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 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 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 books are send out on Thursday and due back on Tuesday
Book from reading corner to share (Nursery continues throughout year)
As above plus reading scheme book
As above & RML ditty book
September – February:
Reception - Tuesday afternoon
February – July:
Nursery – Tuesday afternoon
Reception – Thursday afternoon linking with Year 1
Spring timetable P.M 2020-2021
Summer timetable A.M. 2020-2021
Summer timetable P.M. 2020-2021
Welcome back to this new academic year! Despite only being the first few days into the year, we are delighted with how well the pupils have settled into Sapphire Class and the progress that are beginning to make already in their learning and general development. The transition from Ruby into Sapphire Class is a big transition. However, our Year 1 children have adapted and risen to the early challenges of Sapphire exceptionally well and we are extremely proud! I have been equally impressed with Year 2 who have been exceptionally caring and fantastic role-models for our new Year 1! I am a very lucky teacher to have such a great class!
As I made you aware during the meeting, this was recorded on Teams so please feel free to log into Teams, download the recording and watch the meeting over should you feel this would be advantageous to you. This will be available for you to download for two weeks; of which afterwards the video will ‘expire’ and will no longer be downloadable.
I am fully aware there is a lot of information here. If you have any questions, please do catch me at the gate at the end of the day, or feel free to email me directly at James.Stringer@stjohnsprimarysch.org.uk. However, with the latter, please be mindful that I will be teaching and won’t be able to respond immediately. I will however endeavour to respond as soon as possible.
Staff: The staffing structure in Sapphire Class this academic year will consist of Mr Stringer (Class Teacher) and Mrs Hargate (Teaching Assistant).
Other adults will be working in Sapphire Class for certain lessons/activities, including:
- Mrs. Gatward ( Assistant Headteacher)
- Mrs. Hocyk (Relief Teaching Assistant/ Parent Mentor) various lessons throughout the week, including Humanities.
- Madame Sylvie for French (for Yr.2 only)
- Mrs. Miller for Music ( Yr. 2 can attend choir on a Wednesday 3pm – 4pm)
- Mr. Pople for P.E. and after school club
We are very fortunate in the school to have a range of specialist teachers which really enhances the teaching and learning for the pupils in Sapphire Class.
Structure: In the morning, we ‘split’ the class into small, nurturing groups for Reading/Phonics, Writing and Maths. This allows us to really target the learning in accordance to the needs of the group as well as the latest assessment data which we use to inform our planning on a weekly basis. We find that the children in their groups really feel comfortable just to the small nature and this really helps to further accelerate the learning that takes place.
The groups the children are put into are very fluid, meaning we do move children around at times to ensure the group they are in is always the correct one in terms of pace and manageability as well as the needs that arise. It is then in the afternoon we come back together as a class.
Monday and Thursday – PE kit as these are our PE days. Please ensure the correct kit is worn.
Tuesday and Wednesday – normal uniform in accordance to the Uniform Policy
Friday – either normal uniform or PE kit!
Reading Records: Over the course of the week (Friday – Thursday), it is expected that there are five clear entries in the reading record. These will be expected to be in school on a Friday along with the reading books from the week. We will thoroughly check these reading records for these entries and will be signed by an adult. These will then be re-distributed, along with new reading books on a Friday. Please ensure you spend at least 15-20 minutes per evening engaging with a high-quality, engaging reading session. I really cannot fully emphasise enough just how crucial this is.
For ideas of what you could comment on in the reading record, please refer to page 2 in your supplementary resource booklet.
Phonics Practice: I cannot express enough the importance and significance of daily phonic practice at home. In school, we dedicate 20 minutes on a daily basis for phonics where we revise Tricky Red Words, Speed Sounds Sets 2 and 3, different ‘real’ and ‘alien’ words and much more. Please do ensure that this is followed up at home on a daily basis as phonics really does support everything else in school! For more support and resources, please refer to pages 2/3 in your supplementary resource booklet.
Phonic Screening Check: In the June of Yr.1, children complete a ‘Phonic Screening Check’. This is a list of 40 words (some real, some nonsense, some are tricky red words). This is completed 1:1 with Mrs. Notley. The purpose of this test is to test pupil’s ability to use their phonic knowledge to read these words correctly. The vast majority of the words in the check are phonetically plausible, meaning they can be sounded out and read correctly should the sounds be blended together accurately. Words contain sounds from all Speed Set Sounds (especially SS2 and SS3). The pass mark over the last few years has been 32/40. If this is not passed in the July of Year 1, then pupils are required to re-sit this Check when they are in Year 2.
Book Bags: These should be brought into school on a Wednesday along with homework and a Friday along with reading books/reading records. These do not need to come into school on a Monday, Tuesday or a Thursday.
Behaviour: We will continue to use the whole-school behaviour chart system (new to Year 1).
Each day, all children will start on green and it is an expectation that the children end the day on green. At the end of every half-term, pupils who have stayed on green for the entire half-term will receive a certificate in the final celebration assembly. Then, if your child has spent the entire academic year on green, they will have a ‘special afternoon’ in July where these children will spend an afternoon out of classroom participating in a special event (to be discussed with and agreed by our school council). A child will move down the chart if they do not follow the classroom/school expectations; if this is the case, they will need to ensure that by the end of the day their behaviour is at an expected level so that they can start the next day on green. For more information on this, please refer to your resource booklet (page 6).
Dojo and Team Points: In order to further promote positive behaviour and expectations in Sapphire, we will be using Class Dojo. This is a point-based reward system. At the beginning of the year, we agree as a class what these positive behaviour rules are that we can get points for. When we see a child demonstrating one of these characteristics (or more), we will award them with a point. On a Friday, the girl and boy in both year groups with the most points will receive a prize from the raffle box!
In school, we also have ‘Team Points’, with the children split into four teams (Ennis, Farah, Wiggins and Simmonds). In Sapphire, we are saying that for every 10 dojo points a child receives, this will equate then to 1 Team Point.
Homework – general message: Homework is a really important part of a child’s learning and we really need all parents support with this. Homework will always be differentiated to ensure that the level of challenge provided will be correct for your child and matches what is being taught in your child’s group.
All homework will be given to your child on a Friday and will be expected back to be completed by the following Wednesday. The completion of this homework is so crucial as tasks are carefully assigned to reinforce and consolidate the learning taking place in school.
All children will be given two homework books – a Literacy book and a Maths book. The task sheet will be stuck into these books on a double page spread and it is an expectation that homework is completed in either a pencil or a handwriting pen (if your child has one in school). Please do not complete any homework using other equipment, including gel pens and felt tip pens. When I mark the homework ready for re-distribution on a Friday, not only will I be marking it for content, but also for key things such as presentation, effort and neatness.
Spellings: Your child will also be given a copy of their spellings on Friday in their Literacy homework book and they will need to know them for a test the following Thursday. The words in the spelling grid are differentiated in terms of the number of words – some children will receive up to 5 words and then, when we feel they are ready, this will slowly increase until they reach 10 words per week. These spellings are linked with the sound(s) that is/are the focus in the week’s Phonic lesson. In Year 1, we begin giving spellings once the children are settled and we feel they are ready, but Year 2 will receive spellings from Friday 10 September!
Dictated Sentences: These sentences are designed to put the words in the spelling grid into a context so pupils can see how the words on their spelling grid can be used in everyday writing! The idea of this is to also help develop the key skill of ‘holding information.’ To complete this correctly:
- Read chunks of a sentence out to your child at a time (up to you how much you read at any one time)
- The pupils ‘hold’ what you have just said and repeat it back to you
- The pupils then write this down
- Repeat this process until the sentence has been written.
- Check the writing to ensure: it is as neat as it can be, capital letters & full stops are accurately used, accuracy of the spelling and letter formation/sizes/joins
Times Tables: Year 2 pupils are signed up on Times Tables Rock Star and will be expected to practise their times tables at least three times a week (Monday to Friday). I am able to log into Times Tables Rockstars and monitor the frequency of logins. Early practice is key, as by the end of Year 4, it is a national requirement that children know their times tables in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check. Therefore, it is really important that quality time is devoted to this. By the end of Year 2, it is a requirement that pupils know multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times table.
Again, I fully understand and appreciate this is a lot of information but please do not hesitate to talk to me/email me at James.Stringer@stjohnsprimarysch.org.uk and I will response to you as soon as is possible.
Resource Booklet: Click Here
Timetable - click the link below to see the class timetable
Diamond Class Meeting 2021 Friday 10th September
Mr Law- Maths
Mr Larkin- English, Guided Reading, Geography, History, PSHE, Art
Mr Pople- PE, Maths and Reading support
Mrs Miller -Music
Every child is in a reading group reading the same text. The Children will be set questions each week by their respective teacher. Guided reading sessions are on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the questions (usually) being sent out on a Monday and are due in for the Thursday so we can answer them as a group. Comprehension style questions will be set on a regular basis to check their understanding of the text and ensure they are on track. This will be in a small blue exercise book.
Each child has an account on Timestables Rock Stars which will help them to learn and become quicker on their timestables. Your child will receive their login details this week and for those children that are still developing this, it would be great to practise on a regular basis. They will also all get maths on a weekly basis via My Maths. If there are any problems with anything to do with the online maths learning then please Email Mr Law at email@example.com.
We have a weekly spelling test first thing on a Wednesday morning. Children will receive their spellings each week to learn at home. They will also have time first thing every morning to complete their look, cover, spell activity.
Full school uniform is to be worn on a daily basis apart from our PE days which is a Tuesday and a Friday. If a child is going to a club they will need to bring in their PE kit in a bag to change into. Clubs for Emerald class children are as follows:
Monday Netball 3pm-4pm
Tuesday Football 3pm-4pm
Wednesday Choir 3pm-4pm
Thursday Tennis 3pm-4pm
Friday Tag Rugby 8am-8:45am Running club/circuits 11:40am-12pm
We will regularly be being endeavoring to visit Hilly Fields to continue our outdoor activities and rewards system that worked very well during the summer term of the last academic year. We will be following the same behaviour rules as last year, where if a child has to have their behaviour managed by a member of staff, then they will move from the green to the yellow and if they are spoken to again they will move to orange and therefore miss the trip to hilly fields. These trips will be occurring twice per half term and all children will start back on green at the start of every new day.
We will also be hoping to take visits to London’s many museums and galleries to support our learning but in the current climate these are still to be confirmed.
Attendance and Punctuality:
It is crucial your child attends school on a regular basis as we are moving through the curriculum quickly and if they are off for a few days they can get behind. Diamond start work at 8:45am so it is also crucial your child is in on time as there are early morning tasks to complete during registration which support their learning.
If you have any concerns please contact me, in the first instance, on my email address: Jack.Larkin@stjohnsprimarysch.org.uk I will try to respond as soon as possible. Otherwise I am around on the gate every morning for quick questions and in the afternoon as well.
Timetable - click the link below to see the class timetable
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.
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.
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.
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