Class news

At St. John’s we have four classes that the children progress through on their journey through our unique school.  Each class is vertically streamed with two year groups:

Ruby Class – Nursery and Reception
Sapphire Class – Year 1 and Year 2
Diamond Class – Year 3 and Year 4
Emerald Class – Year 5 and Year 6 

Our curriculum is delivered in a two-yearly cycle so that all of our children receive the full teaching of content and progression in the National Curriculum.  Adaptation and differentiation is made where appropriate within lessons to ensure that learning is supported and challenged so that all of our pupils make excellent progress.  

More information on our curriculum content and progression can be found in the ‘Curriculum’ tab on our website.

Click the links below for more information about each of our classes.
 

Ruby Class


Ruby Class is where the journey through St. John’s begins. Foundations are developed through the EYFS curriculum, which set our pupils up for success as they continue their learning throughout the school.

The day begins for Reception children at 8:55 (school gates are opened at 8:45).

Nursery children begin their day at 12:30.

At the end of their time in Ruby Class, children are assessed on the Early Learning Goals to show their achievement throughout EYFS and set a benchmark for their continuing progress at St. John’s.

Homework schedule

Homework is sent out on Thursdays and handed in on Tuesdays.

September – February:

  • Sounds book - 3 sounds taught that week.

Children to practise writing letter and finding a picture beginning with the sound.

February – July:

  • Word detective book – tricky red words and words in their RML book, and practise writing graphemes if applicable.
  • Special writing books – children respond to weekly challenges, e.g. write a shopping list for 3 bears picnic; and making links with focus in the classroom.

Home reading

Home reading books are send out on Thursday and due back on Tuesday

September

  • Book from reading corner to share (Nursery continues throughout year)

October

  • As above plus reading scheme book

From January

  • As above & RML ditty book

P.E. Days

September – February:

  • Reception - Tuesday afternoon

February – July:

  • Nursery – Tuesday afternoon
  • Reception – Thursday afternoon linking with Year 1
Timetables - (click on the title to view) Autumn timetable A.M. 2020-2021 Autumn timetable P.M. 2020-2021 Spring timetable A.M 2020-2021
Spring timetable P.M 2020-2021
Summer timetable A.M. 2020-2021
Summer timetable P.M. 2020-2021
Supporting your Reception child Spring Term 2 2020 (click here to download) Supporting your Nursey child - Spring Term 2 2020 (click here to download) Medium Term Plan (whole year - click here to download)




Sapphire Class


Children in KS1 are taught in Sapphire Class, which is made up of Year 1 and Year 2.

Throughout the morning, the children are taught reading, writing and mathematics in groups that are specific to their age and stage of development to ensure that learning is supported and challenged dependent on each individual child. These groups are routinely reviewed and refined so that pupils receive a well-matched curriculum throughout Key Stage 1.

In the afternoons, pupils are taught the foundation subjects together, which are delivered on our two-yearly curriculum cycle.

During their time in Sapphire Class, children in Year 1 undertake the Phonics Screening Check – then at the end of Year 2, pupils receive end of KS1 assessments, which show their achievement and progress from Early Years stage.

Homework

Children receive the following homework weekly:

  • Spellings and dictated sentences in a homework book
  • Maths homework online using My Maths

Homework is given out on a Friday and is due back in school/completed online on the following Wednesday.

As well as receiving homework on a Friday, your child will also be given a copy of their spellings. Children have a week to look at, write and say each of the words on their spelling list. We also provide your child with the opportunity practise their spellings in the mornings. All spellings are based on what is being taught during the course of the week in phonic groups so the children will also revisit their spellings during this time.

Spellings are tested on the Thursdays. Those who score 10/10 will receive a special award sticker!

Alongside the spellings, your child will also receive dictated sentences where these words are applied into context within sentences to aid knowledge and understanding of the words.

Please read these sentences to your child so that can write out the sentence and practise the spellings and punctuation.

Please support in-school expectations of handwriting and presentation.

Times Tables

Children in Year 2 take home a times tables booklet. The children should practise their allocated multiplication table at least 3 times a week. Like the reading records, these are checked in school and so the children’s booklet should be signed by a parent/carer. 3 times a week between Saturday and Thursday. By the end of Year 2, it is a national requirement that children are able to recall the 2, 5 and 10 times table both in chronological order as well as random.

As there is now a statutory multiplication times table test that all children are required to sit in Year 4, it is vital that early learning of these tables is fundamental.

Reading

Reading in Key Stage 1 is fundamental. Children will be given an allocated reading book and they should read this book every night. Your child’s reading record should then be signed each night by a parent/carer and these will then be signed by Mrs Hargate, Mr Pople or myself. Reading books are changed each Friday.

By the end of Year 2, children should be fluent in their reading. As well as reading, children in both year groups are expected to be able to recall what has happened at various points in the story by finding the answer in the text and, for Year 2 children, comparing one book to another they have read. We will be focusing on all these skills during daily guided reading sessions but please also work on these skills at home when reading with your child.

PE

In Sapphire class, we have 2 PE lessons a week. These take place on a Monday and Thursday. However, it is advisable that the children bring their PE kits to school on Monday and then leave their kits in school for the rest of the week

Swimming starts after February half term for Year 2 children and it is a national expectation that they participate and learn this key life-skill.

Timetable - click the link below to see the class timetable

Sapphire Class Timetable




Diamond Class


Our Year 3 and Year 4 pupils are taught in Diamond Class, which is where our children learn the Lower Key Stage 2 curriculum. The curriculum is delivered on a two-yearly cycle to ensure that pupils receive the full curriculum before moving on to the next stage. Adaptation and differentiation is made where necessary to ensure that the children are appropriately supported and challenged in the learning.

In Diamond Class, pupils embark on an increasing development of independence, which readies them for the next stage in the journey at our school.

At the end of Year 4, pupils undertake the Multiplication Tables Check, which measures their achievement and knowledge of times tables.

Homework

Children in Diamond Class receive homework on a Friday each week, which is due to be completed and returned to school on the following Wednesday. Children are set maths homework on the My Maths website, and complete their tasks online. Literacy homework is set in homework books, which the children take home with them and hand back in on Wednesdays.

Please support your children with their homework and encourage them to ask us about anything they’re unsure on.

Spellings

Each week, the children are set spellings to practise and learn for a spelling test the following week. Time is provided in class during morning registration to practise these words, but a list is also sent home each week, and we advise that some time is given to learning these words at home too.

Home Reading Records

In Diamond Class, the children are set reading each night. To support the future transition to Emerald Class, the amount pages the children read increases throughout the year. In the autumn term, children read 4 pages, then 6 pages in spring term and finally 8 pages in the summer term. Children take home their guided reading books, which they read at home and then discuss in guided reading sessions at school, where they complete a range of different tasks designed to use and develop their comprehension skills.

Please support your children with their reading at home, and build a routine where they have a set time each evening to read their book. We encourage parents to read the book along with their children and support them in writing comments in their reading records each night.

PE

In Diamond class, we have 2 PE lessons a week. These take place on a Monday and Thursday. However, it is advisable that the children bring their PE kits to school on Monday and then leave their kits in school for the rest of the week

Swimming starts after February half term for Year 3 children and it is a national expectation that they participate and learn this key life-skill.

Timetable - click the link below to see the class timetable

Diamond Class Timetable




Emerald Class


Emerald Class is the final stage of the journey through St. John’s. Children spend two years in the class preparing to be ready for secondary school and beyond. The curriculum is delivered on a two-yearly cycle to ensure that pupils receive the full curriculum. Adaptation and differentiation is made where necessary to ensure that the children are appropriately supported and challenged in the learning.

Throughout their time in Emerald Class, pupils build on the independence developed at earlier stages in the school, and become ready to leave St. John’s with confidence in their abilities and a desire to achieve in the wider world, which they will continue to embark on throughout their lives.

At the end of Year 6, pupils undertake SATs. These assessments are a measure of their achievement at primary school and show the progress they have since the KS1 assessments at the end of Year 2.

Homework

Children in Emerald Class receive homework on a Friday each week, which is due to be completed and returned to school on the following Wednesday. Children are set maths homework on the My Maths website, and complete their tasks online. Literacy homework is set in grammar workbooks, which the children take home with them and hand back in on Wednesdays.

Please support your children with their homework and encourage them to ask us about anything they’re unsure on.

Spellings

Each week, the children are set spellings to practise and learn for a spelling test on Wednesdays. Time is provided in class during morning registration to practise these words, but a list is also sent home each week, and we advise that some time is given to learning these words at home too.

Home Reading Records

In Emerald Class, the children are 10 pages to read each night during the school week. On a Thursday, they are set 30 pages to read by Monday. Children take home their guided reading books, which they read at home and then discuss in guided reading sessions at school, where they complete a range of different tasks designed to use and develop their comprehension skills.

Please support your children with their reading at home, and build a routine where they have a set time each evening to read their book. We encourage parents to read the book along with their children and support them in writing comments in their reading records each night.

PE

The children in Emerald Class have PE lessons on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please send your child to school with their PE kit in a bag on Tuesdays. As the whole school wears the school PE kit on Fridays, the children do not need to bring any additional kit for Friday’s PE lesson.

Timetable - click the link below to see the class timetable

Emerald Class Timetable





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