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Year 4 Curriculum

Summer 2

We are continuing with our class text, 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' as we begin our last half term together. We will then move on to look at Myths and Legends, where we will create a mythical character before writing our own myth! Finally, we will learn about riddle poetry, reciting and composing our own poems.


In Maths, we are continuing to consolidate our learning by revisiting prior topics. We will revise our knowledge of fractions, before learning about data and statistics and the skill of scaling.


Finally, our afternoon curriculum this half term is Science. We will be learning all about Electricity! We will discover what home appliances run from battery and mains electricity and the difference between the two, before learning what a circuit is and how to create simple circuits ourselves using practical investigations.

Summer 1


Our new text for English is 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'. It is a fantastic book which lends many opportunities for creative writing this term. We will spend time looking at the perspective of a refugee, writing narrative stories. As well as this, we will complete non-fictional compositions including writing a report about refugees and creating a persuasive letter to the queen convincing her to help the characters in the story!

In Maths, we will continue to work through the Year 4 curriculum. This term, we will finish off the topic of shape including looking at lines of symmetry, before moving into revision of measure and applying this to one and two step problems. Finally, we will end the term by learning about time including 12- and 24- hour clocks.

Our Afternoon learning will be slightly different this term, as we focus on one key area of learning. This term, we are learning about the Geography topic 'Rivers and Mountains'. We will learn about these key natural landmarks and where they can be found across the UK and the wider world. Our learning will be presented in a variety of ways including through technology, video recording, art and longer writing tasks to name but a few!


Spring 2

This term, we will be learning about the picture book 'Flotsam'. We will be using our creative minds to retell and alter the story in many ways this term, writing a variety of fictional pieces of work.

In Maths, we are going to revisit our learning from Autumn 1 and move to the topic of Place Value. As we work back through the curriculum, we are aiming to achieve Gold (Year 4 National Standard) through applying the skills we learnt in Autumn to reasoning and problem solving questions.


In Science, our new topic is Living Things and their Habitats. We will consider what all living things have in common and their difference too. This includes finding out what a vertebrate and invertebrate are! We will then begin to discuss the characteristics of animals, and how we can classify animals into groups. Finally, we will discuss animal habitats and how these can be affected by human behaviour.

Our Encompass learning moves into learning about Modern Greece! We will learn about where Greece is in the world, including it's location and continent. We will then find out about the climate of Greece and the landscape including the many islands and mountainous regions! Finally, we will consider what is so special about Greece and why tourists choose to visit there every year.


Spring 1

In English, this term we will be learning about the book 'Charlotte's Web'. We will be delving into non-fiction writing. This will include a newspaper article about the miracles that happen on the farm, as well as a persuasive argument as the main character tries to save the runt pig.



In Maths, our focus this term will be continuing with fractions work before moving into linking this with decimals. We will also spend some time looking at time and conversions between 12 and 24 hour clocks before moving onto symmetry.

Our Science learning this term is all about Sound! We will discover how sound travels, how our ears can hear and how we change the pitch of a sound.

Finally, in Encompass we are beginning a new topic all about the Ancient Greeks! We will discover where in the world Greece is, what it was like to live in these days and what the Greeks did for us!

Autumn 2

This term we are looking at the book, The Firework Maker's Daughter by Phillip Pullman. We will continue to work on our narrative writing by writing a retell, changing an element of the story. We will then write a diary entry from Lila's perspective, as she comes to the end of her journey.

In Maths, we will move on to learning about multiplication and division, and the written methods associated with these operations. We will ensure these are embedded before moving on to learning about fractions. We will take part in lots of practical learning to show our understanding of equivalent, improper and mixed fractions.

For Encompass this term, we are moving on to 'Somewhere to Settle'. This is a subject we studied last year, but now we will move onto comparing different settlements in Europe, the UK and America, before deciding where we would like to settle and why.

Our Science topic for Autumn 2 is Solids, Liquids and Gases. We will classify objects under these headings and investigate the differences between the three states of matter. Finally, we will experiment with changing states of matter through processes such as heat and cold.


Take a look at the Year 4 overview for the Autumn term below.





This term, we will be focusing on the book 'Cliffhanger' by Jacqueline Wilson. We will be looking at both story and non-fictional styles including persuasive writing!



To begin Year 4, we will focus upon recalling and improving our knowledge of Place Value. We will then move on to skills such as rounding and estimation, before moving into written methods including addition and subtraction through column method. Finally, we will end the term by beginning to look at shape and geometry.





Our topic for Science is Animals and Humans: Teeth and Digestion. We will look at the roles each organ plays in the digestive system including practical activities replicating the churning of food in the stomach. We will also research the importance of teeth in the digestion process, and how the different types of teeth have different roles.





This term we will look at the history topic of the Romans. We will research what the Romans have done for us and how life in Britain changed after the Roman invasion.