Year 4


  • Alison Brien – Assistant Head LKS2
  • Asha Matthews – Class Teacher
  • SEN TA – Susie Dowd

Year 4 Curriculum Overview Spring 2 2023/24

Our whole school topic this half term is, ‘Our World’. We will be consolidating our learning of the eight-point compass focussing on the continent of Europe. We will be identifying countries and their capital cities– including famous landmarks and mountain ranges of Europe. Finally, we will learn about a specific region in France and its characteristics as well as then comparing it to the region of Castleton in England which we learnt about in Autumn 2.

Within English, we will be continuing the novel, Varjak Paw, by S.F Said. The children are absolutely loving it which is clear by the excitement they show when we start a new chapter. It is a more advanced novel than we have previously done and so there is a lot more to it but the children have risen to the challenge- particularly in terms of the vocabulary used. We will be enhancing our English curriculum by ensuring that poetry is covered at least once, every term. Therefore, our performance-poetry unit will commence the first day back. Look out for some confident performers within our phase assembly (March). We will base our writing, reading and grammar learning on this book as well as enjoying daily guided -reading, handwriting and spelling sessions. Spelling tests will on Mondays to give the weekend as additional time to practice.  

We will start the new year by consolidating our column methods for addition and subtraction including problem solving, and then moving onto multiplication and division work. We will be developing more use and application of our times tables – including the 6, 7 and 9 x tables. We will be then focussing on fractions and decimals. We will also be revisiting time, using analogue, digital, 12 and 24 hour time. Assessment week will take place within this half term but there will be lots of correspondence about where your child’s learning is.

Year 4 will be finishing the Science unit, Electricity.  
Your child will be continuing to test out different circuit using switches, motors, buzzers and lamps, making predictions and checking. Throughout this half term, it is British Science Week. There will be an ‘explosive’ assembly as well as lots of exciting activities to get their hands into…

Other Curriculum Areas
RE –  Why is Jesus so inspiring to some people? Including a trip to Christ Church to take part in the fabulous and interactive,’ Easter Experience.’
DT – Festival Feasts
Music – Charanga unit
French- As-tu un animal?
PE – Games (Wednesday) Swimming (Friday) Daily Mile
PSHCE –  See School Website for More Information
Computing – Data logging
*Handwriting lessons and spellings lessons will continue throughout.

Important Dates
Monday 26th February: Return to school
Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – information to follow
Monday 11th March – Science Week
Friday 15th March – Comic Relief Day
Wednesday 20th March – Pupil progress Meetings
Wednesday 27th March – Celebration of Learning Assembly – All Welcome
Thursday 28th March Yellow Day

Empowering learning skills

Self manager

  • Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
  • Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
  • Anticipate, take and manage risks
  • Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
  • Respond positively to change 

Effective participator

  • Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school
  • Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
  • Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
  • Present a persuasive case for action
  • Propose practical ways forward
  • Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful thinker

  • Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
  • Find links and see relationships
  • Explore & experiment with resources and materials
  • Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
  • Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
  • Try different ways to tackle a problem
  • Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective learner

  • Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
  • Review their work and act on outcomes
  • Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
  • Monitor their own performance and progress
  • Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
  • Make changes to improve their learning
  • Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent enquirer

  • Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
  • Plan what to do and how to go about it
  • Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
  • Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
  • Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team worker

  • Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
  • Listen and take account of others’ views
  • Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
  • Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations
  • Show fairness and consideration towards others