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Summer 1 Newsletter 2019


Summer Term is here, I hope you have had a lovely Easter break!



This half term you will be studying a range of non fiction texts about Ancient Egypt which will help you write the following:


  • To write a non-chronological report about mummification that includes a set of instructions, religious beliefs and preparations of mummification. 
  • To write a newspaper article on the death of Tutankhamun.
  • To write a letter home as a servant. 
  • To write a speech persuading the people of Egypt on why you should be Pharaoh. 
  • To write an Ancient Egyptian Myth


The Reading Challenge:

The Reading challenge is going really well in year 4 and the children are always excited to come and show me their reading records each morning. Please keep it up year 4. There will be prizes towards the end of the year if you reach beyond the gold level!


You should read every night and ask your parent/carer to sign once you have read. If you manage to read 5 times within the week you will earn a stamp in your reading record. Once you have earned 10 stamps you will receive a bronze certificate in praise assembly. You will have to earn a further 10 stars for a silver and then gold certificate. Please ensure you bring your reading record and book into school every day in order to keep track of your reading. 






This half term, we will be focusing on Decimals.


By the end of the term you should be able to:


  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths.
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼ ½ and ¾.
  • Find the effect of dividing a one or two- digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as units, tenths and hundredths.
  • Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number.
  • Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places.


Times Tables

Times tables are really important and by the end of year 4 it is expected that you should be able to recall your times tables up to 12 x 12. In school we will be playing daily times tables games and there will be a weekly times table challenge called Rainbow times tables (This is a timed test. You will progress through the colours once you achieve full marks on each colour) To help you achieve full marks ensure you practice your tables at home too. 



The theme in science this half term is ‘Sound’


By the end of the unit you should be able to:

  • I can describe and explain sound sources.
  • I can explain how different sounds travel
  • I can explore ways to change the pitch of a sound
  • I can investigate ways to absorb sound
  • I can make musical instrument to play different sounds



Mr Booth and I will be teaching PE on a Tuesday and Mr Kelly will be teaching PE on a Wednesday. Please ensure children have their full kit in school on these days with their names in. 



The theme in History this half term is Ancient Egypt which links nicely with our English topic. 


By the end of the topic you should be able to:

  • To locate ancient Egypt in time and place
  • To learn about the Egyptian landscape and find out how it impacted on peoples lives in Ancient Egypt
  • To find out about Tutankhamun and how artefacts can teach us about the past
  • To understand the importance of artefacts in helping us find out about the past
  • To find out about the way of life in ancient Egypt
  • To learn about Egyptians tombs, pyramids and burial sites
  • To recall, select and organise historical information



DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and the topic for this half term is Hieroglyphics. 


The children will:

  • I can understand what a cartouche is.
  • I can write my name using hieroglyphics.
  • I can represent my name and print my symbols.
  • I can produce a collage cartouche of my name using a variety of media.
  • I can create a semi abstract composition based on Egyptian Art.
  • I can construct an authentic Egyptian landscape scene using papier-mache and paint.
  • I can create a traditional portrait, using pastels and Egyptian art.



This half term we will focus on Sikhism and really have a focus on the Guru Granth Sahib and the different festivals Sikhs celebrate. 



Our Big Question is – How do Sikhs live life to the full and achieve good karma?


Homework and spellings:

Maths and English homework will be given out every Wednesday and expected back the following Monday.

There is a star Icon at the bottom of our Year 4 Page called Homework and Spellings - here I will upload a copy of the homework and spellings for the current week.


If your child is finding the homework difficult then please encourage them to come to homework club on a Wednesday and Thursday Lunchtime.



My Maths:

The children have been given a My Maths login which is glued into Maths homework books. If your child has trouble logging in at home, they are more than welcome to complete homework in school with me or go to homework club on a Thursday lunchtime. 


Feel free to come and speak to me about any concerns or queries!


Mrs Rashid :)