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 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. 


Key Information

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 children's name.


Spring Term 2023

Weekly timetable 

Click here for a timetable for the Spring Term 2023.


What will we be learning this term?

History: The Mayans 

Geography: Rivers and The Water Cycle 

ScienceProperties and changes of Materials 

RE: The Journey of Life and Death, What kind of king is Jesus? and What difference does the resurrection make for Christians? 

Computing: Programming Music and Computing Systems and Networks.   

Art: Still Life

Design and Technology: Mechanical Systems: Making a pop-up book

French: Clothes and Regular Verbs 

Music: Film music and Composition Notation

PSHE/RSE: Citizenship and Economic Well-being



Autumn Term 2

Well it's been another busy half term in Class 4.

We finished our module of 'Mountains and Coasts' in Geography and started our new History topic 'The Mayans'. We have learned how to make stop-motion videos in Computing, made our own Bolognese sauce in Design and Technology and we drew our own space inspired abstract pieces of artwork in the style of the artist Peter Thorpe.

In addition to all this we took part in the national Remembrance Day and Anti-Bullying Week. We entered a Christmas card competition set by the Mayor of Broxtowe and had 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners which were awarded by the Mayor and the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. Plus, we took part in the whole school Christmas Service at St Helen's Church and had some Christmas party fun to end the term.

I wonder what 2023 will bring for Class 4?










Autumn Term 1 

Wow it’s been a busy half term in Class 4 and I’m super proud of all the Year 5s and 6s, who have been trying their hardest in all subjects.

We have started the year learning all about Space in science and the children have enjoyed finding out facts about the different planets and why we have night and day. In geography we have been studying mountains and coasts – Why not ask someone in Class 4 to name the features of a mountain or how they are formed? We have enjoyed looking at the architecture of different buildings and houses before sketching and printing some parts to buildings in art and in computing we have been practising using search engines more effectively to find out information about Tudor houses to create a poster, whilst thinking about copyright rules.

In between all of this we’ve had time to learn an African traditional song to sing and play the rhythm to on the xylophone and drums, go swimming every week, plus squeeze in some maths and English work every day!



Farewell to Queen Elizabeth II 

To mark the passing of the Queen, Class 4 spent some time reflecting on the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. One of the tasks the children had to do was to think of one word that describes her majesty to create this montage:



We also spent time writing messages of thanks or memories to go into the school condolence book. Here are a few of the messages the children wrote. 

Class 4 Queen Messages/memories



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. 



Click on the links below for previous learning in Class 4

What did Class 4 learn and do during Summer 2022? Click here to find out.

What did Class 4 learning and do during Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022? Click here to find out.

What did Class 4 learn during the Spring and Summer term of 2021? Click here to find out more.

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

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. 


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.


Useful websites for further learning at home

BBC Primary School and BBC bitesize and BBC newsround

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