Term 5 & 6 Newsletter – Class 4

Welcome back to our final 2 terms of the year! I hope everyone had a great and restful Easter break. Terms 5 and 6 bring some exciting opportunities and I’m looking forward to a great summer term.

Miss Mayhew



Our theme for both of these terms will be The Battle of Britain. We will be thinking about the key questions ‘Did we win the Battle of Britain because of ‘the few’? and ‘What happened in Sussex during the Battle of Britain and the Second World War?’ Before half term we will be looking specifically at how World War Two started, what the Battle of Britain was, why it started and how it was fought. After half term, we will be looking closely at how this effected the local community. We are lucky enough to have the opportunity to go on a trip to Newhaven Fort which will give us hands on experiences and more information on the war itself.


During whole class reading this term, we will be reading ‘Storm breaker’ by Anthony Horowitz.


This term we will be continuing with our work on decimals. The year 4s will then move onto looking at money whilst the year 5s continue working on fractions, decimals and percentages. At the end of term 5, we will be looking at charts and graphs before moving onto shapes and angles in term 6. We will be continuing to work hard on our times tables knowledge, which is particularly important for year 4s due to their upcoming multiplication check. It’s really important that all children are working on their times tables at home, in short sharp bursts.


In RE we use the big question approach to organise our learning. This term we will be considering the questions, ‘Why do some people make pilgrimages?’ and ‘When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?’


This term we will be working on watercolour painting inspired by Eric Ravilious’ ‘HMS Glorious In Arctic 1940’.


In DT this term we will be looking at electrical systems. The children will be making their own air raid siren and shelters.


We will continue to have our regular singing sessions with Mrs Bayman, alongside looking at some traditional wartime music.


Before half term, we will be reading ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’, a historical fiction set in wartime about children who are evacuated to the Devonshire countryside. In term 6, we will be reading ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’ by Shirley Hughes. These will not only link into our history theme, but inspire both narrative and non-fiction writing. In addition to this, we will be continuing our weekly reading lesson where we focus on one of the main reading skills (vocabulary, retrieval, inference, prediction, explore, summarise).


During these terms, we will be using the No-Nonsense Spelling programme which covers the grammar and spelling objectives for year 4 and 5. The children will also have statutory spelling words that they will work on at home. It is important that children have learnt and can self-correct the non-negotiable words for our class.


We will begin by studying electricity before moving onto animals, including humans and human development.


For PSHE, we follow the Jigsaw scheme of work. In term 5, we our topic will be ‘Relationships’ and in term 6 we will be looking at ‘Changing Me’.


We will be having our regular PE lessons with Sports Cool, working on multiskills and various different sports. In our other PE lessons, we will be working on athletics before moving onto striking and fielding games in term 6. PE will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays.


In Computing, we will be looking at developing our understanding of how we can effectively use the internet, whilst having a critical view of information we might find. The children will be thinking about how not everything they read online is true.


The brilliant Mrs Page will continue to teach French throughout term 5 and 6.


Each term a spelling list made up of the statutory words for year 4 and 5 will be sent home. As well as spending time on the list at home, these will be worked on in school every Friday using dictation sentences.

Reading is required every night which is to be shown in their reading records. We are also encouraging the children to read a variety of books that will challenge them; these can be from school or from home. A completed reading record is to be returned to me and in return a reading certificate will be received in assembly. We expect children to be independent in choosing their reading books and taking it home, but if you feel your child needs extra support with this, please let me know.

On Wednesdays, the children will be sent home with a homework menu for the term. Each week the children will select one task to complete. This is to be handed back in on a Monday. This homework will be completed in their home learning books.

Mathletics work will also be set every week on the same days as above.

Key Diary Dates

Thursday 18th May – Year 4 and 5 Trip to Newhaven Fort

Friday 26th May – End of Term 5

Monday 5th June – Start of Term 6

5th June – 16th June – Year 4 Multiplication Check

Wednesday 28th June – Sports Day

Wednesday 12th& Thursday 13th July - Whole School Production

Thursday 20th July – Leavers Assembly and Last Day of Term 6

Friday 21st July – Inset Day