Oxley Park Academy

Dream, Believe, Achieve - Together

Two Sites - One Heart, One Mission, One School


As we are 1 school over 2 campuses, our pupils will access facilities at both sites to enjoy the excellent, but differing provision and facilities. This will normally be done through escorted walks. If we are using the school minibuses we will ask you to sign a consent agreement. With escorted walks to support our curriculum, we will, as always for local walks, notify you on our Year page that we are going out in order that you can ensure children have appropriate clothing.

If you cannot catch your class teacher at the door or at the end of the day, please send them an email:

Emily Thorn - Woodpeckers - emily.hills@oxleyparkacademy.com

Rachel Newsholme - Swallows - rachel.newsholme@oxleyparkacademy.com

Rebecca Morris - Barn Owls - rebecca.morris@oxleyparkacademy.com

Louise Walliger - Horse Chestnut - louise.wallinger@oxleyparkacademy.com

Emma Keane - Horse Chestnut - emma.keane@oxleyparkacademy.com

The half term ahead (Monday 19th February - Friday 23rd March)...

Our TOPIC for this term will be South America. Children will work as scientists to understand plants and investigate living things, with a focus on the rainforest in Brazil. As artists, they will master the technique of printing and collage, with a focus on Amazonian animals. Working as designers, children will develop their practical skills when working with food, with a focus on Brazilian food.


Our ENGLISH work will continue to work in chapters, with an initial cold write, followed by the teaching of skills linked to this writing, then a hot task at the end of the chapter where children have the opportunity to apply their developed skills to their independent writing. Our first chapter will be biographies and autobiographies, with a focus on Juliane Koepcke. During this chapter, children will:

  • Write with purpose (using the main features of a type of writing, plan, write, edit and improve)
  • Organise writing appropriately (using organisational devices such as headings and sub-headings, use connectives that signal time, shift attention)
  • Use paragraphs ( organising paragraphs around a theme, sequencing paragraphs)
  • Use sentences appropriately (using a  mixture of simple, compound and complex shapes) 

Our second chapter in English will be adventure stories, linked with film and media. During this chapter, children will:

  • Write with purpose (using techniques used by authors to create characters and settings, compose and reharse sentences orally, plan, write, edit and improve)
  • Use imaginative description (creating characters, settings and plots, and, using a range of descriptive phrases including some collective nouns)
  • Organise writing appropriately (Use connectives that signal time, shift attention, inject suspense and shift the setting)
  • Use paragraphs ( organising paragraphs around a theme, sequencing paragraphs)
  • Use sentences appropriately (use a mixture of simple, compound and complex sentences, use a range of conjunctions, adverbs, direct speech, clauses and adverbial phrases)


Our MATHS work will continue to begin with a check in before teaching the skills that children need to move their learning forwards. Each chapter will then finish with a check out to see the progress the children have made. Our first chapter will be fractions. During this chapter, children will:

  • Explore what a fraction is
  • Find equivalent fractions
  • Explore fractions greater than 1
  • Count in fractions
  • Add two or more fractions
  • Subtract fractions
  • Calculate fractions of a quantity
  • Problem solve by calculating quantities

Welcome to Year 4 Letter!

Find out about the Great Wall of China...


Weekly overview...

Maths (WB 9.4.18)

Children will continue their decimal chapter in Maths. They will explore tenths and hundredths as decimals, fractions, on a place value grid and on a number line.  


Our calculation basic skills lesson will focus on division methods. Children will receive homework on Thursday 12th April, linked to division methods, which will be due in on Monday 16th April. 


Our times table basic skills lesson will focus on rapid recall of our 8 times table facts, and corresponding division facts.


Literacy and Topic (WB 9.4.18)

Children will begin their new chapter in literacy, linked to our topic. Their literacy focus will be on newspaper reports, linked to Mother Teresa. Children will begin with a cold write newspaper report before beginning their journey to explore key newspaper report writing skills, linked to the model text on their working wall. 


Our grammar basic skills lesson will focus on conjunctions. Children will receive SPaG homework linked to this on Thursday 12th April, which will be due in by Monday 16th April. SPaG homework should be completed at the back of children's homework books, with maths homework remaining at the front of the book.


Children will begin their new topic chapter: South East Asia. They will work as geographers during the week to explore the location of Chembalkolli, a village in India, before making comparisons between this locality and our own locality. In science, children will construct electrical circuits and identify the parts of a circuit. 



Home learning - South East Asia

Please complete and bring in to school at least one of the following home learning projects, by Friday 27th April:

  • Create your own fact file about an area of interest in South East Asia (for example: a country, traditions in that country, a historical event that took place there, a famous landmark)
  • Create a model of the Great Wall of China, with some facts about the wall
  • Bake a traditional dish form a country or region in South East Asia

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