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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High


Welcome to Kingfisher Class!


Welcome to Kingfishers!


Miss Mackenzie, Mrs Terrett


Well, the first thing to say is Welcome Back! it is so brilliant to see you all back in school again. You have been fantastic at settling back in to school routines, so a big THANK YOU to you all (children and parents) from us.  


This term, we are reading The Firework-Maker's Daughter, by Phillip Pullman and will be hooking our writing to the events, themes and characters of the book. Reading fluency and comprehension are continuing key skills we will work on and develop.  Our writing skills will build on those learnt and applied in Year 3 - we will become more confident writers of a range of sentences for effect, develop vocabulary choices and be effective appraisers of the effect of our writing on the intended reader.


In Maths, we are exploring numbers up to at least 10,000 and understanding their place value.  We will continue to develop understanding of scaling - the effect of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. The four calculations and the range of visual and written methods will be key in all our work.  All our Maths will link to real life situations as appropriate, so we are confident and familiar with a range of measures.  DON'T FORGET.... knowledge of times table is VERY important, so keep using TTRockstars to ensure rapid recall of all times tables.


Our curriculum project has a Geography focus on Volcanoes and Earthquakes and our key enquiry is around investigating: Can we control Mother Nature? We will investigate how volcanoes are formed, what causes earthquakes and the impact they have of settlements near and far. Alongside, we will design and create a protoype of a house to minimise damage during a volcanic eruption, using learnt DT skills, having already investigated the suitability of a range of materials in Science. 



  • PE - Monday and Thursday (Please come to school in PE kit - black/grey joggers/leggings or cycling shorts/shorts if the weather is warm, trainers.  TOP HALF AS NORMAL FOR SCHOOL UNIFORM - polo shirt and school sweatshirt/cardigan.
  • Home learning - reading every evening and please complete reading log.  Please make sure this comes home and returns to school every day. Thank you.
  • Home learning - Spelling and Maths activities on See-Saw - children all have log-ins for this home learning platform.  Please upload by Tuesday each week.
  • What to bring to school each day - Lunch box (unless your child is having a school packed lunch) and water bottle. Home learning pack (reading book, reading log, spelling booklet)
  • Library day - Alternate Mondays starting on Tuesday 5th October.  Your child will chose a book they have an interest in.  Please find time to share it with them!  Thank you.



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