Welcome to Durban Class 2017-18

We are taught by Mrs C Campbell. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Parkes and Mr Turner.  This is a Key Stage two mixed class of Year 4 and Year 5 children.  Durban Class currently has 19 Year 4 children and 16 Year 5 children.

Durban Classroom

We are located in one of the classrooms in the upper mall area.  Take a tour of our classroom.

Durban Class Newsletters 2017-18

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File icon: pdf Durban Class Autumn 1 Newsletter 2017 [pdf 171KB] Click to download

Durban Class Mission Homework 2017-18

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File icon: pdf Durban Class Autumn 1 Mission Homework 2017 [pdf 55KB] Click to download

Durban Class Topic Resources

Please click on the picture link to find a selection of topic resources for our children in Durban Class. 

The resources are a great and fun way to support and supplement your child's learning in school, develop their knowledge of the topic and encourage their love of learning.

As with any internet access adult supervision is necessary when using these resources.

Whilst every effort has been made evaluate these sites for content, St Margaret's Primary School is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.

 

Our Day

Our timetable may change occasionally according to needs. We begin our day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a Basic Skills Literacy Session – where we concentrate upon learning spelling patterns, basic punctuation, grammar and various literacy word or sentence level requirements.  On Thursday we begin the day with a Big Maths session which involves completing a series of mental maths tests, identifying the gaps we need to work on and working on our times tables.  We split into groups for maths and literacy. Shortly before lunch we have a 30 minute daily Guided Reading session where three groups work on a text with a Teacher and three groups read independently or work on follow up activities.

Reading

Reading Books: Children are provided with a reading book and Reading Record. Please encourage your child to read a little each night and please sign in their reading record.  READING BOOKS TO BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY PLEASE. Please keep in the plastic bag we have provided. Further/replacement bags 50p each.  Reading Records are checked throughout the week and books changed if required.  However, children can change their reading book at other times during the week if needed as we encourage ‘Reading for Pleasure.’ 

Library Books: Library day will be on Fridays. Your child will have a library session each week and can choose a book to read in their own time, please help them to remember to return their book each week.

Maths

Maths is taught daily in Durban class and a mastery approach is used:

The Essence of Maths Teaching for Mastery

  • Maths teaching for mastery rejects the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’. ? All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths they can succeed. ? Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time, as happens in Shanghai and several other regions that teach maths successfully. This ensures that all can master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind.
  • If a pupil fails to grasp a concept or procedure, this is identified quickly and early intervention ensures the pupil is ready to move forward with the whole class in the next lesson.
  • Lesson design identifies the new mathematics that is to be taught, the key points, the difficult points and a carefully sequenced journey through the learning. In a typical lesson pupils sit facing the teacher and the teacher leads back and forth interaction, including questioning, short tasks, explanation, demonstration, and discussion.
  • Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem because each supports the development of the other.
  • It is recognised that practice is a vital part of learning, but the practice used is intelligent practice that both reinforces pupils’ procedural fluency and develops their conceptual understanding.
  • Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. The structure and connections within the mathematics are emphasised, so that pupils develop deep learning that can be sustained.
  • Key facts such as multiplication tables and addition facts within 10 are learnt to automaticity to avoid cognitive overload in the working memory and enable pupils to focus on new concepts.

 

File icon: pdf Year 4 Maths Curriculum [pdf 261KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 5 Maths Curriculum [pdf 262KB] Click to download

English

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File icon: pdf Upper KS2 English Objectives Year 5 and 6 [pdf 258KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 3 and 4 Text and Overiew September 2015 [pdf 433KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 5 and 6 Text and Overiew September 2015 [pdf 416KB] Click to download

Home Learning

Spellings: Will usually be given out on TUESDAYS to learn for spelling tests the following Monday. Completed spelling sheets need to be returned on a Monday to encourage children to complete their spellings in good time. 

Homework: Will be given out on FRIDAY to be handed in the following FRIDAY.

P.E.

Games/PE Lessons are on Wednesdays. Children will need indoor kit (shorts and t- shirt) and outdoor kit including trainers to change into.