Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Year 4

Miss C Honore
Class Teacher
Mrs S Parr
Class Teacher
Mrs P Manning Teaching assistant

Welcome to Year 4! Here we love exploring and learning together. We have high expectations of our pupils and we always give our best to every subject. Children in our class are polite, kind and thoughtful towards others. We are passionate about learning and we love to celebrate success with our peers. When we do not understand something, we work together to find the solution.

During the Autumn term, we study the fascinating Anglo-Saxons and explore what life was like for them. This includes understanding how the Angles and the Saxons influenced and shaped life in Britain, as well as learning about significant individuals who contributed to their way of life, including religious men like St Augustine who played a key role in converting the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity.

In the Spring, we learn more about the continent of Europe, building upon what we know of the UK. During lessons, we identify geographical similarities and differences between different cities and countries within Europe. We recognise different biomes and weather patterns, as well as explore the important political role the EU plays in governing laws in Europe.

During the summer term, we are transported back to ancient Egypt and discover what life was like for the ancient Egyptians, including understanding the ancient ritual of mummification and identifying how life revolved around the River Nile. We learn about Howard Carter’s exciting discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. We even learn to write our own names in hieroglyphs! 

In Year 4 we aspire not to have more but to be more.

Year 4 Curriculum Overview
Autumn Term 2023

Curriculum Intent

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School is a unique and special place where our faith is at the heart of all we do. Our children     learn to live the Gospel values of love, forgiveness and peace.  Within our federation of Aspire London we use the National Curriculum and believe that our children deserve for it to be tailored to their needs.  With this in mind we have prioritised the things we want our children to enjoy, experience and remember during their time with us. 

Our curriculum at Aspire London has a set of ‘drivers’ developed from the deep knowledge of the pupils and their families within our School community.

The drivers which shape our curriculum ensure we give our pupils aspirational opportunities throughout their primary school years.  We provide our children with the wealth of knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community and wider world.  The breadth of our curriculum encourages pupils to be ambitious, develop an inquiring mind and a life-long love of learning.

Curriculum Drivers

Significant People:
Aspire London will:

Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world and people, past and present, who shape itProvide identifiable role models to raise ambition and aspiration

Aspire London will:

Immerse the children in the historically rich and diverse nature of LondonGive pupils an understanding of the positive impact of migration and a cultural appreciation of our community

Equality & Justice:
Aspire London will:

Empower pupils to be advocates who address issues of prejudice and discriminationEnsure pupils value fairness and resolve differences through positive discussion
Environmental Responsibility:
Aspire London will:

Educate children of the need to protect God’s planet from environmental damageCreate eco- friendly citizens who are aware of the impact of their individual actions and those of the wider world.

Autumn Term 2023

During English lessons, we will read ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate Dicamillo and ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Brown. We will identify the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and use other similar writing as models for our own. We will prepare poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience. We will evaluate and edit proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning. We will draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence.

During Maths lessons, we will count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and count backwards through zero to include negative numbers. We will identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations and read Roman numerals to 100. We will learn to find 1000 more or less than a given number and recognise the place value of each four-digit number. We will round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and estimate and use inverse operations to answer a calculation. We will add and subtract numbers up to four-digits using formal written methods and recall multiplication facts up to 12×12.

In our topic, The Bible, we will look at how the Bible is an account of God’s relationship with his people and it is how He speaks to us. We will think about how this can help us in our life. We will learn the stories of when God called Abraham, Joseph and Moses and their response to His call.
During our topic, Trust in God, we will reflect on the importance of doing just that. We can learn from Mary and Joseph who did trust God. We will learn about Advent and how it is a time for us to prepare in our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus.

We will study Electricity. We will look at how to stay safe when using electricity and how to construct a simple series circuit. We will increase our understanding through questioning and research. We will look at switches and understand that they open and close a circuit to stop and start it. We will learn about some common conductors and insulators.

We will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and why, where and when they invaded Britain. We will look at the influence they made on Britain today. We will learn about the religious beliefs of the Anglo-Saxons and understand the conversion to Christianity by many.

We will be working on our coding skills and learning about spreadsheets. We will also be learning about how to protect ourselves from online identity theft through understanding that all information put online leaves a trail or footprint. We will discuss the need to balance screen time with other important aspects of life.

In Gymnastics we will be working on rolls, jumps, vault, handstands, cartwheels and round offs as well as travelling and linking actions.
In Games we will concentrate on striking and hitting a ball in cricket, throwing, catching and travelling with a ball in rugby. We will learn tactics and rules essential for fair play. We will evaluate performances and learn from one another.

We will be focussing on Drawing and Textiles and looking at how to use different materials to create the best effect. We will focus on line, tone, pattern, light and shade to improve our drawing.

We will research Anglo-Saxon homes and settlements and explore and evaluate existing products, explaining the purpose of the product and whether it is designed well to meet the intended purpose. We will follow a simple design for an Anglo-Saxon dwelling and assemble, join and combine material and components with some degree of accuracy

We will learn about orchestras and sorting music instruments into groups such as strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. We will continue to use 3 and 4 beat patterns and begin to use 5 and 7 beats.

Me and My Relationships
Valuing Difference

Autumn Term Knowledge Organisers

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