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The Echelford Primary School

Year 4

Year 3 is an exciting year where children begin their Key Stage Two journey, building upon the skills and knowledge they learnt in KS1 whilst becoming more independent learners

Throughout the year children are exposed to exciting topics as we bring our Power of Reading texts to life. We start our adventure by becoming mountaineers and exploring areas of the world in more detail, drawing upon our knowledge of continents from Year 2. We then travel back in time to discover the ancient worlds of the Stone Age and Egypt. We discover the underground world as we read Krindlekrax and build up our Geographical skills to explore our local area with increasing accuracy and understanding. 

We also delve into the world of farming as we read Charlotte’s Web and use this understanding of rural locations to think about how England has changed since the time of Robin Hood.

With each topic area we have exciting curriculum days that allow the children to develop their understanding as well as a variety of skills including, teamwork and problem solving. 

This is the first year where children have French lessons with a specialist Modern Languages Teacher, which provides yet more opportunities for children to discover hidden talents and new interests and skills. Children are also given an opportunity to go swimming at a different school within the Trust and they have singing lessons with specialised singing teachers.

In Year 3 we are proud to offer the children the exciting opportunity to sleepover at school. This is a chance for children to prepare for later residentials that take place during their time at Echelford.

Welcome to Year 4! Our children embark on an exciting adventure by exploring fascinating and varied texts. These texts allow us to investigate different themes and connect all of our learning together. In the autumn term, we explore Ancient Mesopotamia through the lens of Varjak Paw - we investigate ancient Mesopotamian artefacts and create our own clay cat sculptures decorated with Mesopotamian patterns. In the spring term, we explore refugees by delving into The Boy at the Back of the class and using inspiration from the text, map the journey of a refugee from Syria to Britain. In the Summer term, we read the text Into the Forest which links fantastically with our Science learning about habitats where we build a bug hotel investigating the conditions insects need to survive and prosper.  

Year 4 has some fantastic topics to explore, which allow for exciting theme days. We take a trip back in time to explore the Romans and their invasion of Britain, considering the incredible impact that the Romans had on British society. We also learn about the Tudors and their entertainment and take a trip to Hampton Court which ensures children really immerse themselves in the period of history.

In Year 4, the children get to put their musical skills to the test as they receive weekly music lessons led by a guitar specialist. Learning to play the guitar is an exciting and rewarding experience which leads up to a spectacular concert held at the end of the academic year. Parents and carers are invited to this performance where the children showcase all of their newly acquired musical skills. As well as this, the children enjoy a local trip to a festival named Rise:Up. This sun-filled three day extravaganza includes a wide range of workshops from rocket-making to samba drumming, an exciting silent disco and allows the children to practice and improve their teamwork skills. It is an incredibly exciting trip that creates lifelong memories for the pupils.

Throughout Years 1-6 the learning is focused on mastering the end of year objectives set out in the 2014 National Curriculum. In Years 1 & 2 the children follow the Key Stage 1 programmes of study as outlined in the National Curriculum and in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 they follow the Key Stage 2 programmes. The National Curriculum for both key stages consists of the core subjects: Mathematics, English, Science and Computing; and the foundation subjects; History, Geography, Design & Technology, Art and Design, Music, and P.E. The Surrey Agreed Syllabus is used for the teaching of Religious Studies (R.S).  

Children are taught in mixed ability classes throughout the school.

They progress through the classes according to age except in very exceptional instances where the individual needs of the child make an alternative programme necessary.


The Echelford Primary School