Year 4

Mrs Espie

Newsletter Spring 2020

Dear Year 4 Parents,

I wanted to begin this Year 4 Spring Term Curriculum newsletter by wishing you all a very Happy New Year!  I hope you have all had a wonderful, relaxing break.  Many thanks on behalf of all Year 4 staff for the kindness and generosity shown to us through your very thoughtful cards and gifts.

This curriculum newsletter will outline to you our learning for the whole of this term, and will continue to include useful day to day and organisational prompts that will 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.

This term I will continue to teach the class all days aside from Thursdays, when the children will be taught by Mrs Aves again.  Mrs Waterman continues to be our fulltime LSA, and Mrs Pascoe will support in the classroom 4 mornings.  My PPA time continues to be on a Friday afternoon, where Mrs Holman and Mrs Waterman will be leading the class through lots and lots of science and French learning!

Our topic for the whole Spring Term will be ‘Anglo Saxons and Vikings’.  In English they will predominantly focus on persuasive and fantasy writing, along with explanations, instructions and discussions.  In Maths, they will undertake learning on multiplication and division, area, fractions and decimals.  I would also like to hold our very own Viking Day (the date is to be confirmed, where Viking costume will also be encouraged!)  Further details with lots of advanced warning to follow!

In science with Mrs Holman they will be undertaking learning centred around Animals Including Humans, and then after half term move on to Electricity.

Our PE days have changed slightly and will now be Wednesdays (swimming) and Wednesdays (sports hall athletics).  Could we request that all PE kit is in school every day please?  We complete the daily mile daily, and with such a varied sport competition timetable both within school and in our school partnership, there may be times the children are called upon to practise.  Not having kit in school can sometimes be a hinderance for this as I am sure you can understand.

Homework continues to 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 should link closely to the unit of maths we 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.  I cannot stress enough the importance of the children also practising their times tables daily (‘Purple Mash’ has a great game, along with the website / app ‘Hit the Button’), and to read 10-15 mins daily.  Creative pieces will also be set, with a longer timescale to complete them.

Please remember we are a healthy school and the children are only allowed to bring in a healthy snack for their morning break time.  Check out for ideas on swapping to healthier snacks.

We also have several children and adults with severe nut allergies in school so please remember Henham is nut-free.  If your child does bring in a food item that may contain nuts, please be advised that we will place this back in their school bag to be returned home.  Thank you for your continued support.


Please remember, my door is always open!

Kind regards,

Mrs Espie