Class 4 is a mixed year 4 and year 5 class. In the morning, Literacy and Numeracy are taught taking objectives from these year groups alongside tailor made teaching to fit individual learning needs. Literacy is sometimes taught based on a class text. For the autumn term it is ‘Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fire. Literacy is also taught using ‘Talk for Writing’ by Pie Corbett. Topics include non-fiction, persuasion instructions and discussion as well as creative writing. Interventions take place using Rapid Reading, Rapid Maths and Phonics is taught using Rapid Phonics and some Letters and Sounds as well as additional support for handwriting and pencil control where needed.
In the afternoon, foundation subjects are taught using a topic approach. For example Railways, Land Use and Rainforests. Science and Computing are also taught through topics. Wider curriculum opportunities are incorporated by class visits to museums, gardens and places of interest. External professionals Future Steps are used to deliver occupational therapy to some children; to help develop fine and gross motor skills; and regular visits from Rebecca Borrill of CAMHS help support mental health and social and emotional development.
P.E. is taught on a Wednesday and also on a Friday morning. Two half terms each year, children attend swimming lessons on a Friday morning. This is done on a rota basis. On a Tuesday afternoon we have a time slot in the school kitchen. Children cook a wide variety of sweet and savoury dishes which they can then take home with them. In addition, for a half term a year the children have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.
Every effort is made to make the curriculum as creative and hands on as possible. To support this, a variety of school trips are planned which are designed to stimulate children’s learning, develop their team work and promote new experiences.
Mrs van der Gucht – Class Teacher
Miss Tomlinson – Support Assistant
Miss Flood – Support Assistant
For further information about our curriculum or long term plans please visit the curriculum section of our website.