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Summer 1

Welcome to Year 4!

Topic: Ancient Egypt

This term, Year 4 will be beginning an exciting new Humanities curriculum with Haringey Education Partnership. For each History and Geography topic, children will explore a wide range of important vocabulary and ideas, which will support them in developing their reading skills by deepening their knowledge of the world and expanding their vocabulary knowledge.

The first topic in the HEP curriculum is Ancient Egypt, meaning that our Ancient Egypt topic will continue this term, but we will be exploring new areas and ideas. We will be learning about settlements around the Nile, the role of the Nile in Ancient Egyptian Civilization, religion, government, art, great monuments, farming and beliefs about death. We will learn about these areas through stories and discussing key vocabulary, which you can see below.

Vocabulary: Valley of the Kings, archaeologists, tomb, ancient Egypt, remains, hieroglyphic, ebony, Tutankhamun, historians, civilisation, BC/Before Christ BCE/Before the Common Era, Nile, Mediterranean Sea, kingdom, Upper Egypt, Lower Egypt, united, crown, double crown, pharaoh, taxes, enemies, priests, scribes, sacred carvings, fertile, mine, Old Kingdom, New Kingdom, pyramids, Giza, Cheops, ankh, overpower, weapons, Amun Ra, hawk, Osiris, Isis, dependent, flooded, universe, order, Ma’at, Anubis, afterlife, underworld, limb, decaying, preserve, embalming, mummification, Rosetta, hieroglyphs, Rosetta Stone, translated, Demotic, Greek, cartouche, inscriptions, carved, papyrus


In maths we will continue to explore and gain a deeper understanding of fractions and decimals. We will learn how to find a fraction of a number and how we can use visual ways to help us to understand and see fractions. We will also be learning about money, which will include ordering, adding and subtracting money.

We will also continue to practise a range of arithmetic methods through Number and Lightning. 

Vocabulary: hundredths, tenths, equivalent fractions, half, quarters, thirds, numerator, denominator, fraction bar, divide, share, part, group, money, change, pound, pence


Our English learning this week will be based around the book Varjak Paw, see a synopsis of Varjak Paw below.

Varjak Paw is descended from a proud line of Mesopotamian Blue cats. For generations they have been living in shelter and luxury in the Contessa’s house. Now the Paws are in danger and only Varjak, mocked because he has different coloured eyes, understands enough to go Outside and seek help. Dreams help him to learn a martial art for cats known as the Way of Jalal, his ancestor, and so defeat his enemies. An attractively produced novel with black and white illustrations by an artist best known for his work in graphic novels.

We will explore and enjoy this book through drama, discussions, using our reading for inference skills and writing. In writing, we will revisit and practise using the key features of a good piece of writing. This includes thinking about our sentence structure, using punctuation accurately, thinking carefully about our spelling and using a range of exciting vocabulary.

Vocabulary: adjectives, verbs, adverbs, similes, full stop, comma, apostrophe, inverted commas, paragraph, conjunction, prefix, suffix

Other curriculum areas:

History – Ancient Egypt

Vocabulary: See topic vocabulary above

Geography – Rivers – We will be learning about all of the features of a river and comparing the River Thames and River Severn.

Vocabulary: mountain, Tibet, mountain range, Himalayas, springs, Indus, India, Pakistan glaciers, monsoon, channel, tributaries, Arabian Sea, Afghanistan, river levels, dams reservoirs, canals, irrigation, irrigate, turbine, hydro -power, parched, palla, province, Sindh, delicacy, source, Earth, atmosphere, state, solid, liquid, gas, water vapour, water cycle, evaporates, evaporation, condenses, surface runoff, ground, water transpiration, erosion, erodes, particles, load,  deposits, deposition, upper course, riverbed, V-shaped valley, spurs, mature, meanders, sediment, mouth, estuary, reeds, delta, mangroves, Welsh, River Severn, Wales, Shrewsbury, cattle, salmon, streamlined, bore, Gloucester, tide, curlews, sandpipers, conservation, pollute, pollution

Science - We will be learning about states of matter. We will group materials into solids, liquids and gases, as well as looking at how water can change between these states. 

Vocabulary: water, evaporate, condensation, cool, heat, solid, liquid, gas, state

PE -Athletics- We will be improving our performance in athletics when performing shot put, relay, triple jump and long distance running. We will do this through videoing our performances and evaluating them.

-Tennis - We will be focusing on control in tennis and using these skills in matches.

Vocabulary: Jump, shotput, throw, bend, hop, skip, stamina, pace, serve, control, forehand, backhand, evaluate 

French – We will be learning how to say the features of the face, other parts of the body and some French fairy tales.

Vocabulary: le corps, mon visage, J'ai mal, les contes de fees

DT - Pneumatics – We will be designing, making and evaluating a pop up toy for younger children.

components, fixing, attaching, tubing, syringe, plunger, splitpin, paper fastenerpneumatic system, inputmovement, process, outputmovement, control, compression, pressure, inflate, deflate, pump, seal, air-tightlinear, rotary, oscillating, reciprocatinguser, purpose, function, prototype, design criteria, innovative, appealing, design brief, research, evaluate, ideas, constraints, investigate

RE - We will be learning about the Kingdom of God. Our key learning question will be: When Jesus left what was the impact of Pentecost?

Vocabulary: God, kingdom, Jesus, Pentecost, Holy Spirit, Father, king

PSHE – Safety and The Changing Body - Building awareness of online safety and the benefits and risks of sharing information online; identifying the difference between private and public; age restrictions; exploring the physical and emotional changes in puberty; the risks associated with tobacco; knowing how to help someone with asthma

Vocabulary: online safety, stranger, private, public, secret, surprise, physical change, emotional change, puberty, asthma, tobacco

Computing - Internet safety - We will be learning about all of the different ways that we can can use the Internet safely, including how to search online, how companies advertise to us online, what we should or should not believe when we are online, what a bot is, what an appropriate amount of tech time looks like and how to be respectful online.

Vocabulary: Internet, safety, search, results, advertise, persuade, fact, opinion, belief, reliable, fake news, bot, moderation, timetable, respectful, kind, troll, abuse

Online learning links:


PiXL Tables

PiXL Unlock App – from any app store

RWI spelling Extra Practice Zone

Maths and Logic puzzles

KS1 and KS2 Maths games to practise skills.

100 books for parents - To support teachers and parents, we've compiled a list of books to read with your children at home, along with downloadable activity sheets for each book. We've collated a range of activities from publishers and from our own team of librarians and curriculum specialists. -

Stay Active with Premier Education - Supporting Health and Well Being at Home -

Important diary dates:

Start of term – 12/04/2021

Bank Holiday – 03/05/2021

Parent/Carer Consultation Appointments – Week Beginning 03/05/2021‚Äč

Last day of Term – 28/05/2021