Year 4 Curriculum
Year 4 is a time of creativity and building strategies to inspire a love of learning. This is reflected in our topics, cross-curricular activities and trips.
These experiences prepare the children to continuously strive to be the best that they can be. By enjoying and developing a positive attitude towards their learning, children are well prepared for the following year.
Flatford Mill Residential Trip in Suffolk
This is the first time that the children will experience a school residential trip, and for many, this will be the first time away from family and home comforts. It is the perfect opportunity for children to develop independence, build new and existing friendships and learn to overcome challenges.
“My favourite moment was mammal trapping because it was exciting.”
“I like being in Flatford with my friends and being away from home.”
This trip supports our learning across the curriculum from exploring contrasting locations in geography to John Constable in art and living things in science. It develops in children an appreciation of their outdoor learning environment and nurtures an attitude of continual learning.
We continue to build upon the number skills developed in Year 3 at a greater depth and begin applying them to investigations and solving problems. In Year 4, children develop their understanding of geometry through the exploration of shape, measures and space.
Year 4 begin to develop a sense of inference in their reading, by learning to select and identify information from a given text to support their opinions. They will also study at least one class book in depth, which enables further cross-curricular learning. For example, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes allows us to explore themes of belonging and tolerance, while also inspiring children to learn about electricity and different art and design techniques.
Children are expected to write for sustained periods of time, in different genres using their extended knowledge of English grammar.
In science, children start to ask relevant questions and take part in different types of scientific enquiries to answer them. This year, they will study the following topics:
- Living Things
- States of Matter
- Sound and Electricity
We believe that all children should develop a respect and understanding of different faiths. In Year 4, as well as exploring the miracles of Jesus and the people of the Old Testament, children have the opportunity to explore Hinduism. This learning helps to encourage inclusion within our diverse classrooms.
In Year 4 we study volcanoes, the Vikings and the Egyptians as special topics that bring together all the children’s learning.