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Year 4 Curriculum 2017-2018

Summer Term


For the Summer Term we have begun with debates! We have been studying balanced arguments and have written our own about whether or not zoos should be allowed. This provides the children with a great opportunity to discuss and voice their opinions on a very controversial topic. After this, we are going to look at poetry, in particular cinquains and tankas! We are also covering a number of SPAG topics and objectives such as inverted commas, homophones, plurals and different verbs. Using videos as a stimulus, we are then going to watch the ‘Shirt Machine’ and using this to help us invent our own machines and write about them in the form of explanation texts. This may even involve a Dragon’s Den style activity involving speaking and listening! Lastly, and perhaps most excitingly, we will be looking at film trailers and writing descriptions of the settings and characters, as well as voice overs! Towards the end of the term, we are hoping to do some writing based around the local history and also the exciting events of the World Cup!

We will still be pushing our ‘word of the week’ which the children have taken to so brilliantly this term. Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to use this word in their writing homework as well as orally. It would also be great if you could encourage children to choose challenging texts which will expose them to different language that they could transfer over into their writing.

We have two guided reading sessions planned each week, whereby the children will be studying and comprehending a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, supported by adults. This is part of our reciprocal reading scheme which we began in January.


This term, we will be looking at a range of mathematical areas such as:

  • Geometry – classifying and describing quadrilaterals and triangles, identifying different types of angles, drawing lines of symmetry, describing position and movements on coordinate grids and drawing polygons on coordinate grids.
  • Multiplication and Division – factor pairs, multiplying two digit and three digit numbers by one digit using the formal method of column multiplication, division using the short formal method of bus stop and integer scaling problems.
  • Measurement– Converting between measurements of length, mass and capacity, solving problems with time, converting between units of time, reading and writing the time (both analogue and digital), measuring and calculating the perimeter and area of rectilinear figures.
  • Fractions and Decimals – Counting up and down in hundredths, adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, recognising and showing equivalent fractions, rounding decimals to the nearest whole number, calculating fractions of quantities and comparing decimals.



We are finishing unit on sound where we have been studying how pitch can be affected and how sounds travel through different materials. We are then moving onto living things and their habitats, where we will spend time grouping and classifying living things, looking at invertebrates and vertebrates in more detail and creating our own classification keys.


This term, we are exploring software known as J2e which is a child friendly version of Microsoft! They will be taught how to design things using the word function, but also how to design graphs.


We have a lot of lessons of the Anglo-Saxons to complete such as learning about artefacts, the religious and belief system and kings, before moving onto our unit on the local History of High Wycombe.


After finishing our topic of Scandinavia, we will be taking on a unit all about Water! We will be learning about water usage, droughts and sanitation, floods, water pollution and how to preserve water. We will finish this unit by learning all about Venice – a town built on water!

Art and DT

We are finishing our unit of European artists, which includes drawing pictures with moustaches and creating shape houses! We will then be moving onto DT where the children will be designing and creating biscuits, along with packaging that their biscuits could be transported and sold in.

PE and Performing Arts

This term, Year 4 have the great opportunity to go swimming. 4B are going for the first half term, followed by 4A. When the alternate class is swimming, the remaining class are having outdoor PE. Outdoor PE will also be taught by Premier Sports on a Friday morningwho will be starting Athletics. They will then move on to outdoor adventurous activities, which will fit in nicely with our Year 4 residential!

Please ensure your children have the correct PE kit for both sessions, and that they have the correct swimming kit when required.


Our RE unit begins with learning about special places of worship.


The children get a weekly PSHE session. In the Summer term we are going to be starting our ‘Living in the Wider World’ topic. This involves learning about the environment, the role and influence of media, practices in different cultures and how people live in different parts of the world. After half term, we will begin our sex education topic which you will be informed about via letter.


Every week the children will be given Maths and English homework. It will be given out on a Thursday and is expected in the following Tuesday. Your child will have a homework slip stuck into their Home School Books and this is also accessible via the school website. On top of this, we also expect children to be learning their times tables (ready for our weekly Cracking Times Table test) and they are expected to read at least 4 times a week and record this in their Home School Books with an adult signature. We take in Home School Books on Monday, sign them and return them to the children the same day.

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