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Barley Hill Primary School

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



Miss Swift (Team Leader) 

Mrs Stanley and Mr Fox supports individual children in Zebras

Mrs MacDougall


Mrs Gunn


Mrs Palanca supports individual children in Giraffes

Mrs Taylor


Mrs Churchman, Mrs Stanley and Mrs Russell support individual  children in Rhinos

Hello to our new Year 4 families!

We are delighted to welcome you to Year 4! 

We hope you've had an amazing Summer and are ready for an exciting year of learning and growing in Year 4!

Below is information about Year 4 to guide you. If you have any queries you are welcome to arrange an appointment, in person or over the phone. To do this please speak to a teacher at pick up time, or email the school office.

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


Your child was given a copy of the newsletter on Friday containing the spellings they should be learning for this week. 

Some children will be learning the 4GZ list this term, which will focus on children mastering the Phase 3 and 5 phonic sounds.

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Here is an outline of a typical day in Year 4!

8:45-8:55 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! Zebras children can enter through the garden gate, Giraffes through the main doors and Rhinos through their external class door.

Early Morning Activities

VIPERS - whole class guided reading



BREAK 10:25 - 10:40


Times Table Rockstars

LUNCH 12:20-1:20

Topic – Science, Geography, History, DT, RE, Art, Computing, Music, French, PSHE, PE, The Mile

Please ensure your child has their trainers in school every day so they can run the The Mile – we will be encouraging Year 4 to see how many laps they can run in the time they are given.


Thursday is outdoor for all classes. Indoor PE is Monday for Giraffes and Friday for Zebras and Rhinos. Please send your children to school on these days wearing their PE kit - please see school website for new PE uniform guidelines.



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. 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.

Each class has a book corner, and we can visit our amazing school library at least once a fortnight.

We're delighted Thame library has reopened - this is a really great way to access many new books!



In Year 4 we offer a mastery approach to spelling. The majority of children receive the same 7 spellings each week (following SoundsWrite which is the spelling programme we use in school) which will be handed out on a Friday, the rule taught on Monday and then tested on the following 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! 

Equipment in school

  • A named water bottle
  • A named lunch box (unless your child is having school dinner)
  • A small pencil case (that can fit in a drawer!) containing:

Writing pencils x 3

A pencil sharpener

A rubber

Colouring pencils 

A small ruler that will fit inside their pencil case

1 or 2 glue sticks

Safety scissors