St Peters Catholic Primary School

St Peters Catholic Primary School

Year 4 Curriculum Overview



Engage in meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum.

Listen to and learn a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.

Through reading identify vocabulary that enriches and enlivens stories.

Speak to small and larger audiences at frequent intervals.

Practise and rehearse sentences and stories, gaining feedback on the overall effect and the use of Standard English.

Listen to and tell stories often so as to internalise the structure.

Debate issues and formulate well-constructed points.


Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and legends.

Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.

Learn poetry by heart.

Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends, traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other cultures.

Take part in conversations about books.

Read and listen to whole books.



Write stories set in places pupils have been.

Write stories that contain mythical, legendary or historical characters or events.

Write stories of adventure.

Write stories of mystery and suspense.

Write letters.

Write plays.

Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum.


Write instructions.

Write recounts.

Write persuasively.

Write explanations.

Write non-chronological reports.

Write in a journalistic style.

Write arguments.

Write formally.


Learn by heart and perform a significant poem.

Write poems that convey an image (simile, word play, rhyme and metaphor).


Count and calculate in increasingly complex contexts, including those that cannot be experienced first-hand.

Rigorously apply mathematical knowledge across the curriculum, in particular in science, technology and computing.

Deepen conceptual understanding of mathematics by frequent repetition and extension of key concepts in a range of engaging and purposeful contexts.

Explore numbers and place value so as to read and understand the value of all numbers.

Add and subtract using efficient mental and formal written methods.

Multiply and divide using efficient mental and formal written methods.

Describe position, direction and movement in increasingly precise ways.

Use and apply measures to increasingly complex contexts.

Gather, organise and interrogate data.


Animals and humans.

Look at the digestive system in humans.

Look at teeth.

Identify and name plants and animals.

Look at classification of plants, animals and microorganisms.

Look at sources, vibration, volume and pitch.

Work Scientifically.


Locate the world's countries, with a focus on Europe and countries of particular interest to pupils.

Identify key geographical features of the countries of the United Kingdom, and show an understanding of how some of these aspects have changed over time.

Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region or area of the United Kingdom.

Describe and understand key aspects of: physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and the water cycle.

Human geography, including: settlements, land use, economic activity including trade links and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water supplies.

Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.


The Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England.

Art & Design

Use experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and ideas as inspiration for artwork.

Develop and share ideas in a sketchbook and in finished products.

Improve mastery of techniques.

Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history.


Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using voice and playing instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression.

Improvise and compose music using the inter-related dimensions of music separately and in combination.

Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

Design & Technology

Design use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.

Physical Education

Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, such as football, netball, rounders,

Cricket, hockey, basketball, badminton and tennis and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.

Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.


Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely.