St Johns Nottingham

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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 Mrs Downes. 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. 


Key Information

Weekly timetable 

Click here for a timetable for 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. 

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 child’s name.


Autumn 2021 in Class 4


During the Autumn term Class 4 had 10 sessions of DARE, which stands for Drugs, Alcohol and Resistance Education. These sessions helped the children understand different topics and life situations they may come across the older they become, as well as ways they can keep themselves and others safe.

On Tuesday 7th December Class 4 delivered a presentation to their parents/carers about what they have learnt through the DARE sessions. Click here to read through the PowerPoint they put together as part of the presentation. 

Here are some photographs of the presentation, which include some posters of facts, drama performances and the receiving of their DARE certificate. 




In history Class 4 learned all about World War II. They wrote declaration speeches like the one Winston Churchill gave and then researched about his life to write a biography. We learned that many children were evacuated from cities to the countryside for safety and followed the journey of William Beech in our class text Goodnight Mr Tom. We practised writing a diary from the point of view of an evacuated child informing their parents of their new home. We also had time to plot the cities which were bombed during The Blitz, made our own spitfires and also designed our own Blitz skyline pictures, which can be seen in this photo grid.



  As part of this topic the children had to research facts about The Blitz - here are a selection of photographs showing the super homework that was completed. 



This November marked 100 years since the nation’s collective Remembrance traditions were first brought together. This includes the wearing and significance of the poppy, the two minute silence, Armistice Day, the service for the Unknown Warrior and the march past the Cenotaph in London. These are traditions which millions participate in every year and have now done so for 100 years. For homework, Class 4 had to design a piece of artwork to reflect the reason or reasons we have Remembrance traditions and the significance of the poppy. Here are some pictures of the super homework handed in.  




We took part in Anti-Bullying Week (WC 15.11.21) and started the week off by wearing odd socks - here are our odd socks! 


 This year's theme for Anti-Bullying Week was Kindness and we thought of different ways over the week we can show kindness to one another. 



In RE Class 4 are thinking and reflecting about the importance of God to Christians. The children read different Bible verses and identified ways the Bible describes God. The children then thought of their own words to describe him and the work he has done and continues to do for Christians around the world.  We then looked at how God is holy and loving, again reading texts from the Bible but also thinking of our own thoughts and ideas. To reflect God being holy and loving we created pieces of artwork, here is a selection of the work they created. 




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. 

I am an amazing person activity

What are my best qualities?

Being kind to myself activity

Looking after myself activity

My well-being booklet

Ways to feel better activity 

Positivity jar

Worry jar

Relaxation activities

P.E. Fitness activities

Mindfulness doodling

Mindfulness colouring and quotes sheets

Mindfulness challenge cards

Twenty minute boredom busters

Staying connected with people who we might not see at the moment 

 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. 


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.


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

BBC Primary School and BBC bitesize and BBC newsround
The BBC’s websites are our personal favourites - so much to explore! 

The BBC has a useful website called 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 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.

Online Library (all ages)

Help your child learn to read, and love to read, with a range of over 100 free eBooks.

History (Horrible Histories)

A fun (and rather silly) historical sketch show, based on the successful books by Terry Deary.

Art (KS1 & KS2)

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.

Kids’ Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen

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) 

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. 




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:

NSPCC online safety