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 Sobey, the Class 4 teacher.
Topic of the Term
This term our topic is Victorians and Pirates.
Our key questions are:
Who was Queen Victoria?
How would your life be different if you were a child in Victorian times?
What was it like to work in a Victorian factory?
How did piracy impact the Victorians?
What impact did the railways have on Victorians?
In English we will focus on using a wider range of vocabulary, conjunctions, openings and punctuation to improve our writing. The Secret Garden, Treasure Island and Swallows and Amazons will be used to explore character and setting; we will look at different fiction genres, using some of the authors’ techniques in our own writing. We will be looking at biographies and writing our own about a famous Victorian.
We will be doing lots of daily physical activity. We will improve our tag rugby skills, develop and perform a controlled sequence in gymnastics.
In Art, will draw self-portraits in pencil and paint; create patterns in the style of William Morris and tile them using ICT for Christmas cards; make decoupage baubles.
In DT we will look at Cadbury’s chocolate biscuits, design and make our own cookies and create packaging.
In our music lessons, we will learn about the style of Victorian music, its changing purpose, music halls and composers of the era. We will also learn about, and create, pirate sea shanties!
Homework in Class 4
Reading. Children should be reading regularly at home and independently recording the books they have read in their own Reading Record. 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 help to choose a book at the appropriate level. Any book in school can be taken home to read. We subscribe to a weekly newspaper and 2 magazines in class 4 – which are always in our library for the children to read.
Spelling. Spellings will be given out on Friday, for a test the following Thursday. All children have the spellings for the term in their books. It is helpful to tick each week off as they go, so that they can find the right box easily and independently.
Weekly homework. English and Maths homework will be given out each week, to be handed in the following Thursday. Key Maths Skills sheets will be sent home every 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 may also get some extra revision homework in the spring term.
Home/School projects. Once a term 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.