Year 4/5 - Miss McAvoy


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 afternooon. We have 28 pupils in the class, who are all showing enthusiasm for learning. Here are some important days for children in HMY5:

  • PE is on Tuesday and Friday. 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.

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

English- In English the children will be focusing on a book called ‘Wolf Brother,’ by Michelle Paver which is a part of the quest genre. The children will become familiar with the genre, explore dilemma and empathise with characters. They will begin to understand the view point of others and think imaginatively about of different worlds that include bravery and loyalty.


Maths- In maths the children will be focusing on adding and subtracting, decimals within and across a whole. They will begin to multiply and divide decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. During this time, they will use their skills of the four operations to solve simple measuring problems that involve fractions and decimals up to two decimal places.


Science – In science this half term, the children will be researching different scientists and inventers, such as, Jane Goodall, David Attenborough, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Carl Linnaeus and Archimedes. Children will plan their own investigations based on a scientific theories based on a scientist or inventor. They will make predictions, identify variables and link their findings to their predictions and scientific enquiry.


Our class topic this half term is:


D&T: This half term the children will focus on free standing structures. They will aim to create a marble run which they will research and investigate the structures o marble runs. They will begin to select appropriate tools and equipment to make their structure, thinking about how to strengthen and reinforce the structure.


History/Geography: The children will begin to investigate different landscapes across the UK and Europe across both urban and rural areas. They will begin to use dates on a timeline and explain how buildings have changed over time.


Computing- This half term the children will focus on the topic, ‘we are bloggers.’ The children will understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. Furthermore, they will 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 – Year 5 will focus on the topic of family and friends. They will listen attentively to spoken language in relation to the topic, engage in conversations and begin to read simple sentence with familiar vocabulary.


RE- We will continue to focus on the topic this half term will be, ‘should we forgive us…’ Children will begin to use key vocabulary in regards to forgiveness and reconciliation to show understanding of conflicts and resolutions. They will use and apply ideas from the stories and teachings of Jesus as well as discuss the ideas and importance of confession and forgiveness and make links between Christian beliefs and ethical dilemmas.


PSHCE – The focus topic this half term will be ‘relationships.’ The children will begin to look at similarities and differences between them and their peers by identifying personal qualities and characteristics. They will begin to understand and become aware of different relationships, including marriage and those between friends and families, and to develop the skills to be effective in relationship. In addition, they will begin to understand how their actions affect themselves or others, to care about other people and try to see things from their point of view.


PE- This half term the focus topic will be gymnastics, which will be taught by a sports coach. The children will develop their knowledge of gymnastic balances and build stamina to hold the balances for a couple of seconds. Children will progress onto using movement to travel in different ways and put this into a timed sequence of movements.