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Year 4 summer term letter

27 April 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you all had a restful Easter break. The class has come back with lots of enthusiasm for this final term in Year 4!


We have continuing covering all areas of the year 4 curriculum and will shortly be able to start revising our knowledge as well as deepening it in core areas. Our Key Instant Recall Fact for this half term is to learn the 7 times table. The last KIRF of the year will be to learn all the times tables up to 12x12. I fully realise that this is a challenge but with help and practice at home I know that the children can get there!


We have had some highly successful outcomes in literacy recently with the children beginning to show a real maturity in their writing, whilst also demonstrating an increased level of skill in going back and proof reading/editing their work – a vital part of creating great writing.

This half term we have begun by looking at humorous narratives; a genre that the children seem to be very much enjoying. We are currently reading David Walliams’ Mr Stink and will move on to writing information texts on the theme of Matter before the end of this half term.

Unit of Inquiry

This half term our Unit of Inquiry is called:

Matter is everything and it comes in different forms.

The Unit is going very well so far and the whole class are extremely engaged in finding out more about the different properties of matter and how these states of matter can change. We will be conducting various experiments in class as well as understanding how to conduct a fair test.


The class will be having PE lessons with different coaches on a Thursday afternoon.  Please make sure that the children have their P.E. kit with them on a Monday when coming to school so that they are fully prepared for their session on a Thursday. As the class have received 3 terms of swimming, our swimming lessons have now ended. Thank you to all parents and carers for making sure that children came to school each week with their swimming kit.

Homework and Spellings

Homework will be set on Fridays and will alternate between a piece of Maths, directly related to the week’s work, or Literacy, usually relating to grammar and punctuation.  In addition, children will have their weekly spellings to practice. Please continue to ensure that children do complete their spelling homework especially writing each word in a sentence. This directly links to the year 4 curriculum and the words that children are expected to be able to successfully spell at this age. We do learn spelling rules in class but there is no substitute for practice and with limited time in our school day this is one area within which we are reliant upon home support in order for all children to fulfil their potential.

Diary Dates

• KS2 Disco – Thursday 25 April, 3.30pm – 5.15pm
• Year 4 Parent lunch – 9 May, 12.30pm
• Half Term – 28 May – 1 June
• Class Photo – Friday 22 June
• Sports Day – Tuesday 3 July

Thank you for all your support and interest in your child’s education.  Please feel free to contact me through the school office, schedule a meeting, or speak to me in the playground if there is anything with which I can help. This year with the class thus far has been an absolute pleasure and I am looking forward to our final term together in year 4.

Yours faithfully

Fionnuala O’Reilly
Y4: Class teacher




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Photo of Primary pupils in one of the stagings of Hamlet

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