Curriculum Overview

Year 4 - Autumn 1

This page explains what your child will be learning this half-term as their main project in class. Please use the menu at the side to view objectives for additional objectives for the stand-alone subjects (Mathematics, Physical Education, Computing, Music, Languages, PSHCE and Religious Education) and for our extended curriculum.

Burps, bottoms and bile

Unit Overview

Open wide – let’s look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body.

This half term, we will find out what a visit to a dentist is like. We’ll find out about different dental procedures and learn new scientific vocabulary. We’ll use this information to write toothy fact files. There will be lots of investigating as we learn about our different teeth, how to brush them and how sugary drinks affect them. We’ll examine the amount of sugar in different foods and create images of ourselves with healthy and unhealthy teeth. We’ll write a story describing the journey a piece of food takes through the digestive system. We’ll learn about the organs involved in digestion. We’ll learn about digestion in different animals and handle a range of digestive organs.


Inspiration Day - what is it like at a dentist?


Make a video to present our working digestive model.


The driver subject for this unit of work is Science.


The class will be reading Demon Dentist by David Walliams.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing explanations about tooth decay using idioms and a persuasive text about teeth and looking after them.


In this unit our work outside the classroom will be limited!

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. To describe what damages teeth and how to look after them.
  2. To identify the four different types of teeth in humans and other animals, and describe their functions.
  3. To use scientific vocabulary to report and answer questions about their findings based on evidence collected, draw simple conclusions and identify next steps, improvements and further questions.
  4. To begin to choose which observations to make and for how long and make systematic, careful observations and comparisons, identifying changes and connections.
  5. To gather, record, classify and present observations and measurements in a variety of ways (pictorial representations, timelines, diagrams, keys, tables, charts and graphs).