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St Alban's Catholic Academy

St Alban's

Catholic Academy

First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NP

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Year 4 - Mrs O'Dell and Mr McCarthy


Year 4's topic is 'Sounds of the 60's, 70's, 80's'. We are excited to learn all about the music and culture of these important decades in British history. We will also be learning about how sounds are made in our science lessons

If you have any books, information or relevant objects, children are most welcome to bring these in to support our learning.


Our PE lessons are continuing on Mondays and Tuesdays as before. Children are expected to have their PE kits in school at all times. Please ensure that children have an inside and outside kit as the weather is getting colder. 


Please try to hear your children read daily and record it in their reading record book. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events.

It is important that your child has their reading record in school every day. We have reading time every day, and during the course of the week, children will read independently, with a partner or group and with an adult.


Spellings can be found on the list handed out previously and children will be tested once a week on a random selection of these words.  Please ask if you need this to be replaced, or find the spellings using the below link. This link also has spellings for other year groups.

Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.


Children are welcome to bring a healthy snack into school for morning break. Fizzy drinks or sugary juices are not permitted. Only water should be brought to school in your child’s bottle.


Our Homelearning activities this half term reflect our topic and can be found below as well as in the page dedicated to that term's topic.

Please also find below the Key Performance Indicators in reading, writing and maths for Year 4, which reflect what each child should be aiming to achieve by the end of the year. 


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