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Year 4

Summer term 2023

Year 4

Our topic this term will be the Mayans.

What made the Mayan civilisation so great? 

Our class text this term will be ‘The Curse of the Maya’.

Literacy - we will be looking at some newspaper report writing. We will be setting scenes and working on story openings for our creative writing and looking at the question of ‘should archaeological digs be funded?’ for our persuasive text. 

Maths - our maths topics we will cover this term are decimals, money, time, statistics, position and direction and properties of shapes. 

Science - we will be looking at sound, how sounds are made and can we see a pattern between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it! 

We will also be looking at the functions of basic parts of the digestive system in humans, identifying different types of teeth and food chains -  producers predators, and prey. 

RE - we will be studying ‘ Why there is diversity of belief in Islam’.


History - we will be exploring the main events and change in Mayan history. How Mayan civilisation  grew so strong and offer plausible suggestions for their sudden fall! 

Art - Mayan weaving and stitching 


Music - Purpose, identity and expression. This unit of work celebrates a wide range of musical styles. Children will develop their confidence in identifying features of music and creating their own melodies in a similar style to songs studied in this topic.


PE - will be on a Monday & Wednesday

Spring Term 2023

Year 4

Key Concepts - Identity, change, fairness, conflict, care and power.




Linked to our trip to Flatford, we will be studying rivers in our Geography work, and will be exploring the life and artwork of John Constable in Art.  

Our class reading book for this term will be Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. 

In literacy this term we will be working on writing an explanation text (inspired by our science topic), writing a diary entry (of our time at Flatford) and writing an informal letter (based on Kensuke’s Kingdom). We will continue working on our Y3/Y4 spelling words. 

In science will will be learning about living things and their habitats, becoming experts in using classification keys to group, identify and name a variety of living things.


In maths we will be looking at fractions, further multiplication and division, factor pairs and decimals, as well as continuing our preparation for the Y4 Multiplication test later on this year. 


PE for our first half term will be team games outside on a Tuesday afternoon and Squash on a Thursday morning. Please come to school dressed in PE kit on these days.

PE for the second half of the spring term will be football on a Monday afternoon and gymnastics on a Tuesday morning. 



Reading - we will be continuing with our weekly raffle tickets where we encourage the children to read 4 times per week and for this to be recorded in their reading planners to earn a ticket. The raffle is drawn fortnightly. 

Autumn Term 2022

Year 4


Geography - we will be looking at which countries made up Scandinavia and to be able to use a world atlas to find these and other countries. 

Science - states of matter and electricity - we will have a go at making our own electric circuits.


Literacy - Descriptive writing ( legends - Beowulf). Poetry and instruction writing.

Maths - place value, addition and subtraction, area, multiplication and division.  

Our class reading book this term will be - How to train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.


DT - we will be looking at making our own longboat ships just like the Vikings had! 


PE for our first half of the term will be on a Monday (ball skills) and a Friday (boot camp)


Second half of Autumn term - PE will be on a Tuesday and Friday. 



Reading - we will be handing out weekly raffle tickets where we encourage the children to read 4 times per week and for this to be recorded in their reading planners to earn a ticket. The raffle is then drawn fortnightly.