Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School



Class 4 Spring Term Newsletter 


Dear Parents,


Welcome back to the second term of Year 4.  We hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas and New Year break.   We also hope that your child is looking forward to their second term in Year 4.  This is a very busy term with a lovely topic and some very good opportunities for lots of learning and progress that can be made.  We can’t wait to get started! The children will be working hard and we have lots prepared for them.


Christmas Gifts

A big thank you for all the lovely Christmas gifts we received at the end of term.  They were greatly appreciated and meant that we had so much to open on Christmas morning!  Thank you all once again. 



Staffing continues to be the same.  We will both be teaching the class. This half term Mrs Wright will be teaching all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday.  Mr Dicker will be teaching all day Thursday and Friday. Mrs Stanford, Mrs Bisby and Miss Murphy will be working within the classroom as teaching assistants.  We will also be welcoming Miss Leary on a school based placement from the University of Northamptonshire for some of the Spring Term.


How can you continue to help your child at home?



Please continue to complete some form of reading work at home with your child as often as you can.  This could be hearing them read, it could be asking them questions about what they have read on their own, it could be asking them to summarise what they have already read or predict what may come next.  It could be looking at the language an author has used to describe something or perhaps you could compare different books by the same author or on the same theme. Please ensure that you make a note of what you have completed with your child in their diaries, which the children should be using to make a note of all of their independent reading. Please also look at your child’s reading targets – this may help with ideas.  Additionally, please pop in after school one day for more guidance if you feel you need to. Remember, the children can earn housepoints for their reading, so please fill in and sign their diaries.



Homework will continue to be set regularly.  Again, it is not expected that the children spend more than half an hour on each piece (per week).  There will be Maths homework set on on a weekly basis and will generally consist of one or two activities that are related to the Maths learning of that week.  Additionally, the children will soon receive topic homework, which will be related to the topic for this term which is ‘Step Back in Time’. These are generally going to be practical activities where the children make something or complete some research related to the topic.  More information will follow shortly. In addition the children are encouraged to make use of Lexia and Flurrish to further support their learning. If you require any details on how to access these please do let us know.



Current targets are stuck in their diaries.  Please support your child with developing their skills around these targets.  If you would like any guidance or support to do this, please pop in to see us.


Please ensure that your child has a pair of headphones in school for when we complete LEXIA in class.  As you can imagine, if the children do not have headphones it can get quite noisy and confusing when trying to hear the different activities that are going on.  


Topics and themes

Our next topic of the year is called ‘Step Back in Time’.  This is generally based around History themes and will cover three main periods in History – World War II, The Tudors and The Romans/Celts.  There is a curriculum pamphlet that provides details of the topic which is available on the school website.  


This half-term, PE lessons will take place on Monday and Thursday afternoons.  Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times (black shorts, purple t-shirt and plimsolls/trainers).  We would also encourage you to ensure that as the weather is colder, the children should have tracksuit bottoms, a black fleece/jumper and trainers within their PE bag as we will be completing some PE sessions outside.  


As always, if you have any concerns about your son/daughter or any questions/queries, then please feel free to call into class after school to speak to one of us.

Many thanks,


Mr Dicker & Mrs Wright




School Trips

We thought it might be useful to share with you the trips we have planned for the year and approximate costings

19th November 2019 - Life Exhibition - no charge

Spring Term - Holdenby House £20

22nd - 24th April 2020 - New Barn £190

Summer Term - Hazard Alley £17

Further information about these visits will be sent out accordingly.



Step Back in Time Homework Sheet 

Class 4 Spring Term Curriculum Pamphlet 

Reading Workshop Information for Parents

Handouts from Reading Workshop

Phonics Presentation for Parents 

How to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Parents' Guide to Phonics and Reading

Maths Presentation for Parents