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Year 4/5: Fig Class Mrs Geraghty

Fig class are back

After what seems like a very long time, it has been fantastic to see all of your smiling faces back at school eager to learn! 

Our theme this term is ‘The Age of Cinema’ where we will become historians on our journey to explore the exciting developments in cinematic entertainment from 1895 and back to the future with the latest in 4D film technology.

After half term, we will move on with the topic of robots/automatons introduced in our class book to further explore the themes of machinery and mechanisms in farming through time.

In Maths, we will be using a range of fluency and reasoning tasks with the aim of achieving mastery in Place Value and Number. We will be learning to understand and recognise the value of every numerical digit, to find more or less than a given number, to compare numbers and solve practical problems. We will also cover rounding, interpreting negative numbers and Roman Numerals as well as securing addition and subtraction using column method consistently and accurately.

Times Table Superheroes…Fig Class will be undertaking the three-minute daily maths challenge! Each week we will focus on a times table (from 3-12 and sometimes two or more combined) to complete as many calculations as we can. The calculations can be in column or sentence format and as multiplication, division (the inverse of multiplication) or a mixture of the two. The challenge is to know our times tables off by heart to get a faster recall when using factors increasing our mathematic fluency and ability. This is also important in Year 4 as the government may continue with the national Times Table test later in the school year.

In English we will be developing our knowledge and application of Speech, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) in accordance with the National Curriculum guidelines. Initially we will begin using the glorious picture book ‘Hugo Cabret’ as we explore the themes as a springboard for our writing. After half term, we will move on to the picture book ‘The Lost Thing’ where not everything is as it seems…

Spelling will be based on ‘spelling families’ eg –augh, –cious as well as the statutory spellings for our year group in class. We will be developing our understanding of vocabulary using definitions as it is important that we can use synonyms and realise the power of our language and semantics. The spellings will be published on Spelling Shed every Tuesday, so remember to keep practising them!

Reading is so important, and the school expectation is that you read at home every day. Try to read a wide range of books/newspaper articles/blogs/comics or even the TV Guide at home and nurture a love of reading for pleasure. Talk about and share what you are reading with an adult to make sure you understand the text and remember to use your Reading Record to note the book, title, author and thoughts/feelings on the section that has been read.

P.E. will be on a Friday. We will need to come to school dressed in P.E. kit which can be worn all day at school.

Christian Value – Friendship

Have a look at some videos aimed at KS2 to help you explore our theme this term at

Challenge – Discuss the themes in Hugo Cabret

What would it be like to be an orphan and live on your own?

Is it ever acceptable to steal?

How important is friendship to you?

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