Welcome to Year 4/5/6

Happy New Year!  I hope that you all had a wonderfully relaxing and happy Christmas break. Thank you, from all of the staff in our Team, for the cards and gifts that you gave us at the end of last term – they were all much appreciated.

For details about what each Year group will be covering in their units of work, please see the Knowledge Organisers that are available on this website. We do encourage you to read these with your children and talk about what they are learning at school.

Year 4/5 have begun the term by looking at biographical writing in English and have identified the features of biographies by reading and studying a biography of J.K.Rowling. They will soon be able to write their own biography of Charles Dickens following their own research about him and by applying their knowledge of the genre. In Maths, they have been learning about negative numbers and also Roman Numerals. They will shortly be recapping methods of addition and subtraction.

The children’s History unit this term is The Industrial Revolution; the children are looking at how the Industrial Revolution changed Britain and will then be looking more specifically at the mechanisation of cotton production. In Art, their work ties in well with their History as they are focussing on the artist L.S.Lowry and learning about his life and the techniques used and subject matter of his paintings. In Science, the children have started a unit on Materials and their properties and have begun by recapping the different states of matter.

In Year 6, the children have made a great start to an English unit of work based on mystery and suspense writing and will produce two of their own pieces of writing in this genre. In Maths, they have revisited converting units of measurement and are busy mastering measuring and drawing angles using a protractor – it’s quite a challenge!

In Art they are learning all about the different types of sculpture and will soon be introduced to the life and works of Antony Gormley. The children have started their new Science unit which is all about plant structures and processes and they have started by recapping the main parts of a plant and their functions. In Geography, the children will gradually become experts in anything and everything to do with Wales; they have started by learning about the different regions of the UK.


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:

House Day: Wednesday 7th February

Parent Consultations: Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th February

Half term: Monday 19th – Friday 23rd February

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

Red Nose Day: Friday 15th March

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


 Many thanks for all your help and support, and I hope everyone has an enjoyable, exciting and happy Spring Term 2024.

 Best wishes,

 Rebecca Cole