Years 4 and 5

In Year 4 and 5 we have a rich and varied curriculum, including many exciting trips and events to enrich pupils' learning.

Both year groups focus heavily on developing literacy skills across the curriculum and in addition to this, we have a designated hour each day for class-based literacy. These lessons are strongly linked to our themed IPC (International Primary Curriculum) topics.

Writing skills are developed using Wow sentences (based on Alan Peat's Independent writing programme) and wherever possible, children write for an audience and writing is given a clear purpose. Drama is a large part of ensuring children are challenged and engaged with their learning, and this is used to develop children's confidence in speaking and listening. Children focus on spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting over the course of the week, and there is also a half hour reading session, which involves a range of activities every day.

Maths is taught in within class each day. Within this, the children take the 120 club challenge each week to increase their times table knowledge and there is also a focus on problem solving, practical group work and answering questions under timed conditions.

In both literacy and maths, children are sometimes taught by more than one teacher in class to give them a higher level of support. Where possible, there are also focus groups to ensure any children needing extra support have access to it. Homework for each subject is set every week and children also have a weekly learning focus: spellings, times tables or number bond work.

In addition to maths and literacy, children have an exciting and varied curriculum including Science, Computing, RE, Music, French and PE. Within PE, children in Year 4 visit Moseley Swimming baths to take part in swimming lessons during the year.

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) forms our themed topics, covering foundation subjects. For each topic, year groups have exciting entry and exit points, such as trips to the Dudley Art Gallery, the Zoo and the Black History Museum.

Enrichment of the curriculum is vital to ensure that our children develop a passion for learning and exploring. Year 4 have the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument in class; this year they are learning the clarinet, the tenor horn, the ukulele or the keyboard and tabla. Year 5 explore the works of different artists and over the course of the year, visit Birmingham museum and art gallery in order to explore different masterpieces and create some of their own!

Our Learning

Have a look at our Topic Webs, on our Curriculum page, to find out more about what we are learning.


Children in Year 4 learning instruments.
Year 5 children at the Victorian classroom.

Children across the Phase have the opportunity to take part in Children's University.