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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Information for Parents

Welcome back after the Christmas break! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year.  Below is a brief overview of topics for this term plus any additional information that you may need.

Lastly, if you have any queries relating to your child or any of the information above, throughout the term, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support.


The children will focus on problem solving and reasoning by revisiting addition, subtraction and place value as well as learning about the new units of multiplication, fractions and decimals. ALL times tables need to be learnt by the end of Year 4 so please do support your child at home by practising these.


To link with our World War 2 topic in history, we will write information leaflets about how to stay safe in a gas attack.  We will also write newspaper reports about war being announced, poetry and other text types all linked with World War 2.

The children will then explore imaginary worlds, with ‘an under the sea’ theme.  This will culminate in them performing their own imaginary world story, using poetry, drama, music and puppets.


The topic is World War 2.  Issues and events that will be investigated, to ultimately answer the question ‘What was life like during World War 2?’ are: key leaders, key events, the Blitz, evacuation, shelters and safety and Anne Frank.  There will be opportunities for artwork, drama and ICT and we will become evacuees for the day!  There will also be a trip to Beaumanor Hall.

Art/Design and Technology

There will be plenty of opportunity for artwork linked to World War 2 using oil pastels, to create shelter pictures in the style of Henry Moore and a photography project based on viewpoints, propaganda and paranoia as well as watercolour landscapes.


The topic is War and Suffering. 


Our topic this term is Rocks and Soils.  We will learn about the characteristics of certain rocks by using types of chocolate that exhibit the same characteristics.  Different rock samples will then be tested for permeability and durability.  Finally, we will investigate how soil is formed.


We are continuing our work on stereotypes, diversity and immigration, linked to World War 2.


The PE sessions are on Fridays.  There will also be swimming lessons on Wednesday afternoons, for the first half term.


Please ensure that you read and discuss your child’s reading book with them as much as possible, using the reading fans, to reinforce and practice the guided reading activities that take place in scho


Our music is taught by Mr Murray, who is a music specialist, following the Leicestershire scheme of work for music.

  • In the autumn term we look at pulse and voice
  • In the spring term we look at pitch and rhythm
  • In the summer term we look at 20th century music and digital music

We learn to play a variety of instruments, including the PBUZZ.