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Year 4




Here you will find all the information you need about Year 4 during our summer term.


Our topic this term is a geography-based topic which revolves around mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. We will learn about the key features of each, where they are located and why and investigate their impact on human geography, settlement and land. We will explore, in greater depth, the similarities and differences in physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, North and South America.


This will be done through:


  • Using atlases, globes and computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
  • Using the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build knowledge of a physical region within the UK
  • Using photographs, film clips and eye-witness accounts to build an understanding of mountains, earthquakes and volcanoes and their impact on human geography

Throughout our learning, we will be considering the following enquiry questions, using our research, and newly acquired knowledge to answer them:


Why is Mount Everest famous?

What is a mountain? Is all high land a mountain?

Are all mountains identical?

Why do volcanoes erupt?

Why do people like to live on or near volcanoes?

Why doesn’t Britain experience significant earthquakes?


We will also spend some time researching what happened to Pompeii and linking to our previous knowledge from last year’s history topic on the Romans. Our artwork will be linked to landscapes, focusing on artists Van Gogh and Matisse and the work of volcano artist Margaret Godfrey, while our DT focus will be on creating an exploding volcano and designing an earthquake resistant building. 


The science focus until half term is ‘States of Matter’. This includes solids, liquids and gases properties and changes such as melting, freezing, evaporation and condensation. After half term we will be looking at ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ including life processes, classification and natural and human made changes to an environment.


Our English unit of works this term will be based on The Lion and The Unicorn by Shirley Hughes (a picture book) and fantasy novel  for children, The Lion,  the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis.


We continue to follow the White Rose curriculum in maths and the Year 4 topic overview can be found here.


PE takes place on Mondays and Thursdays, but this may change depending on varying circumstances. Please remember to come to school wearing your PE kit for the time being.


Please ensure you bring your pencil case, reading diary and reading book to school every day.


Thank you!


Mrs Hardy (Monday, Tuesday)

Mrs McCormick (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Mrs Hill and Mrs Crouch


Please feel free to contact us on the following email addresses: