Year 4 Summer Term 2
We will be looking at two books this term, ‘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.
We will start the term by learning about time, including both analogue and digital clocks. We will then move on to explore a variety of charts and tables, looking at different ways of interpreting information. Finally, we will look at shape, investigating properties including angles and lines of symmetry.
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 – 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 meterologists’ is our computing focus, where children will use data from the internet to make graphs on excel and use PowerPoint to present information about the weather.
In PE we will be focusing on athletics. This will involve developing a range of skills, including running and throwing techniques, including javelin.
PSHE – Jigsaw – Changing Me
‘Changing me’ will look at a range of ways we change and develop as we grow-up, including looking at how to cope with unexpected changes that may happen.
R.E. – Buddhism
This term, we will continue to find out about one of the world’s main religions, Buddhism. This term, we will be looking in more detail at the founder of the religion, and examining some of the key beliefs that Buddhists share.
Year 4 Summer Term 1
We will start this term looking at the picture book ‘Leon and the Place Between’ which is about a magical adventure. We will be using the ideas from the story to write our own poems and descriptive pieces.
‘Charlotte’s Web’ is a much longer book and we will be engaging in 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 will incorporate some of our newly learnt grammar, such as different tenses, noun phrases and higher-level punctuation into our writing.
This term, we will continue to look at decimal numbers, ordering and comparing them and then move on to problem solving. Next, we will apply our knowledge of decimal numbers to money. Finally, we will learn about time, specifically the 24 hour clock. We will continue to practise our times tables, including completing our Rock Star maths sessions each week.
Science – Human Nutrition
‘Human Nutrition’ is our new Science topic. This will focus on the understanding of personal health and how this is related to human nutrition. We will explore the digestive system and concentrate on being able to name different types of human teeth as well as some from other animals.
Topic – Traders and Raiders
This term, we will be continuing our topic investigating the Saxon way of life and then moving onto finding out about the Viking invaders. We will be examining artefacts from the time, and comparing them to what we use today. We will also be looking at the decorative jewellery that these peoples wore, and producing some of our own.
‘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. This will include running techniques, as well as throwing events, such as the javelin.
PSHE – Jigsaw – Relationships
Relationships is our PSHE topic 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. We will finish by understanding and showing what makes a good friendship.
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.