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Curriculum - Summer Term

Maths

The final term of Year 4 will concentrate on fractions and angles using 'Inspire Maths', they will be learning about mixed numbers and improper fractions and how to convert between the two. They will then move on to looking at adding and subtracting fractions with related denominators. Then finally, learn about fractions of a set and word problems. After this, the children will then look at angles and compass points. Please encourage your children to practise all the timestables using this link to help - ttrocktars.

Literacy

Our Lit & Lang programme will continue this term with our final two units. In Unit 5, the children are introduced to a story with a historical setting: Runaways! by Jim Eldridge. The children will explore the setting and use it to immerse themselves in the story. The setting and period will then provide inspiration for their own writing! Our Non-fiction in this unit will focus on journalistic text. The children will broaden their knowledge of Victorian times by looking through texts that are typical of the period. They will learn about the features of newspaper aricles and entries and be given the opportunity to write their own entry for a class newspaper set during the Victorian era.

Our final unit will explore a story from another culture: Sugarcane Juice by Pratima Mitchell, set in Pakistan. They will look closely at the vivid description and action so that they can borrow language, ideas and structure such as dialogue to use in their own writing. They will write an additional episode of the story using the ideas and the techniques that they have explored. Our Non-fiction for our final topic will focus on developing persuasive techniques developed in advertising so that they can create their own marketing campaign with a clear message. The children will analyse a film trailer and poster and design their own versions for a new film.

Science

Sound - This ‘Sound’ unit will teach the children about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness. The children will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations, and completing a sound survey of our school. They will work in groups to create a human model of the way particles pass sound vibrations on, and write and star in their own documentary explaining how sound travels. The children will work in a hands-on way to explore pitch, and will use their understanding of how high and low sounds are made to create their own set of pan pipes. They will have the opportunity to make a string telephone, and will use this to investigate how sounds change over distance and through different materials. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best material for soundproofing, in the context of making a music studio quieter. Finally, they will demonstrate their learning from the whole unit by designing and creating their own musical instrument that will play high, low, loud and quiet sounds.

Scientists and Inventors - This unit will teach the children about famous scientists and inventors linked to this years curriculum. The children will look at the likes of Jacques Cousteau and Cornelius Drebbel linking to our topic 'Blue Abyss'.  The children will even have a go at making their own submarines and testing its buoyancy. 

 

Geography - We will be exploring the oceans around the world as part of our 'Blue Abyss' topic, exploring the layers of the ocean. The children will investigate the human and physical factors of the Great Barrier Reef, whilst exploring the environmental dangers that are having a negative impact on our oceans. 

French - This term the children will concentrate on the ‘Where in the World?’ unit. This unit will teach your children key vocabulary related to countries/continents and animals. They will learn specific vocabulary of countries of the United Kingdom, continents and animals from different continents and a country’s position related to the equator. They will learn key phrases connected to the themes.