Covid 19 - Information and Updates

We will keep you updated on all aspects of the COVID 19 situation including all the latest government advice.    

Talking To Children About Coronavirus

It helps to talk to children about anything they are concerned about. The following 2 sites offer great support with this.

If your children are curious about how germs spread and how hand washing helps, take a look at the following 2 links.

Monday 30th March 

Due to the circumstances all residentials this year will be cancelled. We are currently sorting out how we are going to make refunds to everyone. Please bear with us and we will be in touch.

Thank you.

Monday 30th March 

Today is the first day of the Easter Holidays. It's ok to put down those home learning packs and have a break. It is time to have fun, get creative and make happy family memories that we can take from this worrying period that we are all going through. Please share your photos of what you are getting upto this week. We would love you to stay in touch over the break. Stay safe everyone If you need any ideas, Twinkl have come up with loads of Easter activities for you to complete at home over the next two weeks.


Even though it is the Easter Break, these 3 are still hard at work today! Great commitment guys! Well done. 

Last week, rainbows to spread hope, this week a ray of sunshine to spread happiness. Draw, paint or make a 'Sun' picture, take a photo and then share with us. Looking forward to seeing your work! How creative can you be?


Peanut butter cookies, bread, Easter buns and mushroom soup were all on the menu today


Making slime and robot building


When you can’t go to cheerleading training it will come to you! This year 4 did her session over zoom with her teammates today. Great to see friends staying in touch!

Hi Y5JS,

Miss Steward here! I hope you are all well and looking after yourselves. It’s been lovely seeing what some of you have been doing over the past week. Keep sending in your pictures to show us what you're up to and make sure you are having lots of fun.

We were a very small class on our last day as you can see. It was also Miss Southwell’s last day with us and I know she missed saying goodbye to everyone. She has promised to keep in touch and has sent me this this message to pass on to you:

Year 5, I hope you’re all staying safe, working hard, but most importantly having lots of fun! Keep being the wonderful young people you are proving to be during this confusing time. I miss teaching you all while having lots of laughs, see you all soon, and stay positive!

Miss Southwell

We hope that you have all enjoyed joining in the TT Rockstars Battle of the Bands. What a battle it turned out to be between year 5 and 6. Much to Mr Horner's joy, year 6 came out top. Some great scores with Bob winning for year 6 and Vera for year 5. In lower school, Baby Coribi is the outright winner and has scored the highest across all the school. This is brilliant. Big well done. Year 3 have battled to try and regain some ground over year 4 and it is wonderful to see everyone having a go. We will be starting another battle on Wednesday running until 8pm on Sunday. We will let you know when 'The battle commences'.

Well done everyone.


Sunday 29th March 

Hi year 4. Hope you are all well and keeping safe. I was in school all last week and spent yesterday looking after my horse, Tequila. I've also had chance to catch up on our

Facebook page and wow you have all been busy. It's been great to see what you've all getting up to- Jayden keeping very busy, Tom's tiger writing, Amaia's French bookmark, Harvey enjoying his picnic, Thomas' excellent scavenger skills... keep up the good work everyone!! Xxx I'm also missing choir and anyone who wants to keep singing join Gareth Malone's Great British Home Chorus. I've been joining in at home Mon-Fri with other Waldershelf members and it's good fun. Fantastic score on TT Rockstars Rory. Come on the rest of year 4, let's help him and we maybe able to beat the rest of the school.

Take care all of you. See you soon.
Miss Danks.

Friday 27th March 

The day started with us receiving photos of your Wacky Hairstyles - They cheered us all up. Thank you to everyone who got involved. 



Lots of cooking going on today - All look amazing, I think we have future Junior Masterchef contestants amongst us.


More great learning at home

Fun with our last scavenger hunt! 


The day finished with us announcing today's results of the TT Rockstars - Battle of the Bands. Year 4 are currently leading in lower school with Baby Carabi having the highest score. In upper school it is year 6 currently winning but Vera Hexum in year 5 is currently winning overall. Battle finishes at 8pm on Sunday. 

Thursday 26th March

The morning started with a live video stream from school of the children and staff taking part in a Joe Wicks PE lesson. Many staff members at home also got involved. Thank you to everyone who joined us. 


Rainbows of hope 

The first rainbow is from Miss Jones and the second is from Mrs Thompson, both of whom sent a message to the children. The last one is from one of our year 5 girls, Alexi-Jo. Thank you to everyone who has got involved. 



Learning at home 


Out and about 


During the day, we also received video messages from Mr Wasden and Mr Horner. Please see our Facebook page to access these. Mr Horner set  two challenges.

Challenge 1.

Battle of the Bands on TT Rockstars starting now and running until Sunday. Year 5 against year 6 and year 3 against year 4. We will post regular updates. We will start doing this once a week, with each year group playing each other to determine an overall winner.

Challenge 2.

For your child to create a day by day diary of their life through Covid 19. Children can record how they are feeling and what they have done each day. Once school reopens we can share some of their diary entries.

Rather than cancelling Wacky Hair Day tomorrow, we thought we would ask you to get creative and send us your wacky hair day photos instead. It will be a great way for our school community to get stay in touch. Send me a message with your photos and I'll share them all at the end of the day. 

Thank you

Wednesday 25th March 

Scam email alert

The Department for Education have been informed that some parents have received an email stating; As schools will be closing, if you are entitled to free school meals, please ensure that you send your bank details and we'll make sure that you are supported. This is a scam email - DO NOT RESPOND, DO NOT SEND YOUR BANK DETAILS, DELETE THE MESSAGE IMMEDIATELY.

Thank you.

Great to see what you have all been doing today.


Keeping active


Another rainbow - helping to spread hope. 

Another successful scavenger hunt


Tuesday 24th March 

More learning at home photos 


PE lessons 

Joe Wicks is proving popular!  


The Indoor Scavenger Hunt 


More rainbows 


Monday 23rd March 

It has been lovely to see all your photographs this morning that you have shared with us of your children busy working at home. Remember to contact us via our Facebook page if you need any help. 



Monday 23rd March 

The reality hit home for saff as we arrived at school this morning as we were not greeted by the smiling faces of children in our class. The school is so quiet. However hard today and the coming weeks maybe, we need to remember why we are doing this. Keep in isolation - let's help stop this spreading so we can get our school community back together again.

So true! Please share with your child. 

Due to the small number of children in school this morning we have been able to reduce the amount of staff we have in school. Thank you to all the key workers, who have managed to keep their child at home, reducing the amount of staff needed and in turn helping to keep us all safe. Thank you.

If you are wanting share photos of what your child is doing at home, please use the send message button on our Facebook page. This means that your photo will come directly to me and I can share with our school community. Thank you.

Lovely message received from our Chair of Governors, Tricia Bullock. - 

I know school is mostly closed but just wanted to say to you and the staff who are working in school please stay safe and healthy. Very difficult and challenging times for all. Thank you to you and our brilliant staff for all you do every day. Can you please pass on my good wishes and thanks to staff in school.

Kind regards. God bless. Tricia

We have just been advised that Deepcar pre and after school club will be closing until further notice. Thank you

We have had a few queries about residentials and what is happening with them. We think they may end up having to be cancelled. However, this is something that we will be discussing later this week and will advise parents what is happening once a decision has been made. Thank you.

Sunday 22nd March 

Notice to parents who are key workers If we are providing child care for your child, they do not need to wear school uniform when coming to school. We will be using the outdoors as much as possible so sensible footwear and comfy clothes. Thank you.

Friday 20th March 

Today has been a difficult day for all staff. A day like no other, when we have had to say goodbye to the children, not knowing when we will see them again. Please take care, keep in touch and share your photos so we can see what your children are doing. We are going to miss them all.

This morning, children in year 4 are painting rainbows as a symbol of hope. We will be asking them to display their rainbows in their windows to help spread the feeling of hope around our community.  


These children are currently in isolation, and have painted a rainbow to display in their window. Share the symbol of hope by making your own rainbow and placing in your window for the world to see. 


Rainbows of hope are appearing in windows everywhere! Keep on spreading the hope! 


During the early hours the Government released the following guidance to schools confirming what roles are classed as a key worker and which children are vulnerable. The guidance also states that to further limit the spread of COVID-19 if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. This enables schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. However, the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. Schools are therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. 

Vulnerable Children

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Parents classed as key workers 

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Please, therefore, follow these key principles: 1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. 2. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions. 3. Parents should do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults. 4. If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.

Health and Social care This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment. 

Education and childcare This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach. Key public services This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting. 

Local and National Government This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines). 

Public Safety and National Security This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas. 

Transport This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass. 

Utilities, Communication and Financial Services This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If parents think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with school that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service. If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend. The school will obviously contact you if this is the case and give you further details and information Can I please reiterate that you only send your child into school if you fall into these categories. If you are a family with only one parent in the key worker group can I suggest that you do everything possible for the other parent to have your child at home. It is very clear from the guidance that children will be most safe at home. As this situation continues it is going to put further pressures on staffing the schools.

Thank you

We would like to say thank you all for your support and understanding over the past few days. We appreciate you bearing with us when we haven’t been able to answer your crucial questions. It has been a difficult time for everyone, reacting to news as soon as the government has released it. We've been staggered by the truly amazing families and staff we have at our schools.

The offers of help and support we have been given has been humbling. The community spirit of Deepcar and Stocksbridge and Sheffield as a whole is well and truly alive.

In the following weeks please follow all the guidance that is released and take care of yourself and all your family members and the community we live in. We will be in touch with everyone as soon as we know anything. We wish you all the best in the difficult times ahead.

All the staff at Deepcar St John's.

Thursday 19th March

Over the coming weeks many of us may face the possibility of self isolation and social media may become one of our main connections with the outside world. Please use our Facebook page to stay in touch with the school and keep our school community together. We would love to see photos of the children, perhaps of your child completing a home learning activity, reading their favourite book or playing a game. We can then share them with our group. Together we can get through these difficult times.

Even though school will be closed from tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that you can still contact us via our Facebook page. If you need assistance with understanding something that has been assigned for your child to do at home, then you can ask for help via this page. Please message us with anything you may need help with, however small it may feel to you, and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

We will be sharing any useful links to websites and free resources.

Thank you.


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