Welcome to Year 4 

Summer Term

Swimming-Mr Lowe's class have completed their swimming sessions and Miss Clancy's class (Year 4C) are now attending them at Walkden Swimming Baths every Monday afternoon from 12:30pm and will return back to school in time for 3pm.

Swimming Kits- A swimming cap, towel and either a full swimming costume (one piece suits only) or trunks (not shorts).  

English:-English lessons will focus on creating atmosphere and detail through engaging language choices, while ensuring good punctuation and exciting sentence variation. Making sure our handwriting is carefully formed in the cursive script and applying our grammar skills are also very important. To create some fantastic writing, we will by using our new text, 'Flotsam'. This is a fantastic book that dives into the ocean to reveal a whole new world. Using this text, we will focus on emotive writing, direct speech and persuasion. Following this, we will use 'Flood' by A.F. Villa. Whilst using this text, we will also be exploring the PSHCE aspects of family, loss, belonging and perseverence.

Later in the term, we will be reading the text 'The Rhythm of Rain' which will link with our humanities topic, 'Rivers and Oceans'.


Reading:-It is very important that each child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! I really hope that the children continue to be encouraged to read as often as possible outside of school and as a result of daily guided sessions, independent reading time and listening to our class story at the end of each day. Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency. The children need to bring their books into school each day and their reading record needs to be signed each week by an adult. Thank you for your help with this. Don't forget that those children who have read each week will be entered into our class raffle draw and the winner will receive a prize at the end of each half term- their very own choice of a brand new book!

Mathematics:- Each week will consist of daily Mathematics lessons, where we will concentrate on our understanding of the number system and securing formal calculation methods. Learning these methods, alongside the multiplication tables, will be of huge benefit as the children continue through Year 4 and beyond.

 Summer 1 Objectives:-

-To consolidate the four number operations focusing on arithmetic

-Reasoning - using the four number operations

-Multiplication and division using decimals

-To consolidate finding the effect of dividing a 1-digit or 2-digit numbers by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths.

-Time (converting between the 12 and 24 hour clock)

-Position and direction including geometry (and 2D symmetry)

summer 2 Objectives:-

- Rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 including decimals

- Solve 2 step word problems using addition and subtraction

-Solving multi-step word problems and deciding which operations to use.

- Geometry- angles

-Statistics using bar charts and pictograms


Times Tables-: Remember to use your TT Rockstar account. If you have difficulty logging on or have lost/forgotten your details please contact Miss Clancy or Mr Lowe.


Science:- Living Things and Habitats & Oceans and Rivers

Living Things and Habitats Objectives:-
-To work collaboratively to investigate animals and their habitats.
-To  use internet search engines effectively to find out about living things and their habitats in different countries.
-To recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
-To discuss environmental issues and understand the difficulties this can present to living things.
- To sort living things into groups using a venn and carroll diagram.
- To generate questions about animals.
- To see similarities and differences between vertebrates.
- To identify vertebrate groups.
- To identify characteristics of living things.
- To suggest how to have a positive effect on the local environment.
- To name endangered species.
- To generate criteria to sort living things.
- To identify dangers to wildlife in the local and wider environment.

 Topic:-  Countries, Continents and Europe

• Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia).
• Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including … rivers and mountains.
• Locate the world’s countries, concentrating on major cities.
• Use maps, atlases, globes and digital mapping.
• Describe & understand key aspects of physical geography including climate zones, rivers & mountains.
• Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
• Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in a European country.
• Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.
• Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
• Use presentation software to communicate ideas or information (optional).
• Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.
• Plan, draft, edit and write a concise report. Be clear about an appropriate standard of handwriting, e.g. an unjoined style for labelling a diagram.
• Design innovative, functional and appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups. Select tools, equipment and materials to perform practical tasks accurately and aesthetically.

Computing, Art, DT and PSHEC:-
-In computing, we will be looking at the importance of keeping safe online as well as keeping safe on gaming consoles.
-Within art, we will be exploring an artist called Helen Frankenthaler a U.S Abstract Artist who focuses on colour bleeding and blending techniques. We will explore this style of art work and link this with other topics. We will also explore artists called Monet and Klee and compare their work with Frankenthaler.
- In DT, we will continue with our weekly baking sessions. So far this term, we have baked Viking bread, Brazilian biscuits and Tudor Biscuits. We will be now exploring a different type of pastry and create a basic nutritious meal (linked with PSHCE).
-In PSHCE, we will continue to complete weekly verbal sessions to develop our understanding of different friendship situations, developing and creating personal aspirations and exploring growth and changes to our bodies.

Spellings and Homework:-
Every week, a set of spellings will be provided, which the children should create sentences with, ready for an assessment of their learning. With the weekly spellings, crosswords, word searches and quizzes linked to the weeks spellings will be attached.

-Continued practise of the multiplication tables will also be encouraged as well as daily reading.
Our focus this year is to consolidate learning of keywords, spellings, timetables and reading each day. Thank you for all your support at home.

Spanish, Music and PE:-

Spanish and P.E is every Thursday afternoon. Please remember to bring the correct kit, ready for this day. This is a white T-Shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps. 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. In the colder months, outdoor sports wear and trainers are also allowed.

Class Dojo- Each child will have a monster character. When they are seen working hard, trying their best, persevering, being kind, having consistent good behaviour and more they will be rewarded with points. If a child does not follow our school rules and values these points can be taken away.

Smileys- The children receive green smileys for all the positive things they are seen doing in relation to the school rules. The smileys are celebrated each week and the children have goals to reach. Once the target amounts are met the children are rewarded within the Good News Assembly each Friday. The children are rewarded with certificates with a bronze, silver, gold and platinum reward. The rewards include stationary, books, an out of class activity and even a trip to the local café for a milkshake with Miss Julie and Mrs Watson!

School Times
Finally, remember school begins at 8:55 and children need to make sure that they are on time every morning. We want to impress Mrs Watson with our punctuality! We want to see everyone ready in the correct uniform, including the correct black footwear. Also, if your child attends an after-school club, then a signed letter will be required to inform us as to whom they will be collected by. Thank you.

Of course, if you have any questions or queries about your child's learning, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to speak with me via the school office.

Thank you,

Mr Lowe, Miss Clancy and the Year 4 Team

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