Narnia (Year 4 and Year 5)
Welcome to Narnia Class!
Mrs McCorrie is our Year 4/5 teacher. Mrs Bannister works with us from Monday to Thursday and then Mrs Clements volunteers on a Friday morning.
On a Tuesday afternoon, Mrs Organ teaches us RE and SMSC.
Maths and English homework will alternate each week; it is set on a Friday and due in on the following Friday. It will be sent home in work books. Each week, we will bring home spellings to practise once we have learnt a new spelling rule in school. Our spelling tests will also be on Fridays.
Please help your child with their practise at home. We use spelling shed in school and all Class 4 pupils have log in details glued into their reading record. You can log in here: https://www.edshed.com/en-gb/login
Some pupils will also have a login for Nessy, which provides lots of spelling activities and challenges. Pupils use this within school so are familiar with how to log on: https://learn.nessy.com/account/login#/accountLogin
We greatly encourage regular reading and ask that children read every night and make an entry in their reading record. If this is done independently, it should also be signed by a parent/guardian - this will also ensure that the pupil gets entered into our new whole school reading raffle, with prizes to be won every week! You can also take reading quizzes at home once a book has been finished: https://ukhosted49.renlearn.co.uk/2250969/default.aspx
There will also be one piece of homework for each topic, every 8-10 weeks, which can be found on the topic fact sheet (in the topic section below). Thank you for all of your help and support in producing FANTASTIC Galapagos homework! We look forward to seeing the Viking creations next!
In our first English topic, based on the Mayans, we wrote playscripts all about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and also discussion texts. Then (in our Galapagos themed topic) we have written recounts and non-chronological reports, focusing on the range of wildlife and Charles Darwin's voyage.
We are now starting our instructions writing unit which is based on the book 'How to train your dragon' by Cressida Cowell.
In maths, we begun the year by looking at the place value of different numbers (ordering, comparing and rounding them). Year 4 looked at 4-digit numbers whilst Year 5 looked at numbers up to 1,000,000.
We then moved onto using the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before learning all about length, area and perimeter.
We are also practising our times tables regularly, ready for the statutory Year 4 times tables test; please practise them at home as well. Year 4 pupils should know all of their times tables (up to 12 x 12). There are lots of games and challenges that can be found on www.timestables.co.uk to help get quicker at answering questions. All of KS2 have a login for this website which will record their progress as they complete medals and trophies.
Our first topic was all about the Mayan civilization. We learnt when this was, who the Mayans were, where they lived and how their letter and number system is different to ours. We also enjoyed learning about the Mayans beliefs of chocolate being a gift from the gods. We enjoyed visiting Cadbury World to find out about the history of chocolate and completed some all-important taste testing!
Our second topic has been all about the Galapagos Islands. We have looked at the unique fauna, the details of Charles Darwin's voyage and the problems with plastic pollution that the citizens are facing.
Our current topic is called Legends and Longboats. View our topic map (below) to see what we will be covering in our key questions. It also provides some homework ideas.
Our first science unit this year was all about rocks. We have learnt all about the different types of rocks, how soil is made and how fossils are formed.
In our next unit, we discovered how a sound travels from the source into your ear. We also conducted lots of experiments about sound. For example, looking at the correlation between an object's size and the pitch it produces, discovering what happens to a sound as it travels away from the source and seeing if a louder sound has smaller or larger soundwaves.
We are currently learning about the different states of matter.
We are very lucky to have a specialist PE coach working with us each Wednesday, Miss Jones. All pupils will need a PE kit (suitable for all weather conditions) in school every Wednesday and Thursday.
Year 5 have enjoyed a half term of forest school with Miss Boulton so it is now the turn of Year 4. Their first session will be on Monday 19th February and their final one will be on Monday 18th March. Please send your child to school with suitable clothing and shoes, especially in the cold and wet weather.