What will my child learn in Badgers?
This year in Badgers class, we will nurture and encourage the feelings of independent thinking, learning and decision making. This is a calm and studious year; a year to embed all of the knowledge learnt in lower Key Stage 2.
Badger learners are increasingly encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning: to do their homework, to pack their school bag and to remember their PE kits. As a result, they will develop and grow in independence in preparation for bigger things to come.
As with other years in primary school, we follow the schemes of learning set by the government. Please click the links below to find out more.
In Badgers, we are studying some great science topics that children love, such as Animals including Humans, Changing State, Light and Forces and Magnets. Fun and engaging history and geography topics are also taught.
To fire the imagination, we will be learning about the Scots, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings through our Invaders and Traders theme and the Lives of the Ancient Greeks in Gods and Mortals.
These are also topics that will get your child talking at home, so you might enjoy finding out a little about them so you can chat about them together.
In maths and English, we are aiming to ensure that your Year 4 child knows and understands particular key skills. Apostrophes, commas, times tables, and key spellings are just some of the things children in Year 4 are expected to use accurately.
In Year 5, there is an emphasis on fractions, decimals, and percentages in this year. There is also an expectation that they will know all of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
For Year 5 English, new punctuation is introduced (such as hyphens, semi-colons, and colons). There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too (for example, modal verbs like would, could, might, and must).
Badgers is also often the year that children earn their ‘pen licence’ – that peak of handwriting neatness that allows your child to write in pen at school. This can be a big thing for the child whose handwriting is not the neatest. It is good to have something to aim for and often raises the profile of handwriting.
However, don’t worry if your child is not writing with a pen straight away. They will get there eventually!
Overall, perhaps the single most important aspect of this year is children’s increasing independence and confidence in what they can achieve at school. Your child will be encouraged to start to think about their own learning. They need to make decisions on how to present work, how and when to complete homework, and how to learn best.
Children often ask questions and their teacher will encourage them think for themselves too. Could they answer the question themselves? Can they make that choice? If they can, then they are learning skills which are vital for Year 5, Year 6, and adult life. That is how their learning changes from the beginning to the end of the year!
For English, the single most important thing that you can do is to hear your child read. Good readers make good writers because they are exposed to a greater variety of vocabulary, syntax, grammar and style.
When you listen to your child read, there are a number of things to remember:
Of course, children in Year 4 and 5 are perfectly capable of reading to themselves as well, and independent reading (and writing) must also be encouraged. However, it is important that those comprehension skills are regularly checked and reading aloud is perfect for that.
There are lots of free eBooks on the eBook library — a quick and easy way to expose children to different books without spending a lot of money.
In maths, there is an expectation that by the end of Year 4 all times tables are known and learnt fluently. Anything you can do to help that knowledge go in and stay in is fantastic.
Just like in school, give them some independence and responsibility for their learning at home. Here are a few ways you can start giving them some responsibility at home:
If your child is not very organised, then taping a list by the door or to a lunch box works well, as does getting equipment ready the night before.
Another simple thing that you can do as a parent is to be a good example. Never say: ‘I was no good at spelling at school!’ Never tell your child: ‘Go to Dad and let him help you with your maths because he is better than me.’
Children need adults to show them that learning is fun, relevant, and enjoyable – and difficult sometimes. Does it matter if you don’t know the answer? Of course it doesn’t. Instead, look it up together and show that you want to find things out too.
Finally, remember that even in Badgers your child will still need some down-time playing outside or reading a much-loved book. Let them be silly. Let them dress up. Play board games together.
So that’s it – Badgers at a glance. Have a lovely, happy, and most of all fun year.