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Summer 2

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 towards producing their own discursive text this term. This will be based on our class book – ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman. This book will allow for a lot of discussion and debates to take place, as pupils will be encouraged to voice their own opinions as well taking onboard those of their peers. Pupils will be able to explore a range of features and devices in order to offer both sides to an argument. In addition to this, as pupils follow along with the story, they will put themselves in the characters’ shoes and write diary entries, letters and recounts in the build up to their final write.  


Many grammatical terms and features will continue to be taught through our English lessons, but pupils will also take part in separate Grammar lessons. Within these lessons, we will be recapping all that we have learnt this year and ensuring that all pupils have a solid understanding of how to identify and use each feature.  


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.

Discursive text     balanced argument   persuade    for    against    audience    pronoun     noun phrase    adverbial phrase      prepositional phrase     word class     subordinate clause    

Guided Reading

Pupils will continue with their work on reading for inference which was introduced last year. Having now become confident in all the skills, pupils will be working in small groups to share and discuss a text using all the different skills they have learnt. They will listen to each other and will have justify their own viewpoints especially if they differ from someone else’s. Having to do this will support their use of locating and finding evidence. Pupils will continue to develop their comprehension skills through answering questions.

Pupils will also practice these skills through the means of our class text. Inference will play a large part in this terms work and pupils will be using this skill to gain a deep understanding of the character’s situation and behaviour.


fluency    key word      important     specific    recover    meaning     relate     relationship    annotate   unpick     understand    evidence    relevant    accurate    justify     support    explain     conflicting views       


Pupils will start off the term working on time. This is an area of Maths that needs to be recapped every day both at home and in school. After this, pupils will move on to statistics, which will see them creating their own graphs and charts as well as drawing conclusions from those already given. The final topic for Year 4 will then be Geometry. Within this they will look at various shapes, angles, position and translation.

Every week pupils will complete a Number and Lightning and skills for this will be taught in addition to their daily Maths 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 continue to 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.


Analogue    digital   pm    am     hours    minutes    seconds     quarter to     quarter past    half past    o clock    line graph    bar chart    pictogram     increase     decrease     scale     axis     conclusions      data      quadrilaterals      triangles     angles    acute     obtuse     right angle    translation     up   down    left    right   

Other Subjects


We will be following Kapow for our Computing this term and will be focusing on Data Handling: Investigating weather. Pupils will be recoding their own weather forecast, use keywords to find information and data on the Internet, understand about weather stations, design their own way of recording the weather and inputting their own data on a spreadsheet.


Data     weather station     signal     input     spreadsheet    accurate   climate zone    collaboration    thermometer     forecast    script     measurement    presenter    backdrop     sensor    solar panel   


To start the term, pupils will be finishing off the previous topic – Safety and the Changing Body before moving on to our final topic which is transition. Pupils will use this lesson to reflect on their time in Year 4 and how far they have come as an individual. We will look at setting targets for the following year and how we can all support each other as they move into Year 5.


Goal      achievement     change     grow    pride      transition     confidence    self-belief 


Our topic within RE is How and why do people show their commitment during the journey of life?” Within this unit, pupils will look at a selection of different religions and the various ceremonies that occur throughout someone’s life.


Baptism    marriage     Bar Mitzvah      ceremony     milestones    life    journey    commitment     values    sacred     sacrifice    


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

Rounders – within Rounders pupils will develop their ability to strike a ball and aim to develop their accuracy regarding the direction and placement of the ball. In addition to this, we will look at the key skills needed when fielding such a long and short barrier and how to bowl correctly. On top of this, all pupils will become confident with the rules.


Rounders      strike    bat   ball    fielders     long barrier    short barrier     bowl   under arm    over arm     base     score     out     no ball     over run      post     bowling box     batters square      runner       team      accuracy     placement     distance    

Swimming – we continue with our swimming lessons as Jack Hunt this half-term as pupils 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 Cordoba – the city of light. This will continue on from our learning last term. Pupils will look at how Islam burst out of Arabia, how and why it spread so far, the homesick ruler and the city of light, the city of art and learning, the city of learning and also the unique world.


Warring     disputes    Caliphs    warfare    Samarkand    Sind    territory      advance     factors    liberators    tolerant     booty    inheritance    captive     treasurers     surveyors    dynasty    Ummayed    Damascus     criticise      Abbasids      unfurled     banners      massacre     biblical    fugitive      Cordoba    turban    emir   exile   stonemasons    delicate    jade    lute    provoked    locust    minaret     ancestors     mihrab       Berbers     expelled      enraged    unique


In Geography, we will be looking at Deserts. We will look at whether deserts are always hot, how they are formed, the Sahara Desert, the types of plants and animals that inhabit there, how humans use the desert and the Patagonian Desert.


Hydrated    dehydrated    desert    vegetation     arid    Sahara Desert    plummet    lush    sand dunes    oasis     oases    store     drought    Sahel    semi-arid      desertification      nutrients     overgrazing    flora     fauna    desolate    succulents    cactus    cacti     nocturnal    lichen     blubber    steppe    divert    Great Steppe     yurts    portable    Patagonia    hostile    exceeds    exposes     extinct


In French this half-term we be looking at the circle of life. Pupils will be using dictionaries to extend their vocabulary and will focus in on animals and their habitats. Pupils will also link back to their previous Science learning as they build food chains.


Les   animaux    un loup   un poisson    un singe    un lapin   un oiseau    un serpent    un ver    le (masc.)   la (Fem.)     l’      qui?     Dans    la jungle    habite     est    mange    par    le singe    le lion     la tortue    le loup    


Music will be taught through a program called Kapow and our topic is called Adapting and Transposing motifs (The Romans). Pupils will be learning a new song, listening out for the repetitive phrase in the lyrics and notes in the song, writing their own motif and combine several groups motifs together to perform as a group.


Backing track    beat    composing     in tune      lyrics    tempo    repetitive    motif     notation     vocal warm up       pitch    tempo      loop    key    call and response    base line    rhythm     transpose   


Science this term will all be focused on Electricity. Pupils will be able to identify common appliances that run off electricity, construct simple circuits and identify components such as bulbs, switches, cells and wires, understand the role of a switch and will be able to identify conductors.


Electricity     volt     bulb    circuit    switch    wire     cell     conductor     appliance     lamp      buzzer     motor  


This term, our DT will be linked to our Science which is focused on Electricity. Pupils will be tasked with designing and making their own product which relies on electricity to work. To make this possible, pupils will need to create a simple circuit involving a switch, bulb and cell.


equipment   shell     circuit     create    design     components     evaluate     adapt  

Links to learning sites

Key dates:

Summer term starts – Tuesday 6th June

Multiplication check window – Monday 6th June – Friday 16th June

National Sports Week – Monday 19th June – Friday 23rd June

Summer Fayre – Wednesday 28th June

Soke Athletics (selected pupils only) – Thursday 7th July

Disco – Monday 10th July

Reports issued – Tuesday 11th July

Move up day – Thursday 13th July