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Welcome to Class 4

Welcome to Class 4 page!

Mrs O’Brien teaches this class.  Mrs Carroll and Mrs Nisbett provide learner support.

Our class is a mixed class of year 5 and 6 and therefore provides the children with some exciting and enjoyable challenges as they progress through the last two years at Sywell CEVA Primary School. 

Children in Year 5 are encouraged to learn and develop independent thinking so that they can use their power of reasoning to relate information and facts together or solve problems by using their power of imagination and deduction.  Furthermore, our pupils are also encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning; especially in mathematics where they are allowed to select the difficulty of work they attempt during each lesson.

Our philosophy in Year 6 is that our children will leave here well prepared for secondary school, as well as for roles that they may hold later in life and therefore as the oldest children in the school, they take on many positions of responsibility: organising events, leading School Council and helping prepare whole school assemblies.

Reading

Reading for pleasure is fundamental: it develops the mind, develops imagination and provides a window into the world around us.  In fact, it is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that we can be.  As such, reading is a priority within our class: children are encouraged to read widely for pleasure, and discuss their reading with others. Our pupils have the opportunity to discuss various texts with each other and the class teacher and tackle comprehension questions.  We also take every opportunity to read throughout the wider curriculum areas, in order to develop valuable research and information gathering skills.  Once a week, all the children in the class also read with one of our volunteers, which they enjoy immensely.

Reading Records

Children have reading records, which they are encouraged to use frequently to reflect on what they have read and to complete various activities such as enabling them to write a short summary on the chapter from their text that they have read along with any interesting vocabulary they find. We also ask the children to record the date, book title and pages read every time they read at home.  Pupils are encouraged to read from a wide range of materials and as often as possible.

SPaG

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) continues to be an integral part of our English writing and reading sessions in order to ensure full coverage of the new curriculum expectations.  Each week, children will complete Grammar Hammer (mini-assessment) to check their progress.

If you have any questions with regard to any part of your child’s experience, please do not hesitate to pop in and have a chat with me.

 

Weekly Tasks

(1) Spellings - These will be tested every Friday and the new spellings will be given out to be learnt and then tested the following week.

(2) Homework – homework will be set on a Thursday and needs to be completed and handed in on the following Wednesday.

(3) Reading Records – Please ensure that your child has their reading record them in school each day and try to read at home with your child little and often.

Topic

As part of our topic ‘Mysterious Maya’ we had Our Very Own Maya Day on Wednesday 16th November 2016. 

On this day, children took part in a mixture of activities that made learning about the Maya civilisation a fun and memorable experience.  Our day was kicked off with weaving Maya mats as well as preparing (and more importantly drinking) a traditional spicy Maya hot chocolate recipe.  After our usual morning break, our class then had a go at constructing simple Maya head dresses.

In the afternoon, the children spent their time making traditional flour tortillas which they filled with their delicious chilli con carne (vegetarian option was provided).

Simple costumes helped our children really feel part of the day.

We had a great time!  Once again, thank you to all parent volunteers who helped us to make this day very special!  We are now looking forward to February when we will welcome doctor Philippa who will talk to us about the parts of our circulatory system and the impact of drugs, diet and exercise on health.

Our Ethos and Values

School Ethos

"Sywell C.E. Aided Primary School in partnership with home, parish and the wider community, provides, in a caring environment, for the spiritual, academic, moral and social development of its members.   The school promotes Christian values through the experience of Christian belief and practice it offers to all its pupils, in accordance with the principles of the Church of England, (which includes respecting other faiths). The school works in partnership with the Church at Parish and Diocesan level.”

Our values.

Our logo is based on the Christian symbol of the cross, and also the sun.  The cross shows that our roots are in our Christian faith.  The sun displays the way in which our values radiate throughout our school and community.

  • HOPE: it gives us energy.
  • TOLERANCE: it helps us respect other people’s views and ideas.
  • TRUST: it lies at the heart of all relationships.
  • RESPECT: it helps to give us positive feelings about others.
  • HONESTY: it helps us to be truthful and sincere.
  • COMPASSION: it helps us share in the lives of others.