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The following is a summary of the Year 4 curriculum for 2016/17.


For more information, including overviews for subject areas, download the full Year 4 learning plan (PDF 116kb).

Term titles and English texts


  • Autumn 1
  • Autumn 2
  • Spring 1
  • Spring 2
  • Summer 1
  • Summer 2


  • Art Bot
  • Polar Explorers
  • Children in World War One
  • Children in World War One
  • Language
  • Eurovision


  • ‘Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes
  • ‘Ice Trap!’ by Meredith Hooper
  • ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo
  • ‘Number the Stars’ by Lois Lowry
  • ‘A Tale Unfolds’
  • ‘Skellig’ by David Almond

Writing year objectives

  • To use commas after fronted adverbials
  • Writing indicating possession by using the possessive apostrophe with singular and plural nouns using and punctuating direct speech
  • Use subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but)
  • Can confidently use Standard English verb inflections (I did vs I done)
  • To be able to use extended noun phrases, including with prepositions
  • To be able to use fronted adverbials
  • Adding changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • To organising paragraphs around a theme
  • Children assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
  • Use writing similar to what they are planning so to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar eg persuasive advertisements
  • To confidently use diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters
  • To write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far
  • To use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them
  • To use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
  • Spell further homophones
  • Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
  • Place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words

Reading year objectives

  • Can apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet
  • Can read further exception words, noting the unusual links between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word
  • Can read books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
  • Can listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays,
  • Can listen to and discuss nonfiction and reference books or textbooks
  • Can identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • Has increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
  • Can prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action
  • Can check that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • Can ask questions to improve their understanding of a text
  • Can identifying the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these
  • Is able to use dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
  • Can make inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from actions, and justifying inferences with evidence from the text
  • Can predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • Can discuss words and phrases that the author has chosen that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • Can identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning of the text
  • Can retrieve and record information from nonfiction