Year 4 Curriculum

Reading: The Magic Faraway Tree Reading aloud for fluency and use knowledge to read ‘exception’ words Reading for understanding Understanding root words: prefix/suffix Read aloud to an audience using volume and tone


Inference based on The Magic Faraway Tree: Drawing inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence, Predicting what might happen, Summarising main ideas, Identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning, Identifying descriptive language, Dictionary skills: synonyms/ ambitious vocab, Predicting what might happen, Identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling: Using commas after fronted adverbials. Noun phrases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and preposition phrases. Word classes: identify adjectives, nouns, pronouns, conjunctions, adverbs. To spell further homophones. To spell prefixes: in, il, ir, sub, inter

Writing Composition:

To persuade: An environmental pledge. Planning writing by discussing structure, use of language, recording ideas, watching the news, watching Iceland advert. Draft and write by organising paragraphs around a theme, using persuasive language, emotive devices, rhetorical questions. Evaluate and edit by proof reading for spelling and punctuation.


Place value Up to three digits: whole numbers/negative numbers/fractions/decimals Compare and order numbers up to 1000: including multiples of the same number Read, write and spell numbers up to 100 Read and order Roman numbers up to 100 Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers Partitioning of numbers to 1000 Addition and subtraction Addition of 3 digit numbers to 1 digit, 2 digit and 3 digit Subtraction of 1 digit, 2 digit and 3 digit numbers to a 3 digit number Using formal written methods: column method Time: read time to the nearest minute, number of seconds in a minute, days in a month, year and leap year. Fractions: halves and quarters of a number. Shapes: recognise 2D and 3D shapes.


Reconnecting and Reengaging:

-Create your class rules. -Discuss new routines at school. -All about me activity. Same but Different: -Make an ‘I’m unique display’ celebrating the differences in your class. -Discuss at home how things have changed. Write notes to family members telling what you appreciate about them since. Managing Change: -Positive paper chains. -Design a worry monster. People around us: -How to be a good friend worksheet. -Make a list of all the communities you are a part of then write a sentence or two for each one stating why they are important to you. Healthy body, healthy mind: -Design a hygiene poster to be displayed around the school; include why good hygiene is important. -Create a healthy menu (start, main and pudding) and add illustrations for each one. Anti-Bullying week! Relaxation: -Yoga. -Create an acrostic poem about relaxation.


Navigating the Bible Understanding the structure and layout of the Bible Understanding scripture and finding specific scriptures Comparing the same story in two different Bibles: why are they different? Write a Bible story in own words to read to an audience Vocabulary: Navigate, Bible, scripture, compare, Old testament, New testament, religion


Biology Classification of living things using a key Adaptations: recognising how animals change to adapt to their environment Construct and predict food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. Habitats: comparing the habitats of animals in the forest and the rainforest. Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things. Vocabulary: Food chains: - Living, dead, never been alive, suited, suitable, basic needs, food, food chain, shelter, move, feed. Names of habitats:- pond, woodland Living things:- Classification, classification keys, environment, habitat, human impact, positive, negative, migrate, hibernate.


Cool Core Pilates To improve balance and co-ordination. Perform controlled Pilates movements and understand the benefits. To develop balance techniques. Learn new moves. Understand why breathing is important throughout all of the moves. To sustain balance and concentration. Master moves with accuracy and control. Vocabulary: Stretching, breathing, balance, muscles, inhale, exhale, warm up, warm down, relaxation, technique, mountain pose, rock, Siamese pose, giraffe, Pilates, mountain top, pencil point pose.


A focus on biomes: A biome is a large region of Earth that has a certain climate and certain types of living things. The main types are: Tundra, Desert, Grassland, and Tropical rainforest. Identify where some of these are on the world map. Focus in particular on the Amazon rainforest. Whilst studying the Amazon make comparisons with the UK. While studying the Amazon rainforest, use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping (Google Earth) to locate the countries, mountain ranges, captials, rivers and oceans of South America. To use NE, SE, NW, SW too. Locate and label different countries/continents in the Northern and Southern hemisphere. Raise questions about the different hemispheres and make predictions on how they think life will be different in the two hemispheres.

Understand the term ‘biome’. Use knowledge of this term to make suggestions for places in the world which may be biomes. Once the children are aware that the main types are Tundra, desert, grassland and Rainforest, children to use maps to locate areas they think may be biomes e.g. very green areas could be rainforests, flat pale ones could be deserts etc. Defend reasoning using knowledge of maps. Focus on Amazon rainforest – identify the climate, the habitats, the plant and animal types and how people live in the rainforest. Study life in the Amazon rainforest through primary sources – recounts/photographs, and ask questions, make comparisons to life in the UK and consider how life in the UK may be similar. Discuss how the rainforest may be linked to us e.g. trade. Locate other rainforests using Google Earth and maps, identifying patterns in their location. Compare a Rainforest to a forest in the UK. Locate geographical features of the Amazon. Consider how the location of these geographical features has shaped life. Vocabulary: Biome, climate, living things, Tundra, Desert, Grassland, Tropical Rainforest, Amazon Rainforest, comparison. Maps, globes, digital/computer mapping, Google Earth, locate, mountain ranges, capitals, rivers, oceans, South America, Northern and Southern Hemisphere.


Coding: To use a sketch or storyboard to represent a program design and algorithm. To create a variable. To program a character. To make timers and counting machines To explore how 2code can be used to investigate control by creating a simulation. To design a decomposed feature of a real-life situation. Vocabulary: Algorithm, variable, if/else statement, program, command, repeat actions, simulation, decomposition, abstraction.



Moving parts orang-utan Design and select own materials Label diagrams with specific features Select and use appropriate tools safely Mark out, measure and cut accurately Learn to join materials in a safe way Evaluate work throughout and at the end of the project Vocabulary: Design, plan, evaluate, label, diagram, measure, accurate, materials, tools