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Year 4

Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 4

Our topic this term is ‘World War Two’



In English this term, children will be exploring a range of fiction texts including ‘Carrie’s War’ which links to our topic of World War Two. We will then move onto the story of ‘The Twits’ written by Roald Dahl.


Firstly, we will look at the key features and the structure of diary writing and use the emotive story of ‘Carrie’s War’ as inspiration to write our own diary entries. We will then explore a range of persuasive texts and understand the importance of word choices in this genre. We will continue to work on our spelling, grammar and punctuation too but with an added emphasis on joined handwriting.


In Reading this term, we will begin to explore a range of non-fiction information texts to develop our knowledge of World War Two. We will then explore ‘Friend of Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo which was set during this time. We will develop the use of the 7 reading skills with a key focus on answering inference questions.


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. This term we will be continuing to develop our knowledge of decimal numbers. The children will see how decimals and fractions are linked and be able to visually represent the decimals they are faced with. We will use a range of apparatus to help them with this. Later in the term, we will look at ways to work with the measurement of money and time before moving on to consider the geometry aspects of the curriculum.


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.


Other Subjects

In History, we will be looking at ‘World War Two’. We will be focusing on the cause and effect of World War two and children’s experiences within these years. We will be exploring the story ‘Friend or Foe’ in whole class reading to develop our knowledge of this more. In computing, we will be using the software programme ‘Audacity’ to sequence and compose music on the computers. In music, we will continue to learn how to play the keyboard from a specialist teacher. We will also have a class keyboard recital that we are looking forward to. In Art and DT, we will be creating caricatures linked to our topic. In RE, we will be learning about different communities and places of worship. We will continue to explore Bible stories as well. In Spanish, we will continue to work on their pronunciation and learn conversation skills linked to different topics. Finally in P.E, we will continue to develop fundamental skills in Real PE and develop their knowledge and skills in badminton.

PE Days

4B – Monday and Friday

4C – Monday and Friday


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 now come home on a Friday and will be tested on the following Friday. Our playhouse performance at the Theatre Royal Plymouth is on Thursday 11th July 2019.