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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Year 4

Year 4 - 4B Mrs Burgess, 4L Mrs Pullen & 4S Mr Saltzer


Year 4 are learning about


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Britain from the Air


Essential Knowledge

  • How to ask geographical questions.

  • How to use atlases, maps and plans at a range of scales.

  • How to obtain information from secondary sources, including aerial photographs.

  • How to use ICT programmes to write a set of instructions.

  • What places are like in their locality.

  • How people preserve places of special interest.

  • How the Victorians changed Britain’s landscape.



During this term the children will create:

  • a mini pocket guide entries for famous landmarks.

  • a persuasive argument or letter, in order to preserve a landmark.

  •  a set of directions.

  • stories with familiar settings


The children will:

  • ​compose and rehearse sentences orally 
  • write for a range of purposes using the main features identified 

  • ask questions to improve understanding

  • retrieve and record information from non-fiction texts

  • plan writing by using example texts to structure ideas

  • identify vocabulary and grammar Plan, write, edit and improve.



Children will be learning to:

  • To solve a range of problems involving crop circles and  local landscape. E.g. money problems and measurements.

  • Identify shapes  in the landscape

  • Use co-ordinates to locate features.

  • Traffic survey using directions and six compass points.



The children will be learning to:

  • Recognise living things can be grouped in a variety of ways

  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.

  • Recognise that environments can change and that can sometimes pose dangers to living things.



The children will be learning to:

  • use the internet and Google Earth.

  • use ‘BeeBots’ programme on i-pads.



The children will be learning to:

  • use evidence to ask questions and understand the contributions that people in the past have made to the local area.

  • find out how the Industrial Revolution changes the landscape of Britain.

  • suggest, use and evaluate sources of evidence.

  • describe changes that has happened in the locality.

  • use more than one source of evidence for historical enquiry in order to gain more accurate understanding of history.



The children will be learning to: 

  • Identify roads, rivers and railway lines on an OS map.

  • use OS symbol for a church is, and find it on an OS map.

  • observe the area around their school. Identify places of special interest.

  • use an atlas to find places.

  • se 4-fig grid references to identify places on OS map. Use compass directions to write a set of directions.

  • suggest reasons why people may have settled the local area.

  • demonstrate an understanding what a ‘Bird’s-eye view means and how it is used.



The children will:

  • use maps, compasses to orientate themselves.

  • Show an ability to both lead and form part of a team.



The children will:

  • compare places of worship in different faiths.

  • argue a point of view using the agreed rules in an attempt to preserve a landmark.

  • work collaboratively to successfully carry out orienteering tasks.

  • explore where they live and the people who shaped their locality.  




The children will:

  • learn about music from Britain.



During this unit the children will be recreating their own version of . 


The children will be learning to:



The children are going to make a boat and select materials to build it. This will be closely linked to their work within Science. 


The children will be learning to:


  • choose suitable techniques and materials according to functional properties to construct products.

  • refine work and techniques as work progresses

  • continually evaluating the product design

  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.

  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and improve work.