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Class 4


Welcome to Class 4. We are a mixed class of Year 5 and 6 children and our teacher is Miss Morrell. Other adults who work in the class are Mrs Truby and Mrs Groves.  

I hope you will enjoy reading this page to find out information about life in Class 4 and what we have been learning.   


Key information for parents

Weekly timetable 

Click here to see a weekly timetable in Class 4 - this might help you know when to bring your PE kit and swimming kit. 

Termly Overview

To find out what Class 4 will be learning during the Spring Term click here. 

Spellings and Grammar 

It is expected that by the end of Year 6 children should know all of the spellings from Years 5 and 6 but also those from Years 3 and 4. This includes reading them accurately, spelling them correctly and using them within their written work. Children will revise these spellings and spelling rules throughout English lessons and through their weekly spelling tests. Click on the links below to practise the words with your child. 

Years 3 and 4 spelling mat

Years 5 and 6 spelling mat

Children receive weekly spelling lists on Friday mornings which are stapled into their planners. They then have a week to learn them as they are tested the following Friday at the beginning of the English lesson. It is an expectation they score above 7 out of 10. 

Spelling Shed

Children have the opportunity to practise their spellings at home using Spelling Shed. This is an online website where the weekly spellings will be uploaded for the children to access at home. Each child has their own username and password which has been stapled into their home to school planners. Children should use this information to then log onto the website to play games and practise their spellings. 

Click on the image to gain access to the login page for Spelling Shed.  

We also learn a lot of grammatical terms as part of English lessons during the year. Click here for a glossary of the different terms which may support you with your child's homework and learning. 


Children continue to read books which are book banded in Class 4. It is an expectation that they read their books at least three times before changing them. Please record in their planners when they read and sign it so points can be given for their reading on the reward chart found at the back of their planners. Children can read both their school book and their own books at home although I do expect to see both recorded in their planners. 


Important messages and key diary dates


PE on Wednesday afternoon is often outside - whatever the weather! Please make sure your child has the appropriate PE kit - I suggest a white t-shirt/BEST t-shirt, jogging bottoms, a warm (possibly waterproof) PE jacket and older trainers, plus a spare pair of socks. 


Key Dates

Week Commencing 4th March - Science Week 

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day 

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th March - Parents evening 

Thursday 28th March - Class 4 Trip - more details to follow 

Friday 29th March - Mother's Day Service - more details to follow 

Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th April - KS2 Residential Trip 

Friday 5th April - Easter Service at St Helen's at 2:00pm 

Friday 5th April - Break up for Easter 

Tuesday 23rd April - School re-opens for the Summer Term 


Useful links

BBC Bitesize has useful games and activities to read and play to help with some key areas of learning. Click here to load the page. 

Class 4 find remembering their timetables challenging. There are some useful games on which may prove helpful to some children. 

Topmarks is also a useful website to help you practise some key maths skills. 


What are Class 4 currently learning? 



For the next half term Class 4 will be learning and discovering all about life in Ancient Greece. Look out for more information and work in the coming weeks! 


In geography last half term Class 4 learnt about rivers in the UK and the World. 

They discovered how water is transferred from the sea/rivers, to the sky and back to the land again though The Water Cycle. They learned key terminology such as precipitation, condensation, surface run off, water collection and water vapour. See below for examples of the explanations the children have written about The Water Cycle. 

They also understand the journey of the river from its source (the start) to its mouth (where it meets the sea). Having gained this knowledge they applied this to the journey of our local river, The River Trent. See below for some of the paragraphs of the children's explanations of a journey of a river and labelled maps of The River Trent's basin. 

Class 4 also produced some fantastic pieces of homework linked to this topic - click here to see their tasks and then look below to see some of the fantastic pieces of homework. 

Here are some of the different 3D structures the children have been creating - rafts, boats, bridges, river creatures/mosters and even a model of a river with the floodplain. 












Here are some examples of the other tasks completed by the children including newspaper reports of flooding, stories involving a river, river/water themed poems, river fact files and paintings with a river theme.  







These are only a few examples of the brilliant homework which has filled two folders in the classroom. Why not pop into Class 4 and come and have a look at the work within them which is on display? 




In science Class 4 will be continuing with their materials module particularly focusing on how materials can change and whether these changes are reversible or irreversible. 

Class 4 have discovered the difference between a reversible and irreversible change is that when a material can return back to its original state (how it started) then it is reversible. If a material no longer is the same after a reaction or change and cannot be returned to how it began, then this is an irreversible change. 

Class 4 have discovered that often when a material is heated causing it to melt, it can be returned back to its original state through cooling. For example ice can be heated and will turn into liquid water. When this is then cooled or frozen it will return back to a solid.

Class 4 tested a series of materials, including chocolate, lard, butter, plastic, metal, wood and cotton wool, to see whether they would melt. After making some predictions each group placed the materials on top of a lid of an insulating cup containing boiling water. They then observed whether the materials melted. Here are some of the photographs of the investigation.



Following on from the children's understanding of reversible and irreversible changes they have learned that cooking and burning are irreversible changes. This is because once you create the mixture with the ingredients and cook them, they cannot return to their original state. The children worked together to bake some biscuits and then wrote instructions for how to make them - linking science and English together, how cool is that!





Class 4 have also discovered the meaning of 'chemical changes' and found out that when an acid reacts with bicarbonate of soda a gas is given off. The children tested different liquids to see which one contained the most powerful acid and compared how much bicarbonate of soda reacted the most with the acid by changing the amount each time. They had to time how long it took for the raisins, within the solution of the liquid and bicarbonate of soda, to fall back down to the bottom of the test tube. When they fell back down this was a sign that the chemical reaction had finished as there was no gas left to lift the raisins up and down.  Here are some photographs of the children carrying out this investigation. 





Click on the links below for previous learning in Class 4

What did Class 4 do and learn during the Autumn Term? Click here to find out.