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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

A school of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community

    Year 4 Studies

    For Key Stage 2 Curriculum Framework please click here.

    For maths calculation guidance please click here.

    Terms 5 and 6 Curriculum


    Term 5



    Why was the Roman Army so successful?

    Roman art – mosaics.

    Roman gladiators



    Making simple circuits.

    Predicting and testing a range of circuits.

    Insulators and conductors.

    Changing the components in a circuit and noting the effect on the bulb brightness or motor/buzzer.

                         Term 6


    Contrasting localities

    Comparing Paddock Wood with a coastal area.

    Make various maps of our locality.

    Study the human/physical features.

    Compare our town with a coastal area.


    Living things and their habitat

    Group living things in a variety of ways.

    Use classification keys to sort and group.

    Focus on living things along British coastlines.

    Terms 3 and 4 Curriculum

    Term 3


    Fractions – finding equivalent, fraction, simplifying fractions.

    Changing from improper fractions to mixed number fractions.

    Adding and taking away fractions.

    Finding fractions of amounts and solving word problems.

    Angles and co-ordinates



    Each class will be using their own text and covering: drama, story writing, dialogue, poetry, descriptive writing and some non-fiction linked to the text.


    Egyptians continued from Term 2



    Canopic jars

    Daily life in Ancient Egypt


    Animals including humans

    Naming and describing the function of teeth.

    How to look after our teeth.

    Looking at the parts and functions of the digestive system

                         Term 4


    Continue with decimals – ordering and comparing decimals. Converting between fractions and decimals.

    Adding and subtracting decimals.

    Solving decimal word problems.

    Area and perimeter




    Continuing from above.



    Timeline of key events.

    How Rome began.

    Where the Romans invaded and their impact.

    The effectiveness of the Roman army.

    Roman Life and leisure

    Roman Gods



    Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.

    Recognise that vibrations from a sound travel through a medium to the ear.

    Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it.

    Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.



    Terms 1 and 2 Curriculum

    Term 1


    Place value to 5 digits – reading/writing numbers in words and digits.

    Adding/taking away 1, 10 or 100.

    Rounding to the nearest ten or hundred.

    Column addition and subtraction.

    Applying these methods to solve real life word problems.

    Factors and multiples

    Multiplication by 1 and 2 digit numbers.

    Doubling and halving



    Story writing based on ‘The Enormous crocodile’.

    Writing a non-chronological report on a rainforest animal.

    Re-writing and improving a story using powerful description.

    A persuasive text about deforestation.




    Labelling continents, the Equator, the Tropics and where rainforests are located on a map.

    Layers of the rainforest.

    Animals and plants in the rainforest.



    Biology – plants.

    Collecting and labelling leaves.

    Transportation of water in plants.

    Investigating patterns between the number of spikes on a holly leaf and its length.

    Dissecting, labelling and understanding the parts of a flower.



    Term 2


    Pairs to 100 and 1000.

    Counting on or back in 1s, 10s or 100s.

    Division by a 1 digit number.

    Division and multiplication word problems.

    Tables and line graphs

    Fractions – ordering on a number line.

    Mixed number fractions and improper fractions.



    Newspaper of a Gladiator fight.

    Diary writing as a Roman soldier.

    Narrative writing from class novel.




    Timeline of key events.

    How Rome began.

    Where the Romans invaded.

    The effectiveness of the Roman army.

    Roman leisure.

    Roman Gods




    Bees and pollination


    Seed dispersal

    Tree growth

    Week beginning 15 September 2017

    Welcome to Year Four! We hope your child is settling in well to Year Four and enjoying their new class. We would like to inform you about some key information for the year ahead.

    Reading in Year Four operates in the same way as in Year Three. Please sign the reading diary to confirm your child has finished reading their book and encourage your child to change their book regularly. It is their responsibility to select a new book and write the title in. We will monitor your child’s reading level and move them up a level accordingly.  We operate the same reading initiative as in previous years called ‘Ten Reads in a Row’. Please do ask if you need this explaining further. We will number the reads in the diary for you.

    Maths and English homework will be given out on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. This will usually be based on what has been taught in class. English this year will mainly have a spelling and grammar focus. Spellings will be tested each Friday.

    In Year Four this year, we will be placing a big focus on securing times tables knowledge and the children will take part in a Superhero Challenge! They will need to answer both multiplication and division questions on the times tables they are working on and complete the questions in a set time to beat the superhero! There are five superheroes to beat starting with Batman. Your child will be able to explain how this works in more detail, or please ask your teacher. Please support your child to learn their tables and the related division facts.

    P.E days will generally be Monday and Wednesday but it is a good idea to have your P.E kit in school all week in case additional sessions are held or times are changed. Please ensure your child has an indoor and outdoor named P.E kit.

    Thank you for your continued support,

    Year Four Team