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
Click here for a timetable showing a typical week in Class 4 during the Spring term.
Click here to find out what your child will be learning during the Spring term.
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.
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.
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
Year 6 SATS information
If you were unable to attend the Year 6 SATs information session on Thursday 6th February or would like reminding of the information shared then click here for a copy of the presentation which was shared.
Year 6 SATs practice books
If your child is in Year 6 they will have hopefully brought home 9 books and 3 answer booklets. Please click here for a copy of the letter that they should have brought home alongside these books. Please encourage your child to use them and practise their key skills in reading, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, grammar and maths in preparation for their SATs.
Key dates for your diary:
Monday 24th February - First day back after February half term holiday
WC 2nd March - Science Week
Thursday 5th March - World Book Day
Wednesday 11th March - Friday 13th March - KS2 (Years 4, 5 and 6) Residential
Friday 20th March - Mother's Day Service for KS1
Friday 3rd April - Easter Service at 2pm at St Helen's Church
Friday 3rd April - Break up for Easter holidays
Monday 20th April - First day back after Easter holidays
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?
In science over the last half term Class 4 have been learning all about forces. We first learned about how Sir Isaac Newton first discovered gravity by investigating how an apple fell from a tree and how gravity helps keep us on the ground. Since the first lesson we have been carrying out a range of investigations discovering the impact of different forces acting on different objects.
We have discovered that friction is a force which slows objects down. We tested this out by looking at how much friction is caused on different surfaces, inside and outside, by the soles of our shoes. We tested this out by pulling our feet backwards and measuring the force using a force meter. We found out the more grip a shoe has the greater the force of friction and that a smooth surface creates less friction.
We have also learned that air can be a force that slows objects down but also helps things to move. We tested out the effect of air resistance on paper helicopters by changing the shape or size of them to see whether we could speed up or slow down the speed at which they fell to the floor. We also tested how windmills are turned by the power of air as a push force and then tested how the design of the sails can affect the speed at which they turn.
This half term Class 4 have "visited" Mexico. They have learned about the country in terms of location, population, biomes and weather. They have also discovered more about the Mexican culture of fiestas and food. We ended the topic with a fiesta day on Friday 14th February. The children were asked to come dressed in a Mexican themed costume and we took part in a range of Mexican themed activities during the day. The activities included baking Mexican food before writing instructions for how they were made; making 3D skulls inspired by the fiesta 'Day of the Dead'; Mexican dancing to a Mariachi band; and trying some Mexican food - including the food we made ourselves!
Making chunky tomato salsa and Mexican Bizcochitos (Crusty Sweet biscuits).
Mexican dancing! We watched some videos of the types of dances that Mexicans take part in during their fiestas before working as a group to put together our own Mexican dance sequence.
The day ended by trying some Mexican food which included: chilli con carne, spicy Mexican rice, chunky tomato salsa, guacamole and tortilla crisps followed by our Mexican Bizcochitos.
What happened in Class 4 during the Autumn Term?
Our Harvest Festival was on Wednesday 18th September in which songs and hymns were sung plus readings and poems were heard. As part of the service Class 4 wrote and read some prayers. Why not click here to read some of them?
Thank you for all your produce you donated to go to the charity Canaan Trust which supports homeless men in Long Eaton and the surrounding area.
Safety Zone Trip - Thursday 19th September 2019
On Thursday 19th September Class 4 went to The National Water Sports Centre to take part in their National Safety Zone fortnight. During the afternoon Class 4 spent time with different emergency and community providers on how to keep themselves and others safe.
The children had advice given to them from: St John's Ambulance on the recovery position; The NHS paramedic team on resuscitation; Road Safety on the importance of wearing seat belts; The Fire Service on how to prevent fires in our homes; Nottingham City Transport on how to wait and board a bus safely; The Police Force on knife crime; The National Grid on the importance of staying away from electric hubs; RNLI on water safety and the PDSA on keeping safe around animals particularly dogs. Here are some pictures of the different activities and sessions they attended.
Learning the recovery position
The Road Safety Team brought along a car and bean bag people to demonstrate the importance of wearing seat belts in case of a car accident.
The Fire Brigade team set up a flat which had several hazards that would cause a fire for the children to identify.
The PDSA spoke about how the positions of animals can show us whether they are friendly or about to attack and how we can become a tree or stone for safety.
Nottingham City Transport brought along a double-decker bus for us to learn about keeping ourselves safe when using public transport.
Class 4 discovered that World War II was between 1939 and 1945. They learned that Great Britain was led by two Prime Ministers - Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill - and that Germany's leader was Adolf Hitler. Class 4 listened to the declaration of war speech by Neville Chamberlain and then wrote their own speeches. Why not click here to listen to the declaration of war speech? They have also spent time researching Winston Churchill to write biographies about his life. Using their geographical skills they plotted which countries, and it what order, were conquered by Germany before they took to the skies in The Battle of Britain. Class 4 have discovered the reasons why cities were bombed by the Luftwaffe and then created their own Blitz skyline pieces of artwork. We have also been reading Goodnight Mr Tom and learning what it was like for evacuees.
Here are some pictures of the Blitz skylines the children created.
We also had great fun celebrating the end of the war by holding our own VE day. The children wore red, white and blue. During the activities we mapped out the end of the battles in Europe using play dough and a map of Europe and made an origami peace dove, before taking part in our own street party waving Union Jack flags. Here are some pictures taken on this day.
Class 4 had great fun learning all about Volcanoes and Earthquakes. During this module the children learned that the earth is made up of four layers - the inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. They discovered that the crust is made up of pieces of earth called tectonic plates which are constantly moving and when these collide or rub against each other this then causes an earthquake. The children learned more about how they move by using polysterene cups, water and a tray.
Class 4 also had a go at making their own seismographs before testing these out and judging how strong their earthquakes were using The Richter Scale.
We spent time researching how buildings are designed to withstand the force of earthquakes before building our own structures using spaghetti, straws and marshmallows. Some of these buildings/structures were better designed than others however good team work was used during the planning and building processes.
Class 4 also learned how volcanoes erupt by the build up of pressure and magma below the surface of the earth and erupted their own volcanoes using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.
They then showed the inside of volcanoes by creating a piece of artwork based on the work of Margaret Godfrey using tissue paper.
Click on the links below for previous learning in Class 4
What did Class 4 do and learn during the Summer Term 2019? Click here to find out.
What did Class 4 do and learn during the Spring Term 2019? Click here to find out.
What did Class 4 do and learn during the Autumn Term 2018? Click here to find out.