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Thurstonland First School

Marsh Hall Lane, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD4 6XD

01484 666480

Class News

Summer term

This term our topic is France. We will be looking at the human and physical geography of France and comparing our geographical similarities and differences between different regions in France and the UK.

In English, we will be looking at diaries and using the book 'Henry's Freedom Box' to write a diary account from the main character's point of view. We will also be finding out about Rosa Parks and writing newspaper reports.

In Maths, we will be rounding, comparing and ordering decimals, solving problems with money, involving all four operations and converting between different units of time. We would be very grateful if you could continue to support your child with learning times tables, division facts and number bonds to develop and improve mental maths skills.

Christmas Carol Singing

The Year 4/5 class wanted to share some Christmas joy with the elderly residents of the village so they decided to go carol singing around the village on Tuesday 15th December. The school contacted the Thurstonland Village Association to find out who lived on their own, who were quite old and who might not have family living nearby. The children then wrote letters and delivered them to the different houses.

On Tuesday afternoon, the class sang on the pavements opposite the different houses singing their favourite Christmas carols and songs, finishing up at the village Christmas tree, where other residents and parents of the children had gathered to listen too in a safe socially-distanced way!

It was a lovely event with a real community spirit.

A Victorian School Day

As part of their History topic work, Y4/5 children pretended to go back in time to the Victorian era and experienced a Victorian school day with a very strict teacher!

The children had to follow the strict Victorian rules and if any were broken, then punishments were given!

Mrs McFarlane led them through typical Victorian lessons such as prayers, reciting poems and multiplication tables, listening to Bible scriptures, handwriting in their copybooks, completing drill exercises, and spelling and vocal exercises, and at Recreation time, they played with hoops, skipping ropes and hopscotch.

In the afternoon, the boys and girls were separated, when the girls did needlework and the boys, technical drawing.

The day ended with a rendition of ‘All things bright and beautiful’ and a prayer.

Mrs McFarlane would like to thank all parents for the wonderful outfits that the children wore – they really did look the part – and say well done to all the children for really entering into the spirit of the day, even if it did mean they had to wear the dunce’s cap!

Remembrance Day

As part of the Remembrance Day service at the memorial in the Village we sang the song 'Remember'. Here is a video of us practising.

Harvest Festival 2020

As we were unable to hold our usual Harvest Festival in church this year we performed our songs in our classes and shared the videos with each other across the school - please take a look at our class performances below: -

Curriculum plan

Select the link below to view the Year 4 / 5 curriculum plan.