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John Hellins Primary School

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Class 4

In class 4 we follow the National Curriculum for Numeracy and Literacy. Our creative curriculum is based on projects; we link the projects to all areas of the National Curriculum. These areas are: Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Cooking and Nutrition and Computing.

During our project, we aim to have opportunities for children to enhance their Literacy skills; writing at length as well as focusing specifically on grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives.

Mathematics is also included, where possible, in our project and covers the objectives in the Year 4 and 5 curriculum. We teach Maths in practical and exciting ways, ensuring we deepen the understanding that children have of the three key areas; Problem solving, Reasoning, and Fluency.

Our projects run for a term and they involve exciting days for the children including trips, visitors, child led ‘Google’ days and WOW days.

The Spring project in class 4 is “Carnivals of Italy”.

During this project we will study the cities and cultures of Italy, including the festivals and carnivals that take place. We will try carnival foods and recreate dances and parades that are a part of carnival culture. We will look at the religious calendar and link the carnivals to faiths and customs. The children will research Venice and Rome, investigating the architecture, waterways, the grand canal and The Vatican City.

We will also link the learning to the Shakespeare play, “The Merchant of Venice”.

We will study Cirque Italia - the water circus, including its origins and acrobats. The children will learn circus skills and dances linked to acrobatics.

During our Art and Design Technology sessions we will study Italian artists and look at carnival masks; designing and making masks for our carnival day.




  1. Year 3 and 4 Words Common Words
  2. C4 Spellings Guidance Booklet Spring 2018
  3. C4 Planning Map
  4. C4 Project Planning Spring 2018