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Ancient Greece


In Science, we learned about insulators and conductors. We created a human circuit to investigate different materials. It showed us how important it was not to have a break in the circuit. 

Ancient Greece


In history, we have been learning about Ancient Greece. During the topic, we have looked at the democratic system. We role played how a government was formed and how they could make important decisions. We then looked at how the Ancient Greeks also ostracised those who they felt would jepodise the political decisions. Role playing this part was our favourite part!


During Science this week, we have been experimenting with different circuits. We learned how a circuit needs a power source and how the wires need to connect to either side of the cell. We then explored how adding an extra bulb and adding another cell made a difference to the brightness of the lamps. We had a great time working together.

Welcome to Year 4- Open evening.

It was so lovely to see so many of you after school on Tuesday. For those who couldn't make it, here is the information I passed on about what is happening this half term. We are always around, so if you want to discuss anything just pop in one night after school.


In RE we have learned about Jesus and the Roman centurion. We acted out the story and thought about what we could learn from the story. We decided Jesus wanted to show that we should have faith in God, we should  not judge others on their beliefs and we should have faith in one another. 


The new Year 4 class of 2021


DT food technology

Continuing with our food technology project, we've been practicing our food preparation skills by cutting food. Using a bridge and claw method. The children loved it and were brilliant. Definitely some future chefs in year 4!

DT food technology

For our DT project this term, we are learning about food preparation so of course we had to have a food tasting day. We sampled a selection of European and Mediterranean foods and rated them based on appearance and taste. Some went down much better than others.

Super Sports Day

What an amazing day! Our sports day this year was filled with fun, games and a little bit of slime! Year 4 had an absolute blast as did Mr Smith, Mrs Hammam and Miss Bates. Check out the pictures to see just how amazing this day was for everyone involved!

Natural Collages

This week we got started on our natural collages. We painted a watercolour background and added natural materials to create a forest scene. Stay tuned for the finished pieces soon!

Art - Where the forest meets the sea

Based on the artwork in our current reading book in English 'Where the forest meets the sea' Year 4 have been challenged with recreating some of the artwork found in the book by creating natural collages using materials gathered from around the school grounds.

Last week we took a trip to our forest school area to gather the materials we need (and to have a bit of fun in the process) check out our pictures and stay tuned for and update on our art peices.

St Georges Day

Check out Year 4's snazzy red and white outfits for St Georges Day as we research all about the rainforest.



Newsletter – Summer 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,


Hello all and welcome back to our summer term. There are lots of exciting things happening in school this term including meeting our new Head Teacher Mr Hayes who I’m sure will feel quickly part of the Latchford St James family.

As we head towards the end of this year, the focus of all the staff at Latchford St James is still making sure that the children feel safe and comfortable and continue to show resilience and make brilliant progress with their learning.

This term, our focus in school will continue to be the children’s social and emotional wellbeing as well as making up for some of the time lost because of the recent lockdowns. We will be returning to a whole school recovery curriculum which includes a greater focus on maths, English, RE, physical activity, creativity through art and DT and health and wellbeing.


Please ensure all pieces of your child’s uniform are clearly labelled with their name. Below is a reminder of our school uniform requirements:

  • Grey trousers
  • Grey skirt or pinafore
  • White polo shirt / white shirt.
  • School purple sweatshirt/cardigan
  • Sensible shoes (not trainers) – dark colour, flat and supporting.
  • Grey/white socks or dark tights.
  • School purple fleece (optional)
  • SUMMER OPTION - Grey school shorts or lilac gingham dress.



Homework this term will continue as before with children in Year 4 expected to complete 3 weekly tasks.

  • Practicing times tables on Times Table Rockstars;
  • Learn a set of 10 spelling words on spelling shed in preparation for a weekly spelling test;
  • Home reading and having their reading diaries signed 3 times a week.

All 3 aspects of homework will be checked by the year 4 team weekly.


At school, we are still doing everything we can to make up for lost time from last year and this year and these small weekly homework tasks will help hugely towards the children’s progress. It goes without saying that we are incredibly grateful for all the hard work parents and guardians have put in this year with home learning and these homework tasks will continue to help children progress and achieve.


All homework will be explained to the children each week and there will always be further support if needed.


This term, school have invested in some brand-new playground equipment for each class. It will be the children’s responsibility to take care of their equipment and their will be sanctions in place for any child who breaks or loses any of it.

In our first few days back, the children have already had a chance to play with their new equipment and it has so far been a great success which I am sure will continue for the rest of the term.


As mentioned, physical activity is still a priority this term. For year 4, PE will be taught on a Tuesday afternoon and a Wednesday morning.

Please make sure your child has a complete school PE kit of a white t-shirt and purple shorts. Since the weather is beginning to improve some of our lessons may start to take place outdoors so suitable outdoor trainers as well as indoor pumps will be needed for lessons.

P.E Kit List:

  • T-shirt (plain white or one with school logo)
  • Shorts (plain purple)
  • Tracksuit bottoms (plain black – for outdoor P.E)
  • Trainers (for outdoor P.E) and black pumps (for indoor P.E)

PE kits can now be left in school but if you would still prefer to take them home weekly to wash please make sure your children bring them back for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

If your child has their ears pierced please ensure that earrings are taken out or covered before school.

Water Bottles

As the weather gets warmer it is extra important to make sure children are hydrated throughout the day. They will still need to bring in their own water bottle to school which should be taken home at the end of each day to be cleaned. Water bottles should only contain water, no juices please.


We are looking forward to a wonderful final term in Year 4 helping the children achieve and preparing them to transition into Year 5. If there is anything you need to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us on Class Dojo or speak to a member of the year 4 team at the end of the school day if safe and possible.


Best regards


Mr Smith

Year 4 Teacher


Mrs Hammam and Mrs Bates

Year 4 TAs

River's Rodents and Reptiles

On Fun Friday we had a very special visitor, in fact we had several very special visitors. Some of us in year 4 joined in with River's Reptiles and Rodents and learned so much about lizards, snakes, tortoises, rats and guinea pigs.

Thank you very much River and all his animals and thank you to all the children who took part. We hope you learned lots about these brilliant animals!


Fun Friday

For Children's mental health day this year, around school we had a fun Friday!

We focused on our mental health by Expressing Ourselves in different ways,

Take a look at some of the brilliant baking and awesome artwork from our Fun Friday! Hope you all enjoyed yourself

Speech Sandwiches

Some fantastic work from our home learning!

We had a go at writing a speech sandwich at home, a way to make dialogue and speech in our stories so much more interesting to read.

Check out 3 'speech sandwiches' written by our year 4s at home.

christmas poem

MacMillan Fundraiser – FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

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