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Chilton Primary School

Chilton Primary School

One Childhood, One Chance

Weekly News! 15.12.23


In English this week we have been continuing to look at poetry and our focus this week has been on form and structure. We have looked at the different poem structures and syllables. More specifically, we have explored haikus and shape poems. They have really developed their poetry skills and they have created some fantastic work!      

Next term, our new book is Fly, Eagle, Fly. This is an African folk tale. In the book, a tribesman finds an eagle chick and raises it as a chicken. When the eagle is full-grown, another man says that he can teach the eagle to be an eagle, not a chicken (which is how it behaves). He tries several times and fails, until he takes the eagle up to the mountain, shows it the sunrise and it spreads its wings and flies. The moral of the story is that we shouldn’t put up with just being chickens, that we should all spread our wings and fly.

The children will focus on the following writing sequence:

  • Setting descriptions

  • Character descriptions

  • 5-part narrative to include: Opening, Build-Up, Problem, Resolution, Ending.

As part of their Guided Reading lessons, the children will use their reciprocal reading skills such as: predicting, summarising, questioning and clarifying.  They will also use their retrieval and inferencing comprehension skills as well as exploring African poetry and art.


This week we have continued with converting measurements of volume and our problem-solving skill this term – trial and improvement. We have looked at a mixture of Christmassy problems and applied our learning in specific situations.


Next term we are going back to number and place value as part of our spiral curriculum. These are our objectives:

  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. (To round appropriately given context see division strand)

  • To identify and count in negative numbers.

  • To estimate and round numbers using measuring instruments.

Thematic curriculum

This week we have been learning about the Christmas story in religious education. We looked at how far Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem and how the 3 Wise Men followed the star to see him. We also found our about King Herod and his jealously towards Jesus and people were calling him a ‘King’. He wanted to kill Jesus, so Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt with Jesus to keep him safe.


Love to Learn

This Christmas holiday, your ‘Love to Learn’ task is focused on English. We would like you to keep a diary of what you get up to over the Christmas break. This is optional!

Challenge – Can you include photos too?

We have a home reading challenge for Year 4. We have chosen two books (both books are about volcanoes and are linked to our Term 3 Thematic topic) on Myon for the children to read and then take a quiz on. The deadline for this is 11th Jan.   One book is harder than the other. If the children read and quiz on these books, it will add to their AR results for Term 3.

The children log on to Myon using their AR username and password.

Link to Myon -

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Many thanks,

The Year 4 Team

Contact Us

Correspondence for the Head of School:

Mr Alex McAuley
c/o Chilton Primary School,
Chilton Lane,
Kent. CT11 0LQ

Contact the school office on:
01843 597695
or by fax on:
01843 852872

01843 597695