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Year 4 Morpurgo Class

Miss Willer


Autumn Term 2020


Over the next six weeks Morpurgo class will be following a unit of work called `Island Life’. 


This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas: 


1. The subjects of the curriculum – The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as the UK curriculum. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging. 

2. Personal development – The characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners. 

3. International understanding – This will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures. 


Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects. 

During this unit we will be focusing on Geography, Art and International. 


In Geography, we’ll be finding out: 

· About different islands we know about 

· Learning about new islands and comparing with existing knowledge 

· About where different islands are located in the world and finding them on maps 

· About the geographical features on different islands 

· About the features of a river 

· How to use a compass and map 

· How to use 4 figure grid references 

· About how different islands are formed 

· About an island in detail 


In Art, we’ll be finding out: 

· About fabrics from different islands 

· How to create an island inspired stamp 

· About artists and architects who have been inspired by islands 

· How to create an island sunset artwork 


In International, we’ll be finding out: 

· About the unique cultural aspects of place 

· How island culture is under threat 


Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, Science, RE and Music will be interwoven with our topic learning. In Literacy we will be looking at the differences between myths, fables and legends. We will explore characters and settings within myths and have a go at writing our own. In Maths we will begin the term by looking at place value and follow on with the four operations. Our Science topic this term will involve looking at the the human body, our diet and keeping healthy when our topic becomes chocolate later in the term.


All of the work we are going to do has been specially designed to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.


We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. Together with your child, you may wish to explore an island that is of interest to them. You may wish to consider the culture (music, fashion, dance and food from the island) and the geography of the island. This can contribute to the Exit Point of the unit during which they will they will share their information about an island of their choice as an ‘Island Expert.’ 


If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work for them. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.



PE takes place on Wednesday. The children will require a sky blue polo top with the school badge, plain royal blue shorts, royal blue tracksuit and black or white trainers. P.E kits should be kept in school in case of any timetable changes and will be sent home fortnightly to be washed.  For health and safety reasons, earrings and watches should be removed for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.



Importantly, this term we will developing our independence in our work and reflection. Please encourage your child to be independent with their choices at home and this will pay dividends in the classroom. I hope your child will have lots of fun and be happy and enthusiastic in their learning this term.


In Morpurgo, across the week, we have Mr Woolin, Mrs Hatchman and Miss Smith helping us with our learning. 


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call in and see me after school or call the office to make an appointment.


Please keep checking back for updates.

Kind regards,


Miss Willer


Reading Books


When reading with your child at home it is important that they understand what they’re reading. Use these questions to help question your child:

  1. What has happened so far?
  2. Who are the main characters?
  3. What have you learnt from what you have read? (Non-Fiction)

Please comment in your child's diary each time you read with them. Pupils will also have the opportunity to bring a book home from the school library. Please make sure children have their books available to read everyday.




Pupils will be set homework on a Wednesday and Friday. On Friday the homework will consist of spellings and times tables.  On a Tuesday homework will be set that will consist of an area of the curriculum.  The children will be able to access this through Google Classroom or in the homework book. In addition to this, each child will be expected to complete their daily work program on DoodleMaths.