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Brushwood Junior School

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

We hope that you enjoy exploring what we are doing in Year 4.

Meet the Team

4B - Miss Barrett is the class teacher, Miss Barden is the student teacher, and Mrs Saunders is the teaching assistant.

4A - Miss Akhter and Mrs Bell are the class teacher, and Mrs Cullen and Mrs Ashby are the teaching assistants. 

The Summer Term in Year 4


History - The Romans

Our History topic will be ‘The Romans’. The children will be learning about the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.


Science - Animals including humans 

In Summer Term, the children will be learning about ‘Animals including  Humans’ where we will be discovering the digestive system, teeth and food chains. We will also develop our understanding of ‘Living things and their Habitats’. The children will continue to learn through curiosity and investigations.



PSHE - Living in the wider world

During Summer term, we will  be exploring the theme of ‘living in the wider world. They will focus on understanding rights and responsibilities within their environment and across the world. They will also develop their knowledge of money.  Specifically, understanding the importance of managing money and saving.



Physical Education - Gymnastics/Swimming

During the Summer Term, the children will be improving their tennis and athletics skills.


The children will continue their swimming  lessons at The Leisure Centre, as one of their PE sessions until the end of the year.



Art and DT - Impressionism 

In Art this term the children will be creating their own roman mosaics and beginning to understand the technique for watercolour painting. They will be studying a range of artists and create their own interpretation in the style of these artists.




 We will be listening to Carnival of the Animals and using this stimulus to explore composition and notation on tuned percussion.  We will be building on previous learning and developing confidence.


The Spring term in Year 4


Geography - Environmental Studies

The children will be learning about human and physical features in Geography this term. We will begin by learning how to use maps to locate continents, countries and cities around the world. Then we will learn how to use atlases as well as Google Earth to explore.  We will learn about the physical and human features of our environment and  about the problems that human activity can have on the natural world.


During the second half term we will be learning about rivers.


Science -Electricity and States of Matter

In Spring Term, the children will be studying electricity. The children will be learning how to create circuits using wires, batteries and a lightbulb. They will explore testing different materials to find out if they are conductors or insulators of electricity. We will complete this topic with learning about the dangers of electricity and how to keep ourselves safe.


During the second half term we will be learning about States of Matter. The children will learn about solids, liquids and gases. They will carry out investigations to explore how particles behave in their different forms.


PSHE - Healthy Relationships

During Spring term, we will be exploring healthy relationships with others. We will think about the different relationships we have and how they are meaningful to us. We will think about how our actions affect others around us and how we can have a positive impact on eachother.


Physical Education - Gymnastics/Swimming

Our focus in Year 4 during the Spring term, is to develop our gymnastic skills. The children will refine their balancing skills and learn a range of different movements and actions. They will combine these to create short sequences and perform them to each other.


We will also be visiting the Leisure Centre once a week for swimming lessons. The children will be taught by instructors in small groups, initially focusing on building their confidence in the water and then moving onto swimming skills.


Art and DT - Impressionism 

In Art this term the children will be learning about impressionism. They will be study the works of different impressionist artists and find similarities between them. They will use these as inspiration to create their own watercolour pieces. 



We will be exploring scales and composing on tuned percussion.


The Autumn term in Year 4


History - The Ancient Greeks

The children start off developing their chronology skills and create a timeline of key events related to themselves and then link this to where the Ancient Greek civilisation is placed on a historical timeline.


The children will learn about individual city states, Alexander the Great and the history of the Olympic Games. They will improve their researching skill and study who the Ancient Greeks worshipped, the creation of their God or Goddess and many more new things! 


Science - Sound and Electricity

In Autumn Term, the children will be studying sound. They will explore how our ears work, different pitch and volume and carryout many investigations to understand the medium of sound. 


PSHE - Healthy Relationships

During Autumn term, we will be exploring healthy lifestyles, growing and how to keep safe. PSHE lessons will be discussion based and allow the children to share their own ideas about a range of topics. They will focus on developing a positive wellbeing and setting high aspirations for themselves. 


Physical Education - Ball skills

Our focus in Year 4 during the autumn term, is to develop our skills in a range of different ball based games such as: football, netball, basketball and hockey. The children will also begin their journey in becoming confident with orienteering and navigating themselves around the Brushwood site. 


Art and DT - Greek Cookery

To explore our History topic in more detail the children will get the chance to research, cook and try a range of different Greek recipes. They will begin by researching what the Greek's ate and then discover recipes they can try to recreate. We hope to have a Greek feast at the end! 


Other learning throughout the year


Religious Education

Each term, the children explore a new question related to the topic that they are learning about. 


These are the topics and questions that will be covered each term:

Autumn term - Natural World: Why does it matter how we treat the world?

Spring term - Sacred Texts: Why are sacred texts and Holy books so important?

Summer term - Worship: Is there any point to worship?



In Computing, throughout the year, the children will develop their Word processing, PowerPoint and Publisher skills. They will learn how to insert and resize images, copy and paste, screenshot and print in various formats. They will also learn how to use email. The children will continue to develop their coding skills, using the program 'CodeforLife'. As a class, we will also be continuing to discuss E-safety issues and the importance of keeping our personal information safe online.


How you can help your child at home

  • Practise times tables (up to 12 x 12)
  • Practise number sentences for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (see method attached)
  • Practise spelling patterns and Year 3-4 spelling list (see attachment from National Curriculum)
  • Practise high frequency words (see attached)