Class 4 consists of our Year 5 and 6 pupils. Miss Crawford is the class teacher and Miss Hone is our teaching assistant.
As the oldest members of our school community, pupils in Class 4 are expected to be excellent role models and are encouraged to take on extra responsibilities. This includes being worship leaders in our assemblies, being house captains and caring for our youngest pupils as part of our buddy system. They are expected to model our school values at all times.
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.
Every morning the class start with a “Through the Door” activity which is often spelling or Maths puzzles and quizzes enabling them to practise previous learning. The morning continues with English, along with a whole school assembly before break. Maths is taught between 11 and 12.10 each day.
On Monday and Tuesday afternoons the class are taught PE, Art/DT and Computing by Mrs Klegeris (our HLTA). 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 afternoons. French is taught through music and games by Mrs Fleming, a visiting peripatetic teacher once a week.
Please ensure the children have a water bottle and a healthy snack eg: fruit, 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.
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 going above and beyond. Praise cards are another way we reward and celebrate outstanding behaviour, achievement or extra effort.
Our long term overview 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:
In Year 6 our pupils sit the statutory tests for 11 year olds. All pupils in England need to sit these tests in Reading Comprehension, GAPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) along with Arithmetic and Reasoning in Maths. At Blakesley, we view this as an 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 game Hit the Button is another popular way to practise as is Monster Multiplication on Purple Mash.
How to contact us
The pupils are greeted at the gate by Miss Crawford at 8.40. Messages and letters can be given at this time. However, for a longer meeting, please ask for an appointment. Miss Crawford and Miss Hone are also available at the end of school day when the children are dismissed at 3.15.
Alternatively, Miss Crawford can be contacted by email 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.