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Grayswood CE Aided Infant School

Year 4 Swallows

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Summer Term 2

Sunny days ahead, with buckets of outdoor learning...



 To begin this half term, we will start with a short investigation into Time. Following that, the Swallows will be investigating Statistics  followed by Shape and Geometry. Within these topics, the children will learning how to:

  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks
  • Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, years to months, weeks to days
  • Use and process data utilising a variety of methods to best exemplify and demonstrate the type of information given.  
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes
  • Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to 2 right angles by size
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations
  • Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry
  • Describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates
  • Describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down
  • Plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon
  • Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods
  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs


In English this half term we will be completing our work on 'The Lion and The Unicorn', before starting a new book called Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti (with Ian McEwan). Our aim will be for the children to:

Process of writing: exploration of the text, speaking and listening (drama). Planning, drafting and writing, evaluating and editing.

Features of the text type: precise vocabulary, historical language, suspense, show not tell, emotion, conjunctions, range of sentence starters, subordinate clauses. 

Key vocabulary for unit: precise vocabulary, sentences, clauses, phrases, historical fiction, infer, word choices, illustrations, images









Other topics we will cover will be reviewing their residential trip to Henley Fort, in the form of a non-chronological report, drawing on their previous work in this area (their animal research project)



Our topic in Science, for this half term, is 'Animals, including Humans'. Through this unit we will construct and explore the various functions of the digestive system, and begin to compare how humans’ digestive system differs to another mammal. We will learn about teeth, identifying different types and their functions. Swallows will hypothesize about the effect sugar has on teeth, linking to the theory of tooth decay. They will set up an experiment to look at the causes of tooth decay, making careful observations and drawing conclusions. Finally, we will use the learn pads to explore different food chains that exist, identifying producers, predators and prey, and the role of different plans and animals within them.


Our Art and DT this term will be linked to our History topic on WWII. We will study make a rationed recipe and design and make an air raid shelter and look at the work of L S Lowery and Dame Laura Knight as war artists.


In French. we will look at ‘Holidays and Hobbies’, swallows will learn to state what the weather is like in different seasons and months. We will start to build phrases based on holidays and hobbies, stating preferences.


In Music, Swallows will be learning the song Dancing in the Street and they will also be honing their glockenspiel skills this half term, focusing on learning a short piece, playing with the correct technique and rhythm. We will practice score reading (with supporting letters). Finally we will compose a short piece in groups and perform to class.


PSHE: Changes:This theme tackles the issue of change and aims to equip children with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative. The theme seeks to develop children’s ability to understand and manage the feelings associated with change. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: motivation, social skills and managing feelings.


In P.E. this half term, the children will be learning to play Cricket on Friday afternoons, and Athletics on Wednesdays. We will also be continuing our Forest School, which will be every other Thursday for your child. The first session, will focus the children on the following learning objectives:

· Familiarise the children again with the forest

· To continue to develop communication and listening skills

· To develop team work and co-operation

· To build on this terms class topic theme on different Habitats and food chains that exist, identifying producers, predators and prey, and the role of different

plants and animals within them.