Autumn Term One Newsletter (Year 4/5)

Welcome to Year 4/5. We hope that you all had an amazing summer and are looking forward to the year ahead! This newsletter will give you some information about what we will be up to this term.


In our first unit in English, we will be writing adventure stories set in imaginary worlds. We will be using the picture book Journey by Aaron Becker as inspiration for a whole class story, and then the children will write their own stories independently. In our second unit, we will be writing character descriptions based on our favourite characters from The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien).


Guided Reading

We will be using The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien as our text for guided reading this term.

All children are given reading books in school. Please ensure that you are reading with your child as much as possible and asking them questions about the book that they are reading.



In maths we are learning about place value. We are also doing lots of practise for the new statutory Multiplication Tables Check that Year 4 children will complete in June. Here are some useful links to help with times tables practice at home:



In science we will be learning about properties and changes of materials. We will design and carry out investigations into different materials, focusing on their properties and what happens when they are mixed with other things!


History and Geography

In history and geography we will be trying to solve the mystery of the Staffordshire Hoard the largest and only collection of Anglo-Saxon gold that has ever been found. We will be learning about what life was like in the Anglo-Saxon times and using this information to try and work out why the Staffordshire Hoard was buried. We are very excited as we will be going on a class trip to see the Staffordshire Hoard for real in Birmingham.



In RE we will be looking at the creation story and comparing/contrasting religious and scientific views on creation.



In PSHE we will be covering a range of topics such as online safety, children’s rights, protective behaviours and RSE.



We will be learning about the basic elements of music such as rhythm, pulse, pitch, notation and tempo. We will also be attending a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London!



This term we will be working on different watercolour painting techniques.



We are very lucky to have a rugby coach from Northampton Saints coming into school to teach us this term.


Other Information

PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure that PE kits are in school and earrings have been taken out if your child is unable to take their earrings out themselves.


Spellings are sent out on a Monday and the test will be on Friday. There will be 20 spellings each week. These will consist of words following a Year 4 or 5 spelling rule and some words that from Year 4 and 5 spelling lists. It is expected that children will practise their spellings at home as well as at school and will score at least 17/20.

Homework is set on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday. All children have homework folders and homework will consist of a page of maths questions and a comprehension. Children may also bring home extra spellings and times tables exercises depending on their scores in tests.

Please do find Miss Fowler at the end of the day or contact her through the school office if you ever have any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to the learning journey that we will all be sharing this year!


Miss Fowler and Miss Symm


St Mary's Church of England VA Primary Academy
Fuller Street  

NN16 0JH

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