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 2016-17

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Topic Sea and Seals Meet the Greeks

Animals and their habitats /

Living things and their habitats

Pompeii / The Romans are coming
English

Non-chronological

Report on seals

-         Paragraphs

Poem on seals (adjectives + similes)

Autobiographies 

Greek myths

Describe / create character

Create / describe setting

Adventure story:

WW2 theme:

Describe scenes: city/country

Letter to Lenny’s mum

Lenny’s feelings

Balanced argument on building on how hill

Study “Window”

Recount of how hill

Explanation texts: how a volcano works

Big write: description of eruption

Fact file on William Shakespeare

Play script: Julius Caesar

Diary life of a Celt

Description of round house (prepositions)

Persuasive Argument: Goldilocks then Celts or Romans?

Spelling Learn and revise lower KS2 100 words. Learn and revise lower KS2 National Curriculum programme of study.
Guided R

Books covered this

half term

The Iron Man

Krindlekarx

The Dancing Bear

Books covered this

half term

Non Fiction texts related to a topic on Ancient Greece

Books covered this

half term

The Iron Man

Krindlekarx

The Dancing Bear

Poetry Unit of work

Non Fiction books related to Science topics

Books covered this

half term

The Iron Man

Krindlekarx

The Dancing Bear

Books covered this

half term

Non Fiction texts related to a topic on Ancient Rome

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. Block E: Fractions (to be distributed across the four other blocks). 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. Block E: Fractions (to be distributed across the four other blocks). 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. Block E: Fractions (to be distributed across the four other blocks).
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

Humans and animals and skeletons

Name bones

Compare animal and human

Muscles and tendons

Habitats

/ classify and group, food chains

Vertebrates / invertebrates

Flowering / non-flowering plants

Sound

Vibrations

Volumes

Travels through matter

pitch

Geography

Local area: Blakeney / North Norfolk coast

Map work, inc city/town/village

Map symbols

Land use

Settlers

Map work of Europe

Map work: how hill / broads

Land use of broads

Compare to Blakeney

European study:

Italy

Map work of Europe/Italy,

Attractions in Rome/

Physical features of Italy 

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 painting of Blakeney

Levers

Pottery Make skeletons

Development of the broads

DIFFERENT MEDIUMS:

Birds or flowers

Make a volcano

Celtic roundhouse villages

Roman shields + battle

Mosaics

RE Judaism  

Judaism

The Christmas Story

Christianity Christianity Hinduism
Music

Singing

Keyboards

P.E

Fitness

Gymnastics

Gymnastics Dance – Look at dance from different cultures? Athletics OAA
Games

Hockey

Football

Rugby Netball Rounders Cricket
PSHE Determination (including Going For Goals)

Cultural Diversity

Diversity (with a focus on gender)  Equality (with a focus on disability) Courage and Sex and Relationships Excellence
MFL French