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Don't forget to say whether you also give permission for your work to be shared on this webpage. We can't wait to hear from you!

Easter Holidays!

Well done everyone for finishing our Lent term in a more unusual way than normal. We are so proud, as always, of how you have approached this new way of living and have loved seeing and hearing about the amazing things you have been doing at your "home-school". But for now, we all deserve a little break to enjoy relaxing and having fun with our loved ones. We have put together some suggested activities that you might want to have a go at so CLICK HERE if you are interested. 

See you soon and remember to stay safe (and in the words of one of our classmates, stay home).

Miss Dickson, Ms Copeland, Mrs Oldershaw and Mrs Pettifer 


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As well as our other Home Schooling ideas, why not have a go at our new video tutorials:

  • Mrs Pettifer's Portrait lesson (featuring a cameo from Kim)
  • Miss Dickson's dance tutorial
  • Mrs Jenkins' Roman Latin singing sensation
  • Miss Copeland's Haiku poetry tutorial, as requested by Leanora!
  • Mrs Thompson reading the first chapter of one of her favourite books. You could use it as inspiration for your own writing or set up a guided read group with your family and discuss the characters!  

Remember to let us know how it went if you tried them. Are there any other video tutorials you would like to see?

Holy Week 2020

As Holy Week is approaching us, we thought it might be nice to have an RE focus as part of your home learning. Please see the RE resources added below that might give you some inspiration to make links to different scripture and other sources. There are also some useful questions to prompt your thoughts, discussions and writing about Holy Week. Remember how creative our RE lessons are...you could show your understanding through art, dance, cartoon strips, writing and many other ways. You could even turn the scripture into a song and add some of your own actions! We look forward to seeing whatever you decide to do. 

As always, please keep in touch with us! Hope you are staying safe and connected. 


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RE Holy Week retell prompts 30.3.20

RE Sources and Links 30.3.20

Week 2 of Home School

Hello again! Please find new home schooling material on the "Home schooling" page on the website. There is a maths, literacy and topic link full of plenty of ideas to keep you busy. All the listed skills HAVE already been taught in the Lent term so hopefully this is an opportunity for you all to show off to your parents how much you know and consolidate this learning! Remember these are only suggestions so feel free to continue your learning however you like, as long as you are "being the best you can be," EM style!

 We'd love to see the portraits you create, your own Roman singing videos and your Haikus so please send them in! Here are some of the portaits our school community have already done. We think they're fabulous!

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Yay! You did it!

Well done for completing week one of home-school life. I am very sure us teachers aren't the only ones who are finding this a little strange but hopefully you are all using this time to spend quality time with family and maybe unearth some hidden talents and skills. We have loved all the emails we have been sent with your amazing work so keep them coming. Keep your eyes open for some new suggested home learning activities coming your way very soon on the "home learning page". For now, here is some great work (and inspiration maybe) by Leonora, Karolina, Ethan, Darcy, Flo and Torben. Well done guys!

Missing you all.

Miss Dickson, Ms Copeland, Mrs Oldershaw and Mrs Pettifer


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Ethan's Homework on Romans

Hi year 3 & 4!

Welcome to week 1 of your home learning! We are missing you already and hope you are all well and happy?

We know some of you have already been busy on your Romans topic work and we are REALLY impressed by what we've seen of this and your other creative projects too (we have a guitar virtuoso in the making and check out Konrad's PowerPoint!) We look forward to your emails and photos sharing what you are up to. Remember, if you have any questions about your home-learning projects just send us an email to enquiries@englishmartyrs.derbyshire.sch.uk and we'll help in any way we can. Stay safe. Stay happy. Stay team EM!

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Year 3 & 4 Lent 2: Where did the Romans roam?

Our Lent 2 learning will be all about the Roman Empire and its impact on life in Britain. We will also be linking this to the Easter story as we find out about life for Jesus in Jerusalem under Roman occupation. This will prepare us well for our Easter Production to tell the story of Jesus' sacrifice for us.

Please take note of our Lent 2 homework which is asking you to create a very special artwork to benefit our three class charities: Building Hope in Bunkpurugu; Nottingham Children's Hospital and Cancer Research.

Lent 2 RE homework

Year 3 & 4 Lent 1: Where does our food come from and where does it go?

The year is flying by already, we can scarcely believe it! During this half term, we looked inside ourselves – literally! We have learned all about our digestive system and healthy eating, supported by our wonderfully engrossing text: the Incredible Book Eating Boy. We produced some fabulous artwork inspired by the text as well. To celebrate our topic, we had a cookery course and got stuck in to creating the perfect picnic.

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Year 3 & 4 Advent 2: What's the story of Derby Road?

Last term went so fast with lots of excellent progression being shown across the phase. We have had a super busy half term and we were so impressed with the historical knowledge about Long Eaton that was shared in the last few weeks, and even more impressed with how the children conducted themselves when the town planning officers came into school to view the DT models of Derby Road. We shared all that we learnt all about the geography and history of our region.

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We are also excited to announce that we are celebrating that Long Eaton is a 'Centre of quality' for the upholstery trade by commissioning our very own reading chairs! The children visited the Artistic Upholstery Factory then designed the chair of their dreams! Watch this space for photos of the finished chairs...

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You can look at the full plan of what we learnt about on the downloads section of this page!

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Year 3 & 4 Advent 1: Who stole the happy endings?

This topic has been based around a book called "The Lost Happy Endings". In the book, all the happy endings are stolen by a witch and the main character, Jub, tries to rewrite all the happy endings with a golden pen before the children go to bed. We experimented with our own golden pen to make some silk bunting for Nottingham Children's Hospital, Ms Copeland's class charity. We are really enjoying creating our own flag, inspired by the book. 

We also had a very exciting WOW day where the teachers were very confused. All the books had gone so we had to find out who took them. We were left lots of mysterious clues to try to solve. We had to investigate the changing states of materials and tried to change different materials between solids, liquids and gases. Luckily, we found out that it was only Mrs Kent who had taken all the books into the cupboard to have some quient reading time because she loves books so much.

(This website update has been brought to you by our year 3 Learners!)



We have begun our journey in year 3 and 4 with our Mission statement pause week. We thought carefully about our mission as English Martyrs' pupils to live in Jesus' light. Each class discovered their Gospel Value - the values of Compassion, Faith and Equality which will guide us through the year.

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Well done year 3 & 4 class of 2018/19. You have made us proud this year - enjoy your well earned break!

Year 3 & 4 Pentecost 2: Were the Greeks really groovy?

Our year 3&4 research tells us that yes, the ancient Greeks were really groovy! In our English lessons, we read and retold the story "Jump for Glory" in which a young boy battles to overcome his arch enemy in the first ever Olympic games. This story inspired us to learn all about the skeletal and muscular systems so that we could be Olympians too! We learnt all about the groovy Greek diet, the lives of ordinary Greeks, the artwork they created and the sports they played. It was MEGA! (That's an Ancient Greek word by the way!)

Please click on the titles below to see Learning Product for this term -our amazing PowerPoints! They are all our own work and we are proud to share them with you.

Ancient Greeks

Jacinta and Ryan Greek PowerPoint

All you need to know about Ancient Greece





Year 3 & 4 Pentecost 1: Can you travel the world?

Wow What a journey!

This term we followed the adventures of Phileas Fogg as he travelled the world in 80 days. We learnt all about cities and countries in the Northern Hemisphere including Paris and San Fransisco then popped into India to learn about Sikhism on the way. We sketched the sights as we went, used computer programming to plot routes, calculated distance in our maths and wrote some superb versions of the story.

To top it all off, we went to Magna Science Adventure Centre to learn about the industrial age and the power of the elements to make steel - Phileas would never have made the journey without it!



Year 3 & 4 Lent 2: What makes the Earth angry?

What a disaster this term was!

Nothing to worry about - we have just been investigating the impact that natural disasters have on our planet. We started by researching the world's most famous volcanoes and wrote some excellent non-fiction texts then created our own papier mache eruptions! (Oliver found his quite alarming!)We then lost ourselves in an amazing book called 'Fox' in which we follow the journey of three creatures as they flee from a forest fire. We finished the term by exploring how humans are causing their own disasters and we learnt all about forest destruction caused by palm oil production. We learnt a lot!




Year 3 & 4 Lent 1: Where will you find Peter's shadow?

WOW! What bright sparks we've been this topic! We learnt all about the science of light this time and helped poor Peter Pan to find his lost shadow (if only he'd gone to school at English Martyrs' he would have known you can't just sew a shadow back on!). We wrote fantastic explanation texts, non chronological reports and narratives about fearsome pirates and cheeky Lost Boys - using all our year 3 and 4 writing skills . We used our maths in the wider curriculum skills when working out how far JM Barrie would have walked from his home in Nottingham to the Arboretum Park where we're sure those canons and lagoons inspired him!

We topped it all off with a truly awesome WOW day in which we showed that pesky Hook that we are up to any science challenge! 


Year 3 & 4 Advent 2: How will Peter hear the wolf?

Another brilliant topic in year 3 & 4 in which we learnt all about the science of sound. We discovered how sound moves in waves and we explored the correlation between source and pitch using a variety of homemade and professional instruments. Our homework junk instruments were phenomenal and our music lessons with teachers from Becket School music department really honed our performance skills.  We studied the story of Prokofiev's Peter and the wolf and created our own dramatic animated versions of the tale... that poor duck!






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In the lead up to Christmas, we took time to consider the importance of Advent as an opportunity for prayer, celebrating with our community and peaceful reflection. We celebrated some wonderful class liturgies and created art and decorations.

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Year 3 & 4 Advent 1: Was Robin Guilty?


What a fun packed start to the year! We have been busy learning all about the legend of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws. We retold The Adventures of Robin Hood and also wrote very persuasive texts about joing King Offa's army! In history, we considered the possibility that the legend of Robin began in the Anglo Saxon times and this led us to some fascinating research about life for both rich and poor in those times. Our learning culminated with a wonderful WOW Day in which we recreated a typical Anglo Saxon battle scene with our fantastic homework armour and weaponry!




Year 3 & 4 Summer 2: Can you build Hope for the planet?

Wow, what a fantastic term! Earlier this year, we asked KS2 the question: "What do you hope for our planet?". The answers led us on an incredible journey to tackle the following issues:

• Can we stop litter going in the sea?

• Can we stop animals' habitats being harmed?

• Can we stop pollution?

• Can we save forests?

Our topic has focussed on the animals and environmental challenges faced by ourselves and our friends in Bunkpurugu, Ghana. We went on an incredible trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, had visits from African animals to school, spent time with our good friend from Ghana, Barbara Kildear, Mrs Pettifer even went to Ghana herself - what a journey! Please also visit our Building Hope in Bunkpurugu page on this website to find out more!





Year 3 & 4 Summer 1: Were the Romans really rotten?

This term, we have been learning about the rotten Romans! Our year 4s wrote very persuasive texts about the reasons you should come to the Roman Baths while our year 3s wrote fantastic reports. Then we lost ourselves in the story of Escape from Pompeii! This gave us plenty of opportunity to research volcanoes and rock formations. We created our own volcanic investigations in science. We ended with a WOW day in which we fought Roman battles, wrote a Roman Newspaper and repaired an ancient mosaic! What a term!





Year 3 & 4 Spring 2: Who painted the past?

This term, we have been learning about the Stone-Age. We have been looking at the paintings in the famous Lascaux caves and using these to inspire our art, history, geography, science and even our maths!


We have also put on an amazing Easter Production - 'Roll Back the Stone'. We created an Easter Art Raffle to raise funds for our favourite charity - Building Hope in Bunkpurugu.


Year 3 & 4 Spring 1: Where does our food come from and where does it go?

This term we have been learning all about the human digestive system. We are now experts on the correct scientific vocabulary to use at every stage of the process! We used our Working Scientifically skills to build a working model of the system using tights, cardboard tube, plastic bag and some mashed potato!





We spent a morning discussing how to communicate in a polite and positive way on line and how to respond if we come across negative communication. We create wrist bands with our Safer Internet Pledges on them.


Year 3 & 4: Season's Greetings!

What a wonderful half term we have had. Our topic has been "What's the story of Derby Road?" In this topic, we have learnt all about how Long Eaton grew from a group of farms listed in the Domesday book - to the town we know today! We have been on exciting trips along Derby Road and to Trent College to improve our history and geography. We have been writing stories about a Victorian child who was always late for school. We celebrated a Victorian WOW Day and to top it all off, we presented our work to esteemed visitors from the Long Eaton Chamber of Trade and Town Planning Department!