Covid 19 - Information


We will keep you updated on all aspects of the COVID 19 situation including all the latest government advice.  Please go to our Newsroom page for general school updates. Thank you.   


Monday 6th July 


PE task 

This week it’s the turn of the relay race, standing long jump and underarm target throw. Please see your home learning documents for more details. 


Monday 29th June 


This week we will be be holding another battle on TT Rockstars, starting at 9am on Monday and will run until Friday. Boys v girls again. Can the girls make it three in a row or can the boys pull one back. There will be one more battle after this one, if the boys win them both it will finish in a draw.

We will be playing in school too...


This weeks PE task 


Over the next two weeks we will be practising skills for the six events that will make up ‘At home sports day’ so that in the final week of school you can set up your own sports day at home like we would do if we were at school. This week practise skills for the egg and spoon race, object balancing race and the agility race.

Egg and spoon

    
   


                                                       

 
      
 
                                               


 





Monday 22nd June 


This weeks PE Task

The National School Sports Week begins Saturday 20 June. Youth Sport Trust has teamed up with Sky Sport to run a national campaign which will aim to unite families, schools, sport and businesses to celebrate the power of sport to bring people together 🏆

The UK-wide campaign will challenge people to take on their families, friends and neighbours in virtual sporting challenges – helping them to connect in an unprecedented period of school closures and social distancing 👇
https://www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week-…


Deepcar St John's got Talent

Since school closed all the staff have been amazed by and loved seeing all your talents that you have shared with us.

I have therefore decided to hold a virtual Deepcar St John’s Got Talent Competition.

Over the next two weeks, all you need to do is share a video of your child demonstrating their talent. I'll then share them all for a public vote in the grand final.

Calling all comedians, singers, musicians, magicians, animal trainers, rubik cube whizzes, cake makers, artists, dancers, acrobats and gymnasts.

No 'Don't try this at home entries' please!

Let the show begin!

Closing date - 29th June 2020



Thank you to everyone who has submitted their miles in this week. All together we have travelled 540km.

This is an amazing achievement. A special mention to Ben in year 4, who individually clocked up the most kms over the last 2 weeks on his daily walks.

Well done everyone.


Monday 15th June 




This week your PE challenge is to run, jog or walk a mile like we used to do in school. You can do the mile all at once or break it up over a few days.

 

When you’ve run your mile, send a message to Mrs Pearce (you might want to include a photograph or screenshot of a running app) so she can add all the miles together. How far can we get as a school? Can we get to Scarborough? …The lake District? …London? … Land’s End in Cornwall?

 

Get your trainers on and get going!

 


Unfortunately due to Covid 19, none of our transition visits for year 2 children can take place. Therefore, to help them become familiar with their new surroundings, before they start at St John's, we have prepared this video. Huge thanks to the 3 children who have starred in the video and to their parents for all their help. You have all been amazing. Please share this link with any friends that you have that may be joining St John's.

Unfortunately, the video is too long to upload to our website or to email out to parents but you can view the video by clicking on the following link - 


https://www.facebook.com/deepcarstjohnsjunior/videos/3041702315918159/


Monday 8th June 2020 - What's happening this week


Letter from Miss Jones sent via email on 8th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that this letter continues to find you and your family safe and well during this uncertain time.

I am writing to update you with information on the arrangements for school as things stand.

Sheffield City Council are planning to announce their decision regarding reopening school to other year groups by Thursday this week.

As things stand, it is our intention to open for Y6 children who are not key workers from Monday 15th June. Thank you to parents that responded to the survey.  Staff have also contacted parents so we are now aware of which children are returning and able to plan accordingly.

A further letter will follow shortly with details of arrangements for parents of these children. We will also send out a home school agreement that MUST BE completed and sent in by Friday 12th June.  The parents of key worker children must also return this document.

We have seen an increased number of bookings for child care provision for key worker children and vulnerable families so I am unsure at this point in time about the wider opening for other year groups. I am also awaiting further guidance from the Government.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about these arrangements.

Take care and stay safe.



This Monday is World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day unites and rallies the world to protect and restore our shared ocean. On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honour our ocean, which connects us all. ‘Get together’ with your family, friends, community, and millions of others around our blue planet to start creating a better future.

There is more information available here https://worldoceansday.org/  

Your task is to focus on dolphins. Click on the link which will take you to a page all about dolphins. https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk/blogs/free-dolphin-themed-fun-kids There are various activities to have a go at, as well as a dolphin fact pack to download. You then have a choice. You might like to produce your own fact file about dolphins or have a go at making the dolphin mobile. There is also a picture to colour. Or, you could produce your own picture of a dolphin.

 Extra challenge

Have a look at the website with specific activities for children and have a go at some of them.

https://worldoceanday.school/

   

     


This week your PE challenge is to run, jog or walk a mile like we used to do in school. You can do the mile all at once or break it up over a few days.

 

When you’ve run your mile, send a message to Mrs Pearce (you might want to include a photograph or screenshot of a running app) so she can add all the miles together. How far can we get as a school? Can we get to Scarborough? …The lake District? …London? … Land’s End in Cornwall?

 

Get your trainers on and get going!

 

   

     

    


Monday 1st June 2020 - What's happening this week.  

As you are aware schools in Sheffield plan to reopen on Monday 15th June to some year 6 children and to those parents who are key workers. Full guidelines on new procedures are being issued to those returning to school via email.

However, to help you talk to your child about how different school may look I have put together a link to a video with photos of areas around school and some of the new rules that they need to remember.

We are constantly being sent updates, so some of these guidelines may change. If they do, we will let you know. 

Follow this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1snx0tdSQkiUiRIiPBL2BjozJJu-EpgTk/view?usp=sharing



Thank you to everyone who took part in my Signs of Hope photography competition.

I have loved receiving your photos and reading about why the photos mean 'Hope' to you all. It has been so hard to judge a winner, as I think everyone's photo is a true sign of hope in its own way. I've printed all your photos and staff at St John's have helped me choose a winner.

1st Place - Joe
2nd Place - Ben
3rd place - Oscar


    

but it was so close with many of the photos all being chosen
by one of us in school.

I showed all your photos to Miss Jones and she loved them and agreed with myself that you are all winners. Therefore, there will be a small prize for everyone when we return to school.

The photos are now being put up on display in the school hall.

Thanks again to everyone who took part and helping to spread a ray of Hope around our school community.


Today is say 'Something Nice' day.

When it comes to words, they are truly powerful things.

Words have the power to lift a nation; they even have the power to bring one to its knees, so having the ability to think before you speak is something you shouldn’t be taking advantage of.

Use today to make somebody feel amazing, be wonderful, and spread a little love, after all, if there is one thing the world can always use more of its niceness and love.


One of our year 4 parents has used written words to spread a little love to the staff of Deepcar St John's. Thank you Jayden H and family. 

  
  

Photography competition - Closing Date 3rd June

I would like to challenge all pupils at St John's to take part in a school photography competition. 

The challenge is to take a photo on the theme of ' Signs of Hope' and then either send your photo to be via messenger or email to; 

Signs of Hope could be flowers coming into bloom, birds, signs of new life, rainbows or a positive message that you see whilst on your daily walk. Anything. The more imaginative the better. 

The photos will appear on this page and when school reopens, I'll try and create a display in school. 

There may even be a small prize on offer. So, get snapping and be creative. 

The photos can be taken either on a phone or a camera and need to be sent to me no later than the 3rd June. 

Thank you to everyone who has already taken part and sent me your photos. They are all brilliant. 



      


  

         

   


PE Home learning task - Week commencing 1st of June


This fortnight’s task is ‘Keepie-uppies’!! It doesn’t have to be a football using your feet … you can try any object on any part of your body or equipment.

Here are some hints and tips that might help you perfect your skills and improve on your score. 





Let us know your highest score, without breaks or dropping. Please send us a photo or video via our Facebook page or email Mrs Pearce at n.pearce@deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk



Have you got what it takes to become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title holder? - Closing date 4th of June 

We are inviting you to attempt a Guinness World Records title by answering as many times tables questions correctly as you can 
in one minute.

Guinness World Records has created a new title - Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute - and we 
are looking for players to aim for this special accolade. 

HOW DO I TAKE PART?

It’s simple: get a world-beating score in a Studio game, make sure it's captured in a video and send a link to that video 
to support@mathscircle.com by the end of Thursday 4th June (11:59pm GMT). 

Here are the requirements:
1. The attempt must take place in a Studio game.

2. The attempt may take place on any of the following compatible devices:

o Desktop computer
o Laptop computer
o Tablet
o Phone

3. The video must adhere to the following:

o Show the player clearly playing, i.e. hand(s) physically entering numbers on the input device.

o Show the back of the player's head or profile to see roughly who they are (just the person’s arm and screen isn’t 
enough, for example).

o Show the score and timer clearly.

o Show the start and end of the game, including a clear shot of the end of game score screen.

o Be filmed in one take and unedited. No filters, effects, overlays, backing music are allowed. 
Turn your 

phone/table/computer on mute.

4. The game needs to have saved on the TTRS database.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ATTEMPT

When you have finished your Studio game and saved the video, please upload the original video file using a file transfer platform 
such as Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer. Then email a link to the video to support@mathscircle.com and provide the name 
of the player, along with the name of your school. 

This is so that we can locate the user and the game they played in our 
database.

By providing us with your video, you (and if under 18, your parent/guardian) consent(s) to your video, name, and country of 
residence being published on the Times Tables Rock Stars' and Guinness World Records' websites, social media, media press 
releases and other reasonable marketing and promotional activities associated with this attempt. 

Please also share your videos with us. 

Go to ttrockstars.com/page/gwr for more information

Challenge Time 

This weeks challenge is to make a marble run.

The bigger the better, just using materials that you would find in your recycling; toilet rolls and boxes.

If you haven't got a marble, use a ball or anything round. Even a scrunched up piece of tin foil will work.

Share your ideas with us.






Important update - 29th May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Sheffield City Council have this afternoon made a statement regarding the decision to delay their opening of schools. The Council are therefore “instructing” authority run schools to delay their wider opening until 15 June and “strongly advising” all other schools, academies, and nurseries in Sheffield to do the same.

The statement continued: “We are acutely aware many schools may have already put systems in place for increasing numbers of children prior to this date. However,
our priority must always be ensuring the safety of our staff and the children is not compromised when the numbers are increased.

“All settings will continue to remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children as they have been since the start of the national lock down.”

A letter to all parents from Sheffield City Council will follow.

Please find below link to Sheffield City Council Website
https://sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/news/statement-on-wider-opening-of-schools/

Thank you



Update letter from Miss Jones


I hope that this letter continues to find you and your family safe and well during this uncertain time. I am writing to you regarding the proposed phased reopening of schools from 1st June to the pupils in Y6 and key workers ‘providing the 5 key tests set by the government are operating effectively’. As a Junior School we were asked to prioritise children in the following order:

1) Key worker and vulnerable children

2) Year 6 children


As I am sure that you can appreciate this has not been a simple task and added to this are other pressures such as being a small school with a smaller number of staff. Staff that also have their own families, health issues etc to consider. Thank you for bearing with me.


I am writing to inform you that the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body have agreed that the earliest we will partially open is the 8th June. This is the date

we are working towards to ensure we put all appropriate measures in place. I had a superb response to the online survey, thank you for taking the time to complete it and please look out for future surveys as this situation progresses.


Our aim is to reopen for those children who wish to attend in Y6 only, with sufficient measures in place to ensure the safety of pupils and staff. This has been based on the responses from parents in the questionnaire that said they would be willing for their child to return.


We are to organise pupils so that they are in ‘small, consistent groups and that each group stays away from other people and groups... desks should be spaced as far apart as possible, resources should not be shared and soft furnishings removed’.


We need to be very open with you about the position we face as a school. The current thinking in many schools, including here at Deepcar St John’s, is that 15 is

too large a number to ensure as much social distancing as possible in any year group and therefore keep children and staff as safe as possible. With guidance from

the government that children should not be placed on a rota with a teacher running two groups over a week or identified weeks. We have had no choice but to go with the above options. Safety is our upmost priority.


Union leaders are currently negotiating with their members over health and safety aspects, as well as the legal stance, of asking them to work within the current

guidelines. This remains a very contentious issue because, as the government recognise, social distancing within schools despite how well planned and ‘risk assessed’ we are, will be very difficult to fully implement in any school setting.


We will be placing the Y6’s into two groups of approximately 10 who will be working with two different class teachers. This will ensure pupils are sat with as much social distancing as possible. This has been based from responses by parents that have confirmed they want their child to attend. If others now wish a place this may need to change.


We will be opening for Y6 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This allows us to enforce social distancing measures and provides school a day (Wednesday) to complete essential tasks such as additional cleaning, preparation of home learning packs and classroom activities as well as contacting those children who are not returning to school at this time.


Children of key worker children in year groups Y3, Y4 and Y5, I will be sending out a survey, hopefully today, to find out your requirements. Please respond to this as soon as possible so we can start sorting out the bubbles and groupings of key workers. Key worker parents have access to childcare for five days of the week.


There will need to be a separate conversation with the parents of children who are currently attending school as children moving between groups is against advice, but may be logistically necessary in some cases. The majority of these conversations have already taken place.


The government has said that whilst they are encouraging pupils to return to school, ‘parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time’ for those choosing not to send them.


The risk assessments mean that pupils will be required to follow social distancing measures and we will introduce staggered start and collection times to support this.


We also ask parents, if appropriate, to allow their child to walk to school by themselves. Further information will follow.


We will also not be bringing all children into school on the first day and will be staggering this to ensure that staff have appropriate time to settle them in and go

over handwashing, social distancing rules etc. This will help to ensure that children are aware of expectations and that it is implemented properly before we have full groups of children in school. We will not be operating any wrap around care at this point.


We will also be sending out some guidance/ code of conduct for pupils. Please share this with your child and ensure they know what it means as this will minimise issues when they return to school.


The children in school will not be able to access the broad and balanced curriculum that we strive to achieve in normal circumstances. Children in school will be working from the teacher produced work packs to minimise any gaps developing between children at home and in school and to avoid cross-contamination of resources.


It is a very uncertain time for us all. Of course, we really do want to see all of the children back in school before the end of the school year but I do feel that this should be implemented when it is safe to do so and the recommended safety measures are in place. We know that some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we are not in a position right now to offer anything definitive.


If you would like to discuss your situation or need any clarification please do not hesitate to contact myself or Hannah Bradwell via the school telephone number or

on email at headteacher@deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk or h.bradwell@deepcar- st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk


We will send further communication to identified parents with details about starting school and a survey for key workers to complete.


Take care and stay safe.

Yours sincerely,


Louise Jones

Head Teacher

Week commencing 25th May 

Unfortunately due to Covid 19, none of our transition visits for the year 2 at Royd can take place. Therefore, to help the children become familiar with their new surroundings, before they start at St John's, we have prepared a video. Huge thanks to the 3 children who have starred in the video and to their parents for all their help. You have all been amazing. Please share this link with any friends that you have that may be joining St John's. It will also be posted on Royd's Facebook page.

Unfortunately, the video is too long to upload to our website or to email out to parents but you can view the video by clicking on the following link - 


https://www.facebook.com/deepcarstjohnsjunior/videos/3041702315918159/



Childnet International have adapted their film competition to be inclusive to all young people, and to form part of a home learning project with parents and carers. 👀

It invites young people aged 7-18 to take on the challenge of creating a short film. 🎥

This year's theme is: 'We want an internet where we’re free to…'

Judges are looking for films or storyboards that tell them why you want an internet that allows people to feel free and safe online and how this can be achieved. 🎞

There are 3 different categories this year:

🎬Solo category – Young people make their own film, with minimal support from an adult.
🎬Group category – Work with friends or family to make a film.
🎬Storyboard category – Create a short storyboard and script for a film.

👇


🍰 It’s competition time…let’s get #baking! 🍰

We’ve got Michelin star chef Andrew Pern judging our very own bake off competition! We’re inviting #primary and #secondary pupils to inspire us with their delicious baked creations. 

Budding bakers enter our competition here: http://ow.ly/kdmG50zK4Pe


    


Photography competition

Next week we would like to challenge all pupils at St John's to take part in a school photography competition. 

The challenge is to take a photo on the theme of ' Signs of Hope' and then either send your photo to be via messenger or email to; 

Signs of Hope could be flowers coming into bloom, birds, signs of new life,  rainbows or a positive message that you see whilst on your daily walk. Anything. The more imaginative the better. 

The photos will appear on this page and when school reopens, I'll try and create a display in school. 

There may even be a small prize on offer. So, get snapping and be creative. 

The photos can be taken either on a phone or a camera and need to be sent to me no later than the 3rd June. 

We look forward to receiving and sharing your photos. Good luck and have fun.

      

      


This weeks challenge 

Can you make a boat out of materials you have lying around the house?

Can you create a vessel that:

a) Floats and doesn’t disintegrate or sink for at least 5 minutes

b) Can carry an egg without it getting broken and travel all the way across your  bath. 

RULES
Don't be tempted to just use a bottle or plastic tray from the recycling - that's way to easy - this is all about challenging yourself to see if you can do it! 

Who is up for a challenge?

    


PE Home learning

25th May 

This fortnight’s task is ‘Keepie-uppies’!! It doesn’t have to be a football using your feet … you can try any object on any part of your body or equipment.

Here are some hints and tips that might help you perfect your skills and improve on your score. 

 




Let us know your highest score, without breaks or dropping. Please send us a photo or video via our Facebook page or email Mrs Pearce at n.pearce@deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk



Have you got what it takes to become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title holder?

We are inviting you to attempt a Guinness World Records title by answering as many times tables questions correctly as you can 
in one minute.

Guinness World Records has created a new title - Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute - and we 
are looking for players to aim for this special accolade. 

HOW DO I TAKE PART?

It’s simple: get a world-beating score in a Studio game, make sure it's captured in a video and send a link to that video 
to support@mathscircle.com by the end of Thursday 4th June (11:59pm GMT). 

Here are the requirements:
1. The attempt must take place in a Studio game.

2. The attempt may take place on any of the following compatible devices:

o Desktop computer
o Laptop computer
o Tablet
o Phone

3. The video must adhere to the following:

o Show the player clearly playing, i.e. hand(s) physically entering numbers on the input device.

o Show the back of the player's head or profile to see roughly who they are (just the person’s arm and screen isn’t 
enough, for example).

o Show the score and timer clearly.

o Show the start and end of the game, including a clear shot of the end of game score screen.

o Be filmed in one take and unedited. No filters, effects, overlays, backing music are allowed. 
Turn your 

phone/table/computer on mute.

4. The game needs to have saved on the TTRS database.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ATTEMPT

When you have finished your Studio game and saved the video, please upload the original video file using a file transfer platform 
such as Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer. Then email a link to the video to support@mathscircle.com and provide the name 
of the player, along with the name of your school. 

This is so that we can locate the user and the game they played in our 
database.

By providing us with your video, you (and if under 18, your parent/guardian) consent(s) to your video, name, and country of 
residence being published on the Times Tables Rock Stars' and Guinness World Records' websites, social media, media press 
releases and other reasonable marketing and promotional activities associated with this attempt. 

Please also share your videos with us. 

Go to ttrockstars.com/page/gwr for more information


time capsule is a way of preserving historic artefacts, goods or information. It is usually intended as a deliberate method of communication with future people, and to help future archaeologistsanthropologists, or historians. Time capsules are often buried and discovered many, many years later.

The preservation of holy relics dates back for millennia, but the practice of preparing and preserving a collection of everyday artefacts and messages to the future appears to be a more recent practice.

As we are in an unprecedented period of time, it is a good idea to let people in the future know what was happening during this time and how it affected you and your family

Download the pack from:

 https://www.kiddycharts.com/assets/2020/04/Covid-19time-capsule.pdf  or there is a print off in your hardcopy pack.

 Complete the whole pack or choose which tasks interest you most and complete them. If you choose to write the letter, it would be lovely if the letters were on decorated paper with pictures that are special to you or reflect you family. This will make it very personal to you and give whoever reads your work a greater insight into you.

      
    
                                                                           
  




Week 18th May 


The final results are in. WE WON!

Fantastic. Thank you to every single one of you that took part over the last few days. We are proud of you.

The battle for second place with one of the Stocksbridge classes was unbelievable. (My stress levels went through the roof) With just minutes to spare they knocked Mrs Bradwell's class down to third place but with just seconds left they pulled it back and we beat them by just 1 point. Unbelievable. Two year 3 classes finishing 1st and 2nd place. Remarkable.

Out of 18 classes in the tournament, all our classes finished in the top 9. A brilliant achievement.

Many of our children finished in the top 50, an amazing result. We had Grace and Erin in year 3 finishing in the top 3.

Well done again

WE WON!





Today, sees the start of half term. You have coped with a full half term (and 1 week) of home schooling your child. You are the head teacher, the teacher, the teaching assistant, the school cook, the support worker, the lunchtime supervisor, the caretaker and the cleaner. Plus going to work or working from home. No wonder you are feeling exhausted. So, as half term approaches, take some time to reflect on what you have achieved but also take some time out for you. Time to recharge. You have been amazing. It's tough and may be getting tougher - children are missing their friends and coming to school. We understand, we have no expectations or will not pass judgement. All we want is for you all to be safe.

If you need help please get in touch, I have many resources that may help.



Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place 18 to 24 May 2020. Kindness is the new theme, in response to the #coronavirus outbreak💜💚

Find out more about ways to get involved👇
http://mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw


A great idea from BBC Bitesize. Tomorrow is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 and this year's theme is kindness 🧡 Here is your challenge, get involved and send us your pictures!




MASK COLORING ART - design your own mask!

This may be a fun way to get children talking about the importance of wearing one. GET THE PRINTABLE: https://www.hellowonderful.co/p…/mask-coloring-art-for-kids/


  





Have you got what it takes to become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title holder?

We are inviting you to attempt a Guinness World Records title by answering as many times tables questions correctly as you can  


in one minute.

Guinness World Records has created a new title - Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute - and we
are looking for players to aim for this special accolade.

HOW DO I TAKE PART?

It’s simple: get a world-beating score in a Studio game, make sure it's captured in a video and send a link to that video
to support@mathscircle.com by the end of Thursday 4th June (11:59pm GMT).

Here are the requirements:
1. The attempt must take place in a Studio game.

2. The attempt may take place on any of the following compatible devices:

o Desktop computer
o Laptop computer
o Tablet
o Phone

3. The video must adhere to the following:

o Show the player clearly playing, i.e. hand(s) physically entering numbers on the input device.

o Show the back of the player's head or profile to see roughly who they are (just the person’s arm and screen isn’t 
enough, for example).

o Show the score and timer clearly.

o Show the start and end of the game, including a clear shot of the end of game score screen.

o Be filmed in one take and unedited. No filters, effects, overlays, backing music are allowed.
Turn your

phone/table/computer on mute.

4. The game needs to have saved on the TTRS database.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ATTEMPT

When you have finished your Studio game and saved the video, please upload the original video file using a file transfer platform
such as Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer. Then email a link to the video to support@mathscircle.com and provide the name
of the player, along with the name of your school.

This is so that we can locate the user and the game they played in our
database.

By providing us with your video, you (and if under 18, your parent/guardian) consent(s) to your video, name, and country of
residence being published on the Times Tables Rock Stars' and Guinness World Records' websites, social media, media press
releases and other reasonable marketing and promotional activities associated with this attempt.

Please also share your videos with us.

Go to ttrockstars.com/page/gwr for more information


        

       


        


  
       
      




National thank a teacher day – Wednesday 20 May.

On Wednesday 20 May, we are celebrating teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education settings who are making a difference to their schools and communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Department for Education is working in partnership with the Teaching Awards Trust which has produced a set of resources including a Thank a Teacher toolkit containing graphics, images and frames for social media that you’re free to use.

Make sure you send me a copy.

The Thank a Teacher Toolkit is available here:
https://thankateacher.co.uk/…/Thank-a-Teacher-Day-2020-Tool…
https://thankateacher.co.uk/


       

       


Week commencing 11th May  

Dear Parents/Carers, 

We are sure you have seen or heard by now that the government is hoping for some year groups to return to school in June if it is safe at that time to do so. The year group that we are being asked to plan for at Deepcar St John’s is Year 6.This is in addition to the children of critical workers who have had access to the provision since lockdown. 

The government has set out what schools need to consider in relation to social distancing, which include among other things having less pupils in school (groups of no more than 15 in a class), staggered lunches and breaks, plus having staggered times for different groups to arrive and leave school. It includes too some advice about how we protect the most clinically vulnerable, and which groups of children and staff need to stay at home. Behind the scenes, we are busy working out how many staff will still be able to attend the setting (some are in this clinically vulnerable group), how many classrooms we need to manage groups of 15 and how many staff we need to teach the pupils. Some of you may be worrying too if your child or someone at home is clinically vulnerable – please feel that you can contact us to discuss this. 

I think we need to be very clear that we are unable to achieve 2 metres social distancing in a school at all times. We can always make things safer, we can reduce the risk, but as soon as you open the school the risk will be there. We will be following the guidance closely and will let you know nearer the time how you can help us keep everyone safe once school reopens to year groups. It is also worth noting that, once year groups return, it will not be ‘normal’ school. The guidance states that children will need to be grouped in smaller sets of no more than 15 and will not mix with other pupils or staff from outside these groups. This means that it is not necessarily the case that your children will return to their usual teacher or see all their friends. 

To help us plan a possible reopening, we need to capture your present thinking and views to see how many of you are planning on sending your child back to school this summer if school reopens for your child. To this end, we would like all of you to complete a survey via the following link as a matter of urgency so that we can begin to prepare: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TJGJSBX It is crucial for us that you all complete this please as soon as possible so we can find out if it is safe to reopen with the numbers considering returning, how we group children and organise staffing. 

I am asking all parents of children at the school to complete this so we will be informed for the expansion of attendance with further year groups in future weeks/ months, as the Government decides Can you please respond immediately and by Thursday 14th May at the latest. If you have a child at Royd you will also need to complete the questionnaire for Royd that is being sent out in a separate letter. 

The government recognises that some of you prefer to keep your children at home if you can this summer, and therefore has confirmed that absence rates will not be tracked and fixed notice penalties not issued for non-attendance. I will be in touch soon once we have analysed your responses and have been able to draw up our plans to open school safely. 

We do hope you are all keeping well at this time and send you all our love! 

With warmest regards, 

Yours sincerely 
Louise Jones 
Executive Head Teacher





Although June’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge has had to be cancelled this year, there is a new #StaySafeGetActive competition that has been set.

This is the task: “they are inviting children and young people from across South Yorkshire to create a story, poem, poster or comic strip about the positive changes in their lives…they want to encourage children and families to remember the positive things that we are learning at this time and to consider how we take these lessons forward to ensure that we continue to lead safer, healthier and greener lives in future.”

For example: How are we staying healthy and active together? What have been the effects of the reduced air pollution? How have the roads been with less cars etc?

It’s your job to inspire our families to continue these activities as part of our daily lives when schools and workplaces re-open.

Send your work to me and I will collate and send our entries in behalf of the school.

https://drive.google.com/…/1bulPUiEleolqGZmWdEf6pjGUce…/view




        

        

        

       


      

Week commencing 4th May 

TT Rockstars ROCKSLAM!
  

Starts tomorrow at 9am. Players select someone they want to challenge from school. They then play and set a score for the challengee to beat. When the challengee logs in, they'll be able to play against the challengers 'ghost' to see who can score more. You can even challenge your teachers. Players don't need to be online at the same time.The winner will be the person from each class who sets and completes the most challenges. You just need to select Rockslam, play and then a list of classes will appear and just pick who you want to play.



The office have just started to process refunds for the money you paid for your child's residential. This may generate a receipt or number of receipts being sent to your email. This is only the start of a lengthy administration process, so please bear with us. All refunds will be issued via CHEQUE to the person who made the payment to the school. The office may call you to discuss payment arrangements.

Thank you.



Good morning,

We really need the help of your children. About this time of year, we would be starting with transition arrangements for children from Royd, who would be joining our school in September.

With schools being closed this is not possible. Starting a new school can be daunting and we want to make the year 2s transition to our school as easy as possible. This is where we need your help.

We want your child to make a video, a poster or a picture explaining something about St John's. It could be about any of the following;


Their favourite thing about school or their favourite subject.

What they like to do at lunchtime.

The different areas in school, computer room, music room etc.

Or, outside, playing field, obstacle course etc.

They could explain about Sparkle and Shine or the Wonderful Me Board.

What we do when, for example collective worship, maths and english in a morning.

The role of the staff, Mrs Needham or the ladies in the office.


I would like Sports Leaders to explain about their role and some of the afterschool clubs that we offer.


Once finished, send their work to me via this page and I'll put it all together into a video to share with the parents of children from Royd. Thank you in advance for your support.





Although being at home is difficult for us at this time, let us spare a thought for those members of our community who are unable to be with or even see their family and loved ones. Many elderly people and their carers in care homes are finding this time tough and would very much enjoy something to brighten their day.

This week we would like to spread some of our Deepcar St John’s joy…

Could you…
1. Draw or paint a picture?
2. Record a message of hope or thanks on video or just a short video of you waving and saying hi?
3. Sing a song?
4. Read a poem?
5. Record yourself doing a magic trick or a dance or telling a joke?

Once you have completed your little bit of joy, please to send t me on the school Facebook page by direct message or email it to her (n.pearce@deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk) and she will put it all together.

We plan to share your contributions on our school Facebook page and with care homes in the area.





With the 75th Anniversary of VE day taking place this Friday, this weeks challenge is to draw, paint, or make a poppy and display it in your window. Please share your photos
with us.


We've had a few queries about Twinkl. Just to confirm, it is free but you need to register with them first. It is a great site and once registered you will be able to use it for all sorts of things.

If you go to this link - it will take you to the website 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures


If you scroll down, (it is near the bottom) you will see this -
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Guidance for the Extension of Our Free Access:
I have not yet set up my free access. What do I do?

Please go to /offer and enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS. You will be given free access right away.
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Click on where it says offer and you will then need to enter the code and then it should all be set up.


What have you been upto this week! 
         

       

      

       
         

         

          

VE day 

          

        


         

      

Week commencing 27th April 



This week marks five weeks since school closed, it seems like a lifetime. We miss the children, their smiles, the laughter and the moments of achievement when you see a child grow in front of your eyes. We know it won’t last forever and that it is the best thing to keep our children, our parents and carers, and our community safe and well! Just to remind you, we do not expect parents to be able to recreate a full school experience at home. We just ask that you do what you can to keep education ticking over. The most important element in life right now is that families are safe and well. Thank you to our staff who have been in work over this period, supervising the children of key workers. We continue to work hard to be there for our families and if you need anything do not hesitate to get in touch.

Stay positive, stay safe!


Fly high like an eagle, we will all be back in the nest soon!


From next week, we will be setting spellings for your child via the Spelling Shed. On Thursday, you will be receiving a text message with your childs userid and password.From Monday, you childs spellings will be on the system for them to practise. Please check the userid and password and get in touch with me via this page if you have any problems.

Friday 8 May is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Europe, when the nation will join together to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the WWII generation then and now.

Choose one of the tasks from the list and send us a picture of your completed project. Please keep what you create so that we can put it on a whole school display when we return to school.

 

1.    Research what foods were rationed and plan a week’s menu of dinners for a family. 

2.    Write a letter from a soldier to his family knowing that he is coming home.

3.    Research what clothes and music were fashionable and available at the time to create an informative presentation.

4.    Research wartime recipes such as biscuits, drinks, cakes and make some of the foods they would have had to eat on rations or for the celebratory VE Day.

5.    Design the front page of a newspaper with the ‘Breaking News’ that the war is over and that Britain has ‘Victory over Europe’.

6.    Research what food was available at the time of VE Day and plan a VE Day celebratory meal. Write out the menu and draw the meal on a paper plate.

7.    Create a set of instructions for someone wanting to plant and grow their own vegetables to subsidise their rations.

Here is a presentation with some information about VE Day:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t2-h-5399-ks2-ve-day-information-powerpoint



             

  

Hard at work 

          

           

         
 
         

    


        

Drawing, painting or busy making

         

Or relaxing - 

            


or helping out at home - we love to see your photos 

   

Week commencing 20th April

We hope you are well and managing to keep safe and healthy in this period of uncertainty. We want to make it clear that our priorities for the children during the lockdown is not their academic progress but their mental health and wellbeing and we hope you share this view. We appreciate that children are missing out on a valuable part of their education and we want to reassure you that we will do all we can when this situation is over to ensure that children catch up with areas of the curriculum that they have missed.


There is a vast amount of home learning resources available to you, which may be confusing.We have therefore devised a home learning plan for you to use for the week. This will give you a guide to follow and ensure that your child is covering the areas that they need to cover. This will also help give your child some structure for the day.


Please don’t spend too long each day on any one activity: much better to do little and often of each subject, pacing themselves throughout the week. Please do not worry if they are not able to complete the activities each day. This is a very difficult time and we understand that children may well be feeling anxious about the impact of Coronavirus.


We are also aware that many parents are working from home during these times and families cannot recreate the environment of a classroom. With this in mind, please do not feel pressured into doing more than you feel is appropriate for your family circumstances. Our priority must be to keep our children safe, healthy and as anxiety-free as possible during these unprecedented times.


You will find the home learning activities stored in a folder at the bottom of the appropriate Year Group Home Learning page of our website.
https://sites.google.com/…/covid-19---year-group-home-learn…

Thank you.




#makeacardfortom

As you probably already know, Tom has raised over 26 million for the NHS and the figure is still rising. A truly amazing man. He is 100 years old on the 30th April and they are wanting to send him a virtual VIDEO of birthday cards made by children from across the country. If you would like to make a card for Tom, just take a photo of your finished card and post them on Twitter-

#makeacardfortom

Alternatively, you can send them to me and I will post them on behalf of the school. Let's make Tom's birthday really special.

Thank you.

    

    


      


Earth Day was on April 22, this year marked its 50th anniversary. The theme for Earth Day 2020 was climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. During the course of this week, we would like your child to find out more about Earth Day and complete at least one of the challenges from their website. I have put 3 links below to help you. Twinkl have some great resources for you to use. You may have to become a member to access them but membership is free and easy to set up. Thank you for sharing your photos of the challenges that you completed


This year 5 came across a vandalised plaque whilst out on her daily walk. Rather than just walking by, she stopped and tried to repair it.What an amazing thing to do. The repaired plaque looks as good as new!

   


            

          

Today, we launched our Virtual Bring your Pet to school week, in which we asked you to share your photos of your pets with us. We have loved looking through all your photos that you have sent us today. They have really cheered us up. 


            
         

       

         

      


          

Hard at work or time to relax. 
  
          

         

           
      
  
         


  
     

                                                                      
  
            



Week Commencing 13th April 



Thank you to everyone who took part in our cake sale at home this week. 

      

Great to see photos of all the work you are doing at home. 

         

        

Catching up with relatives and making new friends. 

     

Time to relax - Cooking is good fun too! 

       

A meaningful message from twinkl - When times are hard and tough it’s important to remember that your children have everything they need with you. You’re doing a great job! 


As previously mentioned, we are starting to use First News as a home learning platform. You all should have now have received your log in details. Teachers are in the process of uploading work for next week. You will get a message from your child's class teacher when this has been completed via First News. Five reading tasks will be added, one for your child to complete each day next week. This week. your child should be completing;

Year 3 and 4 - Water Worries

Year 5 and 6 - Ancient Forrest.

Any queries, please get in touch. Thank you.

https://ihub.firstnews.co.uk/




https://sites.google.com/a/deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk/website/covid-19---year-group-home-learning - These pages of our website give specific learning information for each year group. The pages will be updated on a weekly basis with work that we would like your child to complete at home. We are initially starting with Science and Theme but other subject areas will be added in due course. 


Last week, we informed you that we have arranged temporary access to First News, which is online teaching tool comprised of interactive weekly comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, polls and debates based on stories in First News.

You should have now received your logins and passwords via text.


Please also see our General Home Learning page for lists of resources and links to websites that can be used by all year groups.

This Friday, the children at St John's had organised a cake sale. The sale was to raise money for the Bears of Sheffield children's hospital appeal. We would really like for this to go ahead but within the safety of your own home. From all your photos, we know that your children are fabulous at cooking. We would like them to bake something over the course of this week and then sell what they have made to you. We appreciate that funds might be tight at the moment so whatever you can afford. If the money raised could be saved and then brought into school when we reopen and we will donate to the children's hospital. Please send us photos of what your child has made, we would love to see them. Thank you.



This is a lovely idea by twinkle. This weeks challenge is draw, paint or colour an apple and place it in your window to show your appreciation to all the teachers and school staff.

Show us your apple designs! Share your finished pictures with us and they may feature on the Twinkl Facebook page.


Thank you for sharing your photos your photos, they really do make a difference. We love to hear about what you have been up to. 

At school 

      


At home 

           
                                     

             

           

          
        

           

       



        

            

                       

                                                    



Well done year 4 for winning the Battle of The Bands against year 5. Year 3, you did it, you won year 6. It was so close towards the end and year 6 came back and took the lead but that was enough to spur you on and you regained the lead in the last 10 minutes. Brilliant!

Individual top scorers for each year group -

Year 6 - Georgia
Year 5 - Matthew
Year 4 - Rory
Year 3 - Grace

Well done all!


Next Battle of the Bands starts on Wednesday and this time its boys against girls. Now that should be fun!


  

It was brilliant to have so many entries into one of our challenges, which was to name a country for each letter of your name.

             

 
Week Commencing 6th April 

Lovely message from our Chair of Governors, Tricia Bullock.

Happy Easter Miss Jones, all the staff, governors and school families. Stay safe and healthy enjoying the sunshine.

Image may contain: possible text that says 'HAPP Faster'


In order to supplement children's learning at home during this difficult time, we have arranged temporary access to First News  award-winning iHub which is an invaluable tool to engage  Key Stage 2  pupils, developing their core literacy skills through the exploration of global news stories.This online teaching tool is comprised of interactive weekly comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, polls and debates based on stories in First News. 

Reading Comprehension: Each question encourages understanding, critical thinking, discussion and debate. Multiple choice questions give instant feedback to pupils.

Vocabulary Puzzles: Focus on developing pupils’ vocabulary in the context of a news story by analysing with instant feedback to support learning

Each week, children earn points and on-line badges as they complete the tasks relating to the weekly updated news stories. 

Log-in details will be sent out for children across school, starting with year 6. We hope to have all log-ins sent out within the next few days.


Wow! A big well done to year 4, you are now nearly 3000 points ahead of year 5! Come on year 5, I hope you are not going to let year 4 win this one without a fight. Year 3, you are all being amazing and you are only a few hundred points behind our year 6 children. I think you can win this year 3. Battle finishes at 8pm on Sunday!


   
         



Easter will look a little different this year but that doesn't mean that we cannot have fun. Keeping up with holiday traditions is important, especially to the children and will help to maintain a feeling of normality during this uncertain time. Thank You to everyone who joined in our best decorated egg competition.


        
      


We organised a virtual vote by the teachers, asking them to each choose their favourite. the egg that got the most votes is the winner. 

   


We didn't give up on the idea of an Easter Bonnet parade. So, we gave you the task to complete your bonnets, strike a pose and send us your photos. 


Our winner 



              


        

       

Thank you
                              

        




I thought it would be a nice idea to create an album of your photos taken when you are out and about on your daily exercise. I was then going to share the photos and hope that they bring a little happiness to those who can't leave the house at the moment. So, next time your out, take the time to take a photo or two and send on to me.

Thank you.



Anyone can get it. Anyone can spread it. Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

https://www.facebook.com/408582579294175/posts/1674753926010361/



Apologies for not giving an update yesterday but we had internet problems. Year 5 have won the Battle of the Bands tournament but a great effort by year 3. Well done to Lady Grube for being the year 3 winner. Jeff had the highest score in year 5. Year 4 have done it! Yep, they beat year 6 in this week's  Battle of the Bands.

Great work year 4. Rory finished with a staggering score, over 8000, which is the highest in school. Can anyone beat him this week? Amazing come back year 6 but just not quite enough to overtake year 4. Georgia had the highest score in year 6 and is the year 6 winner.


This weeks battle starts on Wednesday - year 3 v year 6 and year 4 v year 5.


Some photos from today and over the weekend 

            


      

                                    

Friday 3rd April 

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Twinkl #Dress4NHS day which took place today, where we asked children to get dressed up as mass show of support to our wonderful NHS. Here's some of your pictures. 


 

         

       

   
      
     

Year 5 v year 3 Battle of the Bands. Jeff is storming ahead in year 5! Great effort year 3. Mrs Bradwell and Mrs Thompson are cheering you on from the safety of their homes! You can still catch them! 



I'm so proud of everyone in year 4, who have been on TT Rockstars, and contributed to our amazing score! We are beating year 6 by nearly 3000 points! Miss Danks x Mr Horner, on the other hand has gone very quiet and is trying to blame it on a problem with the data??? Excuses, excuses excuses!!! He still believes in you, year 6, and thinks you can still win! 😆 Not if year 4 having anything to do with it! 😉Battle finishes at 8pm on Sunday.



This year 4 has been busy the last two days, she’s drawn her NHS picture. She also checked in to her daily Acro dance class this morning. We then decided to make some scones, here are the results ...


     

This year 4 has picked a history topic about Henry vIII. He has looked him up and over the next few days will be writing about him and his life. Wow! Very impressive. Can't wait to see the finished report.



This is one of our year 5s, who was working on his Roman Numerals this morning. He had to work out the numbers & colour them in accordingly. He was pleased to reveal a Roman Helmet.



Thursday 2nd April 

We're delighted to be championing the Twinkl #Dress4NHS day this Friday.

We're asking children to get dressed up this Friday in a mass show of support to our wonderful NHS. Here's your mission...

1) Get dressed up in your favourite fancy dress costume.
2) Complete one of our fabulous NHS resources (see below)
3) Take a photo and share it with us!

We'll share your photos with Twinkl, who will turn your photos into a fab video to share with NHS trusts across the country.

Let's do it! #Dress4NHS this Friday! Here are two resources to choose from...


Thank You NHS Cards 👉https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/mxd6q

People Who Help Us Colouring Sheets 👉

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/1l8k3y

We look forward to seeing your photos. Thank you for your support.



Please see the attached link on how to use it and access the free resources. The promotion code is CVDTWINKLHELPS

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/…/how-to-utilise-twinkl-during-the…

Some photos of what you have been getting up to today! Thank you for sharing. 

       


      


Whey hey! Year 4 are currently beating year 6 on TT Rockstars. This is fabulous year 4! Miss Danks is cheering you on from home. A big well done to year 3, who are only just over 800 points below year 5. It's close. Mrs Thompson and Mrs Bradwell think you can beat them!

The battle continues!


    

Wednesday 1st April 


A beautiful way to start the day! 



This is great news - Joe Wicks online PE lessons have raised of £80,000 for the NHS. 


Great to hear from you today!

   

   

                                                 

Tuesday 31st March 


This has just been announced this morning. We await further guidance from the government as to how this is to be implemented. Please bear with us whilst we look into this. We will be in touch.


More cheery sun pictures 

                                              


Food, food glorious food - More scrumptious creations


     

Lots of fun activities taking place today.



        

         

   
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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