Welcome to Class 4. We are a mixed class of Year 5 and 6 children and our teacher is Mrs Downes. Other adults who work in the class are Mrs Groves, Miss Smith and Mr Simpson.
I hope you will enjoy reading this page to find out information about life in Class 4 and what we have been learning.
Click here for a timetable for the Summer term.
Click here to find out what your child will be learning during the Summer 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.
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.
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 children's name.
What's been happening in Class 4 recently?
This academic year the whole school summer topic is 'Amazing Authors'. As part of this topic we have been learning about different authors through the years including William Shakespeare.
On Wednesday 29th June, Class 4 went to Stratford-upon-Avon to find out more about his life and works. The children took part in a two hour drama workshop lead by the Royal Shakespeare Company. During the workshop, the children practised different vocal skills, eye contact and body movement in acting. They showed characterisation of the characters from Shakespeare's play Macbeth and even acted out part of the play before re-writing a script in today's language. After the drama workshop, lunch was enjoyed by the children in one of the parks before we walked to the church where Shakespeare is buried. Unfortunately, there was a concert being held so we couldn't go inside the church, but we did enjoy a walk around the outside and along the river bank. Then we found Shakespeare's house (which was also his birthplace) before we had to come home after a busy but fun day.
Class 4 Stratford Trip 2022
In the week commencing 20.06.22, St John's held its annual Sports Week. During the week, the children had the opportunity to try gymnastics, rugby, karate and dance. The children in Classes 3 and 4 worked in teams to plan and deliver a sports activity to children in Classes 1 and 2, we had our Sports Day and we even conquered a climbing wall! Take a look at the children taking part in all these sports and activities below:
Class 4 Sports Week
On Friday 17th June, Class 4 joined other Year 5 and 6 children at a careers morning at Wadsworth Fields Primary School. During the morning the children listened to different presenters informing them about their job, skill and career. The children had the opportunity to find out more about the jobs and career paths they could aspire to go down in the future. Some of the professionals they met included: web designer, aerospace engineer, nurse, doctor, police officer and plumber.
Class 4 Careers Morning
We celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by writing reports all about the Queen's life, drawing portraits of the Queen, dressing in red, white and blue and enjoying a cream tea outside with the whole school, before finishing our celebrations off by singing The National Anthem.
Year 5 and Year 6 Transition Information
Useful transition information and resources for children moving into Year 5, Year 6 or Year 7 can be found by clicking here.
Click here to see Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022
Mental Health and Well-being Resources
Below are a range of activities you might want to complete to make you think about yourself or to look after yourself a bit more.
There are also a range of resources and websites to look at on the Mental Health and Well-being page of the school's website.
See the links below for home learning in 2021
Click here to see Home Learning during January 2021
Click here to see Home Learning during February 2021
Click here to see Home Learning during March 2021
Click on the links below for previous learning in Class 4
What did Class 4 learn during the Spring and Summer term of 2021? Click here to find out more.
What did Class 4 do during Autumn 2020? Click here to find out more.
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.
Useful websites for further learning at home
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.
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.
Oak Academy An online classroom created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding.
Natural History Museum
Most major museums have children's sections on their websites, and this one is definitely one of the most interactive ones out there.
Help your child learn to read, and love to read, with a range of over 100 free eBooks.
A fun (and rather silly) historical sketch show, based on the successful books by Terry Deary.
Artyfactory's free art lessons share the knowledge and understanding of art and design to improve your artistic skills.
NASA For Kids
Space buffs are sure to love the NASA for kids website. There is loads of information for children of all ages,
This site provides 100s of movement and mindfulness videos for kids.
Free stories, poems, songs, and jokes - YouTube.
Carol Vorderman has maths resources on her scheme 'The Maths Factor'. Click here to find out more. (Subscription required)
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?
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.
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!
Parents: For further information about keeping your child safe online click on the following links: