Summer Termly Letter
In the summer term we will be exploring two texts in detail. The first will be Firebird by Saviour Pirotta. This beautifully illustrated book is a retelling of the original Russian folktale that inspired Stravinsky's famous ballet. The legendary firebird has been stealing King Vaslav's golden apples - how can he catch this dazzling thief? With the help of the King's overlooked youngest son, and a mysterious wolf, the mystery of the firebird is unravelled.
The second text, I was a Rat! is by multi award-winning Philip Pullman. I was a Rat! Roger insists, and insists . . . In fact, when Bob the cobbler and his washerwoman wife, Joan, find the young boy abandoned on their doorstep, these are the only words he says. And he does have ratty behaviour, it's true. This intriguing tale explores the mystery of Roger and his origins.
Using these texts as inspiration, we will be writing narratives, newspaper articles, persuasive arguments, diary entries and poetry.
We begin the term building on our work on decimals, focusing on rounding, ordering and halving them. Following this, we will be consolidating multiplication and division to ensure that pupils have mastered these core skills before moving into Year 5. We will then move onto looking at geometry towards the end of the term. At home, it would be helpful to explore money and time. Please spend some time refamilarising your child with some of the basic skills including telling the hour, half past and quarter past/to as well as identifying the value of coins. We will be revising these skills in afternoon maths meetings but any support at home will make a big difference.
In science, we will begin by completing our electricity topic; we will be learning how to create and represent circuits, the use of switches and the identification of complete and incomplete circuits before moving onto states of matter. This topic was originally planned for the spring term but due to the practical nature of the topic we needed to complete it in school.
Later we will move onto studying ‘Animals including humans.’ We will learn about how herbivores, omnivores and carnivores are different from each other, understand the importance of teeth, explain how we digest food and look at different food chains. We shall also develop our investigative skills through experiments to find out what different drinks do to our teeth.
We will use a program called ‘Hopscotch’ to create a simulation of a toy. Next, pupils will learn how to effectively use the internet to search for information online. We will focus on how to find the answer to specific questions, how to find trustworthy sites and what to do when we cannot find the answers we are looking for.
This term, we will be starting two new topics. In the first half term, we will think about the question: The Tudors- Terrible or Terrific? We will compare the Tudor monarchs and look at the voyages of discovery, particularly focusing on the exploits of Sir Francis Drake and The Golden Hinde.
We will also be reading a text about a Tudor Schoolboy in whole class reading sessions. We will then move on to consider How do rivers and cities impact upon one another? This is a geography focused topic, giving us the opportunity for some local fieldwork.
We will be looking at some of Holbein’s Tudor portraits and attempting our own portraits (using pouncing technique) of key Tudor and Elizabethan figures. Holbein was one of the first great painters in Britain and existed in the period of history we are studying. We will use the Tate’s online resources to support our learning.
During Summer 2, our art and DT will be linked to our topic. We will look at artists who have been inspired by rivers and have a go at making our own paintings using watercolours. We will also build a bridge to cross a river.
We will explore the following: Strategies to deal with peer pressure, school and the wider community and how to successfully deal with conflict. Using the Heartstart First Aid programme we will be looking at how to recognise the signs of choking and administer first aid appropriately. We will also be providing sex and relationship education, using the Chris Winter Project materials. If you would like to find out more about the project, you can look on the website: https://cwpresources.co.uk/resources/sre_pri/ The focus in Year 4 is: Growing Up.
The children continue to develop their skills, building on their understanding of differences in social conventions and continuing to develop their vocabulary.
To tie in with our topics, we will be using Sing Up to learn some Tudor songs and sea shanties.
In PE the children will be doing athletics and outdoor games.
In RE this term, we will start by looking at Buddhism, focusing on the life of Buddha and meditation. After half term, we will explore Humanism and Humanist rites of passage.
Trips and Special Events
On May 4th, we will have a Tudor workshop in school. More details will follow.
You have received a letter about the proposed trip to The Golden Hinde in July.
Please ensure your child completes their Mathletics each week. They will be set each Monday.
We will carry out our speed tables tests and spelling tests each Friday so please encourage your children to learn those too.
Finally, please do your best to support your child with their reading at home. For more fluent readers, this might include talking to them about their reading preferences and asking questions about what they are currently reading.