Class Four is a mixed year 4 and year 5 class (aged 8 - 10). Mr Debenham, the Deputy Head, is the class teacher, supported in the mornings by Mrs Poulter, a highly skilled and dedicated Teaching Assistant. The class is led by Mrs Hughes, the leader of science, on Thursdays.
English and Maths are taught each morning; these lessons are often linked to the themed topics, which enables the children to develop a range of skills through a strong context and a real purpose for their writing. Maths skills are also practised across the curriculum. These themes are taught over a two year programme with a strong emphasis on skills development. Philosophy and drama are used extensively, encouraging the children to develop a range of Speaking and Listening skills that engender confidence and independence.
Trips and visitors enrich and inspire the children, giving them a first hand experience and deeper understanding to develop contextual learning. The development of ICT skills are also planned for across the curriculum.
Children are taught in various groups for different activities; these may be ability groups for guided reading, writing and maths, friendship groups, topic groups, gender and research groups. These groups are monitored and amended regularly depending on the activity and progress of the children.
Children are taught in a lively, stimulating environment where they are increasingly given responsibility for developing and evaluating their learning. Children are actively encouraged to question and reflect, developing a higher level of independence.
The children are heavily involved in developing a strong Christian value system that is inclusive to all and that complements the school’s value of the month theme.
Mr Debenham previously taught for Herefordshire Music Service, as well as a KS2 teacher / leader of music in a Middle school in Hertfordshire, and as Acting Deputy Head in a village Primary school in Cambridge. He is also responsible for the development of mathematics and assessment across the school.
The children, Mr Debenham, Mrs Poulter and Mrs Hughes develop a strong team ethos with a motto, ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’!