Welcome to Year 4

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you have had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed lots of chocolate. Here is an overview of the areas we will be covering over the Summer Term.

English

In English we will be studying a fiction text (The Paperbag Prince) and a non-fiction text (Rainforest Rough Guide) to learn about stories with familiar settings and non-fiction writing techniques. Within these texts we will look at grammar for the Year 4 curriculum, along with other stand-alone grammar lessons. The children are encouraged to improve the sentences they compose, by extending their range of adjectives, adverbs, fronted adverbials and conjunctions along with building up sophisticated vocabulary.

Spellings will be tested on a Friday and new ones given out on the same day. Strategies you might like to use at home might include: Look, Cover, Write, Check, Box Font, Pyramid Spellings, Spellings into sentences and Speed Spell to name a few (the children know all of these techniques).

Maths

We will continue to develop children’s confidence in solving mathematical problems as well as continuing our unit on decimals. We will then study Money, Time, Statistics and Shape.

Year 4 children are expected to know all of their times tables by the end of the year and in June the whole class will undergo the national times table test. We practise daily in class but this is a very useful area to cover at home as well if you get the opportunity.

Science

This term our two units are:

1) Animals including Humans:

  • Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
  • Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
  • Role of the small intestine
  • Diets of different animals
  • Role of producers, predators and prey in the food chain.

2) Living Things and Habitats

  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
  • Consider some of the natural changes that could happen to an environment and to understand what some living things can do to survive such changes.
  • Do a simple experiment to demonstrate the effect of a greenhouse and relate this to climate change.
  • How can we reverse climate change and deforestation?

Geography
EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANOES: How does the earth shake, rattle and roll?
In this unit children will explore the dynamism of the earth, learning about its structure, looking particularly at the causes and distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes and their effects on landscape and people.

They will be introduced to the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, the most active region on earth, and consider why people choose to live on the flanks of volcanoes and in earthquake zones when both can be life-threatening. They will learn that volcanoes have existed throughout geological time, and that there are several different types.

History

ROMAN BRITAIN: What happened when the Romans came to Britain?

In this unit, the children will explore why, when and how the Romans invaded Britain. They will discover why the Romans were able to defeat the Celts and will learn about Boudica of the Iceni. The children will also learn about what life was like for a Roman soldier on Hadrian’s Wall and how and why Roman’s built roads.

RE

This term we will be looking at Christianity, particularly how Jesus wanted his followers to live and look after the world.

Music

We will continue listening and appraising different genres of music, expanding our vocabulary and understanding of notation and composing. Sadly we say goodbye to the ukuleles but will be composing and performing with a variety of other instruments and continuing to hone our singing skills.

PE

We are very hopeful that the pool will soon be up and running and the outside temperature will allow us to start swimming. Miss Carter will be teaching swimming on a Monday, once the pool is up to the correct temperature.

Achieve 4 All will be visiting every Wednesday to teach athletics.

Mrs Taylor will be teaching PE on a Friday, covering rounders.

Please make sure that your PE kits are in school all week.

 PSHE

This term our topic is ‘Living in the wider world’ where we will look at:

Rights and Responsibilities

Discussing and debating health and wellbeing issues.
Appreciating difference and diversity in the UK and around the world.

Environment
Sustainability of the environment across the world.
Money
Exploring the role of money; managing money (saving and budgeting).
Learning what interest and loan mean.

French

This term our topic is Boucle d’Or et Les Trois Ours (Goldilocks & The Three Bears). The children will be using this familiar story to learn new vocabulary and will be improving their reading skills. The class will then be writing their own Goldilocks story in French.

Computing

‘We are Co-authors – Producing a wiki’
Children will learn what Wikipedia is and practise using Wikipedia to find out information. They will plan and create their own Wikipedia page.
Discuss pros and cons of Wikipedia (e.g is it a reliable source if information can be changed?) Internet Safety
‘We are meteorologists- Presenting the weather’
Find out about ways of measuring weather and record weather patterns.
Start to predict weather.
Prepare and present a TV- style weather forecast!

 Art

In Art our focus will be Painting. The children will study the work of various artists, before learning different painting techniques. The children will explore their own ideas before creating and evaluating their own painting of the sky.

DT

After half term, we will be learning about Pneumatics in Mechanical systems. The children will design, make and evaluate their own moving toy. If you have any small boxes (egg boxes, toothpaste boxes, etc) or sturdy plastic bottles (washing up/water bottle) that you are thinking of recycling, we are starting to build up a collection in advance.

Homework

This will be set every Friday and due in the following Wednesday. We aim to cover a range of subjects.

Residential

We are very excited to see the return of our residential and it will be here before we know it! Hopefully a date you all have in your diaries – Thursday 12th May to Friday 13th May 2022.

Miss Clare Carter and Mrs Susannah Taylor

This Year’s Curriculum

Stokenham Area Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.