A Dawlish Learning Partnershp School

Year 4 (Avocets)

Class Teacher – Miss Mann

Spring Term 2018

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year!



Please continue to read with your children. At this stage of their education, understanding what they are reading is incredibly important as well as looking up (in a dictionary/online) or asking about unfamiliar words to learn the meaning of them. When I hear children reading aloud at school, they regularly gloss over words they have misread and it takes an adult asking them to go back and read it again to ensure they have read the right words and have the right meaning. Reading a singular word wrong can change the context/meaning of the whole sentence! If you are able to, please ask questions about what they are reading whether the questions are about settings, characters, plots, predictions etc.



We will be looking at non-fiction as an initial topic and looking at newspapers. This will be focused around our History topic of the Ancient Egyptians and the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

We will then be moving onto a poetry unit using the poem ‘How to be a Pirate’ as a stimulus. This will be turned into something related to our Egypt topic before the children can write their own version.

We will then move onto some fiction using the story of Jack and the Dream Sack for our inspiration.



This term we will be returning to place value and being able to use all four operations for calculations in Maths. Place value is so important as the understanding on the value of the digits and where they are in the number system underpins most of Maths. Solid understanding in this area, will enhance their adding, subtracting, multiplication and division. As aforementioned, learning their times tables will also be vital. The sooner the children know them, the easier Maths will become as tables link to so many areas of Maths. Any support with this at home can only help the children at school.


We will be looking at sound as our first unit in Science. Following this, we will be looking at a unit on Animals including humans.


Our history topic is on Ancient Egyptians which means we will be having an in-depth look at the social hierarchy, pharaohs, Gods, clothing, jewellery and many other parts of their culture. It is a brilliant topic and the children tend to enjoy it immensely.


In Art, we will be looking at shading and sculptures. We will also be looking at creating some watercolours.


In R.E, we will be looking at religious symbols in Christianity and Beliefs and Actions in the World.


Our Geography focus is looking at where people live, including different types of settlement and land use (linked to our Egyptians topic again). We will be using atlases/Google Maps to help us.

D + T

Our D+T topic will be related to our Egypt topic and looking at 3D structures.


Children have been continuing to learn about coding and programming. Alongside this, we will be continuing to learn about researching information safely. We will also be thinking about our typing on the computer and starting to learn to touch type.


We will be looking further at numbers and linking this to pocket money.


This will be with Mrs Wilson who is a music specialist.


In the first part of term, we will be looking at dance and gymnastics. In the second half term, we will be looking at football and dance.


Homework goes out on a Friday and is due back on a Wednesday. There is a lunchtime club for children who can do their homework at school if there is limited time at home. The focus will be on Maths initially, especially those times tables! As previously mentioned reading daily is important. The more the children read at home with an adult, the more words they will learn which will help their writing and spelling. Spelling homework will also be happening weekly as there are many words and patterns the children are expected to know! The expectation for homework is that it is completed every week!

Please also check out ‘Avocets News’ as information/photos and videos about what is going on in class are regularly published there.

Any questions/concerns, please remember my door is always open.

Thank you!

Miss T Mann