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. 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.

Autumn Term 1 - Kong Lives!

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.

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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.