Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

We hope that you have had a fantastic summer break.



Swimming lessons will start in the middle of September and will then be every Monday for 4AF and Friday for 4M . Please make sure the children have appropriate swimming kits and towels in a bag.

PE lessons will be every Wednesday afternoon for 4M and Friday afternoons for 4AF. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school every Wednesday and Friday.

Homework will be sent home every Friday and is expected to be returned to school by the following Wednesday.

Reading books should be signed at home at least twice a week and should be in school every day, but will also be checked on Wednesdays along with the homework.


Please find below what we will be learning about:

Autumn 1


In maths we will be starting our new scheme ‘Power Maths.’ We will be looking at place value (4 digit numbers) and addition and subtraction.



In English our featured texts will be Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett and The Lion and the Unicorn. We will be looking at Non-chronological reports and Narrative writing in particular.


Topic: Water of the World.

Through our topic we will find out about water of the world in a number of different contexts. We will look at famous rivers, seas, oceans, lakes in the World and their geographical features and locations. We will also be looking at the formation of rivers and their geographical features in general. We will be also looking at water in the local area and the River Tame and the part that it plays in our local history and the importance of it to the community as well as looking at how the river was formed and it’s features.


Science: Electricity

In our science lessons we will be studying electricity, including making basic circuits.


PHSE: JIGSAW: COVID Recovery Program and Being Me in my World

We will start the year by completing the Jigsaw ‘COVID recovery program.’ We will look at how routines have changed in school and how to keep ourselves safe. We will also look at worries that we may have and what we can do to help. After that we will look at ‘Being Me in my World.’ During this ‘puzzle’ the children will be looking at their thoughts and feelings during new experiences. They will be looking at what makes them proud and how this made them feel. They will create their own personal and class targets linked to our Investors in Pupils and assess their progress in achieving them. They will look at and discuss the Jigsaw Charter including the ‘right to pass’ and then help to create their own rules for the classroom.


RE: Why do some people describe life as being like a journey?

In RE the children will be looking at what different views are to life and the journey they travel on through their lives.


PE: Dance and Swimming

In PE the children will take part in a swimming lesson every Monday afternoon (4AF) or Friday morning (4M) at Denton baths. The sessions are tailored for all needs, catering for non-swimmers who have never been to a lesson, right up to capable swimmers who attend lessons outside of school. We will also be doing dance lessons in school every Wednesday (4M) or Friday (4AF) afternoon.


Music: Charanga

During our music lessons the children will be working through units of the online Charanga resource.



In ICT we will be learning about E safety including how to keep safe online, Blogging such as how to leave and comment on blogs on our school webpage and we will also be looking at virtual worlds.


MFL: French

Our first theme will be All About Ourselves! Which will include introducing ourselves, saying how old we are, where we live and what we like to do..



Every half term the children will receive ‘Take Away Homework’ a menu of homework activities linked to our Topic. If you would like to email us your child’s homework please email to admin@corrie.tameside.sch FAO Mr. MacDonald or Mrs Faulkner / Mrs Akhtar

The children will also be sent a piece of maths or literacy work.

Home Reading: Reading a school book is part of your homework. Reading books are changed or checked every Wednesday but will be changed on other days if a book has been completed. Your child’s reading diary must be signed before a new book is given and all activities completed (if applicable)

REMEMBER: all homework needs to be completed each week and handed in by each Wednesday to achieve GREEN for Homework in your Assertive Mentoring. If you hand it in on Thursday you will achieve YELLOW and after that you will achieve RED for that week.

You all have an ACTIVE LEARN and Times Tables Rockstars  login for other Maths activities, games and multiplication facts practise to enjoy at home online. Please ask an adult to see your teacher for a replacement card if you lose or forget your login. Web links:




You will need to learn the Year 3 spelling lists.

Practicing Spellings At Home

Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words



Other important information:

  • Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform. We have a permanent marker if you need to write your child’s name in their jumper etc.
  • Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school (it will be sent home every half term to wash)
  • Bring your reading book and reading diary to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.
  • Please bring a school water bottle every day. Take it home each day and ask your grown up to clean and refill for you.
  • All the equipment you need is supplied for you in school. Please do not bring in your own pencils, rubbers etc from home.


Reception class.

Welcome to the Reception class page for the autumn term 2020.

The Reception class staff this year are Teachers: Mrs Rafferty (RR) Mrs Ethell and Miss Richards job share (RER). The Teaching assistants are Mrs Bellis and Miss Leach.

Within the Reception Class or Foundation Stage 2, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidance and Curriculum.  This sets out the learning and development for all children from birth to five years.

There are seven areas of learning.

Three Prime areas, which are particularly important during the first 3 years, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.

Four Specific areas, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Observations and shared learning.

Within the EYFS children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being active and creative.  As part of the EYFS curriculum, your child will be observed when they are planning across all areas in school. These observations are recorded using an app on our school i-Pads, usually with a photograph or video to evidence the observation. All observations are linked to the EYFS objectives, help to evidence, and track your child’s progress. The observations allow staff to plan and prepare activities and resources that interest the children and meet their next steps in learning.

This half term the focus is developing the children’s social and emotional development.

This Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities all this links to the terms topic.

The Topic this term is ourselves

During the topic, we will be thinking about what we look like and how we are similar and different. We will be thinking about our families and how families are all different.

The children will be drawing, writing and painting pictures of themselves and using ICT to record and describe themselves.

The children will be reading and sharing lots of fiction and non- fiction books on ourselves. They will be drawing pictures and we will record the children sharing their family experiences.


In Maths, the children will be reading, recognising, counting and sorting numbers to 20 and beyond.

They will be singing maths songs that we will post on the web page below.

We will be learning days of the week and looking at patterns.

The children will be participating in the SHINE maths program ( more information to follow)


In Phonics, the children will be learning the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Phonics sounds and the phase two key words. These will be sent as homework for the children to practise at home.

We use the Story Time Phonics scheme to teach phonics. It supports the Phonics Planning of Letters and Sounds by learning the actions to the song for each new letter sound and the actions.


Outdoor learning

The children have access to the outdoor area where we develop children’s creative ideas through different role-play areas enhanced with quality play equipment.

The outdoor learning gives children the platform to learn and explore through all the areas of the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum.

Home learning

The children will receive homework on Friday and this should be returned to school by Wednesday.

 Reading Books

The children will have their Reading books change at least once a week. We ask that children bring in their reading book everyday as they may read with one of the adults in the class on different days. Please buy your child a School book bag.

Books for Enjoyment.

Books for enjoyment are given out on Monday and should be returned on Friday. These books are for you to read with your child and to develop and sustain a pleasure of reading.

Reception Key words

Below are the Phase 2 High frequency words, letter sounds and the actions the children will learn in Phonics.


Phase two High Frequency Words

Phase two letter sounds


 Phase two action sounds  


 We usually run a series of curriculum days in the autumn term for Phonics, Maths and Reading but due to Government guidance during Covid 19 we cannot hold parents meeting, we will be sending out more information to keep you informed.


You may find the BBC have put together some articles, videos and resources to support you and your child with starting primary school.



Happy Learning from the Reception class team.

Mrs Rafferty, Mrs Ethell, Miss Richards, Mrs Bellis and Miss Leach.