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Unit 4 Summer Newsletter

Unit 4 Summer 2 Newsletter

Please find the details of our intended learning experience for this half term: ‘We’ve Still Lost the Plot!’

Following a successful half term which saw the children work together and create a sci-fi narrative, it’s now time to turn one of those narratives into a screenplay and movie!

Over the course of this half term, children will work together to turn their own narratives into screen plays before sharing them with teachers where they will be judged. The winning screenplay will then be turned into our Unit 4 movie which will be filmed and edited in school. At the end of this learning experience, we will host the movie the children have created on the school website.


During this half term, the children will continue to develop their reasoning and fluency skills in different contexts.  The Year 6s will be applying their problem solving skills to our theme park maths project whilst the Year 5s will continue to work with our Maths No Problem resources. The children will be expected to use their prior understanding of mathematical concepts to assist them in solving a range of mathematical problems. The children will be challenged to become more fluent with their skills, which include multiplication tables and related number facts. There will be a continued focus on ensuring the children reason with their responses (asking themselves if the answer given is appropriate).


Over this half term, children will be creating play-scripts to use for our Unit 4 movie. They will explore, in detail, the grammatical features of this genre to ensure they produce a high quality outcome. The children will continue to be encouraged to read a range of quality texts as these experiences broaden their vocabulary and develop their awareness of more complex punctuation and sentence structures.

Home Learning

During this learning experience, we would like the children to create props they will need for their characters in our Unit 4 movie. Weekly spelling and maths tasks to be completed in their home learning books and on My Maths/Sumdog/TT Rockstars. For reading homework this year, we are continuing to trial ‘Read Theory’ as part of our ongoing reading homework.


This term will see the children continue to investigate the topic of Evolution and Inheritance. By the end of the unit, the children will be able to understand how mutations and adaptations are vital to evolution. They will also see how animals and plants have evolved over the years, and the effect of selective breeding. Finally, they will explore fossils, learning how they are formed and why fossil records are so important to understanding how species have changed and adapted over the years. 

PE / Art / Spanish / RE

In PE this half term, our focus will be athletics and swimming. Eagles (PE - Monday/Swimming Friday), Kestrels (PE - Monday/Swimming - Wednesday) and Hawks (PE - Monday/Swimming Thursday).

In Spanish, this half term, the children will continue to explore basic conversations about items that they might carry in their bags. They will move on to looking at sports and hobbies.

In RE, this half term, children will continue to explore pilgrimages, learning that many major religions perform sacred journeys and the reasoning behind them.   

Our School Value Focus: Determination

Throughout all our work this half term, children will use and apply the value of Determination.

Dates for your diary

11th – 13th July: Year 6 Residential

18th, 19th July: Year 6 Production

25th July: Year 6 Leavers Assembly

Preston Primary School Academy
Old Paignton Road

01803 607075