Welcome to Class 4!
What a fantastic start to the year we have had! As the eldest in the school, Class 4 pupils are called to lead by example by living our virtues each and every day. We strive to grow in faith and love as we look beyond ourselves.
‘Stepping into the past’
Our curriculum vehicle this term is called, ‘Stepping into the past.’ The aim is for pupils to understand how our local area has changed and to recognise the main changes that took place during the Victorian era.
Learning in Class 4
Pupils will learn about the importance of faith and about the many gifts and talents that God has given to them. Pupils will learn about how their bodies change during puberty and about the many emotional changes and challenges that they may face over the coming years.
This term we will be covering the following units: Creation, Miracles and the Sacrament of the Sick, Sikhism and Advent. We will be learning about these through Gospel readings, artists interpretations and discovering how we can use these teachings in our lives today. We also look forward to Mass and our weekly Gospel assemblies.
In English, we will use a variety of texts to inspire our writing. We will fine-tune our skills in: poetry, instructions, narrative (setting descriptions), non-chronological reports and persuasive texts.
Every child will be given a reading book from our reading scheme. It is imperative that children read at home as it stimulates imagination and expands their understanding of the world. Children should read for 30 minutes each night and have their reading records signed. Children change their reading books when necessary and we ensure we hear them read at school and monitor their reading carefully on a one-to-one basis and during their guided reading sessions.
We are continuing to follow the robust Read Write Inc. Spelling scheme, which the children are finding engaging and fun! Once the children have been introduced to the weekly spelling pattern, they complete interactive and written activities to consolidate these and words that are more challenging to each individual are logged in their reading record to learn at home.
Year 5 will begin the term looking at place value, starting at 100,000 before extending to 1,000,000. We will then move onto consolidating and extending our mental and written calculations for addition and subtraction. We will move onto multiplication and division where there will be a focus on long multiplication and using formal written methods for division. We will end the term looking at fractions.
Year 6 will learn more about the place value of digits in numbers up to and beyond 10,000,000. We will apply this knowledge to our work on all four arithmetic rules. During this term, we will become more accurate and efficient when carrying out addition, subtraction, multiplication and division calculations. We will spend time looking at ration and proportion, algebra and fractions.
Both year groups will use and apply their skills to solve word problems set in different real-life contexts. Pupils should continue to practice their times tables using Times Tables Rockstars.
We are very fortunate this year to have our specialist teacher from Painsley to teach us science, Miss Swinson. We are focusing on the biology strand this term as we learn about ‘Animals including humans.’
In history, we are going to be discovering what Cotton was like in the Victorian times. We will be looking at the drastic changes that took place during Queen Victoria’s reign and what impact this had in Cotton and the surrounding areas. We will be exploring the people who were behind these changes, looking at a range of artefacts and sources.
Our Geography unit this term is biomes where we will be discovering what biomes are and where they can be located around the world. We will be finding out the features of the different biomes, with a specific focus on deserts and coasts.
Pupils will be taught Spanish this year by Señora Mertz, a specialist teacher from Painsley.
We are very fortunate this year to have our specialist teacher from Painsley to teach us computing, Mr.Johnson.
Our art focus is drawing, where we will be exploring the work of Lowry and Norman Foster. Through their work, we will be experimenting with scale, proportion and perspective before designing our own final masterpieces.
In technology, we will first look at different mechanical systems, resulting in us making our own pop-up books for younger peers. For the second half of the term, we will look at a variety of structures before designing and make our own model bridges.
We are continuing to use the Charanga scheme, and our first unit, ‘How does music bring us together?’ celebrates a wide range of musical styles. We will be listening to and singing a range of songs, as well as playing, composing and performing our music.
This term, we will be covering: Health Related Fitness, Football, Netball and Dance. PE sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so please make sure children have their PE kit in school on these days, making sure every item is clearly labelled. On Thursdays, children may come to school wearing their PE kit. School uniform must be brought in so that children can change into it after our lesson.
Homework tasks will be set on a Wednesday and need to be completed and handed in (or submitted) by Monday. (If tasks are completed earlier than this, they may be handed in of course.) A Maths and English homework will be set weekly, usually on Century Tech. Logins for this will be shared with the children during the first few weeks back.
Homework based on the other subjects will be set as required.
Pupils should read for 30 minutes a day and this must be recorded in their diary. Reading really does enrich the mind and has proved to have a great impact on progress. Thank you for your continued support in this area.
All Year 6 pupils will be involved in SATs during the week beginning 8th May 2023 for which they will be well prepared.
We thank you for your continued help and support as we assess your child and decide upon the best ways to help them to make the progress necessary to meet their aspirational targets.
Thank you for your continued support. If you have any worries or queries, please send a message in the home school diary or contact me through Class Dojo. I will do my best to answer your queries as soon as I can.
Carols to practice singing at home
Summer holiday homework for current Y4 and Y5
Class 4 joined in with the school to learn more about Charles Dickens and his work.
We studied 'A Christmas Carol' and watched a pantomime called 'Grumpy Old Scrooge'
Welcome to Class 4's page of revision tips