Welcome to Class 4!
In Class 4 we work hard and play hard. We aspire to become the best that we can be, by always trying our hardest in everything we do. As the year progresses, we are given greater responsibility and are encouraged to become more independent.
Staff in Class 4
Class 4 is taught by Mrs Satterlee, who is an experienced Key Stage 2 teacher, who works closely with the Teaching Assistants, to ensure every child has the best chance of reaching their potential. In the mornings children are supported by Teaching Assistant, Mrs Rice, within the classroom, and for specific intervention during the week with Miss Clayton and Miss Mee. On a Tuesday morning PPA cover is provided by Mrs Morgan, our Deputy Head Teacher, who teaches Mathematics, developing skills in problems and investigations, as well as helping children improve their reading comprehension skills.
We like to make our curriculum interesting and so much of our learning is based on a creative curriculum. During the first term, the children learn about a historical period, and this year they will be learning about the Romans. However, during the following terms, as a class, the children have an input into the topics they would like to find out about, which helps to motivate them and make their learning fun!
Reading : Reading is central to all learning and is an essential life skill which children need to have, so children are encouraged to develop a love of reading, by sharing their favourite books, reading with a partner, and by discussing different texts, including newspapers and magazines. We encourage children to read to an adult at least three times a week, and to be asked questions on what they have read.
Speaking and Listening : Children get many opportunities to practice their speaking and listening skills. This is mainly through the use of role-play when they get the chance to act out different scenarios and discuss possible outcomes, which is usually tied in with our SEAL work.
Writing : Throughout the year, children experience many opportunities to develop their writing skills. They are given the chance to talk about their writing before putting pen to paper. Once they have created a draft piece of writing they work with a writing partner to look at ways they can improve it. This includes finding more interesting vocabulary, changing the structure of sentences in order to create greater impact, and by ensuring they have used accurate punctuation.
In the first term emphasis is placed on securing children's knowledge of number bonds, place value and multiplication tables, as well as ensuring they understand the different words for each operation, for example 'product' means to multiply. They are taught different strategies for completing calculations, before being encouraged to choose the method which works best for them. They have regular opportunities for using and applying this knowledge into investigations and real-life problems.
Parents are always welcome and are encouraged to come and speak to Mrs Satterlee, as Home-School Partnership is important in helping children to be the best they can be!
Mrs Satterlee has a Class page on Fronter, which gives up-to-date information about what is happening in Class 4. Please take a look!