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A Better World (and Y4 Autumn Newsletter)

Our first whole school theme is 'A Better World'. We are learning about what makes a good citizen, the importance of charities and democracy. We are also consolidating understanding of 'The Qualities for Life' through the delivery of this theme and are exploring how we can be responsible citizens online. Pupils are also learning about why recycling is needed. 

A Better World Topic Web

A Better World Topic Web 1
Autumn Newsletter

This newsletter will give you information specific to Year 4 for the forthcoming term.

Please arrive at school ready for the classroom doors to open at 8:40am. It is very important that the children are on time as timetabled activities will begin promptly at 8.50am. Unless you need to speak to the class teacher specifically, please say goodbye to them outside in order to encourage greater independence. They are to be collected from the playground at 3:15pm.

We will be focusing on two ‘themes’ this term: A Better World, and  Scavengers and Settlers. They are both exciting themes which will cover how to look after our world and then move onto the different ages of pre-history. The children will also be attending a range of fun-filled educational visits based around the topics including a very exciting overnight stay at Celtic Harmony on Thu 11th Oct - Fri 12th Oct. More info to follow!

P.E sessions will take place on Monday and Friday.  We ask that the children come to school in their PE kits and wear them throughout the day. They do not need to change into their school uniform on PE days. Your child should already know if they are in the half of the year that goes swimming (Chusan and half of Patonga) and they must bring their swimming kit in on Wednesday. This should include a towel, swim hat and tight fitting swimwear. Flip flops and googles are optional. If your child has not received the swimming letter for this term then their swimming lessons will commence after February half-term.

It is very important that your child brings their book bag to school every day. Homework in Year 4 will form an integral part of the children’s daily learning and so it is vital that homework is completed on time and to a good standard. Homework will be given out to the children on a Monday and is expected back the following Monday.

The school has recently become a Google Reference School—one of only a handful in London. This is due to the way innovative way we have used Google for Education. One of the benefits of this new technology is that all of the children’s work will be stored remotely (and securely) in the cloud and can therefore be accessed at home. We really want to encourage the children to continue their learning as much as possible at home and to do this they will need access to a device that can connect to the internet: a laptop, MacBook, tablet or even a smart phone with internet connection would be suitable. They should go to and sign in using their unique e-mail address which ends in and then use their password to access all their files in Google Drive.

As usual, if you ever have anything that you would like to talk to us about then please do not hesitate to speak to us at the beginning or the end of the school day. We can speak briefly then or make an appointment for a more lengthy discussion if the situation requires it. Parents Evenings will take place on the 3rd and 8th of October and we look forward to seeing all of our parents on these dates. For further information please see the school website

The Year 4 Team: