Calverley Parkside Primary School

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Summer 1

This is what we will be learning about this first half term in Year 4. More information about the different subjects can be found in the 'Curriculum' section of the school website.


Reading: This half term we will be starting a new text: SF Said's fantastic novel, Varjak Paw. We will focus on a specific chapter each week and we will be looking to develop the key reading skills of summarising, predictions and inferences. We will also explore the key vocabulary in each chapter as we read it. In our story time sessions at the end of the day, we shall be reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty which links in with our Victorians topic outlined below. 


Writing: Our first unit of writing this half-term will be a newspaper recount of a cat getting stuck up a tree in Calverley Victoria Park. We will explore different newspaper texts before re-writing the recount in our sentence stacking lessons. We will then apply the skills we have learnt in relation to the genre to produce an independent newspaper recount of a real-life event. Our second unit of the half-term will be a book review and the work we produce will be displayed in our library, 


Maths: This half-term, we will be continue to study Decimals before moving  onto Money  and then Time. See the steps we will cover below: 



Step 1 Make a whole with tenths
Step 2 Make a whole with hundredths
Step 3 Partition decimals
Step 4 Flexibly partition decimals
Step 5 Compare decimals
Step 6 Order decimals
Step 7 Round to the nearest whole number
Step 8 Halves and quarters as decimals 



Step 1 Write money using decimals
Step 2 Convert between pounds and pence
Step 3 Compare amounts of money
Step 4 Estimate with money
Step 5 Calculate with money
Step 6 Solve problems with money



Step 1 Years, months, weeks and days
Step 2 Hours, minutes and seconds
Step 3 Convert between analogue and digital times
Step 4 Convert to the 24-hour clock
Step 5 Convert from the 24-hour clock


Science:  In Science this half-term we are studying animals (inc. humans). We will begin  by exploring the digestive system in humans and other animals before looking at different types of teeth and their functions. Following this, we will take part in a scientifc enquiry which will epxlore how different types of soft drinks affect our teeth. Finally, we will explore different food chains in a range of different habitats. 


History: This term we will being our new history topic which will explore the Victorian Age. We will begin the unit by looking at the impact of the industrial revolution in Britain and Leeds. We will then compare the life in the countryside to the life within cities in Victorian Britain Following this, we will take part in lessons which explore how transport changed and what life was like for children during the Victorian age. 


Art and Design: This half-term, we will be focusing on our printing skills through exploration of the work by the Victorian artist, William Morris. We will begin by evaluating Morris' work before creating our own designs for print in based on his nature influenced style. 


PE: We will begin this half-term by refining our skipping skills before we head to the skipping school competition during the first week back. Then we will practise skills in relation to cricket in subsequent PE lessons  every Wednesday. We will also continue our weekly swimming lessons every Thursday afternoon.