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We are so lucky to have had Marc Griffiths - The World's number 1 inspirational ventriloquist, at St John's.

Today's message was about 'How to be Happy' and through the use of puppets and illusion, he taught the children the importance of making good choices in life.

Such an inspiration! The children adore him and thoroughly love his visits.

Mrs Thompson and Mrs Bebbington were great sports, getting involved in the end of Marc's performance, which the children all thought was hilarious.

Thank you for visiting Marc and come back soon! 


   


Mrs Bebbington stole the show!




On Friday 16th June, Deepcar St John's Choir were  performing with Bolsterstone Male Voice choir as part of Fox Valley's birthday celebrations.

A member of our choir was asked to help cut the cake with Mr Dransfield and everyone from the choir got a piece of cake to bring back to school.

Thank you to Miss Danks and Mrs Ashton for taking them and to Fox Valley for inviting us, it has been a pleasure helping them celebrate their 1st birthday. 


Emily Hughes, PR assistant at Dransfield properties has thanked the school and our wonderful choir and for helping them celebrate, she also said that that they had received some amazing feedback about our Choir and that they should be very proud of themselves. 


 

Dylan Ramsay drowned in the summer of 2011. Despite being a strong swimmer, he quickly got into difficulties and drowned when his body went into shock because of the plummeting water temperature. He was only 13.

Since then, his mum has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and to educate young people about the dangers of swimming in open water. Her campaign 'Doing it for Dylan' is spreading around the country.

South Yorkshire Fire Department have been in school to share Dylan's story and explain the dangers of swimming in open water.

Thank you South Yorkshire Fire Department for delivering this very important message. 




Our Wacky Hat/Hair day was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who took part and contributed £1 to school funds.




 





Tour de Yorkshire 
We are very proud of two of our year 6 pupils, who both won the Tour de Yorkshire land art competition. On Monday 24th April, they, as well as family members, were invited to Stocksbridge Golf club, where they where presented with a framed picture of their Land art, as well as a years membership for them and a family member to the golf club. 



Alan Law, Lord Mayor of Stocksbridge, joined us in assembly on Tuesday 25th April to announce the winner of the 'Tour de Yorkshire flag competition.

Stocksbridge town council were overwhelmed with both the number and the quality of the designs submitted by our school making it a very difficult job to choose a winner.

After much deliberation, they finally chose one design. The winner was awarded a special Deepcar St John's T.shirt that has been especially embroidered with 'Winner of Stocksbridge Town Council Tour de Yorkshire flag competition'

Additionally, her winning flag design has been printed and later this week everyone at St John's will be given one to take home.

Well done to everyone who took part and watch out for your flags around Stocksbridge as some of them may be on display around the town.


  

Egg Rolling Competition 


Luckily, the weather stayed fine for our egg rolling competition. Thank you to all the parents who turned out to show their support and risked being hit by an egg or two.

Incredibly, we had 4 children who managed to get their egg through Humpty's legs, which is one of the highest we've ever had. Fantastic.

Great fun was had by all!


   


Here are the winners! 


The time and thought that the children put into into their eggs for the best decorated egg competition was truly amazing. It was hard to chose a winner from each class. 



Year 3 winners 

  
 
Year 4 winners 

 

Year 6 winners 

  


                                                     




Easter Disco 


Our  Easter disco, organised by our school funders took place on Thursday 30th March. All the children had a fabulous time. 

    










Comic Relief is about having fun and making the world a better place by raising money to help people in the UK and also in the poorest countries in the world.  

Comic relief was on Friday 24th March, on this day children were allowed to wear something 'Red' to school and make a donation of £1 to the charity. 

Red noses was also on sale in school from Monday 13th March 2017.  


Thank you to everyone who made a donation, we raised a total of £244. 

  

    
   


  

British Science Week was a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. The theme for this year’s British Science Week is “Change”, encouraging young people to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us; from seasons and climate, to materials and energy. It is also a chance for young people to consider the changes they can enact to have a positive impact on the future.

To celebrate this, here at St John's we had a full day dedicated to Science, Monday 13th March. The day started with a morning assembly, in which the children learned all about the famous biologist, Louis Pasteur. 

Year 3 children have been looking at the classification of solids, liquids and gases and watched in amazement as a bottle of water turned to ice in front of their very eyes.

Due to teachers having planning time, year 4 children will be spending more time on Science later in the week,, but in the morning they have looked at a liquid that is also a solid by mixing cornflour and water.

Year 5 children have been trying to use a chemical reaction to blow up a balloon, carried out a filtering exercise and with the help of Skittles, undertaken an investigation into dissolving. This afternoon, they have looked at turning liquids into solids by using ice and salt to make Ice cream!

Year 6 children have had their Maths and English lessons as normal this morning, but this afternoon they have used a 'Branching Key, to initially classify themselves and then confectionary.

Additionally, Our Changing World module of Science, is a unit of work that we look at each year, where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. Year 3 and 4 have been outside looking at the effect of seasonal change and year 5 have planted some seeds.

   

    



Drop Everything and Read

During week commencing the 27th February, we held a week dedicated to reading called Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) week. 

During the week we will be celebrating our favourite books and, at different times in the day, when the bell goes, dropping everything we are doing and reading!

We are hoping to generate excitement and anticipation for reading and to help us to do this we will allow your children to bring in reading material of their choice. This can be a fiction or information book, a comic or an appropriate magazine. They can also read their own reading book from school if they would prefer. They will carry this with them during the day so they can ‘Drop everything and Read’ when the bell sounds!





      

The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels rather than 4, for their journey to school.

Powered by Sustrans and funded by the Bike Hub, the 2017 challenge ran from 20th to 31st March.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. Sibling journeys count too!  A school’s best five days will determine their final position. 

Sadly, we did not win this years competition, but we are very proud that we came 3rd across all the schools in Sheffield. 

On Tuesday 28th March, Amy (our Sustrans Bike-it officer) held a Bike Skills Sessions with children across the school. taking place on our playground,, the sessions helped the children practise their balancing, braking and general bike handling skills through a series of fun cycling games. Helping your child to become more skilful and safer cyclists. 

    




World Book Day 

Thursday the 2nd of March was world book day, 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 these tokens for one of eight exclusive World Book Day Books at participating booksellers. 

Our theme for World Book Day this year is ‘picture books’. We were lucky to have local author, Suzy Senior, joining us in school tomorrow. Picture books are her specialty and in assembly she performed some of her work and answered questions from the children. 

To make the day even more special, we invited children to come to school dressed as a character from a book of their choice.

In addition to this, we hosted a ‘Big Book Swap’ to celebrate World Book Day. Pupils were invited to bring in one book which they would like to swap. Pupils who bring in a book can then swap it in our swap shop and go home with a new book to read. 


       

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M and M Productions are experts in family entertainment, theatre in education, community theatre, classic stories, children's pantomimes and primary school productions. 


They returned to St John's on the 15th March, performing their adaptation of the Victorian classic, Oliver Twist.  His story began in Mr Bubble's Workhouse where he is fed only gruel, and his hunger forces him to ask for 'more' - with disastrous results!   Oliver's expulsion from the workhouse sees him meet a host of Dickens' more colourful characters including: Mr Sowerberry, the sinister undertaker; loveable rogue Jack Dawkins, know to his friends as 'The Artful Dodger'; master pickpocket, Fagin; and the caring Nancy, whose divided loyalties take her on an equally perilous journey. 

M and M classic literature productions are aimed at helping class teachers to encourage children to read for enjoyment, particularly classic fiction by long established children's authors. Literature has an important role to play in improving abilities in speaking and listening, writing and reading and approaches which actively engage pupils are far more likely to lead to enjoyment and understanding.  What better way than to watch a book come to life in a theatrical performance.

At the end of the performance, our year 6 children stayed behind to meet the cast, learn all about how the production was put together and had the chance to ask questions.

Experiencing the magic of the theatre is one way of captivating a child's imagination and sparking their imaginations, which help with their writing, we try to give the children this amazing experience at least once a year.

We hope to see them back soon!


   
    





Big Schools Bird watch 



All year groups across the school have taken place in the Big Schools' Birdwatch. Prior to going outside each class discussed the different types of birds and how they can be identified. They then completed a survey on what birds they saw within a given time scale, all the results across the school have been totalled and forwarded to the RSPB.