Welcome to Class 4's page
Welcome back, I hope you all had a restful break. We are now entering our summer term. This half term is an important time for our year 6 children who will be sitting their SATs starting on Tuesday the 9th May. I have continually tried to reassure the children that these tests only measure a small part of their learning journey and nothing to worry about. I will still be doing booster sessions on Wednesday after school and will be offering breakfast sessions on the mornings of the SATs. During these sessions we will go over anything the children are worried about. We will be continuing with a full curriculum in this busy but short half term with lots of fun learning to be done.
In Topic – This half term we will be studying a history unit with the overarching theme of migration. New to our curriculum we will be studying Irish migration, we will look at the pull and push factors to this, looking at primary and secondary sources building up evidence on the theories.
In Science We will be investigating changes of materials. We will this half term be exploring acids and chemical reactions. Children will learn how to classify substances as acids, alkalis or neutral? They will also look at soluble and insoluble substances and explain the process of dissolving. I have lots of exciting experiments planned.
In Maths. Yr5- We will begin looking at fractions and then moving onto decimals and percentages. Yr6- For the first couple of weeks we will be looking at problem solving and reasoning and looking at test style questioning. After SATs we will continue to work through our Powermaths scheme and look at measure. Both Yr5 and Yr6 should now be confident when using times tables; if your child is not confident with their times tables, please encourage them to learn them as this will give them greater confidence in the following units of work. If you would like any material to support this please let me know
In English: This half term we will be doing a few shorter writing units, starting with a setting description. We will then move onto a balanced argument and a persuasive piece of writing. We did not finish studying ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell but will return to this at a later date.
In R.E: We will be learning about Pentecost and the courage to be a witness. We will also look how we work together in a community.
In ART/DT: Connected to our history unit of work we will look at Celtic art and collage.
In Music: We will be looking at how music helps us get to know our community.
In ICT: We will become game creators looking at building games and quizzes.
In PSHE: We will be looking at self-talk and keeping ourselves safe. Children will learn about how thoughts and feelings impact on actions. Sharing isn’t always caring, children will learn that increased independence comes increased responsibility. Children will also learn about different forms of abuse and how to respond. Children will also learn about making good choices with regards lifestyle.
Spanish: Saying what I and others do. Saying how many and describing things.
P.E is on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS. This half term we are looking at the skills for both rounders and cricket. Please can you ensure that your child comes to school dressed in their P.E kit. Please note that due to the units we are covering this half term we will be conducting P.E. outside on most occasions.
Homework- The children have their own CGP homework books which I will give out each week. The page numbers for each book will be given to your child on the Monday and I will need the books back by Friday. I understand that some children do their homework during the weekend which is fine but the books must be back by Monday as this is when I will go through the homework with them. This is an important part of the homework as it allows me to check if your child is still struggling in any area and requires further support.
I have included an optional homework grid on our class page. There are also games on your child's Active learn account and on purple mash.
Reading- is very important, it not only develops a love of reading but also develops imagination which is essential for story writing. Please wherever possible encourage your child to read at home and bring their reading and library books back into school when they are ready to change them. We are wanting to inspire a love of reading if your child is not enjoying their school book and prefers to read a book of their own please just make a note in the reading book journal so that the children can be rewarded for reading for pleasure.
Spelling-spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
Time tables/arithmetic - we conduct daily arithmetic challenges and children are rewarded with points.
The Class 4 Team
Mrs K Taylor– Class Teacher
Miss Seed – Teaching Assistant-HLTA (R.E, Computing, Music)
Miss Halstead (P.E)
Please make sure that all belongings are clearly labelled with your child's full name as we are getting a number of items left daily that are unclaimed or are taken home by other children in error. Many thanks for your help with this.
As always please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any questions throughout the year.
'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart' - Colossians 3:23-24