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Year 4

Curriculum Information

Termly Topics
Autumn Spring Summer
Anglo Saxons and Vikings The Water Cycle Healthy Eating
Autumn Term 2018-19 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 use it to study character description, diary writing and using the local settings to develop our map work.  In the second half of the term we will look at our second Power of Reading text 'Arthur and the Golden Rope'. We will use this as a stimulus for responding to poetry, creating adverts based on visiting the setting in Iceland and writing narrative. 

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.


Following our new Maths Scheme ‘Maths No Problem’ 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.


Our focus is learning how to Touch Type. This will include correct posture and how to use the correct finger to type each letter on a keyboard.


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 look at who the Anglo Saxons were, where they came from and Saxon village life. We will take a trip to Peterborough Museum to look closely at Anglo Saxon artefacts and create some jewellery inspired by the age. 

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