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Year 4/5: Fig Class Mrs Geraghty

Spring Term in Fig


This term we will be going on an adventure by the coast and under the sea to uncover the secret of the Malamander by Thomas Taylor. Not only will this book inspire our creative writing and drive our English studies, but lead our Science learning to consider Living Things and their Habitats.


In Maths we will continue to open each day with the Mini Maths Challenges and our afternoons with Times Tables Super Heroes, but our main learning will cover length and perimeter, area and volume and fractions to the Year 4 and 5 curriculum objectives. 


In Geography, we will compare the similarities and differences of the river systems around Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Tanzania in Africa and the Amazon in South America using River Stories as another book in our reading based curriculum.


In Art, Fig will be studying watercolours and sketching through the inspirational cultural creator Yuval Zommer whilst focusing in Music on Hakuna Matata from the musical The Lion King.


As well as all of this action packed adventure, we will have another author visit on Zoom. Can you guess which author it might be?


Mrs Geraghty

Remote Learning w/b 4th Jan: Art - an example of what we are looking for and an illustration from Yuval Zommer to help

Remote Learning w/b 4th Jan: PSHE

Text: Island Born by Junot Diaz

To begin to recognise that similarities and differences between people are influenced by many factors 

1. Draw what you think Mai's city looks like

2. Write a paragraph to describe India's stony village. 

3. Lola was from an island. How do you think their childhood to this point will have been similar? Different? 

Fig Knowledge Organisers

We have introduced Knowledge Organisers in school to support learning in and out of the classroom. Please feel free to print these off at home and use with your children to discuss their learning. The key class book, e.g. The Invention of Hugo Cabret will have its own knowledge organiser and will be supported by some for science and history.

Due to mixed-aged classed we run a two-year cycle for our curriculum. This will mean not all knowledge organisers are applicable to the year group your child is in, therefore please refer to the Reading-Inspired Curriculum. In 2020/21 we are returning to Cycle 1 of the curriculum. 

Please note: there are some aspects of the science which may be taught in Clover class, not Fig so please use the Reading-Inspired Curriculum documents as reference. 


The Extraordinary Lives document supports our curriculum. It shares some of the key figures from history to the present day who we will spend some time thinking about during the year. Some of these figures link directly to some of the books we read and we will look at in detail. Others, we may mention briefly in Worship or during PSHE.  

A list of brilliant books that explore lots of different themes that you and your child could share together.

Creative Ideas to do at home

Darrell Wakelam's Cardboard Projects