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Welcome to Year 3

                                                     2017/18


Summer Term 5 - Monday 16th April to Friday 25th May.

In English, we are reading 'The Midnight Fox,' by Betsy Byars, 'No one asked Tom how he felt about spending two months on his Aunt Millie's farm. For a city boy, the farm holds countless terrors - stampeding baby lambs, boy-chasing chickens, and worst of all, loneliness. But everything changes when Tom sees the midnight fox. He can spend hours watching the graceful black fox in the woods. And when her life - and that of her cub - is in danger, Tom knows exactly what he must do.' We are using this atmospheric and heartfelt story as a basis for our English Lessons. We will be writing a poem, a letter and a persuasive argument during the rest of this term.


In a recent theme day we have started on our new theme of Geographical Journeys. We have been investigate the journey of a river; looking at where and how a river starts and the journey a river takes across the land to a larger body of water. We have also learn that a river can be divided into three sections:

The upper course - this is where the river begins. 

The middle cause - where the river gets wider and slows down. 

The lower cause - leading to the river mouth; the mouth of the river is where the river meets the sea. 

    

In ICT, we are learning how to use 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 and illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence. Last half term, we were busy designing and making backdrops/sets and creating characters out of playdough. We are now ready for filming, which commenced in Miss Steward's class today, with Miss Danks' and Mrs Thompson's class filming theirs over the next few weeks.  

          



Today, Mrs Thompson's class enjoyed a skills day, where they have been focusing on their art skills, learning how to show line, tone and texture using sketching pencils. Their finished work looks amazing.

      

After school yesterday, ten of our year 3 children represented Deepcar St John's in a Basketball Hotshots tournament held at Bradfield Comprehensive. The event, kindly organised by 'LInks' involved us competing against five other schools in 8-minute games. Overcoming their initial nerves, they took to the court. They won their first 2 games, drew the next 2. The last match was against the overall tournament winners, who were exceptional, even though they gave it their all, we sadly lost our last match. This was our first tournament, we played well, walked away with our heads held high but more importantly had fun.

We are learning how to represent and interpret data in our Maths lessons in year 3. Initially, we learned about tally charts and pictograms, in future lessons we will be looking at bar charts.


The Mousehole Cat is an award winning children's book written by Antonia Barber, the story is based on the legend of Cornish fisherman Tom Bawcock and the stargazy pie. It tells a dramatic and moving tale of a cat who goes with its owner and braves the stormy seas to save their village. After reading the story in year 3/4, we used this amazing tale to base our own piece of writing. We also used the story as inspiration to create some fantastic artwork using pastels and watercolours. Some of our finished work is now on display. Looks amazing!


Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge inspiring pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. A big thank you to all those who took part over the last 2 weeks. We averaged 38% of the school scooting or cycling to school each day and finished 2nd out of all the schools in Sheffield who took part.  This is a great achievement and one that we are very proud of.  Hopefully you all enjoyed the experience and will continue to encourage eco-friendly travel to school. 



Thank you to all the parents, who came to see us at Parents' evening, where we had a chance to discuss your child's strengths and weaknesses, share concerns, and how you can help their learning at home.


Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school. Mr Priest will be teaching us cricket for this half term. With Mrs Haywood, we will be working in small groups,  designing and creating our own games, which will then be played by the rest of the class. 


In music, Miss Steward has set the children the task of writing their own jingle for a Children's Hospital Radio Station. After listening to a few examples and just a short time working in small groups, they came up with some great ideas.

Here is the jingle created by Alfie, Brandon, Jacob and Neve.

Cheer up 
Don't let anything stop you 
You are amazing 
Be who you are 
You can do anything when you get better 
Cheer up and listen to BBC Hospital Radio 
Yeah Yeah Yeah



In French, we have been learning the story of 'Le Navet Enorme' – 'The Enormous Turnip'. This traditional story is a great way for children to learn linking vocabulary and recap on their prior learning of animals and the names of family members.



Shortly, we will be moving on to our new Science topic of 'Switched On' where we will learn all about electrical circuits. 


We are continuing to set two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension.  Homework will be sent home on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. We are seeing an increasing number of children who have not completed or returned their homework by the due day. 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. 

Under the new National Curriculum, children should know all their times tables by the end of year 4. We are working very hard at this in school but we need your help. Please help your child by practising their times tables at home. We have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. In addition, there are many online resources. 
  • Mathletics 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                   
  • TT Rockstars
        


Spellings are set on a weekly basis, please practise them at home prior to the test in school. 

Ensuring our children are good readers is crucial, and a BIG focus in our school, it is a well-known fact, that good readers are good writers. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 


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. 

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. 


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. 


Spring Term 4 - Monday 26th February to Thursday 29th March. 

Thank you to all the parents who came to watch our traditional egg rolling competition, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  Enjoy the Easter holidays, see you all on Monday 16th April. 


The standard of entries to our 'Best Decorated Egg' competition were exceptionally high, making it very hard for us to choose just one winner, in some classes we awarded a 2nd and 3rd place. Well done to all the children who took part.

          

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


On Wednesday, Andy from Destination @ British Judo came to St John's. Judo helps children develop fitness, gain new skills, build confidence, make new friends, learn respect and discipline. It is also a great way to have fun!  Loved it! 



In a recent French lesson, year 3 and 4 classes came together to learn all about how Easter is celebrated in France with Miss Danks, our French subject leader.  Although not directly related to Easter, April Fools’ Day traditions are followed by all French children. Paper fish are used to play an April Fools trick, involving sticking a paper fish onto the back of as many adults as possible, then running away yelling “Poisson d’Avril” (April Fish!). Watch out for fish being stuck to your back on April Fools' Day!


    

A big thank you to our parent volunteers, to our office staff and to all the staff who stayed behind and helped out at our Easter Disco. All the children had a fabulous time. 

     
British Science Week, was a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. This year, the theme was Exploration and Discovery, which aimed to encourage children to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring Science in the world around us; from their home to school and to the wider environment. As a school, we dedicated Tuesday 13th March to Science. After a special Science based assembly, children returned to class for a day of 'Exploration and Discovery'. The day finished with the launch of our poster competition. Children can make their poster about anything related to exploration and discovery. The posters will be judged in school and five winners will have their poster entered into the British Science Week School Poster Competition. Closing date for entries is Friday 23rd March. 

          

This academic year at St John's we have introduced Design Technology Days. Each day covering a different aspect of the DT curriculum and providing the opportunity for all children to design, make and evaluate various products throughout the year. In a recent DT day, children made levers and pulleys, using string, cardboard box, two wooden skewers and a cotton reel. The day was extremely successful with children enjoying the day hugely. We are extremely proud of of their creativity, resilience, and problem solving.



What is it with World Book Day and Snow? Well, try as it might, it didn't stop us today.  Although later than initially planned, the day started with all the children gathering in the hall to share a story, brilliantly read by Miss Danks, and then we all took park in the World Book Day Book Bonanza quiz before heading back to class. At 2:45pm, it was time for the children to cuddle up with their teddies and enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, whilst enjoying a story with their teacher. We have had a fabulous day.



The decision to not open school due to the snow has not been an easy one to make. The decision to close was made after regular discussions with Head Teachers from schools in our local area. The weather conditions have been severe and the safety of our children, their parents and staff are paramount. Thank you for your understanding and we are sorry for any inconvenience our closure may have caused you. Lets hope we have seen the last of the snow! 

Week commencing 26th February was a week dedicated to reading, Drop Everything and Read week. At different times each day, we dropped everything we were doing and read! 






In our last few Maths lessons before the end of term, we started learning division facts. We will be continuing working on division this half term. In order to be able to recall division facts, children must know their times tables, it will aid your child's progression in Maths if you practise times tables with them at home. 


In our Science lessons, we are learning about the human digestive system and will be teaching the main body parts associated with it, the mouth, tongue, teeth, oesophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum and anus. We have also learned that the role of the digestive system is to break down the food we eat so that the nutrients, energy and other requirements we derive from it can be used in the rest of the body.  Additionally, we will look at the functions of the different types of teeth and we will learned that incisors are used for cutting, canines for tearing and molars for grinding.


Geographical Journeys is our new Theme for next half term. We will investigate the journey of a river; looking at where and how a river starts and the journey a river takes across the land to a larger body of water. We will also learn that a river can be divided into three sections:

The upper course - this is where the river begins. 

The middle cause - where the river gets wider and slows down. 

The lower cause - leading to the river mouth; the mouth of the river is where the river meets the sea. 



We are very privileged to have a member of the coaching team from Stocksbridge Rugby Club join us for our PE lessons this half term. Working alongside Mrs Haywood, together they will be teaching the children tag rugby. Mr Priest will be teaching gymnastics. Please ensure that your children have both an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school. 



In ICT, we will be using Stop Motion to create animation films based on the story of Noah's Ark. Last half term, we were busy designing and making backdrops/sets. We now need to create characters out of playdough prior to filming commencing later this term. 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 and illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence.


We are learning colour, gender and opinions in our French lessons and will be reading the French version of 'An Enormous Turnip'. 


With lots of children using the internet nowadays, it is very important to help them keep safe from any online vulnerability. Across the school, Mrs Needham will be talking to the children about the dangers of sharing personal information online, befriending or agreeing to meet people that they do not know and posting pictures and videos on Social Media.   


The NSPCC have launched a new video called 'Share Aware,' which helps children understand the importance of not sharing personal information whilst online. The video can be found by clicking on the following; 
https://youtu.be/lGIEKGJRWEo  Additionally, there is another website which is a really useful guide to the social networks your children may be using  https://www.net-aware.org.uk/



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 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. 

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. 


Spring Term 3 - 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 one inside and one outside. 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. Mrs Haywood has chosen to teach them a new Street Dance routine this year.  We are learning Basketball in our other PE lessons with Mr Priest. 

   

In Maths, we have started the term by revising times tables and number families and learning the Column Method for multiplication. We are now starting to learn division facts.   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, Mathletics or alternatively pop into school as we have plenty of resources you can take home.  

In Music, children are learning a traditional Jamaican work song called 'Hill and Gully'. Sung by workers constructing new roads, the words refer to the hazardous terrain in which the new roads had to be cut. The song is referred to as a Call and Response song. This is a succession of two distinct phrases, where the second phrase is heard as a direct response to the first. In recent lesson half the class have been singing the 'Call', the rest of the class have been singing the 'Response.'



In PSHE, across the school, Mrs Needham is working with the children teaching them all about perseverance - The importance of continuing to try to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Initially, they have started by learning about the difficulties that some famous people encountered on their journey to stardom and how they persevered to achieve their dream. 

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 so 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. Filming will commence later this term. We hope to share some of the 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, eg blue and red equals purple - bleu et rouge egale violet. 


Please note: Friday 16 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 and 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. She opens her house up to visitors to help raise money for charity. This year, any money raised 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 had a great 'hands on' learning day on Friday 8 December in which we learned all about how the Anglo Saxons weaved wool into fabric. We got to have a go at making our own designs. 

   


The NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe. programme visited St John's on Monday 5 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 nspcc.org.uk/schools 

    

As a school, we are privileged to have taken part in the world’s largest Youth Drama Festival held on 21st November2017. Every year, the Shakespeare School Foundation work with thousands of pupils from every community, background and age group across the UK. Weeks 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 walk of life. Performing at a real theatre was such a magical experience for our children with the lights, the music and a 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 weks preparing our children for what has been an evening 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 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, we 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 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 derived from 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. In the week commencing 13 November, Anti-Bullying week, 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 seemed intent on making Josh's life a misery. Finally, we met 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 a 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 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 up to date with important information and reminders. If you haven't already, like our Facebook page so that you can be kept in touch with all that's going on. 

Children are expected to complete their homework, learn their spellings and practise their times tables. Spellings and homework are both set weekly. Ensuring your 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 lessons with Mrs Riley, we learned how to say Hello, Hi, Goodbye, How are you? and how to say our 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 which 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 twice a week; therefore it is essential 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' - Orienteering.  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. It looks amazing and 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 18 September.  They are regular visitors to St John's and 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. We will 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 make the string shorter, the sound will become louder as the sound vibrations have less distance to travel.


Additionally, our Changing World module of Science, a unit of work we look at each year, is where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. They will monitor the changes in the environment, identify their parts and observe 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 29 September. Thank you to everyone who attended helping 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 6 October at 2pm. Hopefully, this will be at Deepcar St John's church, but it 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 






                                                       
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Mrs Pearce,
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Mrs Pearce,
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Mrs Pearce,
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Mrs Pearce,
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Mrs Pearce,
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Mrs Pearce,
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Mrs Pearce,
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