Year 4

Topics covered in Year 4 Summer Term 2019



This term we will be focusing on creative writing and poetry. The children will be expected to read, share and discuss different styles of poetry, fantasy or science fiction texts and include the key elements of the genres in their writing. They will be working on grammar, using a variety of punctuation and structuring sentences correctly. The children will be working on their comprehension skills. They will be reading fiction/non-fiction texts and practise answering questions, as well as writing book reviews. We will also focus on newspaper reports and persuasive writing.


Please continue to ensure your child reads a wide variety of good quality literature as this helps with their creative writing skills.



The children will be learning about ‘place value’, ‘multiplication’ and ‘division’ facts, adding of whole numbers and numbers with decimals and using inverse operations to calculate the answer. They will be learning about the properties of ‘2D shapes’, ‘length’ and ‘areas’ of shapes.



Electricity – what would not work if we ran out of electricity?  We will be studying the topic ‘Circuits and Conductors’ and learning about using electricity safely, as well as making and using circuits. Children will be classifying materials that are insulators and conductors.



In the first half of the term, the children will work in pairs to design a new Wikipedia page.  They will add content on the real Wikipedia.


In the second half of the term, the children will take on the roles of meteorologists and weather presenters and learn about data measurement, analysis and presentation.



Our topic this term is ‘Holy Books’. We will be looking at holy books from different religions.



P.E. will be on Wednesday and Friday this term.  The children will work on dance and netball skills with our specialist P.E. teacher.



The children will be studying the Rainforest.  They will learn about how people survive and how to build a shelter.   They will also explore different plants that grow in the Rainforest.



In History, the children will be studying ‘Benin’.  They will be learning about the royal family with the Oba as its head.  They will also be looking at how the society flourished for several centuries and why it was known for its amazing bronzes.


This term the children will develop their spoken French, revising common questions and answers in conversation.  They will begin to answer in the positive and negative to say, for example, “I have two brothers” or “I do not have any sisters”.  The children will also learn to tell the time in French to the nearest quarter, half and three quarter.


Art/Design and Technology

In the first half of the term, the children will be studying ‘Journeys’. In the second half term, they will be making torches.  They will also use their knowledge gained in Science to create a circuit.



The children are learning to read musical notation as well as playing the recorder and singing as part of a choir.



In this topic we will be promoting the children’s personal, social and emotional development, as well as their health and wellbeing. Through class discussions, they will develop their knowledge and skills needed to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. They will also understand how they are developing personally and socially and be able to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.



Homework is given out on Thursday and is expected to be returned by Tuesday.  There is a weekly spelling test on Monday, times-table test on Tuesday and Arithmetic on Friday.  Please ensure that your child reads their reading book on a daily basis.  The children will have access to the ‘Bug Club’ online reading resource and they have been provided with their own login/username.

Bug Club & Mathletics

The children have access to the ‘Bug Club’ online reading resource and have been provided with their own login and username. The children also have access to Mathletics, an education website specialising in the improvement of pupils’ mathematical skills.

Please encourage your children to access both resources to develop their reading and mathematical skills.


Daily reading and reading journal

Please ensure your child reads on daily basis (including the weekend) for 20-30 minutes. Try to encourage them to read to you, even though they might think they are old for it! Your child is given a reading journal and we encourage you to write him/her a question based on their reading. The question could be about what happened in the story or could be a creative activity such as designing a poster to promote the book; writing a short poem or creating a cartoon strip. We are looking forward to your support and co-operation.



Miss I Osman