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Summer Topics


What are we learning about?

This half term our topic is ‘In the News’. We will be looking at: the importance of knowing about current events, the various sources we can use to find out the latest news, the history of news and how people in the past kept themselves informed. Most excitingly, we will be writing our own newspaper articles based on events happening around the school!



This half term, we will be focusing on the excellent novel ‘I was a rat’ by Phillip Pullman. We will be looking at the format of this book which the children always enjoy and writing our own stories of intrigue.


Alongside this, we will be looking at the way the news can change our opinions, depending on the way articles have been written. The Children will write their own newspaper report about crucial parts of the story ‘I was a rat’.



In Maths this term, we will continue our work on shape as well as beginning to look at position and direction.


Later this half term we will be moving onto learning about statistics. We will learn how to interpret information represented in graphs or tables and be able to solve problems based on this information.


We will continue to work on our times tables, to consolidate this important skill.



Learning Opportunities


During this topic, the children will also be investigating Living Things and their habitats in Science lessons. We will be looking at recognising that living things can be grouped together, as well as, exploring how we can classify them.  We will also be looking at the dangers posed to living things and how they are affected by changes to the environment.

In music, we will be focusing on the singers John Lennon and Paul McCartney from The Beatles. We will be looking specifically at their writing partnership and how it impacted the band’s music.



How you can help at home 

You can help your child this term by researching where different animals live and why or looking a range of news reports.  Practicing the times tables up to 12 x 12 with your child would be a huge help as this is such an important skill that pupils are expected to master in Year 4.  The following sites can be used to support:







What are we learning about?

This half term our topic is ‘Location, Location, Location’. We will be studying the homes and habitats of different people and animals.

Through the term, there will be opportunities for the children to see how different people have adapted to the landscapes they live in.


We will be looking at the novel ‘Gregory Cool’ by Caroline Binch. This is the story of a young boy from urban Tobago who goes to visit his grandparents in the country.

We will be comparing and contrasting the environments with our own work in geography.

We will spend some time looking at the features of Biographies and creating our own about famous Southampton residents.


Later in the term, we will produce a story set amongst an unfamiliar backdrop.




In Maths we will be focusing largely on number. We will be consolidating work on Place Value, the four operations and we will be specifically looking at fractions, decimals and percentages.


There also will be focus on coordinates through map reading skills.


Learning Opportunities


This topic has a strong geography link. We will be comparing our own homes with different environments, both in the UK and around the world. There will be a field trip to a rural location (to be decided) where we will study the landscape, use map skills and identify common symbols (such as road signs and road types).

Through science, we will study and investigate the habitats and homes of different animals and plants and how they have adapted to these environments.

Through art lessons we will practice sketching skills as well as experimenting with lines, colours and textures.