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Year 4/5

Welcome to Year 4 and 5's Class Page!
In Year 4 and 5 this year we have 26 children, 14 boys and 12 girls. Our class teacher is Mr Bragg and teaching assistant is Mrs Crichton. You will find lots of information on this page, that will show what we have been getting up to.
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Year 4/5 Class Newsletters (2018-2019)


Autumn Term Class Newsletter
Spring Term Class Newsletter

Key Information:

  • Snack - Snack money will be £1 per week and should be paid on Mondays, children will then be provided with snack at break time each day.
  • Homework - Homework must be completed and returned to school on Wednesday's each week and new homework will be sent home on Friday's. If children are having difficulty with their homework, they can bring it in to school on Monday or Tuesday and staff will be able to provide them with additional support. 
  • PE and Swimming - During the Autumn Term children in Year 4/5 will have 1 PE session in school and 1 swimming session each week. Swimming will take place on Monday mornings and PE will take place on Friday afternoon. 
  • Swimming Kit - A towel, Boys - Swimming shorts (above the knee,) Girls - A one piece swimming costume.
  • PE Kit - A school PE Kit (royal blue shorts and a pale blue t-shirt with a school logo) and trainers. No jewellery to be worn on PE days.   
  • Reading - Reading is such and important skill which supports children with their learning in all areas of the curriculum. This year we are continuing to use the Strive for Five reward scheme to promote reading across school. Prizes will be handed out at the end of each half term, for children who have read 5 times a week each week. We ask you to spend as 10 minutes each evening reading with your child, before discussing the book that they have read to clarify their understanding. Reading records must be signed by an adult after reading and will be checked each morning at school. 

Spring Term 2018-19

Indian Food - Making a Curry

As part of our class topic, 'What is so special about India?' the children spent some time making an Indian curry. The children were also able to taste the curry that they had made, along with a selection of other Indian foods. 

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Reading Parents Afternoon

A big thank your to the parents or carers who came into class to find out more information about and have a go at some of the reading activities that we use in class to improve the children's reading.

Autumn Term 2018-19

Making Christingles - A visit to Church

On Tuesday 11th December, Year 4 and 5 children visited The Church to learn about and make their own 'Christingle' with Rev. Julia Powley and her team of volunteers. The session began with a discussion about the meaning of the different parts of 'The Christingle' before children made their own. Children and their families were then invited to the Church later that day for 'The Christingle' service. 

Visit to Eden Camp

Year 4 and 5 children visited the Eden Camp museum near Malton in Yorkshire. This visit was part of our topic looking at The First World War (the centenary year of the Great War ending) and The Second World War. The children have found out lots of interesting and valuable information from the past through the resources and experiences that they have been able to engage with. The children have been very enthusiastic and clearly enjoyed the day. 

A Mystery Book!
To encourage and engage our Free Readers at the beginning of the school year in Year 4/5, we wrapped some books from our class library up and displayed the blurb on the front and the children chose their book without seeing the cover.

Music in Year 4 and 5 - The White Cliffs of Dover.

As part of our work looking at 'The War Years' (1914 - 1945) the class have been learning about the role played by Dame Vera Lynn, when it came to entertaining the soldiers and trying to lift their spirits and moral during World War 2. After learning the song as a class these children bravely volunteered to come to the front of the class and sing. 

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Visit to the Distington War Memorial.

To kick off the work on our new topic, which is going to be looking at the period of history between 1914 and 1945 (The First World War and The Second World War) we visited the village war memorial. Children had some time to discuss the the meaning of the memorial and what it represents with their peers and we also had a quiet period of reflection in memory of all the men from the local are who have died or been injured fighting in many different wars around the world. We also saw and image of the Silent Soldier, that has been displayed in the village as a tribute to the 100 anniversary of the end of The First World War.  

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