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Year 4 Matrix

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Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6


Tricking story

The ginger Bread man, openings and repetition. Instruction text.

Traditional tale

Little Red Riding Hood.


Should the Wolf be jailed?

Greek Myths



How the Tortoise got its shell

Time connectives.



King Midas wishing tale.

Portal story

Alien landing, settings.

Discussion text.


Number & place value

Multiplication & division.

Addition & subtraction.


Multiplication & division.


Addition & subtraction


Money & place value.

Fractions, Geometry

Position & direction.

Number & place value

Addition & subtraction mental

Geometry. Properties of shape

Multiplication & division.

Multiplication & division. Fractions

Addition & subtraction

Addition & subtraction mental

Measurement time

Statistics data

Multiplication & division Number & place value

Multiplication & division

Addition & subtraction.


Number & place value. Measurement.

Number & place value

Addition & subtraction.

Multiplication & division.


Geometry. Position and direction.



Animals including humans

Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.

Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.

Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.


Identify common appliances that run on electricity.

Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers

Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery

Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit

Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.


Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating

Recognise that vibrations from a sound travel through a medium to the ear.

Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it

Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.

Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases

States of matter

Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.

Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)

Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.


Living things and their habitats

Recognise that 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 this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.


Internet safety & graphics

To know what to use the internet for, know what is safe to share online.

To copy graphics from a range of sources save to publisher.

To know how to use ctrl c commands.


Create a text box and position it.

To learn how to overtype, resize and change fonts.

To use spell checker and edit spellings.

To align text left, right and central.


To use ICT to capture still images.

Create a PP presentation.

To use animation in their presentations.


To know what a spreadsheet is and what it is used for.

To learn the terms cell, rows and columns.

To enter data, highlight and make bar charts.


To conduct a search on a website.

To learn how to refine a search to get accurate results.


To learn how to send and receive emails.

To reply and send messages to other schools or contacts.


Different places of Worship

Look at different places of worship and religious buildings.  Look at rules and expectations of worship – compare and contrast

Teaching of Jesus and Christmas

Focus on how Christmas is celebrated in other cultures. Include Mexico, Poland and Norway. Compare and contrast.

Rules and Laws

Why do we need rules? Moses and the 10 Commandments. Look at different stories to show the importance of rules.

Keeping and breaking rules

Use the Easter story to support teaching. Last days of Jesus.

Where it Started

Origins of Christianity, disciples, early church, Whitsun, Spread of religion.


Beliefs, moral code, Laws in Torah.




Rivers, the water cycle

To link with Egypt, Looking at a local study of the river Medway and its uses. (Work, vegetation, life.) To cover map work, climate zones. Look at vegetation belts.

Chn to use Globes, maps and atlases.


Europe: Map work, Human and Physical Geography

Continuing from previous learning, looking at trade links with European countries. Locate these countries including Russia and Major cities. Also economic activity.


British maps, counties, cities, ordnance survey maps

Prime/Greenwich meridian. Human and physical characteristics key features. Looking at land-use patterns over time. Discover different time zones including day and night.


Ancient Egypt

To look at early civilisations and timelines.

Tutankhamen study. To look at how the Nile was used. Focus on mummification and tombs and what the importance this had for an afterlife.


Britain’s settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots

To focus on the Roman withdrawal, Scots invasion from Ireland to Britain (now Scotland).

Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlement and kingdoms.


Britain’s settlements by Anglo Saxons and Scots

Anglo-Saxons, looking at their artwork and their culture. Looking at the Christian conversion, Canterbury Cathedral.




Produce self -portraits. To use light strokes when sketching to create effects such as 3D.

To sketch from observations based around Edvard Munch “The Scream”




Build upon previous learning of sketching skills. To use a range of media to produce a landscape with a focus on landscape and rivers.

Mediterranean Art

To learn what a collage is and develop skills to create a collage with a focus on the work by Antonio Gaudi.



Rounds and Ostinatos

Using well-known songs, sing in rounds and /or add ostinato.

Part singing.


Emotions in music

Unison singing.

Listen to music and describing emotions.

Draw images to represent what they hear.

Music around the world




Vocabulary, singing, rhythm.

India, Africa and China.

Rhythm grids and composition

Rhythms, a form of notation, composing rhythm grids. Small group work. Performance. Appraising.

Stories and song

Listening and singing.

A class composition of our own story!

Ginger bread man, St George, 3 Little pigs.

Animals rhythms

Another form of notation. Performance, composition.

Dog, Monkey, Elephant, Caterpillar.



Invasion games

Moving with the ball. Passing and receiving. Saving and defending.

Team games.



Jump and fall.


Showcase performances.


Throwing, Catching

Striking, Fielding.


Monster dance of music. Range of movement.


Dance routines.

Outdoor adventure

Problem solving

Developing problem-solving skills. Working with others.






Compare and evaluate performances.




Producing food to sell

To produce coconut ice and peppermint creams in their own 3D net box.

Focus on hygiene and design, making and evaluating a package for the product.


To design, make a shield using the influence of Anglo-Saxons armour.



Felt jewellery

Focus on Anglo-Saxon jewellery, make and evaluate a product to be sold at the summer fair.



New beginnings

To develop Chn’s knowledge, understanding and skills in four key social and emotional aspects of learning: empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.

Getting on and falling out

To develop children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger) and social skills.

Say no to bullying

The four aspects of learning in which knowledge, skills and understanding are developed are self-awareness, empathy, managing feelings and social skills.

Going for goals!

To learn to take responsibility and building feelings of confidence and self-efficacy – the belief that what you do makes a difference.

Good to be me

Understanding feelings and why and how they lead us to behave the way we do – eg: excited and proud.

Self-awareness – feeling good about myself, taking risks;

Managing my feelings –

Assertiveness, standing up for my views.


This aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning:

self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.