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Year 4

Summer Term 2023


Is it always right to do the right thing?

This term, Year 4 will focus on learning a range of skills across the curriculum. This term our focus is ‘create’ where we will look more closely at Art and Music.

Year 4 will explore new concepts including: Compassion, Loyalty, Wisdom, Justice, Duty

How we'll be doing it...

Authentic Outcomes

As well as developing skills, the children will work towards an authentic outcome which is designed to encourage real ownership over learning. This term, our authentic outcome will be to create, rehearse and perform a samba and carnival piece from what we will learn in our music units. This will be shown to the children in Little Bells and the year 4 children will teach the younger children some of the moves and sounds they have learnt.

The children will also participate in a WOW day this half term. Our WOW day will take place on Tuesday 25th April and we will be exploring ‘is it always the right thing to do?



Summer 1 – Samba and carnival sounds and instruments

In this unit, the children will be getting a feel for the music and culture of South America, children are introduced to samba and the sights and sounds of the carnival.

Summer 2 – Adapting and transposing motifs

Whilst in this unit the children will be drawing upon their understanding of repeating patterns in music, pupils are introduced to the concept of motifs.


Summer 1 – Money and Time

During the half term the children will be looking at the units money and time. They will estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence. They will read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks whilst also solving problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days.

Summer 2 – Shape, Statistics and Position and direction
In our final term, the children will be looking at shape, statistics and position and direction. The children will compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes and identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size. In statistics they will interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs. In the final unit position and direction, they will describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant and describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down


Summer 1 – The internet

During this unit the children will use and explore what the internet is and how it works.

Summer 2 – Hour of code

This unit continues from what the children have already learnt last term in coding by using algorithms, bug, debug, loops and nested loops.

Create – art

Summer 1

Painting and mixed media: Light and dark

Developing skills in colour mixing, focussing on using tints and shades to create a 3D effect. Experimenting with composition and applying painting techniques to a personal still life piece.

Sculpture and 3D: Mega materials

Exploring how different materials can be shaped and joined and learning about techniques used by artists as diverse as Barbara Hepworth and Sokari Douglas-Camp, children create their own sculptures.

Summer 2

Craft and design: Fabric of nature

Using the flora and fauna of tropical rainforests as a starting point, children develop drawings through experimentation and textile-based techniques to design a repeating pattern suitable for fabric.


Summer 1

In Summer 1 the children will write a narrative based on a focus text. The text they will explore is The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber. In this narrative unit the children will explore, identify, collect and use noun phrases and create sentences with fronted adverbials for where.

The children will also create an information booklet linked to our Science unit sound. They will use commas to mark clauses in complex sentences and read and analyse non-fiction texts in order to plan and write their own.

Summer 2

In Summer 2 the children will write a narrative based on a folk tale. We will use the Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris. The children will create complex sentences with adverb starters and use fronted adverbials for when and where. Their story will use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech.

The children will also be taking part in a formal debate and writing a discussion text based on a key issue. The children will explore, identify and use Standard English verb inflections for writing and use commas to mark clauses in complex sentences. As well as to identify and discuss the purpose, audience, language and structures of non-fiction and for writing.


Summer 1 – Sound

In Summer 1 the children will be exploring sound. They will identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating and recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear. They will find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it and recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. Children will find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it

Summer 2 – Living things are their habitats

In Summer 2 the unit the children are looking at is living things and their habitats. They will recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways and explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment. Children shall also recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things


Through our RE days at school, the children learn about their own and other’s beliefs. This links well with our concepts as the children will understand that everybody has a right to believe and that everybody should show fairness and equality.

Summer 1

  • Sikhism
  • Buddhism

Summer 2

  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Humanism


Summer 1

  • Netball
  • Dance

Summer 2

  • Athletics
  • Tag rugby


Summer 1 – Citizenship

The children will discuss human rights, what they are and why they are important. They will understand how reusing items benefits the environment and explore the groups of people who exist in the wider environment. They will take part in discussions and group work in how diversity supports a community to work effectively and learn about the role of a councillor.

Summer 2 – Economic wellbeing

Part of the learning in this unit will be understanding the factors which can make something good value for money and how to keep track of money plus the importance of this. How there are a range of influences on job choices which can be positive and negative as well as exploring different job out there and how people can change from one job to another.




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