Badgers Class is a mixture of Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils. However, far from the mixed ages being tricky to manage, this is part of the strength of the class; the children are taught to their stage, rather than age. Being the oldest class in the school brings certain responsibilities, from being sports leaders to worship leaders, from being peer mentors to leading the School Council, from reading with younger children to helping Hedgehogs pre-school with special events. Such responsibilities help the children to grow and develop into resilient, independent, well - rounded children who are secondary ready by the end of year 6.
Mrs Bourne and Mrs Godfrey teach a Year 5/6 maths group; Miss Graham and Mrs Kace teach a year 4/5 maths group. Whilst the children are predominantly in their year group for maths, a few children may work with a different group to ensure their learning needs are fully met. Every child has a maths passport - please practise their targets little and often so they can earn certificates and progress on their 'journey around the world'.
English which includes reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar, is taught every day. Please ensure your child reads to you at least 5 times per week and that you sign your child's link book each time - the children will earn house points.
A different topic is taught each term, though there is always a focus on investigational skills.
Badgers swim during terms 1 & term 2, on a Monday, at Warminster Sports Centre and have an additional sports lesson with the Acorn Trust PE team each Thursday. From term 3, Miss Graham will teach the second PE lesson. PE kit should be in school every day.
Each term we have a new topic which asks a ‘key question', for example, ‘How special is the relationship that Jews have with God? We investigate the Jewish faith, its foundations in the Bible and current practices in order for the children to be able to form an opinion. Four out of the six terms in the year have a Christian focus. We are also looking forward to a creative RE day in the year which will bring the whole school together.
All other subjects are taught in a cross-curricular manner allowing the children to understand how their learning links together.
Every other year, Badgers Class goes to the Isle of Wight for a 4 day residential visit - this is always a highlight of the year for children and staff.