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Year 4 Spring Term 2023

Happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

As we start the new year, we would like to share with you an overview of the learning journey your child will take part in, during the Spring Term. After an incredibly busy, yet amazing Autumn Term, the children are now fully settled into Year 4 and ready for the thrilling term ahead.

We will continue to structure much of our learning around our themed units. Some subjects will still be taught discretely, where they do not easily dovetail into the overall theme. 

Our main theme for this term will be Roman Britain. We will begin by asking the children to complete a historical learning log task, based on a brief overview of Celtic history. Following on from this, we will be travelling back in time to Roman Britain to investigate how Celtic life changed and the continued legacy of their impact. This will link into our Writing and Art work, as well as our DT, where we will be sewing a Roman money container.


This will continue to alternate between MATHS and ENGLISH, set on a Monday, to be returned the following Monday via Teams. A learning log task will be set each term, where children are given two weeks to complete a mini project relating to our current topic which will allow them to apply other curriculum skills. In addition to this, the children should also be practising their spellings weekly. 



Thank you for your support with the reading records. If you could please continue to encourage your child to read regularly and return their reading record packs every Thursday, this is the same day that your child will also visit the library, so please make sure you remember to bring those in too. 



During the Summer Term, the children will all be completing a Times Tables Test. This is a new Government method of assessment that will check that all children in Year 4 know their times tables up to 12x12. It will take place in June 2023, within a three-week window, where there will be 25 questions, and the online test will last approximately 5 minutes. Children will have six seconds to answer, and input each question, with a three second gap in between. 

There are lots of useful websites available, which follow a similar format, to that of the test, and extra practise at home will be incredibly valuable.


Thursday 19th January – INSET DAY

Monday 6th February 2023 and Thursday 9th February 2023 – Parent and Carer Evening


There is still the expectation that winter uniform should be worn, which consists of a shirt and a tie, so please could we ask that you make sure your child comes in with one (named). 

P.E. Kit: It is important that they are appropriately dressed for the P.E. activities. Children are encouraged to wear black shorts and or jogging bottoms; their school hoody/jumper; their house coloured PE t-shirt. Please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear. At this time, all games will be held outdoors, therefore, trainers are essential to ensure your child can take part in all activities safely.

Additional safety precautions during PE:

  • Earrings to be removed or covered with plasters or tape (to be supplied from home).
  • Long hair to be tied back. No watches or rings please (Fitbits/pedometers are fine but may need to be removed for some activities).

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via the office email:

Yours sincerely,

The Year 4 Teachers

Mrs Colarusso, Miss Sweatman and Miss Fear