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Leighton Primary School

Year 4

Here you can find out the curriculum expectations for Year 4 and learn about what they will be doing this term.

Autumn Term

This term, the children in Year 4 will be studying life in Roman times and investigating the effect that the Romans had on life in Britain. We will investigate why the Romans invaded Britain and the clues they left about their lifestyle during the 400 years that they occupied our islands. Our reading and writing will also be linked to the topic through the ‘Gladiator Boy’ stories. Development of grammar and spelling skills will be a key focus in all our writing.

Later in the term, the topic focus will switch to geography when we look at the way that volcanoes have shaped the world we live in. We will also look at how the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in Italy affected the people in Roman times.

In Science, we will be investigating electricity – looking at sources and uses and understanding the workings of an electric circuit. French will be taught in the 1st half term, switching to Design Technology after half term. In DT, we will be using our knowledge of electricity to build circuit-based games. The ICT focus will be on programming skills and art will feature a design and make sculpture project. The year 4 RE topic this term is Sikhism and it is hoped to include a visit to a local Sikh temple, or ‘gurdwara’.

In PE and Games, we will develop movement through dance; and teamwork skills through the sport of tag-rugby. PE days are Monday / Thursday (Swordfish class) and Wednesday / Thursday (Marlin class). Please note that all children must bring PE kit appropriate for outdoor games on both days.

Throughout the term, maths will be a daily focus: beginning with extending the understanding of number through place value work and applying this to calculation skills. The children will extend their mathematical reasoning skills and use these to solve ‘real-life’ mathematical problems.