Our Curriculum This Year
We have redesigned the school curriculum plan so that, while it is still based on the National Curriculum, it better reflects our ethos and values. One of the main changes is the addition of planned enrichment and am emphasis on Values-based Education, developing a Growth Mindset (a belief that everyone can learn and improve) and teaching Habits of the Mind (skills that will help children to become better learners). We want our children to have aspirations for the future, but believe that in order for that to happen, we need to give them different experiences so that they know what they might aspire to.
Click here to see what we'll be studying in Year 4/5. There will be changes and additions as we go along, so check in regularly to see what's happening. We will send home a half-termly topic planner so that you can see in more detail what your child will be learning and how you can help at home. This term's planner can be found here.
Helping at Home
These websites might help to brighten up repetition of learning facts. You could also play card games, sing (lots of great songs on Youtube), play games with the facts on the way to school etc.
www.topmarks.co.uk lots of different games and activities here.
We need to be able to spell the first 300 commonly used words and the National Curriculum 'exception words'. Click below to see what these words are:
(You will see that there is quite a over lap and that the exception words are part of the first 300 words, so at school we focus on those)
In Year 4 children are expected to:
- add and subtract two digit numbers in different ways, e.g. 24 + 38 = 20 + 30 plus 4 + 8, 76 – 39 = 76 – 30 then -6 then – 3 etc. Year 4 are expected to know their x2, x3, x4, x5, x6 and x8 times tables - begin by counting in 2s, 3s, 6s, then learn them in order, then try them randomly. Don’t forget to go back and check that they have remembered tables they learned earlier.
- link table facts to division, i.e. if your child knows 6 x 7 = 42 can they tell you that 42 pencils shared between 6 children would give them seven each?
- Year 4 children should also be able to tell the time and this is something they could practise at home. Let them work out how long until dinnertime or how long an event lasts.
In Year 5 children are expected to:
- be able to add and subtract two digit numbers in different ways, e.g. 24 + 38 = 20 + 30 plus 4 + 8, 76 – 39 = 76 – 30 then -6 then – 3 etc.
- know all of their times tables and be able to recall division facts from them too. They should also know their number bonds to 10, 20,100, 1000 and also to 1 (e.g. 0.4 and 0.6)
- tell the time and this is something they could practise at home. Let them work out how long until dinnertime or how long an event lasts.