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Year 4



Year 4

Autumn Term 1&2


In the first three weeks of the Autumn Term we will be looking at poetry from around the world. This will entail pupils looking at the various features of poetry and the effect this can have on a poem. Pupils will also learn to use a range of poetic devices within their own poems. For the remainder of the Autumn Term we will be reading ‘Wolves’ by Emily Gravett and ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B White.


We will focus on writing skills such as:

  • Writing in different genres, e.g. writing in role, poetry writing, writing information texts, writing newspaper articles;
  • Creating our own picture book based on the book ‘Wolves’;
  • Editing, redrafting and proof-reading pieces of writing.

As part of literacy lessons we will also focus on:

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar; 
  • Improving reading comprehension skills.


In mathematics lesson this terms we will be using the Kangaroo Scheme of Work and will be focusing on:

  • Numbers and the number system.
  • Counting and comparing, including the use of Numicon.
  • Investigating properties of 2D shapes, with a focus on symmetry.
  • Understanding addition and subtraction in depth.
  • Understanding multiplication and division in depth.


During the first half of the Autumn Term pupils will be learning about sound. In this topic pupils will:

  • Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
  • Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.
  • Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it.
  • Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
  • Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.


During the second half of the Autumn we will be studying ‘All living things’.  We will look at the habitats of living organisms; looking at ways to classify a variety of animals and plants.  Our studies will focus on creating a classification for various animals and plants. We will also be creating our own imaginary animal, based on a specific habitat provided. 


In our computing sessions this term we will be looking at the topic 'We are Musicians'.

We will:

  • Explore different online media in which we can produce music.
  • Create a piece of music which uses repetition and sequencing.


This term we will be journeying back in time to visit Ancient Egypt.  In this topic we will:

  • Find out about the structure of Ancient Egyptian society, from pharaohs to slaves.
  • Research and present information about a wide variety of Egyptian gods and goddesses.
  • Find out about the pyramids of ancient Egypt.



Pupils will be learning about their local area in geography. Through the sessions pupils will learn to develop their map reading skills, locate familiar building using various sources and begin to explore different buildings in Manor Park. Pupils will also:

  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.
  • Use the 8 points of a compass, 4 and 6-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.

Art and DT

In Design and Technology year 4 pupils will be making their own story book. They will:

  • Investigate and evaluate products with lever and linkage systems.
  • Experiment with a range of techniques to create moving mechanisms.
  • Explore and experiment with a range of different fonts and graphic technique.
  • Plan and design a storybook.
  • Make a storybook with moving mechanisms using a design.
  • Evaluate a finished product.


Our topic in art is ‘Investigating Patterns’.  As part of this topic we will:

  • Identify patterns found at home and in the environment.
  • Create patterns using rotation, symmetry and reflection.
  • Create patterns using a stencil.
  • Use printing to create a pattern. 
  • Design a pattern for a particular purpose.


Our topic for PHSCE will be ‘Dreams and Goals' and ‘Keeping Safe’. Some of the areas we will look at include:

  • How to cope with disappointment and how to help others cope with theirs.
  • I know what it means to be resilient and to have a positive attitude.
  • Learn how to share in the success of a group and how to store this success experience.
  • Knowing myself well enough to have a clear picture of what I believe is right and wrong.


Following this, in the second half term we will be studying the Keeping Safe. In this topic we will learn about ways to keep ourselves safe in different situations. 


In RE we will be finding out:

  • How and why do Hindus worship at the Mandir?
  • Why is the Bible special for Christians?


Our first unit in music will be “Mamma Mia!”.

In this unit children will learn to sing, play, improvise and compose with the well-known song Mamma Mia, children will also listen and appraise more ABBA hits.


Later in the term, our unit will be “Glockenspiel Stage 2”. The learning is focused around exploring and developing playing skills through the glockenspiel.

This Glockenspiel 2 Unit of Work builds on the learning from Glockenspiel 1. Children will start to learn to read music and play this together. This unit will also build on key vocabulary associated with musical notation.


This term in PE Year 4 pupils will develop their sport skills in invasion games, focusing mainly on Tag Rugby. This will link to the Rugby World Cup 2019. 


Children will learn:

  • To pass and receive the ball accurately and safely on the move.
  • To pass and receive the ball accurately and safely in a game situation.
  • To be able to evade and tag opponents.
  • To be able to work as a team and support my teammates.
  • To apply learned skills in a game of tag rugby.


In addition to this pupils will take part in two weeks of swimming sessions in the first half of the Autumn Term. During the second half of the Autumn Term learning in PE will be based around health and fitness, where pupils will take part in circuit training. 


This term in French, we will be using the Euro Stars scheme of work and will focus on the topic “On y va” (All aboard). In this unit, children will be finding out about travel and the francophone world. They will also learn the days of the week, and some phrases relating to transport and weather.


Later in the term, the topic will be “Quel temps fait-il?” (What’s the weather like?). In this unit, children will be taught more phrases to describe the weather and talk about the temperature. Children will also learn to describe the clothes they need to wear in particular weather conditions.


Children will learn to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • Explore patterns and sounds of language, and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when we are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions.