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Welcome back to the Summer Term of Year 4 and 5. This term we will be studying aspects of Victorian Era. Specifically, we will be looking at how transport has changed over time. In literacy we will be covering a range of genres linked to victorian literature such as: The Selfish Giant (Oscar Wilde born 1854); Dracula (Bram Stoker, born 1847); The Highwayman/Ballad of Dick Turpin (Alfred Noyles born 1880); Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson born 1850) and Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens born 1812). We will also be writing some Non-Fiction texts based upon events in this period and linked to our topic.

In Science we will be studying electricity, sound and forces.  We will be making a balloon racer and investigating how we can reduce friction, air resistance and increase push to make our vehicles travel the furthest.  In DT we will be designing and making a toy vehicle with a working motor, lights and a switch to operate.  The children may keep their vehicle with a donation from parents towards the materials (motor, wires, batteries, LED bulbs etc), all other craft materials to construct the chassis will be provided by the school.  

Summer Term is a busy term and there will also be a number of trips that Hawks will be involved in: London Transport museum, 4th of May; Chiddingstone Literary Festival, 8th of May; Ypres, 15th of June and on the 12th of June the children will be visiting Blackland Farm for some physical activities to encourage challenge and resilience. In addition, the whole school will be involved in the Year 6 production which I am sure will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all.  

We hope you found consultations useful and are settling into using the new computerised homework schemes. We have attached the spelling lists further down so you have access to all spellings up to the end of term. Please feel free to approach either of us if you have any concerns, no matter how small, and we will endeavor to help.  Unless it is urgent, we prefer to catch up and chat after school so we can start the day on-time and be with the children as they settle to their busy work, and support their learning.  We are always on the playground at the end of the day and you are always welcome to come and discuss anything with us then.


Mondays - Mrs Halfhide/Mrs Tait

Tuesdays - Mrs Phillips/Mrs Tait

Wednesdays - Mrs Phillips

Thursdays - Mrs Halfhide/Mrs Kirby

Fridays - Mrs Halfhide


This term the children's topic will be the 'Victorian Era'.  This topic is history and science/DT focused.  All learning is detailed in the term's curriculum leaflet attached below - hopefully you will find them useful and informative.  Please click images to open the PDFs.  Our prior curriculum leaflets are still below for your reference.

Although the learning has been planned, as detailed in these documents, it is not set in stone and is dependent upon many factors.

   Autumn 1 Planning     Autumn 2 Planning
Spring 1 & 2 Planning Summer 1 & 2 Planning



Detailed within the curriculum leaflet is also the spelling focus per week, which will relate to their weekly lists to learn. Spellings will continue to be given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday. Every child will also be assigned a 'Reading Eggs' comprehension and spelling homework each Friday using our online programme.  

With regard to reading, children should still read with adults to ensure that their comprehension is progressing and can hold high quality discussions about their understanding; however, they should also read on their own for pleasure - most days.  It is important for children to read a range of fiction and non-fiction.  It can be tricky as children approach Y4/5 to get them to sit down and read with an adult! Therefore, I would recommend selecting one book that they only ready with you (to prevent you dipping in and out of a story) and then your child having their own books they read independently.  You could then select a more higher order text that perhaps they would struggle with independently but can access when they can discuss language with an adult.  Additionally, subscriptions to science magazines, National Geographic and First News are great for reading short texts with your child and discussing.  


Spellings for the Summer Term - all groups on one document



Inside the leaflet is also some ideas for supporting their mathematics at home which will serve to boost their progress in the planned learning for the term.   In class, the children will be issued with a reward/sticker bookmark to track their time tables knowledge (this will be attached to their maths book and serve as a bookmark reminder of this important learning!).  The children will be rewarded with house points for each times table they learn.  This will be based upon them knowing their multiplication and division facts.  They will be tested by asking 10x, 9x, 5x, 6x and then other facts.  After they will be tested on their division facts in a similar order.  This is to encourage their understanding of related facts. Not all children can learn facts in a random order, struggle with retention and can panic if questions are fired in this fashion. It does not matter, if they do not simply KNOW the answer, they just need strategies to derive it efficiently.  Our brains all work differently. Once your child knows all their times tables, they will become a Times Table Tester, earn 50 house points and be aware a certificate to recognise their knowledge of multiplication in assembly.  


Spellings - Out on Monday - Tested on Friday

Maths - Out on Friday - In on Wednesday

English - Out on Friday - In on Wednesday

Reading - Children are expected to read most days for pleasure and I would recommend they read to an adult 3-4 times a week and discuss their understanding.

They children are able to attend homework club on Tuesdays to complete their work and on the discretion of Mrs Phillips and I may be able to use further lunchtimes is they request a classroom pass.


Must haves Optional
  • Fresh, named water bottle - everyday please
  • Sun hat and cream (when this applies)
  • Ink Pen and cartridges
  • Rubber and pencil
  • Set square for underlining and drawing tables etc (helps them to get a right angle!)
  • School bag
  • Correct school uniform and tie
  • PE Kit

Our PE kit consists of a red 'Leigh' T-shirt with black shorts and black or red jogging bottoms for cooler weather. Children only require trainers for PE activities.

  • Wellington boots
  • Pencil Case

I would appreciate it if their pencil case could be of a sensible size to fit in shallow trays.  Along with books and equipment they need to store in their trays the large box like cases do not fit in.  We end up with desks cluttered with pencil cases that can get in the way of them working. They do not need a lot of equipment because most is provided.


All the equipment below is provided but if the children wish to bring some of these items they may.

  • Colouring pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Whiteboard pens (only black please so we can easily read what they have written from a distance)
  • Sharpener
  • 15cm/30cm ruler
  • Small pair of child scissors
  • Felt tips (keep in school bag)
  • Dictionary - we have more than enough dictionaries in school

Not to be brought into school

  • Anything containing nuts (no nuts in lunch please)
  • Sweets (unless it is a birthday)
  • Technology (tablets, phones, kindles)
  • Pocket money
  • Cuddly toys

Can be brought to school but must be left in school bag for lunch time (not in class or trays)

  • Pokemon cards (or anything of this sort)
  • Small toys to play with at lunch time  (not sports equipment) The school, other children, other parents will not be responsible for their replacement if they are broken or lost. This is at your own risk.