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The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays.You can sign your child up at your local library, then get them to read six library books of their choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis,  Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

Watch the official promotional video below and share it with your young mischief makers:


Our school took part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge which started on Monday 11th June.The challenge was for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. Thank you to everyone who took part and made an effort to travel to school in an active way during the challenge. The benefits of which include;

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

During the challenge each classroom had a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively recorded their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. Each child, who took part in the challenge, will receive a 10 day active travel badge.

The hugely talented and totally inspirational Marc Griffiths visited St John's on Thursday 14th June. The children loved him. Their laughter could be heard all around school as he used his puppets to teach them about the importance of making the right choices in life. 

Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge inspiring pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. 

A big thank you to all those who took part over the last 2 weeks. We averaged 38% of the school scooting or cycling to school each day and finished 2nd out of all the schools in Sheffield who took part.  This is a great achievement and one that we are very proud of. 

Hopefully you all enjoyed the experience and will continue to encourage eco-friendly travel to school. 

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M and M Productions returned to St John's on Thursday 27th March, this time with their amazing production of The Hobbit.  A brilliant show, full of energy, imagination, action and fun. Thank you M and M Productions. Just amazing! 

Great fun was had by all at our Easter Disco. Big thanks to Parent helpers for organising the event, for our office staff for dealing with ticket sales and to all the staff who stayed behind to help. 




British Science Week, was a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.

This year, the theme was Exploration and Discovery, which aimed to encourage children to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring Science in the world around us; from their home to school and to the wider environment.

As a school, we dedicated Tuesday 13th March to Science. After a special Science based assembly, children returned to class for a day of 'Exploration and Discovery'. 

The day finished with the launch of our poster competition. Children can make their poster about anything related to exploration and discovery. The posters will be judged in school and five winners will have their poster entered into the British Science Week School Poster Competition. 

What is it with World Book Day and Snow? Well, try as it might, it didn't stop us today.

Although later than initially planned, the day started with all the children gathering in the hall to share a story, brilliantly read by Miss Danks, and then we all took park in the World Book Day Book Bonanza quiz before heading back to class.

At 2:45pm, it was time for the children to cuddle up with their teddies and enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, whilst enjoying a story with their teacher.

We have had a fabulous day.

Throughout the first week back at school after February have term, we held a week dedicated to reading, Drop Everything and Read week. At different times each day, we dropped everything and read!

A delightful carol service in front of a packed congregation at St John's church brought the whole school together ahead of the Christmas break. It was lovely to be joined by so many family members, carers and friends of the school, who enjoyed carols, prayers and bible readings along with performances by our choir, who led the school with a beautiful candlelit 'Hope of Heaven.' Thank you to everyone who joined us.

Pendle Productions - Aladdin

What happens when you cross the most magical time of the year with the best touring pantomime in the UK? You get Pendle Productions’

It was lovely to have Royd Nursery Infant School join us this morning, for this years pantomime, which had more sparkle and dazzle than you could ever imagine.

Poor Aladdin worked all day and night with Wishee Washee in Widow Twanky’s laundry. Unknown to them all, the evil Abanazar has a plan to send Aladdin into the cave to find the magic lamp that contains the Genie.

With a little bit of help from the Fairy of the Ring, Aladdin sets out on his journey to find the lamp and earn the riches that will enable him to marry the Emperor’s Daughter, Princess Jasmine.

With Wishee Washee always in a mess, we couldn't help but laugh, sing and clap along all at the same time.


A big thank you has to go to our 'School Funders' for organising our school disco.Everyone had a fabulous time. The event could not have gone ahead without our teaching assistants, who all stayed behind to help. We are also grateful to our office staff, Mrs Denton and Mrs Stocks, who have been busy sorting out tickets sales. 

The NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe. programme visited  St John's on Monday 5th December.

With the help of their mascot Buddy, Speak out. Stay safe tought our children about safeguarding, in a lively, interactive and memorable way. 

Their specially trained staff and volunteers sensitively discussed issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary language or adult words, they presented an assembly to all children as well as a workshop for children in year 6. 

If you would like more information on the NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe campaign please visit the following website nspcc.org.uk/schools 

Friday 17th November, was BBC Children in Need. Since 1980 Children in need has raised over £600 million for disabled children and young people in the UK.  For a donation of £1, children wore something spotty to school and purchased biscuits/cake to help us raise funds for such a worthwhile charity.  


Anti Bullying Week was between the 13th and 17th November and was organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The purpose of the week is to shine a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, parents and teachers to take action against bullying throughout the year. 

The theme for Anti Bullying Week this year has been set as 'All Different, All Equal, following a survey of nearly 600 children, children who took part in the survey shared that they wanted the annual awareness week to tackle bullying based on perceived differences and celebrate what makes us all unique. 

Over the course of a number of weeks, we have been discussing bullying in our PSHE lessons. 

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance.

Each year, an army of volunteers distribute the iconic paper poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work, the Royal British Legion do for the Armed Forces and their families..

Thank you to everyone, who made a donation and purchased a poppy.


hank you to everyone who supported our 10 day active travel over the last 10 days. It was great to see so many children and their families supporting the campaign and finding an active way to travel to school.

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Luckily, the weather remained fine as we headed down to St John's Church for our Harvest Service.

It was great to see so many parents, family members and carers present.

We are so proud of all our children, who sang beautifully, behaved impeccably and read from the bible with confidence.

Thanks again for all your kind donations of food, for The 'Stocksbridge Food Bank'.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Macmillan Coffee afternoon and helped us raise much needed funds for this worthwhile cause. 


M and M Productions have been coming to St John's for a number of years now and their shows have always been amazing. This mornings performance of 'The Wizard of Oz' has been one of their best.

The whole school clapped and joined in with the show, singing along with many of the well known songs. We hope children have been inspired to love literature and performing arts.

We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.....



Tuesday 18th July from 1.30pm

All the staff at Deepcar St John's would like to thank every parent , carer and family member who came to our Summer Concert and Fund Raising event. It's was a fabulous musical event with performances from every year group and our school choir


Additionally, we had tea and cake on sale, made by our children, a tombola and other outdoor fundraising games. Thank you again to everyone who joined us.

The Great Yorkshire show

As a school we first went to show two years ago, in what turned out to be a truly amazing day for both the children and the staff who accompanied them. 

It really is a great learning opportunity and a magnificent experience for the children and, therefore a decision was made to return again this year.  

We was not disappointed this year, from watching Pole Climbers, falconry displays, The Poldark Horses, sheep shearing competitions and much more. 

Thank you to all the parents who helped out on the day. 




The School Games Organisers, Schools Partnership/Networks, Learn Sheffield and Move More have all teamed up to ask and challenge all schools across the City to move more, sit less and  and educate children on the positive impacts of physical activity and the huge negative impacts of sedentary behaviour has on both their mental and physical health.

Move it day 2017 was on Friday 30th June, during which, we promoted the benefits of physical activity, by planning innovative active lessons during the course of the day and incorporating 'active breaks' to break up sustained periods of sitting. Additionally, we will be talking to the children about the benefits of being active. 

Modeshift STARS is the national* schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.

Mrs Needham and 3 pupils attended the first South Yorkshire Modeshift STARS Awards for accredited schools, held at Sheffield Town Hall. At the award ceremony, Deepcar St John's was awarded the 'Bronze' certificate, which is given to schools that demonstrate a commitment to promoting sustainable transport by conducting an annual survey, identifying travel issues and solutions and delivering a range of travel initiatives.

Thank you to all parents and pupils who have helped us achieve this award by supporting our many active travel campaigns that we have in school.


We are so lucky to have had Marc Griffiths - The World's numbe

r 1 inspirational ventriloquist, at St John's.

His message was all 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. 


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.


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. 



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. 




Tuesday 17th July - Summer Fayre and 50th anniversary celebrations. 

This year, Royd Nursery Infant school are also celebrating their 50th anniversary and both schools decided to come together to mark the occasion. The day started with an open session for past pupils and staff to come and look around the school and enjoy a piece of birthday cake. 

Both schools held a dress up day, where children came in clothes from the sixties. Royd joined us at lunch time, where we all enjoyed a picnic lunch on our school field. 


During the afternoon year 3, 4 and 5 sold the produce that they had made during enterprise week. Whilst our year 6 children ran stalls and organised games. 


It was great to see so many parents, carers and family members in school supporting us.  Thank you. 


OWednesday 4th July, we celebrated our school's 50th Birthday. A 1960's themed lunch was served to the children. Bishop Pete (Bishop of Sheffield) and the school Governors joined them. Afterwards, we continued our celebrations, and parents were invited for tea, coffee and cake and then to watch our Summer concert, which was led by children from across the school.  



A big thank you to everyone who donated £1 on our dress down day to our garden fund. We raised a total of £117. Which we have used to transform the area. We now have a soft fruit bed filled with strawberries and a thornless blackberry bush at the end. Beans and peas are growing in planters and tomatoes in the greenhouse. The herb planter is nearly full and we have onions and garlic growing at the end. At the bottom end of the garden we have a red currant and white currant bush, a fig tree and some rhubarb. Later this week our eco warriors will be planting some pumpkins and each year will be in competition to see who can grow the biggest one.

We had a little bit of money left to invest in some new plants to smarten up the area outside Mrs Riley and Mrs Thompson's classroom.

Any donations of plants would still be appreciated. We have the year 6 garden area and planters in our quiet area that could all do with some work.

The children are already loving the area, asking questions, smelling the herbs and taking an interest in what we are growing. Especially when they saw the juicy red strawberries. They were delicious.

Thank you again for your £1. All of the money raised has been carefully spent.

Design and Technology Day - Friday 9th March 2018.

This academic year at St. John's we have introduced Design Technology Days. Each day covering a different aspect of the DT curriculum and providing the opportunity for all children to design, make and evaluate various products throughout the year.

Our recent DT day has been extremely successful with children enjoying the day hugely. All the staff are extremely proud of our children's creativity, resilience and problem solving.

A big thank you to Vicky, our school cook and Gaynor, her assistant for cooking and serving over a 100 delicious christmas lunches today. 

Since 1990, more than 146 million children in over 150 countries have experienced God's love through the power of a simple shoebox from Operation Christmas Child. 

This year, as we have in previous years, Deepcar St John's have collected shoeboxes for this worthwhile charity.

Thank you to all the parents and family members who donated a shoe box to our Christmas shoebox appeal. 

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On Wednesday 15th November, Fire House Productions came to St John's. They produce educational drama for children, drama being a powerful and flexible tool to develop and enhance their understanding of social issues. They combine education with entertainment, balancing humour with serious messages. Within their production of 'Just Joshing' they take a look inside the head of a bully, a target of bullying and a bystander.  We got to meet Josh, a friendly, upbeat school boy. We also met his nemesis Jack, the school bully, who seems intent on making Josh's life a misery, and we meet Dotty, Jacks not so innocent sidekick and bystander.  Just Joshing delivered the anti bullying message, in a fun way, balancing humour with reflection. 

Bikeability, is a course run by professionals, based on the National Standards for Cycle Training, which teaches children the necessary skills to ride safely and confidently on the road. It is a free course that we run in school each year for our year 6 pupils. Unfortunately, the weather was not great, but that didn't stop them having a great time and learning the necessary skills in order for all that took part to pass. Big well done. 


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. 



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.

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. 

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! 

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!