Rochdale Old Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 7SD

0161 764 1559

Fairfield Community Primary School

Happiness and High Standards

Welcome to Penguins

Year 4 and 5


Welcome to Penguins Class. On this page we will share the exciting things we learn about, the places we go and the events we take part in. Key information about the curriculum can also be found on the Curriculum Overview page. 

Teacher: Miss Duffy

Teaching Assistants: Miss Oghagbon


School opens at 8.45am and ends at 3pm.   

P.E Days - Tuesday and Thursday  (plain black shorts or joggers, plain white T shirt, school jumper or cardigan, sensible trainers)

Homework - Times Table Rockstars (15 games), Spelling Shed (2 lists - 5 games each), Maths Shed (Quiz) (1 quiz)

Welcome to Year four/five.

We are the Proud Penguins!

Our class teacher is Miss Duffy, we also have Miss O'Neil and Mrs Oghagbon helping us with our learning. We try our best everyday and take pride in our work. When something is tricky, we persevere and keep on trying. Like penguins, we are a family and we look after each other and encourage each other. We have an exciting, action-packed curriculum which enables us to improve our Maths, English and Reading but also to become geographers, historians, artists, designers, musicians and scientists. Our school motto is “Happiness and High Standards” and we look forward to working in partnership with parents to ensure that every one of our children leaves us as a happy, well rounded, resilient, hardworking individual who strives to do their best in everything they do. We thank you for the invaluable support we know you will provide with this.

Our projects this year: Gods and Mortals; Traders and Raiders; Road Trip USA! Mighty Metals; Misty Mountain, Winding River

 Here are some photographs of what we got up to last term! We can't wait to see what amazing learning this term brings! 

Our current learning plan

Traders and Raiders! 

Who’s that waving axes and brandishing swords? It’s the Saxons invading Britain’s shores! During this half term, we’ll write reports as an onlooker who witnessed the Saxons’ landing, and we’ll find out about key dates. Using online maps, we’ll plot the location of Roman shore forts and draw our own sketch maps. In Art and Design, we’ll use printing techniques like the Anglo-Saxons!  When we learn about the Legend of King Arthur, we’ll retell the story, and write character portraits about Alfred the Great. We’ll write poems praising King Olaf, making sure they are complimentary, and learn about the everyday lives of the Saxons and Vikings. Using maps, we’ll identify the places where the invaders came from and locate Viking invasion sites. 

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Previous Learning

Our project is Heroes & Villains

In English we will be learning about interviews. We will look at how biographical interviews are structured. We will analyse the villainous character Cruella de Vil and write an interview with her. As well as this we will be learning about riddles. We will study different riddles and their features, then we will write our own and attempt to use the features, including similes to describe. Along with this, we will be learning about direct speech and how it is punctuated. We will practice punctuating direct speech and will then apply this is our own narratives.

In Mathematics we will be developing our written methods for addition and subtraction, using formal written methods. We will then apply these to problem solving and reasoning. We will continue to develop our recall of multiplication tables and will rehearse strategies to help us recall these. From this we will work on using the inverse to calculate division calculations and will develop our understanding of using known facts to help us calculate new facts. In addition to this, we will be learning about length and perimeter. We will rehearse measuring length to the nearest mm and will learn how to calculate the perimeter of 2D shapes.  

In Science we will be learning all about plants. We will learn about the different parts of plants and their functions, what plants need to grow well and how they reproduce. We will develop our own investigations into this. 

In Music we will be learning how to play the violin. As well as this we will be appraising different pieces of music and describing what we like or dislike about them. We will explore how we can create visual representations of pieces of music to show how it makes us feel.  

In Art we will be developing our sketching skills. We will use different sketching techniques, such as hatching, to sketch objects and create light and shadow. We will apply these skills to create our own self-portraits. 

In History we will learn about, research and compare different historical heroes and villains. This will include Rosa Parks who we will study as part of our learning during Black History Month. 

Class Challenges:

Who was Rosa Parks and what was she famous for?

Historical villain Guy Fawkes was one of the conspirators of The Gun Powder Plot. How many barrels of gunpowder did he smuggle into the Houses of Parliament?

If the sides of a square are 7.5cm in length, what would it's perimeter be?   

Gods and Mortals

Oceania had an exciting start to their new topic this week with a special visitor from the past.  To begin our topic 'Gods and Mortals', the famous Greek god, Zeus, visited Oceania to share his story with us all. He set the children a challenge to locate the clues he had hidden around our playground in order to discover facts about him and his past. Amazingly, the children found them all and were able to discuss their meaning.

Zeus has now set our class a mission to discover more about Greek mythology and we can't wait!

Check back soon to see what we have been getting up to.


Here is some of the work we have been doing in Greece class this term:

We thought about our goals for this year and what we want to achieve in year 4/5. 

We had an African drumming workshop to celebrate Black History month. 

Then we learnt about WWI and we created our own poems based on the poem Flanders Fields by John McCrae. 

Also we have been learning about the Anglo Saxons and have designed and painted our own Anglo Saxon brooches.

Reading Gladiators Challenge Day

A huge congratulations to Year 4's Reading Gladiators this year.  They achieved Gladiator status by reading eight novels in eight months (wow!).  Their achievement culminated in a Challenge Day where they performed a rap and a scripted performance in the style of their favourite novel, Word of Mouse by James Patterson.  Well done Gladiators on your many hours' commitment to reading this year!

Science of Sound Day

We invited a specialist sound scientist to teach us how sounds were made.  We learned that all sounds are vibrations, which travel to our ears along sound waves.  We used this knowledge to make instruments out of recycled materials, which vibrated in different ways to create different sounds.

Online Safety Assembly

Welcome to Oceania’s Online Safety Assembly

Our skill was to use a range of devices to capture still and moving images for a purpose. These could have included digital cameras, video cameras, iPads, and webcams.  Our purpose was to warn children about the dangers of being online.  We used the Explain Everything app to make our presentations.

First we wrote a script and rehearsed our warning video.  Next, we recorded our video using the camera, and we imported the video into the Explain Everything app.  Afterwards, we made text boxes and imported photographs and pictures from Photos and Kidrex Images.  Finally, we recorded our main message and video together, which we exported to Photos as an MP4 film.  We hope you enjoy watching our films.

Coral Reef Sketching and Oil Paintings

We used sketching and shading pencil techniques to create coral reef fish drawings.

We then used oil pastels to transform them into wonderful fluorescent life-like paintings, and also crafting materials to turn them into 3D models.