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Year 4

Welcome Back! We hope you have enjoyed a fantastic holiday and a well-deserved rest. We were very proud of all the work you did during the spring term, including your newspaper reports and fantastic African inspired textiles. We have an exciting summer term planned for you. Our global curriculum theme is power and governance. We will explore an exciting new book in English called 'Luglbanda', which links to our history topic of the Sumerians. We hope to visit the British Museum to learn more about this ancient civilization. In science, we will be learning about animal and human teeth and the digestive system and Judaism in RE. Our core value this term is collaboration.

English and Reading
This half-term, our core text is ‘Lugalbanda: The boy who got caught up in a war’ by Kathy Henderson. It is about a boy who is on his way to war with his older brothers. Lugalbanda meets the goddess Inana and the magical Anzu bird, which gives him the power to be strong, tireless and to run like lightning. Lugalbanda uses his new powers to help resolve the war peacefully and goes on to become a great ruler. Children will explore different relationships between characters, and debate their thoughts and emotions during different points of the story. They will generate descriptive language in preparation for writing both a character and setting description and diary recount.

In reading, children will focus on a range of reading skills including inference, making connections, summarising, evaluating, clarifying and questioning, whilst reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts including poetry.

Maths

In maths, children will be developing their understanding of telling time using both analogue and digital clocks. They will also be learning about statistics and how to read, plot and interpret data using pictograms, bar charts and line graphs. They will apply their skills and knowledge to solve word problems and reasoning questions in real life contexts. Finally, they will continue to consolidate their knowledge of times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12 through daily practise in preparation for taking the Multiplication Check in June.

Science

In science, we will be comparing the similarities and differences between different types of animal and human teeth, including looking at their shape and functions. They will then plan and conduct a scientific enquiry on tooth decay, focussing on the impact of different types of drinks on tooth enamel. They will reflect on their findings and the importance of dental hygiene.

RE

This term our RE topic is Judaism. Lessons will include learning about the festivals of Sukkot and Purim. They will also learn about the story of Pesach and the importance of the Sedar meal.

History

Our global theme for this half-term is ‘power and governance’, where children will be exploring the Ancient Sumer civilisation and its timeline. They will research artefacts from this period and what they tell us about the Sumerian people’s culture. Children will also reflect on the significance of past events, what impact the Sumerian people had on the world with their inventions and technologies and some of their religious beliefs and practices. We also plan to take a trip to the British Museum as part of the learning journey.

Design Technology

During Summer 1, there is a design and technology focus, where children will be designing and creating their own flatbread recipe. After conducting market research and investigating and analysing a range of existing products, children will make their own product and evaluate it against their design criteria.

PSHE

The focus this half-term will be the importance of a balanced diet, regular exercise, a positive attitude and a good sleep schedule and the impact of these on an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing.

French

This term children will be researching French-speaking countries and locating them on a world map. From their findings they will create a fact file that includes information on the currency, climate, main religion and traditional clothing, food and festivals, which they will share with the class. They will also be learning about traditional French festivals and how they are celebrated.

Music

Children will listen and appraise different Beatle’s songs, thinking about what they like/dislike, what instruments they can hear and identify similarities and differences between them. They will also learn how to sing along to the song ‘Blackbird’ with accurate pitch and phrases and will improvise using repeated patterns on tuned and untuned percussion instruments.

PE

PE will be on a Tuesday and Thursday this term. Outdoor PE will be taught by the sports coach, who will be developing children’s batting and bowling skills including sending, receiving and fielding techniques. Indoor PE will be focused on developing physical skills including agility techniques where they improve their reaction and response and develop their static balance floor work, so they have good control.

Computing

This term, children will be learning about online safety including copyright, ownership and privacy rights. They will also revisit 2Logo and will learn about the names of different hardware parts of a desktop computer and their functions in order to create an information leaflet.

Useful Information

PE Kit

Children will have PE every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child wears their kit to school on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.

Reading Records and Passports

Please ensure your child’s reading record is signed each day and returned every morning. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box. When your child has reached the end of each line in the Reading Passport, please return it to school.

Water Bottles and Clothing

As water fountains are still out of use, please send in a named water bottle for your child to access in the classroom during the day. So we can help return any clothing your child may have misplaced, please ensure all clothing has their name in.

Homework

Children will receive either an English or maths based homework sheet to complete each week. Spellings and times tables will also be tested and sent home each Tuesday. Please ensure your child learns their spellings and can recall all the times tables up to 12 x 12. In addition, children will receive a curriculum menu in their home learning books, where they will pick a minimum of two of the eight activities to complete over the half term. These will be due in by the end of the half term and celebrated in class. We encourage children to take care with their presentation and use joined cursive handwriting.