Hello! Welcome to Year 4, I am Mrs Lane.

Year 4 is about team building and promoting independence. We encourage the children to be collaborative learners and active members of their class. All pupils are expected to learn all multiplication facts up to twelve times table and we have weekly spelling tests too.

As part of our Science curriculum, we learn about sound, electricity, states of matter, living things and the environment.

During the Autumn term, the children’s topics are ‘Early Civilisations’ and ‘Village Settlers’. They learn about the daily life of some of the significant Early Civilisations and position them on a timeline. During the Spring term, we learn about The Mayans, their culture and artefacts. We also study a unit called ‘European Neighbours’, where the children study maps and explore the names and locations of some European countries.


In English we study a variety of texts and genres including stories from other cultures, non-fiction texts and poetry. We use core texts such as The Iron Man, Christophe’s Story and Varjak Paw.

In Maths we will be learning key arithmetic skills such as using different mental and written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In addition to arithmetic skills, your child will explore shape, time, fractions, data handling and will apply their maths skills to investigations and problem-solving.

Children in Year 4 also have the opportunity to take part in weekly swimming lessons and learn to play the fife as part of our Music curriculum.

For further information, you can view our Curriculum Maps here:  Our Curriculum.


Mrs Lane

My name is Mrs Lane and I have been teaching at John Perry Primary for three years. Previously, I taught at another school within the Borough.

Since graduating as a teacher, I have gained experience in KS1 and KS2. I have a passion for teaching and really enjoy engaging in discussions and making learning meaningful. I love teaching as every day is different and it is never boring, I particularly love teaching Reading and P.E.

When I am not at school, I spend most of my time with my family and friends. I also enjoy playing netball and badminton.

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Miss Bennett

Hi my name is Pam Bennett and I am one of the Year 4 teachers. I joined the John Perry Team in July 2017. I have 17 years teaching experience most of which has been working in schools here in Dagenham. I have taught across all Primary Phase groups which has enabled me to understand the progression and transition through the Key Stages.

I have a National Award SENco qualification and am trained as a reading recovery teacher.

I was a keen sports person (bad knees have put an end to that), but I do enjoy watching all sports especially football. Keeping fit is important to me and I regularly visit the gym with my husband. We also enjoy walking, especially the countryside and have been described by our friends as ‘The country ramblers.’

We have three children, two daughters (both teachers) who live in Australia and a son who lives in Dubai. As you can imagine (especially in recent years) travelling has become one of our favourite hobbies.

Mrs Johnson

My name is Mrs Johnson. I have taught in Key stage one and Key stage two and in 2017 I joined the John Perry team. I share a class with Mrs Lane in year 4.

I believe that you never stop learning and schools are a place to grow together. I enjoy making sure that lessons are interactive and engaging and I always encourage pupils to support each other. In 4V, asking for help is a strength, everybody needs help sometimes!

Outside of school I enjoy watching football. I am a big Arsenal fan, I also enjoy supporting Leyton Orient because I grew up watching them with my dad. I love to watch bands live and have always been a fan of the theatre.



Music week Carl Orff

This week was music week. Year 4 studied the German composer Carl ORFF (1895 – 1982)​. ​He invented a new approach to music education which is still followed in many parts of Europe. One of his most famous pieces is ‘O’ Fortuna​’ Carmina Burana – ‘O fortuna’ . It was written in 1937​ ‘Carmina Burana’ is a huge piece for orchestra, three choirs and about nine soloists based […]

Our European Neighbours

Year 4 have just finished our topic on European Neighbours. In 4J each group researched a different country. We found out so much information using the internet and our topic books. Watch out parents/carers, the children will soon be asking to visit one of these countries for a  little break.