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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Class 4- Years 5 and 6

Welcome to Class Four!

Class 4 is made up of years 5 and 6, upper Key Stage Two. 

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, Salvation 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. Wherever possible, 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.

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 works on a two year rolling programme.Please see the sections below to get an idea of the curriculum topics.

Thank you for visiting Class 4!

Mrs Underwood

Hero or villain - May the force be with you! - Year A- Autumn

In this unit of work we will:

Find out about Tudor Power.

As historians, we will investigate the Tudor period of history including:

  • A study of the battle of Bosworth
  • An examination of the evidence against Richard III - was he really that bad? Wasn't Henry VIII worse?
  • Tudor life - daily life of ordinary Tudor folk
  • Tudor Power - who held the power in Tudor times - the monarch, the church, the nobles or the people?
We will develop the skills to:
  • Use evidence to ask questions and find answers to questions about the past.
  • Suggest suitable sources of evidence for historical enquiries.
  • Suggest causes and consequences of some of the main events and changes in history.
  • Describe the characteristic features of the past, including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children.


We will consider hidden power in portraits from the past - what was the artist trying to tell us? What can we deduce about Henry VIII from his portraits? We will develop our skills as portrait artists.

We will use fabric technology to create Tudor puppets and design sets so that we can put on plays.

We will become familiar with some of Shakespeare's plays and write our own scripts. We will also write narratives, plays and non-fiction texts.

In science we will be investigating forces - getting to grips with gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.

In RE we will consider the big question: What does it mean if God is holy and loving? (Leicestershire are launching a new agreed syllabus for RE and so this section of the website will be updated as we learn more.)

In PSHCE we will consider what it is to be part of a TEAM and how to Aim High!

Our music units focus on Pulse and voice and we will think about the power and role of music in our lives.

Our computing unit of work this term is programming.

Armistice- Autumn Term Year A and B

Each year class 4 lead our school in an act of remembrance.

In class, children consider:

  • Why poppies are a symbol of remembrance.
  • What it means to remember.
  • The poetry of war.
  • The work of the Royal British Legion
  • Works of fiction portraying war from different perspectives
  • What love means

In year B (the year we do not study the Tudors) the pupils will design an artefact to sell for the Royal British Legion using fabric technology.

Amazon Adventure - year A- Spring term

In this unit of work we will:

Explore the geography of South America, in particular the Amazon and the importance of the Amazon rainforest. Our computing units link to this study and focus on the weather and climate of South America.

Read the story 'Journey to the River Sea' and other books by the same author.  This will support our developing understanding and knowledge of rivers and settlement. Links will be made to our previous learning about the Nile and future work when we look at Vikings and Anglo Saxons.

We continue our work in art, looking at surreal and abstract self-portraits starting with the work of South American artist Frida Kahlo.

Science this term will be Living Things and Habitats - linked to the learning on The Amazon.

In RE we will consider the big question, Creation or Science: conflicting or complementary?(Leicestershire are launching a new agreed syllabus for RE and so this section of the website will be updated as we learn more.)

In PSHCE we learn about Safety First, Digital Wellbeing and Thinking Positive.


Friend or foe?-  Year A - summer Term

What happened before the Tudors? What happened after the Romans? Who were the Anglo-Saxons? In this unit of work we will build on our knowledge of British History and look at the geography of the UK and the importance of rivers for settlement and prosperity. We will compare the settlements of the Vikings within the UK and Greenland and consider where would we choose to live as a Viking.

In English, Beowulf - an epic adventure - will take us on a journey. We will also produce exciting narratives and interesting non-fiction texts based on the books 'The Watertower' and 'How to Train Your Dragon'. We will study the classic poem, 'The Lady of Shalott' and compare this to 'The Highwayman'.

Artwork and DT moves from 2D to 3D looking at Anglo-Saxon dwellings and Viking prowheads.

In RE we will consider the big questions: How can following God bring freedom and justice? and Was Jesus the messiah? 

(Leicestershire are launching a new agreed syllabus for RE and so this section of the website will be updated as we learn more.)

During this unit, science is taught separately. We will build on our knowledge of materials from class 3 and on electricity from class 2. Using our learning we will design a product using electricity and our knowledge of the properties of materials.

In PSHCE we learn all about growing up. 

The mists of time- Year B - Autumn

In this exciting historical topic the children investigate our ancestors, from as far back as 7 million years ago, and how our species have adapted and changed over the past 200,000 years. As historians children make comparisons between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens and think about some of the theories about why the Neanderthals did not survive. Children explore life in the Stone Age, through the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Paleolithic stages and how our use of stone tools and types of homes changed. We then progress onto learning about life in the Bronze Age, when humans first learned to smelt metal, and how this significantly changed their way of life. Finally, we move on to learning about the Iron Age, and make comparisons between artefacts found in all three of these eras. 

A visit to Creswell Crags is a highlight of this project and gives us  more clues about life in the distant past.

In English we will improve our reading and writing skills through a variety of texts such as 'The Stone Age Horrible Histories', 'The Savage' and 'Stone Cold'.

Early Rock paintings give us an insight into Man's desire to leave a mark on the world- to say 'I was here'. This starts our year long study of art as as a 'window to the world'.

In geography we study maps of the local area looking at how village life has changed over time. Using field work to explore and investigate. 

In science we study life cycles and the evolution of man. 

In RE we consider the big question: What would Jesus do. 

(Leicestershire are launching a new agreed syllabus for RE and so this section of the website will be updated as we learn more.)

In PSHCE we think about people who are important to us and learn about how to be ourselves.

Christmas _ year A and B

We prepare for a schools council fundraiser by investigating and making a Christmas product.

Extreme Travel- Year B - Spring

In this unit of work we will;

  • Find out about extreme mountain environments - what would it be like to conquer Mount Everest? Should explorers be allowed to visit this remote habitat? What is the impact of exploration?
  • Study the race to conquer space.

We read an exciting book called 'Everest With AJ' and use this as a stimulus for a range of reading and writing activities.

We write non-fiction texts for space travellers, stories based on a science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury and read a range of peotry about The Moon. 

In science we look at sound, light and the Earth in space. The Planet Suite will inspire us in music.

Bridges and rockets are our design and engineering focus. How long, how far, how heavy? 

In RE we consider the big questions: What did Jesus do to save human beings? and What difference does the resurrection make for Christians? 

(Leicestershire are launching a new agreed syllabus for RE and so this section of the website will be updated as we learn more.)

In PSHCE we learn about our One World, about Diverse Britain and how Money Matters.

It's all greek to ME - year B- Summer Term

his term we learn all about the Ancient Greeks! The country, climate, the empire, the Olympics, The Battle of Marathon, and of course: the Gods and Goddesses. 

We read Greek myths and legends and base our narrative writing on 'The Lightning Thief'.

In science, we learn all about the circulatory system and consider just how fit those Greek Olympian had to be!

DT this term will be all around the cuisine of Greece and we look forward to tasting Greek meze and quesadillas!

In RE we consider the big question: What kind of king is Jesus? 

(Leicestershire are launching a new agreed syllabus for RE and so this section of the website will be updated as we learn more.)

In PSHCE we revisit learning about how we change as we grow up