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Year 3/4 - Miss Rodger

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Moving forward a note will be attached to your child's English/science/history/re homework.

Please keep an eye out for it in your child's folder. 


History homework: Wednesday 20th November

Find out who King Raedwald was and complete a fact file about his life.  Use the template provided to record your work.



Maths homework: Wednesday 20th November 

Mathletics activities to complete by Friday 22nd November. 




The year 4 children had a great time recently at the Wimbledon Synagogue. They behaved beautifully throughout and were very knowledgeable with their responses.



Have a look at the photos below.



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The children will be singing 'Ding Dong Merrily On High' for their Christmas performance on Monday 16th December. Please keep an eye out for the song lyrics as your child is expected to know it off by heart on the night. 

Below is a copy of the song which children can use to help them at home.

Ding Dong Merrily on High with Lyrics | Christmas Carol & Song | Love to Sing


Congratulations to Megan and Lucca who were recently voted as the  school council representatives for Year 3/4. 

We wish them the best of luck with their new role.

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There is still plenty of time to bring in your shoeboxes over the next few weeks!


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November 2019

  • Synagogue trip:Tuesday 19th November (year 4 pupils only)
  • Flu Vaccine Reception - Year 4: Thursday 28th November 


December 2019

  • Advent Mass: Wednesday 4th December at 09.30
  • KS1 Christmas play: Tuesday 10th December at 6pm
  • Foundation Stage Christmas play: Wednesday 11th December
  • Polling station: Thursday 12th December (school closed for all pupils).
  • LJ Christmas carols around the tree: Monday 16th December 
  • KS2 Christmas play: Wednesday 18th December 
  • Autumn Term ends: Friday 20th December 2019 (finish at 2pm)

January 2020

  • Back to school: Monday 6th January

February 2020

  • February half- term: Friday 14th February 


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In addition to observing the key dates  in the

Church's Liturgical Year,

          we will be following the Come and See programme specifically

working on the topics of homes, promises and visitors. 

During 'other faith' week we will be studying Judaism.

We will also prepare the children for advent

and Christmas liturgies. 




Our Class Prayers

Morning Prayer

Father in heaven You love me.

You are with me night and day.

I want to love You always,

In all I do and say.

I'll try to please You Father.

Bless me through the day.



Before Lunch Prayer

Bless us O Lord,

And these thy gifts,

Which we are about to receive,

From thy bounty,

Through Christ our lord.



Before Home Prayer

God our Father, I come to say, thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light.





This week in RE we are studying 'Judaism' as part of inter- faith week.

The children will be looking at the history of Judaism, key artefacts and a synagogue (the special place of worship). 


The year 4 children in the class will have the opportunity to visit a local synagogue next week Tuesday 19th November.


More details to follow. 

Homes display Aut 1

Homes display Aut 1 1

Retreat at St Mary's Church Aut 1

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                    This term we will be focusing on fairy tales and fiction.

            Children will learn about poetry and we will be learning 

             how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus effectively.

                      Our reading material will reflect other areas of the curriculum including science, art and history.

         Pupils will develop their comprehension and also their fluency and vocabulary.

          They will learn to write clear intelligent answers.

Pupils will write stories and other compositions,

 developing their ability to describe,

to explain and to write dialogue

using correct grammar and punctuation.




Charlotte's Web online copy

Sing with Grammarsaurus - Adverbs and Adverbials












Year 3 writing moderation sheet

Year 4 writing moderation sheet


Your child is taught phonics on a weekly basis. 

Here are the sounds learnt so far:


  • Week 1:short /i/ sound spelt with a 'y' 

For example, myth, pyramid, gym, symbol.




  • Week 2:short /u/ sound spelt 'ou'

For example, touch, young, trouble, double, couple.



  • Week 3: words with endings like sure and ture.  

For example,creature and treasure. 



  • Week 4: words ending in sion (zhn) like 'sion' in division. 

For example, television, conclusion, explosion, decision.






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Suggested reading list for 2019-2020

How many can you read over the course of the school year....


  • Charlotte’s Web, E B White
  • Millions, Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Cautionary Tales for Children, Hilaire Belloc
  • King Arthur, Andrew Lang
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Myths of the Norseman, Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Tales of the Greek Heroes, Roger Lancelyn Green
  •  Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm
  • The Twits, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  • Stig of the Dump, Clive King
  • The Iron Man, Ted Hughes
  • Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown
  • The Famous Five, Enid Blyton
  • The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
  • James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Roald Dahl
  • The Dancing Bear, Michael Morpurgo
  • The Butterfly Lion, Michael Morpurgo
  • Krindlekrax, Phillip Ridley 
  • King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Roman Mysteries (series), Caroline Lawrence
  • Beric the Briton: a story of the Roman invasion, G A Henty
  • Arthur, High King of Britain, Michael Morpurgo
  • The King Arthur Trilogy, Rosemary Sutcliff

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Your child should be reading at home for at least 15 minutes every night. 


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Congratulations to John who recently earned his Pen Licence. 






LEXIA is a great online resource that St Mary's subscribe to in order to support and improve spelling and reading. 



Your Username is your first name followed by the initial of your surname.

Your Password is read (please note everyone has the same password).

Please note that Lexia does not work in Internet Explorer, please try another browser such as Google Chrome or Safari instead.

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As always we will continue to have a daily maths lesson,

developing the pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of this subject.

          The key areas of study include:

  • Number & place value
  • The 4 operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Algebra
  • Measurement – length & time & money & perimeter
  • Geometry: properties of shapes and calculating length, perimeter and area
  • Statistics: Venn diagrams, graphs and data tables
  • Learning the times tables up to 12x12 by heart is essential. Any other help that you can give at home with measuring and of course telling the time will be much appreciated.




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Have you taken part? 


Barvember runs from 4th - 29th Nov and gives you 4 maths problems a day that lend themselves well to being answered with a bar model.

The first 2 questions are fairly simple and questions 3 and 4 get a little more difficult. 


Please use the link below to access the resources.



Here's an example from Friday 8th November:



Properties of 3D Shapes

8 Times Table Song (Cover of Rolling In The Deep by Adele)

4 Times Table Song (Cover of I'm Still Standing by Taron Egerton)




Mathletics is a great site for your child to practice their maths skills.

It will be used at different times throughout the year for homework. 


Who will be first to achieve a GOLDEN certificate at assembly?

Well done Ariam!


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The pupils will develop their capacity to work scientifically

with a particular focus on the topic of

Living things and their habitats.

Pupils will learn to identify

and name common animals from the local

and the wider environment and how these are classified.

Pupils will also study sound,

developing their vocabulary to explain the nature of sound

and aspects including pitch and volume.

Learning names and definitions is highly recommended

as well as the habit of close observation.


Sound- experimenting how sources of sound vibrate

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Gymnastics- balancing Aut 2

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