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Term 4

Term 4


        Wow, term 3 flew by! We have been planning lots of exciting learning opportunities for year 5 in term 4 and we can’t wait to get started.

        The whole school theme is 'A Moment in Time'. Our question will be 'What Was Life Like During the War? We will be focusing on World War II and its impact on people in and around Bristol.

We have the opportunity to go to the farm this term. Chery class will be finding out about how people lived off the land during the war because of restrictions on imports and rationing.

         Our class book is Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. Set during the Second World War, the main character is a young boy named William who is evacuated to the countryside to live with a grieving widower named Tom. We will be basing a lot of our English learning on the book by writing letters, news reports and writing an alternative ending to the story.

         Our Science topic, Forces, will extend over the next two terms (4 and 5). We will be moving on from push and pull by learning about more complex forces - gravity, friction, air and water resistance and mechanisms. As usual, Cherry class will carry out several investigations and experiments where the children will develop their scientific enquiry skills.

         In Maths, we will be moving on to division, learning the long division method. Furthermore, we will start our fractions unit of work where our multiplication and division facts will come into good use.

         In our final week, Year 5 will be going on a class trip. This will be on Wednesday 3rd April. Letters will be sent out on the first week of the term so please return them as soon as possible. As usual, we will need parent helpers to accompany us on the trip. If you can come along, please indicate this on your child’s permission slip.

         PE this term is on a Wednesday and Thursday but as always, I ask for PE kits to be in school Monday-Friday just in case there are any timetable changes or extra PE sessions.

         Please continue to encourage your child to read every day and ask them questions about what they have read to develop their comprehension skills. It is also be very helpful if time table facts are practiced daily to develop speed. If they can do this, then try division facts. This will help your child across all areas of Maths. Additionally, the spelling words for this term and homework ideas linked to our topics this term can be found on this page.

          Please see me at the end of the school day if you have any more questions or queries. I am always happy to help where I can.


Hope you have a great half term!

Miss Aubrey