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Autumn 1

Our learning in Year 4 will build upon prior knowledge and learning as well as delving into and exploring new topics and skills.


Our first topic in Year 4 is going to be focused on a suspense narrative with the final outcome being for pupils to produce their quest that uses suspense. This will be delivered through Talk For Writing so they will imitate the text orally as well as analysing and modelling the text type before then applying it to their independent piece. The model text we will be using is called Staying Out and our class read to support this learning is The Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson.


Many grammatical terms and features will be taught through our English lessons, but pupils will also take part in separate grammar lessons. Pupils will start by recapping prior learning - looking at things such as word classes, sentence structures and punctuation before delving into new areas such as fronted adverbials and noun phrase.

In addition to this, each week pupils will complete a Grammar and Lightning which is designed to embedded key concepts and vocabulary that are needed to reach expected at the end of Year 4.

Bedrock will continue to be used to improve pupils’ vocabulary knowledge. Pupils will be given opportunities in class to complete sessions but the expectation for pupils to complete at least 2 lessons a week at home still remains.


Adjectives   verbs   nouns    adverbs   phrases    noun phrases   compound   complex   simple   perspective   retell    emotional language   tenses   recount   word class   punctuation   fronted adverbials

Guided Reading

Pupils will continue with their work on Reading for Inference which was has become familiar with the pupils over the past few years. Pupils will look at and annotate texts with prior knowledge and links that they can make to either themselves or other books that they have read. As a class we will then discuss our opinions and ideas. This approach enables the pupils to gain a deeper understanding of what they are reading by allowing them to familiarise themselves with plots and characters. In addition to this, pupils will look at different question types and be able to pick out and understand key vocabulary within them to ensure they have a solid understanding of what is being asked.


Background knowledge   links   pace   stamina   fluency    prior knowledge familiar    text to text     to self    text to world knowledge   annotate


We will start off with a focus on place value as this underpins all Mathematics. Pupils will look and work with numbers up to 10,000 - ordering, comparing, partitioning, rounding, representing and identifying different place values. After this we will move onto addition and subtraction using 4-digit numbers. Alongside using the column method, pupils will have to reason and problem-solving using all the above.

Every week pupils will complete a Number and Lightning and skills for this will be taught in addition to their daily Maths lesson. Pupils who are already competent in various areas, will further embed their understanding. These skills will be taught in small groups as to ensure a confident understanding is achieved by all pupils.

Time Tables will be a huge focus in class, with daily teaching and practice. It is imperative that pupils are able to recall all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 in order to access all the curriculum. Pupils should also work on their times table at home.


Ones   tens   hundred   thousand   ten thousand   place value   digit   integer   value   figure    compare   more than   less than   equals   ascending   descending   rise   fall   rounding    nearest    total   method perseverance   trial and error    systematic

Other Subjects


Our topic to start this term is Grouping and Classifying living things. Within this, pupil will distinguish between various animals and plants based on a selection of criteria e.g. vertebrates and invertebrates. After the completion of this topic, we move on to looking at data collection. This is an introduction for pupils as they learn to analyse and draw conclusions from a set of data. Throughout Year 4 this topic will be recapped and pupils’ ability to work with data will increase.


Animals    invertebrates     vertebrates     flowering   plants    spikes    Movement    Respiration     sensitivity     Growth     reproduction     excretion    nutrition   data    conclusions     analyse    statistics


We will be following Kapow for our Computing this term and will be focusing on collaborative learning. This includes different ways in which you can work with others using the computer. Through this unit pupils will be introduced to Google Forms, Power Points, Word and Shared Spreadsheets. This unit will provide pupils will the skills and knowledge to complete the remaining units across the year.


collaborate    comment   edocument    edit    email    icon    insert    link    presentation  presentation software     reply     reviewing documents     share    spreadsheet     transition


After an initial introductory lesson where rules and expectations will be established, pupils will be focusing on families and relationships. This unit will look at manners, respecting others, healthy friendships, social behaviours, bullying, gender and disability stereotypes, different types of families and coping with change/ loss.  


Act of Kindness    authority    bereavement    bullying    bystander    manners   permission   respect    stereotypes


Our topic within RE is Are all Religions Equal? Within this topic we will be looking at how Religions are connected and how people have different views of God. In addition, we will look at why it is important for all Religions to respect one another and how we can ensure that we live in harmony.

Religion   harmony      God    belief     respect     opinions    equality    origin    unity   sacrifice    script    guidelines   Guru    connections    understanding   acceptance   


Pupils will take part in two PE lessons each week. One lesson will be focused on Health and fitness and the other on Gymnastics.

Health and Fitness -  Pupils will be introduced to various components of fitness such as co-ordination, stamina, agility and reaction time and these will be tested and practised in a bid to improve. Pupils will evaluate a peer’s performance and look to offer ways to improve. Alongside this, pupils will learn why we have to stay physically active and healthy and the impact both this and a sedentary lifestyle can have on a human’s body.


Warm up      cool down    stamina    coordination    agility    balance    reaction    skill    active    activity    performance      evaluate      improve.

Gymnastics – As well as recapping the different shapes used within gymnastics pupils will focus on a range of floor work such as handstands, headstands and cartwheels. Pupils will be taught to safely support others and again pupils will look to evaluate and improve others.


balance    shape    arch    straddle   pike   dish    front support    back support     support    strength    tension    head stand    hand stand    cartwheel   propulsion    V sit 


In History, we will be learning about the Roman Republic. Within this topic we will look at how Rome was formed, the Romans v Carthage, Hannibal’s attack on Rome, how Scipio saved Rome and culture in the Roman Republic.


Romulus     Remus    Tiber     shepherd     omen    Rome     senators     unity     toga      temples     cunning       Sabine       signals      seven hills    Tarquin    Tarquin the Proud     Brutus     represent    consuls      SPQR     Carthaginians    Punic Wars     Hannibal    ambushed      Calvary       Scipio       Patrician     Plebeians    elect     representatives  


In Geography we will be looking at the Rhine and Mediterranean. Within this topic we will be looking at the River Rhine in depth, focusing in on key cities along its route such as Cologne and Rotterdam. We will look at how it changes in the Alps before focusing in on the Mediterranean and the Suez Channel.


Alps      tributary    Upper Rhine     Lower Rhine     confluence     banks    flooding    flood walls     port    harness      importing      exporting    canal      wetlands    drained   lock      strait     enclosed sea    mainland     Suez Channel


In French this half-term we will be learning how to describe people in French. This could be to describe their appearance, personality or interests. Pupils will then use the vocabulary to write their own sentences using all they have learnt prior to this point.


Les yeux     les cheveux     les nez    marron   noir    brun    rouge    rose   vert   bleu    jaune   gris    serious   petite    grand    sportif    fort   poli


Music will be taught through a programme called Kapow and our first topic is body and tuned percussion. We will look at the structure of music and will focus on the pitch, tempo and dynamics within a song. As we develop an understanding of the key vocabulary, we will explore the sounds that we can make both with our body and a range of instruments.


Tempo    structure    dynamics   pitch   texture    percussion   tuned    un-tuned   composition   rhythm    melody    loops    layers


In Art our topic is Power Prints and within this pupils will be exploring how to make a range of items appear 3D. They will be introduced to a range of different sketching techniques and will use various pieces of equipment to create their own 3D drawings.


Dimensions    sketch   proportion    detail    outline   abstract    collaborate    collage   hatching    shading     contrast    combine   symmetry    highlight    gradient    cross hatching  

Key dates: 

Staff training day (School closed to pupils) - Friday 1st September 2023

School opens for Autumn term - Monday 4th September 2023

Half-term - Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October 2023