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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
  1. Year Groups
  2. Year 4



Miss Swift (Team Leader)


Mrs Romerill teaches in Zebras on a Friday

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Smith support children in Zebras

Mrs Macdougall


Mrs Womack



Dear Parents and Carers,

A very Happy New Year to you all. We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable time over the Christmas period. Thank you all so very much for your lovely cards and gifts. All the Year 4 team were very touched by your kindness and generosity. 

We are very sorry not to be seeing you back in school on January 4th. Please see below a copy of the letter that Mrs Penny sent out via Parent Mail on Sunday 3rd January regarding this:

"We have had to make the short notice decision to close Barley Hill from Monday 4th January 2021.  Following the directive from the Teaching Unions, we are unable to open school safely.  We will be re-opening on Tuesday 5th January 2021 to children of frontline critical workers and vulnerable children only, more information will follow on this later this evening. 
This is a highly fluid situation - This decision will be reviewed again in line with the Government review, with an aim that all children return to school on Monday 18th January.
Remote learning will be available on your child's year group page on the school website from 8.00am tomorrow and all Teachers will be available for you to contact via the year group support emails.  Further information about a daily live teaching session for your child will be emailed to you tomorrow.
This information has fallen on school leadership teams with little notice - We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.
Kind regards
Mrs Gemma Penny



We look forward to seeing you back in school as soon as possible. In the meantime, please try to engage as much as possible with the work that is attached on the 'COVID Absence Learning' tab that drops down from this 'Year 4' tab. Click on the arrow next to 'Year 4' and the 'COVID' tab will appear. Click on it and follow the links to the school work. 

We will be teaching a live lesson each day at 12:00 on Microsoft Teams, alternating English and Maths. Please see your emails for login and user information. We thank you for your kind support and patience as we get to grips with this new way of teaching!

Please remember you can always contact your class teacher via the year group support page if you have any questions or concerns:




With very best wishes and stay safe.


The Year 4 Teaching Team.

 Year 4 Topic Web Spring 2021.docDownload
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Term 2 Outcomes Showcase!

                                                      Zebra and Giraffe Painting by Kyoko Yamaji | Artmajeur

THANK YOU for our wonderful Christmas presents! We are so grateful for the lovely thought and generosity behind them. We wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.

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Below is information about Year 4 to guide you with starting back at Barley Hill. If you have any queries you are welcome to arrange an appointment, in person or over the phone, instead of speaking to us in the playground.To do this please arrange an appointment via the school office or use the year 4 support email address:  Y4Support@barley-hill.oxon.sch.uk 

We will regularly update this webpage with the latest news on what we have been learning, any notices and links to Year Four homework.

We recognise that there will be a period of readjustment required to re-settle children and potentially time also needed to re-cap learning. We will be taking a flexible approach to the learning outlined on our planned Topic Web to respond to the needs of our children, so therefore will adjust learning outcomes as appropriate. 

House Start Times Blue & Red: 8.40am, Green & Yellow: 8.55am
House Home Times Blue & Red: 3.00pm, Green & Yellow: 3.15pm

Please click to access our Topic Web for this term!

 Year 4 Topic Web Autumn 2 2020.docDownload
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See below for this week's homework

 Christmas homework.docDownload
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We will open the doors  to welcome children in and begin handwashing and settling into morning activities. Please make sure your child is ready to start the day at that time with everything they need!

Early Morning Activities


VIPERS - whole class guided reading

BREAK 10:30 - 10:45

Times Table Rockstars



LUNCH 11:45-12:45 

Topic – Geography, History, DT, RE, Art, Computing, Music, PSHE, PE, Daily Mile

Please ensure your child has their trainers in school every day so they can run the Daily Mile – we will be encouraging Year 4 to see how many laps they can run in the time they are given. Indoor PE will take place on Tuesdays and outdoor PE on Thursdays. 


Homework will be handed out on Fridays, due in the following Thursday. Please support your child in getting into the routine of completing homework on time. In Year 4 we would expect some work to be done independently and some needing  support and guidance.


We love reading in Year 4 and want to see your child enjoy reading as much as we as staff do! Please ensure your child is reading at least 3 times per week at home. Reading diaries will be checked on a Friday, held in school over the weekend and then sent home on the Monday. Each time a child reads three times, they will add a tick to our Read to Succeed chart; once we reach 200 ticks, the class will receive a class reward. Which Year 4 class will get their reward first?!

Please follow the link below for guidance on books to read by the end of Year 4. We're delighted Thame library has reopened - this is a really great way to access many new books!



Each child will receive the same 10 spellings each week (following Spelling Shed) which will be handed out on a Friday, the rule taught on Monday and then tested on the Friday, giving children a week to learn these spellings and the rule. If your child is finding the spellings less challenging, please encourage them to think of spellings which follow this rule and others that don’t. What’s the longest word they can find, using that spelling rule? And so on! There are a range of spelling strategies which will be taught to the children to support learning.