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Year 4 spring term letter 2018

12 January 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope that you have all enjoyed a lovely Christmas break with your families and are ready for a new term. Thank you so much for all the wonderful, kind gifts you gave us. We really do appreciate them and you!

Unit of Inquiry

We start the term with our Unit of Inquiry focusing on Inventions and Discoveries. Our central idea for the first half term is:

The discoveries of others have benefitted our society

To gain an understanding of this central idea we will be focusing on the following lines of inquiry:

• Discoveries and Inventions that improve the quality of our lives
• The lives of famous scientists
• The importance of electricity and how it works

Over the course of this unit the children will develop an understanding of how our lives have changed as a result of these discoveries and inventions. We will also be thinking about the positive and negative effects and legacies of some of these inventions.


We will continue to consolidate and build on learning in the key areas of the mathematics curriculum, including calculations, number facts, shape and space, data, measurement and identifying relationships. We will also continue to develop skills of inquiry in mathematics, through problem solving and investigative tasks. This term’s Key Instant Recall Fact (KIRF) is recalling the 9 and 11 times tables so please help your child get started learning their multiplication and division facts. These will be tested each Wednesday.


We start the term by looking at a text called ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret.’ This imaginative text is structured in an usual way and makes great use of visuals to tell the story.  We will then move on to studying Shakespeare’s Hamlet in preparation for our school performance.

We ask that children to remember to keep up reading at home, and changing their books from our book corner so they can complete their reading road map. . Children should still be reading daily at home and discussing their reading with you to support their development in literacy.

Additionally, our weekly spelling tests will continue to be on a Friday. We have found the children learn them best when focusing on learning between 3-5 spellings a day and then revising them later in the week.


Year 4 will continue to have weekly P.E. sessions on Thursday afternoons. Additionally, we will still have swimming on a Wednesday morning.  It is essential that your child has the appropriate clothing for these PE sessions. They should bring their PE kits in on Monday and take them home at the end of the week. This term we will also have dance rehearsals on Tuesday mornings. For these sessions, children need to remove socks and shoes so it is suggested that girls don’t wear tights on these days to facilitate this.


The children will be given weekly homework to complete and spellings to learn. Either Unit of Inquiry, Maths or Literacy homework will be given each Friday and due for submission on the following Wednesday. The children are expected to spend 30 minutes on their homework each week. Furthermore, children have passwords to access Mathletics and if they would like to play the maths and language games and therefore further improve their skills and knowledge in these subjects.

Dates for your diary

• Year 4 Parent lunch,11 January,12.30pm
• London Transport Museum – 26 January
• Half term 12 – 16 February
• Inset day – Monday 19 February
• Parent Evenings – Tuesday 20 February & Wednesday 21 February
• Y4 Cake sale - 1 March 3.30pm
• Year 4 class Assembly – Friday 2 March, 3.00pm
• World Book Day – Friday 2 March
• Last day of Spring term – Thursday 29 March
• First day of Summer term – Monday 16 April
• The Shakespeare production, Hamlet - 22nd March, 9.30am – tickets only

We are really looking forward to the exciting work we have ahead of us this term. If you have any questions about the information included in this newsletter or want to talk to us about anything else, please feel free to approach us or book an appointment through the Primary office. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours faithfully

Miss F O’Reilly
Year 4: Class Teacher




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Photo of Primary pupils in one of the stagings of Hamlet

Acting and dance After a term's worth of rehearsals, the Primary School stage two stunning performances of Shakespeare's Hamlet