Year 4/5 - Miss McAvoy


Spring 1 in HMY5




Dear Parents,

Welcome to class HMY5!

As you know, the class teacher is Miss McAvoy and we also have Mrs Bradshaw to support the children on Monday, Thursday and Friday as well as Mrs Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday. We have 29 pupils in the class, who are all showing enthusiasm for learning. Here are some important days for children in HMY5:

  • PE is on Monday and Tuesday. 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 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.
  • Spellings will be sent home along with the homework and the test will be on the following Friday.
  • Friday afternoon at 2.15pm, we hold our celebration assembly where the whole school celebrates achievement. Please feel free to come along any Friday afternoon!

It is extremely important that children remember to read every night and bring their reading books/records back into school the next morning regardless of whether they have finished the book or not. It is an excellent way for you to help your child succeed in both reading and writing!


Curriculum Information

Literacy- Our focus book this half term will be ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ by William Grill. Children will begin to appreciate why stories are memorable and how particular situations make character react the way they do. They will begin to explore dilemmas and empathising with the characters. Children will have opportunities to write character descriptions, letters and instructions.


Maths- Our focus will be on multiplication and division as well as fractions. The children will focus on multiply and dividing numbers mentally as well as using written methods to multiply 4 digit numbers by one and two digit numbers. In addition, children will begin to divide 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers and begin to identify remainders. The children will then begin to work with fractions by comparing and ordering fractions with whose denominators have the same multiples, they will identify, name and write equivalent fractions and convert from one form to another.


Science – Science will be taught by Miss Younis on a Tuesday morning and their focus will be on living things and their habitats. The children will describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird as well as the reproduction process in plants and animals. While doing this the children will plan enquiries, record their data or results and report these.


Our class topic this half term is:

Mountains and Rivers

Geography- Children will use legends in maps to find areas of higher ground and explain how this is shown on maps. Children will focus on how volcanic mountains are formed and describe how the negative effects of the area affect tourism and why some people might visit mountainous terrain. Children will also begin to understand the process of the water cycle.


D&T – Children will research, plan and design landscape structures. They will investigate different materials that will be good to use in the creation of their landscape structure and evaluate their structure based on design criteria.


Art – Children will focus on developing their skill of observation and draw mountain ranges including key details that they have identified including contours.


Computing- The pupils use vector and turtle graphics to explore geometric art, taking inspiration from the work of Escher, Riley and traditional Islamic artists, as well as experimenting with complex ‘fractal’ landscapes. Children will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output. Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple

algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.


French – Children will focus on the seasons. They will begin by learning key vocabulary for this topic to giving reasons as to why they like particular seasons. This topic will also focus on calendar days and learning vocabulary in relation to time, months and years.


RE – Children will continue to focus on what Muslims believe about a good life. They will explain how Muslims use teachings from the Qur’an to help them practise their faith and make a connection between the morals found in Islamic teachings and everyday life.


PHSCE – Our topic will be ‘Dreams and goals.’  Children will begin to think about what they would like their life to be like as an adult and appreciate the contributions made by people in their jobs. They will begin to appreciate and understand the opportunities that they have and the differences and similarities in aspirations in comparison to those around them.


PE- The topic this half term will be gymnastics which will be led by the coaches in one session and by myself in another session. The children will be developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through a range of movements. Children will begin to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvements through evaluation of their movements to improve their personal best.