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Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 4


Our topic this term is 'Ancient Egypt'


In Mathematics this term the children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of decimal numbers. They will see how decimals and fractions are linked and be able to visually represent the fractions and decimals they are faced with. They will use a range of apparatus to help them with this . Later in the term, the children will  look at ways to work with the measurement of money and time before moving on to consider the geometry aspects of the curriculum. Throughout all of this learning, we will continue to practise our times tables and mental maths too.


In English this term, children will be exploring a range of non-fiction texts such as newspapers, explanation and persuasive texts. We will link our learning to our topic work. and focus on the key features and structure of these texts before we go on to write our own. We will explore  fiction text too and look more in-depth a Dahl’s ’Fantastic Mr Fox’. With this we will take a closer look at the grammatical features he uses within the novel.  We will also continue to work on spelling and punctuation within each lesson before we write our own version.


We will begin our Science learning with the topic of ‘Animals including Humans’ where we will identify different types of teeth and investigate the importance of keeping our teeth healthy. We will  look at digestive systems too. Then, we will finish the year by studying the unit ’All Living Things’. In this unit we will explore the seven characteristics of all livings things possess and work scientifically to group and classify living organisms.


Our geography topic this term is ’Rivers and Waters’.  We will be looking at how rivers form and the different parts to a river. We will then be developing our understand by visiting the River Plym Estuary. 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 Art and DT they will be looking at artists who have been inspired by water 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 P.E. the children will be refining their tennis skills, gymnastic skills and enjoy dance sessions. In SMSC, we will look at friendships and relationships.


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. It's going to be a really exciting term!