Welcome to the Year 4/5 class page
Please read our half termly newsletter below to find out what will be happening in Year 4/5.
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?
Autumn Term 1
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.