Year 4


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.


Our curriculum is based on the White Rose Maths programme. Its research-based learning strategy ensures that the skills and concepts children are taught are fully embedded before progressing. As well as being taught traditional abstract (numbers) methods of calculation, children will also use strategies such as bar modelling and have opportunities to use physical tools where it is supportive to learning. This term we will be focusing on Multiplication and Division, Length and Perimeter, Fractions and Decimals Children should also use Times Tables Rockstars to increase their speed of recall of multiplication.

Curriculum Highlights

This term, Year 4 will be learning about:

English – Edward Tulane and Coming to England

Maths – Multiplication and Division, Length and Perimeter, Fractions and Decimals

Science – States of Matter and Sound History – The Maya

Geography – Fair Trade PE – OAA, Handball, Dance and Golf

PSHE –Health and Wellbeing and Relationships

RE – Christianity Computing – Programming and Email

Thank you in advance for all of your support in the year ahead,

Kind regards,

The Year 4 Team

KIeran Maguire, Claire Grima, Daisy Cook and Jagoda Skawinska

Updates and reminders

Morning routine – Children are to continue to go straight onto the playground as they arrive through the junior gates. The gates will be opened at 8:45 and they will be collected at 8.50 by their class teachers.


Home Learning and Spellings – An electronic version of the home learning grid have been sent out alongside this letter. Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and children will have their spelling quiz on a Thursday. Snacks – Please ensure your child comes with a snack for morning break. This should be a healthy snack such as fruit and not contain any nuts or seeds.


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 – As last half term your children are to come to school in their PE Kits. Your children will be required to wear their PE kits on:

  • 4M – Wednesday and Thursday
  • 4S – Monday and Wednesday
  • 4G – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • 4C – Tuesday and Wednesday

This should be a Latchmere blue t-shirt, school jumper and blue shorts in line with the school uniform expectations.


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 term, Year 4 will be having their class assemblies. The dates are as follows:

  • 4M – Thursday 7th March
  • 4G – Thursday 14th March
  • 4C – Thursday 21st March
  • 4S – Wednesday 27th March