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Year Four

Spring Term

Learning Journey: Rivers


In English we will:

Spring One:

  • Jonathan Swift's Gulliver
    • Written outcomes: persuasive report (leaflet), short narrative (logbook), adventure story.
    • ​​​​​​​Key Learning: To use standard English for verb forms / To use fronted adverbials and demarcate with a comma / To spell year 3 & 4 homophones

Spring Two

  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
    • ​​​​​​​Key Learning: To create settings, characters and plot / To accurately use pronouns to promote consistency and avoid repetition / To punctuate direct speech accurately / To use the present perfect tense

Whole Class Reading:

  • Poetry Pie / The Clockwork Crow / The World of the Whale / Bookside Down & How the World Works


In Maths we will:

Learn about Fractions:

  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
  • Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements
  • Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions and calculate quantities, and fraction to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number.

Learn about Time:

  • Convert between different units of measure e.g kilometre to metre / hour to minute
  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocks
  • Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days

In Science we will:

Learn about 'States of Matter

  • Group solids, liquids and gases describing reasons for grouping
  • Measure and record, at intervals, the temperature at which materials change state
  • Describe the effect of temperature on evaporation and condensation within the Water Cycle

In Geography we will:

  • Name and locate counties and cities in the UK: Coastal Counties
  • Name and locate counties in the UK
  • Learn about Rivers (compare The Nile to The Thames)
    • Amazon / Mississippi / Yangtze / Ganges / Yukon
  • Learn about Sources and estuaries / River Banks / Ox Bow Lakes / Dams / The Water Cycle . Tropics of cancer, Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle​​​​​​​

In PSHCE we will:

Learn about Relationships

  • Persuasion and Pressure: Inclusion & exclusion. (Basic techniques for reducing 'peer pressure'
  • Loss and Separation: How it feels to lose someone and identify who can help them with difficult feelings

In Music we will:

  • Identify tempi - speeds of music
  • Effects of sound: What is texture?
  • Identify rhythmic patterns

In RE we will:

  • (Spring One) Hinduism: Worship at home and in the Mandir
  • (Spring Two) Easter and Christianity

In Art we will:

  • Focus on Painting and Drawing
    • ​​​​​​​Paul Cezanne (painter) and M.C Escher (Prints)
  • Drawing and Paintng:
    • Arrange (groups of objects) thinking about colour, contrasts and composition
    • Colour & texture and how it transforms an object
  • Painting: Develop brush techniques and use a variety of brushes, including the use of thick and thin brush strokes
  • Outcome: Still life painting based on the work of Paul Cezanne & M.C Escher inspired 'Tessellation' Print

In DT we will:

  • Design, make and evaluate a crumble pudding
  • Use locally sourced food and research healthier options

In MFL we will:

  • Continue and develop 'conversation stems' including 'Comment Sa Va?' and reply using language to explain emotions e.g 'fatigue' and develop this into simple conversation

Curriculum Over-view


Autumn Term

Learning Journey: Anglo Saxons and Vikings


We will be reading:

  • FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith


In Science we will:

Learn about 'Animals, including humans' (Autumn 1)

  • Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
  • Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions
  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey

Learn about 'Electricity'(Autumn 2)

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
  • Identify whether or not a lamp in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
  • Recognise that a switch opens and close a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors. 

In History we will:

Learn about 'Life after the Romans' - Chronology focus

  • Learn about Egburt: First Anglo Saxon King
  • Learn about Invasions: Viking raids and settlements
  • Learn about Key Battles: Battle of York & Battle of Edington (Guthrum)
  • Learn about Alfred the Great
  • Learn about Danelaw
  • Source information: Archaeology, 'The Anglo Saxon Chronicles'
  • Learn about Religion, superstition and the movement to Christianity  

In Geography we will:

  • Ask 'How did climate change influence 'The Anglo Saxon Chronicles'
  • Name and locate counties in the UK
  • Use of ships: Key differences between Anglo Saxons and Vikings

In PSHCE we will:

Learn about Health and Wellbeing

  • Healthy Eating: Food Choices and a balanced diet
  • Drug Education: Effects of alcohol and making safe decisions
  • Strong feelings and mood swings
  • Puberty: Emotional and physical changes
  • Citizenship: Types of behaviour and consequences 

In Music we will:

  • Identify tempi - speeds of music
  • Effects of sound: What is texture?
  • Identify rhythmic patterns

In RE we will:

Learn about Religions in Southwark (Autumn 1)

  • What religions and world views are represented in our neighbourhood

Learn about Hinduism (Autumn 2)

In Art we will:

Artist focus: Henry Moore

  • Focus on drawing and sculpture 
  • Drawing skills: Use tone, light and shade to make things appear 3D, develop use of hatching and cross hatching to show tone and texture.
  • Sculpture: Begin investigating Papier Mache techniques in order to represent ideas
  • Outcome: Abstract Papier Mache sculpture of human form inspired by Moore

In DT we will:

  • Create a lamp using a simple electrical circuit
  • Investigate and evaluate a range of existing products and create a design specification