up electronically on the spelling shed and TTrockstars platforms. Please work with your child to ensure that their homework is completed on time.

Our PE lessons will take place on a Monday and a Wednesday afternoon. One of the sessions will take place indoor and the other outdoor. As the weather begins to change, it is advisable that children bring in tracksuit pants and a top to stay warm. Please ensure that your children have their PE kits with them in school at all times so that they can participate in all of their PE lessons.

At Cuddington, reading is seen as a fundamental skill that activates children's imaginations, makes them curious about the world they live in, develops their language and listening skills and has a positive impact on their social and emotional wellbeing. There is growing research evidence that shows there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment (Clark 2011; Clark and Douglas 2011 and Twist et al 2007). As a result of this, we understand the importance of regularly reading with your child and we advise that you read 10-15 minutes per day with them. Whilst listening to your child, try to ask them questions about events that have happened so far, characters thoughts and motives and to make accurate predictions based on the text. 

At the start of the new term, children will be allocated their own reading books and library books that they will be allowed to take home with them. As well as this, children will be able to read electronic books from the Bug Club and Oxford Reading Owl platforms. Embedded within the reading platforms are comprehension questions that tests the children's knowledge based on the text. If you require any new reading books, then you can ask your child's teacher who can allocate new books for them to read.

To keep up to date with what is happening in our class, make sure your regularly check our school's Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as our class blog.

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact me using the email address at the top of the page. 

Here's to an exciting term in Tawny Owls!

Mr Hutchinson

Tawny Owls Class Teacher

Physical education and ECO lead



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