I hope you all had a lovely Easter, it is lovely to see your child back in school and we will hopefully enjoy some warmer weather! This newsletter contains useful information about what you should expect from the Summer term.
This term we have begun more ‘formal lessons’ alongside Child Initiated Learning to help prepare for the transition to year 1.
What does learning look like in Year 4?
Year 4 are teaching in accordance with the National Curriculum. Mathematics and English are taught daily as well as Book Talk, spelling and handwriting. Every morning year 4 have ‘early morning work’ to complete which includes year 4 Maths questions.
Maths is taught daily, first thing in the morning before break. To begin we will be focusing on multiplication and division. The aim is to ensure children are secure in multiplication and division methods, ready for Year 5 and 6. As the Summer term progresses, we will be moving onto symmetry, coordinates, shape and time. In addition to our Maths lessons, the children will be learning their times tables throughout the year and will be tested weekly on their progress. Your child must learn and revise timetables from 1-12! Times tables are an extremely important part Maths. Not only that, Year 4 now have a national test on times tables.
English is also taught daily, after break. The children are getting stuck into a fiction unit on the book ‘Float’, where they will be writing their own stories. For our non-fiction topic during the Summer term, the children will be learning how to write a script for a factual tour. As the Summer term approaches to the end, the children will learn, write and perform a poem on the topic of rivers. Grammar lessons will be taught in accordance with the text we will be studying. Spelling rules will also be taught in class. The children will be expected to learn the spelling rules throughout the week, at home and in school, which will be tested via dictated sentences.
As a class, we are starting to read, Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White.
Our Science topic for Summer 1 will be ‘Sates of Matter’ where children will be:
- compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
- observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
- identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature
In Summer term 2 the Science topic is, ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ where children will:
- recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
- explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
- recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things
Our Geography topic for Summer 1 is ‘North America’. The children will be locating countries, looking at human and physical geography, researching climates and times zones and delving further into the USA. In Summer 2, our Geography topic is ‘Rivers and Mountains’.
Physical Development (P.E)
The children have a P.E lesson with Miss Plant where they will enjoy Athletics and with Miss Jermain the lessons will consist of Rounders and Cricket. Please ensure your child has a named P.E kit in school every day as sometimes the lesson times could change due to special events. Children are required to remove or cover earrings for all P.E lessons. Please send your child wearing their P.E kit every Monday and Friday.
- Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly named.
- Any money sent into school must be in a labelled envelope.
- Please send your child in P.E kits on Mondays and Fridays.
- Children in Year 4 are expected to read at home every day and reading records will be checked. Opportunities for children to read within school time will be given should they not be able to read at home.
- All homework will be set via Google Classroom.
- Please send your child in with a water bottle.
Our motto is:
Alta Pete – Aim High
“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”
In RE, we will be learning about Judaism and asking, ‘What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?’, followed by Christianity and investigating, ‘Do people need to go to Church to show they are Christians?
In Music we will be exploring signals and descriptive sounds.
For PSHE, Year 4 will focus on ‘Relationships’ and after half term the focus will shift on to a new topic titled ‘Changing Me’.
In Design and Technology this term, we are learning about at food from around the world, where children will be designing, making and evaluating an American inspired savoury dish! More details on this will be sent out to you nearer the time. After the Summer term, Year 4 will be creating some river and mountain art.
Computing will be taught by Mrs Hart on a Thursday afternoon.
Homework will consist of daily reading, spelling activities and dictations as well as a half term project. Spellings will start to be sent home on the 26.4.2021. Homework will be project based in accordance with the school’s homework policy. All homework will be set via Google Classroom. Reading at home is integral to children’s learning. Please sign their reading records when you hear them read daily. Ideally each child should read at home every night for at least 15 minutes. Please also encourage the children to read independently to build a love for reading and to read for pleasure.
The homework is given to develop an effective partnership between home and school. It has many aims but primarily it is to consolidate and reinforce skills. It may also extend learning through research and investigation. The task set is the responsibility of the child with the support of parents. Homework encourages independence and responsibility in the children.
We hope this term will be exciting as well as educational and safe for your children. Feel free to speak to Miss Jermain if you have any questions.