Welcome to the Year 4 class page!

Summer term 2- What will we be learning?

English – In English this half term we will be focussing on a range of fantastic books. We will be completing our final piece of our Viking inspired writing focussing on a instructional text before moving on to other wonderful books including 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner. Using this great text as stimulus, we will be writing news reports, explanatory texts and incorporating accurate dialogue into our final drafts. Within all pieces of writing, grammar, vocabulary and spelling are paramount, but most importantly of all we want the children to enjoy writing and create superb pieces of work.

Reading – Reading takes place every day in school, in a variety of ways: whole-class guided sessions, individual reading, and during the class text. Vocabulary, retrieval and improving inference are all of high priority, but ensuring your child enjoys reading is the main thing that matters! Please encourage your child to read as often as possible outside of school.  Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency. It is so important that each and every child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! If you're not sure what your child should be reading next, please come and ask. If you need any recommendations, please ask. Lovereading4kids.co.uk is a wonderful website for recommendations but we have a vast selection in school.

Maths –  This half term children will complete their work on decimals, money and time. As the Year 4 Times table check will be taking place this half-term, there will be an increased focus on times tables, children should be able to recite all the times tables within 5 seconds. To achieve this we will be practising them daily but any extra practise at home would be hugely beneficial. Times Tables Rock Stars will help with this, so ask for your child's login details if you are you do not already have them. In addition to this, children will complete a daily 5 a day recap of various areas of maths that will recap and embed previous learning.

Science – Our science topic for this half-term is focussing on important scientists that have lived and are still living inspiring the children themselves to become a true scientist during our science investigations. We will be conducting a range of wonderful and stimulating experiments encouraging the children to think scientifically and develop their scientific knowledge.

History – We will have a geographical topic focus during this half-term.

Geography – Our topic this half-term is All Around the World, children will learn about and locate the equator, northern and southern hemisphere, the different tropics, the arctic circle as well as understanding and identifying longitude and latitude lines on a map.

R.E – Our topic this half term will focus on the 'Christianity' where children will investigate key celebrations, important places such as churches and what it means to be a Christian today.

Spanish – Our topic this half-term is 'In the Classroom' where we will be looking at key words and phrases that children would use int he classroom.

PSHE – Our focus this half term is all about ‘Changing Me’. We will be looking at how our bodies may change as we become older using age appropriate language and resources.

Art & Design – We will be taking inspiration from bodies and will develop our sketching skills.

P.E - This is every MONDAY for 4A and every THURSDAY for 4H.

Don't forget to bring the correct kit, ready for this day. This is a white T-Shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps, as well as plain black jogging bottoms and a jumper for the colder months. It would be ideal if this kit was clearly labelled and kept securely in a labelled P.E. bag, so that any misplaced items can be returned quickly. 

Swimming
Swimming has now finished, both classes will return to the normal PE lessons on Mondays.

Homework

Reading will be the children's main activity that is expected outside of the classroom. If the right book is found, this should not seem like hard work! Weekly spellings and maths practise will also be provided.  Of course, any additional research or work is richly encouraged and will only benefit your child's progress throughout the year.

If you have any questions or queries, please arrange a phone appointment via the school office. We thank you for your continued support as we head into this next half term.

Mr Holden, Mr. Allaway and the Year 4 Team :)