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What to expect in Cedar Class (Year 4&5)

At Badgemore, Our Cedar Class is a mixed year 4 and 5 class

Teaching Staff


  • Miss McCarthy (Mon-Wed)
  • Miss Russen (Thurs-Fri)

Ownership over responsibilities and independence

Year 5

Year 5 is a calm and studious year; a year to embed all of the knowledge learnt in lower Key Stage 2; a year to start the preparations for transition to secondary school.

This is often a year when our pupils grow in maturity – sometimes even more so than in their final year in primary. They gain a greater independence and confidence from being given more responsibility in their learning.

Cedar Class pupils are increasingly encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning: to do their homework, to pack their school bag, to remember their PE kits. And they develop and grow as a result. It is about encouraging independence in preparation for bigger things to come.

What will my child do in Years 4 & 5?

In maths and English in Year 4, the teachers will be aiming to ensure that our pupils know and understands particular key skills. Apostrophes, commas, times tables, and key spellings are just some of the things children in Year 4 are expected to use accurately as with every other year, the government have set out statutory schemes of learning that must be taught in Year 5. There is an expected standard to reach by the end of the year, and most teachers will make assessments throughout the year to judge if your child is on track to achieve their expectations for maths and English.


In maths, there is an emphasis on fractions, decimals, and percentages in this year. There is also an expectation that they will know all of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.


For English, new punctuation is introduced (such as hyphens, semi-colons, and colons). There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too (for example, modal verbs like would, could, might, and must)

New Topics

This is the year when your child will probably have their first sex and relationship lesson in school as it combines neatly with the science unit on reproduction, puberty, and changes in the human body. Often a school will organise parent letters and meetings to let you know just what you will need to discuss over the dinner table.

How can I help my child in Year 4 & 5?

Obviously, keep doing all of the usual things that schools say. Continue to hear them read, practise times tables, help them with homework, talk to them about their day, and encourage them to read by visiting the local library or bookshops. 

To access our Homework policy, please visit our Policies and Procedures page.