Year 4

Autumn 1 - Indian Adventure


Join us as we journey to the fascinating and intriguing country of India. Here we are able to use our senses and amazing adjectives to describe the delights of the beautiful Taj Mahal. For the artists amongst us we get the chance to design and create our own Rangoli patterns.

If you are feeling hungry we sample delicious Indian food and watch a demonstration about how to make Pouri bread and then write our own set of instructions. We learn about the culture and traditions through enchanting Indian stories and consider what life is like for children in a traditional Indian village or large city. In Science we learn lots of super sound facts. We have great fun watching rice dance on a drum to illustrate sound vibrations, investigate how to change the pitch of sounds and make our own instruments. 

As part of our Music learning all of Year 4 begin guitar lessons where we learn how to play a selection of catchy tunes. Our computing skills are enhanced when we become computer programmers. Here we get to design and program our very own animations which we then present to an audience.

It is great fun! We really enjoy learning to speak Spanish; we begin with greetings and how to say our names, using a good Spanish accent in order to impress our friends and family.

In PSHE we consider the importance of setting key targets and goals for the year ahead and in P.E. we begin to develop and evaluate our learning of gymnastics.


Mathematics Chest 
finding pairs with a total of 100 - subtracting by counting up to find a difference - adding several numbers – read and write 4 digit numbers and know what each digit represents - compare 4 digit numbers using < and > and place on a number line - add 2 digit numbers mentally - learn × and ÷ facts for the 6 and 9 times table - multiply 2 digit numbers by single digit numbers (the grid method) - find fractions of amounts - tell and write the time to the minute on analogue and digital clocks and calculate time intervals - measure in m, cm and mm - convert lengths between units - add two 3 digit numbers using column addition – subtract a 3-digit number from a 3-digit number using an expanded column method (decomposing only in one column)


Autumn 2 - Sugar and Spice and all Things Nice


For those of us with a sweet tooth this is the topic for you. Come with us to Cadbury World where we discover the delights of making delicious chocolate.

On our visit we learn about the history of the Cadbury family and when cocoa beans were first used to make chocolate, the manufacturing process and why the famous ‘Cadbury Purple’ and logo is always used in advertising. Our favourite part, of course, is tasting the chocolate!

As part of our Design and Technology topic we use inspiration from our Cadbury visit to help us design our very own chocolate wrappers. In English we focus on persuasive language and techniques when writing advertisements for these new chocolate bars.

We enjoy reading ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and develop our story writing skills when writing our own exciting adventure stories set in a chocolate factory.

In our Religious Education lessons we learn about important religious celebrations such as Harvest, Diwali and Christmas. A highlight of this term is our fantastic Year 4 Production, which we really enjoy; the children have the opportunity to present their acting, singing and dancing skills. We learn together as a team, develop in confidence and enhance our speaking and listening skills.


Mathematics Chest 
double 3 digit numbers and halve even 3 digit numbers - identify equivalent fractions and reduce a fraction to its simplest form  - look at place value in decimals and the relationship between tenths and decimals - add two 4 digit numbers  using vertical addition to investigate patterns - convert multiples of 100g into kilograms and convert multiples of 100ml into litres - estimate capacities - draw bar charts, record and interpret information - round 4 digit numbers to the nearest: 10, 100 and 1000 - subtract 3 digit numbers using the expanded written version and the counting up mental strategy and decide which to use - begin to estimate products - divide numbers (up to 2 digits) by single digit numbers with no remainder, then with a remainder


Spring 1 - Brilliant Birmingham


This term we turn our thoughts to the fascinating city of Birmingham. As part of our local study in Geography we visit Birmingham City Centre and learn about the importance of key facilities such as Brindley Place, the new Birmingham library, the canals, NIA, Symphony Hall and the Museum and Art Gallery.

We develop our knowledge about Birmingham’s famous people, inventions and special events over time, by visiting an exciting interactive ‘hands on’ exhibition in the Birmingham Museum. We also visit the unique, new Birmingham Library, where we observe the stunning architecture, get a ‘bird’s eye view’ of the city from the balcony and use the library as inspiration for letter writing as part of our English focus.

Also in English we learn about what life was like as a servant in Aston Hall and write a diary entry describing our day as a servant. For the scientists amongst us we learn about the characteristics of solid, liquids and gases; we plan and carry out exciting investigations and even make our own mini clouds!

In Computing we continue to develop our programming skills by creating animations with additional features, including sound. We also use the Internet for research and present our learning using Powerpoint or Word. Our Spanish learning now allows us to use a growing vocabulary in order to speak and write short phrases.

In Art we study the famous artist Jackson Pollock and create our own amazing pieces of art work in the same style. In P.E. we are able to develop our swimming strokes and be aware of water safety. Finally, as part of our PSHE lessons we consider the importance of dealing with dilemmas.


Mathematics Chest 
round 4 digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 - count on and back in multiples of 10, 25, 50, 100 and 1000 - add and subtract multiples of 10 and 100 to/from 4-digit numbers - use expanded written subtraction and compact written subtraction to subtract pairs of 3 digit numbers - learn the 7× table - solve simple money problems with decimals - find equivalent fractions and use them to simplify fractions (halves, thirds, quarters) - recognise and compare acute, right and obtuse angles - identify perpendicular and parallel lines - recognise and draw lines of symmetry in shapes - draw the other half of symmetrical shapes - understand how to divide 2 digit and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers using place value and mental strategies - use Frog to find change from £10, £20 and £50.



Spring 2 - Dragons


Watch out for the fire breathing dragons, which is our topic for this half term. In English we learn about newspaper features and write an exciting newspaper report and headline about a dragon landing near our school.

In addition, we consider what a dragon’s lair might be like and write a detailed description using brilliant adjectives and similes.

In Design and Technology we make and decorate spectacular treasure chests for the dragon to put its treasure in. As part of our Religious Education we learn about Easter and in Music we showcase our guitar playing by performing in an end of term concert where parents are invited.


Mathematics Chest 
understand place value in decimal numbers - recognise that decimals are tenths - round decimal numbers to the nearest whole number – multiply and divide 2 digit numbers by 10 to get decimal numbers - add four digit numbers using written method with answers greater than 10 000 - add amounts of money using written methods and mentally using place value and number facts - tell the time on a 24 hour clock and convert pm times to 24 hour clock and vice versa - measure and calculate perimeters of rectilinear shapes and find missing lengths in rectilinear composite shapes - solve word problems involving lengths - solve subtraction of 4 digit numbers using column subtraction (decomposition) - use mental strategies and tables facts to divide 2 digit and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers to give answers, without remainders


Summer 1 - Walk like an Egyptian


Come with us as we travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. We gaze in wonder at the amazing pyramids and discover how they were built. In English we learn about the features of instruction writing and write a set of detailed instructions about how to build a pyramid.

As well as this, we write a newspaper report about Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and describe some of the fascinating treasures found inside. In Geography we look at key features on a map of Egypt and consider how important the River Nile was to the lives of the Ancient Egyptian people.

In Art we make our own papyrus and then write our names using Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. We also get to hold and do observational drawings of real Ancient Egyptian artefacts! Science this term is all about electricity. We learn how to make electrical circuits, what happens when more bulbs are added and how to make a dimmer.

We also make our own switches. We consider the importance of using electricity safely and learn about renewable sources of electricity. In PSHE we think about how lucky we are and consider those who are less fortunate than we are. 


Mathematics Chest 
recognise what each digit represents in a 5 digit number - read, use and compare negative numbers in the context of temperature - multiply and divide numbers with up to 2 decimal places by 10 and 100 - round decimal numbers to the nearest whole number - learn 11x and 12× tables - use a vertical written method to multiply 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers - use rounding to estimate answers - use a written method to multiply 3 digit numbers, including amounts of money by 1 digit numbers - recognise and write Roman numerals to 100 - calculate area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes using multiplication - recognise, name, classify and sort 2D shapes identifying regular and irregular polygons - revise 3D shapes - revise equivalent fractions and write fractions with different denominators with a total of 1 - recognise decimal and fraction equivalents.


Summer 2 - Take a walk on the wild side


Travel with us to Africa where we see some of the beautiful animals such as: white lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes. We learn about different habitats and how animals have adapted to them. We also consider why certain animals are in danger due to human influence and loss of habitat.

In English we read the moving story ‘The Butterfly Lion’ and write our own adventure story where we search for the missing lion cub. In Music we listen to and compose our own African style of music. In Computing we are very proud when we present the final versions of our animations.

As part of our P.E. lessons this term we enhance our throwing, catching, bat and ball skills when playing Kwik Cricket and rounders. We are very keen to demonstrate our Spanish language skills as we have simple conversations with each other.

We conclude our topic by going on an amazing visit to West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park where we go on safari to see some of the animals we have learnt about.


Mathematics Chest 
add two 2 digit numbers or a 2 digit number to a 3 or 4 digit number mentally - subtract 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers using counting up - derive factors of 2-digit numbers - add amounts of money (pounds and pence) using column addition - solve subtractions using written column method (decomposition) and check subtraction with addition - solve word problems choosing an appropriate method - use coordinates to draw polygons and find the coordinates of shapes after translation - draw and interpret bar charts and pictograms - draw line graphs and understand that intermediate points have meaning – divide using the ʻchunkingʼ method - add fractions with like denominators, including totals greater than 1