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Leighton Primary School

Year 4

Here you can find out the curriculum expectations for Year 4 and learn about what they will be doing this term.

Summer Term
There is lots to look forward to in Year 4 for the summer term! 
Our topic focus will be 'The Seaside', with a visit to the coast planned for the first half of term. The children will be finding out about coastal features in Geography, looking at the different features of sea (and land) creatures as part of 'Grouping living things' in Science and linking our art work (printing, collage and drawing) to our observations from the coast. We will also look at how a visit to the seaside has changed over the years as part of our History focus. In English, we will draw inspiration from the sea and beach for poetry and narrative writing. In DT, the children will investigate bridges and gears, and the food topic will feature a 'healthy hand-held snack' - ideal for a trip to the seaside!
The Dance and Music topics will be based around the Year 4 / 5 musical production, 'The Pied Piper', which the children will perform for parents prior to half term - further details to follow! 
Other PE topics during the term will include athletics and rounders. Our RE focus will be the Hindu religion and in French the children will develop their vocabulary by learning some useful verbs to begin to structure sentences. Later in the term, the computing focus will be to extend the children's understanding of programming through the use of coding skills.
In Maths, our daily lessons will continue to develop the children's calculation skills, but with an increased emphasis on applying this understanding to reasoning and problem solving. Guided reading will focus on development of inference skills - spotting the clues the author has included in the text. 
We will continue our programme of reading incentives to encourage children to read at home. Please support your child's reading development by listening to them read at least three times per week and then signing their reading record book. Later in the term, we are planning the next 'Leighton parent cafe' which will focus on reading and how parents can use questioning to encourage your child to gain a deeper understanding of what they have read - an essential requirement for mastering the skills needed for successful reading comprehension.