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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

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

Welcome to Year Four!

Welcome to a brand new, exciting school year! Below is some key information that you might need to refer to as the year progresses. Please feel free to talk to me 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 me.  


Our PE lessons are on Tuesday with Miss Fisher and Friday with Miss Wisniewska. Children are expected to have full PE kits, which has their names on, on these days. 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.


This term we will also be going swimming at Harlow Leisurezone. We will be going on Thursday mornings and children will need to come to school with full swimming kits on these days. A full kit consists of; swimming costume (1 piece no bikinis) or Swimming trunks, swimming hat (for long hair), goggles (optional) and a towel. Also, as the weather is quite cold at this time of year we advise that children all bring a hat into school on these days so they can keep warm. We will be walking to the Leisurezone so please dress the children appropriately on swimming days. 


It is expected that children are heard to read at home for at least 5-10 minutes a day and that this is recorded in their reading 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 reading 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.


Each week, as a part of their home learning, children will be sent home spellings and they will be tested the following week. These spellings 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.

Forest schools

This year forest school is slightly different- please see below for more information, including a list of kit and dates of forest school for this half term. 

Library visits

This half term we will be visiting out local library (Great Parndon Library) where we will be researching our topic. The library have asked us to provide all the children with 'joining the library letters'. Please hand these letters in to me before our trip so that the children (if they haven't already) can be issued with a library card. This half term's dates are tbc. 

Please find the home learning menus for the topic we are studying in the 'Look at our learning' tab to the side of this page.