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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
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  2. Year 4

Thank you Year 4 families!!!


We are absolutely blown away by your kind generosity and caring support in your end of year gifts, cards and messages to us. We have loved working with you and your child this year and we are so proud of all our Zebras and Giraffes. What a brilliant year!

Have an amazing Summer!

From The Year 4 Team!



Miss Swift (Team Leader)


Mrs Tucker teaches in Zebras on a Tuesday for half a day

Miss Sweetman, Mrs Chapman and     Mrs McRae support individual children in Zebras

Mrs MacDougall


Mrs Womack



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

You will be informed if your child will be learning the 4GZ list this term, which will focus on children mastering the Phase 3 and 5 phonic sounds.

 Week 4 rivers comprehension.docxDownload
 Week 5 Homework Bingo.docxDownload
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Term 4 Showcase!

We have been so inspired by Michael Morpurgo's Beowulf. 

Enjoy extracts from our exciting legends told around the Mead Hall fire in our Anglo Saxon village!

...............Zebra class (5 videos)...........

Term 3 Showcase!

Giraffes showcase!


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                                                      Zebra and Giraffe Painting by Kyoko Yamaji | Artmajeur

Hello to our new Year 4 families!

We are delighted to welcome you to 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 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.

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

8:45-8:50 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.

Early Morning Activities


Times Table Rockstars


BREAK 10:25 - 10:40

VIPERS - whole class guided reading


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, Friday is indoor. Please send your children to school on these days wearing their PE kit.


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!



In Year 4 we offer a mastery approach to spelling. The majority of children receive the same 7 spellings each week (following Spelling Shed and the compulsory Year 3/4 spelling list) 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.


Equipment in school

Pencil Cases and named water bottles

Due to COVID-19, we need to try and minimise the amount of resource-sharing the children do for the time being, so providing your child with a named pencil case and stationery items for school will greatly help to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Please, where possible, provide the following for your child:

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

- A named water bottle
- A named packed lunch box