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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 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. 


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

Tuesday 7th January 

Please ensure your child comes to school in their indoor PE kit, bringing their school clothes with them. 


Key dates for your diary: 

Monday 6th January 2020 - First day back after Christmas holidays 

Tuesday 7th January - indoor PE commences again 

Tuesday 11th February - Valentine's Disco 

Friday 14th February - Break up for February half term 

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  


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 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.