Year 4 Summer Term 1
The two English units we will be focusing on this term are ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ and ‘Surprising Sharks’. ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ will allow the children to explore, interpret and respond to the illustrations throughout the story. We will be discussing their meaning, allowing the children to create an imaginative picture of a fantasy world that is based on real life experiences. We will then write in role to capture our ideas.
Not only does ‘Surprising Sharks’ link well with our topic work, it will allow the children to write in a variety of non-narrative forms, identify where information can be found within non-fiction texts, and help develop their vocabulary.
This term, our main focus will be in decimal numbers. We will be looking at tenths and hundredths, and how to divide decimal numbers by 10 and 100. We will also be looking at fractions, and their decimal equivalents.
Science – Grouping Living Things
Grouping living things is our Science topic during the first half of the summer term. Children will find out about different species, identify their features and then group and classify them depending on these characteristics.
Topic – Blue Abyss
During Blue Abyss, we will develop our creative skills, using a variety of materials and producing a wide range of artwork. We will also be looking at the equipment used when deep sea diving, as well as the sea creatures that we might find in the world’s oceans.
‘We are co-authors’ is our computing focus, which will involve the children researching the use of Wikipedia and developing their skills to create and edit their own work in this style.
PE will be focusing on athletics in preparation for sports day. This will include running techniques, javelin and extending knowledge of athletic skills.
PSHE – Jigsaw – Healthy Me
‘Healthy Me’ is our PSHE focus this term, discussing how to stay healthy inside and out! We will be thinking about alcohol and smoking as well as friendships and a healthy mind.
R.E. – Buddhism
Our final R.E. topic of the year will be finding out about one of the world’s main religions, Buddhism. This term, we will be looking at the founder of the religion, and examining some of the key beliefs that Buddhists share.
Year 4 Spring Term 2
Our English lessons this term will be based around the book ‘Charlotte’s Web’. These will include: drama activities, discussions, predictions, writing in the style of the author and eventually writing a new chapter to extend the story. We will also get to grips with the characters by using our inference skills and we’ll incorporate some of our newly learnt grammar, such as different tenses, noun phrases and higher-level punctuation.
This term, we continue to look at multiplication and division, securing written methods and applying these to problem solving. We will then move onto area, initially counting squares and comparing different shapes to estimate their area. Finally, we will look at fractions, first equivalent fractions, then moving onto simplifying them.
Science – Electricity
Electricity is our new Science topic this term. We will be experimenting with circuits, identifying the reasons why they break, recognising symbols as well as discussing the potential dangers of electricity.
Topic – I am Warrior
We are continuing the ‘I am Warrior!’ topic, deepening our research and building upon what we have already learnt. We will finish the topic by looking at the decline of the Roman Empire and comparing how times have changed in relation to the modern world.
The computing unit will involve using a variety of programs to edit music, which the children will have created. We will then be refining our ideas through reflection and discussion and collaborating with others. We will also be developing an awareness of how our composition can enhance work in other media.
Swimming lessons continue for Rembrandt and Monet. Da Vinci and Picasso will continue to develop their table tennis and archery skills.
PSHE – Jigsaw – Dreams and Goals
‘Dreams and Goals’ is our PSHE focus this term, discussing how to overcome disappointment, achieving goals, creating new dreams and providing the opportunity to share these with others.
R.E. – The Church at Easter
RE this term will continue to focus on ‘The Church at Easter’. We will be clarifying and deepening our understanding of how and why Christians celebrate Easter.