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Curriculum Coverage

Language + Questioning = Communication

These three words sit at the heart of our curriculum.

Children need to have:

  • a good grasp of language
  • be able to question and reason

We achieve this by using the principles of Philosophy for Children to become: critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers; this will allow our children to become good communicators which is an essential life skill.

Autumn Term - Reading Stimulus

This term we are reading ' How to Train your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you'd ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet... It's time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero. We will be using the text to design our own dragons and dragon traps.

This term we are reading a selection of Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon and using her style to re-create our own stories.


Year 4 Reading Stimulus

Spring Term

This term we will be reading ' James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl. James Henry Trotter is a boy who lives with his two cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge. A mysterious man gives James a bag of magical crystals, which, James unfortunately drops with amazing consequences. Come and join James as he delves into the giant peach.

Summer Term Reading Stimulus

Iron Man by Ted Hughes is a book about an iron giant and a boy named Hogarth; who work together to try and save the planet from a terrifying creature. We use this text to develop our descriptive writing and emotive language.

Spring 2020

Year 4 have lots of exciting things to look forward to in the Spring term - see below for some subject information.



Year 4 will be learning about electricity and how animals and humans eat and digest.  We will be finding out about the main body parts associated with the digestive system including the mouth, tongue, teeth, oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine and explore questions that help us to understand their special functions.  We will also construct simple series circuits trying different components, for example, bulbs, buzzers, motors and switches.  



A class text will be Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears; we will be using it to create non fiction and fictional writing.



Initially, we will be continuing to develop our understanding of the number system and place value.  More information about what Year 4 pupils need to learn, know and understand in maths can be found in the Maths overview.



Year 4 will be learning about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. This will include Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC, the Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army. We will find out about the successful invasion by Claudius and conquests, including Hadrian’s Wall. 



Art will link to history, with Roman portraits and sculptures. Year 4 will consider the skills of drawing and painting in the style of Picasso.


Modern Foreign Languages

Year 4 will be learning how to order food and drinks at a cafe or a restaurant in French.



Sandwell Music Services will once again be working with Year 4. They will be teaching the children how to play the trumpet developing musical notation and musical terms understanding.


Notices for Spring 2020

Please ensure all clothes are labelled with your child's name and that all jewellery is removed for swimming lessons this half term. Thank you.