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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 4

Summer Term


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 4 curriculum for the Summer Term 2019.



In the first summer term, we will be reading the traditional African tale, Fly, Eagle, Fly! This is a story in which children learn about the true meaning of living up to their potential.  Following this, we will be reading Varjak Paw, an exciting tale about a cat who has to learn the Seven Skills in order to save his family and find his place in the world.


We will focus on writing skills such as:

  • Writing a character profile.
  • Writing our own stories based on the story of Fly, Eagle, Fly!
  • Editing, redrafting and proof-reading pieces of writing.

As part of literacy lessons we will continue to focus on:

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Improving reading comprehension skills.
  • Speaking and listening targets.

This term, we will be learning about fractions, decimals and percentages, and Calculating Space. We will look at:

  • The percentage and fractions of specific amounts.
  • Changing decimals into fractions and percentages.
  • Converting fractions into percentages and decimals
  • Applying reasoning skills to answer questions relating to fractions, percentages and decimals.
  • How to calculate the perimeter of an area.


Later in the term, we will be looking at mathematical movement and presentation of data. We will look at:

  • Presenting data in bar and line graphs.
  • Making inferences from the bar and line graphs
  • Constructing our own graphs.
  • Using co-ordinates to describe the position of shapes and then translating these shapes.
  • Approximating and estimating.

In Science, we will be studying ‘All living things’ and ‘Animals including humans’. We will look at the habitats of living organisms; looking at ways to classify a variety of animals and plants.  Our studies will focus on creating a classification for various animals and plants. We will also be creating our own imaginary animal, based on a specific habitat provided.
Our studies in the second half term will be concentrating on habitats and how human beings impact on the environment. We will look at life cycles of different animals, and the life span of humans and the different stages of a human life. The lessons will also include work on food chains and food webs. We will also explore the features of life in space through the book The International Space Station by Clive Gifford. We will:

  • Be learning how to use a classification key.
  • Be asking questions in order to sort animals and plants.
  • Be conducting a litter survey of the local area.

As part of our science themed term, children will also be studying Space in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the first moon landing. Children will look at the planets and stars, and how astronauts travel into space. There will be exciting enrichment opportunities, including a planetarium dome visit in school for the children to enjoy!
In the second summer half term, we will be starting a new topic, ‘We Are HTML Editors.’  We will:

  •  Learn about the history of the web.
  • Study HTML (hypertext mark-up language), the language in which web pages are written.
  • Edit and write HTML and use this knowledge to create a web page.

In geography we will be studying Village Settlers.  Our focus will be on:

  • Finding out about the needs of early settlers and the origins of place names.
  • Identifying settlements and reasons for their original location.
  • Identifying a range of map symbols and understand their meanings.



In History, we will be learning about the ‘Mayans’. Children will find out who the Mayans were, where they lived, and what their society was like. Children will learn what initiatives were brought about by the Mayans, some of which we are still using today. Children will also be learning about the Mayan gods and what they believed in.

Our topic in Art for the Summer term will be Viewpoints.  We will:

  • Use a view finder to find unusual view points.
  • Identify the lines of perspectives (horizon line, vanishing point).
  • Create our own version of the Olympic park using perspective.

In DT, children will be designing and making their own money containers. They will be designing prototypes of different types of money containers and create them using different resources. Children will then evaluate on their money container to see how they could improve their product further.
In PE, we will be learning about striking and fielding games, with an emphasis on cricket and rounders, and will also focus on athletics.  We will:

  • Explore effective ways of fielding as a team
  • Develop our batting skills

Our topic for PHSCE will be looking at relationships and changes. We will be looking at

  • Our relationships with others, how to resolve conflict and be a good friend.
  • Recognising and discussing the different changes that have happened in our lives.
  • Identifying and discussing strategies to face those changes in a positive way.
  • How to manage our emotions and look at the reactions we may have to different things.  

In RE we will be finding out:

  • What makes me the person I am?
  • What happens when someone gets married?