Class Four

February 2018

Dear parents,

I hope you have all had a relaxing and well deserved half term break. Mr Ellis will continue to teach in Class 4 for the until the Easter holiday. This second half of the spring term is sure to be full of challenges that I’m sure your children will have no trouble rising to as we continue to prepare for their upcoming SATs exams.

In English, we will be concluding our work with poetry in which children will be writing their own narrative poem. We will then be moving onto plays and Shakespeare, as well as celebrating world book day!

In maths we will be looking at a selection of topics likely to come up in the SATs including perimeter, area and volume, algebra, scaling, ratio, percentages as well as written methods of multiplication and division and written methods of addition and subtraction. The homework tasks will support these areas.

Our science topic for this half term is “healthy body, healthy mind,” in which we will be discussing the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, participation in exercise and ensuring our bodies are rested to ensure a healthy body, investigating the impact of these factors on our bodies. We will also look at what makes a “healthy mind” and the things we can do to ensure a healthier mind. Our design and technology unit for the half term has strong links to our science topic, as pupils will be designing a healthy meal.

As well as the focus on healthy minds and bodies, Class 4 will also be looking at the Tudors and a variety of aspects of such an interesting period.

Our RE unit: “Jesus the teacher” progresses, as we continue to explore Jesus’ role as a teacher and the impact Jesus’ lessons can have on our own lives. We will also be looking at the celebration of Easter and the feelings of victory that we associate with this time.

Our PE unit will also incorporate practical aspects of the ‘healthy body’ unit, Nick will continues his work practicing handball leading up to the competition, in addition we will be starting our gymnastics.

We will also be practicing for the music festival which is fast approaching and having another visit from Harold and the Life Education team as part of our PSHE.

Once again I hope you have all thoroughly enjoyed the half term and that your children are ready to “get stuck in” to a very busy half term.

Kind regards,

Mr. Bonwick and Mr. Ellis.

img_8513Welcome to Class 4

Class 4 are a group of 17 children in years 5 and 6. They are taught by Mr Bonwick and Mrs Cunliffe.

The children in class 4 study Maths and English every morning and practise their times tables, handwriting and spellings as part of these lessons.

Parents Overview of topic Spring 2018

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Y5 and Y6 Maths Overview PDF

Class 4

The Children in Class 4 are taught by Mr Bonwick and Mrs Cunliffe.

The children moving into Class 4 – (Year 5) will have an important role in making sure our school runs smoothly. In fact, without their help the opportunities available to the children would be less comprehensive. The increased responsibility does mean the Teachers expect a very high standard of behaviour. Some children may be a little apprehensive at first, but the older children in the class will act as mentors and help them to settle very quickly, and to become role models for the younger children and ambassadors for our school.

 General information

School begins at 09:00 if you are dropping children off by car please make sure you use the Village Hall car park. A member of staff will be on duty in the playground from 08:50. Please close the gate.

If your child arrives after 09:00 please use the front door and report to the office.

If your child is absent through illness please contact the school before 9:00, and confirm the reason for absence in writing when your child returns to school.

Medicines should only be sent into school if essential and a medical form completed. This can be downloaded from the school website. If possible only send the required dosage for that day into school in the original container and labelled with: the child’s name, and the time it is required to be administered.

School closes at 15:30; children will be registered and taken to the buses or will wait in school until parents arrive in the playground. Children in Class 4 will leave by the porch door next to Class 4.

If your child is attending the after school club then arrangements can be made with Ms Dawn Caunce via the School Office.

If your child is being collected during school hours please sign them out in the register in the entrance hall and sign them back on their return.

If your child is being picked up by someone different or is travelling home in a different way to usual please write a note in their reading record and ask your child to show the Teacher during registration.

 Weekly routines


The blue Reading /Homework folder will be required daily and it should contain a reading book, reading record book and relevant completed homework. A photocopy of the multiplication card should be available as a record of progress.

It is essential that all children can confidently recall their times tables up to x12 to enable children to access the new mathematics curriculum.

The Reading record should contain the title and author of each new book and a regular update of progress. There is also a recording sheet of different genres at the back of the book which should be updated. Please encourage a book review to be written at least every half term. My confident readers should start to compare the writing style of different authors recording their likes and dislikes.


In preparation for the transition to secondary school children will have homework timetabled each day. Where possible they will be given 7 days to complete the task. I would encourage early completion however the children will be reminded the day before it is due for marking.


Science homework

Rotakids meetings are half termly during lesson time.                       


Topic homework

Library van every 3 weeks, please return library ticket to school.


Music lessons taught by Mrs Williams

French lesson taught by Madame Luckham

Games lesson: trainers, football / rugby shirt, shorts and socks should be brought into school and taken home after school.


Mathematics homework

Music tuition: individual lessons with Mr Warriner during the school day.

School Band: when your child reaches the required standard for the School Band you will be informed. Sessions take place during lunchtime 12:00 to 12:30pm in Class 4; musical instruments and musical notation will be required.


Spelling homework

PE: It would be very helpful if children have black pumps, navy / black shorts and the school PE shirts left in a bag on their coat peg and available for the dance / gymnastic sessions on Friday. This not only saves time when changing but on the occasions when the children perform in public it ensures their appearance matches the quality of their work. These items can be taken home every half term for washing.

No jewellery – studs in ears must be removed for PE or covered with a plaster.

Please make sure all items of clothes are named with named tapes and not marker pen. Trainers and pumps should also be named as this will provide us with a reasonable chance of returning lost items to their owners.