Year 4/5

Year 4

Summer 2019 curriculum overview.

Below is an overview of the Year 4 curriculum for the Summer 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 Literacy curriculum.  This term, Year 4 will be working on a book called Mr Stink that deals with issues and dilemmas. We will then be moving onto Information texts and then working on Imaginary Worlds (Charlie and the Chocolate factory).


The children will continue to follow the RWI spelling programme and the spellings from the Framework. Children will continue to have spellings weekly so please encourage your child to learn the spellings at home. Please could children practise these at home on a separate piece of paper rather than in their spelling books.

Shared/Guided reading in Year 4

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.

Shanklea Reading Raffle

Shanklea Reading Raffle is a new system that we are using in school to encourage and promote reading at home. Every time your child reads at home please sign their book and this will be rewarded by a signature on their reading raffle book mark. All completed bookmarks will be put in a raffle and your child can win a prize at the end of the half term.


Children will continue to progress through the National Curriculum Unit B2 - E2.  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 are and perimeter and will continue to learn about fractions and decimals. They will carry out investigations and solve word problems.

Topic 1 – Romans

In this unit, children are introduced to the idea that people from other societies have been coming to settle in Britain for a long time. They consider the effects of the invasion and settlement of the Romans on Britain. There is emphasis on historical enquiry using artefacts and Roman sites and interpretations of history.

There are regular opportunities for children to share their work with a specific audience. The audience will sometimes extend beyond the immediate school community. In feedback, specific links are made between the success of outcomes and the processes that have led to them. For example: talk and collaboration.

Topic 2 - Mountains

In this unit the children will learn to develop their locational and place knowledge of European countries and mountains. They will also gain an increased understanding into the various activities that can be carried out in these locations.


Year 4 – Living Things

During this unit the children will look at living things can be grouped in a number of different ways, including vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. They will explore the living things in the local environment.  In addition, they will investigate how the environment can change and pose a danger to living things.


Year 4 – Computer Science – Coding and Algorithms

In Computing the children will develop their understanding and skills at writing computer algorithms to programme a simple computer game. They will use Scratch to design and develop the game background and then learn to their own rules to ensure that the game is fair and playable but challenging.


In the Summer term Year 4 will be recognising their own strengths and weaknesses and then setting goals and targets for themselves in the future. They will be given the opportunity to work in pairs and small groups to discuss their dreams for the future.

Following this they will learn more about working together with others and about being tolerant of others’ opinions and views.

RE- Islam

In RE the topic we will be covering is Islam. The children will be looking at the festivals Eid-ul- Fitr and Ramadan. The children will also look at places of worship and the Islamic holy book. The line of enquiry we will follow will be ‘How do we decide what is right and wrong?’ and ‘What do religions say about right and wrong?’


During the Summer term, Year 4 children will learn how to describe people, including features, personal traits and what they are wearing. They will also learn the vocabulary for sports. This will include saying what they are good at and their opinions about different sports.


During the Summer Term, the Year 4 children will learn to sing, play, improvise and compose with the well-known song Mamma Mia. The children will also listen and appraise more ABBA hits.

Following this they will complete a unit of work that is focused around one song: Stop! - a rap/song about bullying. The children will learn about the interrelated dimensions of music through games, singing and composing.

Design Technology

In D.T. we will be continuing with the design and development of Roman shields, taking into consideration the authentic Roman patterns and colours as well as understanding about the links to Roman culture.

After this we will be moving on to learning how to design models using software linked directly to a 3D printer. The children will then produce their own, unique, key fob design which they will bring to life before their very eyes!


Year 4 will be developing their athletics and team games in Outdoor PE on Wednesday afternoons. The children will also have a coach for 3 weeks for tennis. Indoor and Outdoor PE kits must be brought in every Monday and will be sent home on a Friday.  Please make sure that children have appropriate footwear for outdoor PE.


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.