Welcome to Class 4

Welcome to Class 4's page!

Mrs O’Brien teaches this class.  Mrs Carroll, Mrs Allcock and Mrs Wilkins 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 Mrs O'Brien.

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.  We will award DoJo points if children have their diary signed by an adult outside of school 5 times or more.

 

Topic:

During the autumn term, the children will learn about who the Ancient Greek people were, when they lived and where and how they were able to establish their empire. 
As a way of providing our children with the best opportunity to find out about Life in Ancient Greece, I have arranged for Portals to the Past to spend the day with us on Friday 6th October.  All Portals Greek workshop leaders have appeared in the BBC’s “Horrible Histories”, many feature films and historical documentaries and work in schools and museums around the country.
On this day, class 4 will take part in a mixture of activities and role play which will make learning about the Ancients Greeks a fun and memorable experience.  An introductory short talk on Greek life and culture will be followed by four activities:
• GREEK QUIZ – Fun Greek facts for the children to discover.
• ARCHIMEDES STOMACHION – A Greek puzzle for exercising the mind.
• PETTEIA – A Greek strategy game.
• MYTHS AND LEGENDS – The children will be transported to a Greek theatre where they will take part in re-enacting Greek myths and legends.