Year 4 – Overview for the Autumn Terms 2018

Year 4 – Overview for the Autumn Terms

Teachers – Mrs Ford, Mrs Budd, Mrs Englefield, Mrs Maslin, Mrs Crossan

Walk like an Egyptian

Our Topic this term is going to delve into the amazing world of Ancient Egypt. This rich and exciting theme will begin with the children developing their geographical skills through exploring the physical features, location and landscape of Egypt. Following this, the children will be discovering what it was like during Ancient Egyptian times before unearthing the secrets of the pyramids and tombs. All this will be further enhanced by an exciting trip to Highclere Castle, home of Lord Carnarvon and a superb collection of original artefacts. Our topic will also be closely linked to Art and D.T this term. The children will be creating Egyptian self-portraits and looking at the links between Egyptian art and Art Deco.  Whilst in D.T and science we will be investigating forces and levers, which we will then link to an engineering challenge to build a device to collect water from The River Nile. Furthermore, in PE we will be developing an Egyptian dance and continuing to develop our PSHE through Real PE. In our computing sessions we will be using Scratch to code our own computer games.


This term will focus on the beliefs and practices of Judaism as well as reflecting on the school values and thinking about what they mean to us. Mrs Collister will be continuing to support our French lessons where we will focus on introducing ourselves and our families. In music sessions the children will be following the Charanga music scheme.


In English the children will be investigating a narrative text – The Scarab’s Secret and will be creating their own suspense story.

They will also be exploring the life of Howard Carter and his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. They will use this to inspire different styles of writing including persuasive and instructional texts.


In maths the children will be covering time, looking at reading an analogue clock and solving problems involving time.

They will be exploring the number system working up to thousands, looking at place value, partitioning numbers, counting on and back in thousands and the Roman number system.

Class Information

  • Please make sure that your child has a full, named PE kit in school on Monday for the whole week. Children will also need trainers in school every day for our mile run.
  • Reading books need to be brought into class daily so that children can have the chance to change books and for other adults to hear them read.
  • Clear water bottles should be bought into class – it helps if they are named.


Each Friday a spelling homework and Maths homework will be set. Please support your children to learn their spellings and practice their number facts as it really does make a difference.

Reading – Please do try to read with your child as much as possible. If you have difficulty reading with your child please come and discuss this with me. Reading at home has such a huge impact on their progress in reading and writing in school so really go for it!