,Wharfe Class is home to our Year 4,5 and 6 children taught by Mr Howarth.
In Wharfe Class, we love maths! We have daily maths lessons, which are designed to help the children learn in a fun and interactive way. Each lesson has a focus on mental calculation, problem solving and ensures that each child is both supported and challenged.
As we have a mixed class with a range of abilities, we ensure that all pupils feel supported and able to tackle the maths challenges. This might mean using manipulative maths resources, visual representations and the support of both their peers and the teacher and teaching assistants.
In Wharfe class we love to read! We always have an exciting class text to share each term. We read everyday, sometimes for pleasure, sometimes to gather information and sometimes to inspire our own writing.
We enjoy writing and often use our class book to inspire our writing. We focus on developing the skills of independent writing and encourage the pupils to edit and improve their own work. We also work with our peers so that we are able to improve each others work. We learn how to write in a variety of different genres: biographies, poetry, leaflets and stories to name but a few!
In Science our focus is on investigation. We conduct investigations as a class and in small groups. Accurately recording our results and using our maths skills to present our findings.
We learn cover the full range of science topics including: electricity, sounds, forces, space and the properties of materials.
For more information about our curriculum and the learning opporunities that are available to our Year 4,5 and 6 children visit the curriculum page on this site.
Please read with your child as often as possible – every night would be preferable. Even if your child enjoys reading independently, it is important to hear them read at least once per week to ensure that they are engaging with the text. Each child has a reading record, which should be filled in weekly. I have asked the children to write a short comment about their current book. However, if you child finds this hard, they can tell you what is happening and you could scribe it for them. I will collect the reading records on a Wednesday and make a short comment.
The children also have access to the Reading Plus program. While we do use this in school, they can also login at home to help improve their reading further. Each child has their own login and password. Please let me know if you require a password reminder.
Homework is an essential aspect of school life. It is designed to enhance the children’s learning that takes place during the day and helps consolidate and secure understanding. Every week children should complete the following tasks:
– Complete a page in your reading record to describe they have been reading.
– Weekly spelling words. Each pupil has a spelling booklet with supporting material.
– Complete maths practice on Sumdog.
– Work on maths passport targets
Please help your child as much as you can and if you get stuck please contact Mr Howarth and he will help you help your child.
Children will be given a spelling booklet with their weekly spellings. This year we have obtained new spelling books, designed to support and engage spelling practice at home. Spelling tests will be on Wednesday mornings.
Just a note for new parents – the spellings may seem hard at first, but we will be looking at them together in class and once broken down into sections they do become easier. My recommendation is that I would aim to be practicing spellings for about 10 minutes per evening, five days a week. Learning two new spellings each day and recap the previous days words. Please come and see me or Miss Morgan if you need any advice on different ways to learn spellings.
As a federation, we have created a new method of ensuring children learn their times table facts, with a focus on instant recall. From next year (2020) children in year 4 will need to take a statutory times table test, answering questions up to 12 x 12.
Please see your child’s maths passport targets for their current times table and other related facts targets.
This Sumdog Challenge will now last for the whole year. I have matched your child’s current maths passport targets to their SumDog questions.
I will also send one piece of maths homework per week, which will support their learning in class.
Sessions take place on Friday mornings, so please make sure you have your kit in school. PE kit must be clean and consist of a white t-shirt, black shorts and school pumps/trainers. As P.E will take place outside most of the time, please make sure that you have suitable clothing for colder weather.
We also have weekly swimming lessons on Monday afternoon at Nidd High School in Patley Bridge.
Other Online Maths Games
SumDog – This is a great online maths game that all of the pupils have their own login for. It not only encourages them to become better and mental maths, but also I can track their progress. It will only work on Google Chrome, however there are two apps available on I-Pads and Android.
This is an interactive game we use in class to support the children’s learning of times tables, but it also has games centered around doubles, halves and number bonds! It is compatible with the I-pads too! just click the link – Hit The Button
Here is another great website, just click on your year group and the current maths topic of number and place value to see all of your targets and some great interactive games. I’ve shown the children this so they should know what they are looking for. – Snappy Maths
Optional Homework Tasks
If you would like additional homework tasks for your child related to our class topics, please ask Mr Howarth!