Year 4 Class Page

Welcome to Year 4
Hawthorn (4SG) and Hazel (4CW)
Mr Stuart Griggs

Year 4 Class Teacher / History Lead

Mrs Charlotte Woodhams

Year 4 Class Teacher / DT Lead

Other supporting adults in Year 4
Mrs Helen Poole

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Anna Twaits

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Michelle Hawkins

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Xanthe Causon

ELSA Support and Learning Mentor

Mrs Lesley Senior

Teaching Assistant

Welcome to the Year 4 Class Page.

On this page, we have information about the Year 4 curriculum, home learning, PE days and further support for your child. 

Mr Griggs and Mrs Woodhams
Key Dates
Spring Term 2023
Wednesday 4th January - Children return to school
Friday 10th February - Half Term begins
Monday 20th February - Children return to school
Thursday 2nd March - World Book Day
Friday 17th March - Comic Relief
Friday 24th March - PTA School Disco
Monday 27th March - Parent's Evening
Tuesday 28th March - Parent's Evening
Friday 31st March - End of Autumn Term
Tuesday 18th April - Children return to school for Summer Term
Getting to Know Year 4
What are Year 4 learning this year?
What are Year 4 learning this term?
Click on the pdf link below
PE Days
Indoor PE Tuesday Hawthorn 
Outdoor Games Wednesday Hawthorn
Indoor PE Thursday Hazel
Outdoor Games Wednesday Hazel

For health and safety reasons, earrings should be small studs. Nose rings or other piercings are not deemed suitable. It is not desirable for children to wear other jewellery to school. Any jewellery and watches are the responsibility of the child and not the school.


PE Kit 


  •      White PE t-shirt
  •      Navy blue shorts
  •      White socks
  •      Elburton hoody (available from the PTA)
  •      Navy blue tracksuit in Winter
  •      Sports trainers which provide full support (no fashion brands)


A simple named bag with a draw string is a convenient way of carrying and storing PE clothing. For safety reasons, hair should be tied up for PE.




Children who have long hair must tie it back or wear a swimming hat. One-piece costumes and swimming shorts or trunks only. Please could we ask for no boarding shorts to be worn as they constitute a potential health and safety hazard and are not recommended as appropriate swimwear. Earrings must always be removed before swimming.





Home Learning in Year 4


Regular reading at home should be a priority for home learning. We expect the children to read aloud to an adult for 10-15 minutes at least 5 times a week in order to develop their fluency, give you the opportunity to explain the meaning of new words and to check their understanding through questioning.

In addition, we strongly recommend that you read a book that they would not necessarily choose or be able to read themselves. This will develop their understanding and overall enjoyment of reading. Reading to your child has a huge impact on their progress.

We will continue to introduce a new spelling rule every Monday in school and practise it throughout the week. These weekly spellings will be set on Spelling Shed for the children to practise at home and will be tested on the Friday.

Times Table Rock Stars will continue to be accessible at all times with appropriate tables assigned for your child.

A maths or an English task will be set each week. On occasions, we will also set home learning from one of the foundation subjects.

What is Accelerated Reader and why do we do it?
Accelerated Reader is a computerised programme that is designed to improve children’s reading ability and to raise their reading age. 

The Accelerated Reader Program works by identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which is a selection of books that will not only match their ability, but will also challenge them and develop their vocabulary.

Each child takes an online comprehension test in order to determine their ZPD. Children will be directed to choose books from the class library that fall within this range. When they have finished the book, they will take a short, electronic quiz that assesses their understanding.  It also enables teachers to closely monitor individual reading progress and ensure that children are selecting books that are challenging enough to meet their individual needs. Teachers will have meaningful discussions about a child’s reading: what they have learnt and how we can help them to develop. 

Children are encouraged to read through an award system linked to Accelerated Reader which monitors the challenge, quizzes as well as number of words children are reading.

To access a parents guide on the scheme please click on the link below. 

Parents guide to Accelerated Reader 


AR Bookfinder 

You can help your child choose books that are both interesting and enjoyable with AR Book Finder.

We have attached a guide to this for your information.

The top 100 books for Year 4
What are the key spellings to know in Year 4?
Supporting children with their maths / times tables
Supporting children with their English / spellings
Other useful websites