Year 4

Year 4


Autumn 2017 Curriculum Overview


Below is an overview of the Year 4 curriculum for Autumn term.  Some subject areas include a link to relevant websites that you and your child may find useful.  If you have any queries about any area of your child’s learning, please don’t hesitate to contact us.



All pupils will be developing their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in all aspects of the English curriculum.  This term, Year 4 will be working on Exploring form and studying the book Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman. During this time we will be reading about life in another culture, the children will develop a good understanding of life in Afghanistan.




The children will continue to follow the RWI spelling programme. Each child has a spelling book which they will bring home daily to practise. This book needs to be brought back to school each day and the children will be tested every week. Please could children practise these at home on a separate piece of paper rather than in their books. In addition to this, we are also learning Year 4 framework words. Every child will be provided with a copy of these words early in the year.


Reading Rollercoaster


We will be continuing with the reading rollercoaster.  We would appreciate it if you could support your child in achieving their next award. Below is some information of how your child can move on the rollercoaster:


Year 4: Children need to read their school reading book twice a week and something of their own once. Please sign and date in your child’s reading record each time they read.




The children will begin the year by working through the National Curriculum Units A1-D1. They will be introduced to a variety of mental and written strategies to work out calculations for all four operations (+, -, x, ÷).  Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of multiplication and division and 2D and 3D shapes (faces, edges, vertices and angles). Children will also be learning about area and perimeter and will continue to learn about fractions and decimals. They will carry out investigations and solve word problems.


Topic - Walk Like an Eqyptian


In this unit the children will learn to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Ancient Egyptians. Through research and investigation, they will learn about the geographic location of Egypt and explore the lifestyle and culture of the people. They will learn about the characteristic features and how it has evolved over time.


Science - Feeding and Digestion

During this unit the children will look at how we consume and digest foods in order to give us energy. They will learn the major organs of the body that are part of the digestive system and their function. Following this they will learn about types of teeth and how they work effectively together. The unit will conclude with an understanding of food chains and food webs.


Computing – Digital Literacy - e-Safety


The children will begin Year 4 by developing their understanding of e-Safety and how to ensure they behave responsibly when using online services. They will discuss and debate safe procedures and produce a blog that demonstrates their understanding of the work.


Religious Education


In R.E. we will be looking at Christianity. The children will develop their understanding of Christian communities and saints. They will also consider places of worship in our community. Following this they will explore pilgrimages including the Christmas story, focussing on the main events and Herod's jealousy.




During the Autumn term, Year 4 children will learn how to say where they live, describe rooms in their house and their daily routine.




During the Autumn Term, the Year 4 children will continue to use the tin whistle to play simple melodies. They will be introduced to use of the right hand for changing pitch. They will conclude this term by learning traditional music.




In Art the children will be learning about Egyptian hieroglyphics. They will develop their artistic techniques to create a parchment in the style of the ancient Egyptians. They children will also explore 3D art using clay to create canopic jars.


Design Technology


In D.T. the children will be creating step pyramids that model those built by the ancient Egyptians. They will use mathematical skills of drawing and building nets which will then be decorated using sand.


Physical Education


Indoor and Outdoor PE kits must be brought in every Monday and will be sent home on a Friday. The children will begin the year by doing multi-skills, focussing on balance, agility and coordination. Following this the children will learn gymnastics indoors. In games, they will developing their team skills by doing football and netball.

P.E. and Games days are as follows:


AK4 - Wednesday and Thursday


SH4 - Wednesday and Friday




Maths - MyMaths and Sumdog will continue to be used for online homework. Written homework will be given at intervals throughout the term.


English - All children have a reading journal in which they will continue to carry out writing tasks linked to a book which they have read. This will be set every other week to enable the children to have the time to complete the homework to the highest standard. The children will be asked to choose from a selection of tasks following on from work they have covered in class. The work may be based upon the books the children have chosen through Acceleread or class reader.