Welcome to Class 4
Welcome to our class! In Class 4 we teach children in Years 5 and 6 within Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum. Class 4 is often referred to as ‘upper’ Key Stage 2 – the children complete their work on Key Stage 2 and sit their SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) at the end of Year 6 before moving onto secondary school. We continue to develop our reading, numeracy and literacy skills, linking to our termly topics. You can learn more about the Key Stage 2 national curriculum on our National Curriculum page.
On this page you will find useful information about your time in Class 4 including our Topic of the Term, information about home learning and links to our Key Instant Recall Facts. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact Miss Hill, the Class 4 teacher.
Topic of the Term
This term our topic is Coasts & Conservation
Our literacy is all linked to our coasts: we will be writing a chronological report on Braunton Burrows in the style of ‘Survival at 40 Degrees Above’ and we will be creating a persuasive leaflet on an environmental issue about the pollution of our seas.
Our key geography questions are:
What is a coast? What is special about our coasts? How are beaches formed? How are our coasts changing? What impact does man have on our coast? What are the main threats to our coasts? What do we need to do to look after our coasts?
Our learning will be based on visits to Saunton Beach and Braunton Burrows, rockpooling with the National Trust on Barricane Beach and a visit by SAS to tell us about pollution.
This term is also our ‘Great class 4 Boat Race’ project, and we will be designing and racing our own motor poweredboats!!
Homework in Class 4
Reading. Children should be reading regularly at home and recording the books they have read in the folder in class. There is also a termly reading challenge to be completed by the end of term. Children are responsible for choosing their own books, a wide selection is available in class 4, and any children who need support with their reading will be given a book band colour which corrisponds to the banded books in the hall library. Any book in school can be taken home to read, and you are welcome to come in and choose a book with your child. We subscribe to a weekly newspaper and 2 magazines in class 4 – which are always in our library for the children to read. We also have a book swap where children can bring in (good quality) books to swap.
Spelling. Spellings will be given out and ‘tested’ each Wednesday and some children will have additional phonics to work on each week.
Weekly homework. English and Maths homework will be given out each Thursday, to be handed in the following Wednesday. Children are also expected to take home any tables sheets that are unfinished and practise sheets they get stuck on to ensure they are making consstant progress, and key maths skills sheets will be given out each half term. The homework will be stuck in their homework diaries, but there are always spare sheets in our homework tray for those who miss (or lose!) it. Year 6 also get some extra revision homework in the spring term.
Home/School projects. Once a year your child will be asked to complete a project relating to the topic of the term. Projects will be broad based, around a theme, and provide your child with the opportunity to explore their topic learning in a way that inspires them. Children will typically be given 4-5 weeks to complete their project.
Take a look at Maths in class 4
Class 4 explain their understanding of fractions for a recent BLC project…
Key Instant Recall Facts(KIRFs)
Each half term we will send home a sheet of Key Instant Recall Facts that we would like you to practice. The objective is for children to know and be able to recall, instantly, the numeracy facts on the sheet. The facts can be practised in many ways – the key to success is practising a little and often – walking to school, in a car journey, over dinner time? Have a look at our suggestions for fun games to help you practice and learn the facts.
Click here to download the Year 5 Autumn 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Year 5 Spring 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Year 6 Autumn 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Year 6 Spring 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
During your child’s time in Class 4 they will be asked to present a ‘Spotlight’. In year 5 this will be to the class, but in year 6 it will be to the whole school in the hall, and parents are invited in to watch. We are always impressed with the effort the children put into their final spotlights, and proud to see them rise to this (quite daunting) challenge with such enthusiasm.