Great Preston VC C of E Primary School

Headteacher: Mrs Katie Pashley
Chair of Governors: Mr David Jordan

Preston Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8AR

0113 232 0034

Welcome to the last half term of the academic year! These 7 weeks will go by so fast with all the learning we have in store! Don't forget that Monday 10th June is the Big Sports Day at John Charles Centre, so your child should bring a packed lunch and plenty of water for that!

Our learning this half term consists of:

Maths - statistics, shapes, space and measures

English - poetry and biographies

Spellings - reviewing all the spelling rules we've learnt this year, starting with words ending in ture/sure

Science - states of matter


We had a fantastic day on Thursday that was led by 2 Chinese students from Leeds University. We learnt about Korea, China and Japan. We now know how to say hello in Chinese, Japanese and Korean! We also learnt lots about the different cultures and children who live there!


We had a great time at the RERF yesterday, and learnt so much! Here are a few of the children placing their recycling pledges on the pledge tree. I'm sure your children will love telling you about what they are going to do to help reduce, reuse and recycle!




Wow, how time flies when you're having fun! We have now entered the summer term, and have so much to learn and do!  Already in this first week of school some children from year 4 took part in the swimming gala at Kippax and we started back with our swimming lessons at Rothwell. On Monday next week, we will be taking a trip over to the RERF to find out more about recycling, which is our topic for this half term. 

Our learning focus for this half term:

English: Non-fiction - explanation writing; Fiction - scene descriptions of future worlds

Maths: money, time and statistics


As always, please keep reading as much as you can with your child and keep at those times tables! Homework will be handed out on Tuesday to come back in the following Monday. 



Hello, everyone! Welcome to the second half of the spring term; we're officially half way through the school year!  What an exciting time we have coming up in year four!

I will upload some pictures from the coal mining trip soon; my ipad had a glitch last week, so I haven't been able to upload them yet. The children had a great time and overcame lots of fears going underground for the tour. I was very proud of them all.

During the first week of the term on Wednesday, we will be taking part in the Brigshaw skipping festival. Due to the clash in schedule, there will be no swimming on that day.

This half term's theme is "Italy".

English: Creative writing and holiday brochure

In Maths, these are the objectives we will be focusing on fractions, particularly these objectives:

-recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
-solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a
whole number
-add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
-recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths
-recognise and write decimal equivalents to one quarter, one half and three quarters
-round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number
-compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places
-solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places


We look forward to seeing the half term homework regarding designing a flower bed for Leeds in bloom!


This week we have been immersing ourselves in to the world of Oliver Twist, and today the children have been doing some role play of different scenes. They really enjoyed it, and it will help them with their writing once we start our fiction unit next week!

Happy new year! I hope that everyone had a great break over the holidays. We're at the start of our Spring term now, and it's going to be a great one! Our topic this half term is all about coal mining, so watch this space for more exciting news about that in the upcoming weeks.


This week's spelling homework (wb 7.1.19)  activity is to learn the rules for adding the suffixes "ed" and "ing" on to the end of words. The spelling test next week will be based on giving the children a word and they have to add the suffix to it spelled correctly, so there will be no set words for the test. You can help your child by practising adding these suffixes. The rules are:

If the word has a 'soft vowel' when adding 'ing' and 'ed', you double the end consonant - 




If the word has a 'hard vowel' when adding 'ing' and 'ed', you do not double the end consonant (and if the word ends in an 'e' you drop the 'e') - 




The maths homework is a sheet based on perimeter.  Also, please practise times tables as much as you can at home. By  the end of this academic year, children should know all times tables up to 12X12!


PE notice - Swimming - Our first swimming lesson of the year will take place on 23.1.19. Normal PE is now on a Monday morning. Please remind your child to bring their kit to school with them at the beginning of the week!

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General weekly time table:

Mon: Weekly  homework due in first thing; library in AM and PE in AM

Tues: New homework handed out to be handed in the following Mon

Weds: Swimming day

Thurs: Weekly spelling test

Fri: Celebration assembly in AM, show and tell in PM

Areas of learning:

English: fiction - writing flashback stories based on Oliver Twist; non-fiction - diaries of a coal miner

Maths: Multiplication/Division/Perimeter and Area

Topic: Coal Mining

PE: Skipping competition and swimming

DT: pullies and levers