English Year 4
Children will begin term 4 by exploring different mystery stories. They will discover the features of stories in this genre and learn vocabulary they will need to become confident writers of their own mystery story. Children will use role play, complete their own suspect trackers and case files and gain confidence in controlling the complicated plots of these intriguing stories. Children will begin to innovate on the example shown to practise using the features and patterns of language before planning and writing their own mystery story.
We are continuing to focus heavily on basic grammar, punctuation and spelling skills that the children need and we are encouraging them to use vocabulary such as adjective, verb, adverb, noun, phrase, clause, etc to help them think, share their ideas and have a deep understanding and control of why their writing is good and how it can be improved further.
In guided reading, we are using the ‘reciprocal Reading’ approach. This involves the children reading a text and also clarifying anything they do not understand, learning to summarise what they have read and to ask a variety of questions about what they are reading. Children will be developing skills in answering different types of question and, in particular, the skill of inference.
It is extremely important that your child also reads regularly at home, in order to practise the skills learnt at school. Ten minutes every evening is more beneficial (and probably easier?) than one long session a week.
English Year 5
In Class 5 this term we will initially be looking at persuasive writing. We will be trying to persuade people to eat a healthier, balanced diet and will write a magazine article about this.
Later in the term, we will be exploring more poetry but this time with a focus on narrative poetry. We will look at structure and poetry conventions. 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 main and sub-ordinate clauses and how we can use these in our written work. We will also focus on a few aspects of sentence punctuation, including apostrophes, brackets and commas for clauses.
Maths Year 4
This term, children will begin by adding decimal numbers and developing skills in ‘carrying’, including across the decimal point. Children will apply their skills to problem solving in order to deepen their understanding and develop more sophisticated thinking about concepts to achieve mastery.
Children will build on their ability to explain their reasoning and use mathematical vocabulary to do this, to further clarify their thinking and enhance understanding. We will continue to practise times tables and mental maths, exploring when it is helpful to use the different strategies at their disposal.
Children will go on to subtract with decimal numbers, develop their understanding of place value, rounding and estimating and ordering and comparing numbers. They will also be learning more about division and multiplication and written methods used in these calculations.
Calculations will be presented in different contexts to support children in understanding when to use their calculation skills.
Maths 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 fractions, decimal and percentages and will examine the link between the three areas.
We will be reasoning about fractions and solving fraction problems, in order to really master this area of the maths curriculum.
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.
Our theme this term is learning about ‘Victorians.’ We will look at what life was like during the Victorian era and how it compares to our lives today. This will include looking at; Victorian schools, the toys that they used to play with; the housing and facilities that they had and working life. We will also look at famous Victorian people and inventors.
This term the children will be learning about Christianity and Christian Bible stories. This includes looking at where Christianity started and how it spread across the world. This topic also links to the Easter story.
PE, this term, will be gymnastics. 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 using the internet to research famous Victorian people. The children will then select a person that they are particularly interested in learning more about, and will then research this person in greater depth. They will produce a PowerPoint presentation about this person. We will therefore be adding to our knowledge of PowerPoints and the effects we can use to present our work.