Year 4

As well as our daily maths, English and Reading sessions, we also learn through a theme-based curriculum using the ‘Cornerstone’ approach. This centres on the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish.

Spring newsletter

What we’re learning

Autumn 1

Misty Mountain, Winding River

In this project, year 4 will learn about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world from the Thames to the Mississippi and Mount Snowdon to the Andes. They will learn about how rivers and mountains are formed and the ecosystems that survive on them. Children will also go on to become landscape artists. Their topic will conclude with the creation of an information pack for visitors to the Lake District National Park.

Autumn 2


In the second half term of the academic year, we will be motivating our children through the topic ‘Potions’. We will think about what a potion is – a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or a sticky goo? The children will take part in an engaging dress up day and have the opportunity to create their own magical and mystical potions. What will you make of Professor Hazard as you take part in his potions lesson??

Spring 1

Grab your wetsuit as we dive into our underwater topic ‘Blue Abyss’. You will discover a world of beautiful coral and mysterious sea creatures as you explore each layer of the vast ocean. Join us on our class trip to find out more first hand from the experts of the sea. Use your imagination to create a fishy story about an underwater world. Learn all about bioluminescence and create a 3D art exhibition to showcase your amazing range of art work based on a variety of interesting sea creatures.

Blue Abyss homework

Spring 2

During the second half of the Spring Term, we will be learning to be Roman warriors. Meet them in the battle with your swords. Wield your axes. Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on?

Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us.

Get ready for Gladiator School and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus: brave soldiers of the Roman Colosseum. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts?

Summer 1

At the start of the summer, we will be travelling back in time to the Anglo Saxons. Big and tough, powerful and brave, the Saxons sway their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Sail back to the Dark Ages into battles galore.

Who will create an intricate Anglo Saxon pattern? Will you discover where the Vikings journeyed to in their afterlife? Dress as an Anglo Saxon and hold a trade fair of all your fabulous wares.

Summer 2

As our final topic of the Year we will journey through America. Flying from London Gatwick, and arriving at JFK airport New York, it?s time to explore the sights and sounds of the big apple.

Meet the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with fascinating customs and traditions. Who will weave an amazing dream catcher? Design a classic American car, how will you make it move?