Class 4 is a mixed year 4 and year 5 class. In the morning, English and maths are taught taking objectives from these year groups alongside tailor made teaching to fit individual learning needs. English is sometimes taught based on a class text. For the autumn term it is ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine. English is also taught using ‘Talk for Writing’ by Pie Corbett. Topics include non-fiction, persuasion and instructions. Interventions take place using Rapid Reading, Nessy and Rapid Maths with phonics being taught using the Rapid Phonics Scheme.
In the afternoon, foundation subjects are taught using an exciting and hands on approach. For example, in Science our autumn term topic is ‘Living things and their Habitats’ and we explore the school grounds looking for mini-beasts. In History, we are looking at Britain’s first builders and making time lines with famous landmarks and studying aerial pictures on the computer. Our Art for the autumn term is looking at symbolism. The children create shapes, textures and patterns and develop their skills in mixing colours. They also look at the work of various symbolist artists and use their skills to create reproductions of Edvard Munch’s work. For more information on this, click on the curriculum link. Wider curriculum opportunities are incorporated by class visits; where possible; to museums, gardens and places of interest.
External professionals, Future Steps are used to deliver occupational therapy to the children and we also follow the handwriting programme, ‘Earth’, which was devised by the physiotherapists. This helps to develop fine and gross motor skills. Specialist support from a CAMHs key worker to support emotional regulation is also available for children.
P.E. is taught on a Wednesday afternoon. In the autumn term our topic is ‘Three Touch Ball’ which works on the skills needed to play a range of invasion games. This term we are also try some more adventurous activities such as archery, climbing and abseiling at Moor House Adventure Centre. Hopefully, in the spring term, children will attend swimming lessons on a Friday morning and be able to go horse-riding. On a Monday afternoon we have time in the school kitchen. Children cook a wide variety of sweet and savoury dishes which they can then take home with them. Specialist music lessons will be delivered to the children by Durham Specialist Music Service during the year.
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. Please click on our gallery to see what we have been up to.
Mrs van der Gucht, Miss Tomlinson and Mr Chamley
For further information about our curriculum or long term plans please visit the curriculum section of our website.