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Summer Term

 

Religious Education

The school is still using the Come and See scheme of work.

This term we will be studying three topics: Self-discipline, New Life, Building Bridges, God’s People and Islam.

 

English

This term we will be learning:

  • How to write a non-chronological report
  • How to write a dilemma story
  • Poetry: Calligram
  • How to write a persuasive speech
  • How to write a play script
  • How to read a range of texts
  • A range of spelling and grammar rules

 

Maths

Under the new National Curriculum, children are expected to know their times tables facts up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4.

 

This term we will be learning about:

  • Statistics
  • Co-ordinates
  • Symmetry
  • 4 Operations
  • Problem solving
  • Geometry.

 

IPC

Land, Sea and Sky.

Plant and animal habitats:

- How water plants are different from other plants

- How fish have adapted to living in water

- How birds are adapted to flying

- How to create a classification key to group animals

- About food chains in different world habitats

- About the life cycles of plants and animals

- Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers

- Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and

   how they vary from plant to plant

- Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants

 

Monarchs:

- To be able to order monarchs according to their reigns and know what each period of history is called

- To know about key developments/issues during the reigns of monarchs

- To understand the lasting impact certain monarchs had on British society.

- To understand why the power of the monarchy changed over years

 

Geography:

-explore changes in geography over time

- use maps and computer mapping

- explore the geographical features of areas and understand how this impacts their/our history

 

Art:

Creating self-portraits in the style of court painter, e.g. Holbein

 

Computing

In computing, the children will be learning how to:

  • Save and retrieve work on the Internet, the school network or other device.
  • Create/use their own folders in their pupil folder to organise their work.
  • Know that computers can store sound as audio files.
  • Can record their voice into Audacity and save as an mp3 or WAV file.
  • Add effects and be able to edit sound files.

 

Music

Children will have a music lesson weekly with our Music Teacher which will include learning about the history of music and courtly music such as Greensleeves.

 

Physical Education

In PE the children will be learning athletics. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every Monday as they will have PE twice a week.

 

MFL

Children will have French lessons on alternate weeks. They will be learning how to introduce themselves and talk about everyday topics.

 

Other important information…

Homework

We have devised a grid of English, maths and other activities linked to our IPC topic’s for this term: Land, Sea and Sky' and ‘Monarchs’. The activities are designed to encourage the children to carry out independent research and to develop higher order thinking skills. All children are expected to have completed enough activities to have earned at least 20 homework points by the end of each topic.

Homework will be given out on Thursday and books must be back in school by the following Tuesday. Books which arrive later in the week will not be marked.

Children are expected to read with a parent/carer for 15 minutes every day. Parents and carers should then sign their child’s reading record every day. Children who do not have a signed reading record with them in school will be expected to attend a reading catch-up session at morning play. Home reading books are to be changed every week on a Monday. Library books are changed weekly on the following days: Thursday (4B) and Friday (4R and 4P).

 

Dates for your diary:

21st April: Opening Mass

22nd and 26th May: Cycle Training

16th June: 4R Class Assembly

21st June: Natural History Museum

30th June:4P Class Assembly

7th July: 4B Class Assembly

20th July: End of term trip

21st July: End of Term Mass

 

Equipment needed

  • PE kit with Plimsolls
  • All clothing to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

 

Please encourage your child to:

  • Learn their multiplication tables up to 12x 12.
  • Practise their number bonds.
  • Organise their time so that homework is completed by the deadline and to the best of their ability, with handwriting that is joined and of a constant size.
  • Read widely and enjoy books.

 

 

 

 

 

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