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Class 5 email address: class5@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk

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Welcome Back - Autumn 2020

It has been so good to see everyone back in school again over the last couple of days.

Year 5 have a great year ahead of them and together we will have to get over whatever hurdles we face.

I will be posting information on the class web page and on the app.

Homework will be set on Mondays and brought back on the following Monday.  This will only start once the we are allowed to send things home.  In the meantime, please do learn the spellings every week (which I will post on the web page and on the app and which will be given to you children to write in their organisers - not that they can bring them home yet!)

Mrs Charlesworth has contacted you separately about what we are endeavouring to achieve with reading.  This will not be without some hiccups so please bare with us and do let us know if we have missed something.

Mrs Whitt will be in class on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Some children may go out for extra support with her or may receive it in class from her or me.  Often enough children are unaware that they are receiving a special focus or input from adults as we try to do it subtly.  This does not mean that they are not receiving support.

PE will be on Thursday and Friday and on those days, your child should come to school in his or her PE kit and remain in it all day.

Rewards are as always with Gold and Platinum Cards for good behaviour and work and yellow and red cards for poor work or behaviour.  We will contact you if your child gets a red card and let you know what has happened so that we can work together to resolve any issues.

Topics for this term are: Science-Forces, RE - The People of God (The life of Moses and links to Christianity and freedom), History - Ancient Greek (Art, DT and some English will be linked to this), Music - playing the ukulele, PE - Lacrosse and fitness, ICT - understanding safety and codes, People Skills - working as a team, Introductions to French will be taught by Miss Ireland on Wednesday afternoons.  Other subjects will be covered in future terms and details will follow at the beginning of next term.

Please do use the above email address if you wish to contact me.  I will try my hardest to get back to you as soon as possible.

I am really looking forward to working with you through these unusual times.

Mr Collins

Hello Yellow - Mental Health Awareness Day

Today is Hello Yellow Day.  It is all about mental health awareness.  We have done physical exercise by playing lacrosse.  We have reflected on our own mental health by focusing on the tools we have to keep ourselves and other mentally healthy.  We made a tool kit display to remind us of the things that we can do to stay mentally healthy.  We enjoyed music together by playing ukuleles.  We have thought about how we feel by comparing our emotions to the sheep images above in the Word document.  We hope you like the photos of the things we did today. 

Activities from Hello Yellow Day


From Summer 2021

WB 19.4.21


Group A: camel, cancel, label, quarrel, towel, tunnel, squirrel, shovel, sequel, sentinel - Tier 3 Phase 2 Unit 19

Group B: abdicate, abolish, abominable, abhor, abrupt, abscond, abundant, absurd, abusive, absorb Tier 5 Phase 2 Unit 12

Group C: Quintessential, qualitative, quantitative, quagmire, questionable

Homework: Reading X5 X15 minutes, Using times tables rock stars at least twice, Learn your 11 times tables up to 11 X 12

Organisers will be used from this week to record reading and to record additional homework (although it will still be posted here and on the app).



Spring 2021 from week 8 (the first week back after lockdown)




Group A: Animal, capital, cathedral, general, festival, natural, original, royal, several, total 

Group B: forebear, foreboding, forecast, forecourt, forefather, foreshadow, foresight, forego, forelock, forethought

Group C: B+ photosynthesis, pseudonym, psychopath, psalmist, pterodactyl

Homework: Reading X5 X15 minutes per week including something on Bug Club, Learn your X8 tables to be able to recall them at speed and play on TTRS at least twice!


WB 22/3/21



Group A: people, rectangle, shuffle, sprinkle, stumble, subtle, triangle, vehicle, trickle, wriggle 

Group B: imagine, infinite, jasmine, justice, malice, medicine, notice, office, opposite, promise tier 

Group C: perseverance, pneumatically, psychology, pneumonia,  polysyllabic

Homework: Reading X5 X15 minutes per week including something on Bug Club, Learn your X6 tables to be able to recall them at speed and play on TTRS at least twice!


WB 15/3/21



Group A: brittle, couple, dawdle, drizzle, gentle, people, huddle, multiple, miracle, particle tier 3 |phase 2|unit 18

Group B: crevice, determine, discipline, hypocrite, heroine, genuine, favourite, definite, famine, engine tier 5|phase 1|unit 9

Group C: oratory, organisationally, oppositional, orangery, optician

Reading X5 X15 Minutes, Reinforce times tables by playing on Times tables Rock Stars at least twice


WB 8/3/21



Group A: knee, knickers, knife, knight, knit, knock, knot, know, knowledge, knuckle

Group B: Bathe, breathe, lathe, clothe, loathe, scathe, seethe, soothe, writhe, lithe

Group C: B+ obstinate, orchestrate, orienteering, ordination, overwhelming

No other homework since getting back to normal will be tough enough.


Autumn 2020

WB 14/12/20

There will be no homework over this week or the Christmas holidays as I believe that children need a rest.  This does not mean that they cannot read, merely that it is not a requirement from me.

Happy Christmas.

WB 7/12/20

I know these spellings look easy but the majority of children are spelling them incorrectly in their independent work so they need learning more robustly.


All Groups: different, dropped, dropping, which, bottom, witch, went, where, what, saw

Homework: Reading X5 X15 minutes including Bug Club Purple mash activity

WB 30/11/20


Group A: about, aloud, cloud, county, mountain, bounce, announce, compound, doubt, fountain

Group B: certainly, definitely, possibly, perhaps, probably, frequently, often, occasionally, rarely, always

Group C: inconsequential, irreplaceable, introversion, interminable, insubordination

Homework: Read on Bug Club at least once this week and read X5 in total this week on any format. Log in to Purple Mash and create an online safety poster using the information from last half term.

WB 23.11.20


Group A: chopped, putting, clearing, cleaned, happened, driving, shaving, nagged, poked, switched

Group B: equipment, environment, government, parliament, enjoyment, document, management, movement, replacement and statement

Group C: horrendous, habitual, hypochondriac, hesitation, hydroelectrically   

Homework: Reading X5 X15minutes including Bug Club; See how well you can do on Times tables Rock Stars in one week; find a different mythical Greek creature tutorial on YouTube, follow it  and post a photo of your picture on Teams

WB 16/11/20

Group A: of, off, went, where, were, wear, their, there, here, hear

Group B: wrestle, wrapper, island, debris, mortgage, Christmas, yacht, guarantee, guilty, written

Group C: B+ graduation, gorgonzola, gyroscopic, giganotosaurus, glimpse

Reading X5 X15minutes including Bug Club.

Make Greek armour for yourself, an action toy or teddy (depending upon the time and resources that you have available) and send me a photo of it on "Teams".


WB 9/11/20


Group A: happily sadly, grumpily, sleepily, angrily, slowly, quickly, suddenly, heavily, badly

Group B: doubt, lamb, debt, thumb, solemn, autumn, column, knight, knuckle, knot

Group C: Fragility, fraternity, fictitiously, frivolousness, fructification  

Homework: Look on Purple Mash for this week’s work and Reading X5 X15 minutes



A: greatest, greater, slower slowest, happier, happiest, nicer, nicest, sillier, silliest

B: past, passed, proceed, precede, aisle, isle, aloud, allowed, affect, effect

C: B+ elephantine, escapology, entomology, endorphins, epidermis

Reading X 5 X15  minutes including something on Bug Club

Doing the writing that was set on Purple Mash over half term. If you've done it already, there is nothing else to do!


WB 12/10/20


A: cries, flies, babies, bodies, keys, monkeys, boys, trays, donkeys, mummies

B: apply, supply, identify, occupy, multiply, rhyme, cycle, python, hygiene, hyphen

C: B+ disingenuous, diphthong, delinquent, duodecimal, dyslexia

Homework:  Check out and read the rest of the books I allocate on Bug Club by the end of half term

WB 5/10/20


Group A: shopped, clapped, hopped, setting, wetting, nagged, jogged, topping, humming, rubbing

Group B: symbol, mystery, lyrics, oxygen, symptom, physical, system, typical, crystal, rhythm 

Group C: B+ conscientious, condescension, constabulary, consignment, consecutive

Create decorated copies of each word from your spellings and display them round your room to help you to learn them.

Log in to Bug Club as soon as passwords and user names come home.



Just to let you know, Bug Club reading website is now available for your child to read from.  I have allocated them one book to read by half term.

To log in please go to:


Your child's user name is the first 4 letters of his or her first name (or 3 if there  are only 3 letters in the first name) then the first 4 letters of the second name with no spaces and no capitals.  Everyone has the same password. It is "class5" no capitals or spaces.

I would ask that you don't change this as this tends to cause problems with children forgetting their passwords.

The school code for logging in is : 7rph

Kind regards

Mr Collins


WB 28/9/20


Group A: kit, kite, bit, bite, not, note, tap, tape, rip, ripe

Group B: ambitious, cautious, fictitious, infectious, nutritious, contentious, superstitious, pretentious, anxious, obnoxious

Group C: B+ begrudge, belligerent, bivouac, bizarre, biometric

Homework: Research an invention of the ancient Greeks, find a picture of it, describe how it worked and how it changed society / civilisation and email it to me at class5@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk

Thought for the week: How do I show off what I’m good at without showing off?


WB 21/9/20


Group A: : accident, actual, address, answer, appear, arrive, believe, bicycle, breathe, build

Group B:Vicious, gracious, spacious, malicious, precious, conscious, delicious, suspicious, atrocious, ferocious

Group C: As A+ adjournment, affiliation, albumen, anemometer, argumentative

Homework: Please read 5X15 minutes (books may be returned on Thursday and new ones taken on the following Monday)

WB 14/9/20

Spellings for everyone with Greek roots:

chronological, chronic, photograph, photocopy, hydrant, dehydrate, telescope, television, antibacterial, antidote.

Please read 5 X 15 min.