Year 4/5

Year 4 / 5 Curriculum Overview
Autumn Term

Reading Rollercoaster 
The Reading Rollercoaster challenge will continue and to move on the rollercoaster the children will
need to get at least two signed entries in their Reading Record per week.
Maths Mountain
The children will continue to work towards achieving bronze, silver and gold certificates on the
Maths Mountain by completing weekly arithmetic and mental maths tests where they will be
expected to be accurate and efficient.
English 
Through a study of the book Harry Miller’s Run by David Almond, the children will develop their
reading skills, through prediction, making connectives, analysing characters and developing their
vocabulary. They will respond to the text through drama, art and writing. They will develop their
speaking and listening skills through a study of the poet Joseph Coehlo and his anthology Werewolf
Club Rules performing for their peers. They will study other novels, including one related to the
World War Two topic and also the Snow Queen both of which will allow them many opportunities to
develop their writing skills and apply their knowledge of punctuation and word classes. They will
develop further their spelling skills to be able to spell most common words correctly and learn rules
and patterns to apply to their writing.
Maths
Children will progress through the National Curriculum Units A1 to E1 in the Autumn term. They will
increase their knowledge of place value in larger numbers. They will work through different methods
of calculation, using formal, more efficient methods. They will increase their knowledge of fractions
and decimals and will also learn more about perimeter and area, including how to calculate,
measure and compare the perimeter and area of composite rectangular shapes. There will be an
increased focus on problem solving and reasoning skills.
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Children will continue to practice their times table skills through regular 'Rockstars' tests and will
complete regular mental maths and arithmetic tests. 
Science
Light
During this unit of work, the children will be made aware that we need light to see things, that light
can be reflected from various surfaces and how light travels in straight lines. They will also learn
about shadow formation and identify patterns that appear as a shadow changes size. In addition
they will be made aware of the dangers of looking directly at the Sun.
Sound
The children will identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
They will find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it and
find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
Humanities
This term the children will focus on a History Unit. Through this the children will be studying Life on
the Homefront in WW2. They will focus on the life of a child, in particular evacuees and look into the
daily life of a civilian during war-time Britain (rationing/blackouts etc) They will use an enquiry based
approach to gain understanding and knowledge of the time, using skills from all areas of the
curriculum. They will use and evaluate different sources of evidence.
 
Computing
 
The children will start by looking at Digital Literacy and e-Safety. They will find out about common
uses of technology in and out of school. They will recap how to stay safe online and keep personal
information private and know who to contact if they have concerns.
They will move on to learning about networking. They will learn about computer networks including
the internet and find out how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web and
the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. 
 Art
Linked to their humanity topic on World War Two the children will produce silhouettes of the Blitz.
They will study paintings by the author LS Lowry and attempt to imitate his style, focusing on a
painting he created to commemorate VE Day.
DT
The children will build sculptures or structures to link to their World War Two topic. This will allow
them to improve their measuring and cutting skills and develop their understanding of the
importance of aesthetics to improve product quality. They will also increase their awareness of the
suitability of different materials for different tasks.
 French
During the Autumn term, Year 4 and 5 children will learn how to talk and write about school
and food. They will learn the names of rooms in school, classroom objects and subjects in
French. They will also learn to name foods, kitchen equipment and recipes. Year 4 will learn
to ask and answer basic questions such as ‘What is it?’ and ‘What do you like?’ Year 5
children will learn how to ask and answer more complex questions such as ‘How many are
there?’ and ‘What is your favourite?’
Music
This term the children will focus upon singing and performing skills. They will sing in groups, singing
in parts and harmonies, and in rounds. They will learn about different styles of Music, including the
music of the 1930s and 1940s, and how these have an impact on performance. They will put these
skills into practise in the end of term Christmas pantomime.
PE / Games Information
Children should have a suitable PE / games kit for inside and outside. This should include an
appropriate change of footwear. Children will not be allowed to participate in physical activities if
they are wearing jewellery. All children are encouraged to wear the school logo kit, details of which
can be provided by the office.
RE
This unit examines the importance and meaning of Divali and Holi for Hindu people. The children
will examine ways in which the Hindu lifestyle is affected by religious belief and practice and will
read some of the scripture and stories that shape Hinduism and its practice.
PSHCE
This term the children will start the year considering and setting personal targets for themselves.
They will then recap and reinforce their learning on how to stay safe both online and out in the
community. They will learn to recognise risks to their safety. In addition to this they will discuss what
to do when things go wrong and how to deal with emergencies.