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Welcome to Year 4



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

What we are learning this half term. (currently being updated for the new half term)


Maths 


English


Science 

For the first part of this half term we will still be working on our Science topic of Amazing Bodies. In this unit of Science we will build on our knowledge of the human body.  We have already learned 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 have also covered 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 are now starting to learn that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.  Once complete, we will move onto our next topic of Rocks and Soils. In this module children will work as ‘Rock Detectives’ establishing core knowledge and understanding of rocks, their relationship to soils and how fossils have formed over time.


Theme 

We are 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. 



Computing 


PE 



PSHE 


News and updates 


Future Events this Half Term
Monday 25th February

On Monday 25th February, year 3 and 4 children will be representing Deepcar St John's in the Sheffield Hallam Zoolympics festival at Ponds Forge. Please can you ensure that your child brings their PE kit, indoor trainers and a water bottle. We will be travelling by coach to and from the venue. We will be leaving school at 11.30am and should be back at school by 3.20pm. Please ensure that your child brings a packed lunch on Monday. If they are entitled to free school meals, lunch will be provided. Please let the school office know in advance so that lunch can be prepared.

Thank you


Thursday 7th March 

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It's also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading. More information about how we will be celebrating World Book Day this year will be issued later this term.


    Thursday 14th March 

    We are delighted to welcome back M and Productions to St John's for the production of The Secret Garden. M and M are regular visitors to St John's and the children have really enjoyed their previous performances. We are keen to give the children as many experiences as possible in order to fire their imaginations and assist in their writing, Good writers are always good readers with many different life experiences. 


Friday 15th March 2019 

We will be supporting this amazing British charity again this year. Red Noses will be available for purchase after half term, priced at £1.25. Children can also wear something red for an additional donation of £1. 


18th March 2019 - Parents' Evening 

Parents' evenings are important because they give you an opportunity to discuss with us what your child is doing at school and how they are getting on. Parents' Evening also gives you a chance to discuss any issues you may want to talk about with your child's teacher.  Letters will go out nearer the time with booking information.


The Oakes - 1st to 3rd May 2019

We are really excited about returning to the Oakes in May for our 3 day and 2 night residential. The Oakes Holiday Centre is an action packed, fun filled centre at Norton, Sheffield. A Georgian house set in acres of woodland, lawns and a lake surrounded by parkland. All activities are on site and led by fully insured members of staff from The Oakes. The activities include; archery, climbing wall, raft building and rope courses, as well as football, remote control cars and table tennis. There will be campfires in the evening too.

For those paying by instalments, full details of all future payments can be found on our website - https://sites.google.com/a/deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk/website/our-learning/residential






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

Reading

This year, we are working hard to promote children's love for reading. Learning to read and reading for pleasure go hand in hand. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home ever night, for at least 10 minutes.  Reading aloud to your child can be one of the most enjoyable parenting experiences. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child's vocabulary, communication, concentration, empathy and imagination. It is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. A list of the top 100 books to read in year 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

How can you help your child enjoy reading?

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

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary has been given to each child to record what they have been reading. There are points awarded for each read (a read is 1 session on 1 day). We will be celebrating their reading when they attain 100 points, with an invitation to join the 100 club. The recommended reading list for Key Stage 1 and years 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 

Maths

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

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

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

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

Our Year 4 age related maths expectations and maths mastery, term to term can be found at the bottom of this page.



Homework

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

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

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

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spellings for year 4 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful.

Children's University

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

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

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

Bronze (30 hours) 

Silver (65 hours) 

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

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

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

Well done to everyone who applied. 


CU Ambassadors 2018/19

Please see the link below for more information on the Children's University.

http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/home/work-with-us/local-cus/sheffield-childrens-university/home/



Facebook

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

 
 
Kind regards, Miss Steward and Miss Danks.


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 (Page in process of being updated)


Maths 

In Maths, we are learning 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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We have completed our learning on Division and taught the children how to calculate the area of shapes.  Our teaching in Maths for the rest of this half term will be fractions. 


English 

We have been watching and discussing a short animated firm, 'Treasure' by Chelsea Bartlett and Ringling College, the clip, tells the story of an old homeless lady who is digging through rubbish when she finds something special. We are using the video to inspire imagination as we will be writing our own imaginative text over the next week. 



Science 

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

Theme

Our topic last half term was Ancient Egypt and we have been learning all about Tutankhamun. We became intrigued by the mummification process and why they mummified important people. We learned that the Ancient Egyptians mummified people so that they would look beautiful for the Afterlife. We decided to test this theory and do some mummifying of our own…on tomatoes.

We cut a small hole in a tomato and carefully spooned out all the pulp and seeds (this was a very messy job). Then we rubbed the tomato with antibacterial gel to kill any bacteria on the tomato that may cause mould. Next, we made a mixture of salts to mirror the Natron salts the Egyptians would have used to dry out the bodies. We covered the tomato with the mixture. Finally, we left our mummified tomatoes over the holidays to see what would happen.

On Friday, it was time for Miss Danks’ class to hold their noses and go investigate if any changes had occurred to their tomatoes. They observed how well they had preserved, the mummified tomatoes looked wrinkly, shrivelled and dried out.


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 the 8th February. 




Computing 

Since September 2014, all five to eleven year olds have been taught code or programming as part of the computing curriculum. Coding means telling a computer what to do by giving it commands to which it responds. Teaching coding puts children in control of the computer and lets them learn through experimentation, mastering concepts such as logic and consequences helping them learn how computers work.  In year 4, we are using Turtle Academy, which teaches programming principles in a fun and easy way. We are now moving on to our new topic of 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. 



    


PE

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

PSHE 


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

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

News

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


Good attendance at school is vital for a child's education. Miss Steward is really proud of her class as they have had the highest attendance at St John's for the last two weeks of term. 


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 for the day.

          


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

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

For more information, see the attached link.

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


As you know, the NSPCC visited our school on recently and delivered their Speak out. Stay safe. assembly about how children can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have any worries. It was a very worthwhile and empowering session for both pupils and teachers. They spoke to the children and staff about the valuable work they do across the country, and talked about how important it is for everyone in our
school community to join them in their ‘fight for every childhood’.

As a charity, they can only provide these vital resources thanks to the financial support and generosity of their supporters. We would like to help the NSPCC’s work in schools, and took part in a fundraising event. Children completed a sponsored circuit training – which was not only exciting and helping keep our children physically fit but also allowed us to raising money for the NSPCC’s vital work. Participation is purely voluntary but if you would like to support the NSPCC, please return your sponsor form and money raised to school by Tuesday 26th February. Every child who took part in the fundraising event will be receiving a special Buddy badge.

The NSPCC’s work in schools encourages conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘Talk PANTS’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words. The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone.

You can find out more and download the free resources at nspcc.org.uk/pants

If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice
which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website nspcc.org.uk/parents.

Thank you.


Friday 1st February 2019 

Thank you to all the parents, carers and family members who joined us for our Poetry Slam on Friday 1st February. This time each class took to the stage reciting their poems to a hall full of family members and friends. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.


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.

Highest attendance in the school for Miss Danks' class week commencing 14th January 2019. 



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; 


Miss Danks - The Tyger
Miss Steward - Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth-Toast

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 especially proud of all our children, they have worked so hard this week.

The Winners;

Lower School – Mrs Bell’s and Mrs Thompson’s class and 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 Mrs Bell’s and Mrs Thompson’s class were announced the overall winners.

Year 3 Whole School Winners

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





We 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  - Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December 

We hope you have all enjoyed the half term break. It is hard to believe that in 7 weeks we will be breaking up for Christmas.  Please ensure that children come dressed prepared for the colder weather that we are now experiencing.  PE kits need to be returned to school and should now include either a tracksuit or a warm fleece and joggers for when we do PE outside. 

What we have Learned this Half Term

Maths


We started the new school year looking at place value, it is important that children understand the value of a digit within a number. We then looked at mental strategies which can help with addition and subtraction, partitioning, number bonds etc.  This half term, we will be focussing on addition and subtraction. One method that we will be learning is the 'Standard Written' method or Column method. 


English

There are hundreds of versions of Cinderella all over the world.  As we have been studying Ancient Egypt in our theme lessons, we have linked this to our English work and have looked at the Egyptian version of this well loved fairy tale.  

Long ago in the Ancient land of Egypt were the green water of the Nile River flows into the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea lived a young maiden named Rhodopis, she was born in Greece but was kidnapped by pirates and carried down into Egypt where she was sold into slavery. Her owner turned out to be a kind old man who spent most of his time under a tree sleeping. Because of this he never saw how the other girls in the house, all servant girls, taunted and teased her because she looked differently from them. Their hair was straight and black while hers was golden and curly. They had brown eyes and she had green. Their skin had the glow of Copper, but she had pale skin that burned easily in the sun causing them to call her Rosy Rhodopis. They made her work hard shouting at her all day.  Now she had no friends only the animals. 

After reading, what is considered the oldest version of the story dating back to the first century, we will be writing our own fairy tale set in Egypt. 

History and Geography (Theme)

In our theme lessons we will be discussing with the children that when you have a civilisation as old as the Ancient Egyptians there often aren’t that many written records about what life was like. Therefore, what we know is from what is left behind in the ground. When it comes to the Egyptians they were buried with what they held most dear: the things they wanted to take with them to the afterlife, which has helped historians build a picture of what life was like in Ancient Egypt. This half term,  we will be using artefacts as clues to the life of people in the past, establishing what the artefact might have been used for and seeing if we can match the object to the person it belonged to.

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 on Ancient Egypt, Miss Steward's class 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 have been really impressed with the effort that children have put into their homework, which was set prior to the holidays on Egypt. We have created a display in the hall. It looks amazing. 



Science

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

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

Music

We are really enjoying learning to play the Recorder in our music lesson. This week, we have learned to play our first little tune - Little Fly. 


French

We are revisiting colours in French and linking it to parts of the body. To help them with this children will be creating and then describing their own monstera. 


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 being worn 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 were at school for 96.5% of the time this half term. This is brilliant and is above the government target for attendance. 



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. 

    


For Art Week, we have been mastering our sketching techniques and looking at various pieces of Picasso's work for inspiration. Later this week, we will be using Modrock, which is a plaster bandage that is used for modelling, casting and crafting, to create sculptures.


      

Attending school regularly has a huge impact on a child's education and also their social development. Miss Danks' class achieved 100% week and were awarded a special certificate in assembly. This is brilliant, well done Miss Danks' class.


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 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. 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. 





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 4 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.  


These children have all earned their bronze certificate on Mathletics. These means that that have earned over a 1000 points or more in one week. Children have to complete many activities to achieve a bronze certificate.

1 point per correct answer in Live Mathletics
2 points per correct answer within the student’s bonus level of Live Mathletics
10 points per correct answer within individual Mathletics curriculum activities.

Well done to our 'Mathletic Bronze Award Winners' this week.



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 Silver Certificate. 




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. 

     

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is a cultural education charity, who hold the world’s largest youth drama Festival every Autumn. Months of preparation culminate in an exhilarating performance; young people playing Shakespeare in professional theatres, raising aspirations and unlocking the potential of students from all backgrounds. Miss Danks' class have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of this year’s Shakespeare Schools Festival. Performing a 20 – 30 minute production of Twelfth Night, on 21th November 2018 at The Civic Theatre, Barnsley. 

As part of the Festival journey, they have been rehearsing in school and attended a half day Company Workshop, led by theatre professionals. Shakespeare Schools Foundation worked with them to develop their performance and gave them tips and tricks to take back to school. This was a fantastic session, boosting their confidence as our excitement builds towards the performance day.

On the day of the performance, they spent half a day at the theatre where SSF staff led them through a technical and dress rehearsal, ensuring everyone felt ready and supported for the evening to come. Then, in a celebratory finale to our Festival journey, they joined other local schools and took to the stage. Performing in a real theatre in front of an audience was a magical experience and one that they will remember for a long time; a night that will boost confidence and self esteem for a lifetime. 

We need to thank BlueSpark Foundation, who provided us with a grant which enabled us to take part in the Shakespeare Festival. As well as the cost of entering the festival, their grant covered the payment of the coach, art workshop and evening meal for the children.  Well done Miss Danks and class Y4AD. 

In our Sparkle and Shine Assembly, the week after the performance, Miss Danks spoke about how proud she was of her class for Wednesdays performance of a Twelfth Night and could not single out one child, and therefore chose all of them for Sparkle and Shine this week.



   
   

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 on the 13th November. 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 to the children in Collective Worship and in our PSHE lessons. Our poppies are now on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. I am sure that you will agree, all the poppies look amazing. 

              

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




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

Safe  

Happy and Secure

Allows them to reach their full potential

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



                                                    




Autumn term - 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 4 and they have quickly settled into their new class. 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 October.


In order for children for to gain the full benefits of their education, it is essential that they attend school everyday. 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, from year 4, have all had either 100% attendance or achieved the school target of 96.5% this half term and were all awarded a certificate in assembly this morning.  Miss Steward's class have achieved 100% weekly attendance for the second time this half term and a representative from class collected a certificate from Miss Jones. 

   
  
                                                          

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 4 'Good Citizenship' winner.


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


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.

   

Thank you to everyone who joined us this afternoon 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.

 
  
  

      

In our Music lessons, we will be learning how to play the recorder. In a recent lesson, we gave each child their own recorder.  They learned how to hold it correctly and played them for the first time. 

      
Our first parents' evening of this school year will took place on the 15th and 17th October. It was great to see so many of you and for us to have the opportunity to discuss how your child is progressing in school since they returned in September and for you to find out how best to support your  child's learning at home. 
 



During our English lessons we have been taking the children on a journey of discovery with archaeologist Howard Carter. Learning that in 1905, Howard joins forces with Lord Carnarvon, a wealthy aristocrat and that with Carter's instinct for discovery and Carnarvon's money, the duo set about exploring the Valley of the Kings for the tomb of Tutankhamun. Over the next few weeks we will be completing a piece of descriptive writing based on their journey of discovery. 

We started the new school year looking at place value, it is important that children understand the value of a digit within a number. We are now looking at mental strategies which can be used to help with addition and subtraction. Later this half term, we will be 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 investigated which materials are good at reflecting light. Following this, we looked at ways that cycling at night could be made safer. 


    

'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. Miss Danks' class went outside yesterday afternoon, identifying the different types of trees in the school grounds. They have chosen a tree and will be recording how it changes throughout the coming seasons.

     

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. 



In ICT, this half term we are learning how to use word processing software.  In our first lesson, we learned how to open a word document, to adjust the type, size and colour of the font, to copy and paste and how to save our work. Once we had mastered these skills, we showed them how to import a picture from clipart, use word art and copy and paste a picture from the internet.  Last week, we used the internet to research 'Healthy Lifestyle' and used google to find out; how much sleep a child needs, the amount of exercise, how much water we need a day and how much time is healthy for us to spend on technology per day. We will be using the information that we have found out to create our own 'Healthy Lifestyle' poster on word. 


      


The teaching of French is led by Miss Danks, who is a fluent French speaker. We follow the I Languages scheme of work which is in line with the new National Curriculum. In a recent lesson, we have revised how to say the colours and are learning how to say parts of our body in French. The children have really enjoyed learning to sing Head, shoulders, knees and toes in French. 




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 hope you enjoyed your time in class, watching a spelling lesson. Thank again for supporting us.

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. We would like to thank all those parents who turned up. A pack, with information from the evening will be sent out to all parents. 



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. 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. 


   

Parents are able to book appointments online and will be notified when the booking system goes live.  We look forward to meeting you. 

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. 


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



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