National Coal Mining Visit

As part of our topic this term, Class 4 were miners for the day!  They descended 140mts to the coalface at Caphouse Colliery in Wakefield.  It was a chance to see at first hand, what the miners did and how mining has changed over the past 200 years.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and the children would recommend it as a day out.

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Our topic this term is ‘Movers and Shakers’.

It is about those people who shaped England’s history after the Romans left. In fact, that history is more about an eagerness to trade and get along with our neighbours. It tells us much about the way that writing started to record history and introduces the children to the way that we use this as our source of information. I am hoping that we can supplement the work in school with a visit or a visitor as the Viking period is very much in evidence around us.

Science for this term will be out of this world, quite literally, as we will be on a mission to explain the darkest reaches of space.



As ever our writing will focus on different types of texts which give the children the opportunity to practice different features. They will also be helped to improve their grammar, spelling and handwriting.

Although we do insist on writing as a way of recording their work much of the learning is as a result of discussion. You can help by asking questions:

  • Can you think of a better word for that?
  • Could you start that sentence in a different way?
  • What do you think the reader will think about that?
  • How else might the story end?
  • How would you describe this character?

However, the single most important aspect is to help them by reading with them every night. A chapter is ideal and there are some great books for them to read! It also gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions. I will be reading a book to them in class and it is one of my favourite parts of the day.


The work in numeracy relies on a good solid foundation and practice. Children need to know their number bonds, doubles and halves and their times tables off by heart. The quicker they know them the easier everything becomes. It is important that they practice them weekly and they should know which ones they are learning.

We use a scheme called Abacus for maths. There are interactive games online which the children may access at home. Google Chrome is the browser that supports this programme.To log on to your child’s work area please visit:

Login details for your child can be obtained from a staff member in school. 





This term our topic is the Great Divide.  We are discovering the difference between being Rich and Poor in Victorian times. We are currently looking at Workhouses for the poor until we visit the one in Southwell in November on Friday 7th November. On arrival the children will be dressed as paupers and signed into the workhouse. They will experience life in 1860 from schooling to work to eating to playing. Diet was an important part of the Workhouse and we will be cooking some gruel to tempt the other children in the school away from their usual lunch time meals. Please Sir, can I have some more? Well, just a little rendition of the famous musical before Christmas should round off their experience a treat. Let’s hope the Grandparents, at the usual festive party, agree.

In maths we will be improving our mental skills so that we can use our number bonds to become lightening quick. We will be practising our times tables using the iPad’s to make sure we have instant recall. Later on there will be time for (err) time; both digital and analogue. Then we will be getting into column addition and subtraction.

In literacy we are learning how to write stories with a historical perspective and have been planning our work in the correct sequences. Later we will be moving on to poetry and using our imaginations to conjure up vivid descriptions to cover our writing in literary sparkles. In between we will be delving into the world of newspapers and journalism; so expect to see it here first.

In RE our topic is People and we are looking at the families we belong to and learning about the family of Jesus. Later we will learn about being ‘Called’ to the family of Jesus through Confirmation.

St. Gerard's Catholic Primary School