Our curriculum

At St John's we follow a creative, topic-based curriculum that is led by a key text. The objectives for our curriculum come from the National Curriculum 2014. Click the link below to see our long term curriculum for this year. We will soon be adding a medium term plan, which provides further detail. If you would like to know more, please visit our subject website pages or attend one of our school workshops or parent events such as Share the Learning, Class Assembly or Parents' Evening.


In year 4, we have many new and exciting things to learn; this will also include some fantastic enrichment activites.

Spring Term 2 - What lives around us?

This half term, we will be finding out about all types of apes through one of our key texts, ‘Ape’ by Martin Jenkins. Our other text will be, ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne. ‘Gorilla’ is about a little girl who goes on an extraordinary v/isit to the zoo. If you come across any pictures of the ‘ape family’, make a collection and bring them to use in your work.

We will follow our writing process which will ensure that we have plenty of opportunities to plan, draft, evaluate and publish pieces of work as well as write from different genres. Our published piece of writing this have term will be a persuasive text, but we will also be exposed to dialogue and non-fictional writing.

Image result for gorilla by anthony browne

During our Maths sessions this half term, we will be learning how to tell the time (how do apes know what time of day it is?), and relating our fraction skills to decimals (learning about tenths/hundredths, dividing into decimals by 10/100, rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and comparing numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places).


In science, we will be learning about animals (including humans). We will also be investigating how our digestive system works, and which teeth belong to whom! If you lose any teeth, bring them in to be examined.How do you think the digestive system works for animals or humans? What does out teeth tell us? 

We will also be learning about the equator and countries and rainforests/jungles near it. We will find out about what lives there and what the ecosystem is like. As well as this, we will explore species that are endangered and how our lives are similar or different to people that live in these areas and their cuisine. In Computing, we will use various methods to research and find out further information which we will then adapt to create presentations in programs such as; Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.


During French lessons, we will explore how to pronounce names of animals and write simple sentences including the new vocabulary we have learned.

In Religious Education, we are learning about the significance of the bible for Christians. We will explore how the bible inspires other areas of their lives, how the bible supports them in making the right choices, the main uses of the bible for Christians and reflecting on how we can all learn from it.


Summer 1 - Where can we go?

This half term, our key text will be 'Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit. We will be travelling back in time to the days of the Roman Empire and join Tranio and Livia in witnessing the eruption of Munt Vesuvius in AD79.

Image result for escape from pompeii

During our Maths sessions this half term, we will be revising our formal four operation skills (how did the Romans calculate things or budget?), and solve problems involving money (simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places). Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence. We will then go on to learning about perimeter, length and geometry.