Year 4 Curriculum
For an overview map of what you will learn in Year 4 click here
Year 4 start the year by taking a look at our Ancient Wonders topic! Focussing on Ancient Egypt to find out about life during the time of the Pharaohs this exciting history topic is all about investigating the key question: Why is Ancient Egypt such a remarkable civilization? and builds on the knowledge gained in Year 3 during their study of the Roman Empire. Investigating artefacts, monuments, beliefs and incredible achievements of the Ancient Egyptians the concepts of civilisation and stability are explored. Learning about the science of the human digestive system is an added bonus!
We Pump up the Volume in the second half of Autumn Term, looking at sound and how it travels. This is followed by an investigation of electricity, making simple circuits.
Spring Term Curriculum
We move forward to more recent history and back to the "Story of our Islands" theme in Rulers and Raiders. An overview of the settlement in Britain of Anglo-Saxons and Scots is followed by a more detailed study of the Viking raids and the Anglo-Saxon struggle to hold onto their kingdom. Look out for the Viking Longboats in the corridor!
After this it is time for the more relaxing science topic of Creature Comforts, which starts by learning about the classification and groupings of all livings things. Looking at the various habitats and changing environments that different animals inhabit help us understand their place in the ecosystem. Each of these animals has its own place in a food chain, which we will discover when investigating feeding relationships.
Summer Term Curriculum
The River Thames
We finish the year with a term packed with activities related to the geography based topic River Deep, Mountain High. We start with an in depth look at the Thames from source to mouth, including a trip to Kew Bridge to get an exciting look at the many types of wildlife including sea snails, crabs, leeches and eels. There is an activity in DT to design and build your own bridge that could cross the Thames. Our geography focus is the mountainous country of Costa Rica in Central America. We will have the opportunity to study the country and its people as well as the physical geography including mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes.