11 April 2016
Summer Newsletter 2016 – Year 4
It is difficult to believe that our Year 4 pupils are approaching their final term. It is a credit to our young pupils as to how well they have adapted to life to in the Main School. The summer term is always a busy term and we have many exciting events planned. I also thought that you would like to know what your child will be studying over the next term. I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you can help support your child’s studies.
English – Pupils will be reading Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine. This humorous yet thought provoking book lends itself to many exciting creative writing opportunities and interesting discussions. They will also read the short novel Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naido and discuss the themes of apartheid and separation. We will also be completing regular grammar, spelling and punctuation exercises.
Maths – Pupils will continue to read, write and compare 4 and 5 digit numbers and solve problems using number. They will understand, read and write numbers up to 2 decimal places. They will calculate the perimeter and area of shapes. Pupils will name and classify 2D and 3D shapes and use coordinates to draw shapes. Finally they will draw bar charts and line graphs.
Science – Pupils will be studying the topic of electricity. They will make simple circuits and use symbols to draw them. They will also discover which materials are the best electrical conductors and use this information to make switches. Pupils will then be taught to recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. They will explore and use classification keys to help group, indentify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment. They will recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things. Pupils will have the opportunity to observe the conditions in a local habitat and make a record of the animals found there when they visit Salthome on 27th June.
Art – Our art work will be linked with our history project, the Aztecs. The pupils will paint their own Aztec design, create in clay their own Aztec sun stone and use mosaic techniques to make their Aztec masks
French – Pupils will work on sounds and spellings and be encouraged to use the language more creatively. They will learn to name some francophone countries and some towns in France; and talk about travel, different countries and the weather. They will also consolidate and extend their knowledge of numbers by counting in multiples of 10; learn further expressions for likes and dislikes and learn how to justify their opinions; learn some common adjectives and revise how to make simple feminine agreements; and use the vous form of the imperative to give instructions.
Games – During this term, a range of sporting activities will be covered. In games such as tennis, cricket for the boys and rounders for the girls, the emphasis will be on improving basic skills and increasing the understanding of match play. In swimming, pupils will continue to develop their technique in all 3 basic strokes. In athletics, pupils will learn about a variety of individual events and their performances will be recorded and monitored. There will also be some preparation work for sports day which takes place on the afternoon of Friday 17 June.
Geography/ History – This term we will be linking our geography and history studies. In history the pupils will be studying the Aztec society finding out about daily life, religious beliefs and the Spanish conquest. In geography we will compare Aztec life with life in modern day Mexico.
ICT – This term pupils will be creating a number of geometric pieces of art using the computer. They will also be creating a short animated slide show.
Music – Pupils learn how melody lines can be supported by sustained accompaniments. They hear music in Latin American and 16th century idioms. Note recognition is developed through regular keyboard playing whilst singing lessons focus on repertoire for our visit later this term to ‘The Big Sing’ at The Sage, Gateshead.
PSHE – In our lessons this term pupils will be developing an understanding of society and the wider community. Pupils will consider what it is to be a good citizen. Pupils will be discussing the importance of rules and will consider what it is like to be disabled.
RS – Pupils will continue their study of key inspirational religious figures. They will find out about the importance of Jesus to Christians and Muhammad to Muslims. They will hear stories about the life of Krishna, an important Hindu figure.
You may be aware that the pupils from Years 7 to 9 have a week of exams beginning May 23rd. The children in Year 4 will only be completing assessment tests in maths, reading and writing. The tests take place in the class room during lessons with the subject teacher.
I do hope that you find this information useful so that you can support your child in their learning. If you have any questions or queries please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Stage Two Coordinator