Mr Neil Swanston
Mrs Nicola Wills
I am Incredibly excited about the year ahead. We have chosen some wonderful topics, which I hope will grab the children’s interest and truly inspire them.
Knowledge Rich Project (KRP): Fallen Fields
History: This is the driver subject for our project.
In the Fallen Fields project, your child will delve into the causes of the First World War, their research skills will help them to find out which countries were the Central Powers, which were the Allied Powers, and which were neutral. They will order significant events and decide who were the most influential figures of the First World War. After researching devastating battles, they’ll write short stories from the viewpoints of British soldiers. They will read wartime poetry and examine artwork to pick out evocative imagery and thought-provoking themes. They will also analyse wartime propaganda and reflect on the significance of poppies.
To ensure full curriculum coverage we will have companion projects in Science, Art and DT that will sit alongside the topic.
Along with focusing on grammar, spelling, handwriting and reading skills, we will be writing defeating a monster stories, letters, diary entries and instructions. We continue to use a Talk for Writing approach to our learning which has three stages to it: imitation, innovation and finally independence. Much of our writing will be cross curricular and we will be continuing to transfer skills learnt in English, to other curriculum areas.
Our new class book is War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story.
We will follow the White Rose Year 4/5 units for learning in this subject. In the Autumn term Year 4 will study Place Value, Area, Addition & Subtraction and Multiplication & Division. Some of you may already know that every Year 4 pupil is required to complete the Government’s multiplication check in the summer term, so throughout the year we will be focusing on learning all the times tables up to 12 x 12. To ensure the best possible outcome for your children, we strongly advise children to be practising at home.
Year 5 children will learn about Place Value, Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division and Fractions.
Food and the Digestive System: This project teaches children about the human digestive system. They explore the main parts, starting with the mouth and teeth, identifying tooth types and their functions. They link this learning to animals' diets and construct food chains to show the flow of energy.
States of Matter: Your child will identify and classify solids, liquids and gases. They will learn the properties of solids, liquids and gases and discover that some materials have properties of more than one state. They will learn that particles make up all matter and how their arrangement determines whether the material is a solid, liquid or gas.
Art & Design:
Wartime Art: The children will study some of the most important artists and artworks of the time and will use a range of artistic techniques and media to reproduce their own pieces inspired by the Great War.
Poppies: Children will learn about the significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance before designing and make their own poppy using a range of different materials. They will consider the purpose of their poppy and think carefully about the most appropriate materials and resources they will need. They will evaluate their finished creations and consider improvements or changes they would make.
We will follow a structured plan for both Year 4 and Year 5 from the SCARF units for PSHE. In the first half of the Autumn term, we will cover the unit ‘Me and My Relationships’. Year 4 children will learn about recognising feelings, bullying and assertive skills whilst Year 5 pupils will learn about feelings, friendship skills, including compromise and assertive skills.
After half term we will move onto ‘Valuing Difference’ which for Year 4 children includes recognising and celebrating difference (including religions and cultural difference) and understanding and challenging stereotypes. For Year 5 this unit includes Recognising and celebrating difference, including religions and cultural and Influence and pressure of social media.
The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. During the autumn term, Year 4 and 5 will be exploring the Creation Story in Christianity and moving onto Jewish festivals and family life after the half term.
Year 4 will continue to develop their French vocabulary, listening, reading and writing skills through the units of ‘All Around Town’ and ‘On the Move’. Year 5 children will build on their knowledge through the units of ‘Pleased to Meet You’ and ‘All about ourselves’.
We use Sing up to deliver a high quality, rich, varied and progressive musical framework. Initially we will be covering This little light of mine, an expressive call-and-response Gospel song based on a pentatonic scale. We will also use The Pink Panther to explore film themes and how they set the mood for the telling of a film’s story. Later in the second half term we will be Composing with Colour - using colour as an inspiration and starting point to create new pieces of music.
ICT will be used throughout all the other subject areas to enhance the children's understanding and for research purposes. Children will be encouraged to use ICT as a tool for furthering their understanding in other curriculum areas. Throughout the term there will be an emphasis on keeping ourselves safe online and what online content is appropriate. In addition to this, we are following the Digital Learning Cornwall scheme of learning. Year 4 pupils will learn about ‘The Internet’. Children will be taught that the world wide web is part of the internet, that it is made up of a global connection of networks and will be able to understand that not all information on the internet is fact. After half term they will progress on to ‘Audio Editing’ where they will plan, record and edit their own podcast!
Year 5 pupils will study ‘Computing Systems and Networks’ learning how search engines work, using web crawlers and following rules to rank search results. After the half term they will look at ‘Video Editing’ where the children will have the opportunity to learn how to create short videos. As they progress, they will be exposed to topic-based language and develop the skills of capturing, editing, and manipulating video.
We start the year with a sport focus ‘Invaders’, moving on to fitness with a ‘Bootcamp’. Year 4 pupils will focus on ‘Body Parts and their functions’ whilst Year 5s will concentrate on what it takes to have a ‘Healthy body inside out’.
When we return from half term, the sport theme continues with ‘Dynamic Dance’, progressing to ‘Mighty Movers’ (boxercise) which centres on fitness. The health emphasis for Year 4 is ‘Healthy mind, emotions and goals, whilst for Year 5 it is ‘Healthy mind going for goals’.
There may also be opportunities for children to participate in extracurricular clubs and sporting events and festivals as part of our links with the Newquay Schools sports partnership.
Class 4 will have their PE lesson on a Friday. On this day children must wear their correct PE kits to school. There may of course, be additional days when the children may be required to wear a PE kit, which they will be clearly informed about.
- Black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms,
- Green T-shirt with logo,
- Trainers or plimsolls,
- No earrings or jewellery,
Please name all items of kit and school uniform.
- Reading: This should be enjoyed on a daily basis. Reading independently, reading together and across a variety of genres are all beneficial, as are audio books. Reading records are to be handed in every morning, they will be checked and returned by the end of the day. Please keep your reading materials in a book bag so that nothing is lost or misplaced.
- Spellings: These will be given to the children at the beginning of each half term. They will be practised every morning in class.
- Times tables facts – By the end of Year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 times table. Please practise these regularly as part of the weekly homework. Practise the tables that are found most difficult. In the Summer Term, all Year 4 children will be taking the Government’s statutory times table test. Children will be playing Times Tables Rock Stars at school, please also encourage them to play at home.
- Optional Curriculum Project activities: This will be added to Google Classroom as well as a paper version sent home.
- Occasionally additional homework may be sent home to reinforce or practise a concept in any subject area that has been covered in class.
Open Door Policy:
We welcome your feedback on any aspect of your child’s time in Class 4. Please drop me an email via the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to raise any questions, queries or problems that you may have.
I am tremendously excited about the term ahead with Class 4 and thank you in advance for your support.