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Gatcombe Park Primary School

Teamwork - Respect - Aim High


Welcome to Kingfisher Class!


Welcome to Kingfishers!


Miss Mackenzie, Mrs Jones, Mrs Truesdell and Mrs Aniol-Szwarc.


A very warm welcome to the new year 4 class. I am really looking forward to cracking on this year, which hopefully will feel much more 'normal'!


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. We will have a narrative focus in our own writing about the book.

Reading fluency and comprehension are continuing key skills we will work on and develop using high quality texts to do so.


In Maths, we will be honing in on place value and compositions of four digit numbers up to 10,000. Having an understanding of place value underpins most concepts in mathematics so it is vital to have a solid understanding.

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. I would recommend practicing every night!


Our curriculum enquiry question this term is 'Can we control Mother Nature?' We will have a Science, Geography and DT focus and there will be lots of cross curricular links. In science the focus will on changing states of matter sand the water cycle. In Geography we will have a focus on European countries but also volcanoes around the world and how natural disasters can effect settlements. Our DT focus will be looking at how we can use pneumatic systems to design protection for settlements in disaster zones.



  • 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 SeeSaw - children all have log-ins for this home learning platform.  Please upload by Wednesday each week.
  • What to bring to school each day - Lunch box (unless your child is having a school lunch) and water bottle. Home learning pack (reading book, reading log, spelling booklet)
  • Library day - Alternate Mondays.  Your child will chose a book they have an interest in. Please find time to share it with them!  Thank you.

Thank you for reading...if you have any queries, please contact the school office.