Welcome to Class 4!
Mrs Leaver and Mrs Norbury
What a fantastic start to the year we have had. I have been blown away by the wonderful manners in Class 4 and we are really looking forward to working with your talented, resilient and kind children this year.
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.
‘The future is ours’
Our curriculum vehicle this term is called, ‘The future is ours.’ The aim is for pupils to minimise their impact on our beautiful planet and make Christmas cakes to share with our community using sustainably sourced ingredients.
Learning in Class 4
Pupils will study ‘The Story of the People of God’ based on characters in the Old Testament followed by ‘The Followers of Christ’ which concentrates on the disciples of Jesus and begins to look at themselves as modern day disciples searching for their own vocations.
Later they will study ‘Advent’ and will prepare to celebrate Christmas. The pupils will also learn and explore some of the traditional prayers used in the Catholic Church.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This term, Class 4 will be studying: The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes and Street Child by Berlie Doherty. We will use these texts to inspire our own writing as we continue to develop our personal writing projects. We will also have two genre studies in Flash Fiction and Explanation.
Pupils will have PE lessons on Tuesdays and Fridays. This term, we will be focusing on team games which will include basketball, netball and benchball. Pupils will also be taking part in health-related exercise. Please ensure the correct kit is in school on the days mentioned above. Inhalers and water bottles will also be required.
Pupils will learn about what life was like for the Tudors. The children will find out how the Tudors came to reign and will learn about the monarchs by considering a variety of sources. Their studies will be enhanced by a trip to Tamworth Castle where they will have a Tudor experience.
If you have the chance, it would be lovely for you to take your child to see Croxden Abbey and/or Little Moreton Hall. Both of these have links to Tudor times.
Pupils will learn about energy, the Earth’s resources and sustainability. Pupils will consider the impact of our actions and decisions on the planet. Will work towards making small changes within our daily routines in order to minimise the impact on our beautiful planet.
We are very fortunate this year to have our specialist teacher from Painsley to teach us computing, Miss Swinson. We are focusing on the physics strand this term as we learn about ‘Electricity’ and ‘Light and how we see.’
We will take inspiration from Auguste Rodin as we develop sketching skills that become the basis for a sculpture response.
Pupils will study food and nutrition as they design and make their own celebration cakes to use with you to celebrate Christmas at the end of the term. Throughout the term they will practise different cooking and baking techniques and skills. Extra practice at home would be helpful and I am sure that you would enjoy what your children create. On baking days, it would be useful if pupils could bring in a named container so that goods can be kept fresh.
We are continuing to use the Charanga scheme, and our first unit, ‘What makes you happy?’ celebrates a wide range of musical styles, such as soul and pop. We will be listening to and singing a range of songs, as well as playing, composing and performing our music.
Pupils will be taught by Señora Mertz, a specialist teacher from Painsley. Pupils will continue to widen their working vocabulary and will learn to talk about schools, including the building, the subjects and the daily routines.
We are very fortunate this year to have our specialist teacher from Painsley to teach us computing, Mr Johnson. We will start the term by looking at ‘Coding’ where children will be creating games using their own algorithms before learning about ‘Online Safety’.
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. This may be a written exercise or an on-line activity.
Homework based on the other subjects will be set as required.
Pupils should read for 30 minutes a day and this should 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 9th May 2022 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 us through Class Dojo. We will do our best to answer your queries as soon as we 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