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Year 4

Welcome Back!

We hope you have enjoyed a relaxing week off and are looking forward to the exciting summer 2 learning that has been planned for our last few weeks together.   We will start off our term with Arts Fortnight, where we will be creating an outcome based on the theme of Community.  In science, we will be investigating animal and human teeth and the digestive system.  We will be continuing our theme of sustainable development within our global curriculum, and in English we will be using our core text to explore climate change.  Our core value for this term is Resilience.

English and Reading

In English, our core book is ‘Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet’ by Valentina Camerini.  This text is based on the true story of fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, the schoolgirl who inspired a worldwide climate change movement. The children will use this story as inspiration for generating figurative language to support them with writing a description of a setting that has suffered from the effects of climate change.  They will also create and perform a free verse poem describing global warming.  In reading, children will focus on a range of texts and reading skills including evaluating, inference, making connections, summarising, predicting, and clarifying.


During this half term, we will be focussing on some areas of maths that children need to consolidate further to ensure they feel confident before moving up to Year 5.   The strands that we will be revising are multiplying 3 digits by 1 digit with exchange and understanding the commutative properties of multiplication.  They will also recap using the formal bus stop method to divide three digits by one digit including remainders.  Children will then revisit adding and subtracting both mixed and improper fractions. Finally, they will apply their knowledge of the four operations to solve a range of word problems. Children will also be taking part in the Year 4 multiplication check, although the data will not be published this year due to the pandemic.


In science, we will be learning about the human digestion system and teeth.  Children will be identifying the basic parts of the human digestive system and learning what function each part has in digesting food.  They will collaborate with their peers to create a video to present their findings.  Children will compare the similarities and differences between different types of animal and human teeth, including looking at their shape and functions.  They will 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.


This term children will be learning about Hinduism.  Lessons will include learning about reincarnation, the importance of the threading ceremony and the story of Krishna and Sudama.  

Art/Design Technology

This term we will be having an arts fortnight based on the theme of ‘Community’.   Oak class will be creating a cityscape of key Croydon buildings in the colour spectrum order. The children’s learning journey will include observational drawings and exploring colour mixing and perspective.  Each pupil and member of staff will also be creating a self-portrait of their eyes for a whole school installation that represents the phrase, “The eyes are the windows to the soul”.

Global Curriculum

During this term children will continue with the theme of sustainable development by exploring sustainable food options. The children will become aware, as a consumer, of the different dietary options and how they have evolved due to factors such as food availability, distribution, food prices and income. They will create their own recipes based on the ingredients they have been growing in the school allotment.  They will then budget and cook their nutritious recipes to share with their parents/carers at a ticketed event that will raise money to put towards the school allotments.   They will then reflect on how the Anglo Saxons sowed the seeds for sustainable farming in Britain.


Lessons during Summer 1 will focus on different aspects of relationships. Lessons will cover themes of jealousy, love and loss of special people, remembering special people, how friendships change, understanding girlfriend & boyfriend relationships and celebrating special relationships with people and animals.


In computing, children will be learning about how to protect themselves from online identity theft and the risks and benefits of uploading apps.  They will understand what the term ‘plagiarism’ means and reflect on the consequences of plagiarism.  Finally, they will identify the positive and negative influences of technology on their health and the environment and understand the importance of balancing screen time with other parts of their lives.


This term, children will be learning how to say numbers 21 to 30 in French.  They will also be able to ask for various snacks, give their opinions about food and will recognise and use months of the years and form the dates of their birthdays.


Children will learn about pulse and rhythm.  They will listen and appraise pieces of music thinking about what they like/dislike, what instruments they can hear and what style of music it is.  They will also learn how to play along to songs using tuned percussion instruments and will learn how to improvise and compose their own music.


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.   In PE children will be developing a variety of athletic skills including sprinting short distances, a variety of jumping styles including hop and jump combinations with control, jumping over objects and throwing a variety of objects safely.  Children will also be engaging in a number of games that build on their agility, problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills.

Reading Records and Passports

Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book and sign and date their reading passports. Children can also access the exciting range of online texts via Bug Club

Water Bottles/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/Spellings/Times Tables
Spellings and times tables will be tested and sent home each Tuesday. Please help ensure your child can recall all the times tables up to 12 x 12.  Children will also receive either an English or maths homework sheet to complete each week. They can also choose two activities from the curriculum map to complete over the half term period.  These will be due back at the end of half term, where they will be shared and celebrated in class. Homework will be stuck in children’s home learning books and also posted in Google Classroom each week.