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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. 

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. Our class newsletter below gives an overview of the rules and routines in Class Four, as well as the curriculum overview for this term. 

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

Mrs. Kate Underwood

Hero or villain - May the force be with you!

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.

Our PSHCE unit will be linked to the Tudors as we consider human rights and responsibilities.  This will lead to a consideration of equality and diversity enabling our year 5 and 6 pupils to lead the school for anti-bullying week- including the prevention of cyberbullying.

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?

Develop our skills as portrait artists.

Read about fictional characters and use inference to develop our understanding of how authors create three dimensional and powerful characters. We will use fabric technology to create Tudor puppets.

In French we will look at the characters in the Simpsons show - learning the vocabulary of description in french.

Write our own stories, poems and information texts. 

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

In RE the force and power of faith is considered when we try to answer the questions:

  • What would Jesus do?
  • What do religions say to us when life is hard?

This work compliments learning in PSHCE - Stronger together, rules, the power of kindness, the importance of respect and human rights.

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.


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 A (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

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.

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 RE we will visit a place of worship and consider why people need places of worship if God is everywhere.

Invaders and Raiders

What happened before the Tudors?

What happened after the Romans? 

Who were the Anglo-Saxons?

In this unit of work we will build our knowledge of British History. Looking 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- where would you choose to live as a Viking?

In French we will continue the theme of settlement to learn the vocabulary of a town creating a restaurant for that town and using Stem-terprise to create recipes.

Beowulf - an epic adventure will take us on a journey in English and music.

Artwork moves from 2D to 3D looking at faces.

In RE we will consider the importance of belonging and beliefs looking at the difference between tradition and collective purpose - what difference does a belief in Ahimsa, Grace abd Ummah make?

Science is taught as a separate unit - we add to our knowledge of human biology making links to keeping healthy and growing up in PSHCE.


The mists of time

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.

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 study  the evolution of man is our topic for enquiry..


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

On the edge-A step too far?

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.

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

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

It's all greek to me!

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