The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Picture 1 Mrs J Lane Class Teacher
Picture 2 Mrs Northfield Teaching Assistant
Picture 3 Mrs Shepherd Teaching Assistant Breakfast Club Ast
Picture 4 Miss Bennett Class Teacher
Picture 5 Miss Romero Teaching Assistant

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Welcome to our Year 4 page! If your child is in Year 4 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed below.

During last term the class discussed the concept of growth mindset and how it can support them in life, to try challenges that may they have previously given up on. We hope to see evidence of this during this term and will be referring to good examples and using language to support this. Please ask your children about this at home.


Classroom code of conduct


This list was agreed by the pupils themselves during the first few weeks of term. The ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.

  • We will be kind and respect people around us
  • We will keep the classroom tidy
  • We will put up our hands if we want to share ideas
  • We will work our hardest and be proud of our work
  • We will walk carefully when we are moving around the classroom
  • We will keep tables and chairs straight and tidy
  • We will take our fleece or jumper off and have a drink if it is warm




For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please see below.

Our main topic this term will be The Stuarts. We will look in particular at where the Vikings came from and why they settled here. The children will be encouraged to conduct their own research into the topic, and will represent this information in various ways, including computing, writing and art.

Throughout the term the children will be developing their core life skill of empathy through the exploration of a range of literature.




Please try to hear your children read most days and record it in their red reading record book. For some more independent readers, this may be less. A sticker will be placed on their reading record with a suggestion for a minimum number of entries made by an adult. Please discuss the book with your child and ask some questions to check their comprehension and understanding of the plot.


Spelling lists will now be sent out every Friday for the children to practise ready for a spelling test the following Thursday. We will also be testing children on the times table they are learning each Thursday. Miss Bennett will also set project homework at the beginning of each half term to work on throughout the half term. The homework will be clearly detailed in an information sheet which will be sent home at the beginning of term. Sometimes extra maths or SPAG work will also be sent home. This is optional homework.


Activities outside the classroom


Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • PE will be on Thursday with Premier Sport and on Wednesday with Mrs Lane. The children need to bring their PE kit on a Monday and keep it in school for the duration of the week so it is always to hand.

If your child develops an interest in any of our topics we would love to see the result of any independent or parent-led projects. The Cherry Hinton library and local museums are extremely helpful and have wonderful resources.


Classroom activities


The children will have one guided reading session per week, where we will be looking at settings, expressing views about the text with evidence and using punctuation to guide expression. During reading carousel, children will also have the opportunity to practice their independent reading and reading comprehension.