English for Year 4
At the start of term 6, children will be learning all about the life of Queen Elizabeth II as part of our celebrations for Her Majesty’s official 90th birthday. Children will then put their knowledge and writing skills to good use writing a recount as part of a whole school writing competition. Children will then move on to learning about stories from other cultures. They will compare different versions of the tale ‘Cinderella’ from around the world, including ‘Cendrillon’, and will also read a selection of Jamaican short stories. The main text they will use is ‘A Journey to Jo’burg’ by Beverley Naidoo. As part of their learning, children will recognise features of this story genre and use the text to explore characters’ feelings and the reasons why they act the way they do using a variety of role play techniques. Children will practise using evidence from the text to support their hypothesis and will also consider the writer’s use of language to create images and atmosphere. Children will build a toolkit of writing strategies to use in creating their own complete story that they will read to an audience using voices for different characters and including story language. They will also complete a variety of short writing pieces and practise using the grammar and punctuation skills that will also be taught and embedded into their learning. In guided reading this term, we will continue to use reciprocal reading and focus on the skills of predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising sections of the text. At home, it would be helpful if you could encourage your child to practise the skill of summarizing a short piece of text in one or two sentences, picking out the main points.
English for Year 5
In Les Framboises this term we will initially be looking at balanced arguments. We will explore the structure and layout of arguments and will construct a balanced argument focusing on school uniforms. Later in the term, we will be looking at more narrative, with a focus on stories from other cultures. Alongside this, we will be looking to improve our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, including looking at pronouns and prepositions. We will also be looking at active and passive voice and how we can use this in our written work. We will continue to develop our use of more sophisticated connectives and punctuation, including semi-colons, brackets and dashes. We will aim to improve the accuracy of our writing this term, with a further focus on proof-reading our work for errors.
Mathematics for Year 4.
In term 6, children will gather, interpret and present both discrete and continuous data using graphical methods, for example bar charts with different scales and time graphs. They will go on to solve problems involving interpretation of information presented in graphical form or in tables. Children will apply their knowledge of written and mental calculations when answering questions about the data and will also discuss the value of presenting information in tables, pictograms, bar charts and line graphs and evaluate the effectiveness of each type of presentation. Children will also compare and classify shapes using increasingly challenging criteria and will compare and classify angles. Children will secure their knowledge and understanding of mental and written calculation skills in a variety of contexts. They will continue to explore decision making around which method is the most efficient for the numbers involved. Children will also practise using the skills of estimating and using the inverse to check their answer to a calculation and will solve a variety of one-step and two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operation to use and why. Throughout the term, we will continue to practise times tables, using patterns of similar calculations and counting on and back in a variety of different steps and other number skills.
Mathematics for Year 5
In maths, we will be looking to improve our work with calculations. We will be further developing our formal, written methods for these and will be applying this to reasoning and problem-solving activities. We will then be focusing on measures, which will include looking at time, timetables and converting between metric units of measure. This will also include reasoning and problem-solving activities.
The focus for this term is ‘Materials.’ The children will learn about changes of state, which includes melting, evaporating, freezing and condensation. They will also link this to the water cycle. The topic also includes looking at thermal insulators and electrical conductors, as well as reversible and irreversible changes.
Our theme this term is learning about ‘Physical Dover.’ This is a geography topic focusing on our local area. We will be exploring the local landscape, including the River Dour and the White Cliffs. We will look at OS maps and use symbols and keys. We will also aim to complete some local fieldwork.
This term the children will be learning about Christian values. We will focus particularly on compassion. We will think about what it means to be compassionate and will look at how this guides Christians in their daily lives and duties. We will also look at how Christian role models and Saints have shown compassion and consider what we could do to be more compassionate in our own lives.
PE, this term, will be football. PE will take place on a Friday afternoon but I would be grateful if you would ensure that children have their kit in school every day. This term children will be provided with the opportunity to acquire, develop and refine skills taught alongside an external coach. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions.
We will be using Scratch a programming and coding APP on the I-pads. Scratch allows the children to design and write programs. This unit involves being able to provide a sequence of linear instructions to make things happen.