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Larch ...Year 4

Mrs Sophie Taylor

Before joining the Airthrie team, I worked in London, teaching at St Paul's Cathedral Sch...

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Mr Richard Wright

Since qualifying from St Paul's and St Mary’s College, I have taught in a variety of ...

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Mrs Gillian Green

Having taught in various parts of the country, I settled in Cheltenham in 1995 and be...

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Mr Matthew Medhurst

Having joined Airthrie in 2000 I left briefly in 2005/6 to take a post-graduate qu...

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Mrs Jane Dale

Languages became an inspiration and a fascination for me during my own formative years.

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Mrs Deborah Southgate

At Airthrie I currently teach Year 3 and 4 Science and Years 3-6 Sport. I also enjoy teachin...

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Mrs Fiona Beck

My first full time teaching post was as a Class Teache...

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Miss Georgina Fowke

After completing a degree in English Literature and Education Studies at Bath Spa...

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Mr Nick Baynham

I have a passion for sport and coaching; in particular rugby, swimming and football.


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Support Staff

Mrs Carol Wright, Mr Matthew Medhurst, Ms Lisa Jackson

About Larch

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 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), as well as tasty cooking sessions at Waitrose and a geography field trip to the River Chelt.

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 and children may also be selected to represent Airthrie in matches against other local schools.

Recent Larch News


'Messy' Digestion

Form Larch pupils were involved in a messy digestion sess...
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River Chelt - Year 4 Outing

By Amelie... Last Thursday, Forms Spruce...
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Bugsy Malone

Wow! Year 4 and 5 were in for a treat last Wednesday after they battled throu...
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Happiness Trees

In our recent RE lessons, Year 4 pupils have been looking at what it is...
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Dental Details

Many thanks to Mrs Anstey for taking the time to share her expertise with Ye...
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Becoming Anglo Saxons in Cirencester

To round off our Anglo Saxon lear...
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Digestion Practical - Year 4

This week pupils in Forms Spruce and Larch took part in a...
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River Chelt Outing - Year 4

Just before half-term Year 4 pupils walked to the River C...
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Cheltenham Science Festival 2016

Last week we had some very interesti...
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Self-Portraits 2016

At the start of this term, Year 4 children have enjoyed...
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