For the autumn term 2020, Mrs Natt and Mrs Holdich just taught Year 4 as a single year group in a class of 20, ensuring they have the best possible start to upper school after home schooling because of lockdown and COVID-19. From January, they have been teaching Year 4 and half of Year 5 which is our normal classroom mix.
Mrs Natt’s passion for all things English means she has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of current children’s literature and her greatest passion is reading. Mrs Holdich is our lead THRIVE practitioner for the school and works with small groups, individuals and whole classes on developing social and emotional resilience.
Mottisfont, Mrs Natt & Mrs Holdich have put this video together for you to help you find out what to do when school starts on Monday. We can’t wait to see you!
Click on the link below to watch the video – it’s too large to add on the page!
The curriculum for upper school (Years 4-6) is on a 3 year rolling programme as children are usually taught in mixed age classes and will return to this from January and we’re grateful of the space we’ve bought the children to just delve into Year 4 on their own to begin with and re-establish great learning behaviours.
The topic for Autumn 1 is Ancient Greeks and Mrs Natt has chosen some stonking texts to get our children reading and writing. We will also focus in on all the areas of maths which were not covered during home learning as well as keeping place value and number ticking over. There are grand plans for a class museum afoot!
A vital part of our KS2 preparation for secondary is children’s home learning and how they tackle this independently. Children are given a topic linked home learning booklet with several tasks in. They must complete at least 3 by the end of the half term but how and when they complete them is up to them – long gone are the days of leaving it to the last minute after they’ve experienced a couple of these and this builds on their independence for secondary. We are always really impressed by the effort that goes into these home learning projects and the range of approaches to this.
Your child has an individual log on for their Mathletics account and we encourage them to use this at least 4 times in the week. This is a great way to perfect those multiplication and division facts in preparation for the year 4 times table test at the end of the year.