News and Updates

Autumn Term

From the 2nd November, we are moving to having class bubbles while the infection rate is higher in this area and the area moving into a Tier 3 High Risk category.

This will affect Y3/Y4 who will no longer be one bubble made up of 3 classes but three separate class bubbles. Year 5 and Year 6 will each remain as one bubble. This means that we will have 5 bubbles across school. If we do need to close a bubble due to a positive case this will have less impact educationally for other children with them being able to continue coming to school rather than isolating. This will be reviewed regularly in line with PH guidance.

Miss Danks’s class will be entering and leaving the building by a different set of doors. They will now be entering the set of doors immediately prior to the ones they are currently using.

There will be a staff member to show them on the first day. The children will be leaving their bags and coats in the music room and using the toilets next to this room. These are located very close to the classroom. This will ensure that Miss Danks’s and Miss Steward’s class will have less contact in a shared cloakroom/ toilet area.

Start of day

Please stick strictly to your times as the children are entering the building in a similar area. Please wait outside the school gates if you arrive early. If you are late please see Miss Jones in the car park or take your child to the office. We have seen an increasing number of children arriving late this week as well as having an increasing group of Y6’s that arrive early every day. These children are being supervised at the moment but we cannot guarantee this everyday if we have staff absence.

End of day

If you cannot make pick up time due to collecting another child at Royd, the class teacher will remain with their class in the school car park until you arrive. Parents please control younger siblings whilst waiting outside the school gate. We understand that parents are collecting children from Royd and then need to wait for older siblings but younger children should be standing with the parents. Please bring something to occupy them while they are waiting.

Parents that are waiting also need to ensure social distancing at all times.

If there are any issues with timings please do give us a call.

New start and finish times.

PE days next half term

Next half term each bubble will be doing PE (Games) on a specific day. On the specified day children need to come to school in clothes for PE; trainers, shorts and/or tracksuit bottoms and a PE top or their normal school polo shirt and sweatshirt .PE lessons will be taking place outside whenever possible.Please ensure it is appropriate for the weather. 

The PE days are as follows:

Children that are attending wrap around care/ after school provision can either wear their uniform on these days or a PE kit. I will leave this up to parents to make a decision. With the weather likely to be colder and increasingly dark afternoons, they are likely to take place indoors so in my opinion wearing uniform should be fine but children will need to wear appropriate footwear ie trainers. Please also ensure your child brings a coat everyday.

We have been approached by a parent regarding a project being run by the Sea Cadets in Sheffield for Remembrance Sunday. This parent is currently serving in the armed forces and has recently moved into the area
The aim is to decorate the Sea Cadet building with plastic poppies ready for Remembrance Sunday and around 600 are needed. The following images and this video link demonstrate how they need to look with instructions in the video link on how to complete one.
We have always supported events for this important day but we are all limited in what we can do this year. This could be something that can be completed at home as a family and talk about why we have Remembrance Sunday.
It would be wonderful if we can get involved with this activity at home during the school half term and if you would like to make more than one that would be super!
The poppies need to be brought into either school by Wednesday 4th November 2020.
Thank you.

We have been asked to pass this message on to parents by Cllr Julie Grocutt
As you know next week we shall be in Tier 3 of the COVID restrictions as the school half term starts. As support will not be available to children on free school meals could I ask you to inform parents, especially those on free school meals, that the Stocksbridge Food Bank operates Tuesday and Thursday morning from the Old Hub Church, Manchester Road, across from the Library.
More details are available on the website below
Cllr Julie Grocutt
Labour Councillor Stocksbridge & Upper Don
Stocksbridge Town Councillor
Tel: 07825 195 212

Wrap around care/ After school clubs for next half term.
As a school we have been very fortunate so far to not have to close any bubbles in school due to a confirmed case. We are one of the very few schools in Sheffield where this is the case.
With Sheffield currently in a ‘high’ covid alert level and with the possibility of this moving to ‘very high’ in the near future. We are very conscious that children attending after school clubs will add further risk to more children being sent home for isolation periods.
The children that have attended this half term have been small in numbers or have been split up into family / bubble groups wherever possible.
The sessions have taken place outside where there is less risk. Next half term, with the weather change and sunset being earlier in the day, it is likely that the club will take place indoors.
Parents need to be aware that if a child that has attended one of the after school club tests positive for Covid the child’s class and anyone the child has been in contact with for 48 hours before symptoms will have to isolate.
This means that if your child has attended an after school
club with this pupil then they will also have to isolate.
We want to make sure that parents are fully aware of this possibility before booking onto a club.
Furthermore, we may need to increase prices for the after school club to ensure we cover salary commitments. The prices in the table below may change as they are based on last half terms prices.
Please return the attached form by Thursday 22nd October so we can confirm pricing.
Thank you.
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This year's Poppy Appeal will be different due to Covid-19, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of ways to get involved, wear your poppy with pride and support our Armed Forces community.
From poppy deliveries in the post to fundraising challenges and Poppy Runs, check out how you can help them make sure this year's Poppy Appeal is as successful as possible in these unprecedented times. Find out more -

This symptom guide has been provided by Sheffield City Council and is very useful.

Quick reminder that the remaining inset days for this year are:

Friday 23rd October 2020
Monday 19th July 2021
Tuesday 20th July 2021
Wednesday 21st July 2021

Thank you.

Please insure that your child comes into school wearing the correct uniform. Letters were sent out to all parents at the end of the Summer term to remind parents of expectations. Please look at the website link below to check your child is wearing the appropriate clothing.…/parent-information/school-uniform

On PE days children can come into school wearing trainers. They are currently not getting changed for PE. Later in the year this will change and we will write to you nearer the time. Thank you. 

Face Coverings -COVID

In a recent meeting with Public Health Sheffield they recommended that parents wear face coverings when bringing and collecting children at school.This will not be policed by staff at school but head teachers were asked to advise parents to do this. Children of primary age do not need to wear face coverings outside or inside school. Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Macmillian fundraising event. We raised just over £200.

The school photographer will be coming to school on the 9th of October to take individual photos of the children.

Thank you

Unfortunately, our Harvest festival at St John’s Church cannot take place this year.

We will be completing Harvest festival themed Collective Worship during the last week of the half term.

We are still planning on completing our collection for The Foodbank Project in Stocksbridge run by The Hub church on the High Street. The Foodbank has helped many local families this last year particularly during the pandemic. We would like to continue supporting this very worthwhile cause. It is always a blessing to be able to give to anyone but especially to those who are in need of help.

We have contacted the food bank to see which items are in demand.

The items which are needed are:

Tinned food: meat pies, sponge puddings, hotdogs, corned beef, tinned ham, tinned meats soups, fish, ravioli, baked beans, meatballs, tomatoes, vegetables, desserts, fruit etc
Other foods: custard powder, SMASH powdered potatoes, cereals, sugar, tea bags, coffee, biscuits, orange juice, squash, snacks etc
Toiletries/household: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, washing up liquid, shampoo, liquid soap, washing powder, toilet rolls etc

If you would like to contribute, please send your items to school week commencing 12th October. The final date for donations is Friday 16th October.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

We have produced a Covid 19 absence guide for parents. This can be downloaded from the Covid 19 information page of the school website.

Thank you.


Reminder to all parents - Friday 23rd October is a training day for school staff.

School is closed to all children.

Please can you ensure that your child's dinner money is sent into school in a sealed named envelope. This is to prevent members of staff from having to come into contact with money sent in from home. Please help us to keep everyone safe.
Thank you.

A reminder to year 6 parents
If you have not already made an application for High School for your child, the closing date is the 16th of October.
Thank you.

Mobile Phones

We are seeing an increasing number of mobile phones being brought into school. Especially in year 6. Your child should only be bringing a phone into school if it is absolutely necessary, for example they are walking home alone and need it in case they need to call home.
Thank you.

Risk Assessment

The latest school Covid 19 risk assessment can be found at the bottom of the Covid 19 information page of our website - Please click on the following link.

Macmillian Coffee Morning
For this event we usually invite parents into school to see their children in lessons and have a hot drink and cake during a coffee morning in school. Unfortunately this year we cannot hold
this event. We still wanted to do something to support this amazing charity that is so close to all our hearts so we asked children to wear something green or purple or just wear non uniform for the day and bring in a monetary donation. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part as we are sure you are aware that all charities are really struggling this year as donations have reduced dramatically since coronavirus. Macmillan will appreciate every penny that we have raised today.

We are going outside at break and lunchtime when it is raining to allow the children to get some fresh air and have a run around. We have had a number of children at school today without a coat. Please can you ensure they come appropriately dressed for the weather.

Thank you

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Nasal Flu Vaccine

If you would like your child to receive the nasal flu vaccine in school on the 5th October, please follow this link to complete an online consent form;

If you have any problems accessing the link please DO NOT contact the school, please telephone 0333 358 3397 (opt 7). Please note that this link will close on the the 28th September. If your child has already had the Nasal Flu vaccine since Sept 2020 please disregard this message.

Thank you

We are going to start using Seesaw (, a secure online journal, to set homework and record work set in school. Pupils can document and reflect on what they are learning in class and at home. Your child will be able to add the things we work on (including photos, videos, worksheets, drawings and voice recordings) to their Seesaw journal and we can share them privately with you and other family members to view and comment on throughout the school year.
In order for your child to use Seesaw, the app needs your child’s name in order to be able to associate work like their photos, videos or voice recordings with their account. Seesaw only uses this information to provide the service and doesn’t advertise in Seesaw, create profiles of students, or share or sell your child’s personal information or journal content. You can read more about their strong privacy promises here:
This system will then also be used in the event of a bubble closing and it is an App that allows teachers to give feedback on pupils work. Under an EU law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in order for your child to use Seesaw, the school must get your consent. For more information on GDPR, please visit

Please sign and return the permission slip (issued on 16th September) by Wednesday 23rd September to enable us to finish setting it up so that your child can use Seesaw.

From next week, due to unavoidable timetable changes, we have had to change the days some classes are doing PE.
The new days are as follows
Monday - year 5 and year 6
Tuesday - year 5 swimming (replaces PE)
Wednesday - year 6
Thursday year 3/4
Friday - year 3/4 .
Some weeks we may have to change days due to unforeseen circumstances. Due to this it may be better if your child brings a pair of trainers or pumps and leaves them in school for the half term.
Thank you.

Please note the new start times for year 5. 

 Class name  Arrival time  Finish time 
 Y3/4 HB      8.45 to 8.55am  3.10 to 3.15pm 
 Y3/4 AD  8.55 to 9.05am  3.10 to 3.15pm 
 Y3/4 JS  8.45 to 8.55am  3.15 to 3.20pm 
 Y5 TR/CS  8.40 to 8.50am  3.20 to 3.25pm 
 Y6 MH  8.55 to 9.05am 3.25 to 3.30pm 

Deepcar St John's has been awarded a distinction in the South Yorkshire School Games for our ongoing commitment and achievement in the school games programme during the 2019/2020 academic year. Due to Covid, it isn't the the traditional award but it is highest one that a school could be awarded last year. This is an amazing achievement and one that we are very proud of.

Reminder to year 5 parents - Please remember your new start time of 8.40 to 8.50am. Thank you

In view of the recent announcement by the government that Coronavirus cases are increasing please could we ask that parents adhere to the social distancing rules whilst waiting for children at the school gate and do not arrive at school earlier than the allocated time to collect their child.  We appreciate that some parents have children finishing school at different times but would ask that they continue to follow the distancing rules whilst waiting to keep our community safe and well.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

For this event we usually invite parents into school to see their children in lessons and have a hot drink and cake during a coffee morning in school. Unfortunately we cannot do our usual event this year. We still want to do something to support this amazing charity that is so close to all our hearts. We are asking for all children to bring in a slice of cake from home on Friday 25th September. The children will eat these in class with their friends and teacher whilst finding out about the charity.
We are asking for monetary donations to the charity. We are sure you are aware that all charities are really struggling this year as charity donations have reduced dramatically since Coronavirus.

Thank you for your support.

Tuesday 8th September

Firstly, we would like to say thank you to everyone who is following the new staggered start and finish times. However, we still have a few children arriving 10 to 15 minutes before their start time, which means that their arrival is clashing with another year group bubble. Please for your safety and ours, please ensure that your child arrives within the allocated times below. Thank you.

Friday 4th September

It has been great to have the children back in school. To hear them chatting to their friends, laughing and just enjoying being with each other, to see them running around playing at break or enjoying a game of football together has been wonderful. The children have all been amazing, adapting and accepting the new normal and have been a credit to you all. Thank you for all your support and patience as we also adapt to the new way of school life. Have a great weekend.

Please remember that we have staggered start and finish times in place

School Dinners

New lunch menu for the Autumn term.

Please can you send payment for lunches in a sealed named envelope with your child or payments can be made at the office after 10am. If you would like to pay by cheque, please make them payable to Sheffield City Council. We need to avoid large number of parents coming to the office first thing in a morning.
Thank you

Reading Books

Please could you take a few minutes to have a look through your child's books and see if any of them belong to school. Please can you return any that you find as soon as possible.
Thank you.

After School Clubs
We are aiming to start our After School Club provision within the first couple of weeks back at school, hopefully Monday 7th September 2020.
We will be following all the guidance set out by the DfE and Public Health England. A letter was sent home regarding this on the 28th August.
If you would like your child to attend any of the clubs listed below please let us know by Thursday 3rd September. We need to gauge interest and see whether they are viable financially. If numbers are low then we may have to increase the price.
Mr Priest from Sheffield Wednesday will be running the clubs following the guidance set out by the DfE.A follow up letter will be sent out on Thursday 3rd September with costings, further information and payment details.

Thank you.

PE and equipment

PE lessons will take place twice a week and held outside where possible. Due to Covid 19 and the health and safety precautions that we need to put in place, children will not be getting changed for PE, and will remain in their school uniform for the duration of the lesson. We appreciate that this is not an ideal situation, however we need to minimise the risk.  However, It is important that your child wears appropriate footwear to prevent unwanted injuries.  

PE lessons are planned to take place on the following days each week
Year 3/4 - Thursday and Friday
Year 5 - Monday and Wednesday
Year 6 - Monday and Tuesday


Children are not permitted to wear jewellery to school for health and safety reasons except for a watch if desired or small stud earrings but these must be removed for PE and
 swimming lessons. Teaching staff are not permitted to assist with the removal of earrings and if children are not able to remove them independently, they will not be allowed to take part in the lesson. 


Please ensure that your child brings enough water to last them the day. Children will be allowed to fill their bottles from the taps in the classroom but the water coolers will not be available when school reopen in September.  The children may bring juice for packed lunch but water only for the classroom please.

Lost property

Please make sure that every item of your child’s school uniform including their water bottle and any other equipment is clearly named. It is nearly impossible to work out whose sweatshirt is whose in a class full of children.

Lost property is stored but children losing an item of clothing should try to find it straight away. It is much easier to find something on the day on which it has been lost rather than weeks later. 

Healthy Snacks

Children may bring a healthy snack to school for their morning break. As we promote a healthy lifestyle, we ask that children do not bring sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks to school. Fruit, dried fruit, yogurts, cheese and health bars are all classed as healthy. The snack should be brought to school separately to their packed lunch. 

We now have three children with significant nut allergies in school. Can we remind all parent/carers to please not send their child to school with any food products that contain nuts.  Thank you.

Due to Covid 19, the school Tuck Shop will be closed for the time being. We will let you know when it reopens. 


Did you know that the number of parents sharing stories with their children is in steep decline? 

  • Only 56% of 3-4 year olds are read to daily or nearly every day (69% in 2013)  
  • Fewer than 19% of 8-10 year olds are read to daily or nearly every day (down from 25%) There are only 29% of 0-13 year olds that read for pleasure daily. 

A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new words for them.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. Parents are the most important educators in a child's life - even more important than their teachers and you can make a huge difference. You can help your child by encouraging your child to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers.

Why is Reading so Important? 

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to a children's educational performance. Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.  In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.


2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.


3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.


4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.


5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It is important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking. 


6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.


7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.


8. Reading is fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.


9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.


10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.It is a well known fact that good readers make good writers. 

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.

To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

 1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns. 
 2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests. 
3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle. 
4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good. 
5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone. 
6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. 
7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery. 
8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence. 
9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child. 
10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words. “We need

Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

A list of the top 100 books to read to children in year 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary will be given to each child to record what they are reading at the start of the school year.  We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. Children can select a reading book from school to bring home along with their diary, however due Coronavirus we will be sending them home in a zippy plastic wallet which needs to be used to return the book and diary to school the next day. 


Homework will be set once a week and is expected to be completed for the following week. Due to Covid 19, where possible, we aim to set homework online. This is to limit the amount of paperwork coming home and returning to school, therefore reducing the risk. We will provide alternatives for those where working online is not an option. 

The Bears of Sheffield. 

Do you remember the elephant sculptures from the Herd of Sheffield? Well, the sculpture trail is back for another year as bears are set to take to the streets of Sheffield in July 2020. This exciting new project is brought to you by The Children’s Hospital Charity and will unite businesses, communities, artists and schools throughout the city and across the country, leaving a lasting legacy for years to come. 

The Herd of Sheffield raised over £610,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital with 58 large and 72 small elephants and they hope to raise even more for the hospital through the Bears of Sheffield. This time around they have 100 Little Bears sponsored and decorated by schools and 60 Big Bears sponsored by businesses and painted by professional artists. Both will be available to be seen on the trail this summer running from July to September across Sheffield.

All funds raised through the Bears of Sheffield will help to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The ward treats children from babies through to 19 year olds from South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and as far south as Northampton. The transformed ward would create a new home from home for families with space, privacy and natural light to make hospital stays and isolation a place of sanctuary and calm.

As a school, we are very fortunate to be allocated a 'Bear' to sponsor last year prior to school closing. The event has been postponed until this year and we are hoping to start looking at fundraising ideas once school reopens.


Staff Car park 

Please can we ask all parent/carers not to park in the staff car park when collecting pupils from school.  Children walk through the car park to leave the premises.  Please ensure that you always park in a sensible place following the legal guidelines when parking to collect your child from school.  Thank you.  

Times tables 

The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12.Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about eight seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out.Don't forget about TT Rockstars, which is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice.This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools. Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home.

For more information, click on the following link

Social Media 

Last academic year we have had to deal with an increasing number of social media incidents in school. The incidents are occurring online at home and children are then bringing the issues into school where we are having to deal with them. Children are often very upset and it is causing friendship issues which is then taking up learning time to sort out. The two apps that children are using are Tiktok and Instagram. Both these apps are rated for children aged 13 years+.

The age limit is in place to keep children safe whilst online and to prevent them accessing inappropriate material. Please refer to the information on these links for further details…/parents-ultimate-guide-t……/parents-ultimate-guide-t…

We would encourage all parents to read these guides and follow the restriction information. Please talk to your child about always being kind to others. Ensure you have access to what your child is posting and that you know how they are using their time on the internet.

If these problems continue we will have no other option but to report children who are underage to the website.

Mrs Pearce,
24 Jan 2020, 00:10