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.

During the autumn term the children’s topics are ‘Inventions that changed the world’ and ‘Young Entrepreneurs’. They learn about the history of machinery and other life changing inventions. We feel that it is very important to link their learning with real life situations and learning about trade and business is a wonderful opportunity to do this.  During the spring term they are taught about ‘The Active Planet’. This features many aspects of geography and the natural world. We learn about natural and man-made disasters and how we must look after our precious planet.

During the summer term we learn about ‘Scavengers and Settlers’, again, looking at the history of mankind including significant changes. We analyse the changes which occurred during the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. As part of this unit our children really enjoy visiting an early example of a settlement site.


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 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bill’s New Frock, Meerkat Mail and The Iron Man.

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 swimming lessons at Becontree Leisure Centre.

We hope your child will enjoy year 4 as much as we do! Please visit our blogs for more information about Year 4.

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.

Mrs Kesavan

My name is Mrs Kesavan. I am currently teaching the class of Year 4 Kenya.

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 McNally

My name is Mrs McNally. I am currently teaching the class of Year 4 Vietnam.