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Meerkats Y4

Welcome to the Magnificent Meerkats!

We hope you enjoy having a sneaky peek into the exciting things we have been up to!

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Mrs McArdle is our class teacher and Mrs Hollywood is our Teaching Assistant.



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This Spring term, we will be answering the thought provoking question: Will the Rainforest Survive the 21st Century?



Our English work in the first half term will be based around the narrative ‘The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell. We will use Talk for Writing to help us write a setting description and poems. During the second half term, our focus will be on non-fiction writing.  We will be applying our knowledge of deforestation and the rainforest to write a series of persuasive pieces. We will continue to have a strong focus on handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation throughout the term.



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In Guided Reading, we will be focusing on developing our reading skills and linking this with answering questions about a text. We will also be developing our inference skills - using clues to help us answer questions. To begin the Spring term, we will be reading a range of different poems and in the second half-term, we will be exploring non-fiction texts in more detail.




This term, we will be focusing on multiplication and division methods. We will apply our multiplication knowledge and skill-set in the second half-term as we will be learning about Area and Fractions. Like in the Autumn term, there will be a real focus on learning the timestables up to 12x12 and being able to recall them confidently.



In Science, we will be learning about three different topics in the Spring term. Our first topic is called ‘Our Changing World’ and we will be exploring how trees and plants are identified and classified. Our second topic is called ‘Who Am I?’ and we will be learning about vertebrates and invertebrates.  In the second half term, we will be learning about the impact of humans on our environment.






Our thought provoking topic question this term will enable us to think about our changing world and the impact humans are having. We will be using digital mapping and atlases to locate continents, countries and capital cities. We will be learning about the rainforest and the animals that live there. As we progress into the second half term, we will be focussing on deforestation and how the rainforests are used.





Our computing work will, as always, involve work around E-Safety and knowing how to stay safe online. Our main focus will be ‘Writing for Different Audiences’. We will be using Purple Mash to support the Computing curriculum.




During Circle Time, we will get together with children from lower key stage 2 to discuss issues in the news, as well as things that directly impact on us!

Art / DT 

In our Art lessons, we will be learning about Henri Rousseau and we will be replicating some of his rainforest inspired artwork. As part of our DT work, we will be utilising our electricity science knowledge as we will be creating an electrical game.




PE will be on a Wednesday afternoon. We will be kicking off the Autumn term with Mr Saleh developing our skills and participating in competitive games.

Religious Education

We will be participating in RE theme days where we will be learning about The Bible and Food and Fasting.


Written homework will be given out on a Friday and collected in the following Friday.

Please encourage and help your child to complete their homework.

Regular reading at home and weekly spellings are also part of homework. Thank you for your support. It really does make a HUGE difference to your child’s learning.


Terrific Tables!

This year, we will be working especially hard to learn and recall all of the times tables (up to 12x). Please support your child by practising these at home. Being able to recall their times tables quickly, can really help your child when calculating and it is an important life skill.