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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 Summer 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. 

Reading

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

Class 4 Topic homework 

If you have misplaced your information about the topic homework then please click here. Remember the deadline for this work is Wednesday 10th July. It is an expectation that all children must complete this homework as it will form a presentation in class during lesson time. 

Year 6 Transition Visits to Senior Schools

Please ensure you read any letters you receive from your child's new school for September as they will give details for the visits. However the following dates have been given to us for your child to visit their new school. Any changes to these dates will be notified to you by the schools. 

Friesland School 

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 

George Spencer

Tuesday 9th July 

The Bramcote School 

Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July 

 

P.E. 

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 Monday 24th June - Sports Week 

Thursday 11th July - Year 6 trip to Southwell Minster 

Tuesday 16th July - Leavers Disco at St Helen's Church Hall - 6:00pm 

Monday 22nd July - BEST Day Ever 

Tuesday 23rd July - Leavers meal and T-shirt signing - more information will be provided on a letter nearer the time 

Wednesday 24th July - Leavers Service at St Helen's at 11:00am 

Wednesday 24th July - School closes for the Summer holidays 

 

 

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 multiplication.com 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? 

 

This half term Class 4 will be studying the module Cities Around the World, which is the whole school summer topic this academic year.

Class 4 have already started learning about cities found around the UK including their own city of Nottingham creating reports about the key landmarks of the city. We have then focused on the UK's capital city of London. We have written information reports about all the different landmarks, written a narrative about The Great Fire of London, built 3D models of some of the city's landmarks and even been on a trip to London. 

Although it was a little wet on Thursday 13th June we still had great fun in our capital city of London.

After the long journey from Stapleford, setting off at 7:30am, we arrived in London late morning and walked through Green Park to see Buckingham Palace. Here we enjoyed looking at all the pretty flowers, Union Jack flags and also realising that the Queen was in residence as the Royal Standard flag was flying proudly on top of the palace. We gave her a wave but unfortunately this was not returned! 

      

From Buckingham Palace we walked through St James's Park, where we had lunch, and then onto Horse Guards Parade. Here we arrived just at the right time to watch the changing of the guards. Some of us even tried to become soldiers by practising our marching skills! 

 

When the changing of the guards had finished we walked down Whitehall to see 10 Downing Street and then into Westminster Square to see Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Then it was time for us to board our boat for a river cruise up the River Thames. 

          

The cruise took us past many other London landmarks like The London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, The Globe theatre and Tate Modern gallery before stopping at The Tower of London. Here we disembarked the boat and walked around the cobbled roads looking at the ancient building which is now home to the crown jewels before walking over Tower Bridge. After crossing the bridge we were able to take in more of London's skyline including the famous Gherkin, 'Walkie-Talkie' and 'Cheese Grater' buildings. Something rather exciting also happened at this stage...London Bridge actually opened to let a yacht with a tall mast through. It was super to see the traffic being stopped, as well as the pedestrians before the road rose nearly ninety degrees in half! 

          

  

     

What an amazing trip we had! 

Class 4 had some super fun making these 3D models of landmarks and items found in London. I'm sure they will be a lovely reminder of our trip to the capital city!  

      

      

   

  

What did Class 4 learn last half term? 

 

We started our history topic Ancient Greece in the second half of the Spring Term however because we enjoyed it so much we continued it into the first half of the Summer Term. 

Class 4 discovered that the first settlers of Ancient Greece came from the island of Crete however they spread to surrounding islands and mainland due to a famous Greek person known as Alexander the Great. We mapped out where Ancient Greece was located and have been able to identify some of the main city states including Sparta, Athens and Corinth. 

We spent time learning about what life was like for a Spartan and then compared this to life in Athens. As part of this we compared and contrasted what it was like to be growing up as a boy or girl and what rights and responsibilities the men and women had in each state. 

We have also been able to complete many writing tasks as part of this module including our own Greek myth, diary as an Ancient Greek person, play script writing for different Greek myths, non-chronological reports and poetry about Ancient Greek temples. 

On Thursday 28th March we went to Birmingham Museum where we took part in a workshop all about Ancient Greece and looked at different artefacts from this period of history. See below for pictures of this trip. 

First we learned about Ancient Greek theatres and impressed the presenter by our own knowledge of these from school. Then we acted out the story of Pandora's box using props and costumes. 

             

           

           

          

        

        

        

After the performance of Pandora we learned about the Ancient Greek Olympic sports and how the athletes prepared for their events. This included scraping off the sweat from their skins, wiping it down with a sponge before putting it into a pot which people would drink and use in the hope of becoming as strong - how disgusting is that! The children had the opportunity to feel a discus, javelin and discovered how the athletes prepared for the long jump. We even had own our winners who were crowned with a wreath from an olive branch.

        

        

       

       

       

       

The final element of the Ancient Greek workshop was to take part in a parade and festival. These were often held to celebrate and remember their Greek Gods or Goddesses. The children took part in a drama to re-enact The Festival of Panathenaea which celebrated the life of the Goddess Athena. The children became Athena herself, the dress makers, old people, priest, olive branch bearer, animals which would be sacrificed to the Goddess, musicians and the general public. 

      

      

      

      

      

 

After lunch Class 4 had time to explore other areas of Birmingham museum in particular the Ancient Greece section. In here the children spent time observing the different artefacts and displays to discover information about Ancient Greek life. The children learned about Ancient Greek pottery, lamps, money, daily life and Greek Gods and Goddesses and how these compare with the Roman Gods and Goddesses. 

       

       

      

     

    

 A fun day was had by everyone! 

On Thursday 23rd May to celebrate the end of our module Ancient Greece we held a Greek day. The children were asked to dress in Greek attire - I think you will agree they look fantastic! We even had a Trojan horse with a soldier! 

           

          

We made some Greek food including Greek Butter Biscuits, Greek Feta Cheese Salad, Black Bean Hummus and Tzatziki. 

         

          

After making the food we wrote up the recipes. 

           

 

Then after lunch Isidora, a past pupil on work experience, taught the children some Greek language - the alphabet and numbers to 10. If you wish to learn them yourselves why not click on these links: 

Alphabet song

Greek numbers to 20

   

Then it was time for some Ancient Greek Olympics - discus throwing, with the important pose first and javelin. 

     

   

To end the day we enjoyed trying some of the Greek food we had made earlier in the day with the additions of pitta break and Greek yogurt with honey - yum!

            

 

               

                                   

 

 

Click on the links below for previous learning in Class 4

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

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