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Welcome to Year 3

      
Spring Term 2 - Monday 25th February to Friday 29th March 2019



What we are learning this half term. 


Maths 

This term we will moving on to Division. One method for division that we will be teaching the children is the Bus Stop method, also known as 'short division', this is a simple way to divide two and three digit numbers.  This method for division requires children to have a thorough understanding of the relationship between multiplication and division and a very good times table knowledge. Here is an example;

If we wanted to work out 468 ÷ 4.

Set out the numbers like this;

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Work out how many 4s go into 4. Place your answer directly above the 4

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Work out how many 4s go into 6 (answer 1 remainder 2) Place the answer (1) directly above the 6

Carry the remainder (2) and place it above the next digit 8 to make the number 28.

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Work out how many 4s go into 28 (answer 7) place the 7 directly above the 28. You can then clearly see that the answer is 11

If there is anything left over from the final division, this becomes your remainder.

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English

Towards the end of last half term we started to look at instructions. Initially, we looked at the features of an instruction text and read examples.  We are now writing our own set of instructions on how to make a tabard. To help us with our writing, before half term, each child made a tabard for a teddies.




Science 

We are starting a new topic in Science of Rocks and Soils. In this module children will work as ‘Rock Detectives’ establishing core knowledge and understanding of rocks, their relationship to soils and how fossils have formed over time.


Theme 

We are continuing with our theme of  the Stone Age, where children will study the changes from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. challenging but fascinating period of our human past. We will be exploring what made this era special and discovering what it would have been like to live in those times. We will examine their way of life, what type of homes they lived in, what food they ate and how they farmed, using what we learned at Creswell Crags to help us. 



We are really impressed with the quality of the homework that children have worked on during the holidays. Their amazing work will be going on display in the school hall. 

 
  
    


Computing 

Last half term we started learning about Databases. These are systems for the storage of data or information and are one of the most common uses for computers and allow the storage of vast quantities of information. We learnt what a database is, how they are used and where they can be found. In the coming weeks we will be learning how to create our own databases. 



PE 

We will be teaching children Gymnastics this half term in PE. This is a great sport that includes exercises requiring balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination and endurance. The movements involved in gymnastics help with the development of muscles in the arms, legs, shoulders, back and chest. Additionally, gymnastics also helps improve alertness, precision, self confidence and self discipline.

Mr Priest will be teaching the children hockey this half term. 

PSHE 

We are continuing to look at internet safety at the start of this half term. 

News and Updates

This is the 4th time this year that we have achieved 100% attendance. We have also had the highest attendance in school 5 times this year. Well done year 3 - Good attendance really does make a difference.



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.

     

Are you going to join us in this years sunflower challenge run by Parents of Deepcar Students? Growing kits, containing everything that you need, will be available to purchase for just £2. All profits from the sales will be going to school funds. PODS will be selling the kits at the school gates after school from the 15th March to the 29th March. (weather permitting) Who can grow the tallest sunflower? Are you ready to take on the challenge?




Our Eco Council will be launching 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 will be coming 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.  

Please see the attached link for more details.

https://www.bigbatteryhunt.co.uk/



Tuesday 12th March 

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 our current science topic of Rocks and Soils and we looked at the how fossils are formed. 
     

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 the St John's children going over to Royd to read a story to them at the end of the day.


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 today 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 will have the opportunity to design a reusable water bottle for the players at Sheffield Wednesday. We are very excited that the winning design will be announced in school by one of the players from the club and that the children will be allowed to have their photo taken with them.



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.


Future Events this Half Term.


Monday 25th March 2019

The Big Pedal has been going from strength to strength for nine years now and we are aiming to make Sustrans Big Pedal 2019 the best year yet. For the first time, walking will be counted alongside cycling and scooting. We will be taking part in the challenge for one week.On each day of the challenge, schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish. There are daily prizes up for grabs, including equipment and accessories to help schools travel actively. In previous years we have finished within the top schools in Sheffield and would like to improve on this result. It would be amazing if we could get the whole school either walking, scooting or cycling to school.

Wednesday 17th April.

As part of our Easter celebrations this year all children can enter ‘Best Decorated Egg’, ‘Egg Rolling’ and Easter Bonnet/Hat competitions. There will be prizes awarded for each competition. All eggs need to be hard boiled and labelled with your child’s name.  Pupils will need one decorated egg and one hard boiled (two per pupil). Pupils do not need to enter all the competitions.

The Best Decorated Egg and Easter Bonnet/Hat will be chosen during school time. The eggs that have been brought in for the egg rolling will be rolled down the drive of Deepcar St John’s aiming at Humpty around the following times:

Y3 – 2.15 pm

Y4 – 2.25 pm

Y5 – 2.35 pm

Y6 – 2.45 pm

 If parents would like to come and watch. Please stand at the front gates at St John’s at the time above. Please be aware that these are approximate time that we are aiming for but they could take place earlier or later. We are not charging to enter each competition but parents are welcome to make a donation to school fund for the prizes we will be purchasing. Any extra funds will go towards outdoor resources. Have fun decorating the eggs and making the bonnets/hats. We can’t wait to see the different creations you come up with.


Y3 Residential to Ilam Hall - Thursday 4th July to Friday 5th July.

We have arranged a one night residential for the year 3 children at Ilam Hall Youth Hostel in the Peak District. Ilam Hall is a beautiful 17th Century gothic manor sitting in 84 acres of picturesque National Trust parkland that offers a programme of challenging and memorable experiences for children. The cost of residential is £90, which covers the cost of the coach, accommodation, food as well as experienced staff to deliver a range of activities that will feed your child's sense of adventure and discovery. The cost can be spread over monthly instalments with a deposit of £15 needing to be paid by the 6th of February.

Full details of all future payments can be found on our website - https://sites.google.com/a/deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk/website/our-learning/residential

Please more details on Ilam Hall, please visit their website - https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-ilam-hall


How to Support your Child's Learning at Home/Homework.  

Reading

This year, we are working hard to promote children's love for reading. Learning to read and reading for pleasure go hand in hand. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home ever night, for at least 10 minutes.  Reading aloud to your child can be one of the most enjoyable parenting experiences. 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. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child's vocabulary, communication, concentration, empathy and imagination. It is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. 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. 

How can you help your child enjoy reading?

  • Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story. 
  • Take turns to read. 
  • Stories can be shared with the whole family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in.
  • Sit close together when sharing a book. 
  • Don't be afraid to use funny voices - It's a great way to make your child giggle.
  • When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. Try to ask questions that do not require just a yes or no answer. For example, ask them what they think will happen next or how a character may be feeling.  

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary has been given to each child to record what they have been reading. There are points awarded for each read (a read is 1 session on 1 day). We will be celebrating their reading when they attain 100 points, with an invitation to join the 100 club. The recommended reading list for Key Stage 1 and years 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. 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. 


Maths

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about five seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine.

At the start of the new school year, children were shown how to use Times Table Rockstars and Mathletics. TT Rocks Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice. Mathletics is an award winning interactive site that aims to improve pupils maths skills through fun activities linked to the UK National Curriculum.  Further information on Mathletics and TT Rockstars can be found in our Parent Information section on our website. Please encourage them to use both of these fantastic resources at home. 

If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. 

Other online resources include; 
  • Mathletics 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                   
        

Our Year 3 age related maths expectations and year 3 maths mastery, term to term can be found at the bottom of this page.


Homework

The Government expectations for attainment have risen over the last few years and in order to help your child reach Age Related Expectations based on the New Curriculum, we are setting two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension. This worked well over the last two years and increased the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. The Reading Comprehension will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. 
 
Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes and returns it on time in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it. 

Spellings will still be set on a weekly basis, please practise them at home prior to the test in school. We have recently signed up to The ‘Spelling

Shed - which is a spelling platform designed by a team of Primary School teachers. It is built with primary school pupils, teachers and parents in mind and aims to make spelling fun for children. It works in a similar way to Times Table Rock Stars and each class and the school have a league against schools nationally and internationally. This can be a huge incentive to pupils. The programme is free for computers, however, if you want to access using an app you would need to pay a small additional cost. For more information, see the attached link.

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and 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 Spellings 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. 

Children's University

We are really pleased to announce that we have signed up to Sheffield Children’s University. This scheme encourages and rewards children and young people for taking part in learning activities of their choice in their own time. Research shows that children and young people who are


rewarded for choosing to learn out of school feel proud and confident about their achievements and do better at school. 

The Children’s University celebrates children and young people’s achievements with award certificates and badges. To do this we count the learning credits that they earn out of school time – one for each hour. The national awards are:

Bronze (30 hours) 

Silver (65 hours) 

Gold (100 hours) …and these continue right the way up to 1000 hours! 

Gold awards are presented at special ceremonies at the Town Hall or universities to which a parent/carer is also invited. With each award children and young people receive, they receive a report which outlines their activities and accounts for each hour they have spent learning out of school. This report can become part of their record of achievement and evidences the learning they have taken part in out of school hours, which can be important when they begin to apply to further education or seek employment.  Please see the link below for more information. 

Before Christmas we talked to the children about becoming a CU Ambassador for the school. Lots of children applied, taking time and care over their applications, making it very difficult for Miss Jones to choose just 6 children.

Well done to everyone who applied - 


CU Ambassadors 2018/19


Facebook

Our Facebook page has been in place for over a year now, it is a great way for you to find out what is happening in school. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We also use the site to keep you up to date with important information and give reminders. If you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. 

 
 

Regards, 


Mrs Bell and Mrs Thompson 





Spring Term - Monday 7th January to Friday 15th February 2019.  


Today sees the end of another busy half term. Thank you for all your support over the weeks. We hope you have a fabulous half term. See you all on Monday 25th February. Don't forget the NSPCC sponsor forms need to be returned by Tuesday 26th February. Have a great holiday.




What we are learning this half term.


Maths 

We are starting this half term learning the formal written method for multiplication. Learning multiplication is an important foundation for learning different aspects of mathematics such as division, algebra, long multiplication, and even fractions. For children that don't have a solid grasp of their times tables, they may find these other areas as well as multiplication hard to understand. It will aid your child's learning in school if you can encourage them to practice their times tables at home. Mathletics and TT Rockstars are great resources for your child to use at home. 



English 

In English, we started the term by looking at Suspense. Initially learning what suspense is and why we need to include it in our writing. We then  learned how to create suspense in our work by the use of short snappy sentences, use of ellipsis, using sentences that appeal to the senses and including Similes and Metaphors. We then wrote a short piece of writing full of suspense and tension.  


We are how started to look at instructions, initially looking at the features of an instruction text and reading samples of instructions.  We will then be writing our own set of instructions on how to make a tabard. To help us with our writing, we will be linking this to DT, and making a tabard for our teddies.  This will involve using our measuring skills and learning how to sew the running and back stitch. 





Science 

For the first part of this half term we will still be working on our Science topic of Amazing Bodies. In this unit of Science we will build on our knowledge of the human body.  We will learn the importance of eating the right amounts of different types of food and that the food we eat provides us with the nutrition that our bodies require to remain healthy. We will also cover the range of nutrients that humans need to consume in the correct amounts and the role that these nutrients play in keeping our bodies healthy.  We will also learn that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.  Once complete, we will move onto our next topic of Rocks and Soils. In this module children will work as ‘Rock Detectives’ establishing core knowledge and understanding of rocks, their relationship to soils and how fossils have formed over time.


Theme 

We are moving on to a new theme of the Stone Age, where children will study the changes from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. challenging but fascinating period of our human past. We will be exploring what made this era special and discovering what it would have been like to live in those times. We will examine their way of life, what type of homes they lived in, what food they ate and how they farmed. We are really looking forward to our educational visit to Creswell Crags on 8th February. 


Computing

This half term we will be learning about Databases. These are systems for the storage of data or information and are one of the most common uses for computers and allow the storage of vast quantities of information. We will be learning what a database is, how they are used and where they can be found. In a recent lesson, we were searching an online library database to find and record information about books


    

PE

Problem solving and teamwork are the main focus in our PE lessons this half term.

PSHE 


In PSHE, we started the term talking about Going for Goals. Initially, we looked at inspirational people and what qualities that they
possessed to achieve their goals in life. I
n our last lesson on this subject we set our own goals of what we want to achieve this term.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Mrs Needham started talking to the children about keeping safe whilst online in her PSHE lessons and will continue with this subject until the end of term. For more information on Safe Internet Day visit their website.


News 


A big well done to team Panthers, who have collected the most team points this week. They will be rewarded by being allowed to wear non uniform on Friday 1st March.

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!


Despite the rain, we have had a fabulous time at Creswell Crags. It's an amazing limestone gorge which was once home to Ice Age animals and Stone Age hunters. On arrival, we split into three groups; Reindeer, Hyena and Grey Wolf, each group was then assigned a leader for the day. We got to experience life in the Ice Age and had a tour of Robin Hood Cave which is one of the largest caves in Creswell Crags. We also had a tour of the museum and the chance to hold some stone age artifacts. We also got to piece together the skeletons of animals which were found during the period. Finally, we put our survival instincts to the test and had a go at building somewhere to live. We also learned how to start a fire and how to hunt for food. A fantastic time was had by all and a great way to learn more about life in the Stone Age. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who joined us to Creswell Crags.

We have recently signed up to The ‘Spelling Shed - which is a spelling platform designed by a team of Primary School teachers. It is built with

primary school pupils, teachers and parents in mind and aims to make spelling fun for children. It works in a similar way to Times Table Rock Stars and each class and the school have a league against schools nationally and internationally. This can be a huge incentive to pupils. The programme would be free for computers, however, if you want to access using an app you would need to pay a small additional cost. Usernames and passwords will be issued this week to those parents who have signed up.

For more information, see the attached link.

https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/index.html


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, 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 nspcc.org.uk/pants

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 nspcc.org.uk/parents.

Thank you.


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.


Highest attendance in the school for the 7th time since September, we are one of the best classes for attendance in the school. Well done everyone



We have recently received a complaint in relation to parking around school.
For the safety of all, please park legally when either dropping off or picking up your child from school.

Thank you.


A polite reminder to all parents and carers - Please avoid sending any nuts or products containing nuts into school with your child as some children in school have allergies and this could cause a serious reaction. Thank you


Reading is the most important skill that your child needs to be a successful learner. Children read regularly at school but reading at home is really

important and had a significant impact. Please read with your child at home. Evidence shows that those children who consistently read at home do better than those who do not. A child needs to be able to read well in order to develop their writing skills. This helps with their composition, spelling, imagination and their ability to generate good vocabulary. Good readers become good writers - Please encourage your child to read at home.


In the event of snowy weather, we always keep the school's Facebook page and website up to date with information about any school closures. BBC Radio Sheffield will also be notified. In addition to this, text messages will also be sent out. Closing the school due to adverse weather is a very difficult decision to make and we will only make the decision to close the school if we feel their is a genuine risk to healthy and safety of our pupils, their parents and our staff. Thank you.


We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the parents and families who have supported our fundraising events last half term. The toy sale raised £63 and the Christmas Bauble Competition raised £78 make a total of £141. Thank you.


Thursday 17th January 2019 - Movie Night
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 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, we picked The Trouble with my Brother. 

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 our class were announced the overall winners. We are so proud of every single one of them, they have all worked so hard. Well done everyone.

Year 3 Whole School Winners

Mathletics is a brilliant interactive site which children can use at home to improve their maths knowledge which will aid their learning in school. We are really impressed with the number of children who are regularly receiving a Mathletics certificate in assembly and using this resource at home. If your child has not been on Mathletics yet, please encourage them to do so.  More information on Mathletics can be found by here - https://sites.google.com/a/deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk/website/parent-information/parent-involvement/mathletics-user-information 



We have a excellent attendance figure in year 3, we were awarded the highest attendance in school for week commencing 17th December, this is the 6th time we have either had 100% attendance or the best in the school. Well done everyone. 



We are really proud of the clay owls that the children created this week, they concentrated so hard all afternoon, paying great attention to detail and taking great care. Their finished owls look amazing. 


    






We are thrilled that Deepcar St John's has come 19th out of 156 schools in Sheffield for overall performance in 2018. Have a look at the link.This is down to the hard work and dedication of the pupils and staff. Well done everyone.

Autumn term 2 - Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December 

What we have been Learning this Half Term. 

Maths

We started off the term ensuring that all children understand 'Place Value'; the value of a digit within a number. We then looked at mental strategies to help with addition and subtraction. This half term, we are learning to add and subtract numbers, one method that we will be teaching the children is the standard written method.





English

We are basing our English work this half term on a book, which is linked to our theme of Ancient Egypt, called the Shipwrecked Sailor. The story was found in an ancient papyrus scroll in a museum in Moscow and probably dates back to the nineteenth century B.C. Whilst a ship is returning to Egypt after a long journey to Nubia, the lieutenant turns to his commander and tells the tale of another voyage.... the Shipwrecked Sailor.  After reading the story, children will be writing their own version of the story. 


History/Geography (Theme)

In our theme lessons, we are continuing our learning on Ancient Egypt. In the coming weeks we will be finding out about Tutankhamun.  King Tutankhamun ruled Egypt as pharaoh for 10 years until his death at the age of 19, around 1324 B.C. He was barely known to the modern world until 1922, when British archaeologist Howard Carter chiseled through a doorway and entered the boy pharaoh's tomb, which had remained sealed for more than 3200 years. The tomb's vast hoard of artifacts and treasure, intended to accompany the king into the afterlife, revealed an incredible amount about royal life in ancient Egypt, and quickly made King Tutankhamen the world's most famous pharaoh.  

The ancient Egyptians believed that the body of a dead person needed to be preserved in order that the spirit of the deceased could live on in the afterlife. As part of their theme, we have 'mummified' some tomatoes (a dead body was hard to get hold of at such short notice!). It got a little messy but a great way to learn about the mummification process.

    


We are really impressed with the quality of homework that children have completed during the holidays on Egypt. We have created a display in the school hall, it looks amazing. 


                                                      
Science

Our Changing World' is a unit of Science that is looked at each year and monitors the changes in the environment around school over the course of a year. In a recent lesson, we went outside and have chosen a tree to monitor, we will be recording how it changes throughout the coming seasons. 

Once we have completed our unit of science work on Light and Shadows, we will be moving on to 'Amazing Bodies'. In this module we will build on our knowledge of the human body.  We will learn the importance of eating the right amounts of different types of food and that the food we eat provides us with the nutrition that our bodies require to remain healthy. We will also cover the range of nutrients that humans need to consume in the correct amounts and the role that these nutrients play in keeping our bodies healthy.  We will also learn that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.  

French

"Bonjour, comment allez-vous?” "Très bien"  We are learning greetings and how to start a conversation in our french lessons this half term. 
    





News and Events  

September seems like a distant memory. It has been a long and busy Autumn term. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support as we work together to offer the very best learning opportunities and experiences for your child. We wish you, your family and the pupils a very happy and peaceful Christmas and every blessing for the New Year. See you all in the new year.

Merry Christmas.



Some fantastic Christmas jumpers today! 

    


A big well done to all these children who have achieved 100% attendance this half term. Over one third of children attended school every day. This is amazing. Well done to all of them.


All these children

 had an attendance figure of over 96.5% this half term. Attendance matters!



We had a fantastic time at our Christmas party on Thursday, playing games, dancing and eating party food. Great fun was had by all. 




We are thrilled that Deepcar St John's has come 19th out of 156 schools in Sheffield for overall performance in 2018. Have a look at the link.This is down to the hard work and dedication of the pupils and staff. Well done everyone.


Miss Jones invited two children from each class, who read consistently at home, to a special treat of tea and cake. According to one of the children, the chocolate cake was the best he had ever tasted! Looked scrumptious. Good readers make good writers. 

    

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. We are taking inspiration from Picasso and today have been practising sketching techniques before creating our own cubism piece of work.

    



I wonder what we have been making today? 

     

It's great to see three more children from our class going on Mathletics. They have been awarded a 'Bronze Certificate' in assembly this week. Mathletics is a brilliant interactive resource linked to the National Curriculum. It would be brilliant if we could get the whole class using Mathletics at home. 

     

Each morning, we start the day with a high five or a hug. One of the class acts as a greeter and stands at the classroom door. All the other children line up and choose either a high five or a hug before walking into the classroom. What a lovely way to start the day!



With his trusty cat in tow, Dick Whittington’s heading to town to seek his fortune – he’s heard the streets are paved with gold. But when he gets there, it’s hard to see the gold beneath the grime and King Rat is out to get him! We invited Pendle Productions back again this year as they performed a fabulous pantomime last year. Their performance this afternoon had the children enthralled from start to finish.The talent of the actors was astounding and lots of audience participation ensured the actors held the children’s attention throughout. The perfect Christmas treat!

    

Deepcar St John's children gathered along with staff, parents, grandparents, carers and friends at our Junior Carol Service this afternoon. After a heartfelt welcome from our wonderful host Revd. Hilda Issacson, the congregation enjoyed readings, prayers, poems, carols and a re-enactment of the Nativity story by our brave year 3 children. The beautiful song Hope in Heaven explains the significance of each element of the Christingle. Candles flickered as our choir, joined by the rest of the school, sang exquisitely.The service concluded with Come All Ye Faithful, during which all the congregation were invited to sing along.A wonderful afternoon.  We are so proud of them all. Thank you for joining us. 


    
        
        

Yummy Christmas Lunch -  Turkey and all the Trimmings. 


        


The Waldershelf Singers are an independent mixed voice choir with around 68 members, who sing all kinds of music. They are from all ages and walks of life, with experienced singers and musicians, and some new learners. Together they love to sing and have fun. The Waldershelf Singers performed at 6.30pm on the 11th December at Deepcar St John's church along with Deepcar St John's Choir.  After the performance, Waldershelf Choir praised the children, especially loving the handbells. Well done Deepcar St John's, sounds like you were fabulous as always. Big thanks to Mr Horner and Miss Danks for giving up their time to run the school choir. Without their hard work and dedication our school choir would not exist. 





We have been busy this morning learning all about Christingle and making our own to take to our Carol Service tomorrow. Christingle means 'Christ Child' and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the "Light of the World". An orange, representing the world, a candle pushed into the centre of the orange, then lit, representing Jesus Christ as Light of the World.a red ribbon wrapped around the orange, representing the blood of Christ. Sweets skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons.

        



Our School Council organised a toys sale on Thursday 6th December 2018 and raised £63. The toy sale was to raise funds for iPads which will be accessed by all children in school. Thank you for donating all your unwanted toys to the sale and helping us to raise vital funds for the school. 


Our tree, kindly donated by Jacob DW's parents, is now up in the school hall. We are now proudly displaying all the amazing baubles that were entered into the 'Parents of Deepcar Students' best decorated bauble competition. All of the baubles look amazing and it was really hard for us to choose a winner from each year group. Each entrant received a certificate in assembly today. A big well done to our year 3 winner. 

      


On the 4th December, we welcomed back Reverend Hilda Issacson and her friends from church for a special Christmas Open the Book Collective Worship.  





Regular attendance ensures that pupils get the best possible outcomes from their time at school. We are really proud to have achieved 100% attendance last week and received a special certificate in assembly. 




We have had a fantastic afternoon at All Saints Sports Centre. The children have been great ambassadors for our school, displaying great sportsmanship and teamwork as they worked alongside other schools. In the football mini tournament, we had two teams, one finished first and the other second. Well done all.


Mathletics is an award winning interactive site that aims to improve children's maths skills through fun activities linked to the UK National Curriculum. Children receive points for each activity they complete.  The more correct answers – the more points. Certificates are granted when a student earns 1000 points or more within one week. Children initially earn a Bronze Certificate, then a Silver Certificate once five Bronzes have been earned. With four Silver Certificates, a children then receives the much-coveted Gold Certificate, demonstrating their long-term commitment to improving their maths knowledge at home. 


A big well done on earning your Bronze Certificates. 


 



Wow, we had the highest attendance figure in school again last week. This is fantastic. 


Thank you to all the children who took part in Angela Smith's Christmas Card Competition. With over 300 entries, it was very difficult for her to choose 2 winners from St John's. Well done to our winners, whose artwork will be on show at Stocksbridge Library from Saturday 1st December and the prize giving will take place on the 1st at 10.30am.



We are delighted to have been selected to take part in an inclusive sports event at All Saints School in Sheffield City Centre on Friday 23rd November. The afternoon will be dedicated to year 3 children across the city joining together for sports activities including dodgeball, boccia, and mini football tournaments.  



Singing is good for you emotionally, physically and socially. It can help to develop a child’s imagination and creativity and allows them to try new skills in a safe environment. Being part of a school choir creates a sense of togetherness, gives children a sense of belonging and helps them to make new friends. A place for sharing, laughter and fun. We are very grateful to Mr Horner and Miss Danks, who both give up their time each week to run choir practise and to accompany them to many musical events. On 17th November, after weeks of practise, they performed at Bolsterstone Christmas Fayre. They were brilliant. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch. 

     



It is essential that children attend school regularly and maintain a pattern of good attendance throughout school. Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child to fulfil their potential. Young people who regularly miss school without good reason are more likely to become isolated from their friends, to underachieve in examinations and/or become involved in anti-social behaviour. Week commencing 5th November, we had the highest attendance in the school and were awarded a certificate by Miss Jones. 




We have really enjoyed receiving all your photographs for The Great Deepcar Bake Off, we hope your creations tasted as good as they looked. 

                                                                   

Suzy Senior, lives locally and in her spare time likes to write books for children. To celebrate the launch of her latest book, A Pirate Christmas, she joined Hilda Issacson for a special Open the Book assembly. Hilda, her pirate friends, Susie and children from St John's acted out the Nativity Story as you've never seen it before - through the eyes of Pirate Dad, Joe, and Cannon, the ship's guinea pig.

We have been talking about the meaning of Remembrance Day and the Centenary celebrations in Collective Worship and  in our PSHE lessons.  Our poppies are now on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. I am sure that you will agree, all the poppies look amazing. 

              

          

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. The money raised through the sale of poppies provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families. Thank you to everyone who purchased a poppy from school and helped to raise vital funds for this amazing charity. 




BBC children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity. Thanks to the support of the general public, they are able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.  Their vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is:

Safe  

Happy and Secure

Allows them to reach their full potential

They do this by providing grants to projects in the UK which focus on helping children and young people who face a range of disadvantages, for example poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people. Children in Need is currently supporting 2400 projects across the UK.  The BBC Children in Need Appeal Night took place on Friday 16th November. The Appeal show is a whole evening of entertainment on BBC One with celebrities singing, dancing and doing all sorts of crazy things to raise money.  We supported this amazing charity on the 16th, by inviting children to come to school wearing something spotty and making a minimum donation of £1.  Thank you to everyone who supported us and helped to raise money for this fantastic charity. 


        

 






Autumn term 1 - Wednesday 5th September to Friday 26th October


We have had an excellent and very busy start to the new academic year. It has been a joy to welcome your children into year 3 and they have quickly settled into school life at St John's. Thank you as always for your continued support and we would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable half term. See you on Monday 5th November.   
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The Good Citizenship award, is a new award that we will be presenting at the end of each half term. A certificate will be given to one child from each class who is kind, supportive, helpful and is a positive role model.  When children receive citizenship awards, their positive behavior is in reinforced and teachers are given the opportunity to reward good behavior. Self esteem and confidence is improved for the award recipients and it activity promotes good behavior in the classroom.  Here is our year 3 'Good Citizenship' winner.



In order for children to gain the full benefit of their education, it is important that they attend school every day.  They are more likely to succeed when they attend school consistently. It’s difficult for teachers and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of children are frequently absent. Children will low attendance rates are at risk of falling behind academically.  These children have all had either 100% attendance or achieved our school target of 96.5% this half term. They were each awarded a special certificate in assembly this morning. This is brilliant.




We felt really proud in assembly today, when two children from our class were awarded certificates for going on Mathletics at home. This is amazing and will certainly help their learning in school. It is important for every parent or carer to support their child's learning at home, by encouraging and supporting them and being excited about what they are learning. 


Our House Point system is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and aims to be an integral part of our school community.  By awarding children House Points we aim to: reinforce positive behavior, create a sense of belonging within the school community, develop social interaction across the school, give children a sense of achievement, support an awareness of individual and collective responsibility and promote fun and excitement through friendly competition  A big well done to 'Tigers' our winning team, collecting the most house points over the half term. As a treat, all members of team 'Tigers' will get to come in non uniform on Friday 9th November. Well done Tigers.


In English, we have been writing a piece of descriptive writing based on the short animation film, Taking Flight. After being dropped off with his 'boring, old Grandpa' one boy's dismay is turned into a thrilling adventure through the power of a shared imagination, a 'Radio-Flyer' and a story telling Grandpa. When Dad returns will the fun be over?   


All the children worked exceptionally hard on their writing, which they have finished today. We are really proud of them all and found it very difficult to choose a writer of the week. In the end, we couldn't pick just one and gave the award to these two children.


Thank you to everyone who joined on the 19th at Deepcar St John's Church for our Harvest Service. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We are really proud of all our children. They all sang beautifully. Those children who stood and read poems, bible readings and prayers in front of a packed church showed such confidence. Thank you for all your kind donations of food, we have all been overwhelmed this year by your generosity and kindness.

 
  
  

      

This year, is the centenary of the end of World War 1. On Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018, people around the Commonwealth will be reflecting on the lives that were changed irrevocably, and those that were lost. Some 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War 1. Nearly a third of them – some 21 million – were wounded. Another 8.5 million were killed and some 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. Deepcar St John's will be remembering and paying their respects by making poppies that will be going on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. We have been hard at work creating our poppies. The finished poppies look amazing and will look fantastic when they go on display next month.


    


Our first parents' evening of this school year took  place on the 15th and 17th October.  It was great to see so many parents over the two nights. It was a great opportunity to discuss how your child is getting on in school since they started in September and for us to discuss how to best support your child's learning at home.  





We started off the term ensuring that all children understand 'Place Value'; the value of a digit within a number. We have now moved on to learning mental strategies to help with addition and subtraction. Later this term will learning the standard written method for addition and subtraction.

In our science topic of  'Can you see me?' we will start to explore light. Over the coming weeks we will learn 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. In a recent lesson, we have investigated what types of materials are best at reflecting light. 


We are going to become historians this half term and travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, one of the earliest civilisations, and finding out about their way of life. In a recent lesson, using an atlas, we located Egypt and found out its capital and other major cities. We have also located the river Nile and talked about its importance to the river to the survival of the people of Egypt. 


We believe that a child's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, should be at the heart of our school.  We use Picture News, which help to keep children up to date with the fast changing world around them. Our discussions and debates in our PSHE lessons with Mrs Needham,  help to challenge children's ideas and pre-conceptions; ultimately helping them to broaden their horizons and enable them to deal with the modern world. 




Yesterday, in year 3, we linked our art work to our RE topic of 'The Story of Creation'. Children have used pastels to create a picture in response to the question 'What is wonderful about the natural world?' All their artwork will on display in the classroom. Come and take a look at Parents' evening next week.



In music, we are learning how to play a percussion instrument in time with music.




We would like to say a huge thank you to all the carers, friends and family members that joined us for our Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 28th September. We are really grateful to all those people who kindly made and donated delicious cakes and buns for us to sell, helping us to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy charity. We also hope you enjoyed your time in class, watching a spelling lesson. Thank again for supporting us.

Please note that children should aim to arrive at school between 8.45am and 8.50am, when they should go into the playground. Playground supervision by a member of staff begins at 8.45am. A playground bell is rung at 8.52am when children come into school for registration, if children arrive after 8.55am they should enter school via the main entrance and register at the school office.  In the event of wet weather, children can come into class from 8.45am, where teaching staff will supervise them. If children arrive earlier than this, we cannot guarantee that there will be a member of staff in the classroom to supervise your child.  


A game of noughts and crosses in PE, to help us develop our running skills. Great fun too.


Shooting practise in basketball.


On Monday 17th September, we welcomed back M and M Productions. M & M Theatrical Productions are UK's largest and most respected provider of theatre-in education. Their productions educate children, through the powers of entertainment and imagination, whist at the same time encouraging children to read for pleasure and explore their creative abilities. Their performance of a 'Little Princess, was packed with fun, laughter, excitement, great music and larger than life characters and also delivered an important message about bullying. Written specifically for children by their experienced team of professionals, their scripts, costumes, scenery and special effects all combine to ensure that from the very beginning, the children enjoyed a magical and enriching theatrical experience.



On Thursday 4th October, we held a Parents workshop about the curriculum. This was an opportunity for parents to discover what children can expect to learn this year and how best to support your child to meet the new raised standards. A pack with information from the evening will be sent out to all parents within the next few weeks. 



Our school will be taking part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 15th October and finishing on Thursday 25th October 2018. (Friday 26th, is an Inset day) The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. We are competing against other schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. 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: 

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 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 '10 Day Active Travel' badge.  Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge. 

Thank you. 


Don't forget to send your child with their PE kit when we return to school. All children should have the following, which should be kept in a named bag in School:-
  • White T Shirt, plain or with the School name and logo
  • Plain navy shorts/PE skirt
  • Navy Blue tracksuit top/bottoms for PE outside in cold weather. School tracksuits are available. 
  • Black plimsolls for indoor use. - Trainers are not allowed for indoor PE.
  • Trainers for outdoor PE lessons. 




In our science topic of  'Can you see me?' we will start to explore light. Over the coming weeks we will learn 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. 


We are going to become historians this half term and travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, one of the earliest civilisations, and finding out about their way of life. 

  


Please also note that Friday 26th of October is an Inset Day and school is closed to children.






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