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ST.THOMAS OF CANTERBURY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

Years 4    Class   Miss. Crafter    Summer term 2018 Overview

During this term your child will be studying a number of modules from the NATIONAL CURRICULUM 2014. We believe in the importance of partnership between home and school. To further develop this relationship we feel it is important that you are fully aware of the topics your child will be covering during this term. We know that we can depend on you to support your child completely in tasks undertaken.

 

SCIENCE

 

Ø Habitats

Ø Circuits and Conductors

 

In this topic children are reminded of the characteristics of living things and the basic needs their habitats supply. They classify a range of animals, insects and plants as well as constructing food chains.

 

This unit builds on children's previous practical experience of making circuits and extends their understanding of circuits, conductors and insulators and the need for a complete circuit in order for a device to work. Children are introduced to ways in which they can vary the current in a circuit.

HISTORY

 

Ø The Ancient Egyptians

 

In this unit children find out about the way of life of people living in Ancient Egypt from archaeological discoveries. Children will develop their understanding of characteristic features of society; identify the different ways the past is represented and use sources of information to make simple observations, deductions and inferences.

GEOGRAPHY

Ø Around the world

 

This ‘All around the World’ Unit allows children to take a closer look at where the countries of the world are located, and some of the ways geographers describe locations. Children will learn to locate and describe places using longitude and latitude, and find out about some of the important lines that delineate specific areas of the Earth - the Equator, the Hemispheres, the Poles and the Tropics. Finally, by looking more closely at the lines of longitude, children will develop their understanding of time zones.

ART AND DESIGN

 

Ø Journeys

 

In this unit children explore how signs, symbols and metaphors can be used to communicate ideas and meanings about a journey. They produce a mixed-media work, combining drawing, painting, collage and print-making techniques. They learn about artists, craftspeople and designers who communicate their ideas through signs and symbols.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Ø Torches

 

This unit enables children to apply knowledge about electric circuits that they acquire in science in a purposeful way by designing and making a simple circuit. While all the designing and making skills will be used, there will be a particular emphasis on defining a set of clear specifications for the torch by considering who will use it and the conditions under which it might be used. The children also consider how the torch can be controlled by designing and making their own switch.

Games (Tuesday)

Ø Athletics

Ø Scatterball

Ø Rounders

Swimming (Thursday)

 

Please ensure that your child comes every Tuesday with a PE/Games kit and the appropriate foot wear (Trainers or Plimsolls) regardless of the weather, as this often changes over the course of a day. It is also important that kit is washed regularly. Children must be able to remove and replace their own earrings prior to sports activities.

R.E.

Ø New Life

Ø Building Bridges

Ø God’s People

 

 

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I.T.

Ø We are meteorologists

Ø We are programmers (cont)

 

In this unit children learn how to bring together data measurement, analysis and presentation. Children will take on the role of meteorologists and weather presenters. They will be required to develop both their ICT skills but also their spoken language.

 

Children to continue to use logical reasoning to explain how simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.  

Music

Ø Exploring Singing Games

 

This unit develops children’s ability to recognise and explore some characteristics of singing games. It consolidates their sense of pulse and ability to perform with others.

NUMERACY          

 

 

The children will be covering a number of areas in Mathematics, these include:

multiplication facts up to 12 x 12 and the corresponding division facts, place value, decimals, 3D shapes, Roman Numerals, weight including kilograms and grams, Venn diagrams, graphs, tables and charts, perimeter and angles, eight points of the compass, fractions of quantities and equivalent fractions and mixed numbers. There will be a weekly tables test and children will need to learn the times table of the week at home.

LITERACY     

 

In Literacy the children will be covering a number of areas, including looking at adverts and other forms of persuasive writing. They will look at stories that raise issues and dilemmas, stories from the past and performing poetry. Children will also be writing creatively on a number of topics throughout the term. PLEASE make sure you are still reading regularly!

 

NOTE:

As it would be beneficial to your child, please will you practise telling the time to the minute using analogue and digital clocks. Please encourage your child to practise multiplication and division tables for a quick response and to read and discuss texts to improve expression, fluency, understanding, grammar and vocabulary. I hope you find this information useful and if you have any questions about the work being covered by the class during the term please feel free to see me at the end of the day.