Welcome to St John the Baptist's Class
Class Teacher: Mr Fishman
Teaching Assistant: Miss Hill
I am thrilled to join the team here at St Joseph's and look forward to a prosperous year ahead, working with and getting to know you all. It gives me great pleasure to teach your children and for all of us to learn and grow together.
I will try my best to post here on a regular basis of any news in class, photos of the children's learning and links to any websites or resources that are appropriate.
Please do not hesitate to speak to me about anything at all that relates to your child's learning. There is no question too silly and no problem too small.
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 15
Here are the results from week 14:
1st - Andrew - 5204 points - 200 coin prize
2nd - Ganza - 2717 points - 100 coin prize
3rd - Alex -2384 points - 50 coin prize
4th - Lukas - 373 points - 50 coin prize
5th - Joshua- 174 points - 50 coin prize
As Andrew holds onto the top spot for the 6th week (incredible job Andrew!) we welcome Joshua for the first time into the top 5!
PLUS: thank you to all these children who logged in to participate and also earned themselves a 50 coin prize: Vera, Archie, Mark, Louie, Riley and Emma
Next week I will again reward anyone who logs in with a 50 coin prize.
Weekly Home Learning Packs - WB 6.7.20
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 14
Here are the results from week 14:
1st - Andrew - 1586 points - 200 coin prize
2nd - Ganza - 962 points - 100 coin prize
3rd - Scarlett -202 points - 50 coin prize
4th - Archie - 176 points - 50 coin prize
5th - Alex - 147 points - 50 coin prize
As Andrew holds onto the top spot we welcome Archie for the first time into the top 5! It's also lovely to see Scarlett back.
PLUS: thank you to all these children who logged in to participate and also earned themselves a 50 coin prize: Lukas, Vera, Nolly, Louie, Sofia, Mia, Emma and Mark.
Next week I will also reward anyone who logs in with a 50 coin prize.
Here are some pictures of the wonderful learning that has been going on at home over the last few weeks.....
Lukas explores his new writing gadget Mark works hard on his Maths skills using Sumdog Rashid holds his completed work with pride
Thank you so much to Lukas, Mark and Rashid who have sent in work they have been doing - it's just so wonderful to see.
Please remember that communication lines are still open and work packs are still available to collect from the school foyer and online.
I look forward to seeing some more photos over the next few weeks! Please email these to
Weekly Home Learning Packs - WB 29.6.20
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 13
Here are the results from week 13:
1st - Andrew - 1686 points - 200 coin prize
2nd - Ganza - 1052 points - 100 coin prize
3rd - Lukas -627 points - 50 coin prize
4th - Alex- 337 points - 50 coin prize
5th - Mark- 8 points - 50 coin prize
Congratulations to Andrew who is becoming our Sumdog master with his 4th week at the top - what an amazing achievement Andrew! Well done also to Ganza, Lukas and Mark who have held their spots in the top 5.
BONUS - anyone who logs in and participates this week to Week 14 will also receive a 50 coin prize!
Weekly Home Learning Packs - WB 22.6.20
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 12
Here are the results from week 12:
1st - Andrew - 1614 points - 200 coin prize
2nd - Ganza - 1270 points - 100 coin prize
3rd - Lukas -946 points - 50 coin prize
4th - Kadie- 378 points - 50 coin prize
5th - Mark- 204 points - 50 coin prize
Congratulations yet again to Andrew who holds his spot in first place for the third consecutive week earning himself a 200 coin prize. Well done as always to our other winners and a warm welcome back to the top 5 Kadie!
Thank you also to these children who participated in the week 12 challenge: Vera, Scarlett, Emma, Lin, Megan, Nolly, Loen
Weekly Home Learning Packs - WB 15.6.20
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 11
Here are the results from week 11:
1st - Andrew - 3896 points - 200 coin prize
2nd - Ganza - 2311 points - 100 coin prize
3rd - Lukas -651 points - 50 coin prize
4th - Mark- 257 points - 50 coin prize
5th - Scarlett - 223 points - 50 coin prize
What an exciting week it was with some incredible scores! Congratulations to Andrew who has kept his spot in first place for the second week in a row and earned himself a massive 200 coin prize and well done to all our other winners.
Thank you also to Lin, Vera, Alex, Riley, Kadie, Rashid, Emma for logging in to participate.
Bike Share Drawing Competition
Today Brighton and Hove Council have launched a competition to draw an image to be printed on the skirt guard of some of the Bike Share bikes that are available across the city. Year 4 students have been asked to design a simple template for one of the two types of bikes available.
I know there are some incredible artists in this class and hope that some of you get creative and enter this competition.
Finished entries must be emailed to email@example.com by Monday 6th July.
You can find more information and the template for your designs here:
Weekly Home Learning Packs - WB 8.6.20
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 10
Here are the results from week 10:
1st - Andrew - 6007 points
2nd - Ganza - 4502 points
3rd - Scarlett -77 points
4th - Alex- 25 points
Considering that this was half term week it was wonderful to see the 4 children above continue to use Sumdog even though we were on half term holiday. To celebrate your achievements I am going to award each of this week's top scorers 100 gold coins each! Also, congratulations Andrew on an incredible score!
Remember - that from week 11 there will be coin prizes to the top 5 highest scores...
Hi there everyone and welcome back
I hope you have all had a wonderful half term break and as always I hope you and your families are safe, well and happy.
For the time being our class learning will continue on as it was before, with a different home learning pack available every Monday both in school and online and there is the weekly Sumdog Challenge - now with gold coin prizes! I have loved seeing pictures of all the wonderful work you have been doing outside of the classroom and I look forward to seeing so many more this term. I will put a selection of the best ones I receive on our class page every week and hope to see as many faces as possible.
Till next time, take care, be safe and keep smiling. Mr F x
Weekly Home Learning Packs - WB 1.6.20
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 9
Here are the results from week 9:
1st - Ganza- 1444 points
2nd - Lukas- 1255 points
3rd - Scarlett - 517 points
4th - Emma - 513 points
5th - Rashid - 184 points
Congratulations again to Ganza who remains strong in first position and well done to Lukas for holding the second place for three weeks in a row!
As always, thank you to these children who also participated: Alex, Nolly, Vera and Lin.
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 8
Here are the results from week 8:
1st - Ganza- 1547 points
2nd - Lukas- 1450 points
3rd - Lin- 602 points
4th - Misty- 545 points
5th - Scarlett- 327 points
What an exciting week it was! Huge congratulations to Ganza who holds on to the top spot for his forth consecutive week.
The scores this week were amazingly high which shows me how hard some of you are working. Thank you to all the children who regularly participate and a special well done to Lin who makes her first appearance in the top 5 and a warm welcome back to the top 5 Misty.
Well done and thank you to these children who also participated this week: Riley, Alex, Mia, Andrew, Emma, Rashid, Vera, Alfie and Nolly
NEW - Points mean Prizes!
Starting after the half term (Sumdog maths challenge week 11), I will award coins to the children who place in the top 5.
1st Place = 200 coins
2nd Place = 100 coins
3rd = 50 coins
4th = 50 coins
5th = 50 coins
Here are some pictures of the wonderful learning taking place at home over the past week. Thank you to all the children who have sent work in - it's absolutely wonderful to see. Keep up the good work one and all!
Archie making VE day bunting Lukas drawing with his new gadget Rashid's completed home learning Alex's Roman Shield
Rashid's underwater setting description Lukas' underwater setting description Riley's 'hidden story'
Weekly Home Learning Packs - WB 18.5.20
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 7
Here are the results from week 7:
1st - Ganza- 831 points
2nd - Lukas- 825 points
3rd - Rashid - 645 points
4th - Alex- 490 points
5th - Scarlett- 474 points
Congratulations to Ganza who holds on to the top spot for his third week in a row, amazingly this week there were only 6 points difference this week for the top spot so well done Lukas for getting so close!
Thanks also to these children who participated too: Emma, Mark, Riley, Sofia and Alfie.
Weekly Home Learning Packs - WB 11.5.20
Thank you to the children who are regularly picking up the work packs. I hope you are enjoying them.
As always, please remember to email photos of the work you have completed to be shared on our class page.
Here are the packs for this week:
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 6
Here are the results from week 6:
1st - Ganza- 1601 points
2nd - Rashid- 1535 points
3rd - Alex- 946 points
4th - Lukas- 748 points
5th - Scarlett- 545 points
Congratulations to Ganza who holds on to the top spot for his second week in a row, and a huge well done to Scarlett who has placed in the top 5 for the first time.
As always, thank you to all of these children who logged on this week and participated too: Alfie, Mia, Riley, Nolly, Mark, Vera, Emma, Lin and Kadie.
Weekly Home Learning Packs
Every Monday new weekly work packs will be available for collection from the school foyer.
Don't worry though if you are unable to make it into school as the packs will also be posted here on our class page for you to download.
Here are the packs for this week:
Here are some more pictures of the wonderful learning taking place at home:
Archie playing scrabble Mark building his own replica of Hadrian's wall Mia's birthday poster for Captain Tom
Sofia's writing about the Roman army and a 'wanted' poster for Boudicca
You can also have your work displayed on our class page by sending pictures of your home learning to:
Keep up the great work everyone :-)
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 5
Here are the results from week 5:
1st - Ganza- 2385 points
2nd - Alex- 1939 points
3rd - Alfie- 1531 points
4th - Lukas- 1048 points
5th - Ruby- 600 points
After 4 weeks of missing out on the top spot, well done to Ganza with his first win. Another massive well done also goes to both Alfie and Ruby who have made their first appearance and Lukas for his third.
I'm thrilled to see so many more of you using Sumdog this week and to these children who also participated in the maths competition: Sofia, Nolly, Lin, Vera, Kadie, Mark, Scarlett, Riley, Loen and Emma
Keep up the great work everyone!
Here are some pictures of the wonderful learning happening at at home.
Mark on Sumdog Riley's creative writing Sofia baking cookies Scarlett gardening
Remember you can send pictures of your home learning to:
I look forward to seeing many more!
NEW Topic - The Romans
Our new topic for the Summer term is The Romans.
Over the next few weeks I'd love to see what you can research and learn about these famous warriors and their empire.
Here are some questions to get you started:
Which countries were taken over by the Romans and where did it all start?
How did the Romans manage to conquer Britain?
Who is Boudicca and why is she remembered?
Were the Romans Christians? Who did they worship?
How did Rome get its name?
Projects: how can you present your work in an exciting or creative way?
Write a diary entry describing the daily life of a soldier
Draw maps that show the growth and expansion of the empire
Write some comprehension questions for your classmates to answer
Create the front page of a newspaper or a 'wanted' poster for Boudicca
Retell the story of Romulus and Remus through drama
Design your own crest and make a traditional Roman shield.
Please send pictures of the work you have done to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(please put child's name and class as the subject)
Here are some excellent links to help you with your projects:
I look forward to seeing all the wonderful work over the next few weeks and above all, I hope that you and your families are all safe, well and happy.
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 4
Here are the results from week 4:
1st - Mark- 1951 points
2nd - Alex- 1549 points
3rd - Ganza- 1342 points
4th - Kadie- 67 points
5th - Emma- 29 points
A very special well done to Mark who has now won his second week, and another special well done to Emma who makes her first appearance in the top 5.
Thank you to these children who also have logged in and used Sumdog over the past 7 days :
Alfie, Andrew, Lukas, Nolly, Scarlett, and Sofia
I wonder which new names will appear next week..........?
To find more ideas, resources and links for home learning and to see what your school friends have been up to, please follow this link to the HOME LEARNING page.
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 3
Thank you to all of the students who are still regularly logging in to use Sumdog - I hope that you are enjoying using all the wonderful games that the site has to offer.
Here are the results from week 3.
1st - Alex- 1468 points
2nd - Mark- 991 points
3rd - Ganza- 895 points
4th - Misty- 369 points
5th - Rashid - 153 points
A very special well done to Alex who has now won his second week, and another special well done to Misty who makes her first appearance in the top 5.
As Easter draws upon us, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, safe and blessed weekend.
May this time for you all be filled of love, health, happiness and of course chocolate!
Sending my best wishes to you all.
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition: Week 2
Many thanks to all of you who are regularly logging into Sumdog and accessing the wonderful learning resources and games that the website has to offer.
The weekly maths challenges will continue during the Easter holidays in addition to many other challenges I have set.
Here are the results from Week 2
1st - Mark - 2568 points
2nd - Ganza - 2256 points
3rd - Alex - 1958 points
4th - Lukas - 1072 points
5th - Kadie - 312 points
Congratulations to Mark with a monumental score of 2568. I wonder who will win Week 3.....?
Sumdog Weekly Maths Competition
Every week from 8am Monday - 6pm Friday the children have the opportunity to compete in a Weekly Maths Competition (to find this, when logged into Sumdog please click on 'tasks' and then 'weekly maths competition.' The competition wont show until the time has begun.
Here are the results from Week 1.
Congratulations to Alex with an incredible score of 1716 in a week! I wonder who will win Week 2.....?
Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who has picked up their home learning book - I hope you are enjoying the activities.
For those of you that haven't been able to pick them up they are still available in the lobby, please tick next to your child's name to let me know you have taken it home. If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact me through the office or email and I will answer them as soon as I can.
Secondly, I have put the link here to a very good website that has many English and maths games which are suitable for all ages and all ability levels.
Here are two games that I think are particularly good: for maths - 100 Hunt and English - LCWC.
100 Hunt - choose which interval you want to count in (I would suggest 10 or 20 more/less for Year 3 and 9/11 more less for Year 4). The look at the target number and click on the correct answer.
LCWC - Look Cover Write Check - Choose the words you want to practice spelling. Try your best to memorise the spellling of your word as it appears at the top. When the screen appears and covers up the word, try and type it to the best of your memory. If you're right you will move on to the next word, if wrong the screen reveals the word for you to look again for another try.
There are many other games on this website for you (and your child) to explore together.
With my best wishes to you all,
HOME LEARNING PACKS
Dear parents and carers,
I hope that this message finds you and your families well.
As the school closes for the unforeseeable future, the children who were in school today (Friday) took home books that include a list of suggested activities that they can complete at home. These books have been prepared for all members of the class and will be available to pick up on Monday morning in the school lobby. If you are unable to collect this in person the activity sheets that were prepared can be downloaded here:
The school’s expectation is that children continue to: read every day for 10 mins and write comments in the reading diary, practice learning their times tables and master the spellings for their year group.
FREE ONLINE LEARNING....
Fortunately, several websites that the school has subscriptions to have allowed all our children to have unlimited access to their website whilst we are not in school. Children have been provided with passwords to access these sites but if you would like a reminder of your child’s passwords please contact the school office on 01273 556607.
Here are the links to the websites the children have access to.
I will upload more information and other websites links in the very near future.
With kind regards,
Week Beginning: Monday 16th March 2020
'Surviving' a Survival Workshop
Today the children in St John's class were very lucky to participate in a workshop led by The Outdoors Project. To support our learning of how to survive in different extreme climates, the children took their hands to kindling fires, building shelters, gathering wood and a mad dash race to grab survival items. The children had an absolutely wonderful time outside of the classroom with their hands-on learning.
Here are some pictures of the wonderful times had by all!
Week Beginning: Monday 24th February 2020
As part of our learning about fractions St John Class designed their own pizzas with different toppings.They then had to write the different fractions of the different slices. Lots of fun was had by all!
Week Beginning: Monday 10th February 2020
Survival Workshop and Half term Homework
On Tuesday 17th March 2020 the children will be taking part in a workshop based on our topic Extreme Survival run by The Outdoors Project. To help cover the cost of this we are asking each family to contribute £3 payable via ParentPay. A letter with more detailed information was sent home today with the children but you can download another copy of the letter HERE
The next Power Project for half term was handed out as homework today for the children to complete over the half term.
To download another copy of the suggested activities please click HERE
Wishing you all a peaceful and happy half term break :)
Week Beginning: Monday 27th January 2020
This week we have been learning about the process of evaporation. The children were split into small groups to reenact what happens to the particles in liquids when heated. Here are a couple of our favourites...
Week Beginning Monday 20th January 2020
This week we reached an exciting section of our class novel 'Bear Grylls' Desert Adventure' as our protagonist Sophie magically finds herself lost in a desert with only Bear Grylls to help her(!). As her guide, Grylls teaches Sophie some vital survival skills in the desert including how to best protect your head with a shemagh - a head and face covering to protect it from harsh sun and sandstorms.
Today we had lots of fun learning how to tie one ourselves before we write instructions for someone else to follow...
Welcome back to the Spring Term 2020
Welcome back to the Spring Term 2020.
We wish all of our pupils and their friends and families a very happy and healthy new year.
Please click HERE to see our learning booklet for this term. A paper copy will be coming home with your child shortly.
Reading Records and Homework
Please encourage your child to read as often as possible (ideally at least four times a week.) This can be to themselves, to a family member or to a sibling. PLEASE remember to record it in the reading record books. These will be collected once a week every Monday.
Homework (spelling and times tables) will be given out every Friday. Children are expected to complete the homework given in preparation for a test the following Friday.
PLEASE ensure your child brings their pink homework book every Friday to both take their test and stick in the new homework.
We are encouraging all pupils to complete as much as possible in their 'Activity Passports' again this year. The passports have now been handed out to children to complete as much as they can by 24th February. If you can't find your passport you can download another version here.
Week Beginning Monday 6th January 2020
A 'stunning start' to our new topic: Extreme Survival
This week St John the Baptist class began our new topic of Extreme Survival. We will spend the Spring term learning about how to survive in extreme environments. We will spend the first part of the term focusing on hot climates and then after the half term we will focus on cold environments.
For our stunning start we focused on the most important survival skill: how to create an effective shelter. The children were asked to bring in recyclable materials such as cardboard, plastic, string and carpet. Each group then had to create the most effective and resilient shelter. The groups had lots of fun working together.
Week Beginning Monday 16th December 2019
The Children in St John the Baptist enjoyed some fun party games and lots of delicious food for our end of term Christmas party. We would like to thank you all so much for your support this term and wish all family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Mr Fishman and Miss Hill
Week Beginning Monday 16th December 2019
A 'Fantastic Finish' to our China Topic
To end our learning about China, St John the Baptist class worked together to perform a traditional Chinese dragon dance. They used dragons made out of egg boxes that were painted and then decorated with crepe paper 'whiskers'. We hope you enjoy watching this dance as much as we enjoyed doing it!
Week Beginning Monday 2nd December 2019
Un, deux, trois...
This week St John the Baptist class were very lucky to have Madame Miché (a French speaking parent volunteer) join us in our French lesson to help us learn numbers 1-10. We loved playing games with dice that were not only fun but encouraged us to both speak French numbers and helped with our addition skills too!
Week Beginning 25th November 2019
Expanded Noun Phrases
This week we have been learning how to make our writing more interesting by including expanded noun phrases. We learnt that we can modify nouns by adding in adjectives, prepositions and even nouns to make it more descriptive for the reader. Here are some pictures of us hard at work practicing writing some. Maybe you could think of some yourself to describe these nouns: cat, table, pen, the United Kingdom, a cross.
Week Beginning Monday 18th November 2019
This week we created role play scenarios of different problems that the children face at school. We discussed many different solutions and children offered ideas on how to best 'inter-friend'.
Week Beginning Monday 18th November 2019
We are learning about the Human Digestive System in science. This week, to help us learn about the many different functions we explored the digestive system through drama and physical theatre . We worked in groups to describe a different part of the system and then joined them all together to create one long cycle.
We hope you enjoy our theatrics and watching our hard work..!
Reading records will be collected every Monday and returned the next day. The expectation is for students to read with an adult at least 4 times a week and to record relevant comments in their reading record.
Spellings and times tables will be given out on Fridays. Children should be encouraged to learn these to memory in preparation for a test the following Friday.
PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit and that everything has their name in it, clearly labelled.
It was wonderful meeting some of you on Tuesday after school. For those of you who could not make it please find the handout given HERE
CHINA DAY - FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2019
We had a 'stunning start' to our new topic China by tasting some traditional Chinese foods, writing our names using traditional Chinese calligraphy and learning some basic Tai Chi moves.
Thank you to all of your for making this day so special - you all looked so fabulous wearing red. (We just now need to practise our chopsticks skills!)
St John the Baptist class started their French lessons this week. We learnt how to say some basic greetings such as: "bonjour", "comment t'appelles tu?" and "je m'appelle..."
We then learnt some colours in French and created our own rainbows.
Week Beginning Monday 16th September 2019
Yesterday, the children in St John the Baptist went on an invertebrate hunt (that's a living thing without a backbone to you and me!). The children loved exploring outside in the wooded area of the playground and especially enjoyed using the special equipment to try and capture the invertebrates. We then brought our findings back to class and discussed what we had found, where they were and how we could classify them.
Week Beginning Monday 23rd September 2019
Happy New Year!
To celebrate the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanna) the children ate some apples dipped in honey.
The apples symbolise new life and honey for sweetness.
When eaten together they help us to have a 'sweet new year'.
Week Beginning Monday 30th September 2019
Happy Grandparents' Week
The children in St John the Baptist worked really hard to learn a song all about nouns which they then performed for nearly 100 adults as part of the whole school's celebrations for Grandparents' Week. It was a wonderful performance that was enjoyed very much by both the audience, teachers and the children themselves. In case you weren't able to make it, (or want to watch it again!) here it is below:
Week Beginning Monday 7th October 2019
This week at St Joseph's was other faiths week and this time round it was Judaism. In our first lesson we learnt that the holy Jewish scripture is called the Torah and it's actually a text we already knew, The Old Testament. Then in our second lesson we saw that the Torah is written in a language called Hebrew and we then tried our hand at painting the famous Hebrew word for peace which is Shalom.
Week Beginning Monday 14th October 2019
We are column addition clever clogs!
This week in maths, the children of St John's have been working hard consolidating their adding skills by learning how to use column addition. We worked together in small groups to practise how to add large numbers and most importantly how to accurately carry numbers that cross the hundreds or thousands.
Week Beginning Monday 21st October 2019
Commemorating the life of Mary Seacole
This week at St Joseph's the whole school participated in an assembly to celebrate the lives of influential black heroes of the past. St John's class were given the privilege to present the life of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican/British Nurse who became a heroine of the Crimean War. St John's class were split into different groups with each one depicting a different part of Mary's life through a frozen picture, or a narrative tableaux as Mr Fishman likes to call them! Here are some highlights below:
Week Beginning Monday 4th November 2019
The Sacrament of Confirmation
This week the children in St John's learnt about the Sacrament of Confirmation. We learnt that after being Confirmed by a Bishop, the Holy Spirit allows all Christians to practice their faith in every aspect of their lives and to be with Christ in every situation. We then designed some beautiful artwork inspired by the prayer: "come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful and en kindle in them the fire of thy love."
Here is a picture of the artwork we created which is proudly on display in our classroom.