Year 4 Summer Term 2

During the final Summer term we will explore the texts ‘Leon and the place between’ and ‘Mouse, bird, snake, wolf’.   The writing outcomes will include writing in the role of a character from the story and writing setting descriptions using complex sentences.

Throughout the term, we will be recapping a majority of the skills that have been learnt in Maths during Year Four. Some of the key areas will be mastering written and mental multiplication and division methods, fractions and the ability to solve problems confidently.

Dangers to living things is the last Science topic we will cover, which builds on our previous topic. This will allow the children to develop their understanding of food chains, identify producers, predators and prey. Throughout the topic the children will be building on these skills to be able to create their own food chains towards the end of the topic.

‘Traders and Raiders’ is a curriculum topic and we will be researching about the life of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, understanding how they arrived and what they achieved. Geography will also be another area, involving locating Viking countries. The children will make Anglo-Saxon jewellery and creating Saxon Shore Forts.

‘We are co-authors’ is the Computing topic which is focussed on working collaboratively to create a ‘mini Wikipedia’.

PE will focus on developing athletics skills, in preparation for sports day as well as a variety of rounders based team games.

For RE we will continue to learn about the Buddhist faith.

Our final PSHE topic will look at transition, preparing the children to move forward into year 5.  We will also be looking at ‘Money Wise’, this will look at managing money, saving and the importance of money in our lives. 

Year 4 Summer Term 1

Our English lessons this term will be based the story Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Throughout the unit we will use the book as a provocation to write in role as different characters and make predictions about what we think will happen using clues from the text. We will also learn how to create a balanced argument based on a decision crucial to the story line. Using lists and personification we will compose our own poems to make the island come alive.

Maths lessons will:

  • consolidate place value in 4- and 5-digit numbers, extending to decimals; including multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100.
  • continue to place numbers (including negative) on lines, and adding and subtracting powers of 10.
  • improving knowledge of times tables, using this to develop understanding of harder written multiplication algorithms; and on division as the inverse of multiplication.
  • learn how to recognise the difference between perimeters and areas of shapes and how to calculate them.
  • recognise the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
  • further work on relating decimal fractions to proper fractions and recognising equivalents.

Grouping Living Things is our new Science focus this term where we will recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. We will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.

Our curriculum unit – Blue Abyss – will take us on a journey deep underwater to an incredible world of coral and mysterious sea creatures. We will learn about the different layers in the ocean and the myriad of creatures that inhabit them. Over the term we will produce several pieces of art ready to display in our art exhibition including: still life sketches; a painting in the style of J.Vincent Scarpace and a seascape on canvas.

The computing unit will become HTML editors. By writing and editing the Hypertext Mark Up Language we will use this knowledge to make a ‘mock up’ of a web page (it will not be published online!).

PE will have a focus on inclusive sports with a different area of focus each week. Sports will include: kurling, fencing, archery and new age bowls. We will also complete some athletic events in readiness for sports day. This term we will focus on sprinting technique, hurdling and various throwing and jumping events.

Relationships is our PSHE focus this term. We will look at how to make friends; solving problems between friends; how to help ourselves and others when we feel upset or hurt and understand and show what makes a good friendship.

During RE this term we will be learning about Buddhism by answering key questions about the faith:

  • What do Buddhists believe?
  • Where do Buddhists worship?
  • How do Buddhists worship?
  • What festivals do Buddhists celebrate?
  • What symbols do Buddhists use and what do they mean?