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Birchfield Community Primary School

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4


   Mr Garbett and Mrs Morgan.

Teaching Assistants:

  Mrs Delahaye, Mrs Bateson, Mrs Bowring and Mrs Barton


Year Group News:

 It is great to see the children back and we have loved hearing all about their summers.  We are keen to get started with the year with lots of exciting learning planned and will keep you updated as the first half term gets underway. 


Remember to check our school Facebook page for regular updates.

Year Group Information

In this section, we will keep you updated about any key organisational information you may find helpful.

P.E - Tuesday

PE will take place every Tuesday. Your child will be required to arrive at school on a Tuesday in their school PE kit. This includes trainers, a green P.E shirt and black bottoms. A plain, ideally black, jumper may also be appropriate as the weather turns colder. Additionally, long hair should be tied up and jewellery removed.

Attendance and Punctuality

If your child is not here or they are consistently late, they are not able to learn and make the same level of progress as their classmates. There will be times when your child is unwell and will need to stay at home - however, time off school has a dramatic and significantly negative impact on a child’s ability to achieve expected standards for their age. We ask that all children are here, lined up and ready to go to class when the bell rings at 8.55am.


It is important that the children attend school in the correct uniform. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, it creates a level playing field for our children, allowing them to learn without distraction. We also believe that when the children look smart, they feel ready to learn. It is also a great way to prepare the children for Secondary school. Therefore, please ensure that your child attends school in the correct uniform – more information about this is on our website – including black shoes. It is really helpful for us if all uniform items are clearly labelled. At this time of year, it would also be great if they could have a named, waterproof coat in school so that they can enjoy time outside too.

As part of this, we do encourage the children to also bring a named water bottle with them. If it is appropriate, please ensure that they have had suncream applied before school too. 



In Year 4, we expect children to read at least 3 times a week at home – this is the biggest key to success! As a result, we expect to see either their initials or your initials in the reading diary three times a week. This is something we monitor and discuss with the children. We also review their Accelerated Reader progress regularly to support this.

  • Children who are not yet secure with their timetables (up to the 12 times table) will also practice the tables they need to. We will regularly review their progress in class using Times Table Rock Star.


Phones and other recording devices

Please remember that our site is a mobile-device free site. This means that no devices should be used on our site by any children or adults in order to keep our children and our community safe.

We take our phone use and technology seriously - any children who do not comply with these rules will have their phone or recording device confiscated to the office and it will need to be picked up at the end of the day by an adult. We can also ask particular children to not bring their device to school altogether if necessary.

Online safety

As always, please let us know if you have any major concerns regarding internet use and safety. The link below is to a fantastic resource that covers all aspects of internet safety and provides step by step guides to improving internet safety in the home.

Common Sense Media 



Reading is this most important learning habit your child can develop. In order to access any aspect of the school curriculum, children need to be able to read. We are committed to every child becoming a reader; a reader who reads for pleasure and is able to access the written world around them. This only becomes more important as they grow older and move through secondary school. We would hope that the children are growing their independent learning skills and organising their time appropriately to ensure they are reading daily (or at least 3 times a week). If this is not the case, and you can clearly see that your child has yet to take responsibility for this vital skill, please contact us to discuss this further.

 Accelerated Reader


Here's a website you can use to check if there is an Accelerated Reader quiz on a book you want to read:

AR book finder



Times tables


In Year 4, we are very keen to make sure that children master their multiplication facts from 1 x 1 all the way up to 12 x 12.


Knowing these multiplication facts is essential to becoming a good mathematician. Once you know these facts securely, larger multiplication, fractions and many other areas of maths become a lot easier.


To help the children learn their multiplication facts, we will be doing lots of work and practise of them in school. To help your child, we recommend they play 10 minutes worth of Times Table Rock Stars games 3 times a week. Doing practise in this way, little and often, has a huge impact on learning and is great fun. Our goal is for each child to be able to answer a times table question accurately in less than 4 seconds by the end of the year.

At the end of the year, the children will use the computers in school to access a government times table test to see how well they have learnt them.





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