Cl 4/5 2022 - 2023

Miss Bottomley

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Teaching Assistant: Mx Lane

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Sports Coach: Mr Cox

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Week Commencing: 13.03.23

We have had a wonderful week in Class 4/5. In maths, we have all been focusing on perimeter and have been finding missing lengths of rectilinear shapes – the children have done brilliantly with this. In English, we have started our new unit which is based on the non-fiction text of ‘Amazing Rivers’. The children have enjoyed using the book to explore the VIPERS (reading skills). The children of Class 4/5 also led Mass for our school community today which was based on St Patrick and St Joseph. 

Week Commencing: 06.03.23

We've had a brilliant week in Class 4/5. The children became actors on Wednesday morning and performed the poem ‘Macavity’ for Miss Dewhurst – she was very impressed. In geography, we have been learning all about mountains, how they are formed and locating them on maps. Despite the cold weather, we headed outdoors for science this week where we classified animals based on their features and habitats.  

Week Commencing: 27.02.23

We have had a brilliant week in Class 4/5. We have enjoyed reading more of Macavity – the master criminal cat – in English and are looking forward to performing the poem next week. In science, we have been exploring how we can group and organise living things which the children thoroughly enjoyed.  

Week Commencing: 20.02.23

We have had a brilliant start to the term in Class 4/5. The children in Year 4 had their first week swimming and did amazingly! Meanwhile, the children in Year 5 used this time to start their history unit on the Romans. In English, we started our new unit of classic poetry based on the mystery cat named Macavity – we are looking forward to finding out why he is mysterious. Maths wise, we have all been focusing on the written method of multiplication this week.  

Week Commencing: 06.02.23

WOW! I cannot believe we are at half term already. We have had an incredibly busy week this week in Class 4/5. We marked Safer Internet Day (online safety) by exploring this year’s theme and completing a range of activities based on using the internet in moderation and how to keep ourselves safe online. We have also completed several activities linked with Children’s Mental Health Week which is something we believe is incredibly important. Finally, it has also been art week in school, and we have been focusing on Anglo-Saxon brooches. The children will create a 3D Anglo-Saxon brooch and then use this to create a monoprint.  

Week Commencing: 30.01.23

We have had a fantastic week in Class 4/5. In history, we have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxon hierarchy and the vocabulary they used e.g. cwen means queen. In English, the children have been writing their own legend introduction and have done a brilliant job. In science, we have been investigating conductors and insulators of electricity which was a lot of fun! All in all, a fabulous week.

Week Commencing: 23.01.23

We have had a brilliant week in Class 4/5 - Year 5 have been carrying on with their fraction unit and working INCREDIBLY hard, whilst Year 4 have been exploring multiplying 3 numbers. In history, we have been exploring what life was like in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms which was very interesting. Whilst in science, we have been building and exploring electrical circuits and their components. All in all, a very busy, productive and fun week!  

Week Commencing: 16.01.23

Class 4/5, have started a new English topic which is legends. We are focusing on the legend of Beowulf and the children have made a brilliant start by describing the gruesome monster (Grendel) using expanded noun phrases. In Collective Worship this week, we have been thinking about courage and have explored the story of David and Goliath taken from the book of Samuel.  We then made links to our lives and thought about the challenges we sometimes face and who is there to support us.  

Week Commencing: 09.01.23

WOW, what a fantastic start to 2023! The children of Class 4/5 have come back with a brilliant attitude to learning and have had a brilliant week. We have started new units in all subjects this week and Miss Bottomley is looking forward to seeing the children’s knowledge and understanding develop throughout the term. We are focusing on Anglo-Saxons in history this half term and have so far we have looked at Anglo-Saxon artefacts that were found in Britain. In maths, Year 4 have been focusing on times tables and Year 5 have been exploring mixed number and improper fractions – something they have done incredibly well with. In science, we are starting the new unit of electricity – hopefully there will be a few light bulb moments!


Week Commencing: 05.12.22

Class 4/5 have been busy as they have been completing their end of term assessments. The children have worked so hard and Miss Bottomley is incredibly proud of each and every one of them. 

It isn’t all hard work though as we also took a step back in time to ancient Egypt as we presented our learning from last half term in our class assembly. The children really enjoyed showcasing their understanding and they did incredibly well!

Week Commencing: 28.11.22

It has felt like we have taken a step back in time this week in Class 4/5 as the children have been busily writing away using their quills following our school trip to Hoghton Tower on Monday. The children really enjoyed learning about the history of a local landmark.  

This week, the children have been completing research to find out the similarities and difference in relation to the physical geography of Preston and Barcelona. In maths, Year 5 have started the very important fraction unit whereas our Year 4s have been focusing on their times tables and have been looking at multiples. 

Week Commencing: 21.11.22

In Class 4/5 this week, we have created our own mini worlds in science to help us understand the process involved in the water cycle. We have placed them in several different areas of the classroom for us to observe the changes / differences over the course of the week. In geography, we have been exploring Preston and Barcelona in order to compare the two cities. In maths, we have been focussing on applying our times tables knowledge in a range of contexts such as area (Yr 4) and prime numbers (Yr 5). We also led our first Collective Worship for parents this week and the children did incredibly well.

Week Commencing: 14.11.22

Class 4/5 have started their new English text—”Macbeth” . The children have explored the first few pages of the text and also some of the new vocabulary. We are looking forward to seeing what happens in the story. Maths wise, Year 4 have started to explore area of regular shapes and have done very well! Year 5 have been looking at factors, multiples, prime, squared and cubed numbers—putting all their times tables knowledge into practice.

Week Commencing: 07.11.22

Class 4/5 have been getting creative with clay. The children have each designed and created either an ancient Egyptian death mask or cartouche – they have thoroughly enjoyed this and the end products are fantastic! Year 4 have done amazingly in maths this week where we have been looking at subtraction and exchanging. Year 5 have been putting their times table knowledge into practice by exploring multiples and factors.

Week Commencing: 01.11.22

This week in Class 4/5, we have started our 3D sculptures unit in art therefore we have been researching Egyptian art to identify common themes and gather ideas for our own clay sculptures which we will be creating next week. In English, we have been writing our diary entries in the role of Howard Carter based on his discovery of King Tut’s tomb – something the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about. Finally, we had our first visit to Church this academic year to celebrate All Saints’ Day. 

Week Commencing: 17.10.22

This week, the children in Class 4/5, have been learning all about Howard Carter and his discovery of King Tutt’s tomb in literacy and all about the ancient Egyptian gods and pharaohs in history. The children have worked incredibly hard, settled very well and I am very proud of all that they have achieved this half term. 

Week Commencing: 10.10.22

Last Friday, Class 4/5 completed project pyramid! In the morning, the children conducted their own research into ancient Egyptian pyramids and found out lots of interesting information which they then presented on their own 3D pyramids. In the afternoon, we headed out to Forest School where the children worked in groups to build a 3D pyramid using the equipment provided. It was lovely to see the children showing teamwork and resilience.  

Week Commencing: 03.10.22

This term the children have been learning all about the weather in our French lessons. This week, the children worked with their talking partners to match up the key vocabulary and then applied it in the format of a crossword. The children have been doing well with their French and it seems to be a popular lesson in the week. 

Week Commencing: 26.09.22

The children in class 4/5 have been really enjoying their computing lessons this half term. The children have been focusing on editing photos and being able to layer them. As you can see in the pictures, they have been getting very creative. 

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Week Commencing: 19.09.22

This week in Class 4/5, we have been on an ancient Egyptian adventure curtsey of Tadeo Jones. We watched parts of the clip each day and then finally produced our own endings for the story. Throughout the week, the children have had to take on the role of Tadeo Jones to make several decisions about the next step in his adventure, which they have done very well, and he has followed in their footsteps.

Week Commencing: 12.09.22

This week, in Class 4/5, we have been thinking about our connections and family. We started by listening to a piece of scripture explaining Jesus’ family tree and then discussed the connections between ancestors. We then thought about our school family and made our own class web of connections. The children each thought of their own reasons as to why we are connected such as we are all part of God’s family, we all follow Jesus, and we all learn together.  

Week Commencing: 05.09.22

We have had a very busy week in Class 4/5 getting to know one another and settling back into school life after the summer holidays. On Wednesday, we completed our topic WOW launch where the children took on the role of Egyptologists. They explored a range of artefacts using their high-tech tools and then used their artefacts to help them understand some new vocabulary.  


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