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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Class 4

Welcome to Class Four!

Class 4 is made up of years 5 and 6, upper Key Stage Two. The class teacher is Mr Kedwards, with support from Mrs Bates, Mrs Stirk and Mrs Hall.

Class 4 is fun, busy, interesting and energetic. We love what we do and we love learning: from maths to Martians, Bosworth Battlefield to Beowulf, Steel Pans to Shakespeare and so much more in between! Our classroom is vibrant and exciting and always full of eager, happy learners who are ready to be challenged. 

In Class 4 we teach a broad and balanced curriculum, preparing learners for the end of Key Stage 2 and secondary school. We provide diverse, enjoyable and challenging learning experiences to ensure that everyone achieves their best.

In class four we equip learners with life experience and skills. We build upon the overnight experience  in Class Three with an extended three night residential trip to Beaumanor Hall, as well as an overnight stay at the National Space Centre. These trips further develop our learners' skills of independence and resilience whilst providing a rich array of opportunity and experience in a different setting. Learners  experience the wider world and develop their skills ready for secondary school with regular opportunities to work, socialise with and engage with with learners from different schools. A trip to Warning Zone to learn more about dangers in the wider world.

Learners are afforded a wide range of experience of culture and diversity: we study a key religion each year and this is enhanced by a visit to a place of worship relating to this faith. We also watch theatre shows and workshops and attend the fantastic Orchestra Unwrapped trip with Class Three. Learners build upon their existing knowledge of the Orchestra and again experience the pleasure of live music. 

We encourage values of independence and a positive attitude to learning. We show respect and understanding to all members of our school community, and play a vital role in our school’s leadership through our Learners Council, Sports Ambassadors and Internet Legends roles. 

Our class curriculum, due to the nature of a two year group class, works on a two year rolling programme. An overview of the units covered during this programme are detailed below. 

Please look through the sections on this page to find out more about our school day, home learning and other key information. 

Mr Paul Kedwards
Class Teacher

War and remembrance

In both years of our two-year curriculum cycle, pupils complete a mini 3 week unit of work around the start of November, culminating in a Remembrance Assembly to the whole school and wider community. Leading up to this event, pupils complete a range of work on the theme of remembrance:

  • Sculpture based on memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.
  • Detailed study of War Poetry and faction literature such as Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.
  • Sculpture of plastic poppies in the style of Dale Chihuly.
  • Understanding what religions believe about life after death (RE)

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

The units of work around this theme revisit and further develop the theme of war and conflict studied in class three and develop the pupils' existing skills in sculpture from class three and also Key Stage 1. 

Quests

In this topic we focus particularly on the quest stories of the Ancient Greeks and also their quest to enhance the world. We do this by teaching:

  • The impact of Ancient Greek society on modern day Greece (and the wider world) and what legacy and traditions still survive today.
  • The Myths, Legends and Quests of the Ancient Greeks.
  • Examination of the human and physical features of Greece in Ancient Times and today. 
  • The quest for a better life: asylum seekers and refugees. 
  • The Ancient Greek belief system and how this relates to modern religion- why do some people believe in God? (RE)

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This unit builds upon work completed in class 3, where pupils develop their understanding of Ancient and Modern Italy when studying The Romans. It also develops their comparison skills from LKS2 as they study the societal traditions of the past and compare them to the modern day, as well as the legacies left behind by previous civilisations. Pupils extend their learning on asylum seeking from class 3 as we read 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan to explore the theme further. 

Exploration

In this topic we learn about survival, in the context of Mount Everest and the quest to climb this fantastic landmark. Our learning covers:

  • Mountain study: learning how mountains are formed and how topography is used to map them. We focus particularly on Mount Everest and how climbers prepare to explore this landmark. 
  • Earth and Space: understanding the solar system, the changing of seasons and night and day, plus understanding how space exploration has developed over time. This learning is enhanced with a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester with an overnight sleepover. 
  • Bridges: learning how structures are used to strengthen bridges and considering how bridges have helped us to explore the world around us. 
  • What it means to be free (PSHE)

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This unit of work builds on the work on volcanoes that pupils have covered in class 3 and has been sequenced in this way to have the most impact on pupils' learning. 

Have we always looked like this?

In this topic we understand the concept of image, and how human faces have changed over time. We do this by:

  • Understanding the evolution of the human face by examining the face of Stone Age man. 
  • Learning about evolution and inheritance and how and why we look as we do.
  • Learning about Treacher-Collins Syndrome through the use of R.J.Palacio's 'Wonder'. 
  • The development of man from the Stone Age through to the Bronze and Iron Ages. 
  • Returning to local links by conducting fieldwork in the local area and exploring how Newton Burgoland has changed over time, then contrasting this with another locality when on Beaumanor Residential.
  • Understanding how to keep ourselves safe in different contexts (PSHE).

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This work builds upon Class 3's work on map symbols, taking this skill and developing it further during our fieldwork unit. Our evolution topic in science develops the knowledge we have learnt in class 3 when looking at how animals are adapted to their habitats. 

Building a better world

In this unit of work children explore the progression made throughout human history by exploring:

  • The development of man from the Stone Age through to the Bronze and Iron Ages. 
  • Returning to local links by conducting fieldwork in the local area and exploring how Newton Burgoland has changed over time, then contrasting this with another locality when on Beaumanor Residential.
  • Light and sound and the similarities and differences in how they travel and linking this to our earlier work on electricity (and previous electricity learning in class 2). 
  • Beginning and Belonging (PSHE)

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This work builds upon Class 3's topics of the Mayans, as it compares the cultures and customs of an ancient civilisation. Light and sound are also linked to pupils' previous work in class 4 on the topic of electricity and how this travels in a circuit. 

This work is revisited and extended by pupils in Key stage 3 at the high school chosen by most of our children.  In their science lessons they  look in greater depth at how energy is transferred. They  build upon their understanding of the development of man within Class 4, when considering the impact upon the modern world.  Pupils at high school  further develop the concept of beginning and belonging during their CARE (Citizenship and Religious Education) lessons.

Bravery and heroism

This unit of work explores the themes of bravery and heroism in History and literature. 

In this unit of work children will:

  • Learn about the invasion of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings in England. 
  • Explore the bravery of the historical character Beowulf, as he confronts the fearsome monster Grendel. 
  • Look at the Sutton Hoo hoard and the pattern and intricacy involved in historical pieces of work. 
  • Explore life cycles and the heart and circulatory system of the human body, whilst considering the bravery and heroism of those who participate in organ donation- further explored by our reading of Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. 
  • Consider what makes a good relationship and how to manage change. 

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This work builds upon the Romans unit of work from Class 3 where pupils explored the concepts of invasion and the legacy left by the Romans, as well as the work on adaptations in science. Learning has been sequenced in this way to maximise learning potential. 

In key stage 3 at the high school chosen by the majority of our pupils, this learning is built on further with a study of health, fitness, and the human body, from both a science and a PE perspective. The concept of bravery is reconsidered in key stage three, in a study of the work 'Boy 87'. What makes a good relationship is explored further during CARE lessons within Key stage 3, again building upon learning in Class 4.

Loved and lost?

This unit of work explores the themes of love and loss through a variety of historical and literature-based contexts:

In this unit of work children will understand the Tudors' impact on the UK and the local area by:

  • Visiting King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester and examining the circumstances around his demise at the Battle of Bosworth. 
  • Understanding bias in historical documents and questioning the reliability of Tudor- written artefacts. 
  • Comparing the Monarchs of the Tudor Times with the Monarchs of today. 
  • Looking at how Tudor Monarchs were portrayed by artists of the time and comparing to modern artists like Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo.
  • Exploring forces such as gravity, air resistance and water resistance and understanding how these would have been used in Tudor Battle. 
  • Thinking how we can work together (PSHCE)

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This work builds upon the war and conflict unit in Class 3 which compares and contrasts the invasions, conflicts and wars that have shaped both Britain and the wider world and has been sequenced in this way to maximise learning potential. It also builds upon work in Class 3, where pupils explore the theme of Power through their work on Egyptian Gods and leaders such as Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill. 

At the high school chosen by most of our pupils, the work undertaken in Class 4 is developed further, revisiting the Tudors, and considering how politics can shape peoples views and perceptions. This develops the theme of Power introduced in Class 3. At Key stage 3 pupils  revisit and reinforce bias when considering artefacts. In addition,  scientific concepts and knowledge, related to  forces, is extended  .

 

Adventure

This unit explores the concept of adventuring to a new and exciting land!

In this unit of work children will explore the continent of South America by:

  • Exploring the location and climate of South America
  • Detailed study of the Amazon Rainforest, the Amazonian Biome and the adaptations of plants and animals on this area. 
  • Understanding South American culture and its influence on art, with a detailed examination of the use of colour and shape in the work of Beatriz Milhazes. 
  • Alongside this pupils investigate electrical circuits in Science, examining variation in output based on the voltage and resistance in a circuit. Pupils also start to examine properties of materials and reversible and irreversible changes. 
  • Understanding diversity of the UK and local community (PSHCE). 

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This work extends the science learning from Year 2, where pupils make basic circuits and understand how to represent these in basic circuit diagrams. The reversible and irreversible changes builds on the work undertaken on Class 3 where pupils begin to explore irreversible change. In addition, it links with adventure stories in English is class 3 as well as biome work, specifically deserts, in class 3.  It also links with diversity in class 3, and the exploration of Central America in class 3. Learning has been sequenced in this way to maximise learning. 

In key stage 3 at the high school chosen by the majority of our pupils, pupils look in greater depth at the lives of people living in South America, building on learning  Class 4's learning, They look again at  of immigration bringing greater maturity and understanding to debates. In addition, they extend their knowledge of the properties of materials, looking at different atomic structures, building upon learning undertaken at primary school.