Year 4

Spring Term

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.

Curriculum Highlights

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.

Key dates

Class Assemblies

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.

Kind regards,

The Year 4 Team

Mr Maguire, Ms Grima, Ms Skawinska and Ms Cook