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Picture 1 Miss Jones - Kestrel Class Teacher
Picture 2 Mrs Overthrow - Owl Class Teacher

  Welcome to Year 4


Summer Term


The summer term in Year 4 is going to be the most exciting yet, with a trip to the Mayflower Theatre and finishing with a fantastic residential to Minstead Study Centre.


This term we will start our topic of Ancient Egyptians with a trip to the Mayflower Theatre on Friday 26th April to watch the Horrible Histories show. This is an exciting opportunity for the children and they will gain a huge amount of knowledge in a fun and engaging way. 



During Literacy this term (which will link to our topics of Ancient Egyptians in the first term and The New Forest after half term) we will cover a range of texts, including: newspaper reports, persuasion, narrative, diary entries and instructions.


In maths, we will continue to work on the four operations and problem solving, as well as working on measure, fractions, shape and statistics. Remember to encourage your child to continue to use Times Table Rock Stars to gain speed in their recall of times tables. 


In Art this term, we are going to focus on the work of Andy Goldsworthy and create our own art using the natural environment. This will link to when we learn about the New Forest in Geography and focus on the physical and human features there and how it has changed over time. The children will develop their learning of the New Forest when they stay at the Minstead Study Centre for 2 nights at the end of the summer term. In DT, our focus will be on cooking. In Computing, we will be using the program I Can Animate to create our own animations.




In PE, we will be starting swimming again. Our other PE session will be focusing on athletics. As a reminder, ALL children whould have their PE kits/swimming kits in school every week ready for their lessons and these should be clearly labelled.


Spring Term 


Welcome to Year 4. This term, our topics will be The Victorians followed by Dinosaurs. Throughout this term we will be looking at how British Values link in the curriculum.

This half term we are looking at the life of Mary Anning who found lots of 'curiosities' on the beach at Lyme Regis.  This is one of the dinosaur fossils that she found.


This term the children will continue to develop their understanding of the four operations, focusing on more complex problems. We will also look at measures, statistics and fractions and making connections between topics.



This term the children will be continuing to plan, write and edit different pieces of writing including a recount, narrative and non-fiction text. They will be using different features of writing including types of sentences, direct speech, figurative language and punctuation to improve their work. 



This half term we are looking at the digestive system and the role of the different teeth.  We will be learning about the purpose of the different organs and their uses in the digestive system.


History/ Geography

The children will be learning all about where dinosaurs were found in England and in particular Mary Anning and her discoveries. We will be looking at what time might have been like when dinosaurs were alive and the different theories about how they became extinct. 



This term we will be looking at dinosaurs and designing and making our own clay dinosaur. We will practice different skills when using clay, building up to making a final model. 


Autumn 1


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In maths, the children will be consolidating their understanding of the four operations, moving from using resources to formal methods. We will be developing the children's understanding of fractions, measure and statistics. 



The children will be focusing on the story 'Brother Eagle, Sister Sky' and writing a range of texts including a diary and a newspaper report. The children will be working on skills including fronted adverbials, direct speech and simple, compound and complex sentences. 



In Science, the children will be carrying out a range of STEM activities which develop children's Science, Technology, Engineering and maths skills. 


History and Geography

The children will be investigating where the continent of North America is and what it's climate is like.  We will also be looking at where the native people lived and what happened when the first settlers came to America.



In Art the children will be making dream catchers and sewing a tipi! 


Important information


*Children in Year 4 are expected to read every night to either themselves or an adult.  Your child should write the comment but of course parents can too.  Please initial each time and your child will receive rewards for their effort.  We are trying to beat 2500 reads in Robin class last year.


*Library days are on a Tuesday for both classes. Children will be expected to bring in their library book during these times so that they have the opportunity to change it for a new one.


*Children will undergo a "spellings quiz" every Friday and will be given new spellings to learn for the following week - please ensure that you are supporting your child in learning their spellings as their ability to spell words correctly will impact their writing significantly.


*Year 4 will have two PE sessions a week, Indoor PE and either swimming or outdoor PE.


















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