Year 4/5 - Elm, Oak and Ash


Autumn – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 4/5




Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back! We hope you all had a great half term. This half term the children in Years 4 and 5 will be following a topic entitled:  AMAZING AMERICAS



In English we will be looking particularly at writing stories, information texts and poetry.  The children will be learning how to write effective setting descriptions to make stories more exciting for the reader, as well as learning about how information texts are organised.  They will also be focusing on using a range of KS2 grammar in their writing, incorporating all the writing skills they have learnt during their time at primary school and developing new grammatical skills.  Each class will also be studying a novel in depth, which will help to increase children’s vocabulary and writing.  Please continue to encourage your child to read at home regularly; they should be reading at home at least three times a week and having their reading record signed accordingly. 



Throughout this term, your child’s maths lessons will be focused on place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Towards the end of the term, the children will also practise applying these skills whilst learning about shapes, lengths and perimeters.  It is very important that the children practise their times tables regularly, as instant recall of these key facts is of vital importance in order for them to access the more challenging curriculum of years 4 and 5.  Please encourage your child to practise these skills regularly; in addition to regular verbal practise, there are many online resources to support their learning of these key facts.  In particular, we recommend the website



Foundation Subjects

  • In French, children will learn to speak and write about the human body, as well as counting to greater numbers and including a range of adjectives in their sentences. 
  • In Computing, children will learn about using computers for word processing, developing vital skills for everyday computer use. 
  • In Religious Education, children will study of Christianity and Islam, comparing the two religions’ views on ‘Belief in the community’ and how followers’ beliefs affect their everyday life. 



Amazing Americas

Our theme will be split into two halves:

  • Half term 1: The Mayan civilization
  • Half term 2: The United States of America

This topic will provide many opportunities for a wide variety of work, including:

  • Still-life drawing
  • Modelling using both papier-maché and clay
  • Using maps, atlases and globes
  • Identifying countries and major cities in Europe and the Americas
  • Using an eight-point compass
  • The history of the Mayan civilization, including their timeline, beliefs, number system and hieroglyphics
  • Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America
  • Electricity – its discovery and the science behind it
  • Seasonality and origins of foods
  • Cooking/preparing savoury foods


Physical Education

PE lessons are on Wednesday for all Year 4 and 5 classes.  The children need full PE kit (black shorts/leggings, white T-shirt, trainers) for every PE lesson. The children will go outdoors if the weather is suitable.




Each week, children will be expected to complete five pieces of homework:

  • Read three times at home with an adult and have their reading record signed accordingly
  • Practise their weekly spelling list
  • Practise their times tables – each child will know which table they should be focusing on
  • Grammar task – an exercise on
  • Maths task – an activity on


The grammar and maths tasks for this term have been set on the relevant websites and children should complete one task from each website per week, in the order in which they are displayed when they login.  Children will be bringing home their login details for these websites in their reading records very soon.  If your child does not have access to the internet at home, please let their class teacher know so that arrangements can be made for them to access the websites at school.  This week, as the logins for these websites are not yet available, your child has brought home a worksheet instead, which should be handed in by Wednesday please. 


Please ensure that your child brings their reading record to school every day, as they are regularly used in class. 



Thank you for your support. As always, if you have any concerns or just want to know something please speak to your child’s class teacher before or after school.


The Year 4/5 team