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Year 4

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Autumn 1

Invaders and Settlers: The Anglo-Saxons

History - We will look at where and when the Anglo-Saxons invaded and study how they influenced Britain. We will also use artefacts to learn about Anglo- Saxon culture and religion.

Geography – We will be learning about village settlements by investigating place names and their meanings. We will consider reasons for settlement origins and identify a range of mapping symbols.

Design Technology - we will use research and design criteria to inform the design of an Anglo Saxon inspired wall hanging. We will develop skills in cross and back stitch in order to make our designs.

Science – We will be describing the simple functions of the digestive system in humans and identify the different functions of human teeth.

Literacy - We will be using the famous Anglo-Saxon poem ‘Beowulf’ as a stimulus for our writing. We will focus on creating character descriptions and constructing different sentence structures.

Autumn 2

Dragons of the Sea: Viking Raids and Invasions

History - we will investigate Viking raids and invasions. We will consider reasons why the Vikings were on the move from Scandinavia and how their navy technology was top-notch. We will find out about the Anglo-Saxon kings who ruled during the 'Viking Age' and examine their influence and significance in British history. In addition to this, they will learn about the Anglo-Saxon justice system and compare and contrast crimes, punishments and laws with their modern day equivalents. We will also explore aspects of everyday Viking life; including the types of houses that the Vikings lived in, what clothes they wore and even what types of food they ate. Finally, we will find out when, and why, the Vikings left Britain.

Art and Design - we will explore, create and manipulate a variety of different kinds of patterns. We will investigate how shapes can be rotated and reflected to create interesting patterns for a Viking shield design.

Geography – Continuing with our work on settlements, we will discover how reading maps can tell us what a village is like and practise giving directions using their knowledge of different types of roads. We will use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build our knowledge of the United Kingdom

Computing – We will use turtle logo to write, edit and evaluate procedures. We will work on developing our confidence as coders.

Science – We will identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions; specifically investigating tooth decay.

Spring 1

A Matter Of Change

Science-Changing States- We will sort and classify materials according to their properties. We will learn about the arrangement of molecules in solids, liquids and gases.

We will observe water as a solid, liquid and a gas and note the changes in water when it is heated or cooled. We will observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius C. We will identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.

DT- Food Technology- We will be sampling and evaluating a range of soups. We well then learn a basic soup recipe and investigate the needs of our target audience. We will then use this to design our own soups. We will then make our own soups and evaluate their taste and appearance.

SMSC – We will discuss whether materials things are important to being happy. We will also discuss environmental issues (with links to changing states of matter) such as melting polar ice caps

RE –We will be learning about which words of wisdom from different religions can guide?

Computing - We will be focusing on e-safety. We will be learning about how to use technology responsibly as well as how to stay safe online.

Spring 2


Science - We will be learning all about electricity. We will start by identifying common appliances that run on electricity and constructing simple electrical circuits. We will then predict and investigate whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit. We will also work on recognising some common electrical conductors and insulators.

Geography - We will learn all about how the United Kingdom is organised into countries, counties and cities, as well as learning about the human and physical features of Great Britain, such as population, life expectancy, tallest mountains, longest rivers, and coastlines.

Art and Design - We will be learning about how the UK is brightened up through architecture with a particular focus on stained glass windows. We will be using inspirations from York Minster and other sources to develop our own stained glass windows.

PSHE – We will focus on how the UK is brightened up by diversity. In our circle times we will be discussing and celebrating diversity. We will work on demonstrating respect and tolerance towards people different from ourselves.

Summer 1


We will be tying together subjects from across the curriculum to study the wonderful world we live in; with a particular focus on the natural world

Science - We will be learning all about living things and their habitats. We will be identifying and naming plants and animals that live in the local environment and use classification keys. We will also be looking at how environments can change and how the impact this has on living things within that habitat. Finally, we will create food chains that identify producers, predators and prey.

Art - We will explore the artwork of Beatrix Potter recreate some of her detailed drawings of the natural world. Then we will use the iPads to photograph the natural world and then represent these in the style of Beatrix Potter; using the appropriate medium. We will then contrast this traditional style with the work of Georgia O’Keefe and draw the natural world in a modernist style.

RE - We will explore the creation stories from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism. Then we will consider how these stories have impacted upon the faiths in the past, and how relevant they are today. Finally, we will compare and contrast the different creation stories whilst maintaining respect for each.

Computing - We will be learning about the basic principles and techniques of simple animation. We will use various apps to incorporate the different techniques into our own animation stories linked to the natural world.. After completing our animations we will share and evaluate them with the rest of the class.

PSHE – Through our drug, alcohol and tobacco education we will focus on making choices. We learn about drugs (other than medicines) and the risks of drug use.

Summer 2

The Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy.

History - We will study a significant turning point in British history with the year of the Magna Carta, 1215, when an English ruler was first subject to the law, being our focus point. We will learn about the events leading up to this; starting with the events of 1066 and the introduction of the feudal system. We will go on to learn about how England’s barons clipped the wings of a tyrannical king and established principles that still influence British justice 800 years on!

You, Me and PSHE! - We will build on our history work and develop a sound knowledge of how the United Kingdom is governed and its political system. We will work on achieving an understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced.

Computing - We will use the ipads to capture images of the events leading up to the signing of the Magna Carta. We will then use publishers to edit and insert text in order to create photo stories.

Design and Technology - We will investigate and analyse a range of existing pop-up books and select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to design and make our own pop-up books

Science - In science we will be learning about sound. We will focus on identifying how sounds are made, finding patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it, as well as finding patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.