Year 4/5 – Lilac

Welcome to Lilac Class!

Our class teacher for the 2018 – 2019 academic year is Miss Barr.

Our teaching assistants are Miss Corrigan (AM) and Miss Gough (PM).

Our First Half-Term:

This half term the children will be covering the following in each of the areas of the curriculum:

English: Information Texts, Narrative and Earthquake Poetry

Maths: Place Value and Addition/Subtraction

Art/DT: 3D Art

Topic: Geography focus

Science: Forces and Magnets

P.E: Swimming (Y5), Dance (Y4)

Computing: E-Safety

RE: The Church

Our main topic question this half term is ‘What makes the ground grumble and shake?’

Topic Titles:

These are the six topics we will be doing over the next academic year.  Each topic will last a half term and will also be cross curricular with other subjects.

Autumn 1 – What makes the ground grumble and shake? (Geography) 

In this topic we will study Earthquakes using our key text ‘What was the San Francisco earthquake?’. We will also develop our locational knowledge skills by developing our knowledge of where earthquakes occur. During the topic we will consider physical geography as we look into how places are affected by earthquakes. In this topic we will also build on our map skills.

Autumn 2 – Why should gunpowder, treason and plot never be forgotten? (History)

During this topic, our key text will be ‘The Gunpowder Plot: A Time for Treason’ where our curriculum focus will be on an aspect or theme in British History beyond 1066. Within this topic, we will look into treason and what it is, we will also consider how Britain has changed over time.

Spring 1 – Were the Anglo-Saxons really smashing compared to the Scots? (History) – Tatton Park Trip, more details to follow.

For this topic we will have two key texts:

The Lady of Shalott – Alfred Lord Tennyson

King Arthur: The Sword in the Stone – Marcia Williams

Within the topic we will look at the lifestyles led by Anglo-Saxons as well as how their lives were different. One main idea we will be exploring is the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor. This will continue throughout our topic as we understand the Religion, History and developments.

Spring 2 – How can we re-discover ancient Egypt? (History)

During this topic, our curriculum will be linked to a study of Eygpt life and achievements and their influence on the western world. Within this we will consider changes that have developed as well as opportunities that have arisen since the Ancient Egyptian era. Our key text for this topic will be The Egyptian Cinderella.

Summer 1 – How would my journey look on a trip down Route 66? (Geography)

This topic will focus on North America and it will develop our skills in Locational Knowledge, Place Knowledge, Human and Physical Geography and Geographical Skills and Fieldwork. We will also use North America to compare local regions. Our key text for this topic is, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein.

Summer 2 – Why is London the Capital City? (Geography)

We will finish the school year with our key text of The Nowhere Emporium. This topic allows us to study the United Kingdom in depth, including physical and human features in the United Kingdom.


For P.E children will require the following items;

▪Red polo shirt

▪Black shorts/ skirt

▪Black pumps

Children must ensure if they are wearing small studded earrings these need to be removed for PE lessons.

Year 5 will be Swimming for the full year, they should ensure they have their kits in school for Friday;

Boys – Trunks or swim shorts (shorts must be lined and no longer than mid-thigh)

Girls – 1 piece costume (close fitting leotards and footless tights may also be worn where normal swimwear is not appropriate for religious/ cultural reasons).

PE lessons will be on a Monday afternoon for the Autumn Term and we will be taking part in Dance lessons.

Full PE kits will be needed for this.

Investors In Pupils Target

We are going to make sure that everyone always follows instructions first time without any fussing. We will also try our best in all our work and ensure we attend school everyday. Our Individual targets have been added to a ‘Tree of Success’ visible alongside our classroom.

The Learning Line 

The learning line is used during lessons to help the children to assess their own learning.  It helps the children to understand how much progress they feel they have made during their learning and encourages children to become the ‘master’ of their work. This year, the children selected The Jungle Book as our class theme.

More detailed information about class activities will be shared with parents on our weekly class newsletters.