Welcome to Class 4

Class 4 is made up of a wonderful mix of our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, Miss Crawford is the class teacher, assisted by Mrs Bloomfield, teaching assistant.

As the oldest members of our school community, our pupils are expected to be excellent role models and are encouraged to take on extra responsibilities. These include taking on a leading role in assemblies, being house captains who add up the weekly house points score and by being lunch monitors.

Class 4 is an important transition time where we help our pupils prepare for the next step of their educational career, moving up to secondary school.

Timetable

Every morning the class start with a “Through the Door” activity which is often spelling practice or Maths skills revision on a particular area eg: mental Maths. The morning continues with reading comprehension and writing along with assembly before break. Maths is usually taught between 11 and 12.10; on a Thursday Class 4 have a music lesson with Mr McCloy our Music teacher.

On Monday and Tuesday afternoons the class are taught French and Art by Mrs Klegeris (an HLTA) and PE which is taught by Pacesetters. They have one outside lesson eg: Basketball and one inside lesson eg: Gymnastics each week. Miss Crawford teaches RE, Science, PSHE, Geography and History on the following two afternoons, with Mrs Klegeris teaching Computing, Art, DT and Fitness to end the week on a Friday afternoon.

Please ensure the children have a water bottle and a healthy snack eg: fruit or a cereal bar, with them to eat at morning break, and that PE kit is kept in school at all times. We often have sporting activities which are not part of our normal timetable for example, a Hotshots Basketball taster session.

Rewards and Sanctions

As mentioned above, our expectations for behaviour and effort are very high as we encourage our pupils to be positive role models for their younger peers. They are praised for demonstrating our school values and receive house points for doing so. Praise cards are another way we reward and celebrate outstanding behaviour, achievement or extra effort. Class 4 pupils are all very aware of the sanctions rainbow and do their utmost not to have their names placed on it. It is there as an incentive to follow our school values and strive to do their very best at all times.

Our Curriculum

Our topic overview for the term is on our school website so please refer to this to see what your child is learning and to about any class trips or special visitors to the classroom. If you would like any further information, please just ask.

For a description of the Learning Outcomes for English and Maths in Years 5 and 6 please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

SATS

In Year 6 our pupils sit the statutory tests for 11 years old. All pupils in England need to sit these tests in Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Punctuation, Spelling along with Arithmetic and Reasoning in Maths. At Blakesley, we view this as opportunity for them to demonstrate how hard they have worked and celebrate how much progress they have made in Key Stage 2. Secondary schools value these results and use them to set new targets for their students to achieve by the end of Key Stage 3 in their GCSE year. There is a meeting specifically for Year 6 giving more information to parents and pupils held each February.

The smooth transition process to Sponne will also be explained at the meeting.

Homework and How to Help at Home

A detailed account of homework expectations is included in the front of each child’s pink homework book. Homework is set on a Friday and usually due back the following Tuesday, although sometimes longer is given depending on the activity.

This always includes Spelling, Reading and Times table practice as well as an additional activity in English, Maths or topic work. Please encourage your child to record what they are reading in their green reading diary. Additional revision homework will also be set in the second half of the year for Year 6 pupils only. Not only is this good preparation for SATS and for the increased homework expectations at secondary school, but it gives parents a chance to help their children with their revision.

Not all pupils in Class 4 are fluent in their times tables up to 12x12. The National Curriculum states that these should have been mastered by the end of Year 4. Instant recall of multiplication and division facts is essential to the Year 5 and 6 Maths curriculum and beyond. If your child is not yet fluent, please encourage them to practise at home to help them enjoy and become more confident in Maths.   All pupils have a log- in for TT Rock stars, an online learning platform that makes learning their tables fun; the online Hit the Button platform is another popular way to practise.

How to Contact Us if You Have a Question or Concern

The school gate opens at 8.40 and Miss Crawford or Mrs Bloomfield are in the classroom and can answer any quick questions. For a longer meeting, please ask for an appointment. Miss Crawford is usually in the playground at the end of the day on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Alternatively, Miss Crawford can be contacted by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during school hours.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch, even if a matter seems small or trivial. Your child’s happiness and well-being is paramount to all of our staff.

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