English, Year 4

This term, children will be looking at features of persuasive writing. Children will use drama techniques such as role play to develop their familiarity with the language of persuasion and will explore different types of persuasive writing in, for example, tourist information leaflets and adverts. Children will learn about strategies they can use when writing in this genre and also the importance of considering their audience and the purpose for which they are writing. Children will continue to develop their ability to evaluate their own and others’ writing in a positive and constructive way, using checklists to support them. They will then edit and improve their writing, with support from their teacher.

We will also continue with grammar and spelling work in order to develop children’s skills in these areas. Guided reading will continue to develop children’s ability to ask and answer questions about a text as well as thinking about the patterns of language that we use to respond to different types of question, for example by answering a ‘why’ question with ‘because’, ‘in order to’, ‘so that’ and so on.

When your child is reading at home, or if you are reading them a story, it would be helpful if you would ask them a range of questions about the text and get them to ask questions and then you or they could answer the questions. Encourage them to use a variety of questions. (For example: what,   when,   who, where,   why,    how,   what like,    what doing)

English, Year 5

In Class 5 this term we will initially be looking at poetry. We will be exploring figurative language within poetry, which includes metaphors, similes and personification. We will then write a short poem of our own, trying to include examples of figurative language.

Later in the term, we will be exploring legends and will read several examples of legends and will examine what makes a good legend. We will then write a legend of our own.

We will also look together at persuasive leaflets and will design persuasive leaflets to advertise a fictional new theme park.

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 focus on a few aspects of sentence punctuation, including apostrophes, brackets and speech punctuation.  

Maths, Year 4

Children will start the term with extending their knowledge of number and counting to include negative numbers, initially in the context of temperature. They will go on to show the position of negative numbers on a numberline and find differences between two negative numbers and positive and negative numbers. If you have the opportunity to watch the weather forecast with the children, it would be helpful to talk with them about any negative (below freezing) temperatures and the amount of difference in degrees of temperature in different places. (For example 8 degrees Celcius in Dover and -2 degrees Celcius in Glasgow means it is 10 degrees warmer in Dover than Glasgow.) Children will go on to develop their knowledge of fractions, written and mental division, position and direction and finding the area of shapes.

We are continuing to focus on developing the children’s use of mathematical vocabulary and their ability to use this to explain their reasoning. Children will be encouraged to explain a concept clearly and simply to show their understanding and clarify their thinking.

Mental maths will continue 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. As part of this, children will be practising counting in steps of 6, 8, 25 and 1000.

Mathematics, Year 5

In maths, we will be looking to improve our knowledge and application of the multiplication tables. We will also develop our knowledge of different types of numbers, including negative numbers; Roman numerals; prime numbers and square numbers. We will also look at what factors and multiples are.  Our number work will also be linked to problem-solving and real –life situations.

We will be exploring different types of graphs and ways of recording data. This will include line graphs and bar charts and will begin to look at pie charts.  The children will be required to read and interpret data in these graphs, as well as draw, label and plot their own graphs.

Science

The focus for this term is ‘Humans and growth.’ The children will learn more about how humans develop and grow during different stages of their life. There is also a lot of data analysis and recording involved in this particular unit, so children will have the opportunity to link their science to their maths work with graphs.

Theme

Our theme this term is learning about ‘Moving Toys.’ This is a Design and Technology unit.  We will be examining toys that use cams to move and will evaluate different designs and how effective they are. We will then use this to inform our own moving toys design. The children will then be taught how to make a simple cam and will use this as part of their very own moving toy. They will make these toys using a combination of wood and card.

RE

This term the children will be learning about Christianity and Christian Bible stories. This includes looking at miracles. 

PE

PE, this term, will be dance. 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. 

Computing

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.

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