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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Information for Parents

Below is a brief overview of topics for this term plus any additional information that you may need.

My aim is for your child to feel safe, valued and nurtured whilst learning in a fun and engaging way.  If you have any questions or concerns at all about your child or about any of this information at any point during the term, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

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 class will explore mass and capacity, time, decimals, column multiplication and then take time to practise, revise and focus on areas which they still find difficult.

Children are expected to know ALL of their times tables by the end of Year 4, in line with government expectations.  They will have a formal test on them at the end of the year.  This is a focus throughout the year at school but it is essential for them to also practise at home.


The children will focus on narrative – exploring a story with a dilemma.  Through a selection of sentence work opportunities as well as short writes, such as through a creative recipe for a character or a diary entry, they will concentrate on character. Plot and setting will also be studied. The unit will culminate in them writing their own dilemma story.

Year 4 will also produce a personification poem linking with their guided reading work.


Emphasis on ancient civilisations will enable the children to begin to make links between the Ancient Egyptians, the Shang Dynasty, the Ancient Sumerians and the Indus Valley.  They will research and present a key civilisation then compare and contrast them all to discover both the significance of the civilisations at the time as well as to understand the legacy they have left behind.

Work will then centre on comparisons between the Ancient Egyptians and the Maya civilisation, to put the new focus unit into context.


We will explore the geography of settlements, looking at people and places.


Our topic is 'sport and hobbies'.

Art/Design and Technology

Art skills will be practised through watercolour and oil pastel pictures of quetzals – the national bird of Guatemala - following research and sketching.  There will be a particular focus on identifying shapes in images to sketch accurately.


The topic is ‘are festivals important to religious communities?’  We will be looking at the festivals celebrated by different religions exploring similarities and differences- valuing diversity.


The unit is States of Matter.  Following some work on complex properties of materials, the children will learn about states of matter and identify and explain the differences between solids, liquids and gases.  They will also learn about the water cycle.


Friendship, equality and diversity matter to us so we will be exploring our feelings around these issues.


The PE sessions are on Mondays and Thursday. After half-term year 3 will be swimming.


Guided reading sessions will take place with me every week, as well as individual reading sessions with me or a teaching assistant.  The children need to read at home at least 3 times a week. They will really benefit from reading and then being questioned on the text by you, using the reading fans I gave out last year. This will provide extra practice for the work being completed in class.  It really does make a difference to their confidence in this area.

The focus is on poetry and performance.


We will start this work after half term


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. This term we are learning turntablism.