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Year 4 - Topic Overview


Sapphire Class

Teacher: Miss Hagues

HLTA: Mrs Taylor

TA: Mrs Waggott

TA: Mrs Jones

Blue Class

Teacher: Mrs Moore

Trainee Teacher: Mrs Ramsden 

TA: Mrs Thompson






Buckle up, sunglasses on – we’re going on a road trip across the good old US of A!

It’s time to explore the big sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Navigate your way around some of the most famous landmarks and send a postcard home to as the question: Do you wish you were here?

Meet the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions.

It’s going to be a long ride put the roof down – let the wind blow through your hair – we’re off!

Subjects covered in this topic.

English – Postcards; diary writing; poetry; leaflets, Native American legends.

Science - Construct operational simple series circuits using a range of components and switches for control and use these to make simple devices.
Sort and classify materials into those that are conductors and those that are insulators, identifying similarities within the groups.

Geography- Looking at feature of famous American landmarks.

Looking at how and where Native Americans lived, looking at the environment.

History- Looking at the brief outline of the history of USA. Know how significant historical figures contributed to national and international achievements, in a variety of eras.

Art & DT -Making native America models.

Music - Appreciate and listen to music drawn from different traditions, cultures and composers.




Term 2 Potions

Welcome to the amazing magical world of potions and their properties… Now scientists beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there! Dangerous, unpredictable or plain tragic. Just ask Romeo or Juliet. Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible healing potions.

An extraordinary visit into the mind of CS Lewis as we ‘fall’ into the fantasy world of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Remember to record your investigations and draw conclusions about your learning.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Art & Design  - Photography creative interpretation and design

History – Historic use of potions

Music – Improvisation

PE – Gymnastics and swimming

Science – States of matter

Literacy – Labels and instructions, play scripts, poetry, a narrative text




TERM 3 - Playlist


Sshh… What’s that noise? A bash? A Crash? A shake, a rattle or low base hum?

Which do you prefer…an acoustic singer or booming brass band? A solitary voice singing sweetly and quietly or a magnificent choir lifting the roof? Take out your ear plugs as you journey through the valley of sounds and find out about instruments, the sounds they make, and how they are produced. Discover how sounds are made and which sounds travel the furthest!

Then sing up and perform in our own version of the ‘X factor’. 

When your performance is done, sit back and listen to calming classical melodies, a soothing lullaby or your favourite band’s ballad.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Literacy – Poetry, short narrative, song lyrics, posters

Art and Design – Music inspired art

DT – Making instruments

Geography – Locate the countries in context to music from around the world

Science – sound, functions of the ear, classification of materials according to sound

Music – Music of the 20th century

Games -  Kwik Cricket.



TERM 4 - Misty Mountain Sierra


Mighty mountain peaks above the morning mists, imposing and eternal, rocky outcrops at their feet.

Discover how these giants are formed, as a fold or a block, a dome or a plateau.

Follow the water cycles course from peak to valley and meet the exception tribes of the hostile Himalayas.

Then plan a mountain expedition that is as safe as can be.

We indulge in the fantasy world of the little hobbit called Bilbo Baggins in his quest to find the treasure.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Geography – using maps to discover the human and physical geography of our planet.

Art and Design – explore the weaving traditions of the Adi Tribe

Computing – create a PowerPoint about mountain environments

Maths – presenting data in a variety of forms; converting between units of measurement

PE – Swimming and gymnastics

Music – Writing song lyrics

PSHE – Mountain safety

Science – States of Matter; The Water Cycle

Literacy – Recounts, leaflets, explanations, narrative




Grab your wetsuit we’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures.

Time to go a little deeper into our seas and imagine we are in a submarine that can travel to the deepest darkest places of the Earth.

Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the Blue Abyss…

Subjects covered in this topic.

English – Poetry using personification, dilemma stories, persuasive writing.

Science – Classification- prey, predators and producers.

Geography – Map work understanding significance of oceans, equator and the tropics.

Art & DT – Draw from close observation, use materials to develop an ideas on a theme and use these to create a 3d model.

Computing – Programming & Debugging.

History – Research the role HMS Challenger had in ocean exploration.

PE - Dance.



TERM 6 - 1066


It’s probably the most famous date in English history…we’re travelling back to 1066!

These are trouble times and there is danger afoot. A much loved king is dead and a French duke has staked a claim for our kingdom. Not to mention wannabe monarchs!

Discover a changing England, shaped by shires, protected by castles and ruled by foreign knights.

Use the famous Bayeux tapestry to explore the significant events of 1066.

What happened when, and how did William come to be called to conqueror?

This term includes our school trip to Battle Abbey, the famous scene of the infamous slaying of Harold.

Subjects covered in this topic.

English – Kennings poems, diary entries, play scripts, letters.

History – 1066 the Norman Conquest.

Science – Teeth and how to look after them, carrying out investigations.

Art and Design – Bayeux Tapestry, drawing, embroidery.

DT – Making Norman Helmets, designing draw bridges and castles.

Geography – Human and physical features of the local area.

PE – Athletics.

PHSE – Dealing with conflict.



Curriculum Overview