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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Planning and Timetables for 2022 - 2023

Autumn 1 - The achievements of the Earliest Civilizations


This term, children in year will be Historians and learn all about Ancient Civilizations. After looking at an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared (Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China), we will study Ancient Egypt in depth. They will learn some background knowledge, carry out drama and role play activities, develop their writing skills, read stories and evaluate artefacts. It is an interesting topic to learn and we know children will enjoy learning about it.  Below are some links to videos to help with our study:

Autumn 2- Climate Zones and Biomes 

In Year 4 this term, we are learning all about the Earth’s climate zones and the biomes within them.


Climate means the average, long-term weather patterns (as distinct from weather which can change daily). Climate zones are divisions of the Earth's climates into general climate zones according to average temperatures and average rainfall – ultimately climate zones are characterised by how hot or cold and how wet or dry they are. The three major climate zones on the Earth are the polartemperate, and tropical zones (polar being near either the north or south poles and tropical being situated close to the Equator).


Within these zones are a variety of different biomes. A biome is a region that has certain climate and weather patterns and therefore certain types of flora (plants) and fauna (animals) can survive there. Biomes can be summarised as sharing similar animal species, plant-spacing, plant structures and weather and climate. Major biomes include tundradeciduous or coniferous forests (also known as taiga), grasslands (savanna – there can be either temperate or tropical savannas), mountainous regions and deserts. The plants and animals of each biome have evolved and adapted in specific ways that help them to survive in their particular biome.

As part of this topic, we are going to visit Chester ZOO  to experience the different biomes for ourselves and to research animals and their adaptations.


Summer 1 - The Romans


This half term the children will learn about the Romans and the impact their invasion had on Britain. They will consider how we can learn a great deal about the past and the lives of people from historical artefacts and why they are therefore of great significance for archaeologists. They will compare the different experiences of people at this time depending upon their position and wealth. The topic will involve historical skills. Children will learn about the organisation of the Roman army and why they were so powerful. 

Summer 2 - Rivers

What are we learning about?


Through the topic, Rivers, the class will find out lots of fascinating facts about rivers and the course they take. We will learn about the significant features of rivers, from their source through their journey into the sea. This is a good subject to focus on as we have looked at the water cycle as well as investigating the properties of solids and liquids in the previous half term.


Year 4 will be focusing on the text  'A River' by Marc Martin. This picture book explores a river’s journey and will be used as a stimulus for their descriptive writing. We shall also be using this text to make an information text for Year 2.


Spring 1 term topic - South America


This term, children in year 4 will be Geographers and learn all about South America.

South America is the fourth largest continent in size and the fifth largest in population. It is located mainly in the southern hemisphere.

It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

The physical geography of South America is dominated by the Andes Mountain Range and the Amazon River (which is the second longest river in the world).

Before the Europeans colonized the continent, the Incan Civilization was a dominant force in South America. In the 1500’s, Spain and Portugal colonized much of South America. Much of South America still speaks Spanish or Portuguese as their primary language.

It is an interesting topic to learn and we know children will enjoy learning about it.  Below are some links to videos to help with our study: