Class 4 – Summer Term

Europe

English: This term begins with a launch into our Europe topic taking inspiration from the text ‘Miranda the Explorer’ and the children will write a ‘losing tale’. The children will build on their descriptive writing, using fronted adverbials, broadening their use of punctuation and varying their vocabulary by using thesauruses.

For our non-fiction units we will move onto non-chronological reports about Europe to link to our topic and create News Reports about Miranda’s journey. Our final fiction written work will be a wishing tale, building on suspense.

Through our punctuation and grammar sessions, the children will know and use apostrophes correctly for possession, ensuring they write in Standard English, writing noun phrases with modifying adjectives, nouns and prepositional phrases.

Through our Pathways to Reading sessions, we will discuss and record words and phrases that the author uses to engage and impact on the reader, make predictions based on details and information that the children have deduced, and identify where the author has made precise word choices for impact and effect.

Maths:

This term begins with a unit ‘Area’; the children will understand what area is and how to calculate the area of different shapes. The second unit we will cover will be fractions. The children will learn about tenths, hundredths, equivalent fractions and how to simplify fractions to make them easier to work with.

 Following fractions the children we move onto decimals, the children will understand how to divide 1 digit and 2 digit numbers by 10 and 100 and complete calculations resulting in a decimal answer.

The children will finish the year by covering topics such as money, time, statistics and geometry with a key focus on angles and 2D shapes.

The children will continue to develop their ability to quickly recall and derive times table facts for all of the tables up to 12 x 12. This will help with the Multiplication check that all of the year 4 children will undertake during this term.

Science: At the start of our Summer Term we will continue with our electricity topic. The children will be able to construct a simple circuit, identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit and what elements it needs. The children will also recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and will associate this with common appliances.

The second part of the term we will move onto sound. The children will explore making sounds with a range of objects, explore how string telephones work and explore how you can alter the pitch or volume of objects. The children will measure sounds over different distances and measure sounds through different insulation materials.

Music: The children have been making great progress with their music lessons with Love Music Trust; they are fantastic with their instruments and keen musicians. This term, the children will develop their ability to read standard notation and play with greater clarity and expression. The children will have the opportunity to play at the Halle. Please remember that they need to have their instrument in school each Thursday.

Art/Design and Technology – There will be a focus on creating pieces linked to our topic, exploring and investigating the world’s most famous buildings, thinking about what makes a building aesthetically pleasing and how architectural styles change over time. There will be plenty of hands –on and creative activities for the children to do too and the opportunity to recreate famous buildings in a variety of ways. The children will look at key designers such as Sir Christopher Wren.

Topic – This term our topic is Europe which is more Geography based. We will use the text ‘Miranda the Explorer’ as a hook for our topic and we will begin with the UK, looking at how Great Britain is formed, the British Isles and name and locate some of the main islands that surround the UK. We will then move onto the broader world and locate the world’s continents, with a key focus on Europe; this will include learning about climate zones, biomes, vegetation bells, rivers and mountains. We will move onto comparing counties in Europe and learning about the flags of different countries.

Computing – The children will cover two units this term in Computing following the scheme of work called ‘Kapow’. At first, the children will use coding through scratch for a range of purposes. Following this, they will learn how to design and begin to make their own websites.

PSHE: We will continue to learn alongside My Happy Minds and Skills Builder developing our essential skills, which will not only influence our choices within lessons but also with life out of school. The children will learn about making informed decisions where money is concerned, how to maintain a balanced lifestyle and caring for themselves as they continue to grow and develop.

R.E: This term we will focus on Christianity, Islam and Judaism looking at identity, diversity and belonging. The children with particular learn about religious artefacts, thinking about what they are, why do they exist, how are they used and how are they important.

P.E: Swimming lessons will continue to take place on a Friday afternoon at Biddulph leisure centre. Your child will need to remember their swimming kit each week and this will need to include swimming trunks or a costume, a towel, goggles (with a permission slip) and a swimming cap.

Our PE day will continue to be a Wednesday morning so your child is welcome to come to school in their Marlfields tracksuit on this day if they have one. Please enquire if you are interested in purchasing one, they are black joggings pants, a PE T-shirt and a black jacket all with the Marlfields logo printed on. Please ensure your child has their PE kit available in school every day of the week as sometimes opportunities do arise for extra lessons.

Homework: Homework will continue to be set via Google Classroom on a Friday and expected to be handed in by the following Thursday. This will include a piece of English work and the children’s weekly spellings. On My Maths, there will also be a task set for the children to complete on the same day as the rest of the homework.

Your child should also be reading at least three times a week at home and practising their spellings daily.

With the Multiplication Check approaching it is important that you continue to support your children with their times tables, using the strategies shared with you via the meeting or ten minutes on TTRockstars daily.