Following last year’s early closure of school, we are currently delivering a “recovery curriculum”. This is designed to ensure that the core elements that have been missed in all subjects are addressed, and we aim that children will be working at age related expectations by the summer term.

Mathematics — Year 4

Number and Place Value

  • Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000
  • Find 1000 more or less than a given number
  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers
  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones)
  • Order and compare numbers beyond 1000
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000
  • Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers
  • Read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value

Addition and Subtraction

  • Add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate
  • Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation
  • Solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

Multiplication and Division

  • Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
  • Use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers
  • Recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations
  • Multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout
  • Solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n objects are connected to m objects.

Fractions and Decimals

  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
  • Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten.
  • Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼, ½, 1/3
  • Find the effect of dividing a one– or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths
  • Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number
  • Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places
  • Solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.


  • Convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute]
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres
  • Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
  • Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence
  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12– and 24-hour clocks
  • Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days.

Geometry — Properties of a Shape

  • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes
  • Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations
  • Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry.

Geometry — Position and Direction

  • Describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant
  • Describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down
  • Plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon


  • Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs
  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs

English — Year 4

The following is an outline of the English curriculum covered in Year 4.

Autumn 1

  • Guided Reading 
  • Stories with historical settings (3 weeks, followed by assessment) 
  • Recounts: Newspapers and Magazines (34 weeks)

Autumn 2

  • Guided Writing

  • Stories in imaginary worlds (4 weeks, followed by assessment)

  • Exploring form (2 weeks)

Spring 1

  • Guided Reading

  • Information texts 34 weeks, followed by assessment)

  • Creating Images (2 weeks)

Spring 2

  • Guided Writing

  • Stories from other cultures (34 wks, followed by assessment)

Summer 1

  • Guided Reading

  • Explanation text (23 weeks)

  • Stories that raise issues/dilemmas (3 weeks, followed by assessment)

Summer 2

  • Guided Writing
  • Persuasive text (4 weeks, followed by assessment)

Science — Year 4

Topics to be covered in the year:


  • In a state – States of matter
  • Good vibrations — sound
  • Switched On — electricity
  • Where does all that food go? Animals including humans, food and digestion
  • Human Impact – Living things and their environments.

Computing — Year 4

Emphasis will be on coding/programming. Topics will be:

  • We are software developers – Creating an educational game using Scratch
  • We are toy designers – designing a toy the uses sensors, writing code that uses if, then, else commands
  • We are musicians – introduction to computers for musical creativity – creating sounds, sequencing, looping.
  • We are HTML editors – introduction to editing and writing in HTML
  • We are co-authors – creating online content through a ‘wiki’ page
  • We are meteorologists – data measurement, analysis and presentation

eSafety learning runs throughout all topics

Geography — Year 4

  • European Cities
  • Rivers
  • Settlements

History — Year 4

  • Ancient Egypt
  • King Tut and Howard Carter
  • Britain’s Settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

Art & Design — Year 4

Learning will focus on:

  • Portraits — Andy Warhol & Roy Lichtenstein
  • Landscapes — David Hockney & Wassily Kandinsky

Design & Technology — Year 4

  • 3D modelling — Chair
  • Mechanisms — Night Lights
  • Food — Curries and Spices or Soups

Modern Foreign Languages — Year 4

French will be taught weekly and throughout the year by a specialist language teacher.

Music — Year 4

The majority of music will be delivered by a specialist vocal teacher. In addition the pupils will complete a composition topic and half term learning to play an instrument.

Physical Education — Year 4

Areas of study will include:

  • Hockey
  • Netball/basketball
  • Tag rugby
  • Outdoor and adventurous pursuits
  • Athletics
  • Tennis

Religious Education — Year 4

We will follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus, abailable here.