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 subjects are taught.
Pupils have their own class teacher who has pastoral responsibility for the children in their care and teaches English, Geography, History, RE and PSHE to their class. Specialist teachers take classes for Music, Art, DT, French, Computing, PE, Swimming and Drama. The curriculum is differentiated within the classroom to meet the needs of each child and there is very good SEN provision for those requiring further support.
The children are taught in their class for all lessons except Maths, where they are divided into sets; the same curriculum is taught in each set, but 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 be selected to represent Airthrie in matches against other local schools.
Last Friday Airthrie pupils participated in our annual school Swimming Gala at the Cheltenham Ladies' College pool. Year 3-6 swimmers competed in individual and team events and this was the first... Read more
When we walked into Waitrose we went through the café and into their cookery studio. There were three chefs: Connor, Emma and Helen. There was a lot of cooking equipment on their shelves. Emma... Read more
Our thanks to Mrs O'Connor who very kindly brought her pet lamb, Biddy, to show to our Year 4 pupils on Tuesday this week. Biddy is a breed of sheep called a Cotswold (brought to the UK by the... Read more
In French lessons this term pupils in Year 4 are looking at 'the family'. We have learned names to describe each family member and started to introduce and talk a little bit about each of them. We... Read more
Yesterday, pupils in Larch visited a 'small piece of France' located in central Cheltenham. We were delighted to accept the very kind invitation from L’Artisan Restaurant to join them for morning... Read more
During the recent half-term break Harriet (Year 4) competed in the English Alpine Championships, held in Bormio, Italy. She spent the week training with the Dragons Alpine Racing team and did... Read more
This week some of our Larch children were awarded Special Science Certificates for their local environment research. Their observations were carried out independently as extended homework over the... Read more
During the week leading to half-term our KS2 children walked to Salem Baptist Church on St George’s Road where we were transported back 2000 years to Jerusalem and were able to meet a range... Read more
Form Larch pupils were involved in a messy digestion session during their Science lesson today. This helped reinforce their knowledge about what happens to food on its journey through the body... Read more