Year 4/5 – Lilac

Welcome to Lilac Class!

Our class teachers for the 2018 – 2019 academic year are Miss Barr and Miss Cartwright.

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

In Lilac Class, we cover many exciting topics to enhance children’s knowledge and understanding in-line with The National Curriculum 2014.  British Values also underpin our curriculum.

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) 

Core Text:

What was the San Francisco Earthquake? – Dorothy Hoobler 

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)

Core Text: 

The Gunpowder Plot: A Time for Treason – Ann Turnbull

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) 

For this topic we will have two Core 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)

Core Text:

Egyptian Cinderella – Shirley Climo

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)

Core Text:

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers – Mordecai Gerstein

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.

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

Core Text:

The Nowhere Emporium – Ross MacKenzie

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.

PE:

It is essential that children have the correct PE kit in school.

Kit:

Indoor sessions:

  • Black shorts
  • Red polo shirt
  • Black pumps

Outdoor sessions

  • Black shorts or dark tracksuit bottoms (winter)
  • Red polo shirt
  • Trainers (not fashionable)
  • Sweater (winter)

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).

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 helps us the children to evaluate their own progress in lessons. Our line shows the  journey through The Jungle Book, the children helped to design our learning line and use it in all areas of the curriculum. It follows the process of: Plan, Understand, Passion, Act, Evaluate, Embed.

Our Golden Promises:

Investors in Pupils:

Our class target is:

To always work to our best ability and ensure our work is well presented.

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

Homework

Homework is explained on the newsletter each week.  It will be handed out on a Friday and must be returned to school the following Wednesday.  Homework will include: English, Maths, Spelling, Times Tables and a piece of ‘Talk’ homework which will link to our worship theme.

If you would like any more information about our class, please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office.