Kneesall C of E

Primary School

Together We Achieve


Happy New Year! Welcome back to Spring 1 half term, I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas time and are ready for a fun-filled half term of activities.


Our half term topic is Traders and Raiders


Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Sail back to the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. Find out about the lives of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land. Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages?


In RE, we will consider what we know about Jesus and research The Gospels to find out what Jesus’s friends and enemies said about Him. In French, we will learn about fruits, and continue to practise numbers and colours.  


Reading skills will be further developed, including fluency, literal retrieval skills and inferential skills. Encouraging your child to read at home, and to enjoy sharing stories will help to develop a lifelong love of reading - whether it is a school book, magazine, graphic novel, online news or anything else that is age appropriate! Enjoy!

In writing, we will focus on developing sentence structure using Rainbow Grammar, and enhancing vocabulary including through dictionary skills. We will continue learning Year 3 and Year 4 Read Write Inc. spellings this half term. Children will have 10 spellings to learn, and for Year 3, this will include 4 of the Year 2 common exception words to ensure the children have the opportunity to consolidate these words.

In maths, formal calculation will be the focus, ensuring children work towards fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Mental fluency is the key to independence and confidence in maths, so children will practice counting forwards and backwards, revisit number bonds, mentally add and subtract, and accurately and quickly recall times tables. Times Tables Rock Stars homework will be set to support the learning of times tables and there are a number of other websites and apps that are free that can be used at home to support learning such as Hit the Button.


It's going to be a fabulous half term!

Many thanks, Mrs Wass