Welcome to Class 4
Welcome to Class 4 where you will find a mixed Year 5 and Year 6 cohort. This year we have a class of 31 pupils - 18 in Year 6 and 13 in Year 5.
The teacher of Class 4 is Mrs Warner. Mrs O'Neill, who is also a qualified teacher, leads Maths for Year 5 every day and supports us with our reading session from 12.00-12.30pm. We also have Mrs Darley in our teaching team who is a teaching assistant. Mrs Shaw teaches in Class 4 every Monday afternoon and Mrs Crossley every Friday 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 class star awards.
In Class 4, we set into two teaching groups for our mathematics lesson. The Year 6 group is led by Mrs Warner with Mrs Darley supporting, and the Year 5 group is led by Mrs O'Neill. This enables us to teach to particular ability levels and also support children with their 'mastery of learning'.
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 set on a Monday and is due back the following Monday. This consists of: reading for at least 20 minutes each day, learning weekly spellings for a test in class on Tuesday and completion of Timestable Rockstars tasks. 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 with the class teachers!
Things to remember:
Monday: Homework deadline - reading records handed in with this signed 3 times by a parents/carer
Tuesday: Spelling test and new spellings given
Thursday: Library (time to swap school library book)
Daily: Please remember your clearly named water bottle, reading book and reading record
Our weekly timetable:
Class 4 Documents
Class 4 Homework
Your child will be expected to read each day for 20 minutes.
Please ensure you sign their reading records at least three times a week and send these back into school daily for us to keep our records up to date. Reading books will only be changed on Monday and Thursday to allow time for returned books to be quarantined for at least 48 hours.
Spelling homework will link to learning in class. Information regarding the spelling rule and the chosen words will be sent home each week. Your support in helping your child to learn the spellings throughout the week is much appreciated. Children are expected to write out the spellings, cover and check. The spelling test will be every Tuesday.
In line with the raised expectation for KS2 timetables, the children will be expected to complete 20 games on Timestables Rockstars per week. Each game lasts 1 minute, the timetables set for each game match the learning we are doing in class that week.
Homework tasks are an optional element; the children are welcome to choose any of the tasks in the grid to complete at any point throughout the half term.
Our Monthly Maths Challenge!
We are very excited to launch our brand new ‘Maths Masters’ for this year.
Are you ready for each daily challenge? Will you manage to complete all of the questions?
Answer 10 for bronze, 20 for silver and all 31 for gold!
Take a look at April's challenges!
Year 5 and 6 Statutory Spelling List