Year 4/5 is a hive of activity with the class motto “make a positive contribution every day.” The children do well because we practise the three S’s, Security, Structure, Self-esteem. A class rule is ‘before you speak…think!‘
T is it true?
H is it helpful?
I is it inspiring?
N is it nice?
K is it kind?
Pupils in years 4 and 5 are encouraged to self-evaluate at the end of each lesson. This gives them a skill that stays with them throughout their lives, asking questions such as, ‘have I learnt something new?’, ‘which skills have I used or improved on?’, ‘what do I need to remember?’ and ‘what else could I find out about the topic?’.
We also encourage the children to discuss what they have learnt with other members in the class. This all helps towards moving into self-analysis, an important skill which needs to be seen in a positive light. Each child learns to ask themselves ‘what did I do well today?’, ‘what would I do differently the next time.’, ‘what was different about this task?’, ‘how is my work different?’ and ‘did I work well with the rest of the group?’.
“As the Mathematics specialist, my focus, is to instill passion, confidence and interest in the subject. This involves hands on practical work, learning and retaining concepts and applying them in different ways. The less able children are given extra support each morning and the gifted ones are given extra lessons which offer challenging tasks. The children cover the national curriculum then work at a more advanced level and achieve very encouraging results.”
(Mrs B. Frost)