Having taught in various parts of the country, I settled in Cheltenham in 1995 and be...
Having joined Airthrie in 2000 I left briefly in 2005/6 to take a post-graduate qua...
Languages became an inspiration and a fascination for me during my own formative years.
At Airthrie I currently teach Year 3 and 4 Science and Years 3-6 Sport. I also enjoy teachin...
The small class size allows lots of opportunity for collaborative working and the children enjoy plenty of attention from the teaching staff.
All National Curriculum foundation subjects are taught. Pupils have their own form teacher who has pastoral responsibility for the children in their care and also teaches English, Maths, Geography, History, RE and PSHE to their form. Specialist teachers take classes for Music, Art, Design and Technology, French, ICT, PE and Swimming and Drama. The curriculum is differentiated within the classroom to meet individual children’s needs and there is very good SEN provision for those requiring further support. The children are taught in form classes for all lessons except Maths, where they are divided into 3 sets; the same curriculum is taught in each set, however the pace of teaching will vary with more challenging work being set for the more able and extra support and reinforcement work being offered for those pupils who need it. The children are taught as a whole year group for Sport, PE and Swimming.
The curriculum is enriched by outings and visits related to Year 4 classroom topics. These include learning sessions at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester (Anglo-Saxons), the Commandery in Worcester (Tudor life), and the Natural History Museum in Oxford (bones and growth) as well as tasty cooking sessions at Waitrose and visits to the local church, mosque and synagogue.
Homework is set to provide reinforcement and consolidation of work covered in lessons and to encourage personal research skills. Year 4 children are expected to read regularly, learn spellings and also practice their times tables. They also have a piece of written Literacy, Maths, Science and History/Geography work each week taking approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
A variety of after-school clubs are offered to all Year 4 pupils. These include seasonal sports clubs – Cross Country, Football, Netball and Hockey in the Autumn and Spring terms; and Athletics, Cricket and Rounders in the Summer term. Children may also be selected to represent Airthrie in matches against other local schools.
Choir, Art, Chess, Dance and Drama clubs are also available to Year 4 children.