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Year 4


Welcome to Year 4


Teachers: Mrs Tyers and Mr Bradley

Teaching Assistants: Mr Easterbrook, Mrs Tucker and Miss Borrett



Summer Term


Key concepts being taught this term:

Literacy - This term, we will complete our learning about the book called 'The Promise'.  We will write a persuasive letter focused around climate change and pollution. We will finish off this topic by writing a fictional dilemma story in the style of 'The Promise'. Later in the term, we will use Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as a stimulus for our writing, delving deep into the mysterious wizarding world. In terms of grammar and vocabulary, we will focus on using rich and varied language to ensure that the reader is able to feel the inner turmoil of our characters. 


Numeracy - This term, the children will cover a variety of concepts within numeracy including: Decimals, Money, Time, Statistics, Geometry (properties of shape) and Geometry (position and direction). To support home learning, Beat Your Score sheets are on our class page of the school website and the children have individual log-in details for Times Table Rockstars, Maths Shed and Purple Mash.  


Science - We will continue our topic on States of Matter and Earth and Space during the summer term. Following this, Animals and Living Things will be the two focus elements of our science learning. The children will be working scientifically through practical lessons to gather new knowledge for these concepts. We will also be venturing outside to take full advantage of the school's grounds to complete our fieldwork.


 History - This term, the children will continue to learn about the invasion of the Anglo Saxons and Scots after the Roman occupation.  They will learn why, when and how they were able to conquer parts of Britain. 


Computing - E-safety, coding, multimedia, handling data and technology in our lives. 


P.E. and Games – Developing skills for net games. Within this unit, we will be focusing on how to send and receive an object with control over power and direction. This will build into more competitive situations where awareness of space will become a greater focus whilst on court. During the second-half of the Summer Term, we will have a 3 week block of daily swimming lessons at Plymouth Life Centre. 


Music – During the summer term, the children will learn to play the ukulele with a professional music teacher, Mr Keats. This will include a lesson every week.


R.E. - This term's big question is, 'When Jesus left; what was the impact of Pentecost?' In this unit, we will make links between Pentecost and the Christian belief about the Kingdom of God on Earth. We will also explore what Pentecost means to Christians today and how the  modern way of life may have affected Christians' understanding of 'The Kingdom'.


P.S.H.E. - Personal, social and health education (PSHE) helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. 

Changing Me - The children will be taught age-appropriate puberty and sex education over the course of this unit. Please contact the office if you would like your child to be withdrawn from the sex education element of the unit. 


Art – As part of our literacy work on 'The Promise', we will study the pictures of cityscapes. We will then compare these to the paintings by LS Lowry and we will do our own urban pictures of people and buildings using his style.


Design and Technology – As part of our textiles work, we will plan, make and design our own wallets and purses to fit a specific design brief. We will learn how to use running and blanket stitch and how to use a variety of fixings to attach embellishments.


Geography – This term we will finish our enquiry, 'Beyond the Magic Kingdom: what is the Sunshine State really like?' This will focus on the geographical region of North America.


Our P.E. day is on Wednesday.