At Akaal, we follow the National Curriculum for Maths. At the beginning of each objective, the children have a chapter introduction- this is a slip that outlines what the children will be learning in their lessons. They will then conduct a pre-assessment to gauge their prior knowledge, and there will be a post-assessment when the learning is complete.
If the children are successful in achieving the objective, they will earn a purple stamp- the children will then go onto the “Mining” challenge, which means that they are now working at a greater depth for their age.
On Friday, the children take part in reasoning. This is a chance for the children to work on their investigative and problem solving skills.
The Year 4, the children will take part in a variety of writing genres. Much like maths, we begin with a chapter introduction that includes a “Technical Knowledge” section which gives the children the knowledge they need to produce really good pieces of writing.
We also create double-page spreads, which are a place for all of the children to create a plan for their writing in their own way- by including pictures and writing.
In topic, we have been learning about whether “Invention is the Mother of Necessity”. We have weekly missions, and each mission has a brief (so that the children know what they are doing for this mission) and a debrief (so that the children receive feedback for their work in that mission).
The Immersion Room was transformed into the Inventor’s Lab. The mysterious Inventor has come and has allowed the children to get hands-on with his tools and inventions.
Our Word Study sessions follow a four-part sequence:
Word Study is based on exploring the spelling patterns and meanings of words, and linking them to phonics. By exploring the words and patterns, we are able to discuss our findings and apply them to our writing.
We use the skill of reading constantly, but we also have a weekly whole-class reading session on a Friday morning. Each week is based on at least one of the seven skills:
We discuss which skills we are focusing on and use a range of resources, such as pictures, videos, texts and ‘thunks’.