Welcome to Class 4 Owl!
SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021
This year our class is a mix of Year 5 and 6 pupils. Our class team is: Mrs Law (Teacher- all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning), Mr Carpenter (Teacher - Thursday afternoon and Friday) and Mrs Holloway (Teaching Assistant).
Spelling: The children receive spellings on a Monday (listed in planners). These are practised in school and at home throughout the week.
Reading: Children are encouraged to read at least 3 times a week. We have a reading reward scheme in class. The more you read, the more rewards you receive!
Maths: An overview of the weeks Maths objectives are given, with a few examples to try at home.
Times Tables Rockstars: All children have their own log on to this website and are encouraged to practise their times tables in order to become fluent and confident.
Our Y6 pupils also receive some SATs style homework to prepare them for their end of year assessments.
Our PE sessions are on a Tuesday (with Mrs Law) and a Wednesday (with Mrs Taylor from Sporting Start).
Year 6 Brass Band
Y6 pupils have started their online ‘Zoom’ music sessions with Mr Price. We have children playing a range of instruments including trumpets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets and even a euphonium. We are looking forward to hearing them perform at some point in the future.
Autumn 1 (2020)
We have decided to kick start the year with some ‘Funny Fiction’. Some of this work will be based on the amazing works of David Walliams. In particular ‘World’s Worst Children’ and ‘World’s Worst Teachers’. We will write letters, diaries and our own ’World’s Worst…’ stories.
We will also be studying local History and Geography (with a focus on York Minster) and studying the local artist Andy Goldsworthy. We will use natural materials to create our own artwork.
Autumn 2 (2020)
This half term our topic is ‘Celebrating Differences’. In topic we carried out work on celebrating differences by looking at LGBTQ+ and a unit from our new ‘Jigsaw’ scheme that covered: accepting that everyone is different; including everyone (when working and playing); knowing how to help if someone is being bullied; using kind words and knowing how to give and receive compliments.
We had a reading focus on ‘There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom’ - a fantastic text by Louis Sacher.
Class 4 have thoroughly enjoyed a lovely lead up to Christmas, learning about Advent and the events of Christmas. We have created some Advent promises, that we will try hard to keep at home and school; created some stunning Christmas crafts; made some scarecrows and performed some lovely Christmas tunes on the glockenspiels. YoYo (York Schools and Youth Trust) provided us with some amazing resources to supplement our Collective Worship and RE teaching, which the children have thoroughly enjoyed.
Spring 1 and 2 (2021)
For most of Spring 1 and 2, we were in Lockdown and had to carry out online learning. We covered exciting weekly topics to keep us motivated and enthused. For example chocolate, heroes, pirates, courage and space.
When we returned to school, we had three weeks of topics: 'Science Week' (with a particular focus on the Mars Rover Perseverence), 'All at Sea' (where we studied the Titanic) and Easter.
Summer 1 (2021)
Dreams and Goals is our topic for this half term. We will be studying the classic text of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' by L Frank Baum. We will carry out some very creative writing, including settings and stories and will also link in some explanation work (through Science and Geography) on extreme weathers, like the cyclone in Kansas!
The children will experience creating some animations linked to Oz (in ICT) and will produce some lovely Artwork - in the form of a diorama - using different media.
Summer 2 (2021)
This half term our topic was ‘Changing Me’. This was mainly taught through our PSHCE topic, which focused on self-image, our changing bodies, relationships and the year ahead (transitioning to a new school or new year group).
We had a reading focus on a fantastic novel by David Almond called ‘Skellig’. We wrote some descriptions, a balanced argument and poems. Our poems were based on 'Ten things found in Skellig's pocket!' Here are some examples:
* A ferocious storm in a snow globe
* An ancient myth too scary for the world to handle
* A wisp of love slowly suffocated by sadness
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