Head teacher: Ms Sally Forbes
Class teacher: Mrs Rogers
This term we will be reading Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. This is a beautiful novel set in World War 2, which tells the story of an evacuee and the man he is sent to live with. This ties in with our topic for this term. It will give the children incredible opportunities for a variety of writing tasks, including writing poetry, creative writing, report and factual writing. They will be able to include the grammar we are learning within their work, and work towards their reading and writing milestones for year 5.
We will continue with our weekly spellings, and most weeks will have a test on a Monday, with new spelling lists being given out on Tuesdays.
We will be revising place value (what each digit is worth e.g. 25= 2 tens 5 units) and multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. We will be looking at related division facts and then work on fractions and decimals using this knowledge. We will be learning about multiples and factors and also prime numbers, and also finding out about Geometry, learning about angles and 3D shapes.
We will continue with our weekly tables challenges, with the added challenge of recalling inverse operations i.e. 3 x 4 = 12 and 12 ÷ 4 = 3. We will continue using ‘Hit the Button’, so encourage your child to use that at home if you can. We will not only look at ‘Timetables’, but ‘division facts’ too!
This term we will be learning about the Battle of Britain and WW2, which provides a huge amount of opportunities for cross-curricular work. Children will learn about the reasons for WW2, the countries involved, the Blitz and how the war affected ordinary people. They will find out about rationing through cooking using the meagre portions supplied through rationing. They will create beautiful artwork and practice their drawing skills. They will also discover why and how the war created refugees and we will touch on the history and significance of the Holocaust.
During Science, we will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, and understand that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution. We will learn to use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating.
In RE we will be learning about the beliefs and practices of the religion of Islam, discovering the origins of the religion, and how it is practised today, looking at everyday life and special days and festivals.
PA this year will be on Thursday afternoons, although for this term the majority of PA will be done through swimming on Tuesday mornings.
Please encourage children to complete homework tasks independently!
Targets this term:
- Write using joined up writing fluently and legibly
- Ask questions when reading to improve understanding of the text.
- Times tables-rapidly recall multiplication and division facts for tables to 12
- Use times table knowledge to solve problems involving multiplication and division.