Years 4 and 5 2018 - 2019

Mrs Lord

Ms Challenor

Mrs Fish

Mr Evans

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Welcome back after the half term break. Hopefully batteries are once again fully charged and everyone eager to learn!





  • PE Days - This term PE is now WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS and FRIDAYS. Please ensure you have your kit in school on the correct days.
  • 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.


Thanks to all parents and relatives who joined us for our British Values assembly at the end of September and also in church for our Harvest Festival. Have a look at our revised timetable to familiarise yourself with the changes. Mornings remain the same, but all afternoons Y5 will join Y6 and Y4 will join Y3. We have had to move subjects around to ensure all pupils access all areas of learning.



What are we learning about this term?



Y5 Topic: Winter Festivals. You will be learning about a whole range of religious and traditional celebrations.



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 regular (every 3 weeks) 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.


Y5 Science: 'Light'. You will be learning how we see objects around us as well as exploring how light behaves and how shadows are formed.



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, Thursday 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 3 weeks on a Thursday morning, with new spelling rules given out weekly. 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