It is during the two years spent in the Balloon or the Kite Room that our children really feel the benefit of a Charterhouse Square School education. The foundations have been laid and the challenges of senior school exams lie ahead, so this is where we really start focussing on each child’s pathway to success.
Work in maths, literacy and reasoning begins to accelerate and is supplemented during the year with additional science and English comprehension homework. And to ensure continuity of preparation, the classroom teacher remains with the children as they progress from the Lower Balloon or Kites to the Upper Balloon or Kite Room.
The boys and girls also enjoy a new abundance of opportunities outside the classroom. They are now eligible to take part in extracurricular clubs for table tennis, netball and ICT; they enjoy weekly tennis lessons and the opportunity to represent the school in the football squad or choir; they also have the chance to be voted in as Sports Day Captains by the other children, which is considered a real honour on what is one of the highlights of the school calendar.
Please use the links below to download all the details you need to know about life in either the Balloon or Kite Room, including letters from the classroom teachers, our weekly timetables, an overview of the curriculum for each room, and the latest spelling lists. And please don’t hesitate to talk to one of the classroom teachers if you have any questions.
The expectations for your child are that by the end of the academic year they are able to:
Fiction: Story Structure, Creative Writing Skills, Story Settings, Character Building.
Non-fiction: Investigating Classic Poetry.
Non-fiction: Researching Reports.
Fiction: Different Times and Cultures
Non-fiction: Delving Into Dictionaries
The expectations are for your child, at the end of the academic year, to be able to:
The children will be given activities in which they follow instructions, observe, predict, test, record, evaluate and develop a scientific vocabulary. They will be given the opportunity to investigate and explore science practically through the following topics.
World War One
In this thought provoking topic the children will be looking at a wide range of aspects of the world conflict. This includes the causes, trench warfare, battles, letters home and The Christmas Day Truce.
Moving on from the Elizabethans the children will be studying the entire Stuart period, learning about James, the Gunpowder Plot, the Great Fire of London, the Great Plague and Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War.
The Ballons will be studying some fascinating facts about how coasts are formed, their differences and the wildlife they support. On our trip to Walton On The Naze they will learn about costal landforms and erosion. It’s an exciting day with fossil hunting and ice cream!
Water The children will study the world’s oceans, resevoirs,lakes and rivers. They will study how water is used. How the presence and absence of water effects wildlife and how it survives. They will ultimately be looking at the future and the importance of the preservation of the world’s water and reliant wildlife.
A lovely topic for the children to study as they will be closely looking at the disapearing rainforests and the reduction in wildlife. Green house effects and other pollutions, the energy the rainforests produce for the planet. The children will explore the area of recycling and consider what can be done for the future.