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                                                           Thursday (Both classes)

·         Outdoor PE                                                        Wednesday (Both classes)

·         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 practise is sent home each week and this should be completed in their homework books.  A reminder of learning strategies is also added to help your child to independently complete this task.  Thus us also a 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.

In addition, a Mymaths task will be set as optional homework.


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 fully 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 May 2022.

In Term 2, the children will be invited to a Christmas Forest School experience which will take place after school (TBC)

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




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