Primary School

Year 4 Curriculum Overview Autumn 2014 – 2015

Welcome to Year 4, below I have included some key information about this year, as well as some of the topics to be covered during the autumn term.


The children will be developing the use of written methods for calculations. It is essential that the children can quickly recall addition and subtraction facts to 20, as well as knowing all multiplication facts up to 12×12. By the end of the year I also expect all the children to quickly recall the corresponding division facts for their times tables. This knowledge obviously requires regular practice both at home and school, therefore your support in this is greatly appreciated.


During the Autumn term, Literacy is taught alongside the Romans topic. Children will analyse and then write a story set in Roman times. Children read a range of Terry Deary stories to help them gather ideas. Children also write for and against arguments for Claudius’ invasion of Britannia. Spelling is taught through Read Write Inc Get Spelling programme five days a week.


In the Autumn term children will learn about the Romans and compare life in Roman times to their own lives today. We take a step back in time and analyse a range of Roman artefacts. The children then have to decide for themselves what the objects are for. We take a trip to Binchester Roman Fort and experience life in Roman times for ourselves. Children will then use this experience once back at school in their writing. We will investigate a famous Roman emperor and add this to a Roman timeline. We will join Boudicca in her battle against the Romans and analyse what the Romans actually did for us by looking at their legacy.


The children will have PE on Thursday afternoon as well as visiting the swimming baths. On these days could you please remind your child to bring in their kit – including suitable shoes and a tracksuit or something warm in the winter in case we go outdoors. When visiting the swimming baths a full kit is needed, including swimming caps.


Homework is done in learning logs and includes a variety of activities. It will be given out on a Friday and is to be handed in no later than the following Wednesday. Homework can be completed independently or with help from a family member. Spellings will be given out on a Monday to be tested the following Friday. The number of spellings given out will vary according to the spelling rule or pattern being learnt. I suggest the children learn their spellings using the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method which they know.

As the children will be reading more demanding texts, it is essential that they keep up home reading. Reading little and often is better than a huge amount in one night, therefore children are expected to read at home about 4 times a week and bring back their reading books and reading records every day. If you have any further questions relating to this term’s programme of study or any other general queries please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school.

Mrs Lamb
Class Teacher

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