Everyone can help
Remember that we can all "do our bit" at this time by following the national advice to:
Year 6 Transition Update - 26/03/2020
We have just received some additional information from Mrs Rash at Launceston College regarding Year 6 transition. This will be forwarded to parents via email but is also available at the top of Class 4's welcome page.
Update 25/03/2020: A separate page for Home Learning has now been created on the Class 4 tab, to provide greater clarity and easier access to resources. Many of the documents on that page have been updated, with new resources added today. Thank you.
Great to be British!
"Great to be British" is our theme for the Spring Term 2020, and as is usual in Class 4, we will be adopting an integrated approach with cross-curricular links between subjects made wherever possible.
Much of our work in English and History will be based on our Local History study relating to The Normans in Britain. This will include a visit to Launceston Castle and finding out how the feudal system, with its hierarchy from King and lords to peasants, would have operated within the town. Our visit to Launceston will take place on the day of the St. Piran's parade, which we are very much looking forward to attending again this year. In the lead-up to this event, we will be finding out about the life of St. Piran in RE, and will be studying the poetry of Charles Causley, especially those poems which mention the features of Launceston town itself, such as the Quarterjacks on the Town Hall, and Eagle One, Eagle Two, found on the gateposts of the Eagle House Hotel.
In Geography and English, we will be finding out about significant landmarks in Great Britain, both physical and human-made. This will provide opportunity to learn about the mountains, lakes and coastline features of the British Isles, as well as buildings and structures such as the Blackpool Tower, Edinburgh Castle, Tower of London, and St. Paul's Cathedral.
In Mathematics, some of the main areas to be covered will be fractions, decimals and percentages, time, ratio and algebra. Wherever possible, work will be linked to real-life learning, such as when using angle to measure the positions of numbers during our clock-making DT project, and when reading timetables for bus routes between Plymouth and Bude. Mrs Biddle's Science topic relates to materials and their properties, and pupils will enjoy experiments including investigations into the separation of materials with different particle sizes, and the process of evaporation.
Art and Design work will be connected to the themes mentioned above, for example, studying and creating landscape paintings of Britain, and also the wildlife found in our countryside. Pupils will each design a motif to adorn our boat build as part of the Mayflower 400 project in conjunction with the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth and Princess Yachts.
Above is just a brief overview of some of our learning for the term. Other activities and events planned for the term include clarinet lessons, sports events at Launceston College and hosting a tea party for members of Launceston Memory Cafe. We also look forward to the culmination of this year's songfest, with the main concert in Launceston Town Hall on Tuesday 10th March.
Do you remember the bulbs we planted in November, Class 4? They are about to come into bloom!
Update for Year 6 Pupils 19/03/2020
You may have heard in the government's Coronavirus press conference yesterday (or in subsequent media coverage) that all examinations this Summer Term 2020 have been cancelled. The Standards and Testing Agency have emailed schools this morning to confirm that this includes the Year 6 SATs tests which were due to commence on Monday 11th May. The information they provided for primary schools was as follows:
'The Secretary of State for Education announced yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled:
- end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)
- phonics screening check
- multiplication tables check
- science sampling tests
- all statutory trialling'
As I'm sure you can appreciate, situations in all areas of life have been changing very quickly in recent days, and only two hours prior to the Prime Minister's announcement, Year 6 had been provided with SATs practise papers to work on at home during the school closure, since total cancellation of SATs tests hadn't been predicted within the education sector. It is now anticipated that end of primary school assessments for 2020 will be via teacher assessment based on their pupils' class work, and await further details.
As a result, you may be wondering what tasks Year 6 pupils should now work on, given the changed assessment circumstances. Many of our pupils enjoy working on SATs papers, and they are welcome to continue to do so - completion of past papers allows revision of all areas of the English and Maths curricula, informing my teacher assessment, and therefore is certainly not time wasted. However, the suggestions of work for Year 5 are also relevant to Year 6, and can also be followed by them.
Please check Class Four's learning page regularly - suggestions for tasks that may be completed at home will be updated as staff continue their work at this unusual time.