Here is a brief outline of what your child will be learning about this term.

Mathematics

Year 4 We have started this term with units of measurement and we are learning how to convert different units and read scales. We will then be moving onto learning about angles, statistics and area and perimeter.

Year 5 We have started looking at percentages and prime numbers.  We will be moving onto data handling, including constructing line graphs.  We will also be learning some new geometry skills, including using protractors.

As always, the children will be practising their times tables up to 12x and trying to earn a tables bug.

English

Both years 4 and 5 are starting the term by finishing our Legends work.  The children are very excited to complete their own versions of a legend.

Year 4 We will be moving onto a narrative unit based on fantasy stories.  We will be looking at the features of fantasy texts and creating our own version.  This will include learning many new and interesting words and perfecting our grammar.

Year 5 We will be moving on to a narrative unit based on an adventure story.  This will include extending our grammar and punctuation skills, learning interesting and exciting vocabulary and writing our own stories.

The children will read in a group at least twice weekly and we aim to listen to all children read at least once a week so if they could bring their reading books to school every day, we can ensure that this runs smoothly.  The children are encouraged to change their books whenever they need to.

Science

We will be continuing to learn about “Living things and their habitats.” We will be looking different living things, including both animals and plants and learning about where they prefer to live and why.  We will be using the refurbished Forest School to learn more about animals and plants in our environment.

Theme

Our theme this term is Dover from 1900.  We will be looking at our local area and how it has changed through the 20th Century.  The children have raised many questions and we are excited to find out more about Dover through history.

PE

PE this term will take place on Monday afternoons and we will be focusing on Athletics skills and Rounders.  It is really important that full PE kit is kept in school at all times as we are also likely to be taking part in the ‘Golden Mile’, where the children (and some teachers) will jog/run for 5 minutes each day in order to improve our general fitness and concentration. As PE will be taking place outside, it is important that jogging bottoms and sensible shoes e.g. trainers are also in school. Our school policy is that earrings should be removed for PE lessons for health and safety reasons and tape cannot be put over new piercings.  If your child cannot remove their own earrings then this should be done before school to avoid the office needing to phone home.  Please ensure your child has a named PE kit to be left in their locker for the term.

RE

RE this term will cover Christianity.  This will involve discussing Christian values and how these relate to our school values.

Music

The children will continue to learn the Ukuleles this term.

As you are probably aware, the morning routine is very busy so we may not always be available at this time to talk to you but we are happy to meet at the end of the day, after we have dismissed the children, to answer any questions.