Year 3


Welcome to Year 3

Autumn term 1 Wednesday 4th September to Thursday 24th October.

We hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful summer and that you have had time to relax and recharge and are now ready to start a new school year.Welcome to the wonderful world of KS2, Year 3!  Mrs Thompson is one class teacher and Mrs Bell and Mrs Bradwell will be job sharing, with Mrs Bell working at the beginning of the week and Mrs Bradwell at the end, with each of them teaching on alternate Wednesdays.  Mrs Wilkinson will be there to support both classes. In Year 3, we teach children how to become responsible and independent little(ish) members of Deepcar St John's Primary School, learning new skills along the way!

Of course it is important that we have LOTS of fun as we learn, and we have some exciting topics to help us do so as well as a range of engaging subjects to broaden our knowledge!

Throughout Year 3 we aim to collaboratively learn, share and explore the world around us. We continue to build friendships, make good choices and show KS2 how truly amazing we are!

Curriculum update

Here is a brief overview of what we are learning this half term. For more information on our curriculum, please visit the curriculum page of our website. 


This half term we are looking at Place Value. This will involve learning the value of a digit within a number and what it is worth. Additionally, we will also learn how to compare, read, write and order numbers up to a thousand. We will also be looking at 10 more and 10 less and revisiting number bonds and other mental strategies. Furthermore, we will also be revisiting times tables with a focus on the 2, 3, 5 and 10 tables. 


In English, we will be watching a short animation; Taking Flight, from the Literacy Shed. We will be identifying nouns and verbs in the first few weeks and then moving on to adjectives,conjunctions, expanded noun phrases, adverbs and fronted adverbials during the rest of the half term, using this learning to help us write a descriptive piece of writing towards the end of the term. 

Theme - Each year group has three themes per year (one per term) which is taught through 'Thematics' covering History and Geography.

Our Theme for this half term is Europe; France, which also links to very well to our French lessons where we will be learning how to say and write basic greetings. Initially, we will be using atlases to locate hemispheres, continents and tropic lines. We will also be using maps of Europe to find capital cities of European Countries. We will be focusing on France in some of our lessons and identifying both Human and Physical features of the country. On 26th September, we are having a day dedicated to languages, we have chosen Spain. During the course of the day we will be learning about the climate, food, famous events and celebrations. We will also get the opportunity to sample some Spanish food.


Science - Light: Can you see me

In Science this half term we are investigating 'Light'. We will be learning that we need a light source in order to be able to see and how light reflects from surfaces. We will be conducting experiments to establish which surfaces are good reflectors of light. Following on from this, we will be designing bike accessories to help cyclists be better seen in the dark. Later in the half term, we will be finding out about how to protect our eyes from the sun, how shadows are formed and will be carrying out an investigation into how the size and shape of shadows can be changed.


We are linking our computing lessons to our theme of Europe this half term where children will be using the internet to research a European Country. They will be collecting facts on the food eaten, famous landmarks and people, traditions and celebrations. Once we have collected the facts, we will be using Word to create a poster, learning how to manipulate and enhance the text: font style, size, colour, underline, italic and bold. We will share some of the posters once complete.

In RE, children have been finding quotes in the Good News Bible and learning the difference between the Old and New Testament.


News and Updates

Monday 16th September

Today, we were delighted to welcome back M and M productions to St John's for their production of a Disney Classic  'The Jungle Book'. They told the story of young Mowgli, who is cared for by his animal family, who would lay down their lives for him, bringing him up as one of their own.  It was extremely colourful and engaging for the children who were entertained throughout by the wonder actors, fantastic costumes and catchy songs. 


Angela Smith, MP, Christmas Card Competition

It is that time of the year again when people are thinking in advance for Christmas. Our local MP, Angela Smith, always runs a Christmas card competition at this time of the year. Would your child like to take part and possibly win? We have had winners from our school in the past and the prizes are fabulous. Also, your child’s card will be sent to important dignitaries from Angela Smith. Entries need to be on A4 white paper, leaving a border for a message, and should be coloured in felt tip or coloured pencil. Glitter, cotton wool etc are not easy to reproduce in print so please do not use them! The child’s name, age group, class name and school should be written clearly on the back of each entry. Entries should be at school by Friday 4 October 2019 so that school can collate them and take them down to the Stocksbridge office.

We hope your child will take part.

Monday 9th September

On Monday 9th September children were taught a range of exciting games by the Imagination Gaming Company, who visited us over the two days.

Imagination Gaming games and activities are perfect for engaging and enthusing children of all ages and abilities in the classroom, whilst helping to support and develop crucial
curriculum and social skills too, all while having fun!

If you would like to view some of what Imagination Gaming do, please use the following links:

Three other dates for your diary; Thursday 3rd October MacMillan Coffee Event (pm),  Friday 4th October, the school photographer will be in school taking individual photographs of the children and on 18th October we will be having a 'Wear it Pink Day' in aid of Breast Cancer. 

Please note that Friday 25th October is a training day and school will be closed to children.

School Uniform 

The majority of children are following uniform requirements and we thank you for your support. However, we have noticed that this is not always the case and some children are

starting to wear items that are not school uniform, such as denim shorts, patterned tights, jeans and tracksuit bottoms with logos / stripes / designs.  During this coming school year, we will be expecting everyone to wearing the correct school uniform and staff will be challenging children/parents who are not wearing appropriate clothing. 

Your child may wear:

  • Navy blue skirt/pinafore/trousers or shorts
  • Navy blue trousers or shorts
  • Red polo shirt with or without school logo
  • Navy cardigan or sweater with school logo
  • White or dark socks
  • Plain navy tights
  • In Summer red or blue gingham dresses and white socks
  • Only black school shoes, ankle boots or plain black trainers for both boys and girls. 'Clumpy' shoes, high heels, strappy sandals etc. are unsuitable.


Children are not permitted to wear jewellery to school for health and safety reasons except for a watch if desired or small stud earrings but these must be removed for PE and
swimming lessons. Teaching staff are not permitted to assist with the removal of earrings and if children are not able to remove them independently, they will not be allowed to take part in the lesson. 

PE and equipment

PE lessons will take place twice a week. Mr Priest, the Sports Coach will be teaching the children the rules and skills required to play basketball in one lesson, the other PE lesson will be gymnastics, which will be taught by their class teacher. Please make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day. PE kit is strictly plain navy shorts and a white t.shirt.  Please make sure that as the cold weather approaches, your child has warmer PE kit such as tracksuit bottoms and a sweater/hoodie (NOT a school jumper!) to wear. Children will also need black plimsolls for indoor and trainers for outdoor use.  Within reason, regardless of the weather, children will be outside doing PE; it is up to you to make sure that your child’s PE kit is suitable for the weather. It is usually best to bring the kit to school on the first day of the half term and take them on the last day to wash. 

Water Bottle

The water bottle, clearly labelled with your child’s name, is kept in the classroom (a separate drink for packed lunch would be ideal although water is provided in the dining hall) at lunch time. A water cooler is freely available for children to refill their own water bottle. The children may bring juice for packed lunch but water only for the classroom please.

Lost property

Please make sure that every item of your child’s PE kit, school uniform, water bottle and any other equipment is clearly named. It is nearly impossible to work out whose sweatshirt is whose in a class full of children.

Lost property is stored but children losing an item of clothing should try to find it straight away. It is much easier to find something on the day on which it has been lost. Parents can accompany their child either before or after school to have a look in the school's lost property box for missing items. 

At the end of each half term, all lost property will be displayed and some older unclaimed items will be disposed of if not claimed.

Mobile Phones 

Mobile phones are not allowed on school premises, except for exceptional circumstances, which will need a letter from a parent explaining why the phone needs to be in school. Your child will need to bring the phone, with the note to the school office, prior to going on the playground, and then be collected at the end of the school day, after your child has left the classroom. 

Healthy Snacks

Children may bring a healthy snack to school for their morning break. As we promote a healthy lifestyle, we ask that children do not bring sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks to school. Fruit, dried fruit, yogurts, cheese and health bars are all classed as healthy. The snack should be brought to school separately to their packed lunch. 

Tuck Shop

Children volunteers run our tuck shop.  Most days, we will have on sale a variety of fruit, raisins, yoghurts, cheese strings, health bars and a range of drinks including bottled water. Prices range from 15p to 50p.

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

Knowledge Mats 

During the summer term we introduced a new idea into school to help us develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Children were given either one or two documents called a Knowledge Mat to take home. These documents contained the essential knowledge children needed to know as part of the topic they are studying in class. 

These Knowledge Mats are designed to be used at school during lessons and at home and parents can help children learn the information contained on the mat at home We want every pupil to be able to recall the information on these sheets off by heart or in their own wording by the end of the topic. The best way to use the Knowledge Mats at home is as follows –

Children read the information from the section to be learned (possibly with an adult)

They then try and recall the information (this can be written down or verbally)

An adult tests them on the information

The key to success is to repeat this regularly

It is also important to keep revising the information that has already been learned to keep it fresh in the memory.

We are confident that these Knowledge Mats will help our children to develop knowledge on a wide range of topics and will significantly improve their vocabulary. This, in turn, will make them more confident in class and help to develop their reading and writing skills. We will be sending home Knowledge Mats for the Autumn term once school restarts in September.


A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes. 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. Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers.

Why is Reading so Important? 

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to a children's educational performance. Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.  In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.


2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.


3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.


4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.


5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It is important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking. 


6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.


7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.


8. Reading is fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.


9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.


10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.It is a well known fact that good readers make good writers. 

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.

To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

 1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns. 
 2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests. 
3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle. 
4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good. 
5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone. 
6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. 
7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery. 
8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence. 
9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child. 
10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words. “We need

Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

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. 

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary will be given to each child to record what they are reading at the start of the school year.  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. 


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 eight 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. 

During the Autumn term, year 3 children will be shown how to use Times Tables Rockstars and will be sent home with a login and password. TT Rocks Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice.This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools.  Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home. Click here for more information on TT Rockstars

Hit the Button and the Maths Shed are other online resources that you can access 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. 

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


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 will be setting two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension. This worked well over the last three 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. 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.

The age related expectations for 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. 

Full details of the Curriculum can be found on the Curriculum Overview page of the website. 

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please call in and see any of the year 3 teachers. 


Our Facebook page has been in place for over two years 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. 


Summer term 2 - Monday 3rd June to Monday 22nd July

As we move towards the close of another school year, we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to you for your continued support. We are hugely proud of the children who are a real credit to our school, & to you as parents and carers. We are very grateful to the parents who have formed the Parents' of Deepcar students and have helped raise vital funds for the school this year. Inevitably, there a few staff changes for next year. Sadly we will be saying goodbye to Mrs Peall, one of our lunchtime supervisors, who has worked at the school for over 30 years. She will be missed by all. From October, Mrs Denton, in the school office, will be reducing her hours to 3 days per week so that she can look after her grandson. Mrs Stewart will be on maternity leave next year as she awaits the birth of her second child. We wish all the very best to staff leaving us and thank them for their commitment to the school. We also wish our Year 6 pupils all the very best for a bright and successful future. For those returning in September, we will see you all as school starts on Wednesday 4th September 2018. Everyone at Deepcar St John's would like to wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer holiday.

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. 

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.


We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including our Sports Leaders. We also need to thank our Sports Coach who made our competitions possible.


To achieve the Gold Award the school has to offer pupils a wide range of sporting opportunities, from two hours of physical education each week to making sure that we fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs. We are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. 


We look forward to applying once again in 2019/20!

What we are Learning this Half Term

We have a Big Picture overview of the curriculum and we have broken this down into different subject areas, making it personal and pertinent to the teaching and learning in our school. You will find documents which show our full Key Stage 2 curriculum coverage, a breakdown for all the subjects and what is covered in each year group on the Curriculum Overview page of the website. You can visit the page by clicking here


We are continuing to link our English work to our current theme of 'Our Valley.  During the course of this term we will be designing and writing a Visitor Guide on Stocksbridge and Deepcar. 


In Maths this half term we will be looking at Statistics and will be learning how to interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables.  We will also be looking at
time and will be learning to tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII.  We will also be learning how to estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute. We will also be teaching vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m./p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight. They will also learn the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year.


This half term we will be looking at the Power of Forces. In this module of Science we will compare how things move on different surfaces, noticing that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance. We will be observing how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. We will also be comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials. Finally, by the end of this unit of Science, we will be able to describe magnets as having two poles and be able to predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing. 

Theme Each year group has three themes per year (one per term) which is taught through 'Thematics' covering History and Geography 

The Theme in year 3 for this term is Our Valley. 

We will be continuing our work looking at Our Valley. We will be learning about the changes that have happened in the locality of the school throughout history and will be identifying the social, ethnic, cultural or religious diversity of past society. We will also be learning about the physical and human characteristics of the area and will be using field work to help us identify key features of the area that we live, using a range of methods including sketch maps, plans and graphs and digital technologies. 


We have two, one hour PE lessons a week, one with Mr Priest and one with the class teacher.

Gymnastics - Class Teacher 

We are learning to plan, perform, repeat and then refine sequences and will be learning how to move in a clear, fluent and expressive manner.  We will be incorporating change of direction, speed and level during a performance. We are also practising how to travel in a variety of ways, including flight, by transferring weight to generate power in movements. Later in the term, we will be using the apparatus to  learn how to swing and hang from equipment safely (using hands).

Orienteering - Mr Priest 

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. 


The SEAL programme (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) contributes to personal development by promoting social and emotional understanding and is included within the

PSHE curriculum. SEAL teaches children the skills they need for a better life. SEAL in primary schools offers a whole framework for promoting social and emotional literacy helps to support children with social awareness, managing their feelings, motivation, empathy and social interactions. The programmes is divided into seven themes which are covered within a school year:

  • New beginnings
  • Getting on and falling out
  • Say “no” to bullying
  • Going for goals
  • Good to be me
  • Relationships
  • Changes
SEAL aims to help children become successful learners, responsible citizens, and confident individuals.  This half term we are looking at Road Safety and Changes. The changes module will cover Sex and Relationships Education at an age appropriate level. 

News and Updates in Year 3

Well done year 3 on being awarded the best attendance in school certificate for the last two weeks.This is the 13th occasion that we have been awarded either the highest attendance or 100% certificate this year and we currently have the best attendance in school.


6th June - Bluebell Wood Tea/Coffee Morning

We have been talking about inspirational children in Collective Worship this week and this is definitely one inspirational young lady. Her family and all the staff at school are so proud of her. Thank you to everyone who supported her campaign to raise money for Bluebell Wood.

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

We have had a fabulous time during our one night residential 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. On the first day, we have a lovely walk through beautiful countryside to Dovedale Stepping Stones. After a lovely tea, the class got into teams and designed and created a rocket, which was later launched in the grounds. Amazing. We spent Friday outdoors having great fun playing team games and enjoying the beautiful weather that we were blessed with for the duration of our visit. A fantastic first residential at St John's.


Summer Term 1 - Monday 15th April to Friday 24th May 2019

Well...what a busy half term it has been. It is hard to believe that we will soon be starting the last half term of the school year. We hope everyone has lots of fun and family time during the break. School will reopen on Monday 3rd June.

Y3 and Y4 are completing a local study on Deepcar and Stocksbridge. If you have any information, stories, old photographs or DVD's about the area that you are happy to share with us, please send them into school. Thank you. 

What we are learning this half term.

We have a Big Picture overview of the curriculum and we have broken this down into different subject areas, making it personal and pertinent to the teaching and learning in our school. You will find documents which show our full Key Stage 2 curriculum coverage, a breakdown for all the subjects and what is covered in each year group on the Curriculum Overview page of the website. You can visit the page by clicking here


In English, we are going to be reading Meet me by the Steelmen which is a timeslip story written by Theresa Tomlinson.  In the book, little Stevie
and his sister Jenny get involved in an exciting journey in time when they find something strange about the three great steel statues in Sheffield's Meadowhall Shopping Centre. 
Stevie claims they move and speak, and even though Jenny, doesn't believe him, overnight they seem to change and the children find themselves involved in a time-slip adventure
The children are really enjoying the book and we would like them to write a similar time-slip adventure based on Fox Valley shopping centre and the steelworks that used to be situated there. To gather ideas for our writing, this afternoon (25th April) they walked down to Fox Valley.


Fractions are our main area of learning this half term. . We will be learning how to count up and down in tenths and that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts. Using diagrams, we will learn about equivalent fractions. We will also compare and order fractions and finally, we will cover how to add and subtract fractions.

Theme  Each year group has three themes per year (one per term) which is taught through 'Thematics' covering History and Geography 

Our new theme for this half term is Our Valley. In this topic we will be finding out answers to both geographical and historical questions about the area that we live. We will be comparing maps from the 1800s to the present day and describing the changes that have happened in the locality of our school throughout history. We will also be learning about the social, ethnic, cultural or religious diversity of past society and the experiences of men women and children. We will be asking them questions; what does 'Our Valley' look like? Is it a village or a town? We will also identify human and physical features in the landscape and what this may tell us about what our area is like now and what it was like in the past.

Additionally, we will also be looking at the steel industry in Stocksbridge and the impact this had on the Valley. Steve Grice from Liberty Steel came into school on Wednesday 8th May. He talked to the children about what it was like to work at Stocksbridge Steel Works from the 1800s to present day. A invaluable learning experience for the children, giving them a real understanding of what life was like for a steel worker and how it has changed through the decades. 

We are also hoping to go on a walk around the local area.


We have started a new Science topic of How does your Garden Grow. In this module of Science we will learn the different functions of the parts of flowering plants:roots, stem, leaves and flowers. We will also explore the requirements of a plant in order for them to flourish and grow (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) We will also investigate how water is transported within plants and also explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

Science and Theme Knowledge Mats, which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page,  provide information on subject specific language, important facts and recommended books to read. 


In Design and Technology lessons we will be covering aspects of the Food Technology curriculum. We will be learning about the principals of a healthy and varied diet and will learn how to prepare a range of predominantly savoury dishes. Learning key skills; how to prepare ingredients hygienically using a range of utensils, how to measure accurately, how to following a recipe, how to assemble and cook ingredients, adjusting the temperature of the hob or oven as necessary. We are linking this to our current theme of Our Valley and will be preparing food that would traditionally go in a workman's 'Snaptin'.


We will start looking at programming using Scratch. Scratch is a graphical programming language, developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Children can drag and combine code blocks to make a range of programs, including animations, stories, musical instruments and games. It’s a bit like the programming equivalent of LEGO! Scratch is an excellent way to introduce children to programming.
Scratch editor


The SEAL programme (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) contributes to personal development by promoting social and emotional understanding and is included within the PSHE curriculum.

SEAL aims to help children become successful learners, responsible citizens, and confident individuals.  This half term we are looking at Good to be Me and Changes. We will also be looking at Road Safety.


In PE,  our indoor PE lessons this half term, we are learning gymnastics. We will be teaching them how to move in a clear, fluent and expressive manner and to how to refine their movements into a sequence. They will learn how to travel in a variety of ways, including flight and show changes of directions.  We will also be experimenting with balances and organising our bodies to create interesting shapes. 

We will be playing competitive games; cricket and rounders, in our outdoor PE lessons this half term.  We will be learning the rules of the game,  how to play fairly and be respectful to others in the team. We will be learning how to throw, catch and strike a ball with control and accuracy. We will also be encouraging them to choose appropriate tactics to cause problems for the opposition and maintain possession and pass the ball when appropriate. 

Year 3 News and Updates

As you may be aware, we have been reading Meet me by the Steelmen. As part of this work, we will be making our own Steelman's snap lunch which we will enjoy together next Friday lunchtime. Today, the children have designed their own sandwiches. A copy of your child's sandwich has been sent home tonight and we would appreciate it if you could send your child with the ingredients required to make their sandwich. They will then follow the instructions to make their sandwich in line with the Design and Technology curriculum. If you have already paid for a school lunch, the money will rollover, however if you would prefer your child to have a school dinner, please let the school office know.

Friday 10th May 

Not quite 100% attendance last week but still the best attendance at St John's. 

Friday 26th April

We are so proud in year 3 to have been awarded a 100% attendance certificate again for last week. This is the 10th certificate that we have been awarded for attendance this year and we currently have the highest attendance figure in school. Well done everyone.

Thursday 25th April

We had a fabulous time at the disco

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

Another term comes to an end, and looking back we really do wonder how we squeezed in all we did! There have been such a range of events; memorable trips and residentials, Science Day and World Book Day, theatre performances, discos and sports tournaments…to name just a few. We believe that school is about so much more than lessons. We hope all of our children get the chance to fully recharge their batteries, ready for the Summer term. May we wish you a peaceful, enjoyable and relaxing holiday.  Thank you for all your help and support. From all staff at Deepcar St John's. See you all on Monday 15th April.

What we are learning this half term. 


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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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.


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.


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. 



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. 


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. 


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

News and Updates

Wow, we have got 100% attendance again for week commencing 18th April. This is brilliant. 

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. 



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 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.

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.

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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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. 


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



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


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.


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.

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

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

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 - 

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. 


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.


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. 


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.  


"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:


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.   

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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