Class 4 Summer Term

Dear Parents

Welcome to the wonderful summer terms of 5 and 6! We hope that you had a wonderful Easter holidays filled with family fun and perhaps some (lots) chocolate.

After venturing around the world in our ‘Comparing Continents’ topic, the class will now be focusing on a great piece of British history—‘Smuggling’ in the 19th century!  The class will be transporting back to periods between the 17th and 19th century and investigate how people lived back in those times. What did they do for leisure? Who were the reining monarchs of the time? How were people punished and what could they be punished for? As well as  having a deep focus on all of the sneaky ways in which smugglers managed to transport goods into England  along the south coast.

Due to the hope of nicer weather, PE will be outside with a focus on athletics and games in preparation for our annual sports day. Also within these terms, swimming sessions will be taking place at Ringmer Pool on Mondays. It has now been asked that all children should be wearing shorts during PE, with their Blackboys house coloured shirt and a pair of trainers.

During Term 5 SATs week falls on the May 14th. In preparation for this week, Year 6s and Year 5s will be split, with our wonderful Mrs Riley teaching the Year 5s.  From the 23rd April, I will have the Year 6s where we will be doing plenty of practice and addressing any areas that may be of concern from the pupils.

Best wishes,

Miss Cross

  1. School starts at 8:55.  This is the time children will be entering the school building and classrooms.  There will always be an activity for children to work on at 8:55, so punctual attendance is essential. If for some unforeseen circumstance children are late, please enter through the main office entrance and sign the late book.
  2. Uniform.  We are on a mission to make Class 4 the smartest class in the school!  Can I remind you that at Blackboys we wear black school shoes not black trainers and that tights  should, whenever possible, be of dark grey/charcoal colour.
  3. Reading.  All children in the class are armed with a reading book for class and a reading book for home.  We do appreciate though that children often like to read their own books at home, and this is entirely fine. The children will continue to use the Reading record books that are checked regularly and will result in a reading certificate once completed.  Please remember parents that it is also good practice to read to your children still.
  4. Homework is given out on a Tuesday and returned the following Monday.  New spellings are given out on a Tuesday and due the following Monday. Mental Maths books are given out Tuesday and to be returned on Thursday.
  5. PE days during Term 5 and 6 are Mondays and Tuesdays.  Term 4 PE days are Mondays and Tuesdays. Correct Blackboys PE kit is vital.  In Key Stage 2 we are more than happy for children to wear trainers as opposed to plimsolls. Shorts are required for PE and appropriate swimming equipment for Mondays.

If you have any questions about any aspect of your child’s education then please feel free to ask.  I am perfectly happy to receive emails if before or after school is not convenient.

Miss E Cross


Numeracy:- Working through the year 5 and 6 expectations of the Primary Curriculum. Term 5 and 6 will consist of topics like: geometry, measurements, area and perimeter and angles. The children will look to use their mathematical knowledge to solve problems and provide reasons for their answers.

Literacy:- Working through the year 5 and 6 expectations of the Primary Curriculum.  Highlights of this term include studying poetry from the 19th century. Our main poem will be ‘The Smugglers Song’ by Rudyard Kipling, as well as other poems from influential poets of the era.

History– Our main history topic will be focusing on Britain throughout the 1700 and 1800s. We look at who the reigning monarchs of the time were, what people performed as leisure, life for the different classes and the crimes and how they were punished.

Geography - Throughout the topic we will find Geography links. These links include a recap of landmarks and historical sights in England, and in-depth analysis of the city of London and the British colonies.

Art and DT– The art focus for this term is collage, taught my Mrs Page. The children will be looking to practice new skills and techniques and aim to complete a group piece based around paintings of smuggling.

Science- In science we will focus on the human body and healthy lifestyles. Topics within the human body include: the circulatory system, the muscular system, digestive system and how we can keep these systems running healthily.

ICT– Scratch is the main focus of this term. The class will be learning how to programme their own games and quizzes in a series of lessons to help build up their skills.

RE– In RE we will be looking at the ‘Kingdom of God’. We will be looking at different Bible texts and showing our awareness of the different interpretations of them. We will be aiming to make clear connections between the Kingdom of God and how Christians but their belief into practice.

PSHE– Data protection is our key focus for term 5. In an age where a lot of children are online, it is important for them to know about whether their data is protected and the necessary steps to avoid it being stolen or mistreated.  During term 6 the main focus is about change. This includes studying topics like: transitions to secondary school, growing independence as they age and the physical and emotional changes that come with puberty.

PE– During terms 5 and 6 the children will be continuing their sessions with Mark Potter and he will focus on athletics in preparation for the annual sports day. Children will also be swimming every Monday at Ringmer Pool.

French— In preparation for the French trip in May. We will learning all about the French market: asking how much something is, various items they may find at a market and general conversation pieces for everyday life in France.

This term we are also looking for willing parent volunteers to come in and read with a group of students. If you would like to partake in this please let me or Mrs Sheffield know and we can make arrangements for an appropriate day.