Year 4


Year 4 2016-2017

In the last academic year, we covered the topics described below.


Traders & Raiders (autumn term 1)

In this topic, we learnt about the many groups of people who settled in the British Isles after the Romans left in 410 AD. We discovered where the Angles, Saxons and Vikings came from and which parts of the UK they settled in. In addition, we found out how historians and archaeologists know what happened in the past through studying different historical sources. We also designed and created our very own Viking longships using clay. As part of this topic, we also learnt about teamwork (in PSHE) and about British Values.

This page, which is from the BBC’s ‘Bitesize’ website, is a good introduction to the Anglo-Saxons.

This website offers excellent links to enable you to discover lots of information about the remarkable Staffordshire Hoard.

digestive system

Burps, Bottoms and Bile (autumn term 2)

In this science topic, we learnt about our digestive system. We learnt about different parts of the digestive system and found out why each part is so important. Additionally, we learnt that different animals have different types of teeth. We also conducted an investigation into the effects of food and drinks on our teeth – we saw for ourselves how toothpaste helps to protect teeth from the harmful effects of sugar. We finished our topic by finding out about food chains.


The digestive system – YouTube

These clips inform children of the digestive system in a fun and child friendly form.

Different kinds of teeth – Healthy Teeth

This website informs children of the different types of teeth and their functions.


1066 (spring term 1)

During this topic, we saw how Anglo-Saxon and Viking England was transformed by the Norman invasion of William the Conqueror. We learnt about the Battle of Hastings (which was actually fought at a place called Battle!) and the Bayeux Tapestry (which is an embroidery, which was probably made in Kent!). In addition, we used atlases to find out about topographical features of the UK, as well as to locate modern (and historical) counties of the UK.

This site includes some great information, images and videos to provide a broad overview of the Battle of Hastings and Norman life.

The Bayeux Tapestry comes to life in this unique animated video!


Potions (spring term 1 & summer term 1)

Our ‘Potions’ topic enabled us to get really practical! In art, we created pictures based on the Sorcerer’s Apprentice using wax relief, paints and silhouette. In science, we learnt that all matter is made of particles and that these particles behave differently in solids, liquids and gases. We made volcanoes and self-inflating balloons by creating experiments that give off gas. We created our own lava lamps by mixing liquids of different densities. In addition, we investigated what happens when materials change state. We melted chocolate bunnies and found out that popcorn ‘pops’ because of water evaporating inside the kernels. Finally, we investigated evaporation and how this occurs around us all the time as part of the water cycle.

A short clip about solids, liquids and gasses. This video also offers a very good explanation of particles and how they are arranged differently in solids, liquids and gasses.

A good site which offers an overview about the water cycle as well as some links to other interesting sites.



Road Trip USA! (summer term 2)

In this topic, we learnt about key aspects of both physical and human geography within the United States of America. We located different states and discovered that many of these states are associated with Native American tribes. Additionally, we investigated the history of Native Americans and considered the morals provided by some of their myths and legends.

This website introduces various photographs and information about some of the physical features of the USA including the Mississippi River, Rocky Mountains and Monument Valley.

This website informs us of why dream catchers were made and what they were made out of.




Assessment for learning is integral at The Meadows Primary School and drives the next steps in learning, by flagging up gaps and informing what the teachers need to plan for in terms of individuals, groups and whole class learning. As a result some objectives may be modified, added or omitted depending on the needs of the pupils.

Maths Overview

 SPAG Overview

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Summer 1 Burps, Bottoms and Bile
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