Welcome to Year 4/5/6

This half term may be a short one, but it is packed full of activity and all sorts of opportunities for the children that will enrich their learning.

Year 4/5 have begun the new half term by looking at science fiction narrative in English and are basing their work on the Story of ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. They will soon be developing their own characters and developing their own settings in order to write their own science fiction narrative. They are also really looking forward to their trip to the Cambridge Arts Theatre to see ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class.’ In Maths, they have been learning about multiples, factors and prime numbers. They will shortly be recapping fractions, decimals and percentages.

Having learnt about the significance of the steam engine during The Industrial Revolution, children will next be learning about the importance of iron and coal as well as the development of the railways in Britain. In Geography, all classes have looked at human and physical geographical features of the Midlands and will now learn about the different types of land use, specifically within Birmingham.  In Science, the children have spent time identifying different materials and sorting a variety of solids by their properties. They have now also carried out an investigation to investigate the process of dissolving solids in liquids.


In Year 6, the children are completing a unit of work on discussion texts and will be discussing whether the policy of evacuation in World War Two was a good idea or not. They will then recap the features of non-chronological reports before going on to write a report about their own mythical creature. In Maths, they have consolidated and extended their knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages and will soon be moving on to working on their algebraic skills.

Having had a go at replicating sculptures in the style of Antony Gormley (using tin foil), the children will soon be sculpting with soap, inspired by the work of Barbara Hepworth. This all leads up to workshops that will be run by a professional sculptor who will support the children to create their own works of art out of wire and tape. In RE, they have learnt about the Christian creation story as well as the Big Bang theory and all children should now be able to talk knowledgeably about The River Severn and Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) thanks to their Geography lessons.


  • Communication: If you have any concerns about your child, please talk to your child’s teacher initially. If you need to email them, please send an email to the School Office and they will forward it on; we ask that parents do not email class teachers directly please. Should you wish to discuss a concern with a member of the Senior Leadership team, please email me: rcole@cottenham.cambs.sch.uk  


  • Homework: All children will continue to be set homework. For Years 4, 5 and 6, their Maths homework will be set on MathsWatch with all other homework being set on Teams.


  • Other dates:

World Book Day (costumes required): Thursday 7th March

Year 6 Scooting workshops: Tuesday 12th March

Year 6 sculptor visit: Thursday 14th March

Year 4/5 Theatre trip: Thursday 14th March

Red Nose Day: Friday 15th March

Key Stage 2 SATs information evening: Wednesday 20th March

End of spring term: Thursday 28th March at 2pm


Many thanks for all of your continued help and support; here’s to a successful end to Spring Term 2024. 

Best wishes,

Rebecca Cole