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Year 4 Summer Term
We have fun filled and packed weeks ahead of us as we enter our last term in Year 4. This term we will be going swimming, going on a trip into Wycombe for our Local Area topic. There will also be a series of events linked to our Creative Writing Project.
As you know we have welcomed Mrs Alani into Year 4 to replace Mrs Pater. Mrs Pilgrim has moved her days to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to accommodate swimming and Mrs Alani will be in for Thursday and Friday. Mrs Pryce is continuing on a Monday, with Mrs Boddington in on Tuesday to Thursday and Ms Goodey is with us all week.
In English are looking at Discussion texts, using a a ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. We are continuing our Creative Writing Project with a Film Project based on a news reporting and script writing, with a variety of other writing, research and drama activities to augment this. There is a plan to do some collaborative story writing in our penpal pairs. We are continuing to connect with our penpals by letter and will meet with them in the July for a fun social event where we will celebrate our connections and successes over the year. We will be sharing our project with you as parents in July as well, where we will showcase our achievements. Further information will be sent out nearer the time.
We will have two Reciprocal Reading sessions each week – small groups of children are guided by an adult to unpick texts by clarifying vocabulary, predicting plots and summarising . These are great skills to practise and reinforce when reading with your children. Having an ‘age appropriate’ dictionary available will really help them when clarifying words and it will help to broaden their vocabulary too.
The areas we will be covering this term include: multiplication and division, work on identifying properties of 2D and 3D shapes, symmetry and area and perimeter. We will also be looking at integer scaling and time- both the telling of and calculating intervals in a practical way. In all aspects of our maths we will continue to include an element of reasoning, which will feature in our homework.
Cracking Times tables will continue weekly, to try to get the children to Level 10 by the end of the year. We run a Hit the button session at lunchtimes for anyone that is stuck on a level or below Level 6 to give them some support in reaching this goal. A times table test for Year 4s is being introduced by the government in April 2020 with the expectation that children should know all times tables up to 12 x 12. We will be piloting this later in the summer term, so this will help.
In Science are looking at Living things and their habitats. We will look at our environment around us and also in the context of the wider world.
In Computing we will be continuing to look at programming using Scratch programming alongside developing presentation skills using slides. There will also be links to our film project with an element of filming and basic editing.
In HistoryandGeography we will be undertaking a look at our local area. We will be looking at features of our environment and link these to the furniture trade which made Wycombe famous as well as the changes seen in the area over time. In History, we will be looking at old census data and analysing how High Wycombe has changed over time. Later this term,we will be going on a trip to Wycombe to the museum for an interactive role play session and we will also do a town trail guided by an expert. We will then build on this experience in class and will make links to it in our Creative Writing Project.
In Geography we will also focus on field work in our local area, studying land use, using map skills and considering the effect humans have on hteir environment.
In RE we are focussing on sacred texts and their importance to different religions.
We will be continuing to play the Djembe in Music for a few more weeks. The children have shown a lot of enthusiasm and control in these lessons. They have also shown some great creativity when making their own musical instruments for our recent homework project.
We will then move onto some compositional work linking to creative writing and lyric writing.
For Art, we will draw some links to our Creative writing project creating digital art on the computer, producing invitations using graphics and presentation features. In Design Technology – our main focus will be on a project based on the design of ’Smoothies’. We will test a variety of commercially produced smoothies, consider pthe product design process and get to make our own smoothies. More details of this later but offers of parental support and the loan of any smoothie makers/ blenders would be much appreciated.
After ½ term we hope to do an activity using textiles, where we will be using buttons to create a picture, whilst also learning a life skill. Any donations of old buttons would be much appreciated. We will also be creating books for younger children using flaps, sliders and pop up techniques.
PSHE focuses on this term will be on financial capability, giving children an understanding of the role of money in society and developing sound money sense. We will also be teaching a unit on Sexual Relationship Education, recognising the differences between male and female bodies and how these change as we grow.
French will be taught by Mrs Alani this term and will be centered on family and pets.
This term in PE we will be swimming in six week blocks. 4B swim first and this will begin on Tuesday 30th April. A separate letter regarding this has been sent out with details about appropriate swimwear, wearing hats for those children with long hair and the NO jewellery rule. For those children who normally wear a watch to school, it would probably be best to leave it at home on swimming days!
The children will continue to have a PE lesson on Wednesdays with Mr Green. The focus this ½ term is striking and fielding skills, related to tennis, rounders and cricket. After ½ term the focus will be on athletics and preparation for our sports day towards the end of term.
For the class that are not swimming PE will be on Thursdays, starting with a dance unit.
Homework continues the in the same way, with Maths or English set on alternate weeks, given out on Thursdays and is due in on the Tuesday after. Spellings will be sent home roughly every fortnight – once we have taught and practised the spelling pattern and rule in school. Spelling tests will be given on a Thursday. This has changed due to swimming.
As always, Reading regularly is vital for the children’s success across the curriculum. We expect the children to read a wide variety of genres and authors during the year. Four records of reading a week in the Home School Book is our minimum expectation – we would love to see more, along with written thoughts and comments about the book. Each week we will choose a Reader of the Week.
Home-School Books are checked every Monday so please ensure these are in school and completed. If there is a need to communicate with us, please ensure the Home School Book is handed into your teacher. Alternatively, if you need to speak to us, please call the school office to make an an after school appointment or catch us any morning on the playground!
As you can see it is going to be a busy and exciting term. We value the partnership between school and parents. Please help your child by discussing new topics, or going and finding out about them together. As teachers, we love to hear when children’s imagination has been sparked by a topic and they look at it out of school and then come and share their findings, whether by reading or visiting a local place of interest.Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in the children’s learning.
Mrs Wendes, Mrs Pilgrim and Mrs Alani