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Welcome to Year 4

All our classes are named after a famous British person.

4MS - Mary Seacole - taught by Mrs Carr


4S - Ernest Shackleton - taught by Mrs Martin

Mrs Burgess will also teach within the year group.


Mary Seacole

Young Mary was born in Kingston on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, in 1805.  

Her father was a Scottish soldier stationed on the island – at that time, Jamaica was part of the British Empire – and her mother was a Jamaican nurse and healer.

As a mixed-race woman living in the 19th century, what Mary Seacole achieved in her lifetime was truly remarkable. She broke social rules and prejudices to travel the world, run businesses and help those in need – even in the most dangerous places.

Best known for her work as a nurse in the Crimean War, Mary Seacole will forever be remembered as an incredible woman and an inspiring role model.

She died in 1881 in Kensal Green, London.

Sir Ernest Shackleton

Young Ernest was born in Ireland in 1874. He wanted to see places people had never been to before so joined the Merchant Navy at 16. Ernest was adventurous and set himself the challenge: to be the first person reach the South Pole. In 1902, he joined Captain Scott and together they got closer to the South Pole than anyone had been before. He tried again in 1909, and this time he got 111 miles from the South Pole. He was knighted (made a Sir) for his achievement. Unfortunately, for Ernest, in 1911, a Norwegian explorer made it to the South Pole before him. However, he was still determined to reach his goal and so in 1914 he led a journey to cross Antarctica on a ship called ‘Endurance.’ Shackleton became famous for this as the ship became trapped in the ice and Shackleton’s team had to leave the ship. In April 1916, they reached Elephant Island in the South Pole on three boats. As the island was so dangerous, Shackleton and some of his team left, crossing 800 miles in 16 days to reach South Georgia. They then rescued every member of the crew of the Endurance. Not a single life was lost.

He died in 1922 on board the exploration ship Quest, he was 47 years old.


Reminder: Homework is set weekly on a Friday. 

All your log-in details are stuck in your reading diary.


Spellings - can be found on your DB Primary account.

Maths - can be found on your MyMaths account. 

Grammar - can be found on your Spagtastic account.

Reading - independent and shared reading, completion of diary notes and challenges.

Times Tables - can be found on your Timetables Rockstars account.

Each half term, you will be set a homework project linked to the wider curriculum.



Mary Seacole and Sir Ernest Shackleton

Spring Term Timetable

Updated Reading List

Year 4 Reading List

PE - Archery

African drumming and dance workshop