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Birch - Year 4 / Year 5

Welcome to Birch Class - Croeso i dosbarth bedwen!



This is the page for Birch Class. We are a class of 25 children, made of 17 Year fours and 8 of the younger year fives. It's a great combination and we have lots of fun with our learning together. 

Spring term 1. 


Welcome back !  


I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful Christmas.   This term is going to be a busy one and I am excited to introduce our new topic "Scream Machine".   This will include investigating forces and how these forces are used to create theme park rides.  


Helping your child at home.  


As always reading, help with spellings and other homework is always encouraged. 


Prodigy Maths: 


Amongst everything else we will be continuing to use the Prodigy maths game in class and I would encourage you to allow your child to use this at home. The website is available at  (also available as an app) and your child has be given a login and password letter which will grant them access (should this have gone missing please let me know and I can arrange a replacement). 


This game is completely free, while there are purchasable extras I would hasten to add that these add nothing to the learning experience and are therefore not required. 




Our (WINNING) Christmas decorations !

Autumn (2) Our Topic this half term is `Beast Creator`. Find out more here.


A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast! He’ll tickle your skin then go in for the sting!

Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks… Come search for these minibeasts, and let’s sort them out! 

But I know an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly… perhaps she’ll die?


This topic has a science focus - We'll be looking at minibeasts and other friends from the animal kingdom








The children have spelling groups and spelling books. They will be bringing their books home on a Monday and subsequently be tested the following Monday. Please encourage the children to write sentences using several of the spelling words, ensuring the children remember to use capital letters and full stops. These sentences can be written underneath their spelling words in the yellow books.


PE Kits


We have PE every Wednesday afternoon, with this term having a football focus. Please could you ensure children bring their kit to school (It can be left on their peg).




Could we ask that all children bring their reading books to school daily. The children take part in guided reading activities, peer reading and individual reading. Regular reading practise is essential for every child’s progress and we very much appreciate your support in this. Please sign or comment as to their progress at home!


Supporting your child at home


I encourage the children to continue practicing their skills at home and have included some weblinks at the bottom of this page which will take you to useful websites that you can use at home. This half term we have trialled the use of the Prodigy maths game, which appears to have been well received - please continue to visit the Prodigy site as it will be frequently programmed to ask questions related to the maths topic we are studying each week.




PE this term has had a football focus, watch out Barcelona - Birch class are coming!

PE this term has had a football focus, watch out Barcelona - Birch class are coming!  1
PE this term has had a football focus, watch out Barcelona - Birch class are coming!  2
PE this term has had a football focus, watch out Barcelona - Birch class are coming!  3

Science week !


In year five we've been studying forces with Mr Jones! The children were challenged to build a parachute for a spy on a top secret mission. By using their understanding of gravity, air resistance, and impact forces they made sure that the spy back to earth without a bump! 



Dropping our newly designed parachute! Ready for the drop!


Practice makes progress.


Please find below some useful weblinks and documents which are free for you to use at home to support your child with their learning. 

Practise your skills with Big Maths