Alexander McLeod Primary School

Year 4

Here you can see some of the exciting things we have planned for our year 4 children. You can use this section of the website to keep up-to-date with key dates for your diary and access important documents such as long-term plans, newsletters, and other announcements.

 Please click on an image for a brief introduction to the teachers

  • Mr Cole
    Year 4 Teacher & Music Lead
  • Mr Regan
    Year 4 Teacher & Leader of Learning
  • Ms Lucas
    Year 4 Teacher & Science Lead

Our learning

Year 4 is an incredibly exciting year as the children move into their second year within the lower key stage two phase. Our focus this year will be to teach the year 4 curriculum in order to ensure that children are working at the expected standard for their age by the end of the 2022/23 academic year. However, we will also be revising some of the key learning within the year 3 curriculum; this will ensure that any gaps within their knowledge concerning year 3 expectations have been closed and that children are fully able to access the learning intended for a year 4 child.

Over the course of the year, children in year 4 will be exposed to a range of fantastic core texts during our English lessons, including: The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, The suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson, Grimms’ Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm, and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. We use these amazing texts in order to expose children to written language of a high quality and as a stimulus for their own written outcomes.

In year 4, we intend to create confident mathematicians who have a solid understanding of place value and are able to adopt a range of strategies when problem solving. By the end of year 4, children will be familiar with formal written methods for all four operations of number and be able to fluently recall times tables up to 12 x 12.

We will also be exploring a range of exciting enquiries throughout the year starting with developing our understanding of deforestation and using a thought-provoking question: ‘Deforestation: devastation or Innovation?’. Children will explore what a rainforest is, locating where in the world rainforests are – developing our map reading skills and using complex maps keys. We will also discover why rainforests are important and how deforestation negatively impacts humans, animals, and climate change. During our second half term, we will be learning about the disparities between the rich and poor people living in urban Brazil. This will allow our children to discuss a range of socio-economic factors within this location.

During the spring term, our topic is ‘Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids’. Linked closely with our English core texts, the children will be creating clay and line art pieces of the different Brothers Grimm characters in the style of Shaun Tan and Wanda Gag.

In Spring 2, our Science enquiry ‘Hold Your Nerve’ will see the children creating their very own steady hand game using knowledge of how to build circuits, conductors and insulators and DT skills to test the nerves of anyone willing to try!

Or final enquiry of the year will be history based called ‘Zeus or Jupiter?’. Children will be travelling back in time to learn about Ancient Greece and the Romans and their impact on the ancient world. We will learn how to use secondary sources and artefacts to find out about aspects of life in the past and about the impact these civilisations had on the modern world.


Year 4 are incredibly fortunate to receive music lessons once per week taught by specialists within the school. Each half term, children will have the opportunity to be take part in either piano or drum lessons.

Multiplication Tables Check

The Multiplication Tables Check is a Key Stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help us to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided, as well as identify which pupils are working at the expected level. The test is an online assessment where pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2-12. For every question, they have 6 seconds to answer and in between each question is a 3 second rest.

Year 4 Long term curriculum map

Year 4 Newsletter - Summer Term 2

Lower Key Stage 2 - Curriculum booklet