Yellow 2022 - 2023

Mrs Bate

Welcome to Yellow Class

We are a Year 4/5 class and are taught by Mrs Bate, supported by Mrs Chadwick. 

Here is all of the exciting learning that we will be doing in the Autumn term:



Place Value:  Represent and partition numbers to 10,000, Find 1, 10, 100, 1,000 more or less, Compare and order numbers to 10,000, Roman numerals, Round to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000

Addition & Subtraction: Add and subtract 1s, 10s, 100s and 1,000s, Add and subtract up to two 4-digit numbers, Estimate, Checking strategies

Measurement:  Find and compare areas

Multiplication & Division:  Multiply by 1 and 0, Divide a number by 1 and itself, Multiply three numbers, Multiplication tables and division facts – 3, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12


Place Value: Roman numerals to 1,000, Numbers to 1,000,000, Powers of 10, 10/100/1,000/10,000/100,000 more or less, Compare and order numbers to 1,000,000, Round within 1,000,000

Addition & Subtraction:  Mental strategies, add whole numbers with more than four digits, Subtract whole numbers with more than four digits, Round to check answers, Inverse operations, Multi-step addition and subtraction problems, Compare calculations, Find missing numbers

Multiplication & Division:  Multiples, Factors, Prime numbers, Square numbers, Cube numbers, Multiply and Divide by 10, 100 and 1,000

Fractions:  Find fractions equivalent to unit and non-unit fractions, convert improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa, Compare and order fractions, Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers


We will develop our reading and writing skills across a range of genres and text types using high quality texts. 

The children will write a biography and an adversity narrative based on our study of Stories for Boys who Dare to Be Different and Goodnight Rebel Girls.  After half term, we will be reading The Secret Sky and using it to inspire our writing of a transformation narrative.


Crime and Punishment

The children will find out about the legacy of the Roman justice system and crime and punishment through the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods. They will also deepen their historical awareness and understanding of how our past is constructed through studying the famous highwayman, Dick Turpin. Towards the end of the learning, the children will be given time to reflect upon and evaluate what they have learnt, as well as comparing modern day crime prevention and detection methods with those from the past.


Somewhere to Settle

The children in yellow class will be heading back in time to find out how the towns and cities of the UK first developed. They will think about the needs and requirements early settlers had when choosing a place to build a home, before looking at place names around the UK to see how the Anglo-Saxons, Romans and Vikings all left their mark. Through use of digital and paper maps, the class will investigate land use in different sized settlements and the ways in which settlements are linked together. At the end of the unit, we will draw together all their learning about settlements to design their own new settlement!


Communication and Collaboration

The children will begin by gaining an understanding of the difference between online and offline communication. Then, they will explore online communication in detail, as well as looking at the positives and negatives of different online communication methods including email.  They will learn about: the features of email in detail; the process of how emails are sent; explore what email protocols are and then practise sending emails themselves. In addition, they will also learn how to send attachments in an email and understand what spam emails are, delving into the concept of phishing. Finally, the children will explore how to collaborate online using a cloud storage service and the tools they offer for editing online documents, working collaboratively alongside others.

Photo Editing

During this unit, the children will learn about the concept of editing images; recognising when they need to rotate and crop an image as well as how to use an image editor to make these changes.  They will then learn about the effect that different colours and filters can have on an image before choosing appropriate effects to fit a scenario, explaining how they made their choices.  They will see how parts of a photo can be removed or duplicated using cloning whilst considering what parts of an image can be retouched, learning techniques to make this as unnoticeable as possible.  They will go on to use copy and paste within one image and between two images to produce a combined image, discussing some of the ethics around retouching photos. Finally, the children will create and evaluate their own project, using the skills and techniques they have learnt.


Earth and Space:  During this fascinating unit, the children will be able to describe the movement of the Sun, Earth and Moon; they will explore how the rotation of the Earth creates day and night; and how the tilt of the Earth creates seasons.  We will then go on to learn about the phases of the moon; how theories about our solar system have changed before investigating the planets. 

Circuits and conductors:  The children will identify which common appliances run on electricity and how to keep safe around electricity.  They will then construct simple circuits, recognising common conductors and insulators before using this knowledge to create a simple device which includes a circuit.


Still life

The children will learn about primary and secondary colours; shade circles using different texture techniques; sketch an object in the room and use shading techniques from previous lesson to make it look 3D; we will explore still life artists and comment on their work and finally the children will use charcoal to create a still life drawing of a group of objects.

Design Technology:

American Food

The children will investigate how America’s diverse climate regions affect the food they grow, learn the techniques used by indigenous Americans to preserve food and discuss the different types of food eaten by rich and poor.  They will then learn about the foods of Mexico before identifying foods that are heathy and unhealthy.  Throughout the unit, the children will develop the practical skills involved in cooking, including measuring, cutting, mixing and moulding.  They will put all of these skills and knowledge together to prepare a shared meal.



The children will learn to investigate what happens during the festival of Diwali and whether the celebrations bring a sense of belonging to Hindus.


After half term, the children will be studying the Incarnation in their work about Christians and asking whether the celebrations and traditions help Christians understand who Jesus was and why he was born.


Ancient Worlds

The children will be exploring Ancient Egypt, they will explore 20th Century minimalist music inspired by the story of Akhenaten and compose music using a layered pyramid structure.

Singing Spanish

The children will sample the sounds and sights of the Spanish-speaking world, as they learn greetings, count to 12 and play a singing game.  They explore part singing and accompaniments in four contrasting songs.


Getting to Know You

The children will apply previous skills and knowledge of topic areas such as spellings and jobs and they will have a chance to recap their prior knowledge. They will learn to express their emotions and to talk about the future, using two different tenses. An old favourite story provides a fun background for some of the grammar work, whereas career ambitions help with the rest. 



Be Yourself

Children will explore their strengths and achievements, how to express their thoughts and feelings respectfully and how to be assertive when in uncomfortable situations. The children will also have an opportunity to explore the influence of the media in how we view ourselves and analyse the reality of these messages. They will also explore how to make things right when we make mistakes and the importance of learning from these mistakes.

One World

Children will look at a case study of a fictional girl who lives in Malawi and they will explore different aspects of her life. Children will see how people’s life experiences and opportunities differ throughout the world and that our actions can have both positive and harmful effects on people living in different countries. Children will explore the concepts of inequality and stereotypes and be encouraged to reflect on what they can do to help make the world a fairer place. Children will also learn about climate change and its effects, fair trading practices and organisations which help people. They will learn about how to be a good global citizen as well.



Children will consider the key qualities and skills needed for a team to be successful. They will explore what collaborative learning is and learn how to compromise to ensure a group task is completed successfully. They will address the importance of caring for team members and the shared responsibilities a team has.

Money Matters

Children will think about how money is used in the wider world. They will discuss the possible consequences of taking financial risks and identify ways to avoid these. Children will also learn about influences advertisers try to use to encourage us to spend our money and how to see the real value of products by being critical consumers. Children will learn about budgeting and discuss what happens if people cannot afford what they need to buy. Children will also have the opportunity to discuss how our earning and spending can contribute to society through the payment of tax.


The children will have two P.E. sessions. Outdoor PE will be taught on a Monday. In the Autumn term children will be working to improve their football and hockey skills and techniques. Indoor PE will be taught on a Wednesday. Lessons will include sports-hall athletics and multi -sports skills.

On these days, the children will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. uniform: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt; navy tracksuit and light blue t-shirt. No logos or football kits. Trainers should be plain black. All long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed.


Maths: Maths homework will be set via Class DoJo on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday. We ask for all children to continue to access Times Table Rockstars online to practice and improve instant recall of key multiplication and related division facts.

English: English homework will be set via Class DoJo on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday. We ask that the children also engage frequently with Spelling Shed to practise their spellings.

Reading: At Weston, we encourage children to develop a lifelong love for reading. We ask for children to read regularly at home to adults and to themselves. Reading is fundamental to the wider academic and personal development of children and the need for children to read widely from a broad and challenging range of texts is even more crucial this term, due to the protracted absence from school. Children will be provided with quality texts appropriate for their age and ability. Furthermore, Bug Club will regularly be updated with ebooks and accompanying comprehension tasks to help extend learning and reading skills further. 

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