News and Updates

Summer Term 2

Beat the Street

It is great that so many children have already signed up to take part in Sheffield City Councils "Beat the Street". Beat the Street is a fun, free initiative that will see Sheffield transformed into a giant game!
The game started on 16 June and end on 28 July 2021. The project enables pupils and parents / carers to earn points whilst getting active. There are also prizes available.
You can either walk, cycle or run as part of the challenge. If you have not received your information pack and fob, they will be coming home tonight. In order to register you will need to go on the following website:

We hope that you have fun and fingers crossed a child from either Deepcar can win a prize.


Summer Term 1

Today sees the start of the final half term break before we finish for the summer holidays. It looks as though the weather is going be glorious next week. Make the most of it, have fun but stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all back in school in a weeks time for the start of a very busy final half term.

A big thank you to all the ladies at PODs who organised the Wear What Makes You Happy Day. Children really enjoyed coming to school in their happy clothes.
Thank you to everyone who donated £1 to school funds.

Track and Trace Over May Half Term

As with previous holidays, school staff are expected to be involved in track and trace for positive Covid cases at the beginning of the school holidays. Therefore, some members of staff will be on call to work further days at the start of the half term.
As schools are closed for the holiday, it is likely that this will be managed by staff working from home. Please follow the information below;
If your child has symptoms and then tests positive for Covid, you must inform us if they were in school the 48 hour period before the start of symptoms and symptoms developed ie before midnight on Sunday 30th May 2021.
If your child is asymptomatic (no symptoms) but still tests positive you must inform us if they have been in school in the 48 hour period before the test was taken.
In both cases this must be done by emailing both and
The information that you need to include on your email is the following;
• Child’s name
• Year group
• First date of symptoms
• List of symptoms
• Date of test
• Date received the positive result
• Contact telephone number if we need to contact you.
We will check the email every day at 9am from Saturday 29th May until Wednesday 2nd June 2021. If we receive notification of a positive case on these days we will work with Public Health
and follow all necessary actions.
If your child has been in close contact or in a bubble with a positive case of Covid at school you will be informed by a text message.
Your child would have to isolate for 10 days up to and
including last day of isolation.
If your child develops symptoms, or has a positive test when asymptomatic, on Monday 31st May then this will be outside the 48 hour period. You do not need to contact school and instead
please liaise directly with Track and Trace. If self-isolation extends beyond the end of the break then please contact school on Monday 7th June.
Thank you

Deepcar St John’s have appointed a new teacher for September 2021. Miss Megan Woods-Booth has been appointed to teach an additional class in September. Miss Woods-Booth is currently on placement in Y5.

Class Photographs

The school photographer is attending school on Tuesday 8th June


We are currently planning to have a week of transition across both schools where children will spend a week with the teacher they will have in September 2021. This will hopefully take place week commencing Monday 28th June. Children will then return back to their current class teacher for the last two weeks of the school academic year. This will be dependent on Public Health guidance and the new DfE guidelines which are yet to be released. Please look out for further information.

Social Media

There are still issues with pupils in the older year groups accessing social media sites. Issues of children being unkind to each other online are filtering into school causing complications that staff then need to sort out. Please ensure that your child is only accessing apps that are age appropriate age 13+ means 13 years or older. I

School Trips/Visits

Staff are all busy arranging dates in the diary for the children to have a day trip out with their class/year group. Ideally these will be outdoor visits. We feel that the children have missed so much over the past two years and we really want them to experience something to remember at the end of this year. We will keep you informed of what we book. As you can imagine, these dates are filling up very quickly.

Sports day

We are organising sports day for each school where children will have a fun filled session during a half day. At the moment this will be done in bubbles. Unfortunately due to the current situation parent/carers are unlikely to be able to attend. Should guidelines change in the near future we will be in touch.

Bears of Sheffield

Mrs Liz Crossland has been busy painting the design onto both school’s ‘Bear of Sheffield’ and children that sent a design are getting involved and painting their contributions onto the bear. We have to say that the bear is looking absolutely amazing. There are lots of things to look at and many aspects relate to geographical and historical features of our local community. During the summer, it will be well worth a family visit to look at our addition to the collection and the other bears that will be on the trail. This project is all about raising money for the Children’s Hospital Trust/Sheffield Children’s Hospital and we cannot think of a more worthy charity. Here is a link to find out more about the project.

Spring Term 2

As we reach the end of yet another unprecedented term, we would like to take this opportunity to express our pride and admiration in how brilliantly everyone in our school community has continued to work together in the face of the continuing immense changes to our lives that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused.

Our focus over the past few weeks has been on helping children settle back into school, support their wellbeing and catch up on missed opportunities such as catching up with friends etc. We are delighted to say that the quality and quantity of work carried out a home during the recent lockdown has really helped children make a positive start to being back in lessons and ensured the gaps have not grown further.

Thank you to all parents, carers and grandparents for supporting your children so brilliantly at home. We know for some of you this been a challenge. We will continue to keep you updated of everything that is happening over the coming months and we are all looking forward to an exciting, busy and very productive term.

We wish you all a restful Easter break. Do take care and we look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday 19th April 2021.

The children across school looked absolutely amazing on Wednesday in their Easter Hats and Bonnets. We hope they had lots of fun with the egg rolling competition and decorating their eggs. We clearly have some very creative children and parents. The egg decorations were fantastic. It felt like a really normal day around school and there was a buzz of excitement.

Bubbles Closing
Both schools have been very lucky with bubbles closing due to Covid. We would like to thank parents and carers for the support we have received we had to close bubbles at Deepcar St John’s. We had to do this at short notice and everyone was so understanding.
Thank you.

After-School Clubs - Summer Term

You will be aware that we have sent out letters offering sporting afterschool clubs. At Deepcar St John’s we will be tracking attendance and if numbers are large we will separate them into two smaller groups following class bubbles wherever possible. All clubs will be taking place outside so please ensure your child comes to school that day ready for outdoor physical activity. Children may bring trainers/football boots to change into before the sessions start. Unfortunately, we have no places left at Den Building, football only has a few spaces left but there are places left on the other clubs. Please contact the school office to book a place once school reopens on 19th April.
Thank you

A plea to all parent/carers to please ensure your child continues to read over the Easter holiday. If you have a Lexia account continue to use this everyday for short periods. It really does make a difference. Thank you.

New lunch menu, which comes into force after the Easter holidays.

We are aiming to start our After School Club provision when school re opens after the Easter Break, hopefully on Monday 19th April 2021. We will be following the route out of lockdown guidance set out by the DfE and Public Health England.
Please return your letter to express an interest in the club being held each night by Tuesday 30th March 2021. We need to gauge interest and see whether they are viable financially. If numbers are low then we may have to increase the price. Currently the clubs are priced at £3.00 per session.
Mr Priest from Sheffield Wednesday will be running the clubs following the guidance set out by the DfE. All clubs weather permitting will take place outdoors. A follow up letter will be sent out with costings, further information and payment details.
Thank you.

Wednesday 31st March 2021 – Easter Activities As part of our Easter celebrations this year we will be carrying out some traditions. All children can enter ‘Best Decorated Egg’, ‘Egg Rolling’ and ‘Easter Bonnet/Hat’ competitions. There will be prizes awarded in each category.

All eggs need to be hard boiled and labelled with your child’s name. Pupils will need one decorated egg and one hard boiled (two per pupil). The Easter hats/bonnets and eggs need to be brought into school, already made/decorated, on the day. The Best Decorated Egg and Easter Bonnet/Hat will be chosen during school time in each bubble.

The eggs that have been brought in for the egg rolling will be rolled down the school drive aiming to get the egg through Humpty Dumpty's legs. Usually we invite parents/carers to come and watch the egg rolling but due to Covid restrictions, we are, unfortunately, unable to do so. Photographs will be posted on social media.

We are linking these activities into our fund raising for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. We need to raise a minimum £700 as part of the ‘Bears of Sheffield’ project. Any additional funds raised on the day will also be donated to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

With this in mind we are asking parent/carers to donate a minimum of £2 to a maximum of £5 to enter all the activities. Please bring the correct money into school where children can place the coins into a bucket/collection pot located in each class. I am sure that you will agree that this is a very worthwhile local charity.

Have fun decorating the eggs and making the bonnets/hats. We can’t wait to see the different creations you come up with.


LINKs, who support schools across Sheffield with Physical Education, have set up a“Sheffield Get Moving!” event that will run from now until Easter. So far over 500 families have engaged in this and pledged to be more active.

All parents have to do is visit and sign up. The challenge is FREE to enter. There is the option to pay £7 per person if you wish. This payment will cover the cost of a medal which will be sent in the post once you have completed your pledge and submitted your evidence.

Parents and children can make one of two types of pledges to get active before the Easter holidays:

1. To cover a certain distance by either walking, running, or cycling/scooting


2. To take part in any type of physical activity for a certain amount of time

Once your 'Personal Best' pledge has been achieved, all you need to do is complete the simple form on the 'Submit Evidence' page of their website.

They will then total up all miles covered, and times submitted by parents and children from our school. From this, they will calculate how many points have been earned and create a virtual school leader board.  

All you need to do is make a pledge to get moving and have fun.

Please share what you are doing by sending some photos into school so we can put them on our Facebook page.

Thank you.

Lunch menu

The lunch menu below will be in force until the Easter Break.

World Book Day

On Thursday 4th March, we will be taking part in World Book Day 2021.
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. Reading is the biggest indicator to a child succeeding in the future. ‘Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child's future success, more than family circumstances, parents’ educational backgrounds or income.’ – Organisation for Economic Co-Operation & Development.
We usually ask children to come to school dressed as their favourite book character. Obviously the country will still be in lock down but we would still like to make it an enjoyable and memorable day for the children. Next Thursday, whether your child will be at home or in school, we are asking that they either dress up as a book character or wear some comfy pyjamas for the day.
We understand that shopping for new outfits/items is very difficult at the moment. We would really like to share some photos of the children so if your child is at home please send photographs via the school facebook messenger. The schools will be completing various activities linked to books both remotely and at school during the day.
Due to home-learning, we have signed up for the digital book token. The link is

You can check which book-sellers are participating at

Parents Evening

Parents evening at Deepcar St John’s will take place, via telephone, week commencing Monday 1st March 2021. I will write to you early next half term to confirm dates. The schools are investigating a system for parent/carers that will allow video conferencing for future parents evening and I will get in touch with more details in the future.

Bears of Sheffield

You may remember that last year we were very fortunate to receive one of the ‘Bears of Sheffield’. This is a joint project between both schools and linked to the Children’s Hospital Charity as part of their fundraising campaign. We will be completing some fundraising events next half term across both schools to fund the project and raise vital funds for this charity.

We are asking parent/carers to talk to their child at home during half term about an idea on how we can decorate the bear. The photo below shows the shape of it. You may want to draw a large version and draw on it or write the ideas in words. These need to be returned back to school via email or hard copy on Monday 22nd March 2021.

After half term, we will ask the children across both schools to discuss and decide on the best design. We look forward to all the children’s fabulous ideas.

Friday 15th January
Sharewear Clothing Scheme is a provider of free clothing, shoes and bedding for individuals and families who need it most. After being established Nottingham for the last seven years, they have now opened a new centre in Sheffield. Sharewear Sheffield is located on the Ground Floor, 188 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1SY. Normally people referred to them can browse and select exactly what they want and need, but due to Covid and the current circumstances they are encouraging 'click and collect' instead. They operate on a referral basis by the school, a bit like a foodbank.

If you are in need of a referral, please get in contact with Mrs Needham via the school office. You can also contact Mrs Needham if you are in need of a referral to the local Food Bank.

Friday 8th January

As I am sure you can appreciate, our office staff are currently very busy. To help reduce their workload, If you have any problems or questions about passwords or logging into different applications, can you email these queries to the following email address. Mrs Pearce will then get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Tuesday 5th January

Staff have all been in school today working very hard, They are a brilliant team and we are very lucky to have such a hard working staff.  You need to know that they will all be working incredibly hard over this lockdown.  The teachers would much rather have all the children in school. Remote/online learning is more work than having all the children in school every day. Please do not expect all work to be marked on a daily basis.

Home Learning 

From Wednesday 6th January and until the end of this week there will be activities uploaded onto Seesaw for you to complete with your child. These activities will be supplemented with two zoom meetings, one in the morning at 9.30am and the second at 1.15pm in the afternoon. These sessions will be to touch base with the children in the morning and have a story in the afternoon. The staff will email these out to all parents.

From Monday 11th January, there will be online sessions following the timetable below for children to access. The online sessions will be short and last up to 30 minutes each. These sessions will be introductions to activities that children will need to complete. Parents/ children will then need to upload their work via  photo when completed to Seesaw. Staff will then approve / mark this. Please ensure that the photos are not blurred and are big enough for the teacher to view.




Subject area

Session 1

9.15-9.45am input

Follow up activities


Session 2

10.45am-11.15 input

Follow up activities

English (could include writing, spelling, reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

Session 3

1.15pm-1.45pm input

Follow up activities

Theme, science, foundation subjects


At the end of last year we sent home a book with each child with all their log in’s for different apps. Please contact us if you have since lost these books so we can ensure you have the details.

We have a several chrome books in school that we can lend out to parents if you have internet access but no devices. Please contact the school office if you desperately need one. If these are damaged or broken you will have to pay for a replacement.

Weekly home learning grid will be uploaded on to the home learning section of our website. If you do not have internet access can you also please contact school so we can print off packs for you to collect.

I am aware that parents may have issues if siblings both need a device to access online learning/zoom calls.  Is this is the case you may need to prioritise a different child on a daily basis. You will however be able to access all the activities on seesaw.

Free school meal children

The current information is that you can collect a weekly hamper outside the school.  We have been in touch with the families this offer applies to today. If vouchers become available again we will let you know in due course.

Critical Worker/ Vulnerable Children

Children that are in school as a child of a critical worker or classed as vulnerable. We are hoping that they can join the online session and complete tasks but this will be dependent on staffing issues.

School closure

I am sure you will have all heard the Prime ministers announcement regarding school closures this evening. This starts with immediate effect and will impact on school opening tomorrow.

Firstly, can I please ask for your patience and understanding whilst the school has to adapt very quickly to these changes and set up our remote learning planning. If you believe you fill one of the criterias (the guidance was updated on 31 st December 2020) please bring your child to school at the usual staggered start time.

They will also finish at their usual time. During the day tomorrow we will look at the critical worker survey and put further plans into action. Children that can attend school tomorrow are children that fit into the following two categories

1. Vulnerable children and young people

Vulnerable children and young people include those who:

 are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child

protection plan or who are a looked-after child

 have an education, health and care (EHC) plan

 have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:

 children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services

 adopted children or children on a special guardianship order

 those living in temporary accommodation

 those who are young carers

 those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for

example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)

·         those who are young carers

·         those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)

·         care leavers

·         others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health


1.    Children of critical workers

A list of these were sent out earlier this evening.  If parents fit into these categories can you please respond to the survey that was sent out today or get in touch.


For all other children, the school is closed until further notice.  We will be in touch tomorrow morning with our remote learning plans for children learning at home.


Thank you for your support during these difficult times.


Yours sincerely

Louise Jones

Executive Head Teacher        

We hope that you have all had a safe but enjoyable Christmas and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the new year.

As we start another half term, may we take the time to remind you about the importance of sticking strictly to your child's starting time.  The children are entering the building in a similar area and it is imperative that we keep the class bubbles separate. If you arrive early, please wait outside the school gates. If you are late please see Miss Jones in the car park or take your child to the office. 

Airing Classrooms

It is vital that we air classrooms during the course of the day. At both break and lunch times the classroom windows and doors will be opened wide to let fresh air travel through the space. It is essential that your child comes to school dressed prepared for this, especially as the temperatures outside have dropped recently. Please ensure that your child wears layers under their uniform to ensure that they are warm enough whist at school.

End of day

If you cannot make your child's 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.

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, please ensure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. 

The PE days are as follows: 

Autumn Term

Wednesday 16th December

Children take part in a weekly "Active" lesson. This is where children can either walk, jog or run for 15 minutes. Alternatively children can take part in specific 1 minute exercises which are positioned around the playground and include exercises such as star jumps, toe taps, high knees etc. This week, we have taken part in a national "Hit the Ground Running Christmas Challenge" which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

During the last week of term, the whole school comes together for The Christmas Show, which is a morning filled with fun and games hosted by Miss Jones. This year, we didn't want children to miss out but we had to do things in a Covid secure way to keep everyone safe. The children in Miss Steward's class had a fabulous time this morning.

Keeping children safe on line is something that we take very seriously as a school. If you child has access to the internet, either by a phone or tablet, please check the following guides on two apps that have recently become popular. Wink has a suggested age of 13, Yolo initially had an age limit of 12 but this has now been increased to 17. Please regularly check what your child is doing online and help us to keep them safe.

Art week - 14th to 18th December

During the last week of term, children across the school have enjoyed an Art Week.

With the last day of term fast approaching it's time for some festive fun in PE.

You may have heard or seen through the news and other media that school could move an INSET day to the last day of this term and therefore close early to children for the Christmas holiday. This will not be the case at Deepcar St Johns. The last day of term is still Friday 18th December 2020. The majority of schools in our Locality have made the same decision.

This means that some members of staff will be on call to work further days at the start of the Christmas holiday and continue to support contract tracing. As school is closed for the holiday, it is likely that this will be managed by staff working from home. Please follow the information below.

If your child has symptoms and then tests positive for Covid, you must inform us if they were in school the 48 hour period before the start of symptoms and symptoms developed ie before midnight on Sunday 20th December 2020.

If your child is asymptomatic (no symptoms) but still tests positive you must inform us if they have been in school in the 48 hour period before the test was taken.

In both cases this must be done by emailing and

The information that you need to include on your email is the following;

 Child’s name

 Year group

 First date of symptoms

 List of symptoms

 Date of test

 Date received the positive result

 Contact telephone number if we need to contact you.

We will check the email every day at 9am on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December. If we receive notification of a positive case on these days we will work with Public Health and follow all necessary actions.

If your child has been in close contact or in a bubble with a positive case of Covid at school you will be informed by a text message. Your child would have to isolate for 10 days up to and including last day of isolation. The text will also contain the date for which your child would have to start isolating.

We really hope we do not have to send this message to anyone and we apologise that it seems quite impersonal.

If your child develops symptoms, or has a positive test when asymptomatic, on or after Monday 21st December then this will be outside the 48 hour period. You do not need to contact school and instead please liaise directly with Track and Trace. If self-isolation extends beyond the end of the break then please contact the appropriate school on Monday 4th January or leave a message on the voicemail.

Thank you to Trish and Gaynor, our school catering staff, for preparing a delicious Christmas lunch today.

The school Christmas Dinner will be held on Thursday 10 December 2020. Please could parents complete the survey below before midday Friday 4th December 2020 to indicate if your child will be having a Christmas Dinner provided by school or if they will be bringing a packed lunch.
If you have more than one child in school you will need to complete a survey for each child. The Christmas Dinner Menu is as follows and there will be no other options available on the day.

Roast Turkey and Gravy with Pork Chipolata or Quorn Roast & Gravy with Vegetarian Sausage
Main Course will be served with Roast Potatoes, Carrots or Peas
Snowball Crispy or Fresh Fruit Salad
The cost of the Christmas Dinner is £2.00 and can be paid on the day in a named sealed envelope and handed into the class teacher, if your child regularly has school meals this can be included in your weekly payment. There is no cost if your child is entitled to free school meals.

Deepcar St John's use iMoves as part of our dance schemes in PE lessons. During December, iMoves are running Active Advent to challenge children to do at least one Active Blast every day before the end of term. To take part all you need to do is click on the link below. There will be a NEW link and therefore a new Active Advent for your child to take part in at home each day. Please feel free to share photos and videos of your Active Advent with us. Help us spread some festive cheer.
Email your photos to us at or send them via this page.
Have fun!

We are still having a number of children coming to school without the appropriate winter outdoor clothes, some even without a coat. Children will be outside at breaktime, lunchtime and for their PE lessons. It is therefore imperative that they come dressed for the weather.
Thank you.

Stocksbridge Library have asked the school to pass the following information onto parents -
Come along to Stocksbridge Library to collect a ‘Christmas is Coming’ activity pack, filled with wordsearches, crafts, baking, colouring and much more. There a 2 packs available. One for the Under 7’s and one for the Under 11’s.
Why not order and collect one of our lovely Christmas stories whilst you are visiting.
Opening times are:
Tuesday 10.00 – 12.30 and 2.00 – 4.30
Thursday 10.00 – 12.30 and 2.00 – 4.30
Saturday 10.00 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4.00
Thank you.

Parties We will still ensure that each class can still enjoy a Christmas party this year. However in view of Covid-19 no food can be shared amongst the children. Please therefore ensure that you pack a goody bag with treats for your child to enjoy. This food will be additional to their lunch. Please do NOT send in any products that contain nuts. The dates of party dates are listed below for each class
Y3/ Y4 Mrs Bradwell Friday 18th December Y6 Mr Horner Wednesday 16th December Y3/4 Miss Danks Thursday 17th December Y3/4 Miss Steward Thursday 17th December Y5 Mrs Riley and Mrs Stewart Thursday 17th December

Christmas Cards

All children will have the opportunity to send Christmas cards to their friends in December. Children will need to bring their cards into school week commencing Monday 7th December until Friday11th December. These will then be sorted 72 hours afterwards and distributed to classes during the last week of school. Please ensure that names and classes are clearly written onto the envelopes before bringing to school. Friday 11th December is the final date for cards to be brought to school.

Christmas School Dinner Christmas dinner date for all pupils is on Thursday 10th December 2020. We will be asking you to preorder. Children that have free school meals do not have to pay. The cost for all other children will be £2. Please look out for further

Week commencing 23rd November

This week, children across the school will be taking part in the “Links Balance Challenge 2020” During their PE lessons children will be completing 5 gymnastic balances at a level which suits their ability. When children complete these balances, they will be judged on the following: 1. Execution - How well do you hold each balance, is each balance held for 5 seconds, strength and flexibility, 2. Creativity - The transitions between are all different, your own flare 3. Cleanliness - Toes pointed, legs straight and strong arms 4. Performance - Chin lifted, facial expressions, poise Great effort by year 6, who were the first to take part in the challenge. We will let you know how we get on in the challenge.

Please note our inset days for next year are as follows-

Monday 19 July 2021 Tuesday 20 July 2021 Wednesday 21 July 2021
Many thanks for all your donations to Children in Need. We raised Deepcar £137.40.

Parking We have received new complaints regarding the parking around school; We are slightly surprised that parking should remain an issue when we have staggered start and end times as there should be more spaces available. Can you please not arrive at school too early. If you arrive with a few minutes to spare this means that there should be more spaces for other parent/carers to park. Please turn off your engines.
Thank you.

Social distancing round school
We have received a few complaints from parent/carers and grandparents at both schools. Some adults collecting children are over 60 and therefore in a vulnerable group. Many of the complaints are about adults waiting outside the school gate not socially distancing and not wearing masks when under 2 metres apart. This is causing many to be anxious about collecting their grandchildren. Can we please ask that you be respectful to others and remain 2 metres away from other adults. The vast majority of people are being very respectful and are following the Government guidance. We need to ensure that everyone that is coming to school feels safe to do so. Thank you.

Sheffield City Council Update - Free School Meals Holiday Scheme
The council are aware that there were issues with the website address given for the October half term holiday. A new website address has been created and is easier to navigate. Parent Carers should go to and enter their unique 16-digit code (issued via letter from the council). The council have also committed to funding free school meals provision in the Christmas holidays. Confirmation of the process will be confirmed shortly.

Christmas Activities
We obviously cannot do our Christmas nativity concerts or the Christingle service at St John’s church. Currently we are discussing what we can do and how it can be organised. We will be making some lovely videos to share with parent/carers to ensure the Christmas spirit remains. Christmas dinners, parties and dress down days will continue and we will be making it as special as possible for the children. A letter will be sent with further details - please look out for this.

Christmas Jumpers/Outfits
For the last week of term, we will be allowing the children at both schools to attend wearing Christmas jumpers and outfits. We will need them to be clean items every day. This last week will also coincide with Arts week, which we are running at both schools. Please do not send children in clothing items that are special as they may end up getting art resources on them.

Thank you.

This week is Anti-Bullying Week and their theme this year is Unite Against Bullying. Today, Mrs Needham has been working with children in year 5 where they have exploring different ways to deal with bullies.

You can find out more by clicking in the following link.

17th November

Reverend Hilda and her friends from Deepcar St John's church were regular visitors to school prior to the start of the pandemic. Together, they delivered a half termly 'Open the Book' Collective Worship, where they would share and act out stories from the Bible. As they cannot come into school at the moment, Hilda and friends have kindly filmed their special Open the Book Collective Worship for us to watch. Thank you to Reverend Hilda and friends for taking the time to help us keep in touch with our local church.

16th November

Youth Sport Trust have launched an online After School Sport Club at 5pm every day until the end of term. Each day will follow a theme with a different sporty activity, where children can learn some new skills and, most importantly, have fun!

It's free!

🌎Adventure Monday
🤸Tuesday Play
Wild Wednesday
🧠Thinking Thursday
🎉Fun Friday

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16th November

For the last few years Deepcar St John's has taken part in the Links Partnership Indoor Sports Hall Athletics Competition. This involves both track and field events and is normally held at the Stocksbridge High School. We usually enter a mixed gender team of y5/6 children. This year, due to the pandemic, the tournament could not take place but we did not want children to miss out. Links therefore organised for each school to take part in 5 events within the safety of their own class bubbles, submitting the results at the end. Yesterday was the last day of the competition and year 6 pulled out all the stops and achieved some great results. We will let you know how we get on.

After a Remembrance Day Collective Worship, staff and children headed outside for the 2 minutes silence at 11am. We will remember them.

On Friday 13th November, we are helping to raise funds for the fantastic cause ‘Children in Need’. For a £1.00 donation children can wear anything spotty, in fact, the more spots the better!!! No spots then dress down for the day. We hope as many pupils as possible will join in fundraising for this great cause.

Show Racism the Red Card

Last year our children in Y6 attended an event ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ at Sheffield Wednesday Stadium. This event is part of an annual national series of educational events which will challenge young people to think critically about the issue of racism and is supported by players from the club. This event obviously cannot take place the same way as it did last year. We applied to take part again this year and today the children had a zoom meeting with Liam Palmer, a Sheffield Wednesday player and got the chance to ask him some questions.

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’ 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 the 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 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