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Base 4

Welcome to Base 4!


What we are learning this term

This term we will be studying 2 units of work in Science.

Our first topic will investigate Earth in Space which will involve describing the Sun, Earth and Moon as well as their movements.  They will use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain night and day and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.  Investigations will involve looking at pattern changes for different times in the year, patterns in the length of shadows along with the moon’s position in the sky which they will record in a journal to be completed at home for a month.


The second topic will cover humans compared to other animals.  They will recognise that living things have changed over time, that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago and that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.   They will also identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptations may lead to evolution.


In English

In English the class will explore The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. They will create their own anthology of nature poems using the original book as a stimulus.  Our narrative unit is based around the adventure story ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.

The class novel this half term is Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen.


In Maths

This term in maths we will be working with the four operations in a variety of contexts. We will also be learning about Fractions, Measurement, Properties of shapes, Statistics and Position and Direction.

P.E. will be covering Gymnastics in our Thursday lesson and Invasion Games in our Wednesday lesson as well as intra-house competitions to look forward to.  Please ensure the children have trainers as well as their PE kit at all times in case lessons need to be rearranged.

PSHE will study the topics of Eat Better, New Beginnings, Say no to Bullying, Being a good citizen and Being a good friend.

In Art children will be developing skills in painting and drawing natural objects from life to link with their work on The Lost Words.


Computing and DT will be based on Lego Robotics coding and will be taught in workshops held at Shrewsbury Prep School over 6 afternoons.  We will be using publisher to create typographic art linked with their work on The Lost Words, presenting the poems that they have created in English and using the internet to research and learn more about the lost nature words.

RE involves studying Hinduism. 


History is the study of ‘Ancient Greeks.’

Homework - the children need to read at home every night for at least 10minutes and it must be recorded in their diaries.  They also need to practise their spelling every day at home, either from the Year 5 and 6 spelling list (found in their orange diary) or from the spellings lists they have been given during the week.  Maths homework requires the children to be working through units on ActiveLearn and practising daily their multiplication facts.