St Edward's Roman CatholicPrimary School DarwenLearning Through Caring with God's love


Welcome toSt Edward's Roman CatholicPrimary School DarwenLearning Through Caring with God's love

Year 4



Curriculum Intent

Walking in the footsteps of Jesus, at St Edward’s we aim to:-


  • Provide a curriculum that helps children become resilient, hardworking and confident learners.


  • Give our children opportunities to develop independence skills necessary for learning and life in a diverse society.


  • Promote a sense of pride, self-worth and empowerment to encourage high aspirations.


  • Ensure that our learning experiences stimulate, inspire and motivate children.



Road Trip USA

Subject focus:


Wow Opener

Kahoot quiz of America

Visit and visitors

Christian Ferro – talk about Yellowstone

Theme Book

The Indian in the Cupboard – Lynne Reid Banks


The Sign of the Beaver – Elizabeth George Spear

Links to Literacy (writing opportunities)

American Tourist leaflet (Yellowstone, lakes, Grand canyon).

Class novel writing

Newspaper report

Walt Disney Biography

Myths and Legends (Native American).









  • 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.
  • Electricity can be dangerous.
  • Electricity sources can be mains or battery.
  • Batteries ‘push’ electricity round a circuit and can make bulbs, buzzers and motors work.
  • Faults in circuits can be found by methodically testing connections.

Drawings, photographs and diagrams can be used to represent circuits (although standard symbols need not be introduced until UKS2).

Make links to Las Vegas and Time Square.














  • Identify historically significant people and events in different situations.


Learn about Native American culture. Where they settled in America. Link to the Boston Tea Party and the impact Christopher Columbus had on their culture. Look at spirits and their religious beliefs.

  • Use a range of sources including digital and Ordnance Survey maps, atlases, globes and satellite images to research geographical information.
  • Observe, record, and explain physical and human features of the environment.
  • Name and locate a wider range of places in their locality, the UK and wider world including some globally significant features.
  • Use geographical language to identify and explain some aspects of human and physical features and patterns.


Look at…

Yellowstone National Park.

Mount Rushmore.

Grand Canyon

Statue of Liberty

Sky scrapers (World Trade Centre, Empire State Building, Rockerfeller Centre).

Missisipi River


Old Faithful Geyser

Kennedy Space Centre

Golden Gate Bridge

Hoover Dam

Lake Superior

Hudson River

Monument Valley

Mount Blackburn (Alaska).


  • Use technology respectfully, responsibly and safely, knowing how to keep their information and passwords secure.
  • Start to develop strategies to verify the reliability and accuracy of information on the internet and develop an awareness of copyright.
  • Understand the difference between the internet and World Wide Web.
  • Have a simple understanding of how search engines work.


Purple Mash Curriculum.  

  • Use learnt techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design in different contexts and with a variety of materials, e.g. use knowledge of weaving to create a willow sculpture.
  • Demonstrate control of a range of tools and materials to create desired effects, e.g. when drawing use different grades of pencil to create variations in tone. Understand the historical and / or cultural significance of the work of a chosen artist / art form.
  • Discuss and analyse the styles of artists, craft makers or designers and use this to inform their own work.


Look at…

Clay Mount Rushmore

Dream catchers (weaving).

Native American chalk scenes.

Native American Totem Symbols

Statue of Liberty sketch

President sketch




  • Incorporate a circuit into a model.
  • Use electrical systems such as switches bulbs and buzzers.
  • Consider aesthetic qualities of materials chosen.
  • Draw / sketch existing products in order to analyse and understand how products are made.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of their design ideas in relation to purpose / user.


Design a Las Vegas light sign. Make it light up with electrical wires and a switch so it can be turned on and off.


Bolton Music Service to provide musical curriculum.  

What is citizenship?


Citizenship helps young people to develop the knowledge, skills and conviction to play an effective role in their local, national and global communities