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Year 4

Summer Term 2022


This term we are going to continue building on our times table knowledge, preparing for our statutory times table check later in the term.  This will ensure that the children are fluent and confident with their times table facts. The children will start the summer term building on their knowledge of decimals, learning what hundredths are, comparing decimals and rounding decimals. We are then going to move onto money where the children will count money, add money, and work out change. All these tasks will provide an opportunity for the children to use their arithmetic skills. Time is a topic which proves to be quite tricky so we shall focus on the children being able to tell the time and read both analogue and digital clock faces. Towards the end of the term, we shall investigate the properties of shape by looking at different angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals. Throughout all these areas we shall ensure the children are provided with many opportunities to develop both their reasoning skills and mastery skills.  We are in for a fun and busy time.


During the summer term, we will be looking at different poems from the poetry book “I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree” which includes many poems about nature. We will be reading popular poems and learning about their features. We will then use our knowledge to create a variety of poems.     We will then be moving on to a new book called “King of the Sky” The book supports the study of character development, encourages deeper thinking and explores themes of friendship, loneliness and bravery, as well as migration and the meaning of home.  In the second half term our Literacy topic will be ‘Mary Poppins’. We will be writing in a variety of genres using the film as a stimulus for further exploration.


In the first half term we will be focussing on programming. Our topic will be Repetition in shapes and games. Learners will create programs by planning, modifying, and testing commands to create shapes and patterns. We will use Logo, a text-based programming language. We will also be using the software Scratch, so learners can look at the difference between count-controlled and infinite loops, and use their knowledge to modify existing animations and games using repetition. We will also be learning about internet safety and how to stay safe online.


During this topic, the children will investigate the historical nature of farming and the importance it has within our country. The children will look at how farming has developed with machinery and technology throughout the last few centuries. Using their map skills, the children will identify the parts of the UK and countries around the world where farming takes place and understand the landscapes and climates needed to grow certain foods. This will also include the distance certain foods have travelled for us to be able to eat them in the UK as well as looking at supporting Fairtrade farmers across the world. The children will look at the impact climate change is having on farming and the consequences this is having on food production. They will also investigate the growing amount of food waste created and how this can be used to help those living in food poverty. Finally, the children will be growing their own tomato plants to use later on in the topic to make their own pizzas.


At the start of the summer term, Year 4 will look at a range of factors which contribute to a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating, physical activity, sleep and use of free time. Children will learn about the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise and will consider the relationship between physical activity and nutrition. The children will be made aware of their own capacity to make healthy choices and encouraged to reflect on and take responsibility for their own lifestyles. The second unit we cover is one in which children will consider a range of physical risks and will begin to develop their understanding of feelings associated with these. They will also begin to broaden their understanding of risk to include social and emotional risks. They will have the opportunity to consider strategies for reducing risks in everyday situations, as well as recognize the causes of accidents and ways of preventing them. We also look at keeping safe. They will learn more about the dangers of road traffic and develop an understanding of actions they can take to keep themselves safe. They will consider the dangers associated with fire and water and learn strategies for keeping safe.

Science – Living things and their habitats

The children will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. They learn how animals are split into 'vertebrates' and 'invertebrates' and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. They will use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond. The children will also be introduced to the idea that environments are subject to human-made and natural changes, and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things. Throughout the topic the children will work scientifically by gathering, recording and presenting information in different ways.


In RE this term we are finding out about the significant milestones we all have in our lives and the children will begin to make connections between their own ideas and others. We will also find out about the religions we have in our neighbourhood and the children will respond to the meanings behind different beliefs and practices.


As artists this term, the children will be focussing on landscapes which will link with our Farm to Fork topic. They will spend some time sketching their own landscapes and will find out about foreground, middle ground and background. They will study the work of the British artist David Hockney and create their own Hockney inspired landscapes. The children will also look at the work of French artist Claude Monet. Later in the term they will be creating a chicken collage inspired by Mark Hearld and also be practising their observational drawing skills by sketching feathers.


The children are lucky enough to work with a Sports Coach who teaches the children athletics and OAA. In athletics, pupils will develop basic running, jumping and throwing techniques. During OAA sessions, pupils develop problem solving skills through a range of challenges.  Our other PE sessions will be teacher-led and children will be learning to play rounders and cricket, where they will be developing their striking and fielding skills, knowledge of the rules, teamwork and fair play.


During this term, the children will be applying the knowledge they have learnt throughout the ‘Farm to Fork’ topic. They will be planning and creating a plate of seasonal British food as well as using vegetables grown at school to make pictures as pizza toppings. They will also look carefully at the nutritional value of these and how they fit into a balanced diet.