Yellow 2022 - 2023

Mrs Whittaker

Welcome to Yellow Class

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

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



Multiplication & Division:  Factor pairs, Multiply and divide by 10 and 100,  Related facts – multiplication and division, Multiply and add, Informal written methods, Multiply 2‐digits by 1‐digit,  Multiply 3‐digits by 1‐digit, Solve multiplication problems, Basic division, Division and remainders, Divide 2 and 3- digit numbers,  Correspondence problems, Efficient multiplication

Measurement:  Measure in km and m, Perimeter on a grid,  Perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes, Find missing lengths, Perimeter of regular polygons,

Fractions:  Count beyond 1, Partition a mixed number, Number lines with mixed

numbers, Compare and order mixed

numbers, Convert mixed numbers to

improper fractions, Convert improper fractions to mixed numbers, Equivalent fractions, Simplifying fractions, Add and subtract two or more fractions, Add fractions and mixed

numbers, Subtract from mixed numbers,  Subtract from whole amounts, Problem solving – add and subtract fractions, Fraction of an amount,  

Decimals:  Tenths and hundredths as fractions and decimals, Divide 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10 and 100.


Multiplication & Division:  Multiply up to 4‐digits by 1‐digit, Multiply 2‐digits (area model), Multiply up to 4‐digits by 2‐digits (long multiplication), Divide 4‐digits by 1‐digit, Divide with remainders, short division, Solve problems with multiplication and division,

Fractions:  Multiply unit and non-unit fractions by an integer,   Multiply mixed numbers by an integer, Fraction of an amount, Finding the whole,

Decimals and Percentages:  Write decimals up to 2 decimals places, Equivalent fractions and decimals, tenths, hundredths, thousandths, Order and compare decimals, Round decimals, Equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages

Measurement:  Perimeter of rectilinear shapes, Perimeter of polygons, Area of rectangles and compound shapes, Estimate area

Statistics:  Read, draw and interpret line graphs, Read and interpret tables, Timetables – reading.



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 a diary based on our study of Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.  After half term, we will be reading The Errand by Leo La Fleur and using it to inspire our writing of a cliffhanger story and an instruction manual.



Properties of materials:  

During this interesting unit, the children will investigate the ways in which materials can be changed and recovered using evaporation, filtering or sieving. Through the lessons, they will understand the differences between solids, liquids and gases and how materials can be mixed and dissolved, and reversibly and irreversibly changed.         

Living in Environments:

Children will become more familiar with the plants and animals in their local and wider environments. They will learn how to identify a range of British plants and animals, and how to classify organisms, including the use of classification keys. They will also consider why organisms live in different habitats and the impact, both positive and negative, that humans can have on environments.



Ancient Sumer:

The children will learn about the early civilisation of ancient Sumer, use their geographical skills to locate where in the world Sumer was and explore why it was such a unique location. They will also have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of life during the ancient Sumerian period, including what it was like to live in a city state and how Sumerian inventions had a lasting influence on the wider world. In addition to this they will learn about the religious beliefs and practices of this ancient civilisation and analyse a range of artefacts and evidence.



All Around The World:

During these lessons, children to take a closer look at where the countries of the world are located, and some of the ways geographers describe locations. They will learn to locate and describe places using longitude and latitude, and find out about some of the important lines that delineate specific areas of the Earth - the Equator, the Hemispheres, the Poles and the Tropics. Finally ,by looking more closely at the lines of longitude, children will develop their understanding of time zones.



Data Information – Data Logging:

The children will consider how and why data is collected over time, the senses that humans use to experience the environment and how computers can use special input devices called sensors to monitor the environment. We will then go on to collect data as well as access data captured over long periods of time by looking at data points, data sets, and logging intervals. We will review and analyse data, posing questions and using data loggers to automatically collect the data needed to answer those questions.

Programming – Repetition in Shapes:

During this unit, the children will create programs by planning, modifying, and testing commands to create shapes and patterns. They will use Logo to design, write and debug programs that use patterns and repeats and then program loops to create 2D shapes, tracing code to predict which shapes will be drawn, and modifying existing code by changing values within the code snippet.  They will then use all of the knowledge and skill they have learnt to create a program that uses count-controlled loops to produce a wrapping paper design.



Georgia O’Keeffe/Eva Rothschild:

We will use the inspiring work of Georgia O’Keeffe to investigate how she used colour and line in her paintings, before using pencil to recreate one of her landscapes.  We will then look more closely at the shading used in her work and use water colours to create our own version.  The children will then use colouring pencils to blend their work to create an abstract painting in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe.  The children will investigate the work of Eva Rothschild and use wire, tissue paper, string, beads to create an abstract sculpture.


Design and Technology:

Funky Furnishings:

In this creative unit, the children will develop their knowledge of, and skills in, different sewing techniques as they use these skills to design and create their own cushion cover.  We will investigate different types of cushions then look at how materials can be joined, learning about different stitches and their different uses.  The children will learn about aesthetic design and look at ways of decorating their cushions, ways of fastening their cushions before putting all of these skills and knowledge together to make and evaluate their cushion.



Hinduism - Pilgrimage to the River Ganges:

While investigating the question ‘Would visiting the River Ganges feel special to a non-Hindu?’, the children will learn about the importance of water.  They will then learn about a Hindu ritual that happens in the River Ganges, explain why this is important and significant to the Hindus taking part in it and empathise with the special feelings a Hindu might experience when taking part in the ritual.

Christianity - The Gospels:

The children will be investigating the question ‘Why are there four Gospels and how are they relevant to Christians today?’ in this Christianity unit.  During their learning, they will discuss something they have learnt from Jesus’ actions, will be able to describe an event that occurs in more than one Gospel and say what a Christian might learn from it. The children will then investigate if it is important to have stories repeated in several Gospels, and why this might be relevant to Christians.



In the Past:

During this historical unit, the children will be learning to play a Renaissance dance and composing a fanfare using musical notation.  They will learn about simple musical structures before learning a dance and playing music played for celebrations.  They will end the unit by learning a song from the 1960s.

Food and Drink:

In this performance unit, the children will be singing a call and response chant and composing and playing sequences of word rhythms.  They will go on to understand and perform rondo structure, perform a traditional West African call and response song.

Musical Theatre:

In this unit, children will be able to explain what this is and describe some of its features.  They will go on to identify character and action songs before creat8ng and performing their own musical theatre scene. 


M.F.L. - French:

All about ourselves:

In the French work this term, the children will apply their previous knowledge of topic areas such as clothes and the body, developing their vocabulary at the same time. They will learn to describe their own appearance and are introduced to some key grammatical features of French, such as the position and agreement of adjectives. They will develop their conversational skills, learning to talk about emotions and health.



Safety First:  In this unit of work, children will consider what it means to take responsibility for their own safety. This will include the decisions they make and how they can stand up to peer pressure in a range of situations. They will learn about everyday risks, hazards and dangers and what to do in risky or dangerous situations. They will also learn about road, water and rail safety and dangerous substances: drugs (including medicines), cigarettes and alcohol. Children will look at first aid, exploring how to deal with common injuries and what to do to respond to emergency situations.

VIPs:  This unit, entitled VIPs (Very Important Persons), will focus on relationships we have with our VIPs. It will look at friendships, how friendships are formed and maintained, and the qualities of a good friend. The lessons will then move on to disputes and bullying and will address strategies for coping with each of these.


Think Positive: This unit is designed to help children further develop their understanding about thoughts and emotions, both positive and negative. The lessons centre around themes such as the links between our thoughts, feelings and emotions, making good choices and mindfulness and applying a growth mindset approach to life.

Digital Wellbeing:  This unit is inspired by the idea that it is important to understand and have digital wellbeing. Children will consider ways they can use the Internet positively and how they can look after their wellbeing while being online. Children will learn about potential risks of being online and when using digital technologies as well as strategies to stay safe and to get help. They will also learn about online relationships and what a respectful and healthy online relationship looks like, as well as signs of an inappropriate online relationship and ways to get help. The benefits and risk of social media will also be explored, as well as how social media can be used responsibly. Children will also learn how to recognise what online bullying looks like and how to help make it stop. Finally, the concept of ‘fake news’ will be explored with children learning how to be able to tell if something online is reliable or not and what they can do to stop the spreading of unreliable information.


Physical Education:


The children will create motifs, creatively change static positions to travelling movements and perform and evaluate dances in pairs and groups.


We will learn the skills of passing, catching, moving into a space, intercepting, tracking and shooting.  We will also cover the rules of High 5 and the different roles within the game.

Tag Rugby:

In this unit, the children will learn how to hold the ball, how to score a try and tag.  They will learn how to pass the ball and the rules of playing Tag Rugby.

Social Distance:

In this unit, the children will be learning about the importance of fitness and health.  They will learn how to perform a variety of exercise using good technique.


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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