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Emmaus Class Spring Term  2020 - Earth and Beyond and Fabulous Forces


Dear Parents


Our topics this term have a definite science and technology focus.  We will be continuing with Earth and Space in Spring 1 and reading Cosmic by Frank Cotrell-Boyce.  In Spring Term 2  our topic is Fabulous Forces and we will read The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.  Our DT project involves designing and making a moving vehicle which explores: circuits, pulleys, axles and bearings.  The children will be sawing and using the hot glue guns!




By the end of year 4 the children are expected to know their tables to 12 x 12.  The children also need to be secure on the inverse calculations.  If the children have not yet achieved  Rock Star Status on TT Rockstars, please practise with them at home.  Their individual class logins are printed and stuck into their reading records.




Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all clothing is labelled and bring in a coat for cold / wet weather.  


Our PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.   Some children from Year 5 will be swimming on Thursday this in the first half of the term.   Please ensure that your child's PE kit / swimming kit is in school on these days.





Please encourage your child to read a range of texts regularly.   A bookmark of questions is provided to help the children engage with the text they are reading. We also run class reading challenges and book bingo. Please help support your child’s comprehension by regular book talk.  Reading records are collected in on Tuesday but should be in school every day.

Recommended Reading List for Year 4

Recommended Reading List for Year 5


The children are encouraged to use Times Tables Rockstars daily to boost the speed of recall of the times tables.  In addition to TT Rockstars, one piece of written homework is set on a Wednesday to be handed in on the following Tuesday.


Most children are expected to learn the 10 weekly spellings, which all follow the same pattern, using multi-sensory strategies.  In addition your child is expected to use the given homophones in an interesting sentence.  


Questions you could ask your child about their learning this  Half Term?

Where can we find examples of friction?

How does the shape of an object affect how it moves through air?

How does the shape of an object affect how it moves through water?


Some Key Vocabulary

Types of forces: gravity, friction, air resistance, upthrust, weight, Measuring forces: Newton meter, Newtons (N), 

Surface area, Push, pull, Balance, Mass – grams and kilograms

Mechanical devices – gears, levers, pulleys, springs



Many thanks for your continued support

Miss Ray and Mrs Rafferty