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Harthill Primary School

‘A school at the heart of its village’

Mrs Bothma Y3/4

Welcome to Mrs Bothma’s class

Who's Who?


Mrs Bothma                             Mrs Pridmore                            Mrs Corr

Class teacher              Learning Support Assistant               Class teacher 

                                                                                          (Weds pm & Thurs)       

Autumn Term 


This term our class text is Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. We will be writing additional chapters for the book, writing persuasive letters to Mr Zuckerman and recounts in the role of Fern. 


We will be focussing on learning the capital cities of countries in Europe and finding out about their landmarks. After half term we will be learning about the Victorians and the changes to the railways over time. In Science we will be learning about plants and in Art we will be finding out more about the Impressionism movement and recreating our own versions of pieces by Degas and Cezanne. In PE we will be learning hockey and basketball skills and will start to apply these skills in a game.

Times Table Rockstars


By the end of Year 4 the children are expected to know the times tables up to 12x12 automatically, without having to count up in the multiples. The government have introduced a times tables check to monitor this at the end of Year 4 which will be starting at the end of this school year. Times Table Rockstars is a fantastic way for children to practise their multiplication facts at speed which we will be using in school several times a week. Further practice at home will help to support this – please see the previous letter for more information.

Transition Week Volcano Project

Transition Week Volcano Project 1
Transition Week Volcano Project 2
Transition Week Volcano Project 3

Ways to help at home


  • Reading – Children in Year 3/4 are expected to read four times a week at home and record this in their learning log. This can be reading alone or to an adult however children at this age still gain such a lot from reading to others and being asked questions about the events/information, characters and language of the story/text. Any children who do not get the chance to read four times at home will have the opportunity for additional reading in school at break on a Friday. Encourage your child to read a variety of texts. Any child reading 30 times over a half term will receive a certificate from Mrs Perkins. All children will bring home a library book and their designated day to change their books is Wednesday.


  • Writing – Help your child to with their handwriting. It would be most beneficial for your child to also write at home, practising the cursive script we use in school. All children have handwriting lessons and can work towards achieving a pen licence.


  • Spelling- focus on the spelling rule and helping your child to learn the words using the Look Cover Write Check strategy or in any way that is beneficial to them. Your child will also be learning the curriculum words for their year group, including the zero tolerance words for their year. If you need another or extra copy, then please ask.


  • Growth Mindset- This year we will continue to be placing great emphasis on the children developing a growing sense of pride and independence whilst developing a positive mind-set in everything that they do. It would be most beneficial for you to encourage your child to be organised and prepared for their day in school and help facilitate them becoming more positive and self- reliant.


  • PE – reminder that children need an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. Indoor kit consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers and outdoor kit is a tracksuit of any colour.

Upcoming events:



  • Thurs 12th KS2 Reading meeting with Mrs Perkins @ 5pm Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 parents 
  • Tues 17th Cross Country KS2
  • Tues 17th Harvest festival



  • Thurs 10th Young Minds- we will be supporting the work of the mental health charity for children by wearing something yellow (£1 donation)
  • Thurs 17th Scooter skills (Year groups to be confirmed)
  • Fri 18th Learn to ride (without stabilisers)
  • Tues 22nd and Thurs 24th Parents Evening
  • Fri 25th Be bright Be Seen (Road safety day)



  • Mon 4th Flu Vaccination All year groups
  • Thurs 7th Family learning- Fairground attraction 2 sessions for Y3/4
  • Fri 15th Children in Need - we will be having a non- uniform day or dress in bright colours donating £1
  • Fri 22nd Rotherham Toy Appeal- this year we are joining Reverend Gary and Harthill Church to gather toys which can be Christmas gifts for children in our area. All toy donations to be given to school, unwrapped



  • Tues 10th @ 1:30pm Christmas Concert at All Hallows church

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