Bethersden Primary School

Badger Class

This page will be updated throughout the year with information about our topics and learning that we will be focusing on. Please check out our school twitter page to see regular photos of our incredible learning journey.

Class team

Class Teacher: Mrs A Evans

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs P Batt

Class documents

badger class.pdf

English

This term, we will be exploring an abridged version of 'The Secret Garden,' retold from the original by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Through discussions, drama, character analysis and creative narratives, the children will get a strong understanding of the text and use key events to inspire their own writing. A visit to Godinton House will support this unit. The children will be encouraged to use effective and complex sentences in addition to new vocabulary. To support this, each week, the class will have SPaG sessions in which they will explore new aspects of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Each week, the children will be expected to access Spelling Shed to practise new and old spellings.

As well-developed reading skills are vital to enabling children to access all areas of the primary curriculum, in Year 4/5, the children will undertake reading activities, in which they will further develop their comprehension skills by exploring and analysing texts using ‘VIPERS’ questions. Your child will bring home a reading record and home reading book. We ask that children read for 20 minutes each day and would be grateful if this could be recorded to show that this has taken place. In this way, we hope to enthuse the children and make them realise that books can open up a world of endless possibilities.

Maths

In Maths this term, year 4 will begin their Power Maths learning by exploring fractions as well as a continued focus on multiplication.

In Maths this term, year 5 will begin their Power Maths learning by exploring division and multiplication, using efficient methods. 

In Key Stage Two, it is even more important now that they develop a secure understanding of their times tables. This year, year 4s will be required to complete the Multiplication Tables Check so any additional practice outside of school will be extremely beneficial. The children should now have a secure understanding of their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. Every child has access to Times Table Rockstars, which is a fantastic resource that we urge every child to make the most of. The children have their own log ins and can be accessed via this link: https://ttrockstars.com/

Wider Learning

This year we will continue to use the ‘Cornerstones curriculum’ to support our wider learning.

Our main topic across the next two terms is called ‘Sow,Grow and Farm’; it is a geography-based unit where we will be focusing on land use both in Britain and in the wider world. Children will revisit climate zones and how these affect different types of farming.

Science – In our project, the children will learn about 'Human Reproduction.' The topic begins with exploring life cycles of mammals, then focusing on humans and exploring the effects of ageing. Children will also plan investigations to answer scientific questions.

Art – The art topic for term 4 is ' Nature's Art.' Children will explore land art and other natural forms.

Computing – We will continue to follow the ‘Teach Computing’ curriculum and we will continue to look at programming. Children will explore conditions and selections using Scratch. 

R.E – Our topic is going to be ‘What do religions say to us when life gets hard?’  This enables pupils to explore different religious and spiritual ways of life when teaching about hard times, focusing on exploring death. There are opportunities for children to learn about their emotions and to ask thought-provoking questions. Stories are often used to support the learning.

PSHE – We are going to be focusing on understanding similarities and differences .This topic explores and celebrates the similarities and differences between people, focusing on ways to value and respect difference and diversity. It looks at the negative effects that stereotypes can have, and how to identify and challenge them. Children will recognise their own strengths and develop a stronger sense of self-belief.

P.E – We are going to be focusing on gymnastics this term. Our P.E day is Thursday, please make sure they come into school wearing their full P.E kit on this day.

Home Learning Reminders

Homework will be set on a Tuesday and is to be completed by the following Monday This will be a worksheet the children will be given to complete at home.

As well as your home learning we encourage children to read every day to support their reading fluency and vocabulary.

We also encourage children to access TTRS to help improve their times table knowledge.