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Year 4



Welcome to Year 4 

Here you will find all of the information you need about Year 4 during the spring term. 


We hope you had a wonderful holiday.


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.  


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

For details about curriculum coverage of our English units, please click here.





We continue to follow the White Rose curriculum in maths and the Year 4 topic overview can be found on the Maths Curriculum page by clicking  here            

   For a more detailed breakdown of curriculum coverage during the Spring term, please click here.


PE takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please remember to come to school wearing your PE kit on these days.  

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


Our working week is as follows:  


Mrs Robinson (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday class teacher)   

Mrs McCormick ( Thursday and Friday class teacher)  

Mrs Eastwood (Mornings only)  


For general things e.g. lost jumper, wearing trainers because shoes too small etc, please contact the class teacher using the updated messaging function on Seesaw  

For more significant concerns or worries, please email  

with FAO Mrs Robinson/ Mrs McCormick Class Teacher in the subject.  

Any changes to school pick up should go through the school office.  


 Many thanks,  


Mrs McCormick, Mrs Robinson and Mrs Eastwood 




Year 4 Maths Curriculum coverage

Year 4 Photo Gallery

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