The children in this class are at the beginning of Key Stage 2. They are encouraged to become more independent in their learning. Their reading becomes increasingly confident, they are reading for research and for pleasure in addition to their book from the school reading scheme.
The children are building on the knowledge and skills they have acquired in Key Stage 1, and should now be able to write in a range of styles, with many words correctly spelt from memory and with consistent punctuation. We aim to extend their knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure to enable them to write more complex and lengthy sentences. Their handwriting is usually joined in most of their work, and they move on to use handwriting pens for most tasks. As part of their homework, the children learn and use 10 new spellings every week, from a differentiated scheme and the recommended common words for their year group.
Most of the children will have learned their 2x, 5x, 10x and some their 3x and 4x tables by the end of Year 2, and by the time they finish Year 4, they should have a working knowledge of most of their tables up to 12x12. We also work on the four rules of number, learning to write and calculate long multiplication and division sums, and use them to solve written problems. The small class size means that children who find their work difficult can have extra support from me, the class teacher, where necessary and from the Learning Support Department if there is a specific problem. It also means that we have ample opportunity to extend those who excel in their Numeracy work.
The Science programme is worked on a two-year rolling programme, covering the topics recommended for study in Years 3 and 4, so that the children do not repeat them in the same class. They are encouraged to approach practical sessions in a methodical way, setting up their own experiments (with guidance), recording results accurately and drawing sensible conclusions from their work.
History and Geography are taught in the form of topics which are planned to be cross- curricular, also using their literacy, artistic and sometimes their numeracy skills.
In Middle School, the children continue to have a full range of specialist lessons, which gives them the chance to develop physically and mentally in a balanced way, making the most of their skills and talents. By the end of Year 4, the children should feel ready and able to meet the challenges offered in Upper School.
Mrs W Lewis
Class Teacher - Lower Juniors, Deputy Headteacher