Year 4/ Year 5 Class
Teacher: Mrs Holloway
Teaching assistant: Miss Lewis
In English this term we will be mainly writing historical narratives linked to the
book ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit. This will be followed by adventure
writing based around the books ‘Amazing Islands’ by Sabrina Weiss & Kerry
Hyndman and ‘Koji’s Island’ by The Literacy Company. Our main focus in English
will be on sentence structure where we will ensure we punctuate sentences
correctly and we are confident at using a wide range of sentence types.
In maths we will move onto written multiplication and division. Later in the term
we will cover fractions, decimals and percentages. A significant amount of our
maths this year will rely on us knowing our multiplication facts so we will be
working very hard on our times tables through teaching and using the home
school apps Times Tables Rock Stars and Maths Shed with the aim of improving
speed and accuracy. The more your child practises the times tables facts
the easier they will find the maths this year!
Our first topic is called ‘How hard was it to invade and settle in Britain?’
with a particular focus on the invasion of Britain by the Anglo Saxons
where we will be working on chronological skills; our ability to identify links
between societies and the consequences of events and the actions of people.
We will then move on to ‘Why are rainforests important to us? Where we will
be studying key physical and human characteristics of rainforests along with
other skills such as mapping and collecting data.
Science, DT, Art and Computing
Our first science topic is ‘Properties and Changes to Materials’ where we will
learn about: various properties of material, and know that some materials will
dissolve to form a solution. We will also investigate: how mixtures might be
separated, reversible changes and the formation of new materials. In the
second half term we will look at ’Forces’ where we learn about: gravity, air
resistance, water resistance and friction. Also we will explore levers, pulleys
and gears. In design and technology we are going to be working on electrical
systems where we will be designing and making torches for a particular purpose.
In art we are going to learn various drawing techniques such as 3D drawings and
using different media such as wax. Stiperstones will continue to look at
e-safety and how to be safe online. Alongside this we will be looking at
vector drawings and flat file databases.
In Stiperstones we have a mini challenge to see who can read the most ‘Top 20
recommended reads’. The list of these books can be found inside your child’s
Reading Record. Alongside these books there is a wide range of books for your
child to choose from in class. In school, we provide daily reading opportunities,
some of which are guided where we focus on the following skills: vocabulary,
inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising. We are going to
continue reading ‘The Land of Roar’. Also we will look at a range of non-fiction
texts linked to the Anglo Saxons, rainforests and our science topics. For those
children who require further support with their reading they will take part in
additional reading sessions as much as possible.
In PSHE we will cover ‘bullying, ways to keep ourselves healthy and money
management’. In French we will be enjoying the topics ’Pets and Shopping’.
Whereas PE this term we will be doing gymnastics, outdoor activities, netball
and tennis. Within RE we will have a focus on Christians and exploring the
questions: What kind of world did Jesus want?; and What kind of king was