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Ysgol Gynradd St John Lloyd RC Primary School

To be the best we can be, living to learn, learning to live with God at our side.


YEAR 4\5

Information on our class structure and curriculum in KS2 at SJL

In line with our prospectus, classes in KS2 are mixed ability with some year groups being split year groups. In the case where TEACHING classes are based on ability the pupils parent/ guardian will be notified individually and the reasons explained for the grouping.

In Maths pupils are set as this allows the teaching to maximise the development of pupils skills and understanding. Homework is provided through MY MATHS. Please see the attached link for explanation of  how to maximise homework in addition to set weekly HW by class 


In literacy classes pupils are mixed ability with spelling groups based on pupils spelling ages and their consistent understanding of spelling rules. The school uses Nelson Spelling. The book colour reflects the expected spelling patterns for that year group;

RED =Y1-2, YELLOW = Y2-3, PURPLE= Y3-4, BLUE= Y4, GREEN = Y5, ORANGE =Y6 


Remember SJL has an open door policy and communication between the school and parents is vital to us developing your child's education. If you would like to discuss any issues with the class teacher or pop in for a chat please book a time slot with the secretary.


Welcome back to a brand new school year! It has been excellent to see so many of you back and raring to go!


2020 promises to be a fun filled and exciting time for all of us, with lots of challenges and new beginnings to look forward to. Our classrooms may look a little different but our lessons and learning opportunities will be as enjoyable as always!  


This year you will be working with lots of different teachers in preparation for Year 5/ 6 and later high school. Mrs Brazil, Mr Hennessy and Mrs Webb are already looking forward to getting to know some of you a little better and to help you with your classwork, Welsh and IT skills.


Our new topic for the autumn term (THE BLITZ) takes us back in time to the era of WW2. We will be researching the lives of children at this time, the causes and consequences of war and the leaders of some of the countries involved. We hope to experience first-hand the daunting prospect of sheltering from air raids and how gas masks were part of everyday life. We hope to deepen our understanding of the sacrifices that were made and why it is so important to remember those who fought for our freedom. 


To help us really appreciate what life was like at this time, we will be studying two novels that depict events of World War 2 from the eyes of evacuees, “Carrie’s War” and “Friend and Foe.”


Our Maths lessons this term will be exploring large numbers and their place values, adding and subtracting money, looking at properties of shapes, as well as looking how to measure volumes and capacities. Don’t forget to keep checking your “Mymaths” page for extra help and to complete all tasks set. Work will be set on here every Wednesday!


Our RE topic this term is all about ourselves. This aims to help us understand how we are all unique and how we all have our own talents and specific qualities. We will also be looking at some incredible people who devoted their life to helping others to see what talents and qualities they possessed.   

Our virtues this term are asking us to become “active” and “curious”. This means exploring God’s creation and asking questions to find out more. Everything around us was created by God. Being curious about these things – from tiny insects to enormous planets, from the languages of the Earth to the patterns made by numbers – brings us closer to God. To become active we can work to make things better where we can. As we use our curiosity to explore, we find things that could be better: a friend is unhappy; a neighbour is lonely; there is litter in the playground; the whiteboard needs wiping. Some of these problems we can fix. By being active we take responsibility for these tasks and look after God’s creation


We will continue to develop our Welsh language in preparation for Year 5, 6 and later, High School and build upon our ICT skills using Google classroom and a range of apps and resources. Don’t forget to keep checking your “BUG CLUB” and “MYMATHS” pages for weekly homework tasks.


Mr Gould.




Spellings – Homework sheet and words to be brought home.


My maths and Bug Club


Don’t forget your PE kit!