A Dawlish Learning Partnershp School

Year 4 (Avocets)

Class Teacher – Miss Mann

Summer Term 2017

Hope you had a good Easter! Straight back into learning and discovery after the holidays!

Please continue reading with your children. At this stage of their education, understanding what they are reading is incredibly important as well as looking up (in a dictionary/online) unfamiliar words to learn the meaning of them. When I hear children reading aloud at school, they regularly gloss over words they have misread and it takes an adult asking them to go back and read it again to ensure they have read the right words and have the right meaning. Reading a singular word wrong can change the context/meaning of the whole sentence! All this comes from asking questions about what they are reading whether the questions are about settings, characters, plots, predictions etc.

Also, please continue to have a drive forward on those times tables and their corresponding division facts. Similarly, being able to add and subtract well mentally would help, both 1 and 2 digit numbers. Calculations and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) underpins most of maths as well as a solid understanding of place value.



We will be looking at non-chronological reports as a starting point linking to our History topic of Anglo-Saxons. As we have done a lot of non-fiction writing this year, this will be an opportunity for the children to cement their learning in this genre. We will be focusing on using a range of sentence starts. Following this, we will return to story writing, especially focusing on using a range of tools for description: adjectives, interesting verbs, adverbs, similes, personification, metaphor, adverbials as well as using a range of sentence starts. We will also be looking for ways to enhance our word choices and expand our vocabulary.

Guided reading will continue as it has all year on a Monday afternoon.



This term we will be delving into newer topics such as time, measures, area and perimeter and coordinates but we will also be returning to earlier topics to recap on all learning across Year 4 before the plunge into Year 5!



We will be looking at ‘Animals including humans’ as our first topic, then following half term we will be moving onto ‘habitats.’


Our history topic is on the Anglo Saxons this term, which is a new one for me so I am very much looking forward to it. It will be an in-depth study into several areas. This will link with our school trip, an Anglo-Saxon day at Escot.


In Art, we will initially be looking at weaving which ties nicely with our Anglo-Saxon topic. We will also be looking at the Saxon style of Art too.


We will be looking at inspirational people in today’s world and look at what is important to the children.


I’m very excited about this topic! We will continue to look at mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes as well as completing a study comparing Scandinavia with Britain. Definitely an opportunity for making an erupting volcano this term!

D + T

We will be looking at food and nutrition this term. This links well with our Science topic of Animals including Humans where we will be focusing on teeth and the digestive system. This will also give the children an opportunity to cook.


Children have been continuing to learn about coding and programming. The instructions are getting more complicated now and children are having to think carefully about the order in which they place the blocks so that their algorithms and sequences respond the way they want. The children will also be designing their own questionnaire based on something they have learnt at school using a media of their choice.


Our topic will be looking at a well known story and telling it in French!


This will continue to be with Mrs Jackson.


We will be working on striking and fielding in the form of cricket during the first half term and athletics as the other part of P.E. This ties in well with our Maths of measures especially measuring distance and times. After half term, we will be moving onto swimming and wall/net games such as tennis.


This will continue in the same way as it has all year. As you may have realised, the focus has been on Maths as this is the area that I feel we needed to work on the most. Please also make sure that children are reading regularly as outlined at the top of this page.


Please also check out ‘Avocets News’ as information/photos and videos about what is going on in class are regularly published there.

Any questions/concerns, please remember my door is always open.

Thank you!

Miss T Mann