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Class 6 - Miss Barlow

Take a look at what Class 6 have been getting up to!

All about Class 6

Class 6 is made up of children in Year 4 and 5.  Throughout the year, we will cover a range of topics across all curriculum subjects.  Some of the exciting things we are learning about this year include; the Ancient Egyptians in history and how on earth they managed to build their pyramids; looking at a range of rivers in geography; testing different materials and their properties in science; learning a range of different sports in PE including tennis; creating some amazing Egyptian scrolls and our very own papyrus paper; experimenting with different healthy foods in DT and many many more exciting topics and themes.    


In Class 6, the children get the opportunity to work closely with the staff at Mount Carmel to take part in enrichment activities linked to DT, Science and Computing.  The children learn how to mix and separate materials using the bunsen burners in science; making their very own block figures in DT; and coding their own racing car game and rocket ship games in computing. 


Throughout the Spring Term, Class 6 get the opportunity to go swimming once a week at Accrington Academy.  This is a national curriculum PE requirement and one which we deem to be very important for our children to have access to.  The children finish their term of swimming filled with confidence and a great understanding of how to keep themselves safe in water. 


Another exciting activity which we take part in is Forest School.  Our class will go for a 4-week block of lessons at Rothwell Heights on Willows Lane and complete a range of out door learning activities.


The children also take part in a 6-week block of sessions called Move and Learn through Accrington Stanley Football Club.  Throughout the 6 weeks the children learn the importance of a healthy diet, exercise and  take part in dodgeball, football and handball sessions. 


If you wish to know more about the Year 4 and Year 5 curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact school.

Within Class 6, the children will cover a range of topics across the curriculum.  Due to the amount of history and geography topics that the children are required to study in Key Stage Two and the mixed aged classes that we have at St Oswald's, we run a four year cycle.


2023 - 24    Cycle AC

2024 - 25    Cycle BD

Please click on the icon to learn more about the curriculum in Class 6.  

Reading in Class 6


Curriculum Reading

Within Class 6 we use the Collins Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree reading schemes which caters for children from Reception to Year 6.  The reading books are broken into leveled bands; each band contains a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books.  The children complete a daily guided reading session, 4 times a week, where they get the opportunity to read their guided reading book, work with an adult, respond to their reading through completing an activity and reading for pleasure.    


The children are also given a different reading book to take home as part of their homework.  This book will always  be closely matched to their reading level.


Reading for Pleasure 

When the children have the opportunity to read for pleasure they will have selected their own book from the library, something which interests them at an appropriate level.  This book may be linked to a specific curriculum area, a topic which they find interesting or one from their favourite author.


All children also have the opportunity to take a book home from the library to read.  The children will bring this book back and swap it once they have read it.  The staff in Class 6 are always on hand to make recommendations to the children if they are looking for something new to read.


At the end of each day, the class teacher will read to the class using their class novel.  This may be a book which they are studying as part of their English topic or a book which the children have requested.  This year these books have included The Boy at the Back of the Class, Level Up, Time Spinners, Beowulf, Until I Met Dudley and Noah's Gold and The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  

The children will be taught all of the spelling rules that are taken from the Year 4 and 5 curriculum.  They will be taught the rule within school and then, in the following weeks homework, they will be given words based on these rules to learn.  The children will then be tested on either Thursday or Friday, dependent upon when the homework has gone home.  

To supplement the spelling rules taken from the KLIPs assessment grids, we use a scheme called No Nonsense Spelling.  

Please click on the icon to read more about spellings.  



In Class 6, the children will receive homework every Monday.  As part of their homework, the children will receive a piece of maths work, pages and a task from their reading book to read and complete and their spellings to practice.  

The children will be expected to complete their homework in pencil and hand it in on a Thursday.  If for any reason your child is stuck on their homework, they can bring it back in on Tuesday or Wednesday and an adult in class will help them with it. 

If the children have brought their homework in, on time and complete each week, they will be entered into a homework prize competition.  

If you have any concerns about your child's homework, please do not hesitate to contact school.