English Writing: Children will continue to plan their writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar. They will be writing a short story, creating characters, settings and plot. They will be creating a diary entry using a varied and rich vocabulary by increasing their range of sentence structure. They will continue to extend their grammar and punctuation skills, using conjunctions to extend their sentences and understand the grammar for the Year 4 curriculum.
Reading: During the summer term, children will read a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, reading independently and in group situations. They will practice reading aloud in order to improve their oral skills. They will listen and respond appropriately and ask questions to extend their understanding. They will apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes
Reading Comprehension: They will continue to develop a positive attitude to reading and read for a range of purposes. They will use a dictionary to understand new words that they have read and identify themes and conventions in a variety of books. Group and class discussions will take place in order to predict, discuss, understand and retrieve and record information.
Speaking and Listening: Your child will be taking a more active role in class sessions using strategies to extend their vocabulary, give well-structured descriptions, explanations and participate actively in conversations, initiating and responding to comments. They will consider and evaluate different viewpoints, building on the contributions of others.
Maths: Children will continue to work on number and place value, practising multiplication tables and solving problems involving the four operations. They will be learning to covert between different units of measurement, measure and calculate area and perimeter, convert from hours to minutes, centimetres to metres and kilometres to metres. They will compare and classify geometric shapes, identify acute and obtuse angles and recognize right-angles. They will identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes and complete a simply symmetric figure. In Geometry they will plot specified points, and describe position and direction. Statistics will look at a variety of data, they will interpret and present data in a variety of ways (bar charts, pictograms and tables).
Religion: During the summer term children will study the history of the church and understand that it is the people that make the church and not the building. They will look at the different churches and compare similarities and differences. This study will give the children an understanding of the Church in its widest sense. To see the similarities and differences between denominations and to develop further their concept of symbolism. They will also look at prayers, reflecting upon the different styles of prayer whilst creating prayers in different ways. They will understand how prayer is an expression of belief and commitment and a way of communicating with God and that we/Christians believe that God listens and responds.
Worship: The children are learning about the Christian value of ‘Compassion’ this half term, through stories, craft, drama and prayer activities.
Homework: My Maths is set weekly, this helps your child with the work being taught in the classroom. Spellings for the first half-term have been set and will be in your child’s homework book. I have also set homework based on the curriculum coverage for the first half-term which you can also find in homework books. Numeracy Ninja will also be sent home so that your child can continue to improve their times tables skills. Homework is sent home on Friday and is due back the following Thursday. It remains important that the children practice times tables, spellings and reading at home frequently to support their learning in class.