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Primary four curriculum overview

During this year the children in Primary 4 will be covering a number of learning areas as well as developing key skills and capabilities in line with the Northern Ireland Curriculum. The learning plan provides you with an overview of the learning areas and the skills and capabilities to be developed throughout Primary 4.


At the end of the year you will receive your child’s Annual Report. This will report on your child’s achievements within these learning areas, skills and capabilities as well as providing you with information on their attitudes and interests within school. The pupil report will also provide you with information on possible areas of development for your child.


Learning Areas




Literacy is divided up into three attainment targets, extending across all areas of the curriculum:


Talking and Listening             Reading                       Writing




  • Pupils will begin to explore their own preferences in reading material, and be able to read for a specific purpose. ( Oxford Reading Tree & novels )
  • Pupils will be able to use a range of word identification strategies to cope with new or unfamiliar words/texts and to construct meaning.
  • Pupils will begin to identify with characters, feelings and experiences in a range of texts.
  • Class Novels for Shared Reading include:     Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark

The Perfect Hamburger

The Tough Princess

Fantastic Mr Fox

  • Pupils will respond to text and use textual evidence to make deductions.




  • Pupils will be able to use appropriate form, showing a sense of structure and organisation. (stories, poems, labels, letters, invitations and newspaper reports)
  • Pupils will be able to express ideas and thoughts and write imaginatively about different topics/settings/characters.
  • Pupils will be able to correctly spell a range of familiar, important and regularly occurring words within the context of their writing.
  • Pupils will be able to, through discussion, identify some positive aspects of their own and others writing.



Throughout the year pupils will be able to explore and develop confidence in the following areas through mental, practical and written tasks.


  • Place Value up to 1000
  • Addition and subtraction within 1000
  • Multiplication – learning the 2,3,4,5 and 10 times tables
  • Division – within the above table facts
  • Common used units of measure in length, weight, time and capacity – related conversion activities
  • Fractions ½ and ¼
  • Time – analogue and digital clocks, 5 minute intervals, time durations and simple timetables
  • Shape and Space – properties of 2D and 3D shape
  • Symmetry
  • Clockwise and anti-clockwise turns
  • Money to £10.00
  • Handling Data – tally charts, pictograms, bar graphs, block graphs, tree diagrams and Carroll diagrams and the use of scale


Using Mathematics                                       


  • Pupils will be able to understand and use mathematical language appropriate to the context
  • Pupils will be able to suggest the information needed to carry out a task, how to obtain the information and ways to record it
  • Pupils will be able to share information and methods to agree the most appropriate way to carry out a task
  • Pupils will begin to organise their own work and work systematically
  • Pupils will begin to check the accuracy of their own work with teachers / peers

The World Around Us


  • Ourselves/ Mighty Me/ The Senses
  • World War 2
  • Energy in the home
  • The Environment


The Arts


  • The children will be given opportunities to follow a programme that involves games, gymnastics, dance and athletics.
  • The children will develop the fundamentals of agility, balance and coordination.
  • The children will develop knowledge and understanding in art and design.




  • The children will follow the Alive O Primary 4 programme. This programme helps the children to have a sense of the interconnectedness that exists between themselves and others, the natural world and God. The programme helps the children to relate to Jesus. The programme also provides the children with opportunities to explore prayer as well as participate in class Masses and assemblies.
  • Children will be prepared for First Holy Communion


Personal Development


  • Pupils will be able to explore how they learn and develop their skills to improve their learning.
  • Pupils will become more aware of the choices that they can make in order to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Pupils will understand the importance of their own personal safety, strategies for keeping safe and where and how to seek help.
  • Pupils will have opportunities to explore relationships within their family, friends, school and wider community.
  • Pupils will be able to explore similarity and difference between cultures.


Skills and Capabilities


Pupils will be able to develop the following skills and capabilities across all the curriculum areas.




  • Pupils will be able to ask and respond to questions to clarify a task.
  • Pupils will express ideas and opinions with clarity and will begin to listen and respond to the opinions and ideas of others.
  • Pupils will demonstrate a range of vocabulary to talk about and express their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
  • Pupils will talk with increasing confidence in a range of situations.



  • Pupils will be able to use a range of ICT sources for research.
  • Pupils will be able to word process independently.
  • Pupils will complete five activities for their ICT Accreditation, using programmes such as PowerPoint and RM Colour Magic.
  • Pupils will use a range of ICT packages to enhance their learning in all areas of the curriculum.



Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities


  • Pupils will become more creative in how they approach tasks, showing more curiosity and learning to share ideas and experiences.
  • Pupils will begin to ask more focused questions about the task, plan and set goals for their work.
  • Pupils will be able to suggest possible solutions to problems and learn to work through stages in a task.
  • Pupils will be encouraged to plan and organise their own work with limited supervision.
  • Pupils will develop habits of collaborative learning and take responsibility for aspects of the work.