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New Bradwell School

Inspiring the learner in you

Year 4

Year 4 will be reading the range of books listed below, which covers all the subjects in this year's curriculum:

  • Robinson Crusoe
  • The BFG
  • Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Make it Change – book of science
  • Return
  • Blackberries and Bombers
  • Macbeth
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets
  • Swallows and Amazons
  • The Works poetry
  • Swallows and Amazons
  • Stig of the Dump
  • A Thief in the Village

The topics we will be covering this term are:

Summer Term

English - Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom, Swallows and Amazons, Stig of the Dump.

Maths - Using decimals, money, time, statistics.

Science - Electricity, rocks, soils and fossils (Geology).

History - Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, Stone Age.

Geography - South Africa and trade routes.  Economic activity including trade links and natural resources.

Technology - Building sailing boats, building shelters and survival skills, making jewellery.

ICT - Computing icons.  Grace Hopper and debugging.  Online Safety - How much time should we spend online?  Drawing - assessing and selecting the different tools available in drawing applications.

Art - African themed art, artist from another country.  Stone age art and painting skills.

Music - Brass instrument - playing pieces that include the new note F, continue with their standard notation skills by reading rests of varying duration.  Playing pieces using all of their notes so far including the new note G, using more control in a short, spiky way and also smoothly.  

French - Body parts and aches, saying where it hurts and how we feel, clothes, colours – revision and saying dark and light colours. Express likes or dislikes and give a simple opinion. Learn weather and deciding what to wear. Prices and higher numbers(€ versus £) French celebrations.
Practice using Linguascope.

RE - Comparison of Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism.

P.S.H.E. - How can our choices make a difference to others and the environment?  Caring, shared responsibilities, making choices and decisions.

Spring Term

English - Bombs and Blackberries.

Maths - Multiplication and division, problem solving, measure - area.

Science - animal and plant classification.

History - World War II

Geography - Fieldwork and maps, settlement and land use.

Technology - Kite Project (design, make and evaluate), drink design, researching, tasting, data collection, making, evaluating and package designing.

Art - Street art, Banksy (Artist's work).

PE- Badminton.  Tag Rugby.

French - School: revise school subjects, express likes or dislikes and give a simple opinion, numbers 1-31, saying the time (12 hour clock), revise days, timetables. Introduction Body parts and aches.  French celebrations.  Practice using Linguascope.

RE - Hinduism – Origin, Hindu Gods, Prayer and worship, special traditions and celebrations.

PSHE - Health and Wellbeing – managing our feelings and emotions.

Autumn Term

English - Using adjectives and noun phrases.  Plan for writing.  Using words in context.  Listen and retrieve information.  Recount and retell of stories.

Maths - Rounding, place value, column addition, subtraction and multiplication.

Science - Light and dark.

History - 17th century Britain, Great Fire, life and transport.

Geography - Continents and countries - focus on South America.

Technology - Design, build and evaluate building shelters.

ICT - Word processing, Powerpoint. Using the internet.

Art - Sketching, shading, mixed media, Kindinsky.

Music - Strings with Mrs Knight.

PE - Gymnastics, health and fitness. Basketball, healthy and fitness.

RE - Christianity.

French - Revision.  Practice using Linguascope.

PSHE - Who am I and healthy eating.

Outdoor Learning - Habitats, birds, local environment and data collection.

If you need to contact Mrs Watson please use the following e-mail address:

This year, we will be rewarding children who read at home every evening with a sticker and a table point at the end of the week. There will be an additional reward for children who have managed this for the whole half-term.
As well as hearing your child read every evening, here are some activities you might like to try at home to help develop their comprehension skills:

  • Write about their favourite character from the book they are reading.
  • Write a list of adverbs to show how a favourite character moves. (Try acting them out.)
  • Draw a picture of the most important event in the book.
  • Design a new front cover for the book.
  • Write the blurb for the story.
  • Write a different ending for the story.
  • Change the setting for one of the scenes. How does this alter the story?
  • Can they turn the story into a script?
  • Use playdough and make a short animation of the book.
  • Share books or comics that you loved as a child!

We would love to see any work completed at home.


1.  Go to the beach

2.  Holding/being close to a bird of prey

3.  Run a mile

4.  Visit museum in London

5.  Experience classic stories

6.  Make a shelter

7.  Press flowers

8.  Skim a stone

9.  Bike ride

10. T-shirt design

11. Sledging

12. Visit recycle centre

13. Play a game

14. Build a go-kart or mode of transport

15. Try roller skates/ice skating

16. Grow your own fruit and veg

17. Do a hand stand

18. Do a cart wheel

19. Forward roll on the grass

20. Trampolining

21. French skipping

22. Long jump/triple jump

23. Go to the shop with a list and a budget to spend

24. Watch a live musical performance

25. Climb a rope

26. Make a rope swing from a tree

27. Climb a tree

28. Write to a pen pal

29. Learn to juggle/circus skills

30. Visit an aquarium – sea life centre

31. Make a cake

32. Make a cup of tea

33. Rock climb

34. Take part in a water sport

35. Make salt crystals

36. P.Y.O.

37. Make a periscope

38. Visit a place of worship

39.  Make and sell your own drink

40. Paper aeroplanes

41. Watch a fireworks display

42. Watch a 3d film

43. Use a sewing machine

44. Visit a major city

45. A trip on the Thames

46. Organise a charity event

47. Sew a button on a shirt

48. Invite parents in for afternoon tea

49. Go backstage of a theatre

50. Sing in a big choir

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