Class 4 and 5 2023 - 2024

Miss Bottomley

Class Teacher: Miss Bottomley


Teaching Assistants: Mrs Edgerley & Mrs Lau

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Week Commencing: 27.11.23

We’ve had a fabulous week in Class 4/5! In science, we have been exploring friction. From our experiment, we discovered that different surfaces generate different amounts of friction. In R.E., we have started our new unit (Advent). We will be looking at the importance of waiting and how, as Christians, we wait hopefully for the return of Jesus to Earth. On Monday, the children had a special visitor, Mr Doodlebug. He spoke to the children about resilience and the importance of having a growth mindset. The children completed a drawing activity with him linked to this and thoroughly enjoyed their session.

Week Commencing: 20.11.23

We have had a wonderful week in Class 4/5. In geography, we have been looking at our capital city – London. This week, we looked at areas within the Greater London region in order to explore the differences between urban and suburban living. In R.E., we have been learning all about the Jewish festival of Passover and how it is celebrated – the children really enjoyed learning about another faith. In PSHE, the children have been thinking about their identity and how wonderful it is that we are all different.  

Week Coomencing: 13.11.23

We have had a fabulous week in Class 4/5! This week, we got practical in science in order to explore the difference between measuring force and weight. In maths, Year 4 have been making great progress with their times table unit, whilst Year 5 have been focusing on fractions (one of my favourite topics).  In computing, the children have been looking at photo editing and this week they were editing photos from films.

Week Commencing: 06.11.23

This week in Class 4/5, we have been devouring our new text in English ‘Tyger’. The children used the text to gather key vocabulary linked with the mythical creature in order to then write a character description and they certainly didn’t disappoint! It was lovely to see the children’s enthusiasm for vocabulary and writing shine through. In science, the children started our new unit on forces with a discussion based on the question ‘Why do unsupported objects fall to the ground?’ In Picture News this week, we have been looking at the changes to the Remembrance Poppy over the years and the latest design.  

Week Commencing: 30.10.23

We have had a very productive first week back in Class 4/5. In English, we have been finishing off our text from last half term ‘Street Child’ and completed a book review to end our unit – the text was very highly rated! In R.E., we have been looking at ‘vocation’ and exploring the fact that although we are united through faith, we each have our own vocation in life. We also finished our history unit on the Victorians this week. We had a brilliant afternoon showcasing our knowledge by playing a whole-class game of Kahoot and answering our enquiry question – the children did incredibly well with this and have thoroughly enjoyed the topic. 

Week Commencing: 16.10.23

And just like that we are at the end of the first half term! It has been an absolutely delightful first half term in Class 4/5. The children have settled in brilliantly, produced some super work and most of all displayed their thirst and love for learning. This week, the children have produced their own chapters based on the previous events in Street Child and now we are looking forward to finishing the book and finding out what actually happens. In maths, Year 5 have been doing an AMAZING job with multiples and factors; whilst Year 4 have been working hard to master the written method of subtraction (with exchanging). In science, the children ended our teeth and digestion unit by creating their own food chains based on different habitats. A major highlight to the week was our class assembly for parents on Thursday which was all based on the topic of Victorians – the children did a wonderful job!  

Week Commencing: 09.10.23

We have been incredibly busy in Class 4/5. In maths, we have been looking at addition and subtraction. Year 5 have been applying their knowledge in order to solve missing number calculations and multi-step problems, whilst Year 4 have been consolidating their understanding of the methods through reasoning and problem-solving style questions. In Collective Worship this week, we have been thinking about sharing empathy with others and the impact this can have. And in history, we took a step back in time and explored some real-life job advertisements for children in the Victorian times. The children had to decide which job they would want to do, and it was a difficult choice as none of them were very appealing! We look forward to welcoming you to our class assembly next week.

Week Commencing: 02.10.23

We have had a brilliant week in Class 4/5. The children have now finished their diary entries in the role of Jim and have done an amazing job of showing and not telling emotions! In French, we have been consolidating our understanding of numbers whilst also learning to say how old we are. BUT the highlight of the week was when the children worked in groups to create their own models of the digestive system – we had SO much fun! The children then used this knowledge to write in the role of a piece of fruit travelling through the digestive system – they did a fantastic job!  


Week Commencing: 25.09.23

We have had an eggcellent week in Class 4/5 as we finally found out the results of our Science experiment. Last week, we placed 5 eggs into different drinks (coke, lemonade, fresh orange juice, milk and water) to find out which drink is most likely to cause tooth decay. After leaving them for a week, we can confirm that the answer is both lemonade and fresh orange juice. The children enjoyed sharing their results with class R/Y1 and also explaining to them what they need to do in order to keep their teeth healthy and avoid tooth decay. In maths, we have been rounding, rounding and more rounding! The children have done incredibly well with this as it can be tricky. In English, we have started to plan our diary entries in the role of Jim and I am very much looking forward to seeing what the children produce next week. 

Week Commencing:18.09.23

We have had a fabulous week in Class 4/5! In P.E., we have been focusing on football and the skills of dribbling, travelling with the ball and interception. This has linked well with our R.E., where we have been looking at our personal qualities and talents and how our qualities can impact our talents. Towards the end of the week, we planned and carried out an experiment in science to find out which drink is most likely to cause tooth decay. The children have each made their own predictions and cannot wait to find out the results.

Week Commencing: 11.09.23

We have had a very productive week in Class 4/5. We have started our science unit for this half term which is based on teeth and the digestive system. For our first lesson in the unit, we explored different types of teeth and their purpose – something the children really enjoyed. In maths, Year 4 have been looking at flexibly partitioning numbers up to 10,000, whereas Year 5 have been comparing and ordering numbers up to one million.  In English, we are really enjoying our text ‘Street Child’ and getting to know our main character (Jim) ahead of writing in the role of him in the next coming weeks.  


Week Commencing 04.09.23

It has been full steam ahead this week in Class 4/5! In English we have started our new text ‘Street Child’ which is set in Victorian London. We have been focusing on the VIPERS (our reading skills) linked with the text and the children have provided some very well thought out ideas. In maths, we are all focusing on place value and the children have blown me away with their prior knowledge. As it has been art week in school, we have spent our afternoons drawing and sketching facial parts ahead of producing our own portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso. It has been lovely to welcome back the Year 5s and also get to know the Year 4s – I think we are going to have a fabulous year! 


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