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Old Dalby Church of EnglandPrimary School

Kind hearts, open minds, courageous spirits

Together we will explore life in all its fullness

Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Hebrews 10:24

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Welcome to Penguin Class!


Spring 1 Topic Information


Our topic this term is Dig!


Maths: Multiplication and division. Length and perimeter. 


English: To support our topic, we will be writing a narrative based upon 'The Secret of Black Rock' by Joe Todd-Stanton. 


Science: We will be learning about rocks, fossils and soils.


Geography: We will be carrying out some fieldwork in our local area, exploring the geographical features and layout of Old Dalby village.


Art: We will be exploring the artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh and creating our own responses to his stained glass windows and landscape paintings.


Music: We will be using chants and songs to carry a rhythm. 


RE: We will be exploring 'how and why do people mark the significant events of life?'


Computing: We will be using a variety of software to research land use in our local area.


SRE: We will understand the importance of giving sincere apologies when someone has been hurt. 




General Information


Our PE day is Thursday (Children to come to school in kit).


Year 4: Guitar - If you take your guitar home, please remember to bring it back in on a Friday morning.


Reading: We ask that your child is heard reading 3 times a week or more at home. Every Monday the children can change their books and their partnership books will be checked. Your child will then receive a raffle ticket if they have read 3 times or more which goes into the reading raffle once every half term.


Comprehension/Spelling: Please ensure that your child completes the reading comprehension card given each week. They need to be returned on the Monday of the following week. At the back of your child's partnership book are the common exception words for their year group. Your child can practice reading and writing these at home.


Times Tables: Children are to practice their times tables on Numbots/TT Rockstars.


Partnership Books: It is the expectation that your child's partnership book will be bought into school daily. These will be checked and signed by an adult. Please do not hesitate to write any messages in there and also look out for any notes from the school.


Interventions: If your child receives an intervention then this will be recorded in the front of their partnership book. If you would like to see what intervention your child is receiving, please have a look at the 'Intervention Groups' page.


Thank you for your continued support, 


Miss Hackett and Miss Maria smiley



Miss Hackett and Miss Maria (every day), Mrs Bryan (PE), Mrs Hakewill-Watson (Friday PM)





Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words

Year 4 Times Table Check


Every Friday, we allow time in school for the children (year 3's included) to practice their times tables via X Factor, Beat the Clock, Times Tables Rockstars etc. This is to prepare the year 4's for the statutory Multiplication Times Tables Check in June.


The Multiplication Times Tables Check is an online test where the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question, they have 6 seconds to answer, and in between the questions, there is a 3-second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often.


Your child will be expected to practice for this test at home (we suggest 10 minutes a day for optimal results). We recommend using: Multiplication Tables Check - 2023 - as this will increase your child's confidence in reading and answering questions within the time allowed. 


We understand that some children might be put off by the timer. If your child has any issues with this at home, please do not hesitate to let us know and we will seek to provide extra reassurance for them in school.


Please click the link for more information and guidance about the multiplication tables check: Multiplication tables check - GOV.UK (