Our topic for the Summer term will be Mountains and Rivers around the world. We will also be spending the first few weeks finishing of our Ancient Greeks topic from before the holidays. As it was such a busy term we did not get everything covered. We will look at how mountains and rivers are formed and the journey of a river from source to where it meets the sea. The children will understand and describe the key aspects of physical geography including: rivers, mountains and the water cycle. They will use maps, atlases, globes and digital computer mapping to locate countries and describe the features studied. Additionally, they will extend their knowledge to include the location and characteristics of a range of the world's most significant human and physical characteristics.
Throughout the term we will look at the books Pompeii and When the Giant Stirred. Using the books as our inspiration, the children will engage in writing tasks throughout the term. We will be looking at editing and improving our work through ambitious vocabulary and use of conjunctions to make compound sentences. . We will continue our work with learning to alter sentence structures and the use of punctuation to develop the atmosphere in writing. We will be concentrating on spelling by adding prefixes /suffixes and common high frequency words. As always, homophones will continue to be a focus. We will revisit all the year 4 grammar and punctuation focusses: direct speech, possessive apostrophes, commas after fronted adverbials and capital letters for proper nouns.
We will begin the term with finishing fractions and learning about decimals. We will then recap learning about multiplication and division. Next we will have a topic on time and how to convert between analogue and digital. Statistics will be our next focus, with the children learning how to interpret graphs. Following this, we will look at money. We will study pounds and pence and how to order amounts of money. We will also look at geometry and the properties of shapes.
The children will compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. They will investigate that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C). They will identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.
In P.E. we will be concentrating on cricket, rounders and athletics. We will make sure we break down the skills required to play each sport. There will be a trip to the Shropshire Hills towards the end of the Summer term. The children will be real life geologists and find out how the hills were formed. I also hope for the children to have the opportunity to make some sketches for some paintings inspired by the landscape on our trip.
Children will create and develop their techniques including their control and their use of materials (pencils, paints, textures) with creativity and experimentation which relate to Mountains. They will also create a tessellation and look at the artist M C Escher.
In Music, we will focus on appreciating a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. We will begin this term with a unit on Folk Music.
In DT, children will build volcano models by selecting and using a wide range of tools to cut, shape, join and finish.