Dear Year 4 Parents and Carers,
Please find information below about the second half of Summer term in Year 4.
Year 4 will start Summer 2 by studying the performance poetry of Joseph Coehlo, looking closely at a selection of poems from his CLiPPA-winning collection Werewolf Club Rules. Children will experiment with writing a range of different forms of poetry based upon personal experience; this unit will culminate in a school-wide (and possibly Trust-wide) poetry slam in which children will perform their poems in front of a live audience of their peers. Following this, children will explore the text Runaway Robot by the inspiring author Frank Cottrell-Boyce. We will look at journalistic, narrative and information writing and the children will learn about what it is like to live with a disability.
First, the children will be measuring the area and perimeter of shapes. Then, they will develop their skills of geometry by classifying different types of angles, triangles and quadrilaterals. After that, the children will learn about symmetry, position and movement, which will involve drawing lines of symmetry and completing shapes symmetrically and also describing movements using a grid and coordinates. In amongst these lessons, there will be opportunities for consolidating and recapping much of the Year 4 maths curriculum, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will also be revisiting our fractions and applying all of their learning to solving word problems.
For our final Science unit, Year 4 children will be studying the topic ‘Living things and their habitats’. They will learn how to classify and group living things into kingdoms and species. They will identify vertebrates and invertebrates and discuss the adaptations of these creatures. They will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment. Finally, they will focus more closely on the ever-changing environments in with living things live and they will learn how change can sometimes pose dangers to different organisms.
In History, we will be learning about the Tudors. The children will learn all about Henry VIII and his daughter, Elizabeth I. We will be visiting Hampton Court Palace this half term in order to enrich the children’s learning experience and further develop their knowledge. A separate letter has been sent containing details of the trip.
During the second half term, we will be conducting a series of lessons about changes and puberty in PSCHE. A separate letter has been sent out with more details about what will be covered in each lesson.
DT will complement the children’s recent learning about climate change and coastal erosion through learning how to recycle and repurpose material into a useful garment. Through this, they design and make a material item using a number of stitches such as running stiches, backstitch and blanket stitch.
In each class the children, in groups of ten, will continue to be taught brass, string or woodwind instruments by a specialist instrumental tutor. The children will continue to learn a musical instrument until the end of the year with the hope there being an orchestral concert to round off the year.
For the final half term of Year 4, the children will learn how to discuss sport in French. They will learn how to talk about the different sports that they play as well as like sporting likes and dislikes. They will learn detailed vocabulary for football and tennis matches and how to describe what can be seen a stadium or at Wimbledon. They will also use the negative ne... pas and the verb to know = savoir.
Children will continue to work on returning to or improving fitness through a variety of fun games. They will also practice their athletics skills of running, jumping and throwing. Opportunities to learn net and fielding games will also be explored.
Children will set targets, working on their own personal bests as well as improving their skipping skills. They will continue to learn both cooperative and competitive games, with a focus on good sportsmanship values.
English (spag.com - fortnightly) and maths (mathletics.com - weekly) homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday.
Children will continue to be given a list of spellings in their Reading Records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home, using a range of strategies (as shown in the Reading Records). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class in the following week.
In the Reading Record, the children can record and complete their reading homework as well as using it to record their independent reading both at home and at school (in the Wider Reading section). We will note your child’s reading targets for that half term in the record and comment on their reading and comprehension skills every two weeks. We recommend that all children spend at least 30 minutes each day reading independently at home to improve fluency, vocabulary and confidence.
Children will need to bring their Reading Record to school with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is an essential form of parent/teacher communication to show that your child has practised their spellings and that you have seen their reading homework.
Mobile Phones and Smart Watches
Some children are given mobile phones to let their parents know they have arrived/left school when they go home alone. All phones should be switched off when they come onto site and given to their teacher at the start of the day.
We strongly recommend that your child has a simple, cheap phone for this as expensive smartphones can unfortunately make them a target for street robberies.
Children should not be bringing smart watches to school for any reason and will be asked to hand these in if they do bring them.
Healthy Eating at Playtime
Children can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich (no crisps, biscuits, sweets, yogurts, cakes etc. please) – teachers will monitor these snacks to make sure they are suitable. There should be no foods containing nuts brought into school.
All children need to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day and take it home each night to be washed. They can re-fill this bottle from the water stations in school during the day.
Communication between Home and School
In Year 5, many children start to come to school by themselves. If you would like your child to go home alone, please give written permission to your child’s class teacher.
At the end of the school day, your child must always say goodbye to their teacher before leaving the school premises.
In order to keep your child safe, teachers will only allow your child to go home with someone else provided you have clearly given advance permission to your child’s teacher or the school office. It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please ensure that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and current.
We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.
The Year 4 Team
Stephanie Grosvenor (4G- Year Leader), Lydia Common (4C - Meteor), Samuel Bevan (4B – Meteor), Pia Zombanakis (4Z), Phoebe Dee (4D)