Welcome to Class 4 where you will find a mixed Year 5 and Year 6 cohort.
The teacher of Class 4 is Mrs Warner. Mrs O'Neill, who is also a qualified teacher, works with Class 4 every morning!
Each day begins with a 'Thinking Activity' which aims to warm up our brains and spend time doing some high quality thinking! We often look at the 'Thinkers Keys' or use 'De'Bono's thinking hats' to complete these activities and share our thoughts and completed work in an often 'animated' discussion.
Our day then begins with a whole school Collective Worship where we focus on a different Christian Value theme each half term. We celebrate individual achievements in our Collective Worship on a Friday where children can share achievements from out of school, be awarded certificates for gaining a milestone number of house points and also be awarded with class star awards.
In Class 4, we set into two teaching groups for our mathematic lessons. This enables us to teach to particular ability levels and also support children with their 'mastery of learning'. These groupings are fluid depending on the objectives being taught and the level of understanding for each pupil.
Children love signing in to the online program 'Abacus' to play games, complete challenges or complete homework online in order to further support and enhance their learning in class.
English lessons mainly focus on novels or non-fiction books where children have the opportunity to read, analyse and complete drama activities around a variety of these and then independently write their very own versions. Children continue to develop skills in self editing, checking spellings, punctuation, vocabulary etc.. working hard to produce the best writing they possibly can.
GAPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) continues to be a real focus in Class 4 and with the curriculum comes higher expectations for children to be able to spell correctly, use and identify some complex punctuation and also recognise classes of words and how these are used in grammar. Class 4 also continue to work on their Cursive handwriting script and are enjoying further developing the letter formations and the different joins. Many children have also reported positive comments about how much their handwriting has improved (teachers too!)
Homework is given on a Wednesday and is due back on a Monday and we are always thrilled with the quality pieces produced. Castleford Tigers deliver our PE sessions and for Class 4 this is each Friday afternoon.
If you wish to know more about Class 4, take a look at our Gallery page where you can see what we have been doing or don't hesitate to chat to the class teachers!
In English: We will be starting off the new term by displaying our writing skills in setting descriptions, then moving on to persuasive writing, diary entries and newspaper articles. The children will be encouraged to use vivid vocabulary, thoughtful imagery, complex punctuation and skills in cohesion. Year 5 children will then be using their senses to write poetry and musical inspiration to write their own creative stories. Year6 children will be developing their skills in reading comprehension, looking in particular at the more in-depth questions requiring inference and deduction skills. Grammar, punctuation and spelling will continue to be a focus as we further master the meaning of technical vocabulary and work hard to consolidate spelling words.
In Maths: Year 5 children will continue to consolidate their times table and division facts to 12x12 and further develop both mental and written calculation methods. Year 6 will be revising all areas of Maths as they prepare for the arithmetic, problem solving and reasoning tests.
In Science: Our topic is ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ – children will recognise that living things have changed over time; that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago, also how living things produce offspring of the same kind, but offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. In addition, we will identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution
In History: Children will be investigating Ancient Egypt where they will: learn about the achievements of this ancient civilisation; how and where the ancient Egyptians lived; what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians; who Tutankhamun was and how mummies were made. The children will also learn about how hieroglyphs were used to communicate and compare the powers of different gods. This will also link to our Art work.
In R.E. for this term will focus on ‘Responsibilities and Commitments’
Things to Remember:
- Monday - Homework deadline
- Monday - Spelling books (for spelling test and to write down new spellings)
- Tuesday OR Wednesday - Homework given out
- Thursday - Library
- Friday - P.E.