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Year 4: Jasper and Emerald

Year 4


For the upcoming half term, Year 4’s Power Of Reading book will be ‘The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest’. This picture book is about a young man who decides to stop cutting down trees and let the animals enjoy their habitat.


In Science, pupils will learn about animals and how they can group them using classification keys. Pupils will also be looking at animal habitats, which they will get to research during our trip to visit London Zoo. Pupils will learn to recognise how animal environments change and the various dangers there are to living things. They will then research and investigate the impact of changes to environment and what dangers this can have on living things within the rainforest and use this knowledge to create a persuasive text. 


In Maths, pupils will describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left or right and up or down.  They will study this in the context of translating different shapes and using their properties to do this accurately.  In addition, pupils will solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts and in time graphs.

For English, pupils will further their understanding of persuasive texts.  They will also extend the range of sentences with more than one clause in their writing by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because and although.  Furthermore, pupils will study how to select and justify their choice of pronoun or noun within and across sentences to aid cohesion and avoid repetition within their writing.


In Art this half term, pupils will study the work of Leonardo Da Vinci before giving an artistic opinion on his work. Pupils will develop the skill of drawing by experimenting with showing line, tone, and texture with different hardness of pencils. Pupils will also learn to develop the skill of drawing by showing an awareness of space when drawing. They will then implement these skills to create a sketch of a rainforest using Leonardo Da Vinci’s work as inspiration.


During PSHE lessons, pupils will learn about how to manage risks in different situations.  They will study different aspects of their lives, and notice how risks are managed and identified. Pupils will then study the different choices adults make and the decisions they have to make, even if there is a risk involved.


P.E. continues to be on a Wednesday, so please ensure your child wears their P.E. kit on that day. Pupils who are attending swimming lessons will need to bring their swimming kit on Wednesdays although they will still wear PE kit.


We look forward to a warmer term ahead!