Ladygrove Primary School & Nursery

Welcome to Class 8!

Our values are: being kind, respectful to our selves and each other, looking after our classroom and resources and working together as a team. 

We use Building Learning Power at every opportunity, to become:  resilient, resourceful, reflective and reciprocal learners.

Your child's class teacher is Miss Dodds, who is assisted by Miss Parsons and Mrs Walters.

Our PE day is a Thursday afternoon.

Please try to read with your child at least 3 times a week so they are able to earn golden playtime on a Friday afternoon.



Learning is engaging in Year 4 and Miss Dodds continually reminds us that ‘’attitude is more important than ability’’.

We use the Building Learning Power animals to be resourceful, reflective and resilient in when we are working and being a good team member is important to us.

Our learning is cross-curricular as far as possible, which helps us to make links across all the subjects and develop a depth of knowledge in our chose topic.

Every half term, Miss Dodds introduces a different topic with which we, as a class, immerse ourselves in.

Reading is at the heart of our learning and always linked to our topic. As a class, we enjoy sharing stories and developing our understanding of the text.

Each week, children will be set homework on Purple Mash.  They already have their own log-ins and Parents can also log in, to see how their child is doing.

Spelling will be taught through handwriting every week, as well as a spelling quiz on Purple Mash.

Homework is set every Friday and is expected to be completed the following Thursday.  If a pupil is struggling to get online, they simply need to let an adult know and we can arrange a time on the class ipad or computer.

Please can you ensure that your child is practising their times tables regularly, as Year 4 are expected to know all their times tables by the end of the year.

This term our topic is Rivers. We will be journeying from the source to the mouth of the river, investigating river features along the way. We will be using maps to chart the course of rivers and learn about how they are used today and in the past.

Our Whole Class Reading is linked to this theme, as we will be studying ‘Wind in the Willows’ and enjoying the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger. We will be developing our understanding of the words we read and how to infer meaning from the text.

We will be developing our calculation skills in Maths, by learning formal methods of division and multiplication before moving on to fractions and finding fractions of numbers.

In English, we will be studying the features of non-fiction writing and non-chronological report writing – all linked to our special topic theme.


In science we have been investigating rocks.

Click the links below to see some of our investigations:




The children had a great time at Carding Mill Valley on Wednesday 11th March. They learnt lots of new information about rivers, discovered new and exciting creatures and even conducted a study of the river.


We allow staff time off to undertake union official duties, however we do not have any staff who are currently union officials.