Years 4 & 5

Teacher: Mrs Michelle Metcalfe                                               Spring 2019

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Gammon, Mrs Stapleton & PPA Cover – Mrs Hornbuckle.                                      

The school day:                                                          

Morning:      9.00 - 12.30

Assembly:    9.10 – 9.30                                                                                                                     

Break:          10.50 - 11.05

Lunchtime: 12.30 - 1.35  

Afternoon:  1.35 -3.25

I hope you all had a very happy Christmas break.  Welcome back to school and the start of the Spring term.

Areas of work this term

Our topic this term is ‘Our Changing Planet’. This is mainly a geography based topic so we will be learning about locating countries on a map, locating principal cities and regions that are effected by and who contribute to the environmental changes that are taking place in our world today. Children will learn about human and physical features in the world including a study of volcanoes and earthquakes.

In the first half term our work in Design and Technology and Art will link to our topic and we will build a sculpture from used plastic. Later on this term we will make a clay object that depicts our changing world.

During the latter half of the second half term we will learn about the Egyptians in a short project that focuses on the changes, the discoveries, customs and inventions the Egyptians made and how they still (in some way) influence our lives today. This project will be based upon creating items in Art and Design and Technology whilst learning key historical information about this period in history.

In Science this term we will be learning about evolution and inheritance. Children will learn that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the world millions of years ago. They will identify how animals and plants adapt to suit their environment in different ways and how this might lead to evolution.

In English we continue to improve our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. We will begin the year by using a story to inspire us to write a range of different text types, including descriptions and poetry. In reciprocal reading we will continue to read Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo. When we have finished this text we will move on to a range of non-fiction books.

In Maths we will be studying multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages. Children will learn through practicing key skills to achieve a high level of fluency, applying their learning to word problems and reasoning tasks and gaining confidence by solving puzzles and playing games.

In RE, during the first half term, we will learn about what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today. This will centre around us learning about the Five Pillars of Islam and how the Holy Qur’an makes a difference to a Muslim’s life. The second half term will find us learning about Easter in the Christian Church and in particular Jesus and the Gospel.

PE will take place on Thursday and Friday afternoons. On Thursdays the children will learn Netball skills with Craig in the first half term, followed by Football in the second. On Fridays the children will learn Dance with Miss East. Please ensure children keep their PE kits in school throughout the week.

Homework will be given out on Monday to be handed in on Friday. Please remind your child to hand their homework in on time as this will give me time to mark it and hand it back.

My Style Homework: A My Style Homework instruction sheet has been sent home in the children’s homework book. It details how the children should make a useful object out of plastic waste. Children should bring their objects to present to the class on the week beginning 4th March.

Class rules and behaviour

Children will be expected to follow the Golden Rules that are displayed in class. If children decide to break the rules they will receive the sanctions as set out in the School Behaviour Policy. However, I believe in creating a nurturing and supportive environment where I expect children to:

  1. Try their best in everything they do
  2. Try things out even if they might get it ‘wrong’ (the biggest lessons learnt are often made from mistakes)        
  3. Be supportive and encouraging to their peers
  4. Look after themselves, their classmates and school property

In return for hard work and good behaviour children will be awarded fuzzies and or house points. Fuzzies can be exchanged for a range of prizes or class rewards.

I do have to mention that Class 4 of 2018- 2019 are one of the most well behaved classes that I have ever had. Long may this last!

Clothing and Belongings

Please make sure your child remembers their water bottle, reading book, a packed lunch and snack (if required). All things brought into school, including clothing, should be clearly labelled to avoid things being difficult to identify.  As you know the space in the cloakroom is limited so please encourage children only to bring in what is necessary. Jewellery is not permitted in school with the exception of an inexpensive watch and stud earrings for those with pierced ears. If at all possible children should avoid wearing earrings on PE days.

Thank you for your support. Please feel free to speak to me at the end of the school day if you have any queries, questions or concerns.