Key Term Topic

1st half term: How can we harness and use electricity?

To extend their work on electricity, children will construct an electrical circuit, identifying its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.

They will learn how to assess whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery. Their learning will look at some common conductors and insulators and consider which materials are good conductors. They will also create their own fruit batteries and with support, learn how a plug is wired.

2nd half term: Deep Learning project – how can we improve our learning environment?

Children will be immersed into and given responsibility for an area within school which they can adapt and improve using teamwork skills.

 They will think about a variety of real-life considerations and use a range of skills to design, plan, create and assess their results, working on the 6 Cs: Character, Citizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking.

Related Documents

Key Subject Focus

Literacy – In SfA reading a variety of suitable texts.

Writing recounts of experiences at Mount Cook. Newspaper reports and instruction writing (writing up science experiments).

Children will be encouraged to use Year 4 Sentence Types (See under Related Documents ‘Literacy Sentence Types’). Grammar learning will include revision of speech punctuation, and apostrophes as well as inclusion of prepositional phrases.

 Maths – Regular Times Tables learning and practise. Revisiting and continuing to extend knowledge in Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication, Fractions and Decimals. Developing problem solving and reasoning skills to choose appropriate, efficient strategies. Continuing to use bar models to illustrate mathematical calculations.

Art – Designing, planning, creating and decorating a new area within the school environment.

Computing – Powerpoint, Sketch Up – computer aided design.

DT – Hands on experience of electrical components. Making, testing and fault finding in electrical circuits. Practical skill building to improve school environment.

Geography – Comparisons between Derbyshire and our local environment. Factors affecting the school environment and their impact.

Music – Drumming.

RE – The Easter story and Peace.

PE – Sports Day preparation and events. Athletics and rounders.

PSHE – Relationships and Sex Education relevant for Year 4: The Human Life Cycle – The main stages of the human lifecycle: birth, baby, child, adolescent, adult, middle age, old age, death. Growing Up – Perceptions of being ‘grown up’: Personal responsibilities and how they will change in the future. Parents, Carers and Families – the responsibilities that parents and carers have for babies and children. NSPCC PANTS and Trusted Adults. Healthy lifestyles.

Science –Electricity (as above)

History – The history of paint- children will research the origins of paint as part of their deep learning project including traditions used in Ancient Egypt and Greece.


Year 4 Work