Half term information Autumn 2 2021

This half term, much of our learning has been based on the famous novel by Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. The children have created their own imaginary worlds, characters and scenarios which enabled them to write their own imaginary story. To celebrate the end of our topic, the children wrote instructions on how to make jam sandwiches, and then created and ate them at their own Mad Hatter’s tea party

In Maths, we have continued to cover the four main operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As well as consolidating their understanding of place value, they have been practising their times tables. The children applied their learning by solving a variety of Christmas word problems, and learnt to play strategically for The Christmas Game!

Our Extreme Earth topic has captured the children’s imaginations, where they have been astonished by earthquakes and amazed by volcanoes. This topic ended with the children being able to erupt the volcanoes some of them made for their homework. In Science, they have learnt about the impact humans have on our environment, and now have a better understanding of the effects of climate change and how they can help to save our planet. They were shocked at the litter we collected, just in school, and vowed to become good eco citizens,

The term finished off with the Year 4 Christmas Concerts, performed on Zoom to the school, family and friends. The songs ranged from traditional carols to more modern tunes, and included special readings and a prayer. A really lovely way to end a very busy term.

Children’s comments about their learning:


“We enjoyed litter picking around the school and were very surprised by some of the things we found.”

“I loved drawing 3D volcanoes and making pop-ups in DT.”

“I enjoyed the journey book we read during writing week.”

“My favourite thing was doing animations on Purple Mash.”

“I liked playing the Christmas maths game.”

“I really liked when we learnt about written subtraction.”

“I liked learning about volcanoes because I know more than I did before.”

Useful website links to continue learning at home:


Weekly maths tasks set as part of homework: www.mathletics.co.uk

Maths based activities: www.mathswhizz.com

Topic and Science based videos and activities: https://www.purplemash.com/login/

Topic and Science based videos and activities: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/