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Feast Day: June 29 

Peter, the first pope, was a fisherman from Galilee. Jesus invited Peter to follow him, saying: "I will make you a fisher of men." Peter was a simple, hard-working man. He was generous, honest and loved Jesus very much.This great apostle's name was Simon, but Jesus changed it to Peter, which means "rock." "You are Peter," Jesus said, "and on this rock I will build my Church." Peter was the chief or prince of the apostles. When the Roman soldiers arrested Jesus, Peter was afraid. In his fright he committed the sin of denying that he knew Jesus, three times. Peter was terrified that they would kill him too, but before Jesus died, Peter repented totally. He wept over his denials for the rest of his life and Jesus lovingly forgave Peter.

After the resurrection Jesus asked Peter three times: "Do you love me?" "Lord," Peter answered, "you know all things. You know that I love you." Jesus truly did know! Peter was so right. Jesus said kindly: "Feed my lambs. Feed my sheep." He was telling Peter to take care of his Church because he would be ascending into heaven. Jesus left Peter as the leader and head of His Church. Peter later went to Rome to live. Rome was the centre of the whole Roman Empire. Peter converted many nonbelievers there.

When the fierce torture of Christians began, they begged Peter to leave Rome and save himself. Peter started out and on the road and Jesus appeared to him. Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "I am coming to be crucified a second time." Then St. Peter turned around and went back. He understood that this vision meant that he was meant to suffer and die for Jesus. Soon, he was taken prisoner and condemned to death. Because he was not a Roman citizen, he, like Jesus, could be crucified. This time he did not deny the Lord. This time he was ready to die for Jesus. Peter asked to be crucified with his head downward since he was not worthy to suffer as Jesus had. The Roman soldiers did not find this unusual because slaves were crucified upside down. St. Peter was martyred on Vatican Hill. It was around the year 67. Emperor Constantine built a large church over that sacred location in the fourth century.

Welcome to St Peter

Hello and welcome back to the autumn term.  We hope, like us, you have had a restful summer break.  We are looking forward to working with you in order to ensure the best outcome for your child this year.  This term our class will be supported by and Mrs Vuksanaj (our teaching assistant) who will help in all aspects of our classroom life. We will at some point during this academic year be arranging educational visits to support our learning and will inform you of the details at a later point.  If you have any concerns about your child at any time please do not hesitate to contact us.

Miss L Joseph and Miss Soto  (Class teachers for Year 4)

Homework will be given out each Tuesday.  Homework will consist of literacy, numeracy , RE and spellings.   From time to time, Science or Topic homework may also be given.  Homework should be returned on Monday to be marked together.

A People of Prayer

We are hoping to develop:

a. Use appropriate religious terms to show an understanding of/explain the meaning and purpose of, the Feast of the Epiphany AT 1 (ii) 

b. Make links between the Beatitudes and Christian life [human experience]  AT 1 (i)

c. Explain how and why the Beatitudes prompt the actions of believers/shape a believers’ life. AT 1 (iii) 

d. Explain how the Lord’s Prayer, as a statement of belief, has developed. AT 1 (i) 


It is hoped that pupils will develop:

A willingness to pray

An openness to people of other faith traditions

An appreciation of the role of prayer in deepening a relationship with God

A sense of wonder about different styles of prayer


PE will take place each Thursday with Non Stop Action starting with Tag Rugby this term. Please ensure that your children have the correct PE kit and that each item of clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name.  For health and safety reasons children are not permitted to borrow other children's PE kits. It is also advisable to have a spare pair of socks for girls who wear tights.  As girls are not permitted to wear tights for PE our advice is that an additional pair of socks is included with their kit. All earrings should be removed on PE days. If for some reason your child has to keep their studs in, these should be very carefully taped over.


Please ensure that your child reads every night in order to develop fluency.  Evidence shows that good readers are also good spellers and good writers.  Reading records are provided for date, book and comments to be added by you or your child.  Please encourage your child to fill in their records daily.  Also, if you could spend a little time talking about the text and asking questions to encourage your child to really think about what they have read. This will greatly help their comprehension skills.


Following the National Strategy Renewed Framework

Topics covered this term:

  • Counting, partitioning and calculating

  • Securing number facts and understanding shape

  • Handling data and measures

  • Calculating, measuring and understanding shape

  • Securing number facts, relationships and calculating

In addition:  weekly multiplication tables practice and test and mental maths practice.



The Ancient Greeks


In this unit children will find out about the way of life of people living in Ancient Greece from archaeological discoveries. Children will develop their understanding of characteristic features of a society; identify the different ways the past is represented; and use sources of information to make simple observations, inferences and deductions.

Children will learn about the Greek alphabet and how it has influenced language today, the Olympic Games, both ancient and modern and how they have changed over time; religious festivals and gods and goddesses.


Creative Writing

  • Planning and writing stories

  • Character description

  • Settings

  • Story openings

  • Diary entries

  • Letters  


  • Stories with familiar settings

  • Stories from other cultures  and traditional stories

  • Fantasy

  • Fables

  • Greek Myths & Legends (linked with History)


  • Explanations and instructions

  • Information Text

  • Newspaper recount


Guided/collaborative Reading (each pupil heard once a week)

Individual Reading Records

Book Reviews

Spelling and Punctuation:  Weekly spelling homework and tests, ongoing consolidation and revision of punctuation

Weekly comprehension

Children are taught the skills of skimming and scanning text to look for key information.

Also the skills of inference and deduction in order to work out answers to questions.


D & T

Making containers

The children will investigate different types of containers. They will create a design brief to design and make their own container.



Children will use the computer for various lessons where required. Some of these will be:

Internet search:

  • The children will use the internet to research information on different aspects of Ancient Greek life.

  • They will use the information to create a Fact File presentation.

  • Children will use Microsoft Word to change style, colour, and size of font. They will be able to insert pictures or clip art.

The children will begin the coding programme for Year 4.


The children will learn about the styles of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his use of colour. They will develop their skills in using a range of media.


French will continue to be taught weekly by Mrs. Ramdarshan.





  • To identify common appliances that run on electricity

  • To construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers

  • To identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete  loop with a battery

  •  To recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit

  • To recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.


2nd half:

States of matter 

  • To compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.

  • To observe that some materials will change state when they are heated and cooled.

  • To measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius.

  • To identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.


Scientific Enquiry focus:

  • Measuring temperatures

  • Planning a fair test

  • Drawing conclusion;  comparing and explaining conclusions

  • Collecting and presenting evidence



Edward De Bono

We continue to use Edward De Bono's six thinking hats to help us to organise our thinking and process or ideas. There are 6 hats and each has a different colour and so a different use or meaning. When children answer questions in class, each question will have a different colour hat attached to it. The diagram below shows you in better detail how we use them. Ask your children what hats they have used in their learning today!

Habits of Mind
The Habits of Mind are a collection of 16 thinking dispositions designed to help children develop their critical and creative thinking skills. Every week children are taught to use a different ‘habit of mind’ to help with their thinking and apply this to their work.

Visual Maps

The children are now using visual tools in all areas of their learning. These tools help the children map out their ideas and organize their thinking.




For more information about the curriculum please refer to the autumn curriculum sheet