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Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 4

Our topic this term is ‘Plymouth and South Africa’



In English this term, children will be exploring a range of non-fiction texts such as non-chronological reports, newspaper reports and explanation texts. We will be linking our English to our geography topic of Plymouth and South Africa.


Firstly, we will look at the key features and structure of non-chronological reports and use them as inspiration to write our own which links to our topic work of South Africa. We will then explore newspapers reports and the techniques used to capture readers’ attention before moving on to the key grammatical features and structures of explanation texts. We will continue to work on our spelling, grammar and punctuation too but with an added emphasis on handwriting.


In Reading this term, children will be exploring ‘Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes as part of our whole class reading. We will then look at the story of ‘Homecoming’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will develop the use of the 7 reading skills with a key focus on inference. In addition, our class book ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone’ will be read at the end of each day.


This term, children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of mental maths strategies at the start of each lesson by completing ’Fluent in Five’ questions. We will continue to focus on multiplication and division. Children will be using a range of resources and strategies (such as the bar model) to support their understanding of a calculations before moving onto the standard written method. Later in the term, children will explore fractions through the use of images and the written form. Finally, we will refine our ability to measure and calculate perimeter accurately.



We will begin our Science learning with the topic of ‘States of Matter’. Children will learn all about gases, liquids and solids. We will look closely at temperature and at the water cycle too. We will then move onto ‘Animals including Humans’ where we will look at the digestive systems of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also identify different types of teeth and investigate the importance of keeping our teeth healthy.



Other Subjects

Our geography topic this term is Plymouth and South Africa. In this we will be focusing on the impact of change within these two areas and comparing them. We will also be developing our skills by analysing sources of evidence. In PE we will be learning the skills and rules in tennis. In computing, the children will be learning about computer programming language as they use ‘Scratch’ to design an interactive toy. In music, the children will be continuing to learn how to play the keyboard from a specialist teacher as well as having a range of school wide singing opportunities. In RE the children will be learning about what it means to belong to a religion. The children learn Spanish weekly and will be continuing to develop their vocabulary and conversational skills. In Art and DT children will be researching and designing African styled masks. In SMSC children will look at the concept of ‘Myself’ and what makes us unique and the range of feelings we have.


PE Days

4B – Monday and Friday

4C – Monday and Tuesday


Key Dates and General Reminders

Reading books will be needed in school every day but please ensure your child reads regularly at home too. Homework will be given out each Friday and will need to be handed in the following Thursday. Spellings will come home on a Tuesday and will be tested on the following Tuesday.