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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4




Portraits - the children focus on facial features and proportions, thinking about the influence of Leonardo Da Vinci.  
Environmental Art - the children create sculptures to show their awareness of how plastics are damaging our oceans.
Mosaics - as part of the topic about the local area


Pupils use Purple Mash to learn about online safety, computer technology, coding (Logo), databases, animation and procedures and routines.  


Food Technology - a healthy and varied diet.  Pupils design and create a healthy wrap using the Creation Station.
Electrical Systems - simple circuits and switches.  Pupils design and create a night light for a toddler.
Textiles - 2D shape to 3D product.  Pupils design and create a Viking purse, linked to their history topic.



Every classroom strives to create and uphold a strong writing culture. In Y4, children continue to develop their familiarity with a range of genres and styles by exploring features commonly found in different writing types. Our writing sessions help children to develop their sentences by using an increasing variety of grammatical structures and devices. Children should now be able to group their writing into paragraphs and use a range of organisational devices in non-fiction genres. In Y4, children will also develop their skills as editors, returning to their writing to see where they can revise and improve its effectiveness. 

Genres covered in Y4 writing may include: persuasive writing, newspaper reports, comic strips, short stories in a range of genres, poetry, and autobiography. 


Click here for the programmes of study for English




How and why is my local environment changing? Pupils look at the local area of Sheffield and develop their map reading skills using Digimaps. 
How can we live more sustainably? Pupils learn what a carbon footprint is and how this affects environments around the world. 
Why do some earthquakes cause more damage than others? Pupils learn about Christchurch in New Zealand and the history of earthquakes in this region of the world.


We learn about the fall of the Roman Empire then move chronologically on to Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Scots and the Anglo Saxon struggle.  We also focus on Ancient civilisations, in particular, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Sumer. 

How and why is my local environment changing? Pupils look at the local area of Sheffield and develop their map reading skills using Digimaps. 

How can we live more sustainably? Pupils learn what a carbon footprint is and how this affects environments around the world. 

Why are jungles so wet and deserts so dry? Pupils learn about the Atacama Desert and the rainforests in Brazil; they look at the different climates and wildlife in both environments, and compare them to the UK. 




Areas of study include:

  • Number; number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions (including decimals)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry; properties of shapes, position and direction
  • Statistics


Click here for the programmes of study.




Revision of vocabulary from Y3 scheme; numbers from 11-30; animals; parts of the body; the verb ‘to be’; common adjectives; family members; hobbies and interests; more weather vocabulary; sports; the home. 

Children are introduced to basic sentence grammar during this year, in order to structure simple sentences of their own. By the end of Year 4, it is expected that children should be able to read a short paragraph containing familiar words and understand it. 


Pupils learn different musical terms and are introduced to an eclectic range of music through Charanga, singing and using percussion instruments. A highlight of the year is to take part in the annual Spring Sing, in which pupils perform songs which all of the participating Sheffield schools have been learning throughout the term.  


Children build on their experiences in the previous year groups for gymnastics and dance, creating more complicated routines and movements.  They also extend their skills in net, court and wall games, problem solving and inventing games, invasion games and striking and fielding games. In addition to this, the children in Year 4 have eighteen weeks of swimming lessons.


Autumn 1 - handball; football

Autumn 2 - hockey; netball

Spring 1 - basketball; dance

Spring 2 - dodgeball; rounders

Summer 1 - tag rugby; OAA

Summer 2 - athletics; tennis



Mental Wellbeing (Health and Wellbeing) – pupils learn about recognising and managing their feelings.
First Aid - pupils learn how to call for help during an emergency, details to give on a 999 call, in addition to some basic first aid for dealing with asthma. 
Online Safety – pupils learn about sharing personal information, online protection, consent, stranger danger, bias and the digital media.
Physical Health (Health and Wellbeing) - pupils learn about life routines, healthy eating and hygiene.
Friendship (Relationships) - pupils learn about different types of friendships, anti-bullying, stereotypes and keeping and maintaining friendships healthy.
Family (Relationships) - pupils learn about different types of families and what makes a family, relationships within families and family diversity.
Living in wider world (Community) – pupils learn about the make-up of their community, belonging, how to help others, prejudice and finances.


We follow the Discovery scheme of work for RE. Y4 focus on:
Religion: Judaism (Beliefs and practices, Passover and rites of passage and good works)
Religion: Christianity (Christmas, Easter and prayer and worship) 


States of Matter
Animals Including Humans
Living things and their habitats