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Summer 1


Summer 1

Our learning in Year 4 will build upon prior knowledge and learning as well as delving into and exploring new topics and skills.


Pupils will be working this half-term towards writing 2 independent pieces. The first piece will be an explanation text focusing around the different stages of a river and the journey it takes before reaching the sea. Pupils will need to use a formal tone, a clear structure and various other features that they have been working on in Grammar within this text type. The second text will be a narrative. This will allow the pupils to have more freedom over their writing, enabling them to use their imagination to draw the reader in. Pupils will be expected to show their ability to engage their audience, use inverted commas and therefore speech to enhance the quality of their writing.


Many grammatical terms and features will be taught through our English lessons, but pupils will also take part in separate Grammar lessons. The big focus this half-term will be apostrophes, for both omission and possession. We will also recap previous word classes and features taught to consolidate the learning that has taken place in both previous years and Year 4 thus far.  


Bedrock will continue to be used to improve pupils’ vocabulary knowledge. Pupils will be given opportunities in class to complete sessions but the expectation for pupils to complete at least 2 lessons a week at home still remains.


explanation     chronological    third person     tense     apostrophe    omission    possession      plural       singular      word class      determiner     pronoun     clause    audience        structure      


Guided Reading

Pupils will continue with their work on reading for inference which was introduced last year. Pupils will focus in on the skills of breakdown and identifying VIP words. This will support the pupils when they lose the meaning of what they are reading and will help them to identify keywords, those that are important to understanding the meaning of the text. Alongside this, we will work hard on using evidence to support our opinions and ensure that when we choose our evidence, that is appropriate and the best possible piece it can be.


fluency    key word      important     specific    recover    meaning     relate     relationship    annotate   unpick     understand    evidence    relevant    accurate  


Pupils will start off the term continuing with their work on decimals. This will include rounding decimals, adding to make a whole, comparing and ordering and becoming confident in quarter and half equivalents. After spending two weeks on this, we will move on to money which includes various skills such as converting between pounds and pence, adding and subtracting amounts and giving change. Finally, before the end of the half-term we will start to look at time with a focus on telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes. 

Every week pupils will complete a Number and Lightning and skills for this will be taught in addition to their daily Math’s lesson. Pupils who are already competent in various areas will further embed their understanding through a series of deepening and enriching tasks.

Times Tables will be a huge focus in class, with daily teaching and practice. It is imperative that pupils are able to recall all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 in order to access all the curriculum. Pupils should also work on their times table at home.


Decimal    tenth    hundredth    rounding    whole   quarter    half    money     change    pence     pounds     coins    notes    symbol    amount    analogue    digital    o clock    quarter past     half past     past      too   

Other Subjects


We will be following Kapow for our Computing this term and will be focusing on Computational Thinking. Pupils will be looking at decomposition and how this can be used to solve problems. Pupils will use their learning to look at and identify patterns and create their own algorithms on Scratch.


computational thinking      decomposition        algorithm     abstraction     code         script        sequence       input     output      logical reasoning       pattern      variable   



Safety and the Changing Body will be the focus for this half-term – looking at various areas such as Internet safety (staying safe online and how to communicate), privacy and secrecy (the difference between secrets and surprises), Asthma (how to help someone who has Asthma), tobacco (risks of smoking and benefits of being a non-smoker), growing up (physical changes that our body goes through) and introducing puberty (changes as we grow up).  


Social media     age restriction    law    legal     point of view    reason    for    against   debate    digital age of consent    sharing     Internet   Airway    trachea      lungs    triggers    inhaler   medicine    larynx     inhale    exhale     inflate     deflate   private   public    secret    uncomfortable    worried    sorting    search engine     child     adult     change    grow    develop      physical changes     breasts     genitals    penis    hair    hygiene    puberty     tobacco     smoke    risk    health    choice     non-smoker


Religious Education

Our topic within RE is Kingdom of God –When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost? Within this topic we will look at, what Pentecost is, what this symbolises for Christians and why it is of such importance.


Christianity    Kingdom of God     Pentecost     Bible     Easter     disciples      Holy Spirit          

Physical Education

Pupils will take part in two PE lessons each week. One lesson will be focused on Athletics and the other on Swimming.

Athletics - pupils will try a selection of different events that fall within Athletics such as sprinting, relay, long distance, shot put, long jump and triple jump. Within each of these, pupils will get the chance to evaluate their own and others performances and will look for ways to improve.


Athletics       long jump      triple jump     hop     skip     jump     pit     propulsion     force     relay      baton     exchange     handover       track    lane      transfer of weight     aim     direction     evaluate      analyse     adapt      modify     improve     adjust      

Swimming – within these sessions pupils will become more confident in the water, aim to swim 25m or to at least achieve further than their own starting points, perform self-rescue and to perform a range of swimming strokes. 


Swimming     front crawl     breast stroke     butterfly     backstroke     sculling     treading water     afloat      rescue      confidence     underwater     stroke     streamline  


In History, we will be learning about the Roman Republic. Within this topic we will look at how Rome was formed, the Romans v Carthage, Hannibal’s attack on Rome, how Scipio saved Rome and culture in the Roman Republic.


Romulus     Remus    Tiber     shepherd     omen    Rome     senators     unity     toga      temples     cunning       Sabine       signals      seven hills    Tarquin    Tarquin the Proud     Brutus     represent    consuls      SPQR     Carthaginians    Punic Wars     Hannibal    ambushed      Calvary       Scipio       Patrician     Plebeians    elect     representatives  


In Geography, we will be looking at the Rhine and Mediterranean. Within this topic we will be looking at the River Rhine in depth, focusing in on key cities along its route such as Cologne and Rotterdam. We will look at how it changes in the Alps before focusing in on the Mediterranean and the Suez Channel.


Alps      tributary    Upper Rhine     Lower Rhine     confluence     banks    flooding    flood walls     port    harness      importing      exporting    canal      wetlands    drained   lock      strait     enclosed sea    mainland     Suez Channel

Modern Foreign Languages (French)

In French this half-term we will continue to focus on school. Pupils will look at ways of travelling to school, rooms in the building, items in a pencil case, subjects and also be introduced to different times of the day! Once pupils have gained knowledge of the new vocabulary, they will read and unpick a French story.


à pied     en bus     en voiture      en train     à vélo     en avion     en bateau    la salle de classe     la cour     la grade salle   les toilettes     la cuisine     le parking     la bibliothèque       un crayon    une gomme    une règle     un stylo     une calculatrice      un feutre    midi    minuit     du matin     du soir     de l’après  midi      del la nuit     et demie les mathématiques    l’anglais    le français    les sciences    le sport     le dessin    l’informatique    la musique    l’espagnol   


Music will be taught through a programme called Kapow and our topic is all Samba and Carnival sounds and instruments. Pupils will learn to recognise different Samba sounds and rhythms before composing their own piece of music in groups.


Brazil    Carnival    Samba Batucada    cowbell    agogo     chocalho     ganza    caixa    rhythm     texture    dynamics    offbeat     syncopation     pulse     beat    


Science this term will all be focused on sound. Pupils will learn how sounds are created and how we hear them. Pupils will look at how sound waves vary depending on the pitch of the sound being produced.


pitch    waves    frequency   vibration   particles    source    travel    dissipate    volume   sound  

Design and Technology

This term, our DT will be linked to our Science which is focused on Sound. Pupils will be tasked with designing and making their own musical instrument. Pupils will decide what type of instrument this will be and will take a lead in designing, planning and locating the resources for their creation.


Equipment   structure      pitch     resource    modify    evaluate     layout    plan   assess   

Links to learning sites


Key dates:

Summer term starts – Wednesday 20th April

Swimming – Monday 25th April

Swimming – Monday 16th May

Swimming - Monday 23rd May

Swimming – Wednesday 25th May (rearranged session)