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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.


Our first topics will encompass place value (greater than/less than, rounding, negative numbers etc) counting, sequencing, pattern and + - x.   

Times tables continue to be a very difficult area for children of this age.  We chant the tables, sing songs and do activities relating to times tables regularly in class.  By the end of Year 3, children need to know 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 times tables.  By the end of Year 4 this extends to include all of the tables. 

The children should practise their tables at home regularly and I will send times table/number bond/quick addition and subtraction sheets home regularly to further support.  Please note, a child cannot be assessed as within age-related expectations in each year if they do not know the required times tables.


Our first unit is ’The Magic Box’ where the class will write a poem about things that are special to them.  Then, they’ll move onto writing instructions where the class will look at a variety of both formal and funny recipes, identify features, practise the different features and write a recipe relating to creating an Egyptian God!

Throughout this term, we will continue to use some other text types linked to Ancient Egypt, from reports to poetry and myths to diary entries.


Ancient Egyptians will span the whole term.  We will explore myths, land and river use, burial and religious beliefs, gods, daily life, Ancient Egyptian artefacts and hieroglyphics in order to decipher what life was really like.  We will explore Howard Carter’s discovery using a range of drama techniques.


We will explore the geography of the Nile.


Our topic is ‘Where in the World?’  The children will recap learning from KS1 about countries and continents by applying it to a different context – learning it in a different language.

We will also learn the names of sports in French.

Art/Design and Technology

One topic is Exploring Patterns and will tie in with both our work on symmetry in maths and our Egyptian topic.  There will be lots of further opportunity for creative work throughout this topic – making canopic jars and jewellery out of clay for our sculpture unit, for example and watercolour horizons.


The topic is ‘What can we learn from religions about right and wrong?’  The class will explore similarities and difference between the Ten Commandments and the golden rule as well as focusing on moral choice.


Our topic this term is Animals and their Habitats  We will sort animals and plants by grouping them according to different characteristics, create branching databases and explore how certain aspects affect environments.


The topic is ‘What can we learn from religions about right and wrong?’  The class will explore similarities and difference between the Ten Commandments and the golden rule as well as focusing on moral choice.


The PE sessions are on Mondays and Thursday. 


Children will read in a guided reading session at least once a week.  They will have follow-up tasks related to these sessions that they will complete either with an adult, individually or in pairs. 

In Class 3, the children will also read individually to an adult at least once a week and are expected to read at home at least 3 times a week: both their school book and books/writing of their/your choosing (their own books, recipes, appropriate newspaper reports etc.)  Regular home reading really does make a huge difference to progress. 

By Year 4, if your child is a fluent reader, please talk to your child about the book instead, to work on their reasoning, inference and explanation skills.  If you’d like any ideas regarding the kinds of questions that will help these skills at this age, they can be found on the reading bookmarks that I will send home next week.


The first unit is Programming, using Scratch.


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.