School News & Updates

Autumn Term 

4th September to 24th October 

European Day of Languages - 26th September

On Thursday 26th September we will be celebrating the European Day of Languages at Deepcar St John’s.

Each year group will focus on a different language for the day. They will learn basic greetings and numbers as well as finding out about where in the world the language is spoken by mapping it and discovering key facts about the country/countries included. We would like the children to come to school dressed in the colours of a flag of a country where their language is spoken:

Y3 – Spanish
Y4 – German
Y5 – Italian
Y6 – Greek

We will also be holding a small food tasting session to each year based around their target language. Please ensure we are aware of any allergies or dietary requirements by notifying the office. If you would like to bring in something for the class to share as part of their food tasting then donations would be gratefully received in their original packaging e.g. some feta cheese for Y6 or a jar of olives for Y5.

We are looking forward to an exciting day full of language and culture.

Thank you.

Monday 7th October

Our school will be taking part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 7th October and finishing on Friday 18th October 2019.

The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. We need everyone to take part and make an effort to travel to school in an active way during the challenge. The challenge is also open to school staff and we will be making every effort to take part.

Walking, cycling, skating, scooting and park & stride are all active ways of travelling and we hope by taking part in the challenge it will:

  • Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils & their families
  • Encourage pupils and families to be more active
  • Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school
  • Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue to do this after the challenge!

During the challenge each classroom will have a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively will record their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. Those pupils with 10 stickers on the chart at the end of the 10 day challenge will be awarded a special badge.

Please be aware if you live a long way from school and need to drive you can still take part by parking away from school (at least a 5 minute walk) and walking the last part of your journey, this is called Park & Stride. Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge.

Friday 18th October

This years Harvest Festival takes place on Friday 18th October and at Deepcar St John's Church. (Weather permitting) The service starts at 1.30pm and all parents, carers, family members and friends are welcome to join us for this years Harvest celebrations.

Clarinet and Flute lessons

From Autumn half term Emma Burton will be offering clarinet and flute lessons at St. John’s Junior School. She has taught at Bluenote music shop in Fulwood privately for 12 years and also teaches at Lydgate Junior School in Crosspool and has done for nearly 10 years. The lessons can be taken in a group of up to 3 children (equates to 10 minutes each) or individually ( equates to 20 minutes each ) and all take place at St. John’s during the school day. They will explore different genres of music and follow the ABRSM exam board should you wish them to take exams. All prices fall in line with the Sheffield Hub so a shared lesson would cost £6.59 per lesson and an individual lesson would be £13.18 per lesson. (£72.49 / 11 lessons for shared lessons and £144.98 / 11 lessons for individual lessons would be payable termly). She is also able to help with the hire of clarinets and flutes. The cost of this is £20 per term or £50 per year.

If you are interested please contact either Emma on the following email address or contact the school.

Thank you.

Nasal Flu Vaccination

Vaccinations will take place at school on the 16th October 2019. If your child has already had the Nasal Flu vaccine since Sept 2019 please disregard this.

To enable your child to be given the vaccine in school you will need to give online consent by accessing the link below. If you do not give consent your child will not be given the vaccine.The link will close on the 11th October 2019.

If you have any problems accessing the link please telephone 0333 358 3397 and not the school.

Angela Smith, MP, Christmas Card Competition

It is that time of the year again when people are thinking in advance for Christmas. Our local MP, Angela Smith, always runs a Christmas card competition at this time of the year. Would your child like to take part and possibly win? We have had winners from our school in the past and the prizes are fabulous. Also, your child’s card will be sent to important dignitaries from Angela Smith. Entries need to be on A4 white paper, leaving a border for a message, and should be coloured in felt tip or coloured pencil. Glitter, cotton wool etc are not easy to reproduce in print so please do not use them! The child’s name, age group, class name and school should be written clearly on the back of each entry. Entries should be at school by Friday 4 October 2019 so that school can collate them and take them down to the Stocksbridge office.

We hope your child will take part.

Tuesday 17th September 

This morning, we welcomed Rev Hilda and friends from St John's Church for their first 'Open the Book' Collective Worship.Today, they acted out and shared the parable of the Lost Sheep, which is a wonderful story told by Jesus to illustrate the love and compassion that God has for everyone, despite us all being different. Thank you for joining us this morning and we look forward to your next visit.


Monday 16th September

Today, we were delighted to welcome back M and M productions to St John's for their production of a Disney Classic  'The Jungle Book'. They told the story of young Mowgli, who is cared for by his animal family, who would lay down their lives for him, bringing him up as one of their own.  It was extremely colourful and engaging for the children who were entertained throughout by the wonder actors, fantastic costumes and catchy songs. 


Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th September

On Monday 9th (year 3 and 4) and Tuesday 10th (year 5 and 6) September children were taught a range of exciting games by the Imagination Gaming Company, who visited us over the two days.

Imagination Gaming games and activities are perfect for engaging and enthusing children of all ages and abilities in the classroom, whilst helping to support and develop crucial
curriculum and social skills too, all while having fun!

If you would like to view some of what Imagination Gaming do, please use the following links:

MacMillian Coffee Morning

We will be supporting this amazing charity again this year and will be holding a coffee morning on Friday 27th September. More details to follow nearer the time. 

Individual Photographs 

Wrates photographers will be in school on the 4th of October taking individual photographs of the children. 

Teacher Training Day 

Please note that Friday 25th October is a teacher training day and school will be closed to children. 

School Uniform 

The majority of children are following uniform requirements and we thank you for your support. However, we have noticed that this is not always the case and some children are

starting to wear items that are not school uniform, such as denim shorts, patterned tights, jeans and tracksuit bottoms with logos / stripes / designs.  During this coming school year, we will be expecting everyone to wearing the correct school uniform and staff will be challenging children/parents who are not wearing appropriate clothing. 

Your child may wear:

  • Navy blue skirt/pinafore/trousers or shorts
  • Navy blue trousers or shorts
  • Red polo shirt with or without school logo
  • Navy cardigan or sweater with school logo
  • White or dark socks
  • Plain navy tights
  • In Summer red or blue gingham dresses and white socks
  • Only black school shoes, ankle boots or plain black trainers for both boys and girls. 'Clumpy' shoes, high heels, strappy sandals etc. are unsuitable.


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. 

PE and equipment

PE lessons will take place twice a week. Please make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day. PE kit is strictly plain navy shorts and a white t.shirt.  Please make sure that as the cold weather approaches, your child has warmer PE kit such as tracksuit bottoms and a sweater/hoodie (NOT a school jumper!) to wear. Children will also need black plimsolls for indoor and trainers for outdoor use.  Within reason, regardless of the weather, children will be outside doing PE; it is up to you to make sure that your child’s PE kit is suitable for the weather. It is usually best to bring the kit to school on the first day of the half term and take them on the last day to wash. 

Water Bottle

The water bottle, clearly labelled with your child’s name, is kept in the classroom (a separate drink for packed lunch would be ideal although water is provided in the dining hall) at lunch time. A water cooler is freely available for children to refill their own water bottle. 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 PE kit, school uniform, 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. Parents can accompany their child either before or after school to have a look in the school's lost property box for missing items. 

At the end of each half term, all lost property will be displayed and some older unclaimed items will be disposed of if not claimed.

Mobile Phones 

Mobile phones are not allowed on school premises, except for exceptional circumstances, which will need a letter from a parent explaining why the phone needs to be in school. Your child will need to bring the phone, with the note to the school office, prior to going on the playground, and then be collected at the end of the school day, after your child has left the classroom. 

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. 

Tuck Shop

Children volunteers run our tuck shop.  Most days, we will have on sale a variety of fruit, raisins, yoghurts, cheese strings, health bars and a range of drinks including bottled water. . Prices range from 15p to 50p.



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. 

Summer Term

Monday 22nd July

As we move towards the close of another school year, we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to you for your continued support. We are hugely proud of the children who are a real credit to our school, & to you as parents and carers. We are very grateful to the parents who have formed the Parents' of Deepcar students and have helped raise vital funds for the school this year. Inevitably, there a few staff changes for next year. Sadly we will be saying goodbye to Mrs Peall, one of our lunchtime supervisors, who has worked at the school for over 30 years. She will be missed by all. From October, Mrs Denton, in the school office, will be reducing her hours to 3 days per week so that she can look after her grandson. Mrs Stewart will be on maternity leave next year as she awaits the birth of her second child. We wish all the very best to staff leaving us and thank them for their commitment to the school. We also wish our Year 6 pupils all the very best for a bright and successful future. For those returning in September, we will see you all as school starts on Wednesday 4th September 2018. Everyone at Deepcar St John's would like to wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer holiday.

Mrs Peall has worked as a lunchtime supervisor at St John's for 31 years. Sadly, at the end of term she will be retiring. An amazing lady, who has showed commitment and dedication to her role, hardly missing a day in the last 31 years. She will be missed by all. Everyone at St John's would like to wish her all the best. Enjoy your retirement Mrs Peall, you've earned it.

It was also time to say goodbye to Mrs Stewart today as she starts her maternity leave. Her baby is new at the beginning of September and we cannot wait to hear good news when we return to school after the holidays. We wish her all the best

Friday 19th July

Sports day dawns with a forecast for heavy rain by mid-morning. We had to make a difficult decision as to if we should cancel or go ahead. After much deliberation, a decision is made for a shorter Sports Day to take place on the school playground. Sports Day starts with all the children coming together in the hall for a warm up before heading outside. Whilst parents chat, cups in hand, the kids compete in the egg and spoon race, basketball shootout, bean bag throw and javelin. The rain starts to come down heavier and parents take shelter under umbrellas and the Gazebo. The kids, meanwhile, are unperturbed: for them it's been a great morning, they don't mind the fact that they have got wet and later when asked they all said they had thoroughly enjoyed it.

These ladies are incredible. After giving up their time last night for the year 6 prom, they were back in school first thing this morning selling teas, coffees and danish pastries to parents during Sports Day.After Sports Day rather than going home, they remained in school and served teas, coffees, popcorn, cakes, sweets and ran a pocket money stall, all of which will have helped to raise valuable funds for the school. This year, our new PODS have raised a staggering £1026, this is amazing. Well done ladies. Thank you for giving your valuable time to support our school, we really appreciate it.

The children have worked so hard over the last week making products to sell today so we weren’t going to let the weather stop the Fayre from going ahead. We are thrilled with the turn out and would like to thank everyone who came to support us this afternoon.

Tuesday 16th July

This morning, Lisa from Stocksbridge Library joined us for a special assembly, in which she told the children all about the libraries summer reading challenge; Space Chase. A brilliant initiative to try and encourage children to read during the holidays. More information can be found by clicking on the following link.

Wednesday 10th July

Last night, Deepcar St John's was invited to the attend the Sheffield Schools Get Active 2nd Annual Awards. The night was a celebration of everything that has been achieved over the last academic year by schools across Sheffield. Schools which work hard everyday to support their pupils in getting physically active, whether it be through PE lessons, staff training, sports leadership, active breaks, sports clubs or health initiatives. Out of hundreds of schools from across the city, we are exceptionally proud to not only have been nominated for but to receive an award.

There were 14 areas that were recognised last night, and we received the 'Highly Commended' award in the Active Girls Category. This was to recognise how as a school we are working hard to ensure that female pupils are engaged in all aspects of PE, Physical Activity and Sporting Opportunities. We hope you join with us in celebrating receiving this award for all our hard work and endeavours to make all our pupils fit, healthy and ready for life.

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

Sports day will start at approximately 10 am on the school field on Friday 19th July. A good viewing point will be from the banking. Feel free to bring chairs, rugs etc so that the morning is comfortable for you. Lunch for the children will be as close to the usual time as possible at 12.10 pm. Children will not be allowed to go home with parents at lunchtime. In the event of hot sunny weather, please ensure that your child comes prepared with suntan cream already applied and a sun hat/cap. If it is raining on the day, we will hold a Sports Day in September.

This years Summer Fayre will take place during the afternoon on Friday 19th July. This will start at 1.40pm and last until 3.30pm at the earliest. If you are attending you will need to stay on the premises until 3pm at the earliest. Years 3-5 will be sat on the field together with staff. Please go to the playground behind school at 1.40 pm. Please do not arrive before this time as we will be making sure everything is set up ready for the opening. Please collect your child from the grass areas after informing the class teacher that you have collected them. Y6 will be helping to run the games stalls. If parents are unable to come, please will you give your child some money to spend at the stalls? Children without a parent will go round with a member of staff at some point during the afternoon as well as helping staff run the classroom stalls

All children have made a product to sell in order to raise money for our additional child, Monifique, in Rwanda.

25th June 2019

Thank you to everyone who donated batteries for our collection. Well done to this year 6, who collected the most batteries in school and was awarded a special certificate and prize in assembly this morning.

24th June 2019

Simply put, The weekly Mile is 15 minutes where children ideally jog or run a mile during the school day. It's a simple and straightforward initiative that has been acknowledged for reducing childhood obesity. Over the coming months, we hope that most children will be able to run for most, or all of, the mile and that levels of fitness will be improved over the coming months. Here are some photos of year 5 in action.


13th June 2019

In April 2015, Mr Andrew Coombe DL FCA was appointed as Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for South Yorkshire. Andrew Coombe, who lives in Sheffield, is a retired chartered accountant and lawyer who has also served in the Territorial Army. As The Queen’s personal representative, it is his job to brief Her Majesty and to actively promote South Yorkshire, to help make it a better place for all who live and work here. Today, Mr Coombe joined us for the morning and in assembly he spoke to the children about his role and his special uniform. The children also got to see his sword and learned how it was handmade in Sheffield. He spent the rest of the morning having a tour of the school and talking to the children and answering their questions. Thank you Mr Coombe for a very informative morning.


Rainbow Day 6th June

A big thank you to Parents of Deepcar Students for organising Rainbow day on Friday 7th June. Children could come to school dressed in as many colours as they could and made a donation of £1 and helped to raise vital funds for school. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

6th June  - D- Day - June 6th 1944

Special D-Day assembly this morning, in which year 5 children explained to the rest of the school the importance of this day 75 years ago.The assembly finished with a poem, also read by year 5 children, a prayer and a minutes silence.


6th June - Bluebell Wood Tea/Coffee Morning

We have been talking about inspirational children in Collective Worship this week and this is definitely one inspirational young lady. Thank you to everyone who supported her campaign to raise money for Bluebell Wood.

5th June 

There are lots of children taking steps big and small to address some of the world's problems.We will be using Collective Worship time over the coming weeks to talk to the school about inspirational children around the world. Today, children shared how they help and support the community, for example raising money for charity, litter picking around the area and helping others in need. Does your child do any of these things at home? If so, we would love to hear all about it, with photos if possible. Either send an email to or send us a message via Facebook. Thank you.

10 Day Active Travel - Monday 10th June to Friday 21st June 2019

Our school will be taking part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge. The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active

way of getting to school over the 10 day period. 

We need everyone to take part and make an effort to travel to school in an active way during the challenge. The challenge is also open to school staff and we will be making every effort to travel to school in an active way. 

Walking, cycling, skating, scooting and park & stride are all active ways of travelling and we hope by taking part in the challenge it will:

  • Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils & their families
  • Encourage pupils and families to be more active
  • Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school
  • Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue to do this after the challenge!

During the challenge each classroom will have a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively will record their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. 

Please be aware if you live a long way from school and need to drive you can still take part by parking away from school (at least a 5 minute walk) and walking the last part of your journey, this is called Park & Stride.

Our school could also win some fantastic prizes. We are competing against schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge.

Monday 3rd June

Congratulations to Mrs Riley and her family on the safe delivery of a baby girl.  Born on 28th May weighing 7lb 9oz.  Such wonderful news! 

Monday 3rd June

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. 


The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.


We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including our Sports Leaders. We also need to give thanks to our Sports Coach who made our competitions possible.


To achieve the Gold Award the school has to offer pupils a wide range of sporting opportunities, from two hours of physical education each week to making sure that we fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs. We are very pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been recognised and rewarded this year. 


We look forward to applying once again in 2019/20!


Earrings cannot be worn during PE lessons.This includes stud earrings. If jewellery cannot be removed by your child then they will not be allowed to take part in the lesson.Please ensure that your child returns to school with their PE kits. There have been a large number of pupils not bringing their kit. Children should not be wearing their school uniform tops to do PE. Leaving the PE kit in school for half a term will ensure that it is always on hand for PE lessons as timetables may change. Staff will ensure that pupils take their kits home for a wash each half term. Missing PE due to no kit for several sessions is not a satisfactory option. We will send letters out when your child has missed PE.

Lost Property

The lost property boxes are looking incredibly full. If you know an item is missing you are most welcome to come and have a look through the boxes. Please ensure your child’s name is on all items. Thank you


Now the weather is getting warmer, please ensure your child is wearing sun protection and brings a hat into school for playtimes and lunchtimes. To avoid dehydration please ensure your child brings a named water bottle each day. Thank you.

Deepcar Choir are very lucky to have had Hilary Osborn coming to help us ‘create and sing’ our own version of Carmen. The first public performance of ‘Carmen’ will be at the
Valley Music Festival on Saturday 15th June.
This is the second year of the festival and there is a special ticketed concert for young performers on the Saturday afternoon, at Stocksbridge High School during which we will perform. Tickets are available from the school office priced at £3 each. Children in Y6 or below get in free with an accompanying adult but will need their own ticket, so please ensure you ask the office for a child’s ticket if required. The concert will start at 4:00pm. Choir will need to arrive by 3:50pm to find our places on stage. Please can all choir children come dressed all in black.

Thank you.

20th May 2019

We have a pupil in Y3, Mayzie Tatchell, who has approached the schools to see if she can do some fundraising for Bluebell Wood Hospice. Mayzie’s target is to raise £500 and will be selling raffle tickets on the gates of both Royd and Deepcar St John’s from Monday 20th May. The cost of each raffle ticket is £1.The fundraising will culminate in a coffee/tea and cake morning on Thursday 6th June at 9am at Deepcar St John’s. The raffle will be drawn during this morning.

If you are able to donate a cake or bun, please return the reply slip in our letter dated 17th May and bring the cake in on the morning of the 6th June in a named container.

The following are prizes Mayzie has collated:

Steak night for two at Rose and Crown
£10 voucher for SPA 493
£5 for Mane Man (barbers)
£5 voucher for Belle Visage
£10 voucher hour glass (dress shop)
Co-op hamper
Stocksbridge Leisure Centre family swim
Large Chocolate selection box
Art set
Voucher for a free box of mixed brownies at Café Generation

We hope you support this thoughtful and committed pupil in her fundraising attempts.

Thank you.

17th May 2019

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

Wow! What a week!

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

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

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

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

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

16th May 2019

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

15th May 2019

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

Many thanks.

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

14th May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 11th May

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

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

Friday 10th May

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

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

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

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

An adult tests them on the information

The key to success is to repeat this regularly

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

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

Thursday 9th May

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

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

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Monday 29th April

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

Weeding and tidying the planters around school. 

Learning about and planting vegetables 

Making Bird Feeders 

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

Picking fruit and cutting herbs. 

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

Monday 29th April

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

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

Thank you

Friday 26th April

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

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

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

Thank you.


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

Staff news

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

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

2019 – 2020 Curriculum dates - School closed. 

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

Thursday 25th April.

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



Wednesday 17th April.

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

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


Easter Bonnet Winners Best Decorated Egg Winners Egg Rolling Winners.

Tuesday 16th April.

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

Year group winners. 

The overall winner - Rock Hero

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

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

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

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

Please see the attached link for more details.


                                                                Spring Term

15th March 2019

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





Thursday 14th March 

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


12th March 2019 

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


Thursday 7th March

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

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Week commencing 11th February

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

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

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

You can find out more and download the free resources at

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

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

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


5th February 2019

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

Friday 1st February 2019 

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Winners;

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

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

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

Year 3 Whole School Winners

Art Week

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


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


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