Year 4 Topic Curriculum
Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum. English, Mathematics, R.E., Modern foreign language (French) and Music are generally taught as discrete subjects, along with PE, which is taught by both class teachers and specialist coaches. All remaining subjects are taught through the Cornerstones Curriculum which is a stimulating and thematic-based approach to learning.
Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge and skills, but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. It is a comprehensive, thematic and creative curriculum that really engages children and gets them interested in the world around them. Learning with our curriculum takes a global approach by helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now, as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The curriculum also emphasises the history and culture of Britain and promotes fundamental British values.
The theme for each term's topic can be found in the table below.
|Autumn 2||Misty Mountains Sierra|
|Spring 1||I am Warrior|
|Summer 1||Traders and Raiders|
|Summer 2||Road Trip USA|
As Mathematics is such an important life skill, we adopt the ‘Mastery’ approach to our lessons. The ‘White Rose’ scheme of learning is taught across the school, allowing pupils to spend longer on key mathematical concepts, most noticeably number. During these longer units, pupils will see mathematics in a real life context, before moving at an appropriate pace from the concrete/pictorial approach (supported by manipulatives and pictorial stickers) to the abstract.
The key features of our maths curriculum are:
•Emphasis on problem solving and application of skills, allowing pupils the chance to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.
•Careful scaffolding of core concepts through visualisation as a platform for comprehension;
•mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities;
•pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.
•Emphasis on the foundations for learning, and not on the content itself, so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.
At Harris Primary Academy Shortlands, we use the 'Power of Reading' as the basis for our English Curriculum. This is a text-based approach to English, where the children use high-quality texts, with challenging vocabulary and interesting themes, to engage them with writing. Through a text, children will experience a range of different learning styles such as conscience alley, role on the wall, drama, hot-seating and literature circles. This will enable them to write in a range of genres - both fiction, non-fiction and poetry. It also promotes a love of literature because it helps children to develop empathy, inference and a deeper understanding of authorial intent and language choice.
In Year 4, we believe that reading is the gateway to learning but should always be pleasurable and fun. We aim to give children a concrete set of skills to decode and infer information in the text, but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. As children progress through KS2 they will have daily reading skills sessions, along with other classroom activities. Our well stocked fiction and non-fiction class library areas aim to offer children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for learning activities.
Year 4 continue to be taught to write in a cursive style. We believe that this promotes flow and speed, and supports the continued the pupils' continued development of spelling. All teachers in Year 4 model the cursive script when working with children or marking books. Once a child is a proficient writer, they will be awarded a pen licence and will begin to use a pen in their work
In Year 4, writing is taught through English lessons that use Power of Reading texts as the main stimulus. Children experience writing in all genres, using their core text as their stimulus. This means that all children have a shared understanding of the storytelling elements of writing. Wherever possible we ensure we offer children the opportunity to write for a real purpose.
Grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Discrete teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling continues throughout Year 4, along with opportunities to develop and apply these skills within other English lessons.