Year 4/5 - Miss McAvoy


Autumn 2nd Half Term in HMY5


Dear Parents,

Welcome to class HMY5!

As you know, the class teacher is Miss McAvoy and we also have Mrs Bradshaw to support the children on Monday, Thursday and Friday as well as Mrs Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday. We have 29 pupils in the class, who are all showing enthusiasm for learning. Here are some important days for children in HMY5:

  • PE is on Monday and Wednesday. It is advised that children bring their PE kits on Monday and keep them in school until Friday, when they can take their kits home to be washed for the following week’s PE lessons.
  • Homework will be sent home on a Friday. The homework will build on the work we have done in class during that week. Children must remember to complete it for the Monday that follows.
  • Spellings will be sent home along with the homework and the test will be on the following Friday.
  • Friday afternoon at 2.15pm, we hold our celebration assembly where the whole school celebrates achievement. Please feel free to come along any Friday afternoon!

It is extremely important that children remember to read every night and bring their reading books/records back into school the next morning regardless of whether they have finished the book or not. It is an excellent way for you to help your child succeed in both reading and writing!

 Curriculum Information

English: Our main book focus will be ‘Rose Blanche.’ An exceptionally moving picture book in which the reader views the sorrow of war through a young girl’s eyes. Rose Blanche discovers a concentration camp full of children in the forest near her home town and secretly takes food to them for the remainder of the war. Through this text the children will develop their journalistic and recount writing as well as writing in the role of a character. Additionally throughout these different genres of writing children will apply key focused SPAG skills. The SPAG focus will be on developing cohesion within writing, using expanded noun phrases and adverbial phrases with direct and indirect speech and progressing onto the use of relative pronouns and clauses.

 Maths- Our focus will be to multiplication and division. The children will focus on multiples and factors as well as squared and cubed numbers. Children will then move onto multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 and progress onto multiplying and dividing multiples of 10. Throughout the term the children will develop a focus perimeter and area. Children will measure and calculate the perimeter of compound shapes as well as the area of rectangles, compound shapes and irregular shapes.

 Science – Science will be taught by Miss Younis on a Tuesday morning and their focus will be on forces. Children will begin to explain how unsupported objects fall towards the Earth, identify the effects of air and water resistance as well as friction between moving surfaces. In addition, they will begin to investigate and recognise some mechanisms allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

 Our class topic this half term is:

World War 2

History-The children will focus on the history of World War 2, including the Blitz within significant cities e.g. London and the local area as well as the effects of rationing. The children will then study the evacuation, refugees and the holocaust which has affected populations during and after the war how this has impacted on British Values.

  D&T –The children will create their own model WWII shelter after investigating different types of shelter as well as investigating and evaluating different types of materials that would be best suited for the shelter and how to reinforce and strengthen the materials used.

 Music- The children will investigate and name some significant musicians, singers and bands that became famous during the 1940s. They will begin to use old songs to understand why music was important to people and soldiers during the 1940s and begin to perform some of these as part of an ensemble.

 French – Children will focus on the topic of school and develop vocabulary related to the topic and apply this to developing their pronunciation, identifying key words in sentences and writing their own sentences using the key vocabulary.

 RE – The unit this term will be, ‘What do Muslims believe about a good life.’ The children will begin by exploring what it means to lead a good life. They will then learn about the importance of the Qur’an to Muslims in their everyday lives and explore different themes found from important stories in the Qur’an. Children will be encouraged to think about how Muslims use each story as a reminder to lead a good life and demonstrate their understanding of how Muslims use the Qur’an to lead a good life.

 PHSCE – The unit this term will be, ‘Celebrating differences.’ The children will begin to become aware of their own cultures and understand that cultural differences may cause conflicts. Children will begin to understand what racism is and their attitudes towards others from different races. Children will progress to understanding how rumour spreading and name-calling can be bullying behaviours and explain the differences between direct and indirect types of bullying. Additionally, children will begin to compare their life with people in the developing world and begin to respect the cultures of others.

 PE- The topic this half term will be dance and the children will be learning to use a range of movement patterns to perform dances and begin to compare performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement.

 Computing- The main focus will be ‘crytographers.’ The pupils will  learn more about communicating information securely through an introduction to  cryptography (the science of keeping communication and information secret). They investigate early methods of communicating over distances, learn about two early ciphers, and consider what makes a secure password.