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Year 4

Curriculum Information

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



Using the Power of Reading approach Year 4 will explore the book The Pebble in my Pocket by Meredith Hooper. Which follows the journey of a pebble from its origins in a volcano 480 million years ago to its place in the modern landscape. In Spring term 2 we will be studying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Road Dahl.


At the beginning of the Spring term we will be revisiting column addition and subtraction; and multiplication and division before we move on to build on skills in the areas of Fractions, Measure, Space, Money & Time.


Our topic for this half term is States of Matter. The children will be using their scientific skills to investigate, plan, record and observe a range of materials and how they change state. This will end in a science fair where children will present their findings via short videos made in their lessons.


In computing this term we will be investigating coding using exploring Scratch to learn how to program.  Children will learn to navigate the Scratch programming environment; create a background and a sprite for a game; add inputs to control their sprite and some will also learn to use conditional statements within the program to control the sprite.

Design Technology

In Design and Technology this term we will use research and develop design criteria to inform the design and testing of a boat. The boats the children make will then be launched at Ferry Meadows to test their design and to see if they are fit for purpose.


In Geography we will be learning about The Water Cycle. To start our topic, we will be visiting Ferry Meadows with an expert from Atkins Global Design, Engineering and Project Management Consultancy to look at how rivers flow, how they are used, how they are managed and why they are important. This will have a follow up session in the classroom where children will further explore water river management using a working Lego model.  

Religious Education

Religious Education will focus on Hinduism this term we will be exploring what it is like to be a Hindu living in Peterborough; how and where Hindu’s worship; exploring Hindu festivals. To celebrate the end of the unit of work on Hinduism we will have a full Hindu experience day at the start of the Summer term to end our unit of work.


PSHE and circle times this term will focus on the topics Economic Wellbeing and Rule and Responsibilities

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 Speed Agility and Quickness

Outdoor PE Netball and Rugby skills