We hope that you had a lovely Christmas break. Welcome to the spring term where we look forward to the continuing partnerships between home and school.
Our goal is to create confident, fluent, independent readers. We prioritise reading at Latchmere School and have very carefully chosen the texts your child will study this term. We focus on word reading to develop fluency and encourage the whole class to join in through strategies such as choral reading (the whole class read together) and echo reading (the teacher models the reading and the class echo back). We also have the Latchmere Reading skills. These are based on comprehension skills such as retrieval, inference, summarising, making links, prediction and vocabulary.
This term, Year 4 will be learning about:
English – The Lost Happy Endings, Edward Tulane and Non-Fiction Writing
Maths – Multiplication and Division, Length and Perimeter, Fractions and Decimals
Science – States of Matter and Sound
History – The Tudors
Geography – Fair Trade
PE – OAA, Handball, Dance and Golf
PSHE – Staying Safe
RE – Christianity
Updates and reminders
Morning routine – Children are to continue to come straight into class as they arrive through the junior gates. Children will have a morning starter ready for them in their classroom.
Home Learning and Spellings – Paper copies have been sent out with your children. Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and children will have their spelling quiz on a Friday.
Reading Records – Please remember to write a comment in your child’s reading record weekly and encourage children to write in them every day.
PE days – Our PE days remain on Wednesdays and Thursdays. During cold weather, children are allowed to wear plain tracksuit bottoms for PE.
Equipment – If possible, please ensure your child comes to school with a small clear pencil case containing a: pencil, red pen, rubber, glue stick and ruler.
During the Spring 1 term, Year 4 will be having their class assemblies. The dates are as follows:
4M – 20th January 4G – 27th January 4C – 3rd February 4S – 10th February
Trips and special days
Hampton Court Palace – 4M and 4S – 12th January
Hampton Court Palace – 4G and 4G – 13th January
Tudor Day – 6th February (children will need to come dressed up for Tudor Day.)
Thank you in advance for all of your support in the year ahead.
The Year 4 Team
Mr Maguire, Ms Grima, Ms Skawinska and Ms Cook