St Margaret's CofE Primary School, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HB

01273 303109

St Margaret's CE Primary School

Grace, Strength, Love

Year 4


"A river doesn’t just carry water, it carries life.”-Amit Kalantri

Our topic this half term is Rivers. For our stuning start we read some poetry by Valerie Bloom, became angineers to build the strongest bridges, and used oil pastel to recreate claude Monet's famous Water Lilies.  We will be looking at the geography of rivers all over the world - linking to The River Nile and our previous topic. Our main focus is the question: Why are rivers called the 'life giver'? 


Swimming will take place for the Autumn term.  

Children must come into school in PE kit and bring the following items in a sepeate bag: 

  • Swimming shorts/costume (one piece)
  • Swimming hat 
  • Goggles 
  • Towel 


PE & Forest School

PE and Forest School will be on Monday morning with MrJones.  Please ensure that the children come into school on these days wearing their school PE kit: shorts or tracksuit bottoms (depending on the weather), trainers, school jumper or fleece. Children will need to bring appropriate clothing for forest school to change into as necessary (for this term a waterproof coat and wellington boots). 


Homework will be set weekly on a Monday.  Information of what homework is set will be available on Google Classroom. This gives the children a week to have a go at completing it. The homework set will recap the learning done in school. Weekly homework will consist of the following ... 

Maths - an interactive online game will be set on mostly TTRS or Active Learn.

Please be helping your children learning their times tables ahead of the check in June. This can be done in a variety of ways (not just TTRS). 

Reading - children should be attempting to read ideally 20 minutes a day. If this is too challenging please start of with 5 minutes or 1 page and we will work on building this up throughout the year. Reading journals are also encouraged and this is a space for children to review literature in a variety of ways. One every 1-2 weeks is recommended. Reading for pleasure is hugely important so children may read a variety of texts and there is no expectation that it should be narrative. If you are struggling with book choices please use this resource for some recommended reads.

Spelling - Weekly spellings will again link to online games that children can play to assist them with their learning. The spellings will focus on high frequency words and spelling rules/patterns.