St. John's Catholic Primary School

Oldfield Lane, Bath, Avon, BA2 3NR

01225 303990

stjohnsbath_pri@bathnes.gov.uk

With You Beside Me All Is Possible

Otters

Class teacher: Mrs S Hull and Mrs C Cooper

Dear Parent/Carers
Welcome to our dedicated class page! Whenever we have got anything we would like share - photographs, letters, exciting work we are doing - we'll put it on our page.

Starting No Nonsense Spelling in Term 2

We have attached a copy (below) of our presentation for those parents that were unable to attend our Spelling Sessions. 

No Nonsense Spelling Information for Year 3 & 4

After half term the children in our class will be having spellings tests on a Friday on a fortnightly basis but they will be bringing home spelling activities each week to complete and to bring back by the following Thursday.

Within school we will be spending an increased time on our spelling (3 sessions a week).

 

Here is the Year 3/4 Word List as some parents requested: Year 3 & 4 Word List

and the Year 2 Word List: Year 2 Word List

 

On Wednesday 3rd October, as part of our links with the Camino Partnership of Catholic schools, Otters Class were lucky enough to be chosen to go to Prior Park College for the day. The theme of the day was Laudato Si - this is Pope Francis' plea to the planet to clean up its act and make it the beautiful, caring world which He created. We were split into groups and worked with children from other schools. Most of our time was spent outdoors exploring the woods, listening to the sounds all around us without the busy hush we normally hear, creating pictures using natural materials, making camp fires, sitting outside in the glorious sunshine enjoying a picnic together and, a particular highlight for Otters, designing and building simple boats out of whatever we could find - seed cases, feathers, twigs. We then tested them out to see if they would actually sail - and they did! At the end of the day, we all came together in the beautiful Chapel for a Liturgy where we prayed, listened to a reading from the Gospel and sang our hearts out. It was a wonderful day and we came away with a deeper understanding of how ALL of us need to take better care of God's Creation.

Term 1 September 2019

It's September and we are excited to be starting a new year...

 

Tell Me a Story: Rock On!

Here is some information about our curriculum this term:

Letter to Parents Autumn 1

Tell Me a Story Curriculum Overview

 

Learning Times Tables

This term we will be using Times Table Zappers each day. Read more below:

Times Table Zappers

 

Our Reading Challenge

This year we are excited to be starting a new reading challenge. All the Year 3 & 4 classes are working together to read 100 different books between us. Here are the books. Why not have a look and decide which book you'd like to read next:

Our 100 Book Challenge page 1

Our 100 Book Challenge page 2

Our 100 Book Challenge page 3

Our 100 Book Challenge page 4

Our 100 Book Challenge page 5

TERM 6 July 2018

It's a Wonderful World

Making the most of the glorious sunshine, we decided to take our Art lesson outside and draw a portrait of our friend in our sketch books. We've been learning the techniques needed to be able to draw a face. We're really enjoying our Blank Canvas topic!

World Book Day - 1st March. We really enjoyed dressing up as a character from our favourite book.
World Book Day - 1st March. We really enjoyed dressing up as a character from our favourite book.

TERM 3

Creative Cookery!
Creative Cookery!

Today Mason, Xavier and Poppy had a fantastic time in the kitchen, creating these yummy marzipan treats! Well done my team of creative chefs! :)

Johnny Appleseed Day! What fun! At the beginning of term, all of the children in Years 3 and 4 studied a great American Hero by the name of Johnny Appleseed. His real name was John Chapman but he acquired the name due to his pioneering work of planting appleseeds throughout the Eastern and Midwestern states of America. We wrote a Biography of him and studied other characters like him whose feats became more and more outlandish as they were passed on from settler to settler. This gave rise to the American storytelling tradition of Tall Tales. We even had a go at writing some of our own. There is no doubt that Johnny Appleseed is responsible for many of the Apple Orchards still growing today. Also, it gave us a good excuse for a party at the end of our unit of work and, let's face it, we do love a party in 3/4SH!
Johnny Appleseed Day! What fun! At the beginning of term, all of the children in Years 3 and 4 studied a great American Hero by the name of Johnny Appleseed. His real name was John Chapman but he acquired the name due to his pioneering work of planting appleseeds throughout the Eastern and Midwestern states of America. We wrote a Biography of him and studied other characters like him whose feats became more and more outlandish as they were passed on from settler to settler. This gave rise to the American storytelling tradition of Tall Tales. We even had a go at writing some of our own. There is no doubt that Johnny Appleseed is responsible for many of the Apple Orchards still growing today. Also, it gave us a good excuse for a party at the end of our unit of work and, let's face it, we do love a party in 3/4SH!
Our class were invited to Prior Park College alongside other schools in the Camino Partnership. We walked around the grounds and stopped at various  stations along the way. Some staff and students  from Prior Park talked with us about Laudato Si. This is Pope Francis' message to the world reminding us that we are the stewards of God's beautiful Creation and we have a duty to look after and care for it and all who live in it. After lunch, we went to the Chapel where we took part in a Liturgy and celebrated everyone's efforts. It was a truly wonderful, spiritual day. We will look back on it as a highlight of the year.
Our class were invited to Prior Park College alongside other schools in the Camino Partnership. We walked around the grounds and stopped at various stations along the way. Some staff and students from Prior Park talked with us about Laudato Si. This is Pope Francis' message to the world reminding us that we are the stewards of God's beautiful Creation and we have a duty to look after and care for it and all who live in it. After lunch, we went to the Chapel where we took part in a Liturgy and celebrated everyone's efforts. It was a truly wonderful, spiritual day. We will look back on it as a highlight of the year.
On Friday 13th October, Fr Bill, OSM, came to lead our Rosary devotion. It was the 100th Anniversary (to the very day!) when The Miracle of the Sun occurred. (Ask your child to tell you about what happened to the sun!). This was during the final apparition of Our Lady to the 3 children at Fatima. During the week, we had talked about the 6 times that Mary had appeared to the children and had asked them to pray the Rosary and encourage others to do the same. We remembered to bring our own Rosary beads to help us pray and for those who had none, Fr Bill very kindly provided some for us to keep. There were 5 groups which each acted out one of the Luminous Mysteries. We are always glad to see our Parish Priests in school as it helps us on our faith journey. To have a very calm and prayerful Friday afternoon at the end of a very busy week is always welcome. It set us up for the weekend. Thank you, Fr Bill and thank you to Miss Walker who created the very beautiful artwork.
On Friday 13th October, Fr Bill, OSM, came to lead our Rosary devotion. It was the 100th Anniversary (to the very day!) when The Miracle of the Sun occurred. (Ask your child to tell you about what happened to the sun!). This was during the final apparition of Our Lady to the 3 children at Fatima. During the week, we had talked about the 6 times that Mary had appeared to the children and had asked them to pray the Rosary and encourage others to do the same. We remembered to bring our own Rosary beads to help us pray and for those who had none, Fr Bill very kindly provided some for us to keep. There were 5 groups which each acted out one of the Luminous Mysteries. We are always glad to see our Parish Priests in school as it helps us on our faith journey. To have a very calm and prayerful Friday afternoon at the end of a very busy week is always welcome. It set us up for the weekend. Thank you, Fr Bill and thank you to Miss Walker who created the very beautiful artwork.

During Anti-Bullying Week, we paired up with someone with whom we don’t normally sit next to in our Class Family. We made Friendship Bracelets but here’s the thing, we had to help each other out through teamwork with one of us holding the wool while our partner plaited to make a beautiful Bracelet. We chatted whilst we worked about a practical way in which we could help to stop bullying. We want to thank Miss Walker for her great help and advice.

 

Our Faith is very important to us and we like to take as many opportunities as possible to talk to God and tell Him what’s on our mind. We were given a wonderful chance to “fix things” with God and tell Him about a time recently when we made the wrong choice. We wrote these down on pieces of paper and then carried them up to the Reception Quiet Area. Mr Hamilton had built a fire pit and we sat quietly and reflected on how we could put things right with God. Before this, we had talked in our Class Family about how God always forgives us if we are truly sorry and wants us to move on and forget about it. We can learn from our mistakes in the past but once He has forgiven us, we don’t need to keep carrying round that burden. With God’s love and power of forgiveness, it is gone. We listened to Mr Hamilton as he reminded us that being sorry is the first step to God’s Forgiveness and moving on. One by one, we crushed our piece of paper and threw it into the fire – ooh, that felt SO GOOD! Thank you, Mr Hamilton for your kind words of encouragement and for being able to sit together and remember just how loved we are by Our Father God.

SNOW!!! Do we need to say anymore?? We were beside ourselves with excitement. Those tiny flakes of hexagonal magic never lose their appeal - whether you are 7 and 8 or.... considerably older! We want to thank God for ... well .... SNOW!!