Year 4

Year 4

Meet the teacher

My name is Mr Clark and I am the year 4 teacher. I have been teaching at Dame Dorothy since 2021 and I really enjoy it and I’m sure your children will do too. I am responsible for Science in the school.

The literacy lessons consist of the teaching of a number of key elements; Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPaG) and text level work which involves reading a text and then exploring it through shared writing and independent writing. The SPaG element will involve using prepositions, subordinating conjunctions, speech marks, paragraphs and much more. We will complete 6 quick fire questions every morning after mental maths.

Dame Dorothy Primary School boasts excellent mathematic skills. Each morning, the children have mental maths to complete. It is important that the children get to school promptly at 8:45am so they don’t miss out on their mental maths. I would also encourage the children to access a number of online games at home (hit the button) which will help develop their stamina towards their knowledge of times tables and related division facts as well as quick fire addition/subtraction mental maths.
In maths teaching, we are working with White Rose Maths in key concepts such as place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. The children must know their times tables and related division facts to support them in their work. It’s the basis of so much of what we will learn this year!

This term we will be reading How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell and will be basing a lot of our literacy work around that. There is a big focus on handwriting in the school this year. Presentation is so very important!

Y3 and 4 generally have the same spellings over the course of the year. We begin by going over some of the Y2 spellings and then move onto the Y3/4 list. Spellings are a lesson focus 2-3 times per week with home learning once per week.


This term, our topic will be the story of Sunderland Glass – which is a study of the History of how glass making impacted on the city today. We will use this topic to inspire our writing and even our art work. From the topic we will also achieve reading skills, art, DT, RE and even some maths so it really will be a topic-based curriculum!

In Science we will be looking at the digestive system. It will follow on from the Y3 unit of the skeleton, looking at processes in the body.

We have the opportunity to use a wide range of ICT resources such as laptops and iPads. We ensure that the children are aware of how to keep safe when using the internet and they are always extremely responsive to this. On a weekly basis, the children are learning basic programming skills and are learning to write simple instructions (algorithms) to make things happen; the children are really motivated by this.

PE lessons are on a Monday afternoon. Please make sure your child comes to school with the correct kit and can remove any earrings and/or jewellery they may be wearing. We will be playing football for the first half term and tennis for the second half term via expert teaching from our PE coaches. Please note, it is essential that your children have suitable footwear for PE sessions. Trainers must be worn.

A few reminders

Homework is the open homework and it’s a project on the glass-making industry in Sunderland.

Spellings are due on Mondays.

Please email me at if you have any queries or concerns: I’m happy to help!

Water bottles can be brought into school – either a school one or a different one from home. Please ensure your child can identify their own bottle. They can access water from their bottles whenever they need to.

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