Welcome to Class 4

Welcome to Class 4's 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 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.


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.



Our class will spend this term studying how Bar/Bat Mitzvah affects the life of a Jewish child and their family and therefore we will be visiting the Radlett Reform Synagogue.  The visit will involve a short presentation on Judaism, exploration of the place of worship and a talk about the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.


During the summer term, the children will find out about the Anglo-Saxon kings who ruled during the 'Viking Age' and examine their influence and significance in British history. Where did the Vikings come from? Where did they invade and settle? Why did they leave Scandinavia? How do we know about them? 

They will also begin to appreciate why the Vikings were successful and to empathise with the people of Britain who experienced invasion.  Furthermore, the children will learn about the beliefs and weapons of the Viking warriors, the design of their longships (They will construct their own during our DT lessons.).

In addition to this, they will learn about the Anglo-Saxon justice system and compare and contrast crimes, punishments and laws with their modern day equivalents. The children will also have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of everyday Viking life. They will explore the types of houses that the Vikings lived in, what clothes they wore and even what types of food they ate.