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 studying the novel ‘Skyhawk’ where we will be using our comprehension skills to delve deeper into the text, using drama to explore characters and plot lines and completing various styles of writing, for different audiences, based on our reading. We will also be investigating a range of Classic Fiction, with particular focus on Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘Just so stories’. Grammar and punctuation is an important part of our English work and we will be teaching this through our reading and writing as well as individual sessions. Spellings will continue to be sent from the statutory word lists.
In Maths: we focus on arithmetic, problem solving and reasoning. This term, we begin by revising and furthering our understanding of: place value (inc decimals), multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 and 0.1, addition/subtraction/multiplication and division, algebraic equations, length, weight and time and worded problems. We will also be focusing on times tables to 12x12 as well as the associated division facts. Times tables remain a priority and it is essential that children feel confident with these.
In Science: we have been asked to apply for a job at the National Theatre as lighting technicians. We will need to put together a portfolio for the interview demonstrating that we have the skills and knowledge to put on a colourful and effects-driven show. We will need to make sure we have the technical know-how as well as a sound understanding of the science behind the behaviour of light. In order to do this we will need to carry out lots of investigations to do with light!
In History: we begin by investigating the Anglo-Saxons, identifying who they were, where they came from and the location of their settlements. We will discover how they lived – even re-creating an Anglo-Saxon village – about their religion and attempting to solve the mystery of ‘Sutton Hoo’.
In Art: we will be carrying out a unit based around Printing and Paisley patterns. Keep an eye out for our finished pieces!
In Music: the children will be taught by a music specialist, Mrs Russell, who will be focusing on singing and playing musical instruments.
Computing is taught through the specialist company Junior Jam and children will continue to develop their IT skills this half term.
In R.E.: we will be discovering what life is like in the Jewish religions.
PSHE: we will be thinking about: Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing – Borrowing and earning money.
In P.E.: sessions take place every Friday afternoon and will be led by our Castleford Tigers P.E. coaches. Please ensure your child has a correct Aberford school PE kit in school (both indoor and outdoor)
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.