Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Year 4 - Mrs Derbyshire and Mrs Karban

Welcome to our Year 4 class pages!

Happy New Year!


Welcome back, we hope you have had a wonderful break and look forward to a fantastic Spring Term. 

Below you will see our Spring Newsletter with key information, and information about what children will be learning this term. 


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us,

Mrs Derbyshire and Mrs Karban.



Here are a few key reminders for Year 4:

  • PE will take place on Tuesday. Please come into school wearing PE kit.
  • Swimming is on Wednesday. Please come in normal school uniform and bring your swimming costume, towel and goggles in a separate bag. 
  • Spellings and MyMaths homework tasks will be set on Friday afternoons ready for our check the following Friday. Log on details for MyMaths are in reading records (along with Times Tables Rockstar log on details, and Accelerated Reader log on details). 
  • Please bring your reading record and reading book to school every day, as well as your water bottle (filled with water only) and healthy fruit snack for play time.


Email addresses:

Emma Derbyshire:

Linda Karban:

One More Sleep (Year 4 & 5 Karaoke Version)

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A 4D Christmas

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4K At Christmas

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We will be setting weekly Maths homework using the online programme 'MyMaths'. Log on details are in children's reading records. A new activity will be set each Friday to be completed for the following Friday. This will be linked to the learning we have been doing in class during the week.  Where applicable, some Maths homework will be sent home in hard copy for your child. 


Times tables Rockstars

Being able to apply times tables accurately and quickly is fundamental, especially in Year 4 due to the times table test towards the end of the year. To support children with their times tables, we would like them to be practising their times tables at least 3 times a week if possible. Log on details are in reading diaries. Rock on Year 4!





We follow the Spellzoo spelling scheme in Year 4, which covers all of the Common Exception Words and spelling patterns children need to know by the end of Lower Key Stage 2. We will hand out new spellings each Friday, and the children will complete their test the following Friday. If children misplace their spellings, they can request a further copy during the week from their class teacher. 



We are expecting all children to be reading for at least 20 minutes each day. They should also be using their reading diaries and bringing them into school daily.  Children can access the Accelerated Reading scheme to quiz at home on the link below. 


Email Communication Statement


As a school we recognise the value of providing email addresses for parents to communicate non-urgent issues with members of staff - especially this year where face to face contact is rare. At Thomas Jolyffe teachers are free to check their emails as they wish in order to fit to their own preferred work pattern but are not expected to check while they are teaching, while they are at home, or at weekends - so response times may vary. We believe that up to 48 working hours is a reasonable length of time to receive a considered reply. However, children who are self isolating or quarantining will be given priority. Urgent matters are best discussed via the school office, who will ensure the message is delivered as quickly as possible.

As with all messages, the meaning and tone may vary depending on who is reading it. Please consider this before choosing to email any member of staff. We would also encourage all parents to consider information sent to teachers regarding other children very carefully as this can be requested by other parents under the rules governing GDPR.

‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’