Class Four – Years 5 & 6

Welcome to Class Four

We are a class of year 5 and 6 children taught by Mr Dean. Additional teaching is provided my Mrs Farraday.

Our class is very well supported by our teaching assistant, Mrs Matheson.

Our class email address is: - 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 should be sent to the school office.

Home Learning Information

Pupils are set homework each week on a Friday, due in on the following Friday unless otherwise specified. There will usually be maths, English and topic homework to complete each week. In preparation for secondary school it is each pupil’s responsibility to keep their homework safe (not scrunched up at the bottom of a bag!).

Spellings are tested and new words are set on a Monday. Students will have a set of 5 words to learn each week, alongside a word work activity designed to reinforce the spelling rule. Spellings should be practised little and often at home throughout the week.

Students are expected to read regularly at home around five times a week, both alone and to an adult. This should be recorded in reading records alongside any notes on the reading (particularly good expression, tricky words etc.). Pupils are welcome to read their own choice of book from home or choose from the extensive selection in school.

Online learning -

- TTRockstars - We use TTRockstars in school to practise our times tables. All students should aim to spend around 15 minutes on TTRockstars per day. Practise in the "garage" before tying a "soundcheck" to see if you've beaten your best score!

- 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

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Curriculum Overview:

Maths: We begin this term with a focus on place value exploring how numbers up to 1 or 10 million are constructed, written and used. Following this, we develop our skills in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Year 6 are introduced to long multiplication and division with very large numbers, while year 5 apply both mental and written strategies to smaller numbers. The term finishes with a focus on fractions, exploring fraction equivalence and calculation.

English: Our writing this term makes links across the curriculum, for example exploring ancient Greek myths and legends - the focus for our history topic. We will also produce a range of writing on the topic of ‘remembrance’ and the novel “Way Home” by Libby Hathorne. Shorter tasks are designed to develop spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG). This includes the structure and cohesion of sentences; word classes and levels of formality in writing. Guided reading in Autumn centers around the short novels “The London Eye Mystery” and “The Explorer”.

Science: In science, we will focus on solids, liquids and gases and explore how materials can change their state. We will explore reversible and irreversible changes, before moving on to look at how mixtures and solutions can be made. Strategies to reverse this process, including sieving, filtering and evaporating lead us to our final challenge of cleaning and filtering dirty water.

Topic: The Ancient Greeks are our focus in History this term, as we explore ancient Greek life, their achievements and their influence on the Western world.

SCARF: Previously RSHE, SCARF lessons take a focus on developing our personal and social skills. This term we explore ‘Me and My Relationships’ and ‘Rights and Responsibilities’. We study topics such as collaboration, negotiation, communication, views and emotions and financial skills.

PE: The year begins with weekly swimming lessons in Kendal. Please ensure children come to school on Wednesdays with their swimming costume (including swim hat), towel and snack. We also develop team-building skills in the outdoors, invasion games and gymnastics. In school P.E. sessions are scheduled for Tuesdays, but students should have their P.E. kit in school every day of the week if possible in case session timings are changed at short notice.

Computing: This term begins by exploring how computers connect to each other and share information. We also consider how search engines collect, rank and display results.

RE: Our Christian Value for this term is Love. In RE lessons we explore the themes of Harvest and ‘people of God’.

D&T: As part of an extended project at the end of each half term, we will design and create our own stuffed toys and electrical greeting cards.

Art: In Art, students focus on drawing techniques, developing their use of colour, line and pattern. This includes self-portraits, portraits of animals inspired by Carolee Clark and drawing mythical beasts.

French: French this term will focus on two topics - “at school” and “where I live” to develop both spoken and written French skills.