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Term 5

Destination Reader:

 This term, our text will be ‘Wild Robot’, written by Peter Brown. This lovely book is about a robot called Ros, who ends up stranded on an island and has to learn how to survive and get along with the other creatures. During reading sessions, we will discuss the vocabulary used and will make predictions about what might happen next. The children will read with a partner and will work together to answer comprehension questions about the text in the Friday 'Big Picture' session. 


We will continue to develop our reading fluency by practising reading out loud like an author, not like Ros the robot! 


The children are still all working towards collecting 4 signatures a week in their reading record so they can be entered into the termly reward activity. They can earn a signature in DR lessons by demonstrating excellent learning behaviours and for showing a good understanding of the text. 



 Using the text Wild Robot, the children will complete 3 main writing tasks this term. The first task will be to write an alternative chapter for when Ros helps another creature. We will be looking at the structure the author used and will aim to recreate it for our own writing. Our second task will be to write instructions for Ros, telling her how to look after a baby bird. The final task will be writing a ‘chase scene’ chapter, when Ros is being followed by the robots who want to catch her and return her to where she should belong. 


Alongside this, we will be practising the words from the year 3/4 word list in daily spelling sessions.



 Our focus in maths this term will be fractions. We will be learning about the difference between a whole and the equal parts needed to make a whole. We will investigate halves, quarters, thirds and will introduce mixed numbers. The children will be adding and subtracting fractions and will be ordering them in order of size. 


The children are also working weekly on times table practice and arithmetic papers. The children should be accessing Times Tables Rock Star to consolidate their rapid recall of their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12 and to make them prepared for the Year 4 times table test. 


The multiplication tables check is an online test for pupils in Year 4. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from two to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes.

Questions about the six, seven, eight, nine, and 12 times tables are likely to come up most often, as these are the hardest for most children to learn. It’s a good idea to focus on these tricky times tables with your child.



 In science, we will be learning about sound. We will learn about how sounds are made and how they are heard. We will learn about pitch and volume and the differences between them. We will look into how animals and humans hear and how adaptations to ear shape and size have allowed hearing to be better in some creatures. 


History - The Tudors

 This term we will be completing a local history study, focusing on Michelham Priory and the Tudors. Our concept question will be ‘What was the impact on Michelham Priory as a result of the dissolution of the Monasteries?’  The topic will begin with our visit to Michelham and then we will place significant events on a timeline, looking at historical evidence and how accounts of the past can be different. 


P.E - Athletics and swimming: (taught by Sportitude coaches)

 The focus this term will be athletics and the children will work on the following areas: running, throwing and jumping. They will develop the skills to work in a relay, will learn how to jump and land safely and will measure the distance they can throw. 


4SN will be commencing with swimming lessons on a Tuesday. 


 R.E - 

 The children will be learning more about Buddhism and finding out how Buddhists decide to live a good life. They will learn about how Buddhists wish for a life where no living thing is harmed.



Music - Recorders: (taught by Miss Dalton, Director of Music)

 The children will continue with learning to play the recorder. Alongside this, they will be looking at how we read music and where notes appear on a stave. 



 This term our PSHE focus will be on relationships. 


Computing - 

 We will be linking computing to our science and will be learning about audio.