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 27 pupils - 14 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, 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 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 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 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 with the class teachers!
Our weekly timetable:
Autumn Term 1:
In English: This half term we will be studying novels with historical settings. Our two main novels are: ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo and ‘Streetchild’ by Berlie Doherty. We will be using our comprehension skills to delve deeper into the texts, using drama to explore characters and plot lines and completing various styles of writing, for different audiences, based on our reading. 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 explicit Grammar and Punctuation sessions.
In Maths: Lessons focus on arithmetic, problem-solving and reasoning. This term, we begin by revising and furthering our understanding of place value with numbers up to 8 digits (including decimals), different methods for addition, subtraction, with Year 6 progressing onto multiplying and dividing. This will include revision of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 and 0.1, We will also be focusing on times tables to 12 x12 as well as the associated division facts. Times tables remain a priority and it is essential that children feel confident with these, including the associated division facts.
In Science: Our Science work looks at investigation skills, practical challenges and teamwork. Our first topic is ‘Living things and their habitats’ which will include learning about the classification of living things.
In History: we will begin by learning about World War 1 which will link with our first novel, War Horse. We will then continue with our History focus, turning our attention to the ‘Victorians’ as we study our second novel of the half term, ‘Streetchild’.
In Art: this half term, we will be carrying out a unit based around wildlife, with a particular focus on birds and feathers. We will be sketching, printing and producing clay tiles.
In Music: the children will be exploring rhythm and pulse through African greetings and African percussion instruments.
In Computing: will continue to be 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 looking at how Christians express their beliefs. This will include looking at Christian beliefs and practices, explaining links between beliefs and actions and observing and understanding a range of Christian traditions and practices.
In PSHE: Our topic for PSHE this half term is Physical health and well-being in the media.
In P.E.: 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)
- Monday - Homework deadline
- Monday - Spelling books (for the spelling test and to write down new spellings)
- Wednesday - Homework is given out
- Thursday - Library
- Friday - PE
- Daily - Remember your reading book and water bottles
Year 5 and 6 Statutory Spelling List