Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Welcome Message

Autumn Term 2021

We are so pleased to welcome the children back to another school year this Autumn Term. We hope to enjoy a more 'normal' year of togetherness and fun filled learning. 


In Class 4 this Autumn, we will be delving into the history of the Vikings. Who were they? Where did they come from? Why did they want to invade and settle in our country? What kind of people were the? And what did they do for our country?


This topic will inspire our Design Technology and our Geography work as well as our History. We will also enjoy reading some Viking stories and learn to write our own Viking Sagas. One book we will enjoy is Cressida Cowell's 'Hiccup: the Seasick Viking'. 


Cressida Cowell will not only provide some of our reading material, but she will inspire our Art also. We will look at her illustrations for How to Train You Dragon and use her style to illustrate the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Caroll. The children will create their own concertina sketchbooks and use a variety of media to produce moody and striking illustrations. 


While we get to know the poem 'Jabberwocky' in Art, we will be discussing poetic conventions in English and have fun understanding some of the Portmanteau words that Lewis Caroll created for his poem. 


Science will be a blast as we discover how temperature has an affect on the materials around us. What state are these materials in and how does heating and cooling change these states. We will investigate materials, and evaluate how their state changes, concluding why this happens. The journey of the water cycle will be taught, supporting what we have learnt over the topic. 


P.E. will be taught on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will be learning how to play Netball on Wednesdays, perfecting our passes and movement around the court, before taking part in some games. On Thursdays we will be developing our athletics skills with a range of different activities.

Please bring a full kit including spare socks and a hair bobble (if needed). 


Spelling Homework will be handed out Wednesday afternoons and these need to be practiced and learnt for the test the following week. We do request the spelling homework sheet back the week after it was handed out. Please use the spelling strategies we have taught. A variety of techniques will help the children to retain the spelling and understand it at a deeper level. If you request another spelling strategy booklet, please get in touch- they are helpful. 


Times table practice will happen towards the end of the week, and homework tailored to your child will be set at this time. 


If you have any questions you can contact the school office, or contact ourselves on Seesaw. We will get back to you inside working hours. 

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