Year 4 curriculum

Programme of study for Year 4


Daily English lessons are based on the English National Curriculum.

Literacy:Fiction and non-fiction writing is undertaken through looking at Popular Authors, Play scripts, Characters, Structure and sequence, Common themes in poetry, Settings, Issues, Story writing, Stories from other cultures, Classic and modern poetry, Newspapers, Instructions, Poetry range of forms and Information books. 


When writing the children will be encouraged to draft their work and begin to use paragraphs, headings and subheadings.

Spelling:Children continue to expand their knowledge of spelling, through structured lessons and daily revision of spelling strategies, use of dictionaries, verb spellings, homophones, word endings, transforming words with suffixes and prefixes and compound words.

Grammar and Punctuation:work consists of developing knowledge about parts of speech, commas in sentences, verbs, adverbs, apostrophes, adjectives, sentences and punctuation marks including speech marks.

Speaking and listening: Speaking and listening forms a fundamental part of all lessons.  Children will be encouraged to prepare short presentations, recite poetry by heart, read aloud expressively and perform short plays.

Reading:Your children will be asked to keep their own reading record of all the books they read both at home and at school.  Reading at home should be daily.  A fixed time each day is a good habit to encourage.  You can introduce texts that are more challenging by reading to/with your child.  It is important that you regularly take time to talk to your children about the books they are reading, particularly as they become more independent.  Your involvement and interest in their reading encourages your children and shows them that reading is valuable and pleasurable. 


At school, we will take time each week to talk about the books we are reading.  There will be time for shared/group reading and time for individual children to read to the teacher.  Each day there is a period for silent reading and updating reading records therefore the children should bring their reading record to school every day.



Daily Maths lessons are based on the guidelines set down in the National Curriculum in England.  Throughout the year great emphasis is put on mental methods of calculation.  By the summer term children will be using formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Year 4 children should already be familiar with some of the times tables (2, 3, 4, 5, and 10) and by the end of Year 4 they should be confident with all the times tables up to 12.

Place value and ordering: ThHTU numbers, estimation and approximation, decimals, using numbers.

Addition and subtraction: addition of ThHTU, addition problems, subtraction of ThHTU.

Multiplication and division: times tables up to 12x12, division facts and inverses, multiplication of TU, division of TU, problems.

Fractions: common equivalent fractions, tenths and hundredths, decimal equivalents.

Making sense of problems: money

Handling data: interpreting data, databases, bar-line graphs, charts and diagrams, line graphs, bar charts, pictograms, interpreting and drawing line graphs

Shape and Space: shape patterns, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, line patterns, patterns everywhere, symmetry, right angles, acute/obtuse angles, coordinates.

Measures: area, length, time, weight, capacity, volume.



Ourselves focuses on ‘Moving and growing’, including an understanding of the functions of the skeleton in humans and how it works with muscles to produce movement.  The position of the main organs of the body is introduced in the context of the skeleton’s protective role. The simple functions of the parts of the digestive system.

Electricity focuses on ‘Circuits and conduction’, including introducing ideas about the generation of electricity.  Children explore materials that do and do not conduct electricity (conductors and insulators) and how these can be used in making switches.  They also start to explore more complex circuits, investigating changing the numbers of batteries and bulbs in a circuit, and explore the use of series and parallel circuits.

States of matter focuses on exploring the properties of solids, liquids and gases.  This includes: observing materials that change state when they are heated or cooled; identifying the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle. 

Taste buds experiment


Science Learning Log - The Human Skeleton




History Learning Logs



Environmental Issues: Improving our environment, Pollution, Water, Conservation, Settlement.

Map skills: Map work, using compasses, locating places using grid references, measuring on maps and plans, using a scale.

Atlas work: locate countries and their capitals

Topic: How and where we spend our time?


Physical Education (PE)

Gymnastics: taught by a specialist teacher at Juvenia Gym.

Sports:  hockey, volleyball, netball, basketball, short tennis

Dance:  expressive movement to music

Year 4 go to the gymnasium on a Wednesday morning and go out on to the sports pitch on a Tuesday.  Your child will need a labelled P.E kit in a bag, which they should bring to school on a Monday and take home on a Friday.  It is very important that they have a change of clothes and suitable footwear.  In the gym, the children will either go barefoot or wear appropriate footwear for gymnastics (not trainers) but they will need trainers for sport activities on the sports pitch.  In the interest of safety it is better that jewellery is not worn on a sport day or must be removed before the lesson and hair should always be tied back.


During the year we will look at the various techniques and effects that can be achieved when using a variety of mediums including; pencils, charcoal, chalks, oil pastels, water colour paints, acrylics, clay, tissue paper and recycled materials for constructing 3D models.

Study of artists: Van Gogh, Mondrian and Matisse.

Year 4 have been studying Picasso and all made a piece of work to share with the class

Click here to see all their work!


Year 4 have been studying Picasso and all made a piece of work to share with the class

Click here to see all their work!

Design and technology (DT)

Information Technology (IT)


Citizenship & World Faiths

Four strands run throughout the Key Stage 2 bi-annual Citizenship programme: 'The World Around Us', 'Relationships', 'Self/Esteem and Self Awareness' and 'Health and Safety Issues'

Citizenship lessons will see students exploring 'Self/Esteem and Self Awareness' and 'Health and Safety Issues' in an age appropriate context.

In World Faiths Year 4 will cover work on the following:



Year 4 will receive a music lesson as a class and a further singing lesson (with Year 3, 5 & 6) from a specialist music teacher. 

This will include: Singing (including part-singing), improving listening and identification skills, an in-depth study of the instruments of the orchestra, further work on the concepts of tempo, dynamics, rhythm and pulse.



Italian lessons are on Monday and Friday (45mins).  The children will usually be given homework on Monday and it will be collected in on the following Monday.


Spelling/Maths Test

Each week your child will be given a set of spellings on Friday to learn at home.  They will be tested on these spellings on Monday.  On Friday, the children will be given a maths test aimed at improving their mental ability/strategies and their quick recall of basic number facts.  This will usually be based on the mental activities studied during the week.



Homework is set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday.  Each week your child will be given a set of spellings (to learn by Monday), 10 sentences to write (using each of the spelling words) and a Maths task.  I strongly recommend that you plan a homework timetable with your child and try to stick to it.  Whilst your child should now be doing their homework on their own, I would encourage you to talk through their homework before they begin each session and I would like you to sign their homework when it is finished to indicate that you have seen it.

Peer Assessment - Learning Logs