Summer Term 2019
We hope you all had a restful and relaxing Easter holiday and are looking forward to the final term of year 4. Here is the overview of Year 4’s learning for the Summer term.
This term the children will be taught their spelling, grammar, punctuation, reading and writing through a range of text types, which will include:
- Fiction – Recounts
- Non-fiction – Persuasive letters and explanations
- Poetry – Personification poetry
They will learn the features of the texts and then apply them to their own writing.
As well as revisiting their previously gained times table and number knowledge, we will be focussing on; decimals, money, time, statistics, shapes and their properties and positions. Within all of these areas, there will be elements of problem solving and opportunities for deeper thinking.
The basis of our RE work this term will be around two main questions: ‘Why are festivals important to some religious communities?’ and ‘Why do some people think that life is like a journey?’ As part of these questions, we will be exploring Christian beliefs alongside the other religions followed by people in the local community.
This term the children will be investigating two topics; electricity and living things and their habitat.
They will continue studying electricity, investigating its uses in the household, planning and carrying out experiments related to insulators and conductors.
We will be continuing to listen and appraise music and compare different genres of music. In addition, we will compose music using tuned percussion instruments and begin to use basic notation.
We will begin to learn about Excel – its features and applications. Alongside this, we will continue to develop our understanding of how to keep safe while using the internet and improve our digital literacy.
Art and DT
We will carry out observational drawings of sea creatures, investigate beach structures and create seascapes.
We will also design and create models of submarines.
We will research 19th century ocean exploration related to our topic.
The focus of our Geography work will be the seas and oceans of the world and human and physical geography.
As part of their PE lessons, the children will be doing activities related to outdoor athletics, striking and fielding games and attending swimming lessons.
Personal, Social and Health Education
In PSHE, we will be looking at how we should treat other people and developing further our understanding of how to stay safe on the internet.
Homework will continue to be issued on a Friday to be returned by the following Wednesday. It will include an English and Maths related task, as well as spellings to learn and regular practise of the times table facts – Times Table Rockstars will really help with this.
It is expected that every child reads to an adult at least three times a week, ideally every night. In the reading record, adults should indicate and record that they have heard the child read and make a brief comment. These records will be checked once a week to ensure that this is happening.
I hope this information has been useful to you and I am looking forward to another successful term with your children.
Thank you for your continued support.