Welcome to Class Four
We are a class of year 5 and 6 children taught by Mr Dean. Additional teaching is provided by Mrs Farraday and Mrs Craggs.
Our class email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org - please feel free to contact us with any questions you have and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Any urgent enquiries or drop-off & pick up arrangements must be sent to email@example.com as the class inbox is not monitored during teaching time.
Home Learning Information
Homework: Learning never stops! In preparation for secondary school, Class 4 has a focus on students managing their own learning outside of the classroom. This includes keeping homework safe, completing it on time and asking for help if needed. Support from parents in managing this and ensuring work is completed in good time is greatly appreciated. We have the same standards for homework as we do work completed inside the classroom, including presentation. Work should be completed thoroughly and neatly, usually in either pencil or black pen. If homework is consistently late or does not meet the expected standards, pupils may be asked to complete the work during a breaktime or lunchtime, but I will contact you if I have any concerns.
Pupils are set the main bulk of their homework on a Friday, due in on the following Friday unless otherwise specified. Each student has a blue homework diary where they record what they need to do each week. Homework often takes the form of CGP books provided by school (Y6) or photocopied sheets - there will usually be a maths, English and ‘topic’ task.
Spellings are tested and new words are set on a Monday. Students will have a set of 5 or more words to learn, alongside a word work activity designed to reinforce the spelling rule. Spellings should be practised little and often; practice strategies are learned in school.
Students are expected to read regularly at home - around five times a week - both alone and to/with an adult. This should be recorded in reading records alongside any notes on the reading (particular discussions, tricky words etc.) Parents are asked to sign reading records to acknowledge reading at home. Pupils are welcome to read their own choice of book from home or choose from the extensive selection in school.
Online learning Links:
- TTRockstars - We use TTRockstars in school to practise our times tables. Practising little and often is the key to success!
- IDL - To improve spelling, students have opportunities in school to use the IDL application. This can also be accessed from home if needed.
Forgotten your login information? Login information for the services above can usually be found inside a student's home learning diary. If you have lost or forgotten your username or password, please let us know as soon as you can and we will be able to reset it for you.
Useful Social Media Information
Maths: We start the spring term by continuing with our fractions topic. We will later make use of our fractions knowledge to understand decimals and percentages as parts of a whole or amount. Year 5 have time to further develop their knowledge of multiplication and division, while year 6 dive into the worlds of ratio and algebra - don’t let those words scare you! Towards the latter part of the term, we cover statistics and calculating volume, area and perimeter.
English: Key texts drive our learning in English this term and we have some great ones to cover! We start with The Highwayman, moving on to the Mayan Creation Story, Just So Stories, How to Live Forever and the poem The Sea is a Hungry Dog. Using these texts, we will explore a range of writing genres, including descriptive writing, newspaper reports, narratives, poetry, balanced discussions and informational texts. Guided reading sessions also continue, with year 6 completing further work based on novels while year 5 move into exploring a range of non-fiction text types.
Science: We cover two different, yet related, topics in our science during the spring term. We begin by examining evolution and inheritance, exploring how animals are adapted to survive in the environments in which they live. After half term, we switch our focus to living things and their habitats where we learn about the different life cycles of very different creatures great and small.
Topic: Having enjoyed the Ancient Greeks so much last term, I’m very excited to move onto learning about the Ancient Mayan Civilisation which provides a contrast to European history. Meanwhile, our geography unit will further develop our mapping and fieldwork skills, making the most of our residential trip to Edinburgh to study how a city differs from the rural area in which we live.
SCARF: SCARF stands for the values we uphold in school - Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship. In explicit teaching sessions we will cover topics under the themes of ‘valuing difference’ and ‘being my best’.
PE: Basketball, gymnastics, hockey and orienteering are all on the cards for PE this term. I’m particularly looking forward to orienteering after our great performance at Elleray!
Computing: Two very different topics make up our computing this term: databases and video editing. We will make use of a wide variety of methods, programs and hardware, exploring the benefits and drawbacks of each.
RE: Our Christian Value for this term is koinonia. As well as observing Lent and Easter, we will also study Genesis and the scientific explanation of evolution, exploring whether these two theories are conflicting or complementary. We are also looking forward to world faith week where the whole school will dive deeper into studying a range of different religions.
D&T: Our extended D&T projects for this term are bridges and monitoring devices. We will explore how to create strong structures and create/program a wearable device.
Art: Art will focus on two topics this term: monoprinting and sculpture. The work of Sandra Pearce and Alberto Giacometti will inspire our creations.
French: Revising and consolidating our knowledge of French numbers will help us begin to ask for and tell the time. We will also learn how to describe places in town and ask for directions.