English Year 4
In term 5, children will be exploring different legends, including St. George and the Dragon and various tales about King Arthur.
Children will discover what makes a legend and use the features they find to create their own writer’s toolkit of features. After considering the structure and organisation of different examples and building up a store of ideas and vocabulary, children will learn an example and practise innovating on it to explore the patterns of language used in this genre of writing. This will involve word play, sentence games, role play and considering how good writers bring a character and setting to life. Children will regularly complete short writing tasks, which will give them the opportunity to practise grammar and punctuation skills that will also be taught and embedded into their learning. Children will then write their own legend and these will be combined to create a Year 4 book of legends to go in our wonderful new library. As we would expect, the children are getting better at proof reading their own work and making corrections. They will continue to do this and look critically at their writing, with support, and to suggest improvements. They then edit and improve their work, as published writers do.
In guided reading, we will continue with reciprocal reading and further develop skills in prediction, clarifying words and phrases, questioning and answering questions about the text with evidence to support your answer and finally summarising what has been read. Children will be encouraged to use a variety of question types and to think about the way language is used in the answers given. For example a ‘why’ question will often elicit a ‘because…’ answer.
English Year 5
In Class 5 this term we will initially be looking at newspaper articles. We will explore the structure and layout of articles and will write a report about the earthquake in Nepal one year on.
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 aim to improve the accuracy of our writing this term, with a further focus on proof-reading our work for errors.
Maths Year 4
Children will begin the term by counting and extending sequences of numbers and looking for patterns, which they will then use to generalise, create hypotheses and test them. Children will then develop their knowledge and understanding of decimals and consolidate their knowledge of place value through working in the context of measurement. Children will go on to build on their understanding of fractions and link this to division. Calculations will be practised in the context of money and measure to link areas of learning and consolidate them. The children are realising how much their knowledge of times tables and mental methods of calculation can be helpful to them and we will continue to practise and extend these skills throughout the term. You can support your child with this at home by doing things like practising times tables with your children, counting with them forwards and backwards in steps of 25 and 1000 or asking them to count on and back from any 2 digit number in steps of a 1 digit number, for example count on in steps of 5 from 23. The aim is for the children to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths and to be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and by using generalisations and testing them. Children will be given the opportunity to apply their maths to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication and will be encouraged to break them down into a series of simpler steps and persevere in seeking solutions.
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 fractions, decimals and percentages and will examine the link between the three areas. Later in the term, we will be working on calculations, including further work on division and multiplication.
We will be reasoning about decimals and percentages and solving decimal and percentages problems, in order to really master this area of the maths curriculum.
The focus for this term is ‘Life Cycles and Plants.’ The children will learn more about the life cycles of various animals, including caterpillars and frogs. They will also explore the parts of flowering plants and will look at the life cycle of a plant in detail. This will include looking at pollination and seed dispersal.
Our theme this term is learning about ‘Pop Music.’ We will look at the history of pop music and its links with Rock and Roll. We will also look at some modern pop music. We will be singing, composing our own music and will even try some rock and roll dancing.
This term the children will be learning about Islam and Christian Pentecost. This includes looking at journeys, celebrations and beliefs.
PE, this term, will be hockey. PE will take place on a Wednesday 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 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 that we can use to present our work.