An overview of the curriculum in Year 4


Jane Bettles, Year 4 Cherry Class Teacher


Olivia Russell, Year 4 Hazel Class Teacher


  • How to write poems using similes, metaphors and alliteration
  • How to write stories with historical settings and other cultures (i.e. Ancient Egypt); and set in imaginary and fantastical places
  • To create plays based on Ancient Egypt  for a class assembly
  • To write newspaper reports with appropriate features and language
  • How to write instructions and recipes
  • Using notes and expanding into sentences
  • Writing about dragons as an expert using appropriate descriptive language
  • Texts: Egyptian Cinderella, Jemmy Button.
  • Short film: Eye of the Storm


  • Place value
  • Adding and subtracting using mental and written methods
  • Ordering positive and negative numbers
  • Multiplying and dividing, using number lines, grid method, chunking and remainders
  • 2D and 3D shape properties, lines of symmetry, and patterns
  • Constructing tables, diagrams, tally charts, pictograms and bar charts
  • Time am and pm. Solving problems involving timetables
  • Calculating the area and perimeter of rectangles
  • Fractions of amounts.


  • Animals including humans: focusing on teeth and the digestive system. Looking at the food chains in the animal kingdom.
  • Electricity and Sound: building an electrical circuit. Identifying and investigating different sounds.
  • States of matter:compare and group materials together, according to whether
  • they are solids, liquids or gases
  • Habitats: where animals live and why


  • How to edit text using delete, copy and paste.
  • To research websites, taking notes for further work.
  • Collect information and create charts to display the data using ICT.
  • Use of commands to control a robot
  • Using Comic Life program and importing photographs

Enquiry based learning

  • Egyptians: How they lived, visit to the British Museum, research into Pharoahs
  • Here and There: Comparison of London and 3 cities in the USA
  • Invaders and Settlers: looking at the history of the Vikings and Anglo Saxons.
  • Geography Detective: Study the impact of the weather on the lives of people living with hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, droughts, snow, cold and heat waves.



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Year 4 PE Curriculum overview


Our weekly trumpet lessons have enabled us to develop our understanding of musical notation and pitch. This includes the different notes such as Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, and Do. We also looked at how to use improvisation in our pieces. We listened to a wide selection of music from a variety of genres.


  • Faiths and their differences
  • The Christmas journey
  • Valuing yourself and others
  • Inspirational people such as Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Finding out about Sikhism and visiting the Gurdwara


They will learn about greetings, musical instruments, numbers, classroom environment, colours, ages, parts of the body, describing yourself, days of the week pets, family, saying what someone is called, the alphabet, where something is, food, dates and birthdays. They will be able to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English