Year 4 learning plan

The following is a summary of the Year 4 curriculum. Full more information, including overviews for subject areas, download the full Year 4 learning plan. To view the Parent's presentation from the start of the year, click here.

Term titles

  • I Am Warrior (Romans)
  • Natural Disasters
  • Journeys
  • Traders and Raiders
  • Blue Abyss
  • Tragic Titanic


English texts

  • ‘Romans on the Rampage’ - Jeremy Strong
  • ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ - Roald Dahl
  • ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ - Kate DiCamillio
  • ‘10,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ - Jules Verne
  • ‘King of the Cloud Forests’ - Michael Morpurgo
  • ‘Leon and the Place Between’ - Graham Baker-Smith
  • ‘Cosmic Disco’ - Grace Nichols


Writing year objectives

  • Use commas after fronted adverbials
  • Writing indicating possession by using the possessive apostrophe with singular and plural nouns
  • Using and punctuating direct speech
  • Use subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and coordination (using or, and, or but)
  • Confidently use standard English verb inflections (I did vs I done)
  • Able to use expanded noun phrases, including with prepositions
  • Able to use fronted adverbials
  • Adding changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • Organising paragraphs around a theme
  • Can assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
  • Use writing similar to that which they are planning in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar eg persuasive advertisements
  • Confidently use diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters
  • Write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far
  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them
  • Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
  • Spell further homophones
  • Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
  • Place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words


Reading year objectives

  • Can apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet
  • Can read further exception words, noting the unusual links between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word
  • Can read books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
  • Can listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays,
  • Can listen to and discuss nonfiction and reference books or textbooks
  • Can identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • Has increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
  • Can prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action
  • Can check that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • Can ask questions to improve their understanding of a text
  • Can identify the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these
    Is able to use dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
  • Can make inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justify inferences with evidence from the text
  • Can predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • Can discuss words and phrases that the author has chosen that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • Can identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning of the text
  • Can retrieve and record information from nonfiction