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 rainforest...


Weekly overview...

Maths (WB 19.2.18)

Following their check in before half term, children will spend this week starting their new chapter - fractions. This week, they will explore what a fraction is and will work to find equivalent fractions. They will begin to explore improper fractions and mixed numbers. 


Our calculation basic skills lesson will focus on addition methods. Children will receive homework on Thursday 22nd February, linked to addition methods, which will be due in on Monday 26th February. 


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 19.2.18)

Children will begin their next chapter in English, exploring biographies and autobiographies. They will complete a cold write task and will learn skills based on the assessments made from this. Our focus will be on Juliane Koepcke.



Home learning - South America

Please complete and bring in to school at least one of the following home learning projects, by Friday 23rd March:

  • Write your own biography about a famous explorer
  • Build/make a model to show the layers in the rainforest
  • Create a fact file about a plant or animal that you could find in the rainforest
  • Bake a dish that could be enjoyed on a voyage into the rainforest

School Updates

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Questions to ask your child when reading at home...

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