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Year 4

Spring Term 2023


Is Europe a great continent?

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

Year 4 will explore new concepts including: pride, identity, diversity and wealth.

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 half term, the children will create, plan and make a pizza for a family member.

The children will also participate in a WOW day this half term. Our WOW day will take place on Tuesday 10th January which will give them an insight into Europe.



Core Subjects


  • Wallace and Gromit a Matter of Loaf and Death by Penny Worms
  • Cracking Contraptions by Nick Park (Aardman Animations)
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Nick Eliopulos
  • Planet Earth by Katie Daynes


  • Spring 1: Health and wellbeing
    This unit looks at how we look after our teeth, how we can have a good mind set, see our own strengths and take responsibility for their own happiness
  • Spring 2: Changing bodies
    This unit looks at first aid, secrets and surprises, how to keep safe on the internet and physical changes


  • Multiplication and Division
  • Length and perimeter
  • Fractions
  • Decimals


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.

This term we will cover:

  • Christianity
  • Hinduism

What will Year 4 explore?

This term is a Geography-based topic and our question is ‘is Europe a great continent?’

The children will locate countries with a focus on Europe concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities including rivers and mountains. They will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.


Spring 1 and Spring 2 – states of matter (solids, liquids and gasses)

The children will explore solids, liquids and gases. How states can be changed when heated and cooled as well as measuring temperature. Then looking at the part evaporation and condensation play in the water cycle.


In geography we will study South America and the impact deforestation has had on our planet, biomes, ocean currents, central Africa and the mining of cobalt and our eco system.


  • Spring 1: Swimming
  • Spring 2: Swimming


In DT year 5 will make a special box for something precious to someone. Linking with our concept ‘stewardship’ our boxes will be made to keep whatever item safe.


  • Spring 1 – Blues -A music teacher from St Wilfrid’s will be coming into school every week this half term to teach the children blues music on the key boards.
  • Spring 2 – Changes in pitch, tempo and dynamics (Theme: Rivers)


  • Spring 1: Digital music
  • Spring 2: Presentations

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