Tim in Year 1 really enjoyed this maths task where he learned about measuring length and weight using his favourite cuddle toys!


Isabella in Year 2 made a bug hotel. Let us know which bugs come to stay!


Year 5 had a shared reading lesson on Zoom. It’s great to see the children supporting each other with their reading!


Well done to Luca for earning a gold certificate in Mathletics today!👏👏👏


Fantastic maths learning from Beth. Keep it up!


A fantastic piece of artwork!


Aaron in Year 3 had a very exciting day! This morning answered his question live on YouTube. The question was ‘Can birds communicate or be understood by other species other than their own?’


Suyash has accepted Ms Schofield’s challenge and what an incredible job he has done! Well done Suyash! 👍


Asha in Year 2 has been very creative at home! We love all your art work!


Aaron in Year 3 has been very busy at home and has worked incredibly hard on his home learning. Keep it up Aaron!


Amelia in Year 5 tried pastel drawing this afternoon. Looks fantastic!


That’s fantastic! Keep us updated with how it goes!


This week’s challenge comes from Ms Schofield. Remember to send in some pics of your creations!


Hedgehog class had a ‘carpet time’ Show and Tell via Zoom today. Lots of happy, smiling faces!


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Wow - Harley! Fantastic home learning!


Fantastic maths work from Beth in Year 1! Well done!


HPAS staff and children and children at the Hub had a pyjama day today.


Ellie in Year 4 has written this brilliant story!


Mekai in Year 4 wrote this thoughtful poem as part of his PSHE learning. It’s fantastic- well done! I can’t wait for the day we can all play together either!

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Year 4

Year 4 Curriculum 

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  

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 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.



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.