This half term we are working on 

  • English - "Chocolate Fever" by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Adventure stories, newspaper reports and Poetry.
  • Maths - Area and perimeter, multiplication and division.
  • Topic - All aspects of chocolate!
  • Science - Changing materials and their properties.


Year 4/5


This year your teacher is Mr Smith


with Mrs Kay


Our topic this Autumn half term is Chocolate.



 Look at the Year 5 curriculum here

and Year 4 here


P.E. is on Tuesdays.


We have a chocolatier visiting us at school on Thursday 29th November.


As part of our changing materials topic we started a rusting experiment this week. The children had to plan a fair test using cold and hot water, salt (which will speed up the rusting), and nails. They then decided as a group where to put them. The children have predicted what will happen and in a week we will analyse the results!



On Thursday we had an amazing visit from David the chocolatier. We learnt how to taste like
a professional, make our own unique lollipops and learnt loads of new facts! It was fantastic fun!!

As part of our materials topic we have carried out an experiment to look at what happens when we mix certain substances and whether the changes are reversible or irreversible.
We watched a balloon blow up with the gas caused by baking soda mixing with vinegar. It was great fun if a little messy!


Year 4 /5 concluded their work on forces with an experiment to test which surface provided the most friction.We found of the surfaces tested that carpet was the best!  Our next science topic is looking at reversible and irreversible changes.


As part of our Viking topic the children designed their own Viking shields and painted them with acrylic paints. There are some fantastic designs many with messages about Viking battle in runes!


This half term our class topic has been the Vikings. We have enjoyed learning about them in a cross-curricular way .We have written our name in Runes, designed Viking longboats and shields as well as our own Viking food poems!!
Our English text has also been linked as it’s about an imaginary Viking hero(Hiccup)and his adventures in” How to train your dragon” by Cressida Cowell. This has been a stimulus for all sorts of imaginative writing!
In science we have been looking at different kinds of forces. After learning about gravity and Sir Isaac Newton we have designed parachutes to help us understand about air resistance and boats to test water resistance and speed. Team Magical Monkeys designed the most efficient boat in the water!
Maths this half term has focussed on place value and the different methods for addition and subtraction with 4/5 digit numbers. Next half term we will be moving onto multiplication and division.
The photos show us designing our parachutes in pairs using a variety of materials but making our testing fair by dropping our parachutes from the same height and keeping the lego passenger the same!!We also had fun making boats out of recycled materials and testing their water resistance on the early year’s bath!!