Welcome to Year 4/5 

Our class has been looking carefully at the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience and has discussed what we would like our class ethos to be and have agreed on our shared values which have become our class charter. We believe in supporting and encouraging each other, treating each other fairly, listening to each other, respecting each other and having a positive attitude to everything we do. We believe that we all have a voice in our class and school and work hard to build a community that we are proud of!

In Literacy

This term we shall be focusing our learning around the texts 'Journey to Jo'burg' and 'The other side of the truth' both by author Beverley Naidoo. 

In Guided Reading the children will be given the opportunity to read the book, exploring the different themes and the effect of the Apartheid on the characters. They will be given the chance to explore the different cultural themes within the book and express their thoughts and feelings on these. The children will face a range of challenges, from writing in-depth character descriptions, to learning how to answer comprehension based questions using point, evidence and explain.

In Writing the children's learning will continue to be focused around the text 'Journey to Jo'burg', where they will be immersed within the text, exploring the impact of Apartheid on South Africa. The children will begin by learning to write their narrative based around the story, learning to structure their writing using the 5 part story plan. The writing focus will then change and the children will be given the opportunity to create their own diary, from one of the character's perspectives. We will the take inspiration from the text 'The other side of the truth' to consider the struggles of refugees and look at both sides of the arguments for supporting refugees and the impact they have on the countries resources and write argument texts on this subject. 

In Maths 

This term the children will initially focus their learning on place value, including rounding, ordering and negative numbers. We will then move on to problem solving using the four areas of number. The children will be given the chance to consolidate methods they will already be familiar with, as well as learning new methods such as long division. They will be given the chance to solve multi-step problems, using reasoning skills to explain the methods they chose to use.

Later on the in term the children will focus their learning on fractions, decimals and percentages, learning the equivalence and how to solve problems using these.

In Science 

Throughout the first half term the children will be given the chance to carry out many scientific experiments based upon forces.We will begin by looking at air resistance then moving onto friction and the forces that act upon us when we are in the water. We will gain an understanding and how we can measure force in Newtons.

In the second half term we will be looking at electricity and what materials are conductors of electricity, how to make a series circuit and a parallel circuit and learn scientific symbols to use when drawing diagrams of circuits.

In Art and Design 

In Art the children will look at the clothing worn by  the Asante people of Ghana in West Africa on special occasions. They will get to explore the different patterns that are worn upon their clothing and the meaning of the symbols as well as creating their own design for an Adinkra cloth.

In Design we will be looking at African masks. The children will learn that these are an important part of African culture for tribes to perform stories at social celebrations and events. 

In Geography and History

This term our topic is 'Changing Cultures'. The children will begin by focusing their learning on the Geography of Africa. They will complete a study on different countries within Africa, looking at the physical and human geography as well as the climate. They will be given the chance to compare Africa to England and in a closer study of the city of Hull to Cape Town, identifying similarities and differences between the two places.

Their learning shall then continue by looking at the history of South Africa, we will explore what human rights are and how these rights need to be protected. We will  investigate apartheid in South Africa and how this era impacted on peoples human rights. We will research Nelson Mandela’s struggle to abolish apartheid and look at how William Wilberforce struggled to abolish   slavery in England as a comparison.

In RE

This term the children's Religious Education will be based upon the teachings of Islam. They will begin by looking at the 5 pillars of Islam, investigating how Muslims show commitment to their religion.

The children will be given the chance to consider the life of a Muslim and how their religion shapes the way they live. They will be given the chance to learn about different Islamic festivals including Ramadan and will be given the chance to discuss their own beliefs and views. 

In PE

This year the children will have their PE lesson on a Wednesday with sports coaches and on a Friday with their class teacher.  

The children will be taught to play basket ball, developing a range of skills such as throwing accurately, catching, aiming and defending. The children will be taught to apply these skills in a range of mini games, building up to playing a final game as a class.