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Welcome to Year Four

We've just hit the half way mark in our Viking Boy story and the children can't get enough of Gunnar's adventure. As the story continues, Gunnar has found himself in a rather sticky situation with seemingly no hope of escape! What will our young protagonist do? 




In English, the class have turned their hand to a bit of persuasive writing. Sadly, Heorot is being ransacked by a vile creature known as the Grendel. The children are writing to the Norse legend, Beowulf, in an attempt to enlist his help. If they're not successful, the doom of Heorot will surely be upon us!


As historians we are putting ourselves in the shoes of a Viking Jarl. Due to the change a climate (a topic we're investigating in Science) we have got to move our village further south. We're surveying the land about us (which we're learning to do as Geographers) in order to find the perfect spot to establish our new dwellings. Once we've picked the perfect piece of land the building work can begin. As the Jarl, we're going to write a diary entry about the development of our village, including details on how the structures are put together, how the farm tools are made and how the warriors' barracks are set up to train our raiders.



Is Fearlessness a Form of Bravery?

This term we will be looking at the big question ‘Is Fearlessness a Form of Bravery?’ In order to help us mull over this conundrum, we will be learning about courageous people throughout history; spanning from the Viking raiders all the way to modern day heroes who fight for civil rights.

PE and Swimming

PE is on a Thursday with our new Sports Coach, Mr Harris. However, this can change so please ensure PE kits are in school all week. The children need a white t-shirt, blue or black shorts and trainers as well as blue or black jogging bottoms if it is cold.

Swimming is on Fridays and will begin on Friday the 13th of September; continuing until the end of Autumn Term. Please ensure that your child has a bag, appropriate swimwear (trunks, not shorts, for the boys and a full bather for the girls), a towel, goggles (if needed) and that long hair is tied back.


(Spellings and Times Tables)

Each half term homework will be given out on a menu. The children are to choose a piece each week and hand it in on Friday mornings. The homework menu will relate to this term’s topic, ‘Is Fearlessness a Form of Bravery?’ and will include a diverse range of options for the children to choose from.

Spellings will be put in your child’s reading diary on a Monday and the children will be tested on these the following Monday. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings.

Please also encourage your child to use Times Tables Rock Stars to practise their multiplication skills. Every child has their login details glued in their reading diaries. TT Rock Stars can be found here:

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