Happy and Successful Children

Whitecotes Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 3HJ


01246 234381



Class 5

Welcome to Class 5!

Welcome to Year 4 at Whitecotes Primary Academy with Mrs Keyes and 20 pupils. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Preston and Miss Bonsall once a week. 


We have an exciting, action-packed year ahead. The topics we will be exploring this year are Predators!; Tribal Tales; Mighty Metals; Traiders and Raiders; Tremors and Misty Mountains.

Click the photograph to see inside our magic classroom!



Artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
Artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

Things to Remember:

  • Reading books must be in school everyday you will have a target to work on when reading at home.
  • Monday - English and Maths homework will be given out every Monday.
  • Tuesday - Y4 PE - all children need a white t-shirt, navy shorts and suitable sports shoes.
  • Thursday - Y4 swimming, all children will need swimming kit, a towel, extra underwear and a water bottle.
  • Friday - All  completed homework to be returned to school.

Expectations in Y4


Y4 will bring home topic homework at the beginning of the half term and they can spend all half term working on their chosen project. Topic homework is expected to be in school by the last week of half term. However, if children complete this sooner, they are more than welcome to bring it in to show everyone.  

English and Maths homework will be given out every Monday. This work is to be completed on the sheet and returned by Friday. Homework will then be stuck into homework books and marked by Mrs Keyes.

PE is a statutory requirement. Y4 PE is currently every Thursday (swimming) and Tuesday afternoon. All children are expected to have the correct school PE kit each week; navy shorts, blue or black jogging bottoms, white t-shirt, plimsolls and/or trainers.

Unless it is raining, snowing, extremely windy or frosty, Y4 PE will take place outside, so children will need to bring appropriate clothing, i.e. a jumper (without a hood) if it is cold, and trainers if it is wet.

Children must not come to school with jewellery on i.e. necklaces, bracelets etc. and if children wear earrings, they must be able to take them out for PE. Children with long hair also need to tie their hair back for PE.  

Reading at Home
Children are expected to read frequently at home. They should read independently, as well as having the opportunity to read to and with their adult. All children will have a target bookmark outlining what they are working on. Use the example questions to help your child with their understanding.

Children will be heard reading at school at least once every two weeks. Everyone has the opportunity to change their book when they have finished their current book.