This half term we are working on


Year 4/5


This year your teacher is Mr Smith


with Mrs Kay


Our topic this Spring half term is Victorians and the local area.



 Look at the Year 5 curriculum here

and Year 4 here


P.E. is on Tuesdays.


Attic conversion letter


Year 4/5 had an excellent trip to Halifax Minster.  We travelled by train and enjoyed a full morning of activities.The children were amazed by the size of the Minster and the fact that parts of it are over 900 years old!  After a hunt for all the crosses in the Minster, there was a search in the pews for 12 clues which explained the story of Easter week.  We were entertained (very loudly) by the organist and the children made sketches of part of the stained-glass window behind the altar.  Later there was a chance to make Easter gardens and these were taken home!



Year 4/5 have had a fun first week back! We have made our beetles out of clay and will paint them next week. On Wednesday we spent some time doing fitness training like astronauts! Our work on fractions has continued and we have been writing our own next chapter of our class book “Beetle Boy”.



Our topic is Space and space exploration. So far we have learned about the different planets ,the relationship between the sun ,moon and earth ,G.M.T and the different time zones .We have had fun designing our own dream planets and now we are making our own 3D replicas of the planets.



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!!