Year 4

Curriculum Overview – Year 4

English

Reading

  • Secure decoding of unfamiliar words
  • Read for a range of purposes
  • Retell some stories orally
  • Discuss words & phrases that capture the imagination
  • Identify themes & conventions
  • Retrieve and record information
  • Make inferences & justify predictions
  • Recognise a variety of forms of poetry
  • Identify & summarise ideas

 Writing

  • Correctly spell common homophones
  • Increase regularity of handwriting
  • Plan writing based on familiar forms
  • Organise writing into paragraphs
  • Use simple organisational devices
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
  • Evaluate own and others' writing
  • Read own writing aloud

 Grammar

  • Use wider range of conjunctions
  • Use perfect tense appropriately
  • Select pronouns and nouns for clarity
  • Use & punctuate direct speech
  • Use commas after front adverbials

 Speaking and Listening

  • Articulate & justify opinions
  • Speak audibly in Standard English
  • Gain, maintain & monitor interest of listeners

 

  

Mathematics

Number and Calculation

  • Know all tables to 12 x 12
  • Secure place value to 1000
  • Use negative whole numbers
  • Round numbers to nearest 10, 100 or 1000
  • Use Roman numerals to 100 (C)
  • Column addition & subtraction up to 4 digits
  • Multiply & divide mentally
  • Use standard short multiplication

 Geometry and Measures

  • Geometry & Measures
  • Compare 2-d shapes. Including quadrilaterals & triangles
  • Find area by counting squares
  • Calculate rectangle perimeters
  • Estimate & calculate measures
  • Identify acute, obtuse & right angles
  • Identify symmetry
  • Use first quadrant co-ordinates
  • Introduce simple translations

 Fractions

  • Recognise tenths & hundredths
  • Identify equivalent fractions
  • Add & subtract fractions with common denominators
  • Recognise common equivalents
  • Round decimals to whole numbers
  • Solve money problems

 Data

  • Use bar charts, pictograms and line graphs

  

Science

 Biology

  • Classify living things
  • Digestive system & teeth
  • Food chains

 Chemistry

  • Changes of state
  • The water cycle

 Physics

  • Sound as vibrations
  • Electricity: simple circuits & conductors

  

History

 British History (taught chronologically)

  • British History (taught chronologically)
  • Roman Empire & impact on Britain:

- Julius Caesar's attempted invasion

- Roman Empire & successful invasion

- British resistance, e.g. Boudicca

- Romanisation of Britain

 Broader Study

  • Earliest ancient civilisations, i.e.:

- Ancient Sumer

- Indus Valley

- Ancient Egypt; or

- Shang Dynasty of Ancient China

  

 Art and Design

  • Use sketchbooks to collect, record and evaluate ideas
  • Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials
  • Learn about a range of artists, craftsmen and designers

  

Computing

  • Design and write computer programs to achieve specific goals, including problem solving
  • Use logical reasoning
  • Understand computer networks
  • Safe and appropriate use of the Internet and World Wide Web
  • Organise, store, retrieve and manipulate data
  • Collect and present data appropriately

 

 Design and Technology

  • Use research criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose
  • Use annotated sketches and prototypes to explain ideas
  • Evaluate existing products and improve own work
  • Use mechanical systems in own work
  • Understand seasonality, prepare and cook mainly savoury dishes

  

Modern Languages

  • Listen and engage
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary
  • Develop appropriate pronunciation
  • Show understanding of words and phrases
  • Appreciate songs, poems and rhymes
  • Broaden vocabulary

  

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries, focussing on Europe and the Americas. Focus of key physical and human features
  • Study a region of the UK(not local area)
  • Use eight points of the compass, symbols and keys
  • Describe and understand climates, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, settlements, trade links etc.
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure and record

  

Music

  • Use voice and instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression
  • Improvise and compose music
  • Listen with attention to detail
  • Appreciate wide range of live and recorded music

  

Physical Education

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, modified as appropriate
  • Develop flexibility and control in gym, dance and athletics
  • Compare performances to achieve personal bests
  • Swimming proficiency at 25m

 

Religious Education

  • Continue to follow the locally-agreed syllabus for RE