Year 4/5 - Miss McAvoy


Dear Parents,

Welcome to class HMY5!

As you know, the class teacher is Miss McAvoy and we also have Mrs Bradshaw to support the children on Monday, Thursday and Friday as well as Mrs Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday. We have 29 pupils in the class, who are all showing enthusiasm for learning. Here are some important days for children in HMY5:

  • PE is on Thursday and Friday. It is advised that children bring their PE kits on Monday and keep them in school until Friday, when they can take their kits home to be washed for the following week’s PE lessons.
  • Homework will be sent home on a Friday. The homework will build on the work we have done in class during that week. Children must remember to complete it for the Monday that follows.
  • Spellings will be sent home along with the homework and the test will be on the following Friday.
  • Friday afternoon at 2.15pm, we hold our celebration assembly where the whole school celebrates achievement. Please feel free to come along any Friday afternoon!  
  • It is extremely important that children remember to read every night and bring their reading books/records back into school the next morning regardless of whether they have finished the book or not. It is an excellent way for you to help your child succeed in both reading and writing!

Curriculum Information

Literacy- The children will centre their work around the book ‘Cosmic’ This humorous adventure is seen through the eyes of twelve year old Liam Digby a ‘gifted and talented’ child whose physical appearance ages him beyond his years. Follow Liam and his friend, Florida Kirby on this humorous, action packed adventure exploring the ups and downs of being a parent and the consequences of a ‘little white lie’. The children will enjoy exciting stories with memorable characters and consider how particular situations make individuals behave as they do as well as explore dilemmas, empathising with character and build an imaginative picture of a fantasy world based on real life experiences.


Maths- Our focus in maths this half term will be to continue to work with fractions with regard to adding, subtracting and multiply fractions and read and write fractions as decimals. We will then progress onto reading, writing, ordering and comparing fractions up to three decimal places as well as rounding decimals. The children will further progress onto percentages and know the meaning of percentages and write these has fractions.


Science – Science will be taught by Miss Younis on a Tuesday morning and their focus will be on Earth and space. The children will describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system, describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth as well as describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies and use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.


Our class topic this half term is:

Earth and Space.

D&T/Art: The children will sketch, plan and create own rockets using paper mache, develop painting skills and focus on constellation art. They will Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences as well as become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques and evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.


Music-The children will Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression, improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music and listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.


Computing- The children will focus on the topic, ‘we are web developers.’ In this unit the children will begin to understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. They will progress onto selecting , using and combining a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information. Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.


French – The children will focus on the topic of environment. The children will begin to learn vocabulary for different types of weather animals and environments and apply this to write their own simple sentences. They will also begin to discern between masculine and feminine words.


RE- The focus topic this half term will be, ‘should we forgive us…’ Children will begin to use key vocabulary in regards to forgiveness and reconciliation to show understanding of conflicts and resolutions. They will use and apply ideas from the stories and teachings of Jesus as well as discuss the ideas and importance of confession and forgiveness and make links between Christian beliefs and ethical dilemmas.


PHSCE – The topic that children will cover this half term will be ‘Healthy Me.’

This topic will progress from how tobacco/smoking and alcohol affects children’s health to how to practise basic emergency procedures. The children will also discover how celebrity promote different body types, e.g. eating disorders and what makes a healthy life style.


PE- The children will do orienteering. They will learning to use a key to help them find where they are on a map. They will learn to follow key directions and reach and collect items from check points.