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.
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
By Amelie... Last Thursday, Forms Spruce and Larch went to the River Chelt with Mrs Hall and Mrs Brewis. We found lots of interesting things including a little fish we named Jerry,... Read more
Wow! Year 4 and 5 were in for a treat last Wednesday after they battled through the rain to walk to Cheltenham College Preparatory School to watch a fabulous performance of Bugsy Malone. It... Read more
In our recent RE lessons, Year 4 pupils have been looking at what it is to be 'blessed' (imparting or enjoying happiness or bliss; favoured with blessings; happy; highly favoured). They... Read more
To round off our Anglo Saxon learning, Year 4 visited the Corinium Museum in Cirencester last Thursday. They attended a workshop detailing burial traditions; identifying historical figures... Read more
Many thanks to Mrs Anstey for taking the time to share her expertise with Year 4 as part of their Science learning this term. The children learnt about the growth and development of adult teeth... Read more
This week pupils in Forms Spruce and Larch took part in a practical Science lesson. They followed the route through the digestive system from mouth to rectum and finally to the toilet to see... Read more