To begin our science topic of the digestive system, Quartz class children used mirrors to look at their teeth then created a plan of what they observed.


Autumn 2 Learning

maya picFor those of you who are already chomping at the bit to get back to school (!) here is a little taster of what we will be learning about after half term…

Maths: Multiplication and division, Fractions, Measure, Geometry and Statistics.

Here are a few websites if you want to practise your Maths skills (copy and paste into your browser):

English: Writing to inform (fact file), Writing to entertain (narrative/story writing) firstly based on the Maya Civilisation

Topic: The Maya Civilisation: Who, What, Where, When and oh! so much more!

note to all: The Maya were the people, Mayan was the language spoken…don’t get them muddled!

Here are a few websites if you want to learn a little about The Maya Civilisation (copy and paste into your browser):

Science: Animals including Humans – starting with teeth and the digestive system!

SMSC (PSHE): Coping with emotions

RE: Christianity – sacred writing

Art: based on The Maya Civilisation


Half-Term BHM Homework!

As we all know, October is Black History Month!

Since we have half-term at the end of this important month, we think it would be amazing for everyone to have a think about Black history during the half-term.

Therefore, we are suggesting a whole school optional homework to complete over the half-term. This homework will be to create a project on the theme Black History is My History.

This project could be absolutely anything from a piece of artwork, or piece of writing that investigates Black History in your own history, heritage or family.

We have children from many different backgrounds and many different countries in our school, so we are asking everybody taking part to investigate Black history in their own background or country.

This doesn’t mean that you cannot take part if you are not Black; everyone’s heritage or history has been impacted by Black history, and you can explore this.

We think that this is an important area to look at during Black History Month, as Black history is different the world over. For example, Black history might look very different in Jamaica than it does in Australia.

This is an excellent way to explore your own background and heritage, which might be that your family (or you) were born or grew up in England, or in another part of the world.

We look forward to seeing what brilliant ideas you all have to show us after half-term!

No More Apartheid!

Year 4 has done some amazing work over this half-term in response to Black History Month! They have enjoyed learning about the different aspects of Black History including the Apartheid in South Africa. Opal class created some lovely posters protesting against Apartheid. They really put some thought into them, have a look!

Calling all parents


Are you an avid reader? Do you have an hour a week to spare? Would you be interested in supporting developing readers?

If the answer is ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, Year 4 are looking for some parent helpers to join the fun and listen to some extra readers during the week. Please speak to one of the Year 4 teachers if you are able to help.

As we know, being able to read is the key to developing ones’ speech and language, and feeding our ever-growing imaginations.


Homework due 17th October


Keep up the amazing reading everyone! Don’t forget to think about a range of comments for each day…we wouldn’t want you getting bored!!

Mental Maths

Any Times Table up to 12 x 12. If you are after a challenge, you could always try the division facts based on 12 x 12, e.g. 40 ÷ 4 = 10


Two very similar phonemes this week… /ʒə/ sound spelt sure and /tʃə/ sound spelt ture 











Maths Investigation & Problem Solving

This week in maths, we have been taking our addition and subtraction skills to the next level! The class completed a subtraction investigation in pairs and they were so engaged in the activity. It really gave them an opportunity to use all their skills to solve it. Can you? Have a go with your child at home!

In addition, pupils paired up to solve some challenging multi-step word problems using a math strategy called RUCSAC. They all worked so well together. We love maths in Opal Class!