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Year 4

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Welcome to Year 4!


Adults in class: Mrs Naylor/Mrs Noble/Mrs Stead

Watch this space for news of our IPC topics and class life in general!

The children have come back from their summer holidays ready for work.  They have all made a fantastic start to Year 4, long may it continue.  We are very proud of you all-well done!

This is Year 4's Curriculum map for 2017-2018.

Find out all about our Summer Topics:

Gateways to the World and Shaping Up

Gateways to the World

The Big Idea

Every day millions of people take to the skies, making journeys in aeroplanes. Air travel helps to connect people around the world.

In Geography we'll be finding out:

  • about the connections we have with different places in the world
  • about the places that we can travel to from our local airport
  • how to plan an airport 
  • how an airport expansion can affect the environment
  • how weather can affect air travel 

In Art we'll be finding out:

  • about different airline logos and designs
  • how to create our own airline logo
  • how to create a sculpture to represent flight

In Computing we'll be finding out:

  • how to create our own airline tickets
  • how to create an airline database
  • how to program our own aeroplane game

In Technology we'll be finding out:

  • how to plan and design an in-flight entertainment pack
  • how to make and evaluate an in-flight entertainment pack 

In Society we'll be finding out:

  • about the jobs people do in an airport
  • about the jobs people do on an aeroplane 

In International we'll be finding out:

  • about the use of passports and visas around the world

We started our Gateways To the World topic with some energetic games! We filled up our suitcases and directed our pilots to their destination. Finally we made sure we had remembered all our luggage!

Shaping Up

The Big Idea

Your body is the most valuable thing you will ever own. It’s your job to keep your body fit and healthy because it has to last you a lifetime! We are going to find out how best you can do that.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the human skeleton, organs and muscles
  • How the human heart works
  • What is meant by a balanced diet
  • How the digestive system works
  • How to look after our teeth
  • About the harmful effects of cigarettes and alcohol
  • How much physical exercise we need
  • About the effects of physical activity on our heart rate

In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the benefits of physical activity
  • How different movements work different parts of the body
  • How a fitness plan can improve our body’s health

In Society. we’ll be finding out:

  • About germs and how they are spread
  • How much sleep we should have
  • How food advertising influences us
  • About our food preferences

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How different countries keep fit
  • About World Health Day



We have been teaching each other a new skill.  Thinking about what we need to do to teach a new skill, including communication, encouragement, clear steps, demonstrations and patience!

The Big Idea
Every day we are learning lots of new and different things – gaining the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve our learning, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us.

In this unit, we’ll be finding out:

How different people learn About the importance of practice when learning a skill

How the brain works

How to make connections between our learning

How we can share our learning with others.

Why it is important to learn from other children and cultures around the world

How positive thinking can help us to succeed How to look after our brain How to design a school for learning
When they learn children will be:
Investigating Thinking Reflecting Researching Teaching Observing Assessing Presenting

Thank you to those of you who could make it this afternoon, to see our Brainwaves work. 

Scavengers and Settlers.

It's here!

The Big Idea
Humans are special. Unlike other animals, we can adapt and learn new skills in order to survive, which is exactly what our ancestors did in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

In History, we’ll be finding out:
How fossils are made and what we can learn from them.

What our earliest ancestors might have looked like.

How our ancestors were able to survive

How to use archaeological evidence to find out about a prehistoric hunter.

Where our ancestors settled and how they lived.

How we can learn about the past by investigating a Stone Age village.

What life was like during the Bronze Age and Iron Ages

In Art, we’ll be finding out:
How to create our own prehistoric cave paintings.

How to make and decorate pottery, based on one of the periods we have explored

In Technology we’ll be finding out:
About the types of foods that the first farmers would have grown

How we can update the dishes that the early settlers may have eaten

In International, we’ll be finding out:
How we can work together to learn new skills and achieve our goal

Entry Task/Knowledge Harvest

We had to imagine we were Stone Age people and make a shelter and a fire (just pretend!) with materials we found in the Wildlife area.  What an amazing job we did.  We worked together as a team. 

We learned about the discovery of a Stone Age Man - Otzi the Iceman. We worked together to find out about his life and how he died. 

We had a wonderful day looking at artefacts and creating Stone Age cave paintings.

We interrupt our Scavengers and Settlers topic with work to celebrate Black History month, October 2017.

Black History Month is a time set aside each year to celebrate the achievements of black men and women in the past and today.  

In 1926, in America, a man called Carter G. Woodson introduced a “Negro History Week,” which later turned into Black History Month.

In 1987, the first Black History Month took place in the UK.

We have discussed the life of Martin Luther King and his famous "I have a dream" speech and looked into the origins of Slavery in America.  

We have been improving our gymnastics skills, especially our balancing!

Coming to the year 4 class at Hill Top Primary Academy, in Spring term 2018, our new IPC topics "Turn It Up!", 

"Material World" and "The Nature Of Life".

Turn it up

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • How sounds are made
  • How to change sounds
  • How sounds travel to the ear
  • About the volume of sounds
  • About sound and noise
  • Where light comes from
  • How shadows are formed

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make panpipes

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to play a simple tune on the recorder

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About music in different cultures and countries
  • About the harmful effects of light pollution

Material World

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

How and why different materials are used

How to test the properties of a material

About the uses for glass and plastic

About the metals that are attracted to magnets

Which materials allow electricity to pass through them

Which materials allow heat to pass through them

About solids, liquids and gases and the water cycle

How natural and man made materials are different

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

About moving mechanisms including gears, levers and linkages

How to design and make a product for a bicycle

In International, we’ll be finding out:

Where materials come from

Why plastic waste is a global problem and what we can do about it.

The Nature Of Life

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

About animal, plant and human life cycles

About local food chains and webs

How living things grow and change

How living things are grouped

About animal and plant adaptations

About the differences between living and non-living things

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

How to make a bird nesting box

In International, we’ll be finding out:

Which animals and plants need protection

Why we need to look after all living species


Last week we had a week of Art!  We studied Andy Warhol a North American artist which linked to our class continent.  During the week we learnt about Andy and his style of art, this included designing our own soup cans based on Andy's iconic piece of art.  In reading comprehension we discovered more about Andy Warhol and answered some questions based on his art and life.

Here is some of the work we produced.


We worked co-operatively to create a gymnastics routine involving jumps, balances, rolls and turns.