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Summer Term 2018

D.T.

This term DT will be closely linked to our topic about rainforests and also Fairtrade. The children will explore what Fairtrade is and design a pancake using ingredients supplied by Fairtrade. They will make their pancakes and evaluate their ideas, saying what worked well and what they would do differently if they made them again.

Outdoor Learning

This term the children will be designing and building shelters. They will examine and discuss pictures of shelters made by people from other parts of the world, then use teamwork and share their ideas to construct shelters and find ways to improve them.

Science

This term our studies will be focussed on plants and the natural world around us. We will start by looking at what types of plants there are followed by investigating the different sections of a flowering plant and their functions. We shall be investigating how humans have both a positive and negative affect on the natural environment and what we can do to support of the world’s flora and fauna.

PSHCE

This term we shall be exploring the concepts of responsibility and change and how they are reflected in our lives and the lives of our families. We will explore the issues raised and how we can develop strategies to help us deal with these issues.

Literacy

Throughout the term we shall be investigating a variety of grammatical features such as prepositions, fronted adverbials and clauses. We shall continue to have our weekly spelling tests focussing our attention on a variety of prefixes, suffixes and spelling rules. We will start off the term investigating the features of and writing a recount, we will follow this with writing a description for a story setting. The ‘Great Kapok Tree’ will be the basis for our work on: different characters and viewpoints, writing a persuasive letter, converting text into drama and writing an adventure story. As you can see we are going to be busy!

Numeracy

At the start of the half term the children will continue their work on fractions and decimal numbers. They will begin with learning about fractions and decimal equivalents for tenths, hundredths, halves and quarters. The children will also begin to compare numbers with up to 2 decimal places. As the half term continues, the children will have the opportunity to apply their learning about decimals as we begin to learn about money. This will also give the children the opportunity to revisit their skills with the 4 rules of number and apply their skills to real life problems. The children will also be learning about converting units of measure such as cm to mm. We will begin to cover the statistics objectives, looking at presenting and interpreting data. We will also cover geometry objectives this half term such as comparing and classifying angles and symmetry. Time is another topic that we will be covering this term.

As has been the focus all year, children will be continuing to work on their times tables and related division facts to develop their understanding and fluency. The children will be expected to keep practising and learning these both at school and home.

Art

We are going to be studying Rainforests in our Art lessons this term, starting off with seeing how many different shades of green we can mix. Oenone  Hammersley is the artist  we will study and the children will practise sketching rainforest  pictures and animals using a variety of graded  pencils.  They will then experiment with a variety of medium to create spectacular works of art!

Geography

In Geography this term out topic is the Rainforests. Our Key question for the topic is ‘Will the Toucan survive?’ We will make close curricular links between Geography, Literacy and Art.  The children are going to be exploring where rainforests are found around the world, what the climate is like there, the different layers of the rainforest and the animals found within them. They will be learning that the rainforests are located near the Equator and that their climates can be tropical or temperate.

Numeracy

At the start of the half term the children will continue their work on fractions and decimal numbers. They will begin with learning about fractions and decimal equivalents for tenths, hundredths, halves and quarters. The children will also begin to compare numbers with up to 2 decimal places. As the half term continues, the children will have the opportunity to apply their learning about decimals as we begin to learn about money. This will also give the children the opportunity to revisit their skills with the 4 rules of number and apply their skills to real life problems. The children will also be learning about converting units of measure such as cm to mm. We will begin to cover the statistics objectives, looking at presenting and interpreting data. We will also cover geometry objectives this half term such as comparing and classifying angles and symmetry. Time is another topic that we will be covering this term.

As has been the focus all year, children will be continuing to work on their times tables and related division facts to develop their understanding and fluency. The children will be expected to keep practising and learning these both at school and home.

PE

In Outdoor PE this term we will focus on kwik Cricket and rounders. We will be practising a range of different skills including batting, where children will work on coaching their partner to perfect their swing. Throwing and catching skills will be practised throughout every lesson, focusing on a range of different throws to cover a range of distances. We will continue to work on teamwork and children will be applying this knowledge to short cricket and rounders games where they can put all their skills into practise. We will also be preparing for sports day, so will have a few sessions developing our athletic skills.

In Indoor PE the children will have a specialist dance teacher taking their sessions. They will have some Zumba sessions to help their fitness and coordination as well as other dance session developing key dance skills.

Computing

This term the focus for computing in Year 4 will be multimedia projects. We using the app iMovie as well as using green screen technology to make our own adverts and documentaries which will relate to our rainforest topic. We will also be having e-safety lessons looking at what constitutes appropriate online interaction and how to ensure that we always stay safe online.