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Please read our half termly newsletter below to find out what will be happening in Year 4/5.

Summer Term 2

Week 7


Our final week in Year 4/5 has been another busy one. 


In Maths, we were learning about quadrilaterals and angles. We began to use a protractor to measure and draw angles. We also investigated the properties of quadrilaterals and discovered that some quadrilaterals have more than one name.


In English, we carried on reading The Nowhere Emporium. We are completely gripped and can't wait to finish it.


On Tuesday we had a fantastic trip to The National Science and Media Museum. We spent time in the Wonderlab and also took part in a Bring the Thunder workshop. We had a fantastic day and learnt a lot about sound.


On Thursday we took part in a sports competition at Farsley Farfield. We had a great time competing and seeing friends from last year.


On Friday afternoon we took part in the celebration assembly. We signed along to the song This is Me and performed our brass instruments. It was a fantastic celebration of all we have achieved this year.

Week 6


This week was Wellness Week and we have been involved in many different activities.


On Monday, we took part in Foot Pool. A giant inflatable pool table was set up in the playground and we played pool by kicking the white ball and trying to pot the coloured balls. It was great fun!


On Tuesday, we headed up to The Climbing Depot to try bouldering. A few of us were feeling quite worried but we quickly conquered our fears and managed to go quite high. It was a great experience.


On Thursday, we had our final swimming session. It was a fun session and a great time was had by all. In the afternoon we had a drugs education session and tried some dizzy goggles. We also had a pilates session and learnt about the spine and all the movements it can make.


The much anticipated final of the Wake Up and Shake Up competition took place on Friday afternoon. All the dances were fantastic. Well done to Year 3 on taking first place. 

Week 5


It's been another busy week in Year 4/5! 


In English, we have been reading a lot of The Nowhere Emporium and are absolutely loving it! There have been lots of twists and turns so far and we are keen to keep reading.


In swimming, we all took part in assessments to see how far we have progressed. We all tried really hard and many of us surprised ourselves with how much we can now do. Next week is a fun week to celebrate all we have achieved.


On Friday, we took part in Sports day. We did a mixture of track and field events. The weather was glorious (perhaps a little too hot) and we all put in 100% effort. Well done to Orange Team for winning the overall competition.


Next week is Wellness week where we will be taking part in lots of different activities such as Pilates, Foot Pool and going to The Climbing Depot. 

Week 4


This week we have been learning about complete and incomplete circuits in Science. We found out that a complete circuit has to let the electricity flow around in a circle to work. We made home-made switches using cardboard, paper clips and split pins. This allowed the electricity to stop flowing and the buzzer to stop buzzing! See the photographs below.


In English, we planned our Magic Carpet stories using a story map and then wrote them in our books. We also read a lot of The Nowhere Emporium. We are finding it really exciting and have lots of theories about what might happen.


For PE this week, we were lucky to have Mr Lawson. We went outside in the lovely sunshine and played ball games. We also had our final water safety week where we were learning how to save people who might be drowning. 


In Geography, we are researching a country that one of classmates come from. We could choose from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Kurdistan. We will be presenting our work to the school in a few weeks.



Week 3


This week in Maths, we have been carrying on our topic on coordinates. We have been translating shapes on a grid. Translating means moving a shape or object on a grid.


In English, we have carried on reading our book The Nowhere Emporium and we are really intrigued. We found out that Daniel (main character) should have died but now works in the Nowhere Emporium. In RIC, we did a new type of question called PEE. We had to make our point (P), find evidence (E) and explain (E). We found this tough but we had a good try. We also tried to answer a question about who the mysterious boy from chapter 4, called the monster is. 


Swimming was very different this week as we went swimming in our pyjamas! This was because it was water safety week and we learning what it was like to swim with clothes on. It felt weird and our clothes dragged us down. 


In Science, we were learning about Jane Goodall, who studied chimpanzees. We created ads to encourage people to adopt a chimpanzee (not in your own home!) and then filmed them. 

Week 2


This week in Maths, we started our new topic on coordinates. We used a grid, which had letters of the alphabet on, to write our name and school in coordinates.


We began to learn about our new topic - Location, Location, Location. We started to create a new country for the world. We had to decide where in the world it would be: what to call it: what shape it would be and design a flag. We will finish them next week and post the photographs when they are complete. On our wow morning, we started with an alphabet key of countries from around the world. We discovered that there were no countries that start with the letter X. We also used google maps to take a tour of the world. 


In English, we wrote a description of our own Nowhere Emporium. When we had done this, we peer marked them with our learning partners before we improved them in our final draft. We are looking forward to finding out what will happen in the book next week.


We have also been learning a new language for the end of term assembly. We will continue to perfect this and dazzle you in a few weeks time!

Week 1


This week in English, we have begun to read our new book called 'The Nowhere Emporium'. We have read the prologue and it hooked us all in - we can't wait to find out what happens next! In reading, we have been using RIC to help us answer questions when we were looking at the cover of the book. RIC stands for Retrieve, Interpret and Choice.


This week was also our class assembly. We worked very hard to make our assembly fantastic and make our audience laugh. We created programs and adverts on the things we have been learning. The audience watched: Unwrapping King Tut's Life, Mummification in Action, Reading Time, Incredible Inventors and The Life of Philippe Petit. In between the programs, we had people advertising their inventions. Everybody laughed in the right places and were very impressed.


In Maths, we carried on our topic of time. We moved on to reading timetables. It was tricky at times but we persevered to improve our learning. 


Next week, we will begin our new topic - Location, Location, Location! 

Summer Term 1

Week 6


What a busy half term it has been! We finished off our topic of inventors by showcasing our terrific inventions during the art exhibition on Thursday. We have also uploaded our designs to the little inventor's websites and have loved seeing how many likes, loves and funnies we have been getting.


This week, we also finished our newspaper reports about Philippe Petit - the man who walked between the Twin Towers in New York. We edited and improved our first drafts before writing them on the computer.


In maths, we have started our new topic on time. We have been working on converting time and solving problems.


In Dance, we worked on completing our own versions of the Hakka and performing them to the rest of the class. We have loved learning about dances from around the world and will continue after the half term.


After the holiday, we will be starting our new topic of Location, Location, Location. Keep your eye on our blog to see what we are learning!

Week 5


This week in English, we finished reading The Man Who Walked Between the Towers and now we are planning a newspaper report about the event. We interviewed each other in role as Philippe, a policeman or an onlooker to record interesting quotes. We also planned snazzy headlines and looked up key facts.


In maths, we have been learning about line graphs. We have been practicing drawing line graphs as well as interpreting the data they show.


In Science, we have been learning about forces such as air resistance, water resistance, friction, gravity and more. On Thursday, in the morning, we went swimming and felt the resistance of the water pushing against our bodies but we were much stronger. In the afternoon, we made parachutes out of different materials such as fabric, paper, plastic or card. We also made them different sizes. We then tested them by dropping them from Mrs Ponton's office window and recording how long they took to fall to the ground. We discovered that plastic and fabric made the best parachute. Have a look at the photographs below.

Week 4


This week, in English we have been learning more about The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. We all helped to write an eyewitness statement about a crazy car accident before we had a go at writing our eyewitness statement about the man walking between the towers.


In maths, we have started our new topic about statistics. We have been making tally charts and bar charts as well as interpreting data. We collected data from year 4/5 about eye colour, favourite chocolate and favourite teacher. Miss Wager was very happy that she was the favourite teacher!


In topic, we became judges in Britain's Got Talent 1899. We learned about different inventors such as James Brindley, Humphrey Davy and Richard Arkwright. We all decided that Michael Faraday was the best inventor of the industrial revolution. 


We were very lucky to have two new children start in our class this week. We hope they had a fun time and have made some new friends.

Week 3


This week we have been working hard on our topic of inventors. We have been creating our own weird and wacky inventions using the Little Inventors website to help us. We looked at the different types of people we could invent for such as babies, teachers or zoo keepers. We then moved onto creating inventions for a challenge, for example making walking to school more interesting. We will be uploading our invention ideas to the Little Inventors website soon.


In maths we continued learning about decimal numbers. We worked on comparing numbers, rounding and making a whole.


In English, we have continued reading our book - The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. We worked on tracking the feelings of the main character at different points in the text and created an emotions graph to show this. We also looked at the vocabulary that was being used and how it affected the reader.


We had great fun helping at the Great Westroyd Bake Off on Friday afternoon. We were helping to collect money and bag up the delicious cakes and buns.

Week 2


It's been yet another busy week in Year 4/5. This week we began our new topic of inventors. We looked at various inventions and tried to order them from the most important to the lest important. We found this very difficult as so many of them were so important to our lives now. We also began researching inventions to see who made them, when and how. 


This week we had the opportunity to use lego technic to create different designs involving gear and pulleys. We followed instructional text cards to create the items but it was trickier than we first thought!


In maths, we have been continuing our work on decimals. We are all much more confident and have moved onto numbers that include thousandths and dividing by 10 and 100. We will continue next week with comparing and ordering, rounding and making whole numbers.


In PE this week we started back at Pudsey Leisure Centre to continue our swimming lessons. We also started dance and this week we were learning salsa. Great fun was had by all!

Week 1


This week we have finished our ancient Egyptian topic. We learnt all about Tutankhamun and his tomb. We discovered that Howard Carter found the tomb 96 years ago. We also found out that his tomb was much smaller than most pharaohs and that the mummified bodies of his babies were in there too.


In English, we were writing a new story about Snow White set in the ancient Egyptian era. We came up with lots of great ideas such as having the River Nile instead of the mirror, seven slaves instead of dwarfs and a pyramid or tomb instead of a cottage. We used amazing vocabulary to help the reader paint a picture in their mind.


In maths, we began to learn about decimals. We now know that they are similar to fractions. We also learnt how to write tenths and hundredths.


On Friday, we had a Science day. In the morning, we attempted to make toothpaste. We used bicarbonate of soda, calcium carbonate, glycerol, sweetener, food colouring and flavouring. It was ok, but we prefer normal toothpaste! We then became investigators when we learning about forensic science. We had to work out who stole the dinner money from a school safe. We looked at fingerprints, footprints, DNA and other items. We loved discovering that Candy Morris had stolen the money! Take a look at photographs of the day below.

Spring Term 2

Week 6


This week has been faith week. Throughout faith week we have been learning about the Hindu religion. 


On Wednesday, we visited a Hindu temple in Bradford where Seema showed us around and taught us about the Gods. We had the chance to do some meditation which we then carried on when we got back to school. At the temple, we learned about Hindu weddings and how they were similar and different to Christian weddings. We also learned about the different Gods.


In school, we created Rangoli patterns using sand and chalk. We found out that these patterns are drawn in front of houses during Diwali to guide Lakshmi into the houses. We also researched the different Gods and created fact sheets.


On Thursday morning, we went to St.John's Church for our Easter service. We sang our two school songs and our class told the story of Easter.                             

Week 4


In Maths, we have been learning about mixed numbers and improper fractions. We used our multiplication and division skills to convert them. On Friday, we created a number line on our desks to show both sets of numbers.


In English, we wrote a story about a message in a bottle. Some of the ideas we had were: a mermaid sending out a message in a bottle to get help; a child stuck on a desert island; a boat race where one of the competitors became stranded and another involving Peter Pan.


In Science, we started our topic about teeth. We learned about the structure of a tooth before we set up an investigation where we put eggs in different liquids and we will observe what the effects are. 


In History, we learned about our timeline, we were amazed to find out how little time humanity has been around. We then put together a timeline of Ancient Egypt and discovered more about that period of time.




Week 3


We have had another fun week in 4/5 and learned a lot too! In English, we completed our non-chronological reports on Ancient Egypt. We worked hard to research information and present them with the key features. We had to remember a title, introduction, captions, pictures, paragraphs of facts and sub-headings. 


In maths, we made rainbow fractions. We used our times tables to help us find equivalent fractions. We will continue with fractions next week.


We had another great PE session with Mr. Lawson where we learned how to hold a cricket bat correctly and hit the ball. We then played quick cricket. We have some very talented batters and bowlers!


In art this week we finally decorated and completed our Ancient Egyptian death masks. Take a look at the amazing work we did below.

Week 2


What a week! We have had terrible (or maybe excellent) weather for most of the week. On Wednesday, we went out in the snow and had a massive snowball fight! We also made snowmen and snow angels. 


On Monday, we carried on learning about the Ancient Egyptians and designed our death masks ready for decorating next week. In PE, we were learning cricket skills with Mr. Lawson. 


In English, we were learning about non-chronological reports and began to collect information for our own reports that we will be writing next week. 


Unfortunately, the school was closed on Thursday which meant World Book Day took place on Friday instead. We had great fun dressing up as our favourite book characters (see the pictures below) and playing a guess the book by emoji game - it was quite hard. We also did a book scavenger hunt where we had to look for different words contained in books. 

Week 1


It’s been a fun start back to this half term. This week it was our class assembly. We decided to do a news report with lots of presenters telling us about work last half term. We shared information about Fairtrade and our science work on materials. We also showed our designs for chocolate bars and our own plays.


In Science this week, we learned about reversible and irreversible changes. This was the last week on materials before we move onto teeth and digestion.


On Friday we had our WOW day to introduce our new topic on the Ancient Egyptians. We learned about hieroglyphics and wrote our names using them. We also learned about the death rituals and made canopic jars which held the organs after mummification. Finally, we used mod roc to create masks which will be decorated to be like Egyptian death masks. See our photos below!

Spring Term 1

Week 6


What a busy half term we have had! We hope you enjoyed seeing all the hard work the children have done over the half term during our open session on Thursday.


This week, we carried on with our Science work on materials. We planned and carried out an investigation to see which material would be best to line the inside of a lunch bag. We learned about thermal insulators and conductors and found that plastic was the best material to keep our lunch cool. We then moved onto separating mixtures. We used filtering, sieving, evaporation and magnets to successfully separate solids and liquids.


In English, we were working on editing and improving our writing. We worked with our learning partners to spot mistakes and give feedback on parts that were good and parts that could be made better. We found it tricky but all managed to make improvements to our work.


In Geography, we learned about Fairtrade. We looked at a village in Ghana where cocoa beans are grown and found out how Fairtrade had improved their lives. In DT, we finished our chocolate packaging and evaluated their effectiveness. 

Week 5


In Science this week, we have been learning about dissolving. We carried out an investigation to find out if all solids dissolve in a liquid. We made predictions before carrying out the investigation and observing the results. Take a look at the pictures below to see our work.


In DT, we began designing and creating a packaging for an invented chocolate bar. We thought carefully about how to make the product appealing to consumers and planned our colours, fonts and information carefully. We will be showing our work at next week's open session on Thursday afternoon.


In English, we have carried on reading The Great Chocoplot. We have also been working on using good sentence openers in our writing. 


Finally, we have all been involved in our video for The Golden Owls. We worked as a team to come up with the idea and have all taken part in the video. Hopefully, we will be as successful as we have been in previous years.


Week 4


It's been another busy week in 4/5. We have been working hard on our division skills this week in maths and have learned a formal method of dividing 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers by a single digit. 


In English, we have been working on adding subordinate clauses to our writing to give more detail. Although we are finding it a bit tricky, we are trying hard and improving. 


In PE, we carried on our work in gymnastics. We were working on counter balances this week which involved communicating well with our partner. In swimming, we worked on rolls in the water.

Week 3


This week in English we have written a newspaper report about an explosion on Easter Egg Island (a made up island from our book The Great Chocoplot.) We had to remember to use the 5 w's (Who, What, Why, Where and When) and good detail to explain what had happened. 


In maths, we have been learning formal methods of multiplication. We have learned how to do short multiplication with up to 4 numbers and also the area model to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers. Some of us had some very tricky missing number problems to solve. 


In DT, we looked at different chocolate wrappers to see what was good about them and whether they were attractive to us or not. 


Finally, in PE we have been doing gymnastic work. This week we were learning how to put out and away the apparatus safely.

Week 2


We have started our new topic of chocolate this week and what better way to start than with chocolate tasting! We tried various types of chocolate and decided which we preferred - milk chocolate was the overall winner. We then looked into the history of chocolate and discovered it was first discovered by the Aztecs over 3000 years ago!


We also began reading our new class book - The Great Chocoplot. It started with a shocking sentence - there would be no more chocolate left in the world in 6 days! That certainly grabbed our attention and we are very keen to find out how and why this is happening.


In maths, we have begun to look at formal methods of multiplication and have been working really hard on learning our times tables facts as these are so important in helping us become quicker and more efficient in our work.

Week 1


We have had a fantastic start back to the term with a visit to the Carriage Works to see the Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime. We had plenty of laughs and enjoyed a truly amazing performance. Some lucky children were even picked to go up on stage at the end and play a game.


The Pantomime has fed into our English work for the rest of the week with the children planning out an alternate version of Jack and the Beanstalk. They are busy writing it out as a play script and are excited about performing it to the other classes in school next week. 


We will be starting our new Topic of Chocolate next week so watch this space!



Week 5


We have had a fantastic week in Y4/5! We have learned about rationing during World War 2 and how people turned their gardens into allotments to 'Dig for Victory!'. We have been designing our own miniature Victory Gardens and plan to start making them next week. The gardens have to include an Anderson Shelter, and at least one part of the garden must be made from clay. We will be showing our Victory Gardens during our Topic Celebration which is on Thursday 7th December at 2:30pm. We hope many parents will be able to come and look at our work, as well as take part in some activities such as drawing a Henry Moore style WW2 chalk drawing of the Blitz. Here are some the children have done. Aren't they brilliant?

Picture 1

Autumn Term 1


Week 7


Our topic on Space has come to an end. We have learned so much and are sad that is has ended! Here is a quick taste of what we did in Year 4/5 this half term.

We built moon buggies, created artwork in the style of Peter Thorpe, experienced the astrodome and much more! We also learned that another word for the moon is lunar. The four planets before Jupiter are made out of rock and Jupiter, and the other planets after it, are called gas giants.

In swimming, we ended this half term with a fun session. We used the large floats to work as a team to help each other stay on them. It provided us a chance to play other games and improve our confidence in the water.

On Thursday 19th October it was Diwali which is the festival of light. It celebrates good over evil and light over dark. In the story of Rama and Sita, we discovered that they were banished to the forest and Sita was captured by the demon. Rama did rescue her in the end! To celebrate this story, we learned the meaning of Diva lamps and importance of fireworks in Diwali celebrations.


Week 6


This week in DT, we researched lunar rovers to find out what key features they had. We then used this to help us design a lunar rover for the future. We thought carefully about features it would have and how we would create them when we make our model. We are really looking forward to making them next week. 

In maths, we moved onto addition and subtraction and in English, we have continued to read Invaders in the Vegetable Patch and have now reached an exciting cliffhanger!


Week 5


This week, we have continued our work on Invaders in the Vegetable Patch in English. It's beginning to get really interesting and we have been predicting what might happen next based upon what we have read so far. We have also started Reading Eggs. All the children have been placed on the appropriate level and are keen to start reading, earn eggs and decorate their virtual apartments!

In History, we have been writing biographies about Tim Peak. We were astounded by how successful he has been. We found out about where he went to school, how he trained to be an astronaut and how he was the first British astronaut to live on the International Space Station.

It was also the Harvest Festival service at church this week. We really enjoyed going to the church because it is a beautiful building and we always enjoy the service the Vicar provides. Our performance went well. We used clear voices to explain the role food banks play in helping those most in need.  

We had our first active maths lesson. It was interesting to see that we can still learn maths but in an active way, not just sitting at our desks. It was a really fun activity and we are excited to do it again!


Week 4


It has been an amazing week and we have thoroughly enjoyed it.  We would be here for hours if we went into detail about everything we did!

On Wednesday, the Astrodome came into school to teach us about space; especially the stars and Mars. A lovely lady called Erin from Leeds University delivered the workshop. She was very interesting and seemed to really enjoy what she does!

On Thursday, it was National Poetry Day. We studied a range of poetry including the Beowulf poem, an acrostic poem about Space, the When I was One poem and we performed a Space poem. 

In swimming, we were split up into groups. One group will work in the deep end, one group will work near the deep end and one group will work in the shallow end. We were really excited to start and are extremely keen to keep on improving.

On Friday afternoon, we raised money for a trip to the Pantomime. We went to Hainsworth Park and did some laps around the field wearing wellies. We really enjoyed it, some of us walked 9 laps!


Week 3


This week has been a very busy week here in Year 4/5. We have had our heads buried in our class read all week as well diving into some tricky maths work; comparing numbers with 7 digits can be incredibly tricky but we did it!

During our Science work this week we looked at the planets. We had spherical objects of various sizes and had to decide which one represented each planet. It really showed just how big the gas giant of Jupiter is compared to Earth. 

In History, we have been looking at the history of space travel. We were amazed to see how much space travel has developed since 1940 to the present day. We were stunned by the 1969 moon landing and how much of an achievement it was! Swimming was excellent and we are now in our groups so can focus on achieving our goal (25m swimming in a range of strokes). We also followed the Body Coach in one of his very successful fitness videos in PE. A great way to end the week!


Week 2


It's been another busy week in Year 4/5! There were lots of firsts for us this week. We began our French lessons and quickly picked up enough new words to have a very short conversation in French with our partners. We also had our first swimming lesson. Although it didn't quite go as planned, we really enjoyed the experience of going out on the coach, being in a new environment and showing the teachers what we could do! Our brass lessons started again this week with Mr. Roberts and, after we put our instruments back together, we were soon practicing our notes again. In English, we began reading Invaders in the Vegetable Patch. We used the text as a starting point to write a newspaper report about a mystery object flying over the village. We found it quite tricky to write but persevered to achieve our goal. 


Week 1


Welcome Back!

Our first week in Year 4/5 has been brilliant! We have done lots of learning and fun activities already and we are really excited about getting our teeth into more work.

On Wednesday, we had WOW day. During the day we completed an astronaut training camp. This involved building space accessories with Lego and other construction equipment and using soft pastels to draw views from a spaceship window. We also put jigsaws together whilst wearing thick gloves to understand what it would be like fixing things in space wearing a space suit. All of us thoroughly enjoyed it.
On Thursday, we had an assembly on water safety to help us when we go swimming and make sure we stay safe. We are really keen to start swimming this term as we have never been.
We have also been working on having a growth mindset. We learned that the brain is like a muscle and it needs to be challenged to make new pathways of learning. One new activity we have started is called the Ultimate Alphabet and it has certainly been challenging our brains!

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