Year 4 Learning Overview - Summer 2 term 2019
What are we learning?
This half term our topic theme is ‘Road Trip USA’, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.
In history, the children will learn about different Native American tribes.
In geography, the children will use maps and atlas to locate the American states and use aerial maps to make a travel itinerary.
As scientists, the children will be learning about living things and their habitats. The children will recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways and learn how to classify. They will create a classification key asking dichotomous questions.
In English, the children will be writing for many different purposes, including; instruction writing, narratives and playscripts. The children will be studying ‘The Indian in a Cupboard’ by Cressida Cowell and ‘The Fire Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman.
In mathematics this half term, the children will be learning about position and movement, mass, length and capacity. Children will learn about the concepts of area and perimeter. They will measure area by measuring surface coverage. They will find area of figures that have squares and rectangles by counting and visualising. In position and movement children will learn how to describe the positions of objects and figures, they will learn how to describe the positions on grids using coordinates and will use coordinates to describe a figure following a translation.
In music, the children will continue to learn the violin. Violins will go home on a Tuesday and are to be returned on a Monday.
In Philosophy for Children (P4C), we will be using our thinking skills, asking questions and making assumptions, children will be encouraged to develop opinions and give supporting reasons. We will be using different stimuli to encourage thinking, such as stories, songs, poems and pictures.
P.E. Kit: Please make sure your children have shorts, a Harris PE t-shirt, black plimsolls or trainers and white socks in a named P.E. bag in school. Swallowtails class will have P.E on Friday and Thursday and Peacock class will have P.E on Friday and Wednesday. P.E kits will be sent home on Friday and should return to school on Monday.
Children are not allowed to do P.E. without the appropriate kit.
Reading books and reading records: Please make sure your child’s books and reading records are in their book bags each day.
Overview of our home learning: Home learning will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday.
There will also be one half-termly homework project. This half term it is linked to our topic of ‘Road Trip USA’. Please find below some ideas for the home learning:
- Use online sources to research and create a timeline of Native America. Decide which events are most important, and write a caption to go with each date, explaining what happened.
- Native American symbols can vary in meaning from one tribe to another and across different regions. Symbols were used for a variety of reasons and depicted on numerous objects. What can you find out about this mysterious language?
- Find out about the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Why is it such an important historic event?
- What were the Beaver Wars? Write a historical account that includes who fought, why beaver fur was so important and what happened.
- There have many U.S. presidents over the last 100 years. How many can you find? Write a short biography about one of time.
- Write a speech for a tribal chief to make to his tribe. It could be get them ready to fight against another tribe or to announce a forthcoming marriage.
Home learning is a way for your child to show off the learning that they have been doing throughout the week, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that is appropriate to them.
Reading continues to be a priority in Year 4 and we ask that you hear your child read daily and please record what they have read in their reading records on the page next to their homework and include any words or comprehension skills that they are struggling with.
Children will be practising handwriting daily. They will be continuing to join all their letters using a cursive script. Once their handwriting is all joined and presented neatly they will be awarded the pen license.