Year 4

Mrs Espie

Newsletter Autumn Term 1

Dear Year 4 Parents,

I can’t begin to tell you how delighted I am and how lucky I feel to have another year with your wonderful children!  It has been lovely to share the past two days in class with them, getting to know them again.  A warm welcome too to our new members of the class, who have settled in wonderfully and really adapting to our Henham ways!

This curriculum newsletter will outline to you our learning for the whole Autumn Term, along with useful day to day and organisational prompts that should help you to support your child at home as well as at school, and help them to feel as prepared as they can each day.

Our general plan for the Autumn Term is that I will be teaching all days aside from Wednesday, when the children will be taught by Mrs Aves again.  Mrs Waterman is our LSA every morning, and she will then work across lower Key Stage 2 (Yrs 3 & 4) in the afternoon.  My PPA time will be on a Friday afternoon, where Mrs Holman and Mrs Waterman will be leading the class through lots and lots of science learning!

Our topics for the Autumn Term are ‘Musicals’, followed by Ancient Greece, which will complement our learning later in the year when the Olympics will also be a focus.  In English the children will predominantly focus on character descriptions, playscripts, newspaper reports and recounts.  In Maths, they will undertake learning on place value, addition and subtraction, length and perimeter and multiplication and division.  Wow – this promises to be an action-packed term!

In science with Mrs Holman the children will be undertaking learning centred around Sound, and then after half term move on to States of Matter.

Our PE days are Mondays and Tuesdays, and will focus on dance, dodgeball, sports hall athletics and gymnastics.

Homework will be handed out on Fridays and will be due in by the following Thursday.  This will consist of completing a page in a maths workbook, which will link closely to the unit of maths the children are undertaking that week, and a spelling rule to investigate for a short test every Thursday.  We will also have daily spelling lessons at school covering the various spelling rules for Year 4.  Please could the children also practise their times tables daily (‘Purple Mash’ has a great game, along with the website / app ‘Hit the Button’).  I would also like them to read 10-15 mins daily.

Please remember, my door is always open!  If you would like to discuss anything with me, please don’t hesitate to pop in and see me.

I am very much looking forward to working with you all again,

Kind regards,


Mrs Espie

P.S. First class date for your diary, Year 4 class assembly – Friday 8thNovember at 9.05am.