Year 4

Year 4 Summer Term Curriculum Newsletter


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English

In English pupils will have the opportunity to read and write different fiction and non-fiction genres including poetry, narrative verse, stories from other cultures, journalistic recounts, newspapers and persuasive writing. Each week pupils will be taught comprehension, grammar and writing within English lessons.

Grammar

Pupils will continue to be taught to extend sentences by using clauses and a wider range of conjunctions, use the present perfect form of verbs, choose nouns or pronouns appropriately and use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions. They will also continue to learn about the correct use of direct speech and the use of apostrophes and commas.

Spellings

Your child will continue to receive weekly spellings which are based on key words and spelling patterns. These need to be learnt at home and the children encouraged to then use them in their writing. Pupils will also receive a ‘Word of the Week’ at the beginning of every week, where they are encouraged to use this in their spoken language and written work.

Handwriting

The focus on handwriting will continue in year 4 and pupils will be expected to use continuous cursive script in all pieces of writing. Pupils will continue to be taught how to write in pen and on single lined paper. Pupils are encouraged to practise their handwriting in order to receive a pen licence.

Mathematics  

In Mathematics pupils will continue to learn the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will investigate these operations through calculations and word problems. The children will be encouraged to apply these skills to real life situations through problem solving activities and investigations. Other areas that the children will be studying are 2D and 3D shapes and their properties, angles, symmetry and using decimals.

To support your child’s learning at home, daily practice of all of the times tables will enable them to be more confident at school and making the transition to upper KS2. Also work on telling the time to the nearest 1 minute on an analogue clock; digital 12 hour and 24 hour clock and time duration word problems linked to real life situations. Asking your child the number bonds to 20 and expecting quick-fired responses from them will also be very beneficial.

Science

In Science this year pupils will be studying a range of topics including ‘Eating and Digestion’, ‘States of Matter’, ‘Circuits and Conductors’, ‘Changing Sound’, ‘What do Scientists do?’ and ‘Living in Environments’. The children will be given the opportunity to take part in hands-on investigations which will enhance and deepen their learning and understanding.

History

In year 4 pupils continue the key stage two history programme. Here their learning is focused around specific historical periods of time.

In the autumn term pupils will learn about ‘Anglo-Saxons, Picts and Scots’. Using the mysterious burial ship at Sutton Hoo as a basis, pupils will explore where the Anglo-Saxons came from, how they came to settle in Britain, who the Picts and Scots of the north were and how Christianity became the predominant religion.

In the spring term pupils will learn about ‘Early Civilisations’. Pupils will get an overview of when and where the earliest civilisations appeared (including Ancient Sumer, Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt and the Shang Dynasty) and will be introduced to the amazing achievements of each civilisation. They will explore when and why writing and number systems started to be used, find out how trade developed, investigate ancient structures such as the Egyptian pyramids and Sumerian ziggurats, as well as explore other inventions from the wheel to the toilet!

In the summer term pupils will learn about ‘The Mayans’. Pupils will learn about Mesoamerica, the land of the ancient Mayans, and explore this fascinating civilisation together. They will be finding out where the Mayans lived, what their lives were like, and how their society was organised, as well as investigating the evidence they left behind and uncovering some Mayan mysteries.

Geography

In year 4 Geography lessons will equip pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to develop an interest in the world around them.

In the autumn term pupils will study ‘Our European Neighbours’. They will take a virtual trip across the English Channel and discover the continent of Europe. Not only will they discover some fascinating facts about Europe, but they will also find out the names, locations and features of European countries and capitals.

In the spring term they will study ‘Village Settlers’. They will pretend to travel back to the time of the early village settlers and discover how the towns and villages around them got their names and why certain areas were chosen as settlements. This topic will give pupils a greater understanding of how our villages were formed and also improve their map knowledge and skills. Pupils will discover how reading maps can tell them what a village is like and will allow them to practise giving directions using their knowledge of different types of roads.

In the summer term pupils will study ‘Earning a Living’. Pupils will be taught how people in the UK and the rest of the world earn a living in a variety of ways. Pupils will explore various jobs in various sectors, before investigating industries around the world and looking at why some adults don't work and some children do.

Art and DT

The children will cover topics in Art and Design and Technology such as, ‘Scientific Drawings’, ‘Anglo-Saxon Brooches’, ‘Alarms’, and ‘Plant Art/ The Art of the Maya’.

Physical Education

This year all pupils will have the opportunity to attend swimming lessons and Irish dancing lessons and basketball lessons.

Computing

During the first half-term, children will be completing the unit 'We Are Software Developers’ where they will design and create their own software using the 'Scratch' program. During the second half-term, the children will be completing the unit 'We Are Toy Designers’ where they will develop their own toy designs.

Religious Education

Throughout the year pupils will learn about many religious stories as well as important times in the liturgical year such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Pupils will continue to use Bible references to find and read scripture. Pupils will be asked to make links between religious stories and their Christian beliefs. Pupils will also be encouraged to recognise, describe and explain actions of Christians. Continue to encourage your child to read stories from the Bible and discuss how this relates to their daily lives. During his weekly visits to the school, our Parish Priest supports the learning on the current Religious Education theme.

Homework and Revision

As well as reading for 30 minutes every evening, your child should continue to practice their multiplication facts (1-10) and number bonds to 20. Homework will be given on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and also whenever it is important to reinforce or consolidate learning in class.

Please click on the links below to access learning resources which will complement the current teaching and learning in Year 4. If you require any other support or have any questions regarding our Curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher via the school office to arrange an appointment.

 

The Year 4 Team – Ms McGeoghegan, Mrs Horan and Ms Minnock

 

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