Year 4

The Year 4 Topics

Our curriculum is taught through three main topics (one per term) and cross-curricular links are utilised wherever possible. We follow the National Curriculum, full details of which can be found HERE. 

All Year 4 children receive Spanish and music lessons once a fortnight, taught by specialist teachers and the children also receive 2 hours of PE each week. Class activity days are organised to enhance a topic and support the learning taking place at school, and we hope to be able to offer school trips again soon. 

Click the links below to see the Parent Overview for each topic:

Objectives for Year 4

At the end of year 4, in order to achieve Age Related Expectations, children need to be able to:


  • Read exception words. 
  • Apply their knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words.
  • Identify and discuss themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing. 
  • Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence.
  • Predict what might happen from details stated and implied. 
  • Identify and summarise main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph.
  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction. 


  • Spell most words from the Year 4 spelling list.
  • Write with increasing legibility, consistency and fluency.
  • Use paragraphs to organised ideas around a theme.
  • In paragraphs, create settings, characters and plot. 
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.
  • Use fronted adverbials
  • Use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech.
  • Use apostrophes to mark plural possession
  • Use commas after fronted adverbials.
  • Use the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense.
  • Use standard English forms for verb inflections.


  • Count in multiples of 6, 7,  9, 25 and 1000.
  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers and identify negative numbers in context.
  • Order and compare numbers beyond 1000.
  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  • Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12.
  • Multiply using formal written layout: 2-digit numbers by a 1-digit number, 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number.
  • Count up and down in hundredths and recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred.
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths and hundredths.
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼, ½ and ¾.
  • Convert between different units of measure: kilometre to metre / hour to minute / kilogram to gram / litre to millilitre.
  • Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares.
  • Read and write time on analogue and digital 12 and 24hr clocks.
  • Convert between 12- and 24-hour clocks.
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes presented in different orientations.
  • Describe positions on a 2D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant.
  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in  bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.