Year 4

Years Four, Five and Six form the Middle School.  This is a time when the children are encouraged to become independent, involved individuals so that they are well placed to take advantage of all of the opportunities and activities available in the Upper School.  All Dolphin children are encouraged to ask questions as this adds to the learning experience for everyone.  Children take on roles of responsibility around the school such as Playground Ambassadors and being a School Council representative and are expected to set an example to the younger children.

The school day begins with registration at 8 o'clock and ends at 3.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 3.15pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, after which clubs and activities are on offer for a further hour. Occasionally day trips may return later than this, but advance warning is always given.  There is also an After School Care programme available until 5.45pm. For details of Pre- and After School Care, please view our Extra Curricular page.

In Year Four all lessons are taught by subject specialists and include Classics, Drama and French, in addition to the core subjects, making for a rich learning environment.  Homework for Maths, English, Science and French is set on a weekly basis with some occasional project work from other subjects. Sport continues apace with regular fixtures against other schools. Tag rugby is replaced with contact rugby for the boys, though there are often opportunities for girls to play, as well as their netball and hockey.  Matches take place on a Friday afternoon against other local schools both at home and away.  All children perform in a music concert during the year.

Day trips continue each term and make for a hands-on approach to learning. The visits build on the teaching in class and might include Andover, the Watermill theatre, a farm visit, the Pitt River Museum, Chedworth, the Ashmolean Museum, as well as a puppet workshop in school.

The residential field trip takes place in Dorset. It looks at the geography and geology of the Dorset coast, including farming, as well as looking at ancient technology. Orienteering and a fossil workshop form part of the evening programme.

Year Four also sees the initiation of the walking trip programme with an eight-mile trek across the South Downs, in particular the Seven Sisters. This is where the children experience the thrill of hill walking and learn about what is required to be safe on a mountain, to dress and pack one's rucksack appropriately, as well as how to work as a team, looking out for one another. This trip is not residential, lasting just one day of a weekend in the summer term.