The following is intended to be an outline of content covered during Years 3 and 4 in Environmental Studies at the Charles Dickens School, developed in conjunction with the Berlin state curriculum and the State Europe Schools’ curriculum. It is not prescriptive and is indicative of a rough progression rather than a strict curriculum to be followed in precise order.

Teachers may choose to study units at different times and rates. Additional content areas may be included to deepen children’s understanding and links are exploited across the curriculum. Lessons in Year 4 will also prepare the children for their Cycling Proficiency Test.


  • Expressing feelings and being aware of the feelings of others
  • Healthy eating and nutrition
  • Food production
  • Factors which are damaging to health
  • First Aid
  • How human life is created and how it develops
  • Characteristics of puberty
  • Gender roles

Living Together

  • Democratic decision making
  • Reasons for conflict and strategies to resolve it
  • Children’s rights
  • Consumer behaviour and its effects
  • Effects of advertising
  • Choosing from a range of media andevaluating choice
  • Producing a media product
  • Globalised production and its effects
  • Cultural variety as a source of enrichment
  • Own experience’s of being different

Investigating Natural Phenomena

  • Animal adaptation to environment
  • Caring for a domestic or working animal
  • Life cycle and propagation of plants
  • Causes of danger to plants and how to protectthem
  • Comparing and classifying plants
  • Recording and evaluating weather observations with appropriate instruments
  • Technical developments which reduce human dependency on weather
  • The water cycle
  • Experiments to see how water changes
  • Drinking water supply and waste waterdisposal
  • Fire safety
  • The importance of fire for human society
  • Sound conduction experiments
  • Protection from noise
  • Original and mirror image
  • Optical illusions
  • Investigating magnetic force

Discovering place

  • Describing place and position
  • Orientation
  • Reading plans and maps
  • Investigating the characteristics of a specific place
  • Infrastructure of a residence, district or region
  • Life in a village or city
  • Migration

Understanding time and history

  • The seasons
  • Different ways of measuring time
  • Understanding timelines
  • How life has changed over time
  • Investigate, document and present history (Focus on the Middle Ages)

Understanding technology

  • Making stable constructions
  • Using simple tools
  • Assembling and dismantling technical products
  • Forces, energy and electricity
  • Comparing ways of transforming and transmitting energy
  • Circuit diagrams
  • Effects of electrical current

Working with computers

  • Starting and ending the browser
  • Entering a website address
  • Using links
  • Using browser buttons
  • Navigating a hyperlink text
  • Using search strategies for specific questions
  • Researching using a range of search engines
  • Comparing the results of different searches
  • Using drawing tools to create images
  • Opening, copying and saving images
  • Copying pictures into text and editing