Year Four

Year 4 curriculum overview

Welcome to Year 4’s class page.

Your teacher this year is Mrs Burghelea and your TA is Mrs Lucock

My email address is


Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries or concerns about your child or the work we are doing in class. We are always more than happy to speak to you.

We have PE on a Tuesday lunchtime and Wednesday afternoon - please ensure your children have the appropriate kit on these days.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and is expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday. We expect children to read at home daily and this should be indicated in their reading diaries.


In Writing this term we are doing work based on the following books: Arthur and the golden Rope, The king who banned the dark, Biscuit Bear and How the whale became and other stories. Children always start a unit by exploring features of each text and they end the unit by writing a text in the style of the text studied and, depending on the type of the text they could publish or present their edited writing to an audience. Before writing their final piece of writing, children are taught how to write correct single clause and multiclause sentences, how to use fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and, where necessary, how to punctuate speech correctly.


This term we are exploring two texts as part of our Guided Reading sessions: Charlotte’s Web and Butterfly Lion. We read each book as a class and children have the opportunity to listen and follow up or to echo read the teacher. Children then answer comprehension and inference questions to show their understanding as well as completing follow up activities that can involve exploring characters, linking what they read with their own experiences, discuss the language used in a book, use dictionaries to check the meaning of words etc

All children also have access to ‘Bug Club’ (usernames and passwords are in their reading diaries). Here, they are allocated books, which they can read online which are appropriate to their reading level. 

All children are given a reading diary. Our expectation is they read for 5-10 minutes every evening. Reading diaries are checked and signed by the teacher or teaching assistant at least once per week. Children can sign their own diaries to indicate they have read at home but I kindly ask parents to check and sign the reading diary at least once per week. Reading certificates are given out when children have read 25, 50, 75 and 100 books.



This term we will:

Review r controlled vowel sounds from KS1: ir (/ɜː/)

 Review r controlled vowel sounds from KS1: air (/ɛə/)

 Review Year 2 common exception words and other high frequency words

 Review vowel suffixes -ed, -ing: chop, change and double

Review vowel suffixes -y, -er, est to create adjectives: chop, change and double

 Review consonant suffixes -ment, -ness , -ful, -less

 Review the suffixes -ly and -ally

 Review –tion and -ation endings

 Explore -sion and -ssion endings

Explore -cian endings

Focus on vowel digraphs: words from the Y3/4 statutory word list


In Maths this term we are learning Place Value, Addition and Subtraction Mental and Formal strategies, Multiplication and Division Mental and Formal strategies, problem solving, discrete and continuous data and perimeter. As part of our fluency sessions, we reinforce what we learn during Maths sessions, we identify and try to address misconceptions from previous years and we practice times tables.

Times tables practice doesn’t have to be boring and you can help your child by encouraging them to visit these websites as often as possible



In Science this term children learn States of Matter and Water Cycle. The children learn how to

recognise everyday substances are solids, liquids or gasses

compare and group materials according to whether they’re solids, liquids or gasses

make clear distinctions between the properties of solids, liquids and gases

observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled

measure or research the temperate that materials change state

describe how liquids evaporate to form gases and gases condense to form liquids

sequence and describe the water cycle

identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature

identify a range of contexts where changes take place


In Geography this term children learn about rivers and England’s regions with a focus on West Midlands. The children learn how to

explain what a river is, where it starts and ends and how it forms

describe the features of the 3 stages of a river

recall and describe the different features of a river

name the longest and biggest rivers in the world

compare England’s longest river, Severn with the world’s longest river Nile (History)

explain the importance of rivers and the impact of river pollution

use maps, atlases, globes and digital computing mapping to locate countries and cities in the UK, learn about and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features name and locate regions in England, including West Midlands region

name and locate counties and cities in West Midlands region

identify human and physical characteristics, key topographical features(including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers) and land use patterns of West Midlands region


In History this term children explore Ancient Egyptian Civilisation. They learn how to

create a timeline of Ancient Egypt civilisation

explain the importance of River Nile for Ancient Egypt civilisation

explain how Ancient Egyptians changed from being hunters and gatherers to farmers

use artefacts to understand, investigate and make enquires about ancient Egyptians understand how evidence can give us different answers about the past– Tutankhamun understand the role of religion in the continuity of Ancient Egyptian civilisation

recall similarities and differences between rich and poor in Ancient Egypt

name ancient Egyptians inventions that are still used today


In Computing this term children explore CODING. They learn how to

use selection in coding with the ‘if/else’ command

understand and use variables in 2Code

use flowcharts for design of algorithms including selection

use the ‘repeat until’ with variables to determine repeat

know about the use of computational thinking terms; decomposition and abstraction



In French this term children explore vegetables. They learn how to

name and recognise ten vegetables in their plural form

spell at least five of the vegetables correctly in French

ask somebody in French for a particular vegetable using ‘Je voudrais’

perform a simple French role play around buying vegetables at a market stall


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