Year Four Curriculum

Our Curriculum

In Year 4, the children follow different themes, each half term, which leads their learning through creativity lessons.

Literacy

Autumn Term 2021

  • Brightstorm (Vashti Hardy)
  • Throughout the half term, children will write for a range of purposes – including fiction and non-fiction and sometimes poetry
  • Writing is linked to other subjects such as Science, Humanities and RE where applicable
  • Grammar is taught in context, with children learning to extend their vocabulary, improve their understanding of sentence structure and explore a range of punctuation
  • Spelling is taught and tested weekly

Spring Term 2022

  • The Adventures of Odysseus (Hugh Lupton)
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
  • Throughout the half term, children will write for a range of purposes – including fiction and non-fiction and sometimes poetry
  • Writing is linked to other subjects such as Science, Humanities and RE where applicable
  • Grammar is taught in context, with children learning to extend their vocabulary, improve their understanding of sentence structure and explore a range of punctuation
  • Spelling is taught and tested weekly

Summer Term 2022

  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
  • Escape From Pompeii (Christina Balit)
  • Throughout the half term, children will write for a range of purposes – including fiction and non-fiction and sometimes poetry
  • Writing is linked to other subjects such as Science, Humanities and RE where applicable
  • Grammar is taught in context, with children learning to extend their vocabulary, improve their understanding of sentence structure and explore a range of punctuation
  • Spelling is taught and tested weekly

Maths

Autumn Term 2021

  • The children will be given opportunities to develop their mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills through the mathematical themes and cross curricular activities:
    • Number and place value
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • Fractions and decimals
    • Measurement
    • Properties of shape
    • Position and direction
    • Statistics

Spring Term 2022

  • The children will be given opportunities to develop their mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills through the mathematical themes and cross curricular activities:
    • Number and place value
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • Fractions and decimals
    • Measurement
    • Properties of shape
    • Position and direction
    • Statistics

Summer Term 2022

  • The children will be given opportunities to develop their mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills through the mathematical themes and cross curricular activities:
    • Number and place value
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • Fractions and decimals
    • Measurement
    • Properties of shape
    • Position and direction
    • Statistics

Science

Autumn Term 2021

    • Sound (vibrations, amplitude and pitch)
    • Electricity (conductors & insulators, simple circuits and switch design)

Spring Term 2022

  • States of matter (solids, liquids & gases and changes of state in the water cycle)
  • Living things and their habitats (exploring and comparing habitats- spring)

Summer Term 2022

  • Animals including humans (digestive system, nutrition and food chains)
  • Living things and their habitats (exploring and comparing habitats- summer)

Religious Education

Autumn Term 2021

    • Understanding Christianity
      • What kind of world did Jesus want?
      • What is the trinity?

Spring Term 2022

  • Islam: why is Mohammed called the messenger of God?
  • Images in Faith
    • Visit local places of worship to view images
  • Salvation: why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

Summer Term 2022

  • Pentecost: Kingdom of God: when Jesus left, what was the impact of the Pentecost?
  • Hinduism: what does Dharma (duty) mean to many Hindus?

P.E.

Autumn Term 2021

  • Gymnastic routines using a range of balances, rolls, jumps and movements using floor and apparatus
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Real PE (coordination: footwork, static balancing, dynamic balancing)

Spring Term 2022

  • Gymnastics – mirroring and matching and using large apparatus safely
  • Football
  • Tag-Rugby
  • Real PE (dynamic balancing on a line, coordination: ball skills, sending & receiving, static balancing, counter balancing with a partner)

Summer Term 2022

  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Real PE (agility: reaction/response, static balancing, ball chasing)

History

Autumn Term 2021

  • Study the Industrial Revolution, the building of canals in Birmingham, the use of canals as a means of moving resources and people around the country  
  • Understand what was made in Birmingham and how it was traded and transported  
  • Pupils will learn how to read historical maps 
  • Know the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age 
    • Late Neolithis hunter-gatherers and early farmers, for example, Skara Brae 
    • Bronze Age technology and travel, for example, Stonehenge 
    • Iron Age – Hill forts, farming, art and culture

Spring Term 2022

  • Greece
    • Children will be taught about the impact that the Ancient Greeks had on our lives, including architecture, democracy, science and thinking, the Olympics and daily life
    • Understand the key term ‘legacy’ and summarise the ways in which the Ancient Greeks changed how we live our lives today
  • Water
    • Children will look at how rivers have changed over time; why rivers and other bodies of water are and were important; look at canals and industry

Summer Term 2022

  • Understand how food has changed over the last 100 years and explain the reasons for this
  • Ancient Rome
    • The Roman Empire and the power of its army
    • The invasion of Claudius and the building of Hadrian’s Wall
    • Romanisation of Britain
    • Impact of Roman technology, culture and beliefs

PHSE

Autumn Term 2021

  • Being me in my world (Jigsaw)
  • Taking care

Winter Term 2022

  • Celebrating difference (Jigsaw)
  • Dreams & goals (Jigsaw)

Summer Term 2022

  • Healthy me (Jigsaw)
  • Relationships (Jigsaw)
  • Changing me (Jigsaw)

Geography

Autumn Term 2021

  • Name and locate key UK countries and cities
  • Use an atlas to locate different settlements and main human and physical characteristics of the UK
  • Name and locate key topographical features and land use patterns on maps
  • Understand how to use Ordnance Survey maps and identify key features and places 
  • Map features of locality using drone images
  • Map skills
    • Co-ordinates and Ordnance Survey maps
  • Observe and record human and physical features during fieldwork

Spring Term 2022

    • Greece
      • Children will locate Greece on a map of the world (considering continents and oceans) and consider it’s climate based on it’s location 
      • Children will use a range of maps and images including Ordinance Surveys, relief maps and online resources to identify the topographical features of modern-day Greece 
    • Water
    • Children will learn about some of the major rivers of the world, how a river grows and changes, and its key features; terms: course, source, tributary, confluence, meander, ox bow lake, erosion, flood plain, mouth
      • Children will use a variety of maps including ordinance survey and relief to understand how a river grows and changes
      • They will be taught about the different uses of a river
      • They will identify the human impact on rivers including the cause and effect of flooding and transport 
      • Children will learn about the water cycle including evaporation and condensation

Summer Term 2022

  • Name and locate the seven continents, five oceans and different countries on a world map, looking in detail at different geographical features identified through using a key
  • Understand that the food we eat is made up of different ingredients that come from all around the world
  • Ancient Rome, Pompeii (Volcanoes)

Art, Design & Technology

Autumn Term 2021

  • Re-create a landmark
  • ‘Power’ through colour, texture, collage and shape
  • Study of works by David Hockney (representing landscapes using colour) 
  • Children will make their own musical instrument (Science link)

Winter Term 2022

  • Draw/ sketch Ancient Greek pots using observational drawing skills 
  • Use research to influence the design and decoration of a modern pot based on those found in Ancient Greece
  • Water-themed Art
  • Look at the paintings by Monet
  • Print making
  • Drawing from different perspectives

Summer Term 2022

  • Ceramic Mosaic patterns 
  • Make Boudica face masks 
  • Interpretative portrait of Boudica, applying what they know of her character 
  • Design and make an effective bridge (link to London Bridge)
  • Cook South American food

Computing

Autumn Term 2021

  • Digital mapping using Google Earth
  • Computer Science- coding
  • Information Technology- effective searching, creating animation 
  • Online Safety (Privacy & security, online reputation, online bullying and online relationships)

Spring Term 2022

  • Microsoft Office skills: Word processing skills
  • Online Safety (managing online information, Safer Internet Day- teaching objective according to the yearly theme, self-image & identity, copyright & ownership)

Summer Term 2022

  • Computer Science: LOGO
  • Databases
  • Online Safety (health, well-being and lifestyle)
  • Use digital maps and online research to learn about the Roman invasion

French

Autumn Term 2021

  • Presenting myself
  • Family

Winter Term 2022

  • Habitats
  • At the café

Summer Term 2022

  • The Romans
  • Goldilocks

Music

Autumn Term 2021

  • Charanga music
    • developing pulse and rhythm
    • musical notation
    • composition
  • Learning to play the ukulele

Spring Term 2022

  • Charanga music
  • Learning to play the ukulele

Summer Term 2022

  • Charanga music
  • Learning to play the ukulele
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