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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.

Welcome to Year Four!

Year 4 - Miss Ashborn


Welcome to a brand new, exciting term! Below is some key information that you might need to refer to as the year progresses. Please feel free to talk to us at the end of the school day if you have any other questions or queries, or call the office if you wish to book an appointment to see us.  


Our PE lessons are on Tuesday and Friday. Our lessons on Tuesdays will be swimming at Burnt Mill so children will need a full swimming kit. On Fridays, children are expected to have full PE kits, which has their names on.. Please ensure that your child has the correct indoor and outdoor kit, as the weather gets colder and wetter children will need both. Earrings must be taken out before PE lessons, either by the parent or the child- staff are not permitted to do this. 


It is expected that children are heard to read at home for at least 20 minutes a day and that this is recorded in their Home Learning Diary. Your child must have completed the book and have their reading diary signed in order for their book to be changed. It is important to check your child’s understanding of what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done through discussing the book with your child and through questioning them about specific aspects after or during reading.

It is important that your child has their Home Learning Diary in school every day as we encourage them to talk to us about the reading they do at home as well as in class. 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.


At the start of term children are given the spellings that are based on the Year Three and Four National Curriculum spelling list. Children should be encouraged to look for and learn spelling patterns in these words and other words.

It is more beneficial to work on spellings in short bursts; 5-10 minutes every day, rather than longer sessions. It is also very helpful to encourage your child to learn the meanings of these words (and other unfamiliar words) as well as helping them to develop their ability to apply these in context by writing a few sentences.


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.


Home Learning

Our Home learning 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.