School News & Updates

Summer Term

We also have a Facebook page which is a great way for parents, family members and carers to find out what is happening in school. We also use our page to remind parents of important information. 

17th May 2019

Deepcar St John's girls football team were in action tonight at St Anne's School. They had a brilliant game, winning 5 nil. Well done girls. 

Wow! What a week!

As you know this week year 6 have taken their SATs. We are incredibly proud of each and everyone of them. We know that there is so much more to school and education than SATs, but all of them tried their best and worked so hard to show off all that they have learnt. Their attitudes have been fantastic.

The teachers in year 6 have worked tirelessly over the last 8 months to prepare the children. Mrs Bebbington has been giving booster lessons in her own time after school to support children in areas they are needing extra help. During SATs week the whole school pulls together; teaching assistant getting up early to prepare breakfast and being on hand to talk to the children and dismiss any nerves, Tricia, our cook, kindly letting us use her kitchen space and preparing sausages and bacon, office staff and Mrs Needham giving up their time to go to the shops to purchase food and Governors for coming into school to support the children in the tests.

This year, we are very grateful to staff from Royd who helped by being on hand during the tests to read questions to the children.

During all this we get a call to say Ofsted are coming. It couldn't have come at a busier time, but we do what we best at St Johns, we pull together, rally round and support each other. We are what makes us special 'The St John's family'. It was our time to 'Shine'.

So, as year 6 have now taken their last test and the weekend approaches, it's time for us all to get some rest and recharge ready for the last week of this half term.

16th May 2019

This week we say goodbye to Mrs Riley, as she starts her maternity leave. She will be missed by all and I am sure that you will join with us in wishing her all the best. Get some rest Mrs Riley before baby number 2 arrives. We can't wait to meet him or her for cuddles.

15th May 2019

As everyone is aware the school underwent an inspection from Ofsted yesterday. The results of this inspection will be fed back in due course once received from Ofsted. In the meantime can we just say a huge thank you to all the parents who completed the parentview survey and to all the staff and children who were involved in this process. Everyone has represented and presented our school in an extremely professional yet friendly manner. The children of our school have been a great credit to us all.

Many thanks.

As part of our PSHE curriculum after half term your child will be taking part in Sex and Relationship Education lessons. The children will be watching age appropriate DVD material related to their particular area of this topic. If you would like to see the work relating to this topic please return the reply slip on our letter dated 14th May. Material will be available for viewing at the following times only:
Parental viewing times:
Y6 parents Friday 17th May at 9am Y3 parents Wednesday 22nd May at 9am Y4 parents Wednesday 22nd May at 9:20am Y5 parents Thursday 23rd May at 2pm
Areas your pupils will cover: Y3 – Differences (1 x 15 min programme) Y4 – How did I get here? Growing Up (2 x 15 min programmes) Y5 – Changes, Girl Talk and Boy Talk (3 x 15 min programmes) Y6 – How Babies are made, How Babies are born (2 x 15 min programmes)
We are really committed to covering this topic in a sensitive and child friendly way and hope that you will support us in talking to your child and answering any questions they may have.

14th May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers.

Yesterday, we were informed that Deepcar St John's will be inspected by Ofsted today, Tuesday 14th May. The lead inspector will be Andrew Cummings.

Your views about the school are important to us and if you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded, you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at:

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child's school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish.

The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting the school.

Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by noon on 14 May 2019 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views.

However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 14 May 2019.

Saturday 11th May

On Saturday, our boys football team took part in the Community Cup run by SWFC. They were up against some real tough competition, playing against teams who play together on a regular basis, but they didn't let this stop them. They showed great determination and resilience and batted well in every match they played.

We are really proud of them all. Well done boys.

Friday 10th May

We are introducing a new idea into school to help us develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Each term, children will bring home either one or two documents called a Knowledge Mat. This document contains the essential knowledge that children will need to know as part of the topic they are studying in class.

These Knowledge Mats are designed to be used at school during lessons and at home. Parents can help children learn the information contained on the mat. We want every pupil to be able to recall the information on these sheets off by heart or in their own wording by the end of the topic. The best way to use the Knowledge Mats at home is as follows –

Children read the information from the section to be learned (possibly with an adult)

They then try and recall the information (this can be written down or verbally)

An adult tests them on the information

The key to success is to repeat this regularly

It is also important to keep revising the information that has already been learned to keep it fresh in the memory.

We are confident that these Knowledge Mats will help our children to develop knowledge on a wide range of topics and will significantly improve their vocabulary. This, in turn, will make them more confident in class and help to develop their reading and writing skills. Please click here to access the Knowledge Mats section of our website.

Thursday 9th May

Deepcar St John's girls and boys football team played a friendly against Oughtibridge Juniors, in what was horrible weather conditions; cold and very wet. The boys came away with a victory, winning 4-2. The girls battled hard and were unlucky to go behind by one goal in the first half. The game finished 0-1 to Oughtibridge.

Friday 3rd May
One of our year 3 children collected a certificate from the NSPCC in assembly this morning. This has been awarded to the school for raising an amazing amount of £619.76 in our sponsored circuit training which took place earlier this year.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Monday 29th April

We are starting an After School Gardening Club to be led by Mrs Pearce. The club will take place Thursdays 3.20pm – 4.30pm starting on 09 May 2019 and finishing on 18 July 2019. The charge will be £3 per session. The sessions will include: 

Weeding and tidying the planters around school. 

Learning about and planting vegetables 

Making Bird Feeders 

Learning about bugs and making a bug hotel in the school grounds. 

Picking fruit and cutting herbs. 

We believe that gardening improves children’s confidence, resilience, improves communication skills, teaches life skills and makes children healthier and happier. Additionally, gardening can provide many curriculum opportunities such as increasing scientific knowledge. 

Monday 29th April

Children with pierced ears may wear small studs to school, except during PE lessons. County Regulations and Guidelines state that earrings and

ear studs are removed for physical education because of the danger of injury to the wearer. Children need to be able to remove their own earrings before a P.E. lesson. Where this is not possible parents should ensure that jewellery is not worn on days when P.E. activities take place. If you plan to have your child’s ears pierced, it would be helpful for this to take place at the start of the summer holiday so that the time is available before earrings can be removed.

Thank you

Friday 26th April

We have a display in the hall which celebrates all our children’s achievements out of school. If your child has won a medal, certificate, rosette, trophy etc. please do bring them into school so we can celebrate their successes or alternatively send a photo to

We are planning to have two fences erected during the Summer holiday. The fences will run from each side of the school to the wall on one side and behind the caretaker’s house on the other. There will be a gate at each side for children to access their classroom door. The gates will then be locked for the day and unlocked prior to home time.

We have made the difficult decision to stop our subscription to Mathletics. The renewal was over £1000 and this is not a viable cost for the number of children actually using this resource. We understand there will be a few disappointed children, who have been using Mathletics, however; we hope you understand the situation and reason for the decision. If you wish to continue using online maths games, they are available in the Maths Shed and also via Hit the Button. There is also TT Rockstars for times tables practise.

Thank you.


Children in year 3 and 4 are completing a local study on Deepcar and Stocksbridge. If you have any information, stories, old photographs or DVD's about the area that you are happy to share with us, please send them into school. Thank you. 

Staff news

Mrs Riley will be leaving to have her second baby mid-May with Mrs Stewart covering her maternity leave until the end of the academic year.

Mrs Stewart will also be leaving to have her second baby at the end of this academic year. We wish them all the best and to enjoy their maternity leave and will keep you up to date with any information. 

2019 – 2020 Curriculum dates - School closed. 

Monday 2 September 2019
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Friday 25 October 2019
Monday 20 July 2020
Tuesday 21 July 2020

Thursday 25th April.

The time and thought that the Parents of Deepcar Students put into tonight's Spring Disco was unbelievable. Handmade table decorations, delicious food, including homemade buns and great items to buy from the stalls. Thank you again ladies - The children have all had a fabulous time.



Wednesday 17th April.

As part of our Easter celebrations this year all children could enter ‘Best Decorated Egg’, ‘Egg Rolling’ and Easter Bonnet/Hat competitions. We awarded a prize for each winner in each year group. We are so impressed with the time and effort that was put into decorating eggs and making Easter Bonnets/Hats. All the teachers have had a difficult job deciding on an overall winner. Well done and thank you to everyone who has taken part.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed our traditional egg rolling competition. Thank you to everyone who came to watch. 


Easter Bonnet Winners Best Decorated Egg Winners Egg Rolling Winners.

Tuesday 16th April.

This morning we held our first ever 'Times Tables Rock Slam', where children from across the school went head to head to see who could answer the most questions correctly on TT Rockstars. The children loved the live video link from the computer room to the hall. Each year group, nominated their 6 fastest children, who then competed against each other. The fastest two from each year group then went head to head in a grand final.A big well done to all the child and especially to the Rock Slam overall winner from year 4, who had an amazing time of 71 seconds. A true 'Rock Hero'.

Year group winners. 

The overall winner - Rock Hero

We are learning about the issue of ocean plastic pollution in assembly and also in our PSHE lessons, linked to the Premier League and Sky Ocean Rescue campaign. In a special assembly last half term we learned about why ocean plastic pollution is a key issue for our world today and the responsibility everyone has to help protect the world’s oceans. As a school we are going to pledge to make one change to help tackle ocean plastic pollution by reducing single use plastic in school. As part of this, in PSHE children have had the opportunity to design a reusable water bottle for the players at Sheffield Wednesday. We are very excited as the winning design will be announced in assembly later this term by one of the players from the club.

We hope you have joined us in this years sunflower challenge run by Parents of Deepcar Students.  Who can grow the tallest sunflower over the summer? Are you ready to take on the challenge? Don't forget to share your photos with us. 

Our Eco Council have launched a new recycling campaign at St John's -The Big Battery Hunt. This is the UK’s biggest school battery recycling programme, run by the National School Partnership. Last year they managed to recycle 4 million batteries. This year, we want to help 'The Hunt'

 and encourage young people to think about the importance of recycling. Over 600 million batteries are sold each year and it takes over a 100 years for a battery to decompose.  Each child has brought  home with their own battery recycling box and we are challenging them to collect all their used batteries and help us recycle. There are fantastic prizes for the school that collects the most.  All batteries need to be returned to school by the 24th May.

Please see the attached link for more details.


                                                                Spring Term

15th March 2019

This year we supported this amazing British charity again and have been selling Red Noses in school. Thank you to everyone who has purchased a Red Nose and helped support Comic Relief. Thank you to those who also came to school wearing something red and made a donation of £1. We will let you know how much we have raised once all the money has been counted. 





Thursday 14th March 

We are delighted to have welcomed back M and Productions to St John's for the production of The Secret Garden. The Secret Garden by M an M Productions told the story of a 10-year-old orphan, who came to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors. She then discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. Based on the book by Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett. We are keen to give the children as many experiences as possible in order to fire their imaginations and assist in their writing and what better way than bringing a book to life with a magical theatre performance.


12th March 2019 

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. On Tuesday 12th we had a day dedicated to Science, with a special science based assembly. Year 3 and 4 linked Science day to their current science topic of Rocks and Soils and looked at the how fossils are formed. Year 5 used water spray guns to investigate how far germs travelled. They were astonished when they realised that germs from a single sneeze could travel over 3 metres.  Year 6 went outside for their science experiment to investigate the impact of exercise had on their heart rate. 


Thursday 7th March

On Thursday 7th March we took part in World Book Day 2019. This is a worldwide celebration of reading, books, authors and illustrators. A key aim of World Book Day is to give every child in the UK and Ireland a book of their own to keep, by distributing World Book Day Tokens to children. Children can exchange this token for one of eight exclusive World Book Day Books at participating booksellers. On the day, we asked children to come to school dressed as a book character and was amazed by the high number of children who took part and the quality of their costumes. Various activities linked to books and reading took place during the day, starting with a special Word Book Day assembly during which all children took part in the World Book Day Bumper Book quiz. The day culminated with some St John's children going over to Royd to read a story to them at the end of the day.
Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Week commencing 11th February

As you know, the NSPCC visited our school on recently and delivered their Speak out. Stay safe. assembly about how children can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have any worries. It was a very worthwhile and empowering session for both pupils and teachers. They spoke to the children and staff about the valuable work they do across the country, and talked about how important it is for everyone in our
school community to join them in their ‘fight for every childhood’.

As a charity, they can only provide these vital resources thanks to the financial support and generosity of their supporters. We would like to help the NSPCC’s work in schools, and took part in a fundraising event. Children completed a sponsored circuit training – which was not only exciting and helping keep our children physically fit but also allowed us to raising money for the NSPCC’s vital work. Participation is purely voluntary but if you would like to support the NSPCC’s work, please return your sponsor form and money raised to school by Tuesday 26th February. Every child who took part in the fundraising event will be receiving a special Buddy badge.

The NSPCC’s work in schools encourages conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘Talk PANTS’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words. The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone.

You can find out more and download the free resources at

If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice
which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website

We had a special visitor this morning from the NSPCC, who returned to say a personal thank you to all the children for working so hard at raising money for their Speak Out. Stay Safe campaign. Year 3, were awarded a special certificate for completing and returning the most sponsorship forms. Thanks again to everyone who helped raise money for this worthy charity.

We've played games, danced, eaten fabulous food and had lots of fun. A huge thank you to our Parents of Deepcar Students for organising our Valentine's Day disco. It has been brilliant!


5th February 2019

The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme visited our school to make sure our children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they presented an assembly to the children as well as a workshop for Years 5 and 6. Their specially trained staff and volunteers gave our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language. If you would like any more information about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme you can come in to speak with Miss Jones or visit the NSPCC website at 

Friday 1st February 2019 

Thank you to all the parents, carers and family members who joined us for our Poetry Slam on Friday 1st February. This time each class took to the stage reciting their poems to a hall full of family members and friends. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

A big thank you has to go to Parents of Deepcar Students, who organised our recent Movie Night to raise funds for the school. The children loved it.
Week commencing 7th January 2019 - Poetry Week

It is a statutory requirement in the the National Curriculum that children learn to recite poems from heart. This week has been Poetry Week at

Deepcar St John's. Each class chose a poem:

Y3 SB - The Trouble with my Brother
Y4 AD - The Tyger
Y4 JS - Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth-Toast
Y5 HB - The Highwayman
Y6 MH - Night Mail
Y6 DB - I’m a Shrimp
Y6 TR - Pied Piper of Hamelin 

On the 11th January, an expectant audience of children and staff were thrilled to hear each class recite their chosen poems. As they each took to the stage it became increasingly difficult to separate such strong performances. Each class were a credit to the school and joy to watch and listen to. We are really proud of all our children, who have worked so hard this week.


The Winners;

Lower School – Mrs Bell’s and Mrs Thompson’s class

Upper School – Mrs Riley’s and Mrs Stewart’s class

The judges said "The standard was truly exemplary with performance levels making it very difficult to choose an overall winner” but at the end of a fantastic morning Mrs Bell’s and Mrs Thompson’s class were announced the overall winners.

Year 3 Whole School Winners

Art Week

Picasso did not feel that art should copy nature. He felt no obligation to remain tied to the more traditional artistic techniques and wanted to emphasize the difference between a painting and reality. Cubism involves different ways of seeing, or perceiving, the world around us. Year 3 are taking inspiration from Picasso and today have been practising sketching techniques before creating their own cubism piece of work.


Year 4 have been mastering their sketching techniques and looking at various pieces of Picasso's work for inspiration. Later this week, they will be using Modrock, which is a plaster bandage that is used for modelling, casting and crafting, to create sculptures.


For 'Art Week', year 5 have been taking their inspiration from one of the great artist, Pablo Picasso. They are going to be creating their own piece of art work using photographs, which they have started to take this afternoon.