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St. Paul

Paul is the great apostle who hated and first tortured the Christians, making them suffer much. Then on his road to Damascus Jesus changed his heart and he was converted. We celebrate Paul's conversion on January 25.

At the time of his conversion, Jesus had said: "I will show him how much he must suffer for me." St. Paul loved Jesus very much, so much, in fact, that he became a living copy of our Savior. All his life, as a missionary, St. Paul met troubles and went through dangers of every kind. He was whipped, stoned, shipwrecked, and lost at sea. Many, many times he was hungry, thirsty and cold.Yet he always trusted in God. He never stopped preaching. "The love of Jesus presses me onward," he said. In reward, God gave him great comfort and joy in spite of every suffering.

We read about his marvellous adventures for Christ in Luke's Acts of the Apostles, beginning with chapter nine. But St. Luke's story ends when Paul arrives in Rome. He is under house arrest, waiting to be tried by Emperor Nero. A famous early Christian writer, Tertullian, tells us that Paul was freed after his first trial. But then he was put in prison again. This time he was sentenced to death. He died around the year 67, during Nero's terrible torture of the Christians. Paul called himself the apostle of the Gentiles (people who were not Jews) and he preached the Good News of Jesus to them. That took him to the far ends of the world. Because of Paul, we, too, have received the Christian faith.


Homework will be given out each Tuesday.  Homework will consist of literacy, numeracy, RE and spellings.   From time to time, Science or Topic homework may also be given.  During this time, we expect homework to be returned on the following Monday so that it can be marked together.



From Easter to Pentecost:

Pupils will explore the Season of Easter, the period from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. Belief in the resurrection is presented as one of the founding beliefs of Christians and, together with the coming of the Holy Spirit as Pentecost as the rationale for ‘caritas’; love of God that leads to acts of charity. This unit teaches from the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles, also written by Luke.

A Virtuous Life:

The children will be learning about the Good Samaritan story and they will begin to understand the importance of the role of the Good Samaritan on our lives today. The children will understand what the cardinal virtues and theological virtues are and how they impact our lives.


We will be focusing on the way Muslim people work and where they would go to worship Allah. They will understand where the Muslim religion originated from and understand that Islam and Christianity are both monotheist religions.




PE will take place each Thursday and each Friday with a specialist PE coach this term. This academic year, Year 4 are trialling the children coming to school on our designated PE day, dressed in their PE kit. This means your child will need to have the school tracksuit bottom and sweatshirt with our school logo, under which they are expected to wear their white St Mary’s PE top and shorts. Children should wear their normal black school shoes and bring their plimsolls in their small PE bags to change into. Please ensure that your children have the correct PE kit and that each item of clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name.  For health and safety reasons children are not permitted to borrow other children's PE kits. All earrings should be removed on PE days prior to coming to school. If for some reason your child has to keep their studs in, these should be very carefully taped over at home.




At present your child will still be bringing home a school reading book. Please ensure that your child reads every night in order to develop fluency.  Reading records are provided for date, book and comments to be added by an adult.  Please ensure that the reading records are signed each time your child is listened to read.  Also, if you could spend a little time talking about the text and asking questions to encourage your child to really think about what they have read. This will greatly help their comprehension skills. Evidence shows that good readers are also good spellers and good writers. Reading records will be checked by the class teachers every Friday and we will expect to see five adult signatures showing that you have heard your child read.




The children will continue to be taught the skills which are laid out in the New Curriculum. The following skilss are taught within each unit:

Place value:

identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations

count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000

recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number

order and compare numbers beyond 1000

round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000

read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C)

find 1000 more or less than a given number

count backwards through zero to include negative numbers

solve number and practical problems

interpret negative numbers in context

Addition and subtraction:

add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits

estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation

solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts

Measure -Perimeter:

convert between different units of measure

measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure

Multiplication and division:

recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12

use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally

recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations

multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout

solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit,

solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division


find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares

estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence


recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions

count up and down in hundredths

add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities


count up and down in hundredths

recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths

find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100,

solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places

add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

recognise and write decimal equivalents to 1/4; 1/2; 3/4

round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number

compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places


solve simple measure and money problems

estimate, compare and calculate different measures


convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute]


interpret and present discrete and continuous data

solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs

Geometry- angles and 2D shapes:

compare and classify geometric shapes

identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size

identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations

complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry

Geometry-position and direction:

describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant

describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down

plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon


Statutory Times Table Testing

We are hoping that this will take place this year and will keep you updated with decisions taken by the government.

At St Mary’s we aspire to ensure that the children achieve the objectives that are laid out in the National curriculum at the appropriate age related expectation.

We will therefore continue with setting our children their times table targets alongside our regular in class weekly learning. We look to your continued support as the first educators of your child to help us with this aim by helping your child to regularly practice their targeted times table at home. Please refer to your child’s individual target sheet when they are sent home.



                  History Workshops and Shows for Primary Schools - School Workshops

This year we have a new topic based on “The Vikings”. Children will develop their general knowledge about 

What Britain was like before the first Viking invasions.

The first Viking invasions of Britain.

The Viking settlement of Britain and how this affected the Anglo-Saxons.

Why King Alfred was dubbed ‘Alfred the Great’.

What life was like for Vikings living in Britain.

How and when England became a unified country

The end of the  Viking era in Britain.

Our units of study in English cover a variety of genre including.

Creative Writing: Planning and writing stories, Character description, Diary, Letter writing and Setting descriptions.

Fiction: Recounts, Stories with an element of fantasy, Adventure stories, Play scripts and Stories with humour.

Non-fiction: Newspaper report, Report writing, Non-chronological reports, Explanations and Persuasive writing

Your child will also take part in regular guided reading sessions where an adult listens to them read and where they have opportunities to discuss and answer questions about the text read.

Spellings will be given out and tested on a weekly basis. Please support your child in learning their spelling words each week.

Grammar focus: This will consist of your child learning about word classes, punctuation and general principles of grammar which will improve both their writing and their speaking skills.




This term for ICT children will be learning about: 

Data handling

To sort objects using just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.

To sort objects using just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.

To create a branching database of the pupils’ choice.


To enter data into a graph and answer questions.

To solve an investigation and present the results in graphic form


To discuss what makes a good animated film or cartoon.

To learn how animations are created by hand.

To find out how 2Animate can be created in a similar way using the computer.

To learn about onion skinning in animation.

To add backgrounds and sounds to animations.

To be introduced to ‘stop motion’ animation





This term children will be designing and making a money purse. This D&T links in with our Geography topic on Trade.

The children will:

- create a design brief for their money purse.

-annotated sketches for their design

-investigate and analyse a range of money purses

-investigate how different money purses are held together

-make their money purse by using the correct tools

-use the skills of cutting, shaping, joining, sewing and finishing accurately




This term in art we will be:

Exploring Viking art and identify its key characteristics and features.

Drawing Viking patterns

Creating a piece of Viking animal artwork

Sketching a Viking dragon head.

Drawing a portrait of a Viking warrior


 French will continue to be taught weekly by Mrs. Ramdarshan.




1ST Half:

Animals including humans

Pupils will be taught to:

Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans

Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.

Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey

Scientific Enquiry:

Investigation on what damages teeth

2nd half:

States of matter

To compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.

To observe that some materials will change state when they are heated and cooled.

To measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius.

To identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

Scientific Enquiry focus:

Measuring temperatures

Planning a fair test

Drawing conclusion;  comparing and explaining conclusions

Collecting and presenting evidence




Edward De Bono

We continue to use Edward De Bono's six thinking hats to help us to organise our thinking and process or ideas. There are 6 hats and each has a different colour and so a different use or meaning. When children answer questions in class, each question will have a different colour hat attached to it. The diagram below shows you in better detail how we use them. Ask your children what hats they have used in their learning today!


Habits of Mind
The Habits of Mind are a collection of 16 thinking dispositions designed to help children develop their critical and creative thinking skills. Every week children are taught to use a different ‘habit of mind’ to help with their thinking and apply this to their work.


Visual Maps

The children are now using visual tools in all areas of their learning. These tools help the children map out their ideas and organize their thinking.