Oak Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 1EP




Bishop's Waltham Junior School

Enjoy, Learn & Achieve Together

At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.

Things To Know About Year Four

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During year 4 children get the chance to really settle into school life. We have many interesting and exciting topics such as the fascinating India topic, learning about the Anglo Saxons and Vikings which includes a local study of Winchester, learning a new musical instrument every term through Listen 2 Me and a two night residential trip to Stubbington Study Centre. Children will be taught in their own classes for all subjects. We hope that this welcome pack will answer any questions you may have but feel free to come in for a chat.


Communication between home and school

  • When you drop your children off you are welcome to stay in the playground until they are sent in by the teacher on duty.
  • If you need to speak to us more formally then please make an appointment so that a convenient time can be arranged. Please avoid mornings unless it is before 8:20am.
  • There will be formal parent’s evening in October and March.
  • In the summer term, there will an open evening which is an opportunity to see examples of the children’s work.
  • In July, you will receive a formal report of your child’s progress over the year.

Your involvement – At home

  • Supporting your child with their homework.
  • Daily reading – 10 minutes every day.  Please record in their log with an adult’s signature.
  • English and maths basic skill practise (especially time tables up to 12x12).
  • Encourage your child to organise themselves.
  • Name clothing, lunchboxes, etc.


Your involvement – At school

  • Paired reading assistance in the afternoon.
  • Support with trips.
  • Clubs.
  • Class support for more practical lessons.


Day-to-day stuff

  • Homework: There will be a maths or English task set each week. These tasks will link to lessons being taught in school. The homework is set on a Thursday and should be given in the following Tuesday.
  • Spellings: Spellings will be given out on a regular basis; they will follow the rules taught during lessons. Spellings will focus on the key spelling rules for Year 4 and will be differentiated according to each child’s ability. Sometimes spellings will be personalised. These spellings will need to be practised at home each week.
  • Reading: We plan to continue with your child’s current reading scheme and we will pick up where they left off in Year 3. They will have a reading folder with their reading book and log which should come to and from school every day. We will be continuing the time tracker scheme from Year 3. We ask that all children read for ten minutes at home every day.
  • Library: Year 4’s library day is on a Tuesday; however the children are expected to bring their book every day along with their reading folder.
  • Swimming: Kit is needed on a Wednesday. Please could you send a note in at the beginning of the term to give permission for your child to wear goggles.
  • PE/Games: PE is on a Thursday. We suggest that you bring your child’s P.E. kit at the start of a half term and leave it in school.
  • Morning Tasks: We expect children to arrive in school promptly every day, as we will get straight to work at 8:45am with dedicated time to follow up on any outstanding issues from previous lessons.
  • Assembly: All school assemblies take place at the end of the afternoon and finish by 3:15.