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Welcome to Year 3

Spring Term - Monday 8th January to Friday 16th February. 

We hope you've all had a great Christmas and we wish you all the best for the New Year.  It was lovely to see the children again and hear all their Christmas news.

We have at least two PE lessons a week, please ensure that your child has both an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school. Learning Dance is a requirement of the new PE curriculum. In previous years Street Dance has been a firm favourite amongst the children, which is why Mrs Haywood has chosen to teach them a Street Dance routine this year. 

In Maths we have started the term by revising times tables and number families, next week we will be moving on to learning the 'Column Method' for multiplication before looking at division later this term.  Being able to quickly recall times tables facts is essential, please help us by encouraging your child to practise them at home. There are plenty of resources available online; TT Rockstars, Hit the Button or Mathletics or alternatively pop into school as we have plenty of resources that you can take home.  

We are linking our RE and Computing lessons this half term. In RE we are learning the story of Noah's Ark, where God wants to cleanse the earth of all evil, with a world engulfing flood. He wants to spare Noah and his family, and a remnant of all the world's animals and God gave Noah instructions to build an Ark. Seven days before the flood God told him to enter the Ark with his household and animals. 150 days later, the waters receded and the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  In ICT, we will be learning Stop motion, this is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence. We will be using Stop motion to create our own animation films based on the story of Noah's Ark. Initially, we will be busy designing sets,and creating characters out of playdough, ready for filming to commence later this half term. We hope to share some of their finished work with you. 

We are looking at invertebrates, as part of our 'Who am I' Science lessons for the next few weeks before starting our new topic of ' Where does all the food go'.  In this module, we will be introducing the children to the main body parts associated with the digestive system and will also learn that the main role of the digestive system is to break down food. 

Our theme of Anglo Saxons and Vikings is continuing this half term as we continue to learn about life in Anglo Saxon times. 

In French, we are learning how to say various colours in French, in a recent lesson we challenged the children to write the combinations required to make certain colours, for example; Blue and Red equals Purple - Bleu et Rouge egale Violet. 

Please note, that Friday 16th February is an inset day, and school will be closed to children

If you have any queries, please call in and see us.

Kind regards 
Miss Danks, Miss Steward, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Riley. 

Autumn term 2 - Monday 6th November to Friday 22nd December. 

Great fun was had by all at our Christmas party.

A crafty morning, busy baking, making cards and gift boxes.

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, poems, and bible readings along with performances by our choir, who led the school with a beautiful candlelit 'Hope of Heaven' towards the end. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit with a fabulous panto. This year, we heard all about poor Aladdin, who 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 with them. 


Great fun was had by all our year 3s who attended our first school disco, which was kindly organised by our school funders. 


Today, as we do every year, our year 3/4 teachers have taken the children to the Christmas House in Deepcar. The owner fills her front room with amazing decorations, including a fantastic village scene with its own moving train, and then opens her house up to visitors, to help raise money for charity. This year, any money that she raises will be going to Weston Park Hospital. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit. Thank you to all year 3/4 parents who sent their child with a donation.

We have had a great hands on learning day on Friday 8th December, in which we learned all about how the Anglo Saxons, weaved wool into fabric and then got to have a go at making our own designs. 


The NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe. programme visited St John's on Monday 5th December to make sure that our children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. With the help of their mascot Buddy, Speak out. Stay safe taught our children about safeguarding, in a lively, interactive and memorable way. Their specially trained staff 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 


As a school we are privileged to have taken part in the world’s largest youth drama festival, held on 21st November. Every year, the Shakespeare School Foundation work with thousands of pupils from every community, background and age group across the UK. Months of preparation, by Miss Danks and her class culminated in an exhilarating performance at Barnsley Civic Theatre last night of a Mid Summer Night's Dream. The unique power of performance develops self esteem, articulacy, literacy and teamwork and the confidence to aspire and achieve in any walks of life. Performing at a real theatre was such a magical experience for our children; the lights, the music, the real audience. Well done Y3/4 AD, we are extremely proud of you. They were all truly amazing. A special thanks to Miss Danks, who has worked so hard over the last few months preparing our children, for what has been an evening that they will remember for a very long time. 

It was great to see so many children wearing spots, helping us to raise funds for Children in Need, our cake sale was a huge success too. Thank you for all your donations. 

In English, we have started reading the hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name, in the bestselling series that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon. The book, written by British author Cressida Cowell, is set in a fictional Viking world and focuses on the experiences of Hiccup as he overcomes great obstacles on his journey of becoming a hero the hard way. The children will be then writing a non chronological report about dragons and an instruction text on how to catch a dragon. 

Towards the end of last half term, in our maths lessons, we looked at mental methods of adding and subtracting numbers. Calculations with larger numbers can be written in columns, hundreds, tens and ones for example. This way of adding and subtracting, known as the column method, is what we are focussing on at the start of this half term. Initially, we will be starting with 3 digit numbers. 


We are continuing with our theme of Anglo Saxons and Vikings this half term, we will be looking at where they came from, why the came to Britain and where they settled. Furthermore, will also be looking at how they lived and investigating their way of life. 

In PE, Mr Priest and Mrs Haywood will be teaching the children handball and athletics. 

Our new science topic this half term is 'Who am I'. In this module we will develop the understanding of keys,  using them to identify animals from a range of habitats. They will also construct keys, learning to ask yes/no questions about characteristic differences between the animals. We will learn about pond and seashore animals and common land invertebrates. 

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. We will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year.

Last half term, in our French lessons, we learned how to say basic greetings, Hello, Goodbye and How are you? and how to respond. We finished the half term by starting to learn how to say a few animal names. After recapping on our prior learning, we will be adding to our animal vocabulary, initially by playing a game of animal bingo to reading the well known children's story of 'Dear Zoo' in French. 

Last half term, in our ICT lessons, we started to create our own wrapping paper, using the programme Paint. In the next few weeks we will be adding the finishing touches to our designs, before printing them. Once finished, we will be moving on to 'Animation'. 

In PSHE, we have been talking about the meaning behind Remembrance Sunday and Children in Need. Week commencing 13th November is Anti-Bullying week, as part of this, on the 15th,  Fire House Productions came to St John's. Fire House Productions produces educational drama for children, drama being a powerful and flexible tool to develop and enhance children's understanding of social issues.  Within their production of 'Just Joshing', we got to meet Josh, a friendly, upbeat school boy. We also got to meet his nemesis Jack, the school bully, who seems intent on making Josh's life a misery, and finally Dotty, Jacks not so innocent sidekick and bystander. Just Joshing delivered the anti-bullying message, in a fun way, balancing humour with reflection. 


Over a number of weeks, Mrs Needham, will also be talking to the children about bullying. In their PSHE lessons they will discuss different types of bullying and what to do if they find themselves or their friends being bullied.



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, by purchasing a poppy.

With Christmas fast approaching, we have many events planned, a theatre production of Aladdin on the 15th December and Christmas Lunch and Junior Carol Service taking place on the 19th. Starting at 2pm, parents, family members, carers and friends are all welcome to join us at Deepcar St John's Church for what is a beautiful carol service. In the event of bad weather, the service will be held in the school hall. We will notify you via text and Facebook should the venue change. 


We have an excellent Facebook page, posting information most days, it is a great way for you to find out what has been happening in our school on a daily basis. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We are very proud of the achievements of our pupils and will also post this on our page, a regular one being our 'Sparkle and Shine' winners each week.  As well as posting information about learning we also use the site to keep you upto date with important information and reminders. If you haven't already, like our Facebook page. 

Children are expected to complete their homework, learn their spellings and practise their times tables. Spellings and homework are both set weekly. Ensuring our children are good readers is crucial, and a BIG focus in our school. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes. We appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spelling for year 3 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 3/4 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Miss Danks, Miss Steward, Mrs Riley and Mrs Thompson. 

Autumn term 1 - Monday 4th September to Friday 27th October.

We hope that you have all had a great summer holiday, it is great to be back at school and to get to know our new year 3 children.   The first week back, we enjoyed learning all about our brain in our 'Brain Awareness' week.

In our first few French Lesson with Mrs Riley, we learned how to say Hello, Hi, Goodbye, How are you? and how to say your name. In a recent lesson, we had great fun learning how to say animal names, to help us with this, we have been learning to sing 'Old McDonald had a farm' in French. 

Miss Steward, in music, has been helping the children understand tone and pitch by singing a song called 'The Tortoise'. In our last lesson, we have been listening to different pieces of music and trying to identify an animal that the tone, pitch and speed of the music related to. 

Miss Danks' class have been given an amazing opportunity to be part of this years Shakespeare Schools Festival. They will be performing a 30 minute production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Civic Theatre, Barnsley. The children are so excited about this amazing opportunity and are busy learning lines and rehearsing for their big night! To help them prepare for the big night, they have recently attended a half day workshop held at the theatre, where they got the chance to work with staff from the Shakespeare Foundation. 

'Creation' is the subject of our RE lessons this term, we are looking at how the world was created and how we should take care of the world. 

Children will also be having PE lessons at least once a week, therefore it is essential that they have a kit in school at all times. Mr Priest, our Sports coach, will be teaching Gymnastics this half term, which will involve balance, stretching, curling and arching.  It is important that children are prepared with trainers, joggers or track suit bottoms and a fleece in their PE kit, as we still go outside during the winter months. This half term Mrs Haywood will be taking them outside for 'Outdoor Adventurous Activities'.  Please ensure that your child's name is clearly written, not only on their PE kit but on coats, jumpers and cardigans, this makes it so much easier to reunite children with any lost garments.


Our new theme for this half term is Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Anglo-Saxon history tells of many Viking raids, which marked the start of a long struggle between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings for control of Britain. We are looking forward to finding out more about this period of history. We have started our learning by creating a timeline of events during this period. 

In ICT, we will be creating our own wrapping paper using the programme Paint. Initially, we created our own designs on paper and repeated them several times. We have now started to reproduce our designs on the computer, using Paint. Finally, we will learn how to change the print settings so that we are able to reproduce our design several times.  Our wrapping paper is nearly finished, they look amazing, we cannot wait to share our finished designs with you. 

Mrs Needham teaches PSHE across the school once a week. This half term, the topic is 'New Beginnings', which is all about helping our children explore new things with confidence.

We really enjoyed our visit from M & M Theatrical group, who visited us on 18th September.  They are regular visitors to St John's, all of their shows are packed with fun, laughter and excitement, their performance of The Wizard of Oz was one of the best with great music and larger than life characters, amazing costumes, scenery and special effects all helping to bring the stage to life from beginning to end.

Our new Science topic for this half term is 'Good Vibrations' In this module we will build on our understanding of hearing and develop our vocabulary for describing sounds and identify different sound sources. Additionally, we will also learn that sounds are made by something vibrating and that these vibrations travel through a medium to the ear so that we hear them and establish that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. Finally, we will explore ways to change the pitch and volume of sounds.


We have been making string telephones, we have explored how string telephones are made and work and experimented to see which is the most effective. We have established that if we made the string shorter, the sound would become louder as the sound vibrations had less distance to travel.

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. They will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year. 

Our Macmillan Coffee afternoon took place on Friday 29th September, thank you to everyone who attended and helped us to raise valuable funds for such a worthwhile cause. 

We would also like to invite you to our Harvest Festival, which takes place on Friday 6th October at 2pm. Hopefully, this will be at Deepcar St John's church, but this does depend on the weather. We will update you nearer the time.

It was good to meet many parents at both our parents and curriculum evening. 

Kind Regards 

Miss Danks, Miss Steward, Mrs Riley and Mrs Thompson 

Summer term 2 - Monday 5th June to Friday 21st of July 2017.

As the school year comes to an end, we would like to thank all our parents, family members and carers of our children for all their support throughout the year and wish them a very happy holiday, have fun and spend time together. We look forward to seeing you all in September, when we begin the next step of our learning journey together. 

We had a great time at The Great Yorkshire show. 

We have enjoyed a great hands on learning day, with a full day dedicated to DT. The children have used their prior learning from earlier in the year and made an Egyptian Shaduf, which is a hand-operated device for lifting water. They have measured and cut pieces of wood and have learned how to use a saw safely. After cutting the wood, they have then learned how to join two pieces of wood together using nails. The finished results look very impressive.


We spent the first day of our residential at Underbank, where we had a fabulous time scaling the climbing wall, orienteering in the woods and learning how to hold and fire a bow in archery. The wet weather did not stop us having fun. After having a refreshing shower, we headed back to school; on arrival we got to see our tents and then enjoyed a scrumptious tea, cooked by Mrs Bebbington and Mrs Ashton.  Great fun was had by all after tea as we played giant Jenga and Connect Four, luckily the rain had stopped. Hot chocolate, biscuits and marshmellows for supper were enjoyed by all before heading inside to clean teeth before getting ready for bed. The arrival of Mrs Bell, Mr Bell and baby Seren for our bat walk was the highlight of the evening. After a brief talk about bats, we headed for a walk around the school grounds with our bat detectors, shrills of delight as we heard the sounds of the bats flying over head. Sadly, it was getting late, dark and cool so it was time for the children to head off to bed.   After an amazing breakfast we headed back to camp to play some outdoor games.  After lunch, the tiredness after two very busy days started to kick in and it was time to chill out; either watching a DVD and having a snooze or crafts and colouring.   



It is hard to believe that it was only their second assembly, they were outstanding in their year group assembly on Friday 7th July; overcoming their nerves and fears and speaking in front of a packed hall. It was lovely to hear all about what they have enjoyed learning and their favourite moments.

We are so proud of them all. Thank you to all the parents who could make it this afternoon, it is always a pleasure to have you in school.


It is great to have you back in school Mrs Riley - Welcome to year 3 

It is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of their first year at St John's. The year has flown by, and they have grown so much in such a short space of time. The last few weeks are crammed full of exciting things; the Great Yorkshire show, and Outdoor Education Week, which is happening on the last week of term, and our first sports day. We will be preparing for Sports Day in our PE lessons over the coming weeks as we practise our track and field skills. 

We have lots more to learn about 'Our Valley', as we continue with this topic until the end of the term. In our English lessons, we have read  'Meet me by the Steelmen'  by Theresa Tomlinson. The story is set in Meadowhall, where the old Sheffield Steel works used to be, inspired by the three giant bronze statues of steelworkers. Stevie, Jenny's younger brother, is convinced that they move and talk. Could it be they're haunted by steelworkers from long ago? After reading the story, the children have written their own recount of the story. 

We have just finished writing our own timeslip story,  set in Fox Glen Park, where the children have travelled back to Edwardian times, when the park was in its prime. To help them with their writing, we visited the park and looked at some of the remaining features and made notes on what they could see, hear, smell and touch. 


In year 3, Mrs Thompson's maths set, have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes. In a recent lesson, they constructed their own 3D shapes, using pipe cleaners for the vertices and straws for the edges. 

In Mr Thompson's maths group we are learning about money and how to calculate change. 

Our new Science topic for the rest of the school year will be 'Forces'. Children will explore how forces can make objects start to move, speed up, slow down or change direction. We will compare how things move on different surfaces, that some forces need contact between two objects, but that magnetic forces can act at a distance. Additionally, they will learn that magnets attract some materials and not others and that these are known as magnetic materials. Children will also discover that some metals, but not all, are magnetic and that all non metals are non-magnetic. We will establish that magnets have two poles and that two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing, they will make predictions as to whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing. Carrying out their own investigations, children will compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet. Furthermore, they will carry out comparative and fair tests to investigate the strength of magnets and how objects move on different surfaces. 

In French we are reading the story of the Tortoise and the hare, and we are also carrying the French theme into our music lessons as we learn French songs.

We are learning all about Sikhism in our RE lessons. 

In a recent art lesson, the children designed and created their own stamps to be used for printing and then used them to create a repeating pattern on card. 


In our PSHE lessons, across the school, Mrs Needham will be talking to the children about sex and healthy relationships, at an age appropriate level. Sex and healthy relationship education is an essential area of learning for your child. 

Summer term 1 - 24th of April to Friday 26th May 2017

It has only been a short half term but we have been very busy in year 3, over the last few weeks we have been learning lots in our new topic of 'Our Valley'. 

This involved looking at the area in which we live, how it has changed over the years, its history and the importance of Samuel Fox and the steel works. Initially, we located key places on a map before setting off on a walk to Fox Valley, stopping, looking and discussing the area around us as we went on our way.  The children were fascinated to hear that Fox Glen Park was donated to the people of the area by Samuel Fox and that it once had a swimming pool and a bandstand.   They also saw the houses and the church that he had built for the people who worked for him. On our way down into Fox Valley, we looked at the old steel works and the railway line which was built in 1872 to link his factory with Manchester and other cities nearby.  What a great way to learn about 'Our Valley'. 


This theme has been carried through into our English lessons, in which we initially started off learning the features of an information text, next we learned more about Samuel Fox and highlighted key events in his life, we then created our own time line before finally going on to write our own biography about his life. 


In our new Science module, Light and Shadows, they will learn about how we see objects, the ways in which different objects reflect different amounts of light and how these ideas can be applied to staying safe at night. We will explore what causes a shadow, as well as how the shape and size of a shadow can be affected by its position. They will learn how exposure to sunlight can cause harm, and about ways by which they can protect themselves. Additionally, we will discuss that there needs to be light for us to see, that some things give out light and others reflect it, and that there are factors which affect the size and shape of shadows.  When working scientifically, we will investigate how some materials block more light than others and will do this through sorting objects according to how much light they block, as well as through simple shadow investigations.


Last week, Mr Thompson's maths set have been revising the rules of division, by creating arrays with counters and using their times tables knowledge they have been able to work out the answer.   For the last week of the half term we will be looking at 'Time'.


In Mrs Thompson's maths set, the children have been learning all about Roman Numerals.They initially learned that Roman Numerals are expressed by letters of the alphabet before moving on to looking at the basic principles for reading and writing them. Using their knowledge of Roman Numerals, they have been captivated trying to decode a secret message... 


Called by God - Prophets is our main learning in RE for this half term.

Audacity is a audio editor and recording software which can be used to perform a number of sound recording and editing tasks, which the children have been learning how to use last half term. We have a few more lessons on Audacity before moving on to Computer programming, which will then be our focus of learning until the end of the school year. We will be using a system called 'Scratch'. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

We will be learning to count in our French Lessons; un, deux, trois, quatre,cinq, right up to 20.  

Mrs Needham will be teaching the children the importance of relationships and the ups and downs that they can go through in their PSHE lessons once a week. 

In outdoor PE, with Mr Thompson, the children will be practising their striking and fielding skills by learning how to play a football/ cricket game. Many of the rules will be adapted from cricket, but this game is played with a plastic bat and ball (for obvious safety and physical reasons) and is a fun way of getting children into cricket and develop their skills. It is a fully inclusive game where the emphasis is on participation and enjoyment and is specifically tailored for children up to the age of 11.  In our indoor PE lessons, Mrs Haywood will be helping the children to develop their Gymnastic skills, starting off with 'Time to travel'. Children will be finding different ways of travelling around the hall, moving on one foot or both feet, using other body parts,  their hands and feet or imitating the movement of animals.

Additionally, some of our year 3 pupils attended a hockey competition at Ecclesfield High School. Competing in teams of 4 against other schools, the children tried really hard and behaved impeccably. Mr Matthieson from Links came into St John's to give them some extra training prior to entering into the competition. 


Spring term 2 - 27th February to 7th April 2017

The last week before the start of the Easter holidays saw the return of Mrs Thompson after her maternity leave came to an end. She is teaching in year 3, job sharing with Mrs Bradwell. She joined us for a very busy week with us finishing writing our newspaper reports on 'Dig for Victory' in English and today, as well as egg rolling, we have been busy making Easter cards and our Palm Crosses. 

We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Mrs Bell's baby. Seren Laura Bell was born on 15th March weighing 8.5lb. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Bell and their families. 


We would like to welcome Mrs Bradwell to year 3, she will be teaching Mrs Bell's class full time until Easter. Then, Mrs Thompson returns from her maternity leave and will be sharing the job of teaching Mrs Bell's class. 

Our theme of WW2, Dig for Victory continues, and we started the new half term with a visit to Kelham Island. They had a great learning experience finding out what life was like for the people of Sheffield during WW2.  During the course of the day, they had hands on experience of what it was like to work in a munitions factory and looked through lost luggage left at a train station to see if they could work out the identity of the Evacuee who it belonged to. Furthermore, they experienced the roles of an Auxiliary Fireman, Home guard and the Royal Observer Corp. Also, they got to experience what it was like spend time in an air raid shelter.  A big thank you to all the parents who joined us on the trip, your help was very much appreciated.    


In one of our English lesson as children drifted off to sleep, they were brutally awoken by the sound of a WW2 air raid siren. Sleepily, they arose from their warm, cosy beds and stumbled down the creaky stairs where their parents awaited.  Quickly, pulling on their shoes, they headed outside for the safety of their Anderson shelter.  Once inside, they huddled together to keep warm and listened to a never ending torrent of bombs raining down from the night sky.  Finally, the all clear siren was heard and the children having survived their ordeal climbed out of their shelter and headed to towards what was left of their home. The children will be using this re-enactment, to help them write their own descriptive writing about a child who has to spend a night in an Anderson Shelter during an air raid, in WW2.  Additionally, they will be using a writing method called Rainbow Writing. This is a technique which helps children to improve their writing by getting them to include the senses; see, hear, touch, feel and taste into their work. Working as a year group and using a story mountain, the children have written some amazing pieces of descriptive writing. 


In English, we have now moved on to looking at Newspaper reports, announcing Rationing and Dig for Victory. After looking at the key features found in the report, we will be drafting our own newspaper articles. 

As part of the 'Dig for Victory' theme and linking to their current Science topic, 'How does your garden grow', the children are putting potatoes out to seed, these have now been planted and we are excited to see if they start growing. 

Good times-table knowledge is vital for quick mental maths calculations and problem solving, although we do practise them in school, please can you help your child by practising them at home. 



Warburton's have been running a National School Visitor Programme for more than twenty years. Each year their team of dedicated and full time school visitors hold over one thousand workshops for almost thirty thousand young people in primary schools. We are delighted that they will be returning to St John's on the 8th and 9th of March. Whilst here, they will be sharing their knowledge of bread making, food and healthy eating. These are practical, informative learning experiences for the children which will teach them the importance of a balanced diet, hygiene and safety, food waste and basic food preparation in an enjoyable and creative way. 


'How does your garden grow?' is our new Science module for this half term. Children will build on their experiences of identifying and growing plants. They will revise the names of the main parts of a plant (root, stem/trunk, leaf and flower), learning their functions and how these relate to their appearance and structure. They will learn about the absorption and transport of water and nutrients and the role of the leaf in making food for the plant. They will also learn about the parts of the flower, their roles in plant reproduction and the stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant.

In recent lessons children have set up a fair test investigation to find out the effect of removing the leaves from a plant. They will make observations over the next few weeks and summarise their findings. By the end of these lessons children will know about the importance of leaves for plant growth.

This module will complement our lessons in the Our Changing World module of Science, which 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, monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year (approximately once a term). 

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.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. We then looked at the classification of solids, liquids and gases and watched in amazement as a bottle of water turned to ice in front of our very eyes.During the course of the day,  as part of our Changing World module of Science, we have been outside looking at the effect of seasonal change on our environment. 


In PSHE, this half term, the theme is 'It's good to be me'. With Mrs Needham the children will be exploring how every individual is unique and special. She will also be helping the children to focus on the positive aspects of themselves to develop a sense of self worth and self esteem.

With Easter approaching, this Christian festival will be our made study in our RE lessons across school. 

Across the school, in PE children are practising their skipping skills. Skipping gives the body a full work out, using abdominal muscles to stabilise the body, legs for jumping and shoulders and arms for turning the rope. Learning to skip teaches the children a lifelong fitness activity. Once the children have accomplished the basic skipping skills, they will move on to learning more complex ways of skipping. We are also continuing to practise our Hockey skills with Mr Thompson. 



Spring term 1 - 3rd January to 16th February 2017. 

Now Mrs Bell has started her maternity leave, our thoughts go with her for a happy and healthy baby. Make sure that you take time to rest before the birth of your daughter!  Year 3 children have created a lovely card, which they have presented to her at the end of today and Mrs Bell has made each of her class a thoughtful gift to take home.We will miss you and cannot wait to see pictures of the new member of your family. Mrs Bell would like to say a huge thank you for all the gifts and cards that she has received from everyone and is genuinely touched by all your kindness.


After the holidays, Mrs Bradwell will be teaching her class until Mrs Thompson returns from her maternity leave around Easter, when they will sharing the class.

Over the last few days, Mrs Thompson has been back at St John's working with Mrs Bell, getting to know the children. It has been lovely having her back in school. 

The start of a new term, also sees the start of a new theme, 'WW2 Dig for Victory.' Over the coming weeks, children will be learning why the 2nd World War started, all about the 'Blitz' and how the war impacted on the lives of people of Sheffield. As part of this theme, in English, children have planned, drafted and edited a letter home as if they were an evacuee. Their final letters will soon be going on display.  We are looking forward to our trip to Kelham Island on Monday 27th February where we will be taking part in the 'Home Front' workshops, in which we get to experience what life was like during WW2. 

During WW2, when rationing came into force, housewives were encouraged to repair and mend, to create decorative patches to cover holes in garments, to unpick old jumpers and recreate new ones and even turn men’s clothing into women’s.

As part of their recent DT, textiles day - Make do and Mend, the children had to learn how to thread a needle before moving on to being shown how to do a running stitch and back stitch. After lunch, they designed their own money purses on paper before going on to sew their designs.They have worked so hard and their finished purses look great. Thank you to all the parents who came in and helped with the threading of needles, sorting out knots and helping the children with their sewing. 



The new genre in English, is 'Instruction text'.  They have looked at two sets of instructions on how to make animals using Origami, one with all the correct features and the other set with some of the features missing. Helping them to understand the importance of using: imperative verbs, headings, sub-headings, numbered steps and being clear and concise when writing instructions.




They will then be planning, editing and writing their own instructions on 'How to Grow a Cress-Head'.  Before they start writing, it is important that they are clear about what is needed, what has to be done and in what order. To help them with this, we have made our own 'Cress-Heads', taking pictures of each step, which they can incorporate into the planning and writing of their own instructions. The children are very excited and eager for the cress to start growing. 


Our new topic in Science for the next half term is Light and Shadows, we have many experiments planned to help the children understand how shadows are formed and how light is reflected from different objects and materials. 

In PE, children are learning how to play Hockey. Initially, children will be shown how to hold and carry a Hockey stick safely before moving on to practising hitting and passing a ball. Finally, they will move on to playing small-sided games. With Mrs Haywood, the children have been busy learning a street dance routine. 

Recently, ten pupils from across the year group attended a Multi-Skills sports event at Stocksbridge High School, organised by Links, with pupils from year 10, they got the chance to have a go at table tennis, basket ball, football, agility courses and aerobic exercises. They had a fabulous time. 


In our PSHE lessons, with Mrs Needham, we have now finished looking at bullying and have now moved on to teaching the children how to keep safe whilst online. The internet offers an amazing environment for children to be creative, explore their interests, play with friends, learn or socialise, but there are risks. Alarmingly, we have been notified of a number of cases recently of children putting themselves at risk whilst on line. No one thinks it will happen to their child, but sadly adults who want to harm or exploit children can be extremely devious in the way they manipulate those they target. Therefore, please check what sites, apps, chat rooms and games your child is using and who they are talking to. Information for parents on how to keep your child safe whilst on line can be found on the 'thinkuknow' website.

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.

Kind regards  

Mrs Bell and Mr Thompson.

Mrs Pearce,
23 Jan 2017, 10:43
Mrs Pearce,
23 Jan 2017, 10:43
Mrs Pearce,
23 Jan 2017, 10:44
Mrs Pearce,
23 Jan 2017, 10:44
Mrs Pearce,
23 Jan 2017, 10:44
Mrs Pearce,
23 Jan 2017, 10:44
Mrs Pearce,
23 Jan 2017, 10:44