Year 4

A very warm welcome from Y4 to parents old and new! The children have had an extremely positive start to the new academic year, approaching their learning with enthusiasm and building new friendships. We are looking forward to working closely with you throughout the year to ensure your child is happy in school and meeting their full potential.

'From September 2014 a new primary curriculum has been introduced in schools. Staff have been working very hard in school to plan an exciting school curriculum based upon the requirements of the New Curriculum and on the needs of our children'.

We are passionate about every child enjoying their learning and achieving their true potential and so our Curriculum Aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school.

Our Curriculum Aims are:

  • To provide a broad and well-balanced curriculum which supports the academic, social and personal development of every child, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities.
  • To ensure that all children receive high quality teaching which enables them to become literate and numerate, leading to consistently high standards across the school.
  • To provide rich first-hand purposeful experiences, making full use of our local environment and expertise beyond the classroom.
  • To develop a life-long love of learning by encouraging children to take charge of their own learning and to work as independent thinkers.
  • To make learning meaningful by creatively linking different areas of the curriculum, and continually adapting the curriculum to fit our pupil’s needs in an ever-changing world.
  • To widen the aspirations of our learners by having consistently high expectations and by encouraging pupils to strive for their dreams.
  • To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to help them develop positive relationships and a critical appreciation of and respect for their own and others’ beliefs, culture and identity.
  • To ensure that all children have high self-esteem by fully engaging in opportunities offered in order to feel a sense of personal and collective achievement every day.
  • To provide opportunities for children to further develop their individual skills and talents by taking part in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • To involve parents as key partners in their child’s education.

 

Year 4 Curriculum Map 2017-18

 

Autumn 1

(6 weeks +2)

Autumn 2

(7 weeks+2)

Spring 1

(5 weeks + 2 days)

Spring 2

(5 weeks +3 weeks)

Summer 1

(7 weeks+2)

Summer 2

(7 weeks)

Topic

Sea and Seals

Meet the Greeks

Pompeii / The Romans are coming

Animals and their habitats /

Living things and their habitats

English

Non-chronological

Report on seals
Paragraphs
Brackets
Connectives
Poem on seals (adjectives + similes)

Autobiographies

Greek myths

Describe / create character

Create / describe setting

Fronted adverbials

Explanation texts: how a volcano works

Cause and effect connective

Big write: description of eruption

Fact file on William Shakespeare

Play script: Julius Caesar

Adverbs (stage directions)

Persuasive Argument: Goldilocks then Celts or Romans?

Degree of certainty

Conjunctions

Diary life of a Celt

Description of round house (prepositions)

Time conjunctions

Discussion on building on how hill

Study “Window”

Debate skills

Recount of how hill

Adventure story:

WW2 theme:

Describe scenes: city/country

Letter to Lenny’s mum

Lenny’s feelings

Inverted commas

Fronted adverbials

Spelling

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Assess children on entry (Level 2/3 SPAG test) Introduce, revisit and consolidate the necessary content from Year 3:

- Word: Nouns; a or an, word families

- Sentence: Expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions

- Text: Paragraphs; Headings and subheadings; Present perfect form of verbs instead of simple past

- Punctuation: capitals and full stops

Year 4 content:

Inverted commas to punctuate direct speech

Comparative connectives

Maths

Block A: Counting, partitioning and calculating

Block B: Securing number facts, understanding shape

Block C: Handling data and measures

Block D: Calculating, measuring and understanding shape

Computing

E-Safety

Email buddies

Research seals

Handling data

Programming

Multi-media

Research – present poster on habitat of choice

Technology in our lives

Research / games on volcanoes

Programming

Research building in Rome

Science

Changing states

Sorting materials

Describe states

Drama

Does gas weigh anything?

Chocolate: melting

Water cycle

Electricity

Circuits

Conductors/insulators

Sound

Vibrations

Volumes

Travels through matter

pitch

 

Habitats

/ classify and group, food chains

Vertebrates / invertebrates

Flowering / non-flowering plants

Humans and animals and skeletons

Name bones

Compare animal and human

Muscles and tendons

Geography

Local area: Blakeney / North Norfolk coast

Map work, inc city/town/village

Map symbols

Land use

Settlers

Map work of Europe

European study:

Italy

Map work of Europe/Italy,

Attractions in Rome/

Physical features of Italy 

 

Map work: how hill / broads

Land use of broads

Compare to Blakeney

 

History

 

Ancient Greece

Describe Greece now

Timelines

Athens vs Sparta

Olympic games

Pompeii and the eruption

Story of Pompeii

Celts and Romans

Empire, Celts, Boudicca, diary, invasion, soldiers, army, letter home,

   

Art and

Design and Technology

Water colour seascapes inspired by Monet.

Levers

Greek pots and patterns

Make a volcano

Kandinsky images based on listening to music/Pompeii

Roman shields + battle

Mosaics

Celtic roundhouse villages

Holi pictures

Development of the broads

Explore animal prints and patterns as camouflage

How hill wax crayons

Make Damien Hirst inspired skull collages.

RE

Judaism  

Judaism

The Christmas Story

Christianity

Hinduism

Music

Singing

Keyboards

P.E

Fitness

Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Dance – Look at dance from different cultures?

Athletics

OAA

 

Games

         

PSHE

New beginnings

     

Rights and responsibilities

Sex, relationships and drugs

MFL

French