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Year 4

Curriculum Information

Termly Topics
Autumn Spring Summer
Anglo Saxons and Vikings The Water Cycle Healthy Eating
Autumn Term 2017-18 Subject Overview



Using the Power of Reading approach Year 4 will explore the historical figure of Hereward using the text Saxon Superman by Linda Hague. We will be studying character description, diary writing and will use the local setting in the story to develop our local area map work.  Later this term a second Power of Reading text Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf by David Almond will allow the children to explore the text by interpreting and responding to illustrations and by empathising with characters and discussing their dilemmas. This will be conveyed through drama and role play and will lead to each child producing their own story based on the studied text.  Our GPS focuses will include fronted adverbials, apostrophe use and noun phrases which will be embedded within the Power of Reading written outcomes as well as having separate lesson input.


At the beginning of the Autumn Term the children will be covering place value in 4-digit number, number facts and counting in steps of 6, 7,9,25 and 1000.  There will be opportunities to consolidate and build on work from Year 3 and we will be introducing new methods for addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.


Our topic for this half term is. Living Things and their Habitats. We will be exploring how living things can be grouped in a variety of ways; exploring the use of classification keys to help group, identify and naming a variety of living things in their local and wider environment and recognising that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

After half term we will be exploring sound: identifying how sounds are made, recognising that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear;

finding patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it; finding patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it and recognising that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.


In computing this term we will be manipulating images using the Windows Paint program. The skills we will be exploring include: adding overlays, adding effects and resizing objects.

Design Technology

In Design and Technology this term we will use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, musical instruments made from recycled materials.


In History we will begin the term focussing on Anglo Saxons and then move on to learning about the Vikings impact on the United Kingdom. We will be visiting West Stow Anglo Saxon village to support our understanding of life in this stage of history.

Religious Education

Religious Education will focus on Buddhism this term we will be exploring what it is like to be a Buddhist living in Peterborough; how and where Buddhists worship; how the Sutras influence the lives of Buddhists; exploring the festival, Buddha Day and why the Buddha is an inspirational leader.


PSHE and circle times this term will focus on the topics

Additionally, we will be introducing the children to our new playground games systems and teaching them clapping, skipping and circle games as well as analyzing what makes good manners and how we can apply them in school, at home and in the dining hall. In November there will be opportunities to explore anti-bullying initiative when we participate in National Anti-Bullying Week activities. 


Indoor PE will focus on Orienteering, looking at symbols and their meanings, exploring safety and applying map work skills.

Outdoor PE will focus on netball, skills, rules and techniques.

Our Swimming will be focussing on basic stroke techniques and endurance to increase the distance that they can safely swim in a pool.