Staincliffe C of E Junior School

Staincliffe C of E Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy

Year 4

Teachers - Miss Parkes, Mr Jones and Mr Daji.

Teaching Assistants - Miss Jubb, Mrs Hussain, Mrs Shaikh, Ms Khot, Mrs Sadiq.


Below is the Spring term overview - this covers everything that your child will be working on throughout the Spring term in Year 4. 

For the full year overview of all subjects covered across this year group, please click on the link below.

Year 4 Long term plan 2021-2022.

To look back at the work your child covered last term, click on the link for the Year 4 Autumn term overview.

 Year 4 Autumn term overview 2021.





During the Spring term the children will learn about: Mental/ written addition and subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Geometry, Capacity, Perimeter and Area, Written methods for multiplication, Mass and Fractions and Decimals. In Year 4 we follow a progressive approach ensuring the children get experience of mathematical concepts in blocks of a week or two weeks. They then revisit these concepts over the year to ensure they have mastered previous knowledge and understanding that has been taught.  We encourage the children to be independent learners in maths and they utilise their Maths Toolkit to support their learning when required.



In Literacy, over the Spring Term, Year 4 will be looking at a variety of fiction texts. In the first instance, we will be finishing off reading the classic Roald Dahl text, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ where the children will be using their knowledge of the main characters to create their own play-scripts. Then, we will be using ‘The Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells. The focus will be on narrative writing using empathy and the children will be introduced and be encouraged to use subordinate clauses. The focus will then switch to the use of dialogue in narrative, ‘cliff hanger’ endings and newspaper reports when the children write about ‘Animal Adventures’ and the time when a ‘real life’ dinosaur came to school. Cripes!!!


PE- Physical Education

During spring term 1, Year 4 children will be developing their cognitive skills in their PE lessons. This will include: Working together with a partner mirroring movements and developing balance and coordination skills. In addition, children will be taking part in levelled challenges to help improve their ball skills and co-ordination.

During spring 2, children will be encouraged to think of ways to make previous skills games/activities taught, more creative and fun. They will develop their co-ordination and tactics and have to think creatively and skilfully to move and pass balls around to score points.



Our first year 4 topic in science during the first half of the spring term will be concerned with ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. The children will be considering the big question:   

Are Living Things Endangered?                                                                         

In this topic, the children will learn to recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. They will explore and use classification keys. The children will gain an understanding of how environments can change and how this can pose a threat to living things.

In the second half of the spring term, the children move onto a topic called: Animals Including Humans’ and will be considering the big question:

What do our Bodies do with the Food we Eat?

They will explore the reasons why animals including humans, need the right amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food. They will learn that animals get nutrition from what they eat and understand that humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.



Year 4 will be listening to a Soul/Gospel Song by Bill Withers – Lean on Me.

This unit will require the children to listen and appraise a new genre of music where new progressive Warm-up Games will be played. The children will use new progressive improvisation resources and a new tool for composing. We can’t wait to hear what the children create!



In French this half term the children will be learning the vocabulary to describe items of clothing, along with knowing when to use ‘a’ and ‘an’ in the French language. The children will also be incorporating previous learning about colour into their descriptions of clothing and recapping the concept of adjectival agreement. As the term progresses, they will also have the opportunity to express their opinions about outfits in French.



In Computing, there are several topics we will be studying over the term.

 Spreadsheets- The children will learn what spreadsheets are. They will create different formulas to perform different mathematical calculations.

Writing for Audiences- In this unit, children learn that technology can be used to organise, reorganise, develop, and explore ideas, and that working with information in this way can aid understanding. It also gives children opportunities to discuss their experiences of using ICT and how it is used in the wider world. Children will be able to apply what they have learnt in this unit when identifying key points in a story or account, writing accounts in which details of character and action are used to interest the reader and using evidence and examples to support key points.

Animation- This series of three lessons will provide the children with the knowledge and understanding to create simple and more complex animations using 2Animate on Purple Mash.

Logo- In this unit they will: • Learn common commands and constructs of the Logo programming language. • Develop their ability to compose algorithms for drawing mathematical structures and turn these into Logo code.


PSHE- Personal Social Health Economic Education

In the first half term our topic will be ‘Dreams and Goals’. We will be looking at hopes and dreams children have for the future. We will learn about ways we can deal with disappointment when dreams and goals are not achieved and how to manage our feelings. We will also be looking at the positives of not achieving as well. We will be learning how to set new realistic goals and how to be resilient.

In our second half term our topic will be ‘Healthy Me.’ We will be looking at the different ways in which we can keep our bodies and mind healthy. We will be looking at how food and harmful substances can affect our body and how to reject temptation. They will also be learning about how different people have different roles in society.


RE- Religious Education

Over the Spring term, in year 4, the children will be exploring the big question:

How do the ‘five pillars’ guide Muslims in life?

The children will be examining Muslim beliefs and practices, including the belief in Allah and the importance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).  Learning about the Five Pillars of Islam will be the focus of understanding the key beliefs for Muslims. Children will learn about some major teachings as well and consider how these reflect and affect the values and lives of believers. They will also learn and draw on specific religious language related to Islam.


Art and Design skills

During the spring 2, Year 4 will develop their skills in art and design. They will develop their skills in: design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation; creating an optical illusion print, replicating a plate in the famous willow pattern, drawing a collection of still life objects and painting and mixing colours like Paul Cezanne!


DT- Design Technology

During spring 1, Year 4 children will enjoy making a sling shot car with a partner. Children will transform lolly sticks, wheels, dowels and straws into a moving car. They will be using a glue gun to construct the materials, making the launch mechanism, designing and also making the body of the vehicle using nets and finally, assembling these to the chassis!



 In this unit the children will be trying to answer our big question:

How do Rivers Begin?

Children will be taught to name and locate key topographical features including features of erosion, hills, mountains and rivers. Children will begin to understand how these features have changed over time. Understanding the importance of the water cycle will also be taught.



In the second half term, we will be learning about the ‘Stone Age.’ Children will be learning about how life was like during the era. They will be learning about how Stone Age progressed through to the Iron Age. They will also be taking part in a workshop activity day for the topic where a Stone Age visitor will be travelling through time to visit our school.



We follow the spelling patterns from Spelling Shed.

The children can then use the website to practice their weekly spellings choosing the level of support they need. Each child in Year 5 has a copy of the spelling lists in their school book bag.

This term, we will be looking at lists 13- 26.



Every week Year 4 children will:

  • be given a maths activity, either linked to their learning that week or revisiting a previously taught skill
  • be expected to read their reading book and get their reading record signed x3 weekly
  • play on TTRockstars and Spelling Shed
  • learn their weekly spellings (each week has a different list focus that the children have been practising in school that week

Each half term Year 4 children will:

  • be set their black book homework tasks. They need to be as creative as possible so it could include art work, writing, computer presentations, 3D models, posters etc. It is hoped an adult at home will work collaboratively with the child and help them with their learning and presentation. When this happens the work is often simply stunning.