Year 4/5 - Miss McAvoy


Autumn Half Term 1 in HMY5


Dear Parents,

Welcome to class HMY5, which is a class of 29 enthusiastic children. The class teacher is Miss McAvoy and Miss Younis, who will teach science on a Tuesday morning. The class will have the fantastic support of Mrs. Bradshaw on a Monday, Thursday and Friday all day as well as Mr. Dadi on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Mrs. Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.


Important days:


  • PE is on a Tuesday 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 and spellings 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. The spelling test will be on Friday.
  • Celebration assembly will be on Friday afternoons at 2.15pm to celebrate children’s achievements. Please feel free to come along any Friday morning!
  • It is extremely important that children remember to read every night and bring their reading books/records back into school the next morning. It is an excellent way for you to help your child succeed in both reading and writing!


Curriculum Information

English- In reading children will look at understanding words in context, scanning and skimming the text to retrieve information, make inferences and give evidence using the text.

In writing, our focus text is ‘The Promise,’ by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin. It is about a young girl hardened by the harsh urban environment and after mugging an old lady, she changes  as well as opening people’s hearts and minds and the girl moves on the multiply the magic. Children will focus on developing some cohesion in their writing, describing characters and settings including creating atmosphere.


Maths- Our focus at the beginning of the term will be on place value with emphasis on reading, writing, ordering, comparing, rounding and counting forwards and backwards for numbers up to a million. Children will interpret negative numbers in context and counting through zero from negative and positive whole numbers and read and recognise roman numerals to 1000. As the children near the end of the first half term, they will focus on addition and subtraction with emphasis on adding and subtracting numbers with more than 4 digits using the columnar method as well as make estimations using rounding and use inverse operations and solve multi step problems for addition and subtraction.


Science - This half term science will be taught by Miss Younis. The topic will be on materials and their properties. The children will compare and group materials based on their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. Children will investigate dissolving materials in liquids to form a solution and how to recover a substance from a solution. Children will investigate how solids, liquids and gases are separated from mixtures through filtering, evaporation and sieving.


Our class topic this half term is:

Our world, our responsibility.

Geography- Children will look at types of settlements and what is needed for humans to live there and their importance. Children will use atlases to locate and label given places and look at what food is grown in the UK and what causes food shortages in South and Central America.


D&T – This half term, we will be looking at identify the role and naming different instruments in an orchestra and how they function. The children will work in teams to create their own instrument, thinking carefully about the best materials to use.


French – The children will focus on the topic of holiday and build their vocabulary surrounding this topic and become more confident in listening and developing their speaking skills and eventually moving onto reading and writing phrases or answering questions in French.


RE – The children will focus on why some places and journeys special. Children will identify some features that make places and journeys special, suggest reasons why these places inspire people and investigate pilgrimages and reflect on the challenges involved in these journeys.


PHSCE – We will begin with the topic ‘Being in me in my world.’ The children will set personal goals, begin to understand their rights and responsibilities as a British citizen and a member of the school community. Children will begin to discuss their choices for behaviour and how rewards and consequences feel and how their behaviour can impact on those around them.


PE- This half term we will be looking at invasion games with a main focus on football which will be taught by Mr Toulson. Children will learn various skills that include attacking and defending, working as a team and rules regarding the game.