Duston Eldean Primary School

Welcome to Year 4!

Welcome to Year 4!

Year 4 is a pivotal year within your child’s primary school experience. We look to promote a greater amount of independence and accountability, in preparation for Upper Key Stage 2.

Key Dates

·         Indoor PE                                                           Tuesday (Both classes)

·         Outdoor PE                                                        Wednesday (Jaguars) Friday (Lions)

·         Homework & Reading Record books            Handed in on Monday


At this age, we would expect children to be responsible for completing their homework on their own and handing it in. Encouraging your children to seek support ahead of any deadlines helps to promote their independence.

One piece of homework will be sent home each week (either English or maths based). A topic-based homework will also be sent, which will need to be completed at some point over the term. 

Spelling zappers are sent home for children to learn. These are set at your child’s individual level and they are encouraged to practice at home. This is also an expectation of weekly homework.

Reading record logs should also be handed in weekly to enable the class teacher to monitor the amount read each week. Children are able to complete these themselves with an adult signing to verify each week.


Children should be reading to themselves for longer periods of time (at least 15mins per session).

Hearing children read is still important but you may find your conversations shift to more discussions around the text to ensure they have full understood what they have read. 

Within their handwriting, there is a greater emphasis on joining their letters. This speeds up their writing, to help support a quicker transference of their ideas to the page.

Multiplication Tables Check

In June of Year 4, the children will sit a government-led times table test. The expectation is that they have rapid recall of their times table facts up to 12 x 12. The test is computer-based and will allow the children 6 seconds to answer a multiplication question. The time limit is to ensure that children are recalling the fact rather than calculating it. A strong knowledge of times tables is vital in supporting their maths curriculum within Upper Key Stage 2 and beyond.

Residential and Trips

Within the year, the children can experience a one-night stay away from home with their friends. This is a great opportunity for them to develop their own independence. This is provisionally booked for 6th and 7th May 2021.

During their Roman topic, Children are invited to visit a local Roman villa museum in Piddington (tbc- July 2021)

At the end of the year, the children will take part in an Alice in Wonderland style tea party (TBC)


Children will have swimming lessons within the year. We are working towards swimming 25m. Arrangements TBC.



Upcoming Events

30 Aug
Late Summer Bank Holiday
Date Mon,30 Aug 2021

Contact Us

School Business Manager

Duston Eldean Primary
Main Road Duston Northamptonshire NN5 6PP
Tel: 01604 752283