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Year 4

Our fantastic Year 4 topics cover a wealth of exciting learning journeys that the children will love to engage in.

English lessons are based around rich and engaging texts covering a wide range of genres. Through the study of such genres, the children will gain an invaluable collection of skills to embed within their own writing. This foundation, alongside regular grammar, spelling and handwriting lessons, is the perfect combination to further enhance English skills and knowledge. 

Reading in Year 4 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions. 

Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, through their own choice of authors and genres from our extensive library, which increases their vocabulary and spelling skills to add to the valuable work that we carry out in class. Each child in Year 4 will receive a reading book which will be matched to their ability. From this, the children will gain a deeper understanding of the texts. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

Our maths scheme, ‘Maths No Problem’ is a real hands-on approach to maths, with children using practical equipment to represent, replicate and solve problems. With a variety of different stages to the lessons, the children are able to develop a wide range of skills, including the ability to achieve a greater understanding of maths.

The summer term

During the summer term, Year 4 begin to explore their topic ‘Ancient Civilisations.’ In this topic, the children will learn about the history of three of the world’s first ancient civilisations; ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. Children will learn about the rise, life, achievements and eventual end of each civilisation. In the first half term, we will focus on Ancient Sumer and explore archaeological finds from this this time period. We will explore what life was like within this civilisation, such as the rise of farming and what inventions were developed to improve jobs and livelihood. In the next half term, we will explore Ancient Egypt and look at the developments during this period. We will look at what city life was like for Egyptian people and what the role of the Pharaoh was. Finally, we will explore Tutankhamun’s tomb and the discoveries Howard Carter found.

Find full curriculum information and knowledge organisers here.

I am incredibly excited to teach Year 4 this year. Our class is filled with hard-working, enthusiastic children who are consistently showing respect and support for one another. I’m really excited to see our class flourish this year as independent and resilient learners!
Miss Jackson
“I’m excited to learn more about fractions in Maths.” – Tyler “In Year 4 I really enjoy doing experiments in Science.” – Grace “I’m really enjoying our topic lessons because I love to learn about nature and the world.” - Kayaan