Our Year 4/5 class is taught by Mrs Hughes and supported by Mrs Hanham for some mornings. We have 22 children in this class at present and they’re a really sparky bunch who just love asking questions, finding out more about just about everything and love writing! The children in Year 4 and 5 are a great influence on each other which makes for a great learning environment and children who really are ‘in the flow’.
To ensure our Year 5 children in both Year 4/5 and Year 5/6 are progressing at equal rates and expectations are high for Year 5 regardless of their class setting, teachers moderate on a frequent basis and support each other in developing a challenging but exciting curriculum. The curriculum takes a distinctly international feel and children have explored UNESCO sites around the world, the adventures of the 1001 Arabian nights and will go onto study our Commonwealth and plants from around the world.
The topic for spring 1 will certainly give the children opportunities for discussion as they consider Heroes and Villains. They will focus on the changing role of the monarchy in the past and how this has shaped our parliamentary system. From this will come a deeper understanding of the British Values of the Rule of Law and Civil Liberty.
The children will then have an opportunity to consider their own heroes and this will be the basis of biographical writing and work on portraits.
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. There will always be a challenge set by the class teacher which is relevant to the learning they are doing in school that week. Once this is completed, they are free to undertake and tackle maths challenges of their choice.
You can register as a parent and be linked to your child so that you can find out exactly how successful they’ve been and what areas of maths they’ve tackled. Follow the link here to get registered.