Welcome to Base 4!
What we are learning this term
This term we will be studying 2 units of work in Science.
The first topic will cover separating materials. They will know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution by investigating dissolving, use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating by separating different mixtures. They will demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes by separating different mixtures as well as describe how to recover a substance from a solution by separating different mixtures.
Our second topic will investigate Forces which will involve the children being able to explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object by measuring the force of gravity pulling on the objects. They will recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect by exploring and designing a simple mechanism. Investigations will involve looking at the effects of friction, air resistance and water resistance.
This term pupils will have opportunity to improve their skills in grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting within fiction and the non-fiction genres of newspaper reports and persuasive writing.
Base 4 will be taking part in Shrewsbury Bookfest Big Book Award 2020. This will see them reading up to 6 of the shortlisted books, voting for their favourite and entering the letter writing competition.
The class novel this term is Malamander, a fantasy story by Thomas Taylor.
This term in maths we will be working with the four operations in a variety of contexts. We will also be learning about algebra, properties of shapes, measure(mass), fractions, ratio and proportions, statistics as well as perimeter and area.
P.E. will be covering Fundamentals and Net/Wall Games on Wednesday afternoons with Mr. Brown and Mrs. Martin. and Dance taken on Friday afternoons by Mrs Martin based on the theme of ‘The Solar System’.
There will be two intra-house competitions this term to look forward to.
(Appropriate P.E kit must be in school for each lesson.)
DT will involve working with food related to special times in religion.
RE will study how Hindus and Christians mark special times in their lives, our relationship with the natural world as well as why Christians celebrate Easter.
Music will be based around two songs – A New Carol taken from Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons and You’ve Got A Friend by Carole King.
PSHE will cover the themes of Getting On and Falling Out, Move More and Money Counts.
Geography will focus on landscapes looking at rivers and mountains along with erosion and deposition.
In History we will by studying Early Islamic Civilisation.
Art will focus on developing skills in painting and drawing in response to the Shrewsbury Bookfest shortlisted books. Each pupil will enter a final piece of work into The Arts Society, Shrewsbury Big Book award 2020 Art competition. One piece of work from the class will be chosen by the society to be exhibited at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.
In Computing children will have opportunity to learn about internet safety and what it means to them, explore and create databases.
The children are expected to read at home every night for at least 10 minutes. We also ask you to listen to them read every night as well as you reading to them.
They also need to practise their spelling every day at home, either from the Year 5 and 6 spelling list or from the spellings they have in their orange diaries.
Maths homework requires the children to be working through units on ActiveLearn and practising their multiplication/division facts.