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Autumn term: 

Unit 1: Gorilla by Anthony Browne

  • Outcome - Fiction: write a fantasy story based on Gorilla

Unit 2: Family Album

  • Outcome - Poetry Performance

Unit 3: Leon and the Place Between by Graham Baker-Smith, Oz the Great and Powerful (2013 film)

  • Outcome - Recount: write a diary from Leon’s point of view

Unit 4: Information - advertisements

  • Outcome: children to record their advert via video or audio


Spring term:

Unit 5: Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit

  • Outcome - Fiction: write a historical narrative from character’s point of view

Unit 6: Wisp: A Story of Hope by Zana Fraillon, Home by Carson Ellis Dreams of Freedom by Amnesty International

  • Outcome - Fiction: write a narrative from the character’s point of view

Unit 7: Poetry – creating images

  • Outcome: Performance poetry


Summer Term: 

Unit 8: Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie

Baker, Jungle Explorer by The Literacy Company

  • Outcome - non-chronological report: write an information board for a rainforest exhibit

Unit 9: Blue John by Berlie Doherty

  • Outcome - explanation: write a letter in role as a caving expert, including an explanation
  • Greater Depth: include a persuasive section about Treak Cliff Caverns

Unit 10: Formal persuasive texts (4 week unit)

  • Outcome: perform their written voice-over script to persuade a reader to see a film


Handwriting in Year 4

Handwriting is an important skill for children to learn as they progress through school, as it helps them to form their thoughts and to look back on their learning in order to revise. Children in Y4 will not have a specifically timetabled lesson, as handwriting expectations will be modelled by staff across the whole curriculum. 


Recommended Reading

Year 4 Reading List

Year 4 English National Curriculum Expectations