Year 4

Summer Term 2019

Ghillie Dhu and Yeti Classes

Lily, Ida, Kati, Elly and Vanessa

English – We will be reading the story of Akimbo and the Lions as a class and then writing our own stories based upon this. We will also be looking at poetry set in Africa and examining its features. In the second half of the term we will be reading a range of traditional African folk tales including the Zambian tale, Awongaleema and writing our own traditional tales. Our debating motions for this term will be: ‘This house believes that single use plastic bottles should be banned’ and: ‘This house believes that cleaning products with harmful chemicals should be banned.

Maths – We will be continuing to learn and consolidate the use of written methods for the four operations and linking them with measures, money, decimals, fractions, time and problem solving. We will learn how to interpret data from tables and graphs and create our own. At the end of each topic, homework tasks may be set on MyMaths.

Science – Our topic this first half term is 'A home for...'. We will be looking at living things and their habitats. We will use identification keys to classify a range of plants and animals and construct our own. We will learn about food chains and webs and identify producers, predators and prey in the context of these. For the second half term our topic is 'Bathroom Blitz' which will explore the properties of common materials including solids, liquids and gasses. We will learn about the stages of the water cycle to understand changes of state.

Humanities – In Geography this term, we will be learning about the continent of Africa. We will study the landscape, climate, animals and people. We will compare and contrast life in a range of African countries with the UK.

Latin – The children will continue to engage in Latin lessons using the Minimus and Hands Up, Latin! programmes. There will be explicit links made to English with a focus on grammar and extending vocabulary.

ICT – We will be using software for creating branching databases, carrying out online research and creating multimedia presentations on our humanities topic. The children will continue to learn computer programming through coding.

Art –. We will be creating art work linked to our humanities topic. The children will explore and create Kente cloth patterns from Ghana, looking at the patterns, colours and shapes and their symbolic meaning. We will also be designing and creating masks based on examples from different African counties. In the second half of the term we will be learning about Matisse, examining his later works and creating our own large scale "Cut-Out" work pieces.

PSHCE – We will continue with Circle Time and exploring our Skills of the Month including: ‘Sharing Ideas’ and ‘Aiming High’. The topic for the second half of the term is Sex and Relationships Education.

P.E. – We will be focusing on dance, linking with our African drumming and dance sessions. In the second half term we will focus on athletics to prepare for Sports Day.

PLEASE NOTE - P.E. kits need to be brought in for each P.E. lesson and should include a change of T-shirt, running shoes and a pair of leggings/short trousers or shorts. It is very important, now that the weather has become warmer, that the children bring a change of clothes. P.E. for both classes will be on Mondays this term. 

Swimming lessons will commence as an intensive block at the beginning of the Summer Term.  Children will need a swimming kit, including a swimsuit, swimming cap and a towel.

Music – The children will continue their weekly music lessons with Michael. They will also take part in African drumming and dance sessions each week on Wednesday afternoon. 


Year 4 Homework Activity Ideas

Here are some ideas of activities that you might like to do at home to support your learning at school. You can choose to bring them in or not as you like, but although they may be celebrated and shared within the class they will not be marked. Should you need any resources that you don’t have at home, please ask. We would be delighted to help out if we can.
Read the Curriculum Page for Year 4.
Write a story or poem about anything you like.
Make a poster about a mystical creature.
Make a presentation about an animal/ topic from school/ science or anything you like.
Write/draw a character description from a book you have enjoyed.
Write a film/book review.
Write about a day in the life of a Hindu God or Goddess.
Find shapes in the local area and discuss their properties. Can you find a square/pentagon/hexagon/trapezium? How many sides does it have? Does it have any right angles?
Add/subtract 10, 100, 1 000 from local bus numbers – 271 add/subtract 10.
Can you count above/below the next 100/ 1 000/ 10 000?
Go shopping. Buy 2 things and work out how much they will cost altogether. Do you have enough money? How much more do you need? Will you get any change? How much change will you get?
Learn your 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 8x, 9x 10x, and 12x tables. Count in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 8s, 9s, 10s and 12s. Can you find the link between 3x, 6x and 12s? Watch times tables songs on youtube. Can you answer multiplication and division questions out of sequence?
Look at the Calculation Policy to see what you need to know for your year group.
Roll 3 dice and make the biggest or smallest number either by adding, subtracting multiplying or just using the place value (1s, 10s or 100s column).
Play Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Pop to the Shops or any other board game with a dice.

Year 4 Team

Lily, Ida, Kati, Elly and Vanessa