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Year 4 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Spring term (2024).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year. Please use this planner for discussion and research with your child. 


Spring Term


  • Christmas - Children will study the roles of angels in the story of Christmas. They will learn about Christians being messengers of Christ’s Good News in the world today and how the Church celebrates Christmas.
  • Jesus: Light of the world and beloved son - Children will study some important stories about the life of Jesus and explore some symbols of Baptism and their association with belonging to the Family of God.
  • Old Testament: Moses – King David - Children will study important stores about Moses and God’s relationship with the people of Israel. They will also learn about the life of King David. They will look at the importance of prayer and vocations.
  • Lent - Children will explore some of the customs and practices associated with the celebration of Lent. They will look at prayer, fasting, almsgiving and the forgiveness that God offers to those who believe in him.
  • Holy Week - Children will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the story of Christ’s passion and death. They will reflect upon the circumstances and reasons for his death.


  • Stories from other cultures – Journey to Jo’burg

  • Fairy-tales

  • Newspapers

  • Poetry

  • Recounts


  • Multiplication and division - factor pairs, multiply by 10, multiply by 100, divide by 10, divide by 100, related facts, written formal methods for multiplying 2 and 3 digits by 1 digit numbers and dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1.
  • Length and perimeter - measure in kilometres and metres, equivalent lengths, perimeter on a grid, rectangle and rectilinear shapes. Finding missing lengths, calculating perimeter of rectilinear shapes and regular and irregular polygons.
  • Fractions - counting beyond 1, partitioning a mixed number, comparing and ordering mixed numbers, converting from a mixed number to an improper fraction, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions.
  • Decimals - tenths and hundredths, divide 1 digit by 10, divide 2 digits by 10, divide 1 and 2 digits by 100


  • Ecology - The children will study and find out about living things and habitats. They will focus on the 7 life processes; movement, Reproduction, sensitivity growth, respiration, excretion and nutrition. In addition, the children will learn about the three groups of living things; producers, consumers and decomposers.
  • Sound - In this unit, the children will explore sound as being caused by a fast back- and worth- movement; a vibration. The children will know that sound can travel through all kind of matter such as gases, liquids and through solids. The children will know that some animals, like whales and dolphins depend on sound that travels through water.


  • Dance
  • Hockey

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)


  • James I and the gunpowder plot


  • Civil War


  • Monuments of Ancient Rome

  • Monuments of Byzantium


  • Eastern Europe 

  • Mediterranean


  • Learning the clarinet


  • Dreams and goals - Setting new goals, how I am feeling, being thankful and group dynamics.
  • Healthy me - Introduction to puberty, changing bodies, healthy friendships and peer pressure.



Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on a Friday.


Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.

Year 4 Class Blog

2nd Feb

Hello and welcome to Year four’s Twitter takeover, we can’t wait to show you what we have been up to in our classroom! Enjoy! 👍👍

This half term in our P.E lessons, the children have been choreographing a dance to James Bond’s theme tune. The children have used lots of different skills such as dancing in canon and using different levels. 💃🏻💃🏻🕺🏽🕺🏽


Today, St Joseph’s celebrated Lumen Christi day. The year four children took part by decorating a candle and singing along with a special prayer service. The children were excited to take a candle and prayer card home. The theme for today was “Jesus is the light of our world💡”


Last week, we celebrated Chinese New Year. The children created special Chinese lanterns and we talked about the story behind Chinese New Year. Some children in year four told us about their celebrations outside of school 🧧 🇨🇳


This half term in art, the children have been creating special models of the Pantheon in their topic on Ancient Rome. The model has required the children to use lots of different materials such as lollipop sticks and papier-mâché. We cannot wait to see the final result🏛😄


Hope you enjoyed year four’s Twitter takeover, see you soon!! 👍👍



24th Nov

Welcome to year four’s Twitter takeover! We can’t wait to show you what we have been up to!🙌🏼

Throughout the month of November, we have been remembering all those that have died in wars and anyone close to us that have passed. We have created poppies, watched videos and looked at some special poems for this month of remembrance! 🌺


❄️❄️During this half term, the year four children have enjoyed studying the book of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We recently read about Edmund meeting the White Witch. The children acted out this scene with great expression!❄️❄️


Our history topic for this half term has been focusing on Ancient Rome. The children have recently learnt about the assassination of Julius Caesar and the Pax Romana. The children thoroughly enjoy history Thursdays with Mr Charnley!😁 #yearfourloveshistory


This week for St Joseph’s, it has been Multi-cultural week. Year four’s focus has been Judaism. The children have been learning about the main beliefs and looking at the Ten Commandments. It has been great to learn new things about other religions and ask questions.


Hope you have enjoyed seeing what year four have been doing in the classroom, see you soon! 😀👏



Welcome to year 4 'Class Blog'! The children have been so excited to share their lovely work.

In year four, we have been studying the book “The Dot.” This is a lovely book all about how everyone is unique and to never give up even if you think you can’t do something! All of the children designed their own dot for a display in our classroom.

Next, in geography, the children were using scales to measure the distance between two places. Some examples they measured were Rush trampoline park to New street station and Cadbury world to the Bullring.

To honour our class saint, St Teresa of Calcutta, the children created some artwork. They firstly had to use water colours to create their own design. Next, they traced an image of St Teresa and stuck them together. We pray that St Teresa watches over year four this year.

They children have thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to Dan and Emily on Open with Creation for the month of September. They have been joining in with the singing and actions to lots of lovely songs all about creation.

Finally, in art, the children have been studying the work of Caravaggio using his method of Chiaroscuro, which is an Italian word for light and dark. The children sketched pears using charcoal and tried to use shading to create shadows.