With their first year of Upper School behind them, Form 4 is where the children continue to build further upon this secure introduction and we begin to lay the groundwork for the final stretch of Branwood. With the support of their Form 4 teacher Mr Sullivan, our children continue to build and demonstrate consistent engagement with their school work. Expectations rise in terms of both volume and the standard of work expected, but this is fostered in a supportive and safe environment.
We work at a gentle, gradual pace before speeding up accordingly once the confidence of the children is fully established. Through our carefully crafted curriculum, children begin to explore the higher concepts, such as solving calculations using fractions in Maths and forming balanced arguments in English.
Beyond English and Maths, Form 4 is one of our most dynamic years in Science. Investigations are plentiful in Form 4. From making string telephones, to exploring tooth decay; from melting chocolate to building working electric circuits; this is certainly a year to relish! Mr Sullivan is the school’s Science specialist, and his infectious passion for the subject means that much fun is had.
In addition to our academic coverage, Form 4 is also a key year in developing that inner belief and resilience that comes with an ever-increasing standard of work and which holds them in good stead for the examination pressures that lie ahead. Children are encouraged not to give up and we make it clear that they are allowed to make mistakes as this is an integral part of the learning process. Mr Sullivan is big on the idea that even mistakes help us to improve. Indeed, Mr his favourite Einsteinian quotation (Mr Sullivan’s all-time scientific hero) is – “A person who’s never made a mistake has never tried anything new”
Form 4 is a year to be remembered for all time and for all the right reasons.
The children also continue to have weekly Music, Spanish, IT and PE lessons delivered by specialist teachers. They also participate in Forest School sessions fortnightly.
Form 4 Staff
Miss K Ingleby
News from our class...
The Butterfly Lion
Form 4 are really enjoying their class novel, The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. After a boy runs away from school (not advised!), he is befriended by an old lady who tells him the story of her friend Bertie who lived as a boy on a compound in the South African veld, near a water…
As Form 4 move on from exam week and start thinking about Christmas, we have begun to study Christmas journeys in Religious Education, beginning with finding out about Bethlehem. We learned that Bethlehem lay on an ancient trading route, was the birthplace of King David, and was even mentioned in the book of Genesis in…
Notwithstanding the rigors of exam week, Form 4 have begun their new Science topic: ‘Electricity’. This week we looked at different household appliances, grouping them based on whether they are mains- or battery-powered. We then used a Venn diagram to present their findings. Next week we will move on to identifying circuit components and building…
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