English Year 4
We are starting the term with ‘Issues and Dilemmas’ and will be exploring several texts, starting with ‘Sam’s Duck’ in order to identify the features of this type of text and find out what strategies other writers use to make their stories interesting.
Grammar will be taught in the context of making their writing exciting and interesting and children will use checklists to evaluate their own writing, with support from their teacher. Children will use drama techniques such as role play and a dilemma/ conscience alley to consider the different possibilities that present themselves to the characters and to think in depth about how characters are feeling and what influences them to make particular decisions that then impact on the storyline. Children will then use the basic structure of the story to create their own story with an issue or dilemma. Throughout the term, we will continue to have guided reading sessions, with a focus on developing the children’s use of questioning to enhance their comprehension of the text, and spelling sessions linked to the weekly spellings that children take home to practise.
English Year 5
In Class 5 we will be looking at play scripts. We will be exploring the layout and structure of these texts and will be examining the work of the famous playwright William Shakespeare. We will look at the plot and characters from Romeo and Juliet and will also write a short play script of our own. Later in the term, we will be exploring historical stories and will read the book ‘War Game’ by Michael Foreman, which is a story, set in World War 1. We will then write a story of our own set in this period of history. Alongside this, we will be looking to improve our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, including looking at tenses and word classes, such as nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. We will also focus on a few aspects of sentence punctuation, as well as using expanded noun phrases and complex sentences within our written work.
Mathematics Year 4
In maths this term children will extend their knowledge of place value to include decimals and will use this knowledge to perform calculations, initially involving doubling and halving. Children will practise problem solving to apply these skills and will also investigate factors of numbers. They will then go on to build on their understanding of multiplication and division. Children will consolidate their learning by relating their knowledge to a variety of contexts and learning which methods suit the numbers involved and why. Mental maths will be an important part of learning this term, developing children’s ability to calculate quickly and practising different strategies that will help them to do this. Children will be encouraged to ‘think out loud’ and explain their working out, as this helps them to clarify their strategies in their own minds and also develops their use of mathematical vocabulary.
Mathematics Year 5
We will be looking to improve our knowledge and application of the multiplication tables. We will also develop a formal written method for longer divisions. We will develop our knowledge of fractions and will identify equivalent fractions and fractions of numbers. Our number work will also be linked to problem-solving and real –life situations. We will also be looking at shapes and the vocabulary associated with this topic. This will include 3-D shapes and working with angles.
The focus for this term is ‘Earth and Beyond’. The children will learn more about the Earth and how it spins on its own axis to give us day and night and how its orbit around the Sun gives us our seasons. We will also find out more about the other planets in our Solar System and what conditions are like on these planets. We will even discover more about our moon and how we get the different phases of the moon.
Our theme this term is learning about The Romans. We will be particularly focusing on life in Roman Britain and what the Romans did for us. We will also have the opportunity to experience Roman life in a hands–on way, with the visiting group ‘History off the Page.’ The group will carry out a Roman Day experience with the children. The children will learn more about the Roman army; Roman food and eating; Roman clothing and daily life.
This term the children will be learning about Christianity and Christian celebrations, including marriage, funerals and confirmation. There will also be links to Christmas later in the term.
PE, this term, will be team work and tag rugby. One week PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and the next week PE will be on a Thursday afternoon. PE will alternate like this every two weeks, so I should therefore 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 learning more about Spreadsheets and what spreadsheets can be used for. We will be learning how to enter simple formulas and will be using spreadsheets to help us solve problems.
Thank you for your continued support.