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Class 4

Mr Wellsteed

Class Teacher

Mr Swanston

Class Teacher

Mrs Cooper

Teaching Assistant

Miss St Vall

Teaching Assistant

WELCOME TO CLASS 4
 
Class 4 consists of Y4 and Y5 children.
 
Our aim is to nurture the children in our care to be adaptable, diligent, creative, self-motivated and thoughtful learners through a rich, varied and exciting curriculum.  
 
We encourage children to immerse themselves in our topic and make links between all the subjects they are taught. Throughout the year, children also focus on developing the 5R's of learning: Resilience, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Reasoning and Reflection.
 
 
 Summer 2022 ~ Firedamp and Davy Lamps 
 
We will descend into the depths of Cornwall's mines and discover how miners brought the precious materials up to the surface.

During this term, we’ll visit a Cornish mine and mining museum and see where generations of Cornish miners worked. Back in the classroom, we’ll find out about the many dangers of mining and why health and safety laws are important in the world today, and we’ll use geological maps to identify mines in the UK. We’ll also learn about the importance of coal during the Industrial Revolution, the process of the ‘no choice’ lottery and the miners’ strikes. In our English lessons, we’ll imagine we are child miners and give testimonies about the working conditions down the mines, and we’ll read letters about the General Strike of 1926 to deduce what was happening at that time. Using our science skills, we’ll examine a range of rock samples and learn about how some materials are formed. Getting creative, we’ll study the work of the Pitmen Painters and recreate their style using a variety of art materials and techniques. Then, we’ll act as curators, collecting and presenting information for an exhibition about mining in our local area.

At the end of the project, we’ll use the work of the Pitmen Painters to sketch scenes from the local community that show what life is like today. We’ll also consider the future of mining and how a coal-free future would be better for the environment.

 
Heritage/ localisation
 
We will be exploring a local Cornish mine and going on a local walk. Geevor Tin Mine (from Cornish: Whel an Gever, meaning "mine of the goats"), formerly North Levant Mine is a tin mine in the far west of Cornwall, United Kingdom, between the villages of Pendeen and Trewellard. It was operational between 1911 and 1990 during which time it produced about 50,000 tons of black tin. It is now a museum and heritage centre left as a living history of a working tin mine.

Curriculum 

 

For the spring term, our Knowledge Rich Project (KRP) is Firedamp and Davy Lamps. In this project, children will explore the history of coal mining, mining strikes and their effects on the miners, their families, communities and the legacy and future of coal mining. In the second half we will be exploring the rich history of mining in Cornwall, and hopefully visiting a mine. 

 

In Geography, your child will be learning to identify areas of the U.K. where coal production happened, and in History they will learn about the importance of coal during the Industrial Revolution, the process of the ‘no choice’ lottery and the miners’ strikes. 

 

This term in Science, your child will learn about electricity; investigating circuits, different components, electrical conductors and what is needed to construct a working electrical circuit. After half term we will be putting these skills into practice and building working Cornish engine houses.  

 

In Art/DT, we’ll study the work of the Pitmen Painters and recreate their style using a variety of art materials and techniques. Then, we’ll act as curators, collecting and presenting information for an exhibition about mining in our local area. At the end of the project, we’ll use the work of the Pitmen Painters to sketch scenes from the local community that show what life is like today. 

 

In Computing, your child will be explaining how digital images can be changed, learning how to change the composition of an image, make good choices when selecting different tools and recognise that not all images are real. 

 

In MfL, your child will be learning basic French grammar associated with the world. We will learn specific vocabulary of countries of the United Kingdom, continents and animals from different continents and a country’s position related to the equator. We will also learn key phrases connected to these themes. 

 

In Maths, the Year 4 children will be learning about decimals, money, time, statistics, properties of shape and position and direction of shape. The Year 5 children will be studying decimals, properties of shape, position and direction of shape, converting measurement units and volume.  

 

All children will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of basic number knowledge and their times tables. 

 

In English, your child will study explanations and inference. They will be learning to write a factual report, all about miners during the second World War and they will take part in a debate. 

In the second half of the term, we’ll imagine we are child miners and give testimonies about the working conditions down the mines, we’ll read letters about the General Strike of 1926 to deduce what was happening at that time and we’ll be writing fantasy stories all about the Cornish Knockers  

 

For PSHE we will be using the SCARF programme which is centred on a values-based and ‘growth mindset’ approach promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. The themes this term are 'Being my Best' and ‘Growing and Changing’. 

 

For RE, your child will be studying Gospel - What kind of world did Jesus want? During the second half of the term, we will be looking at how people in Cornwall mark significant events? 

 

In Music children in Year 4 will be starting recorder lessons, we will be getting together with Class 5 every week for a regular singing assembly and celebrating our wonderful Duchy by learning some old Cornish mining songs 

PE

Class 4 have PE on Tuesdays with Miss Delaney and Rugby on Thursday. Children can come to school in their PE kits on this day. PE kit consists of: black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms; a green T-shirt; and black trainers or plimsolls. No earrings or jewellery to be worn. Please ensure all items of PE kit and school uniform are named. The theme this term is Striking and Fielding. 

HOMEWORK
  1. Reading: at least five times a week (reading records to be handed in on a Monday morning and checked on a Tuesday morning)
  2. Spellings (a spelling slip will be sent home each Monday and they will be tested the following Monday)
  3. Times tables facts (these will be tested each Friday)
  4. Optional Curriculum Project activities (see home learning ideas on Google Classroom)
Learning times table facts is vital and children should be able to recite their table facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. Therefore, it is really important that whenever you get a few minutes you keep encouraging them to revisit these so they can automatically recall the facts without having to use fingers or apparatus. The more your child practices the easier they will find calculations at school and out in the real world. Pupils in Year 4 will also be doing an online multiplication tables check in June. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from 2 to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes.

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