Welcome to Year4/5!
We are Helen Sharman Class.
A big, "Hello!", from the Year 4/5 team
Mrs Angela Gabriel - Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
Mrs Katie Essex – Wednesday and Thursday.
Mrs Jo Hughes and Mrs Julie Smith
Welcome to our new class page! This week was the start of our new class journey together and we are immensely proud of how well all of the children have coped with the changes and how well they have settled into their new class. It has been fantastic to see the children showing our school values (particularly resilience and respect) in their learning and behaviour, and they have all worked hard to be welcoming and friendly to their new classmates. Well done!
We are looking forward to continuing to provide our children with exciting learning experiences and to support them in developing their love for learning. We strive to provide a safe and happy environment for all children to thrive and reach their own personal potential. The key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and Maths are our daily teaching and learning focus. Our exciting term topics provide opportunity to inspire and engage your children at home and school, with knowledge and understanding through the wider creative curriculum of Science, Geography, History, Arts, Design and Technology, as well as also Music, Computing, PSHE and PE.
We want to provide parents and carers with opportunity to become involved in school life, so throughout the year we have planned different occasions, such as ‘Meet the teacher’ meetings, a class assembly, a class mass, as well as parents evenings. During the current time, these may be done virtually.
We continue to encourage all the Year 4 and 5 children to become independent and inquisitive learners, providing opportunity to develop a growth mind set; supporting determination, flexibility, curiosity and bravery throughout the curriculum.
Learning this year will include
Recovery Curriculum – Our ‘Recovery Curriculum’ will underpin everything that we do in school. The children’s mental wellbeing and recovery is just as important as their academic recovery and we will have plenty of opportunities to talk about and share our thoughts through ongoing and extended ‘recovery’ PSHE lessons, which are supported by Barry Carpenter, a Professor of Mental Health in Education at Oxford Brookes University.
Religious Education – RE is taught each week through a combination of RE lessons, Collective Worship and Gospel Assemblies. When the Covid-19 guidance allows, we will continue our weekly Hymn practice. Gospel Values will continue to link throughout all areas of the children’s learning.
English – English will continue to be taught daily. With regular handwriting practice, daily whole class reading using the VIPERS reading skills focus (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Retrieval, Summary or Sequence) and daily writing inspired by the text based Literary Curriculum.
Reading Books – Your support is vital for your children to make excellent progress in reading, so thank you in advance. Please continue to sign your child's reading record each time they read and make comment on their reading skills and discussion of the text.
If you would like to come in to hear readers regularly, please talk to us at the end of the day to discuss – we are working with current government guidance to enable this.
Mathematics – Maths is taught daily, using our Power Maths mastery scheme - with its exciting ‘can do’ approach. We will continue to concentrate on number, calculation, measures, geometry and statistics as well as plenty of reasoning and problem solving.
PE/Games – Children will continue to have two lessons of PE each week, one indoor and one outdoor - if the weather allows.
Creative curriculum- Science/History/Geography/Art or D&T, and Music, PSHE and Computing will be also taught each week.
Homework: The children will be given weekly spellings on a Thursday to take home to practise. We would like these to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. The children will also be given GPS books to take home on a Thursday. We would like them to complete two pages each week and to bring their books back into school on the following Wednesday. In addition to these, the children will be given Mental Maths books on a Friday to do at home. As with the GPS books, we would like them to do two pages each week. These need to be returned to school by the following Thursday.
New for September 2020, All classes will have the opportunity to take part in Forest School, Food Technlogy, Spanish, Art and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for one afternoon a week. These afternoon sessions will rotate each short term so that all classes have the opportunity to take part in all learning activites over the year. They will be led by trained staff during teachers’ planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time.