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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 Groves and Miss Smith. 

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

 

What have Class 4 been learning and doing?

Class 4 spent some time being reflective and thoughtful making poppies to go onto our class display of a soldier ready for Remembrance Day. If you would like to find out more about the history of the poppy click here to watch a video. 

       

        

        

At 11:00am on the 11th Day of the 11th month (Armistice Day) we gathered outside as a whole school to hold our 2 minutes of silence in memory of those soldiers who have sacrificed their lives during WWI, WWII and other conflicts since. 

 

 

 

Class 4 have really enjoyed learning about Earth and Space for the first half of the Autumn term. They have discovered: the names of the planets and made their own mnemonics to remember the order of them from the sun; how the earth rotates and orbits the sun to give us day and night; found out facts about the different planets; learned all about the phases of the moon and that Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. We have even had time to make some moon rock and create some pictures in the style of the abstract artist Peter Thorpe. Watch out for some pictures of their work in the coming days...

 

How can following God bring Freedom and Justice?

    

 In RE we have been learning all about how Moses saved his people from Egypt and how he listened to God throughout his missions to free the slaves. We have then thought about how charities help show God's love and bring freedom and justice to the world. The children then worked in pairs to invent a new charity organisation before presenting it to the rest of the class. They had to reflect God's teaching in their charity organisation and also state how they would bring more freedom and justice to the world with the work that they would do. Here are the children presenting their charities to the rest of the class. 

    

    

    

    

   

 

 

Key information for parents

Weekly timetable 

Click here for a timetable showing a typical week in Class 4 during the Autumn Term. 

Termly Overview

Click here to find out what your child will be learning during the Autumn 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. 

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. 

P.E. 

PE is held on a Wednesday afternoon. This year children in Class 4 will need to come to school in their full PE kit.  This should be shorts or jogging bottoms,  a t-shirt, a jumper or fleece (not school jumper) and trainers suitable for outdoors. Remember we are getting towards winter so please think about suitable and appropriate clothing for your child. Due to lack of hall space, children are expected to take part in outdoor PE and will do so in all but the most extreme weather so wrap up warm! Please ensure all kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Swimming 

Swimming is on Tuesday mornings. Your child should have received a letter regarding swimming and permission forms to sign. Below are links to these letters and information regarding swimming lessons:

Swimming letter 2020 including permission form 

Goggles information and permission form 

Photography permission form 

Parental information and guidance regarding swimming lessons

   

New to Year 5 and Year 6 Transition Information

As we have now started back at school I have moved all the transition information onto a new page on the website, you can find it by clicking here.

  

Useful websites for further learning at home

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 maths resources on her scheme 'The Maths Factor'. 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.

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! 

 

Click on the links below for previous learning in Class 4

What did Class 4 do during Spring Term 2 and Summer Term 2020 when school was faced with closure? Click here to find out more about the learning and activities the children completed at home or in school when it re-opened. 

What did Class 4 do and learn during the Autumn Term 2019 and Spring Term 2020? 

Click here to find out.