Summer Term in Year 4
During the Summer Term, as well as developing your child’s literacy, speaking and listening, mathematical, PSHE (citizenship), PE, Spanish and computing skills we will be studying:
Topic – Summer 1: What were the effects of Tudor exploration?
Topic – Summer 2: What impact do rivers and cities have on each other?
Science: Animals including Humans and SRE.
As normal, during the second half of the summer term, we will 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: www.tcwp.co.uk.
The focus in Year 4 is ‘Growing Up’ which looks at how the body changes as they approach puberty.
Please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher if you would like to look at the resources, make any comments or discuss any concerns.
PE lessons will be on Thursday for the summer term. They should bring in their PE kit (white t-shirt, navy tracksuit bottoms or shorts, navy sweatshirt, trainers) on Monday and leave it in school until Friday, so that it is available for clubs, or in the event that the PE timeslot changes. Please ensure that each item of clothing is named and put in a PE kit bag that is also marked clearly with your child’s name. All children are expected to participate unless they have a doctor’s note.
Water and fruit are encouraged. We suggest every child brings a bottle of water to school every day to drink from in the classroom. They are also welcome to bring in a piece of fruit to eat at morning break. Please ensure your child’s water bottle is labelled with their name.
Reading Records – Each child should read at home for 15 to 20 minutes every day and record what they have read. If they have read alone, then they should comment in their reading record, but if an adult has listened to them read, please could they make a comment. It is very important that your child reads every day at home – the value of this cannot be underestimated. Please make sure your child brings in their Reading Record Book on Tuesdays to be checked by class teachers.
Spellings – we will continue to use our Spelling Programme this term in class. In addition, the weekly spelling test will continue. These will be on a Friday (as before) and all the children have been given the spelling list for this half term.
Times tables – tests will take place on Fridays, in the form of speed table grids. Whilst we will be practising regularly in class, consolidation at home is invaluable. By the end of Year 4, the children are expected to know tables up to 12x12 fluently.
Mathletics - homework is set for all children and they are expected to complete it using either an iPad or computer before the set deadline. This is important homework which reinforces the learning in school. It is also an excellent way of improving quick addition, subtraction and times tables skills. Please let your class teacher know if computer access at home is not possible. Mathletics homework is checked on a Monday and new activities will be set on the same day. We may at time reset a previous activity if we think the children would benefit from having another go and helping to consolidate their understanding.
Punctuality and Absences Please ensure that your child is punctual in the mornings. Your child needs to be in class for the register at 8.55am. If your child is absent for any reason, we would be grateful if you would telephone the school office on 020 8874 1301.
We look forward to a happy and successful final term in Year 4.