Year 4

An Overview

The Year 4 curriculum centres around the following high quality texts; The Pied Piper’, ‘The Promise’, ‘I was there…Tutankhamun’s tomb’, ‘The Nile’, ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ and ‘Roman Diary’.  Please see the Year 4 Non-negotiables for individual objectives covered.

In Maths we follow the White Rose objectives for the year but use a variety of different schemes to prepare and plan activities. During each maths lesson, basic skills are applied to reasoning and problem solving. Year 4 are expected to rapidly recall all times tables up to 12 x 12. From 2019/2020 Year 4 pupils will be formally tested through an online Multiplication Table Check.

Our Science topics include; sound, living things and their habitats, electricity, the water cycle, changes of state and the digestive system and teeth.

Within computing, children will design and write programs to achieve specific goals, including solving problems and using the internet safely and appropriately. Activities to support this will be plugged (using technology) and unplugged (without technology).

In History, Year 4 will study the Ancient Egyptians and the Romans. This will include using a variety of difference sources to research and then record their findings. In Geography, Year 4 learn about rivers, locating the world’s countries, with particular focus on Europe & the Americas and their key physical and human features.  They also study a region of the UK that is non-local.

In Art/ Design &Technology the children will study different textures and materials, and complete sketchings based upon current topics. They will also develop products which are fit for purpose; for example recycling T-shirts to make bags.

The children will complete a 15-week, whole class music programme with teachers from The Becket School. Children are provided with an instrument during this time and play as an orchestra. They also take part in regular hymn practices and complete two performances in the year incorporating music and dance.

PE is delivered once a week by Premier Sports. They take part in a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities including; gymnastics, athletics and ball and racket sports. They also take part in dance sessions delivered by ‘Rattle and Roll for 6 weeks, every term.


Big Bang Fair

Yesterday, Year 4 had the fantastic opportunity of going to the Big Bang Fair at Birmingham's NEC. Moving through the halls, they experienced a variety of hands on activities based upon Science, Technology,
Debugging with Beebots

4E used the Beebots to discover the bugs in the algorithms. They programmed the Beebots, using the given instructions. When errors occurred, they fixed them. A great job done!
New Walk Museum

4E had an exciting visit to the New Walk Museum on Thursday 28th February. Exploring the museum in the morning, we saw dinosaur exhibits and art work. After lunch, Andy, our guide, took us back in
The River Nile

4E began their research on the River Nile. We used Isabella Wallace's differentiator and the IPads to answer the questions and find the facts.
Splendid Switches

4E used their work from last week to rebuild a simple circuit. After that, we learnt about switches and how they break the circuit to stop lights being on all the time and the doorbell from constantly
Le cafe en Francais

In French, on Tuesday, 4E practised their vocabulary of food and drinks by having their very own French cafe. They ordered what they wanted, paid their bill and remembered the tip!

4E used the cuisennaire rods to support work on fractions. We secured our understanding that fractions must have equal parts and found a wide range of equivalence.