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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. 

 

Home learning message from Miss Morrell (03.04.20) 

Dear Class 4, 

You've survived yet another week of home learning - well done! I hope you have had some fun completing the activities and learning in the packs which were sent home. Thank you and well done parents as well for all that you are doing! 

Thank you for the emails I have received of pictures of your work and messages to me - it is cheering me up seeing what amazing work you are doing as well as other activities you are getting up to. If you have sent an email then you should have made it onto the 'Wall of Fame'. Why not scroll down and see what everyone else has been doing? Keep sending them through using the email address homework@st-johns.notts.sch.uk and I will respond to them. 

It is now the Easter holidays so there is no new work but I'm sure you have lots to finish. If you should want to continue working over the next couple of weeks there are lots of websites and links, plus suggestions of other activities on our web page - below the key information and important messages/dates sections. Why not scroll down and take a look? Parents some of the resources have planning and teaching tools that might help you as well! 

Have fun, keep safe, don't eat too much chocolate in the next couple of weeks and I will be in touch with more learning activities on Monday 20th April. 

Miss Morrell :-) 

 

Learning at Home Wall of Fame 

Thank you to everyone who has sent an email with images of their work and activities over the last couple of weeks. Here are a few of the images I have received. Keep up the hard work Class 4!

 

 

 Aiden has been busy during the first week       completing all this work - well done! 

 

He has also had another busy week during the second week. Here he is with all the work he has completed. Brilliant - keep it up Aiden! 

Johan has been busy writing this story and creating a new fair ground ride for Goose Fair out of Lego! Great vocabulary in your story Johan! 

Alleiyah has been busy drawing Nottingham Castle, completing the work I set but also doing lots of extra learning and activities in shape and science - super work Alleiyah! 

 

                      

 Akab has also been busy completing the tasks from week one - especially the maths and reading comprehension sheets. Well done Akab!

                         

  Ben has been busy practising his art skills to produce this cartoon storyboard of the Easter story. You've managed to capture all the different stages of events with some good detail - well done! 

Alongside doing all the fantastic work (seen below) Olivia has been busy exercising using the Joe Wicks PE videos, Oti's dance routines, roller blading and also jumping on her trampoline - I'm exhausted just reading all about these exercises! Well done Olivia on keeping yourself active as well as doing all the school work! 

              

                   

 

 

Key information for parents

Weekly timetable 

Click here for a timetable showing a typical week in Class 4 during the Spring term. 

Termly Overview

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. 

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

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. 

Due to the outbreak of Coroanvirus the government has announced that all exams are cancelled for this academic year. Therefore the Year 6s will no longer be sitting their SATs. We are waiting on more information on how their assessment information/data might look and when we know more we will inform you. 

 

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. 

Although Year 6 SATs are cancelled for this year it would be still good for your child to work through the practice books as they contain skills they will require in Year 7. 

 

Key dates for your diary: 

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus many events at school have had to be cancelled or postponed. Look out for further information of dates of events via letters, text messages or on the school website. 

 

Useful websites and activities whilst school is closed

Alongside the work which has been sent out to your child you might find these websites and activities useful for your child during this time of school closure. 

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. 

Carol Voderman has also stated that parents can sign up for free maths resources on her scheme 'The Maths Factor' during this period of school closures. Click here to find out more. 

There are some useful games on multiplication.com which may prove helpful to some children to learn their times tables. 

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

Maths Frame has some great resources for teaching your child some of the key resources including worksheets and teaching tools as well as games and activities for children independently. 

The BBC has a useful website called bbc.co.uk/teach has videos to watch in a range of subjects. If you click on the video resources for 7 - 11 year olds these will be the most appropriate for your child's age.

From Monday 23rd March at 11am everyday David Walliams is going to be reading a story - click here and it will take you the reading of the clips which have already been read. 

Feeling inspired to write during this time of isolation? The Literacy Shed has released some free resources for writing. Watch the videos and then use these as inspiration for writing. There are some handy planning documents for parents to use to help you teach your child about writing for these films. Click here to see these resources. 

If you're feeling a bit more energetic then why not join Joe Wicks and take part in his daily PE lesson which can be watched live on his Youtube Channel at 9am everyday. Here is a link of the sessions already completed, which I'm sure will get added to over the coming weeks if you miss the daily dose - Joe Wicks PE. 

It is obviously an important time in the Christian calendar - Easter and Lent. How many of the 24 acts of Lent can you carry out during this time of home learning? Click here to download a copy of the 24 acts of lent.

ICT resources

These apps have been recommended to me by someone who works in Nottinghamshire County Council so I cannot vouch that they will work but something to use that is a bit different maybe? 

Do ink 

 

This app has two elements - one to design animations and the other allows children to film themselves doing different activities - news report, story, weather report, daily diary entry. This is an app designed for an ipad however there are similar ones for android or other tablets out there if you search for them. Click on the image and it will take you to the website which explains more about how it works. 

 

Scratch

 

This programme works on ipads, androids and web browsers. It allows you to program your own stories, animations and games which you can then share with others. There are two levels - scratch junior for children aged 5-7 and then scratch for children aged 8 to 16. Click on the image above which will take you to the website to join, register and use. 

 

These apps are designed to support children with their learning however remember to think about your child's online safety when using online apps and applications. Remember children to check with your parents before signing into anything you're not sure about and to not give out your real names or any personal information! 

 

Residential to Scarborough 

On Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th March Years 4, 5 and 6 went to Scarborough for this year's residential visit. Below are a selection of photographs showing the fun we all got up to! 

Wednesday

After a 3 hour bus journey we arrived at Green Gables, unloaded the coach, ate lunch and had time to play on the park in the beautiful, spring sunshine. 

            

Then it was a short walk down to the beach before a steep climb up to the caste. 

                

          

Unfortunately when we reached the top of the hill the castle had been closed due to the high winds. However, this did not stop us from having fun. We walked down by the side of the castle to enjoy the views before walking along the promenade and onto the North Bay beach. Here we had a sandcastle competition before having a bit of fun on the sand. 

           

            

             

                   

             

    

    

         

After deciding on the winner of the competition it was time for a trip on the open top bus which would take us on a tour of the seafront to the South Bay. From here we walked back to the hotel for our evening meal before an action packed evening in the arcades finished off with some chips at the seaside! 

      

 

    

      

                  

               

            

           

            

 Thursday 

 What a glorious, albeit windy, day for a 5 mile walk from Cayton Bay to Filey along the Cleveland Way. 

 

      

             

   

Along the way, whilst enjoying the views, we had some excitement of seeing some seals basking in the sun and also going for a dip in the water. You might just be able to make them out on these two photographs. 

   

          

            

The end of the 5 miles - we had reached Filey!

After a quick pit stop of lunch we descended down off the cliff and onto the beach. Here we held a competition to see who could make the best 3D sculpture out of rocks and other natural debris found on the beach. There was some fantastic team work and we had sculptures which included Stonehenge, St John's CofE Primary school and also some very interesting animals. 

     

     

       

           

Then it was time to head back to Scarborough on the train from Filey train station - I think there were some relieved feet and legs to have a sit down after the 5 mile walk! 

      

                       

          

        

     

When we arrived back at the hotel, as the sun started to set on a busy day, there was just enough time for a quick play on the park, before showering and then enjoying our evening meal. 

       

     

   

  

We even had time to celebrate Laura's 11th Birthday with a round of 'Happy Birthday' and a slice of delicious chocolate cake! 

 

The evening on Thursday was finished with a trip to Bridlington swimming baths where lots of fun was had in the splash zone, on the slides and in the pool. 

Friday 

The time had come to wave farewell to Scarborough but not without one last time on the beach, some souvenir shopping, a quick paddle in the freezing cold North Sea and a bite of lunch. 

  

      

 

 

 

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?

 

Harvest

 

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.