Years 4 and 5 2018 - 2019

Mrs Lord

Ms Challenor

Mrs Fish

Mr Evans

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Welcome back after the long summer break. Hopefully batteries are now fully charged and everyone eager to learn!



  • PE Days - This term PE is now WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS. Please ensure you have your kit in school on the correct days.
  • Friday afternoons- will now be spent taking part in a fantastic multi-sport session with Mrs. Fish and Mr. Gee. REMEMBER YOUR KIT!!!

  • Homework - All homework diaries should be signed by an adult at home and need to be in school every Friday to be checked by either myself or Mrs Fish.


During the first month you will once again visit the important topic of British Values. You will learn about democracy with Mrs. Fish in your PSHE lessons - a fundamental part of being British! We will share what we have learned in a special assembly at the end of September.

What are we learning about this term?

Topic: Australia - Taught by Mrs Lord, you will find out about this exciting country and its indigenous people, the aborigines. You will consider its geography including settlement, as well as the ancient traditions and culture of the aborigines. Art and DT work will encompass aboriginal artforms, as well as consideration of the design of sailing boats.

English: Daily lessons with Ms. Challenor will include fiction work based on the amazing book 'The Nargun and the Stars' by Patricia Wrightson. You will also be learning about myths and legends that come from aboriginal folklore. Non-fiction work will be based on Australia: its indigenous people and unique wildlife.

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Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary will continue to be taught through the texts you use, making this purposeful and as exciting as we can! Your homework tasks will also be based on taught concepts.

We shall continue to learn spellings in ability groups for 3 mornings a week, practising spelling rules and dictionary work in preparation for our weekly spelling tests on a Thursday. 

On Monday and Friday mornings you will have a morning reading session which will be spent developing your comprehension skills.

Science: 'Evolution and Inheritance'. Mrs Lord will be helping you to explore the science of inheritance and the theory of evolution. You will consider plant and animal adaptations to different environments and learn the biological mechanisms that have allowed the evolution of an amazing diversity of living things to take place. Where possible these activities will be linked to your Australia work.


Maths:  'Active Maths' will continue to start the day for 3 mornings a week. Your daily maths lesson with Mrs. Myatt will include lessons involving problem solving based on real-life scenarios. Place value, calculations, shape and space, measures and fraction work will all be covered.

Computing: 'E-safety ', 'Comic Book' and 'Computer Art'; Mr Evans will be teaching you the knowledge and skills needed to keep safe on the internet as well as create fun comics and fabulous artwork. 


RE / PSHERE work will focus on Expressing Meaning. Mrs Fish will help you to develop your understanding of religion through learning about key religious figures and sacred writing. You will study Islam this year as your focus set of beliefs. PSHE will consider Democracy as well as Rights and Responsibilities.


Other subjects will be taught by the following:

Music: Mrs McAllister

Spanish: Congleton High School

PE: Sports Coaching North West 


What do we need to remember to bring to school?


Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please make sure you bring your kit (white T-shirt, black shorts / skirts/ jogging bottoms and trainers). All long hair should be tied back and under no circumstances should jewellery be worn.


Homework tasks for both English and Maths will be given out every Friday, with the work due in the following Thursday. If you do not bring the tasks in to school by Friday, you will have to miss playtime as a consequence. Please bring your yellow homework diary with you so we can record all of your tasks clearly. Remember to ask your parent or carer to sign your homework diary ready for each Friday.


Spelling tests will take place every Thursday morning, with new spelling rules given out for the following week. You will not be given a list of words to learn to spell, but will need to learn how to use the spelling rule being taught.

Please remember to bring your reading book and reading record every day in order to read in class and to an adult if necessary.

Finally, if you should have any questions about our class, don't forget to ask!



























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Castle Academy

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

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Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218