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Feast Day: June 29 

Peter, the first pope, was a fisherman from Galilee. Jesus invited Peter to follow him, saying: "I will make you a fisher of men." Peter was a simple, hard-working man. He was generous, honest and loved Jesus very much.This great apostle's name was Simon, but Jesus changed it to Peter, which means "rock." "You are Peter," Jesus said, "and on this rock I will build my Church." Peter was the chief or prince of the apostles. When the Roman soldiers arrested Jesus, Peter was afraid. In his fright he committed the sin of denying that he knew Jesus, three times. Peter was terrified that they would kill him too, but before Jesus died, Peter repented totally. He wept over his denials for the rest of his life and Jesus lovingly forgave Peter.

After the resurrection Jesus asked Peter three times: "Do you love me?" "Lord," Peter answered, "you know all things. You know that I love you." Jesus truly did know! Peter was so right. Jesus said kindly: "Feed my lambs. Feed my sheep." He was telling Peter to take care of his Church because he would be ascending into heaven. Jesus left Peter as the leader and head of His Church. Peter later went to Rome to live. Rome was the centre of the whole Roman Empire. Peter converted many nonbelievers there.

When the fierce torture of Christians began, they begged Peter to leave Rome and save himself. Peter started out and on the road and Jesus appeared to him. Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "I am coming to be crucified a second time." Then St. Peter turned around and went back. He understood that this vision meant that he was meant to suffer and die for Jesus. Soon, he was taken prisoner and condemned to death. Because he was not a Roman citizen, he, like Jesus, could be crucified. This time he did not deny the Lord. This time he was ready to die for Jesus. Peter asked to be crucified with his head downward since he was not worthy to suffer as Jesus had. The Roman soldiers did not find this unusual because slaves were crucified upside down. St. Peter was martyred on Vatican Hill. It was around the year 67. Emperor Constantine built a large church over that sacred location in the fourth century.


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 Tuesday 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.