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Welcome to Year 4

2017/18
 
Summer term 6 - Monday 4th of June until Friday 20th July. 

As we approach the end of another busy year we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support that you have given both to your child and to the school. All the staff at St John's work long hours and are dedicated to providing the very best education to your children. The children have flourished this year, we are very proud of them all. We also need to thank our governing body for all the time they give to our school on a voluntary basis. Also, to our Funders, who have organised the school discos and the Year 6 prom. The end of the school year alway brings mixed feelings, we are all ready for the summer holiday but are saddened as we have to say goodbye to our class, who are a wonderful group of children. Thank you for all our lovely gifts and cards, they really are appreciated. Have a great summer holiday, filled with love, laughter and hopefully lots of sunshine.

The school reopens to pupils on Wednesday 5th September. We look forward to seeing you all then.



There was a surprise in store for Mrs Cordle this afternoon. According to the school diary it should have been our Sports Day presentation but unbeknown to her, staff had other things planned. Mrs Cordle is retiring at the end of this school year and we could not let her leave without celebrating her time at St John’s. School governors and staff from the past and present joined us for a ‘This is your life’ assembly, with special messages from her family and people who have worked with her during her time at St John’s. At the end of the assembly she was presented with a special book full of photos and quotes for her to keep from all the current children and staff. Mrs Cordle is a very special lady, who we are all going to miss very much.


        

 At the end of the assembly Deepcar St John's staff say goodbye to Mrs Cordle in a very unique way.


Presenting 'Dancing in the Street.'

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12AIwxCJvmAkRC0axjdPqbUyYBxE-D9mZ/view?usp=sharing 


The last week of term has been outdoor education week. We have taken our learning outside most days. We have been on a maths trail around school, on scavenger hunts and creating amazing artwork. We have also been calculating the age of trees, creating rainbow art work and learning how to identify different trees from their leaves. We have also established that tree bark varies wildly between species of trees, and taking a bark rubbing is a great way to focus on the different patterns and textures. 

            
                       


This year, Royd Nursery Infant School are also celebrating their 50th anniversary and both schools decided to come together to mark the occasion. The day started with an open session for past pupils and staff to come and look around the school and enjoy a piece of birthday cake. 

Both schools held a dress up day, where children came in clothes from the sixties.It was great to see so many year 3 and 4s in 60's clothing. Royd joined us at lunch time, where we all enjoyed an amazing picnic lunch on our school field. 

  

     



During the afternoon year 3, 4 and 5 sold the produce that they had made during enterprise week. Whilst our year 6 children ran stalls and organised games. 

     

       

It was a fabulous day and it was great to see so many parents, carers and family members in school celebrating with us.  Thank you. 

   

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays.You can sign your child up at your local library, then get them to read six library books of their choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis,  Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

Watch the official promotional video below and share it with your young mischief makers:

https://youtu.be/5Yt9ovdvH_4

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OWednesday 4th July, we celebrated our school's 50th Birthday. A 1960's themed lunch was served to the children. Bishop Pete (Bishop of Sheffield) and the school Governors joined them. Afterwards, we continued our celebrations, and parents were invited for tea, coffee and cake and then to watch our Summer concert, which was led by children from across the school.  


          


Please note:
The day for children wearing 1960's clothing, if they wish, is on Tuesday 17th July when we are continuing our birthday celebrations by inviting past pupils and staff to look around school in the morning followed by the St John's/Royd Summer Fayre in the afternoon.





Don't forget, on warm or hot days, please send your child to school with a water bottle, a cap or hat and suntan cream already applied. Keep safe in the sun. Thank you. 

Miss Jones, our new head teacher in September, called into school on the 28th June. She popped into class and introduced herself to the children and answered any questions that they had about next year. 



In our DT day, on Monday 25th June, we used our knowledge of electrical circuits to build a electronic game; using a cardboard box, a battery and bulb, 3 crocodile clips and some pipe cleaners. The children had to figure out how to connect the circuit together so that when we answered the question correctly a light bulb would be lit up. 

       

On the 27th June, it was a whole school transition day; this is when the children got to spend the day with Mrs Bradwell, who will be teaching them next year. The children really enjoyed the day in year 5 and are looking forward to next year. 


A big well done to the children who took part in the tag rugby competition on Thursday, they won 2 games, drew 5 and only lost 1. This is a fantastic achievement. Well done.


Our school took part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge which started on Monday 11th June.The challenge was for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. Thank you to everyone who took part and made an effort to travel to school in an active way during the challenge. The benefits of which include;

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 to do this after the challenge!

During the challenge each classroom had a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively recorded their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. Each child, who took part in the challenge, will receive a 10 day active travel badge.

The incredibly talented ventriloquist, Marc Griffiths came to St John's on Thursday 14th June.  Marc, who has spoken to more than 1 million children, likes to inspire them to live amazing lives.  The children loved him. Their laughter could be heard all around school as he used his puppets to teach them about the importance of making the right choices in life. 

       


Towards the end of last half term, we started our new Science topic, Switched On, which is all about electricity.  We have already identified electrical appliances, distinguishing between those which are powered by mains and battery and recognised that electricity can be used to produce light, sound, heat and movement. We are now starting to explore the production of light, sound and movement by making simple series circuits with cells, wires and bulbs. We will test materials and then classify them as electrical conductors or insulators and recognise that metals are good electrical conductors and plastics are good electrical insulators. Throughout this topic, we will learn the safe use of electrical components and the dangers of mains electricity.

  




Photographer has been in school on the 12th June, taking class photographs, which will be available for you to purchase before the end of the school year. 






It was great to see you all at our last parents' evening of the school year, which took place on the 3rd and 4th of
July and we were able to discuss how your child is progressing in school and how best you can support their learning at home.   



Royd Nursery Infant school are also celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Together we will be holding a joint 'Summer Fayre' taking place on the 17th of July. We will be holding an open session from 10.30am to 11.30am for past pupils and staff to come and look around the school. Visitors will then be offered a drink and cake provided by the school.   Both schools are having a dress up day, where we are asking parents and carers to dress their child in clothes from the sixties.  All children from both schools will be having a picnic lunch on our school field. Children can either bring a picnic lunch from home or purchase one from school for £2. Please be aware that no other lunch options will be available that day. During the afternoon both schools will be holding their enterprise and summer fayre. Parents and carers can arrive from 1.20pm and it will be finished by 3pm. We would be very grateful for support from parents/carers by volunteering time after school to help tidy up.  We hope that you can join us. 




Don't forget to send your child with their PE kit. Weather permitting we will be outside practising for Sports Day in our PE lessons. You are invited to join us on the 19th July, starting at 9.30 am until lunchtime. The whole school will be split into their house point teams and compete in track and field events against each other. Let's keep our fingers crossed for nice weather.





We will be continuing to set two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension, for the rest of the term. 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. 

We still need your help, under the new National Curriculum, children should know all their times tables by the end of year 4. Please help your child by practising their times tables at home. The children have been on TT Rockstars in school and have loved it, please encourage them to use this 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                   
  • TT Rockstars
        


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

Please continue to encourage your child to read at home, it is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 


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

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

Regards, 


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



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

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


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

The upper course - this is where the river begins. 

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

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

    
In ICT, we are learning how to use Stop Motion; this is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating and illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence. Last half term, we were busy designing and making backdrops/sets and creating characters out of playdough. We are now ready for filming, which commenced in Miss Steward's class today, with Miss Danks' and Mrs Thompson's class filming theirs over the next few weeks.  

          


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


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

The Oakes - Day 2. We have had a fabulous few days away and all the children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves from the minute they arrived until the minute we left. They have been an absolute pleasure. 

    
  
  
 

A wet and muddy first day at the Oakes. Lots of fun had by all!


Problem solving with Smarties for our year 4s, who have stayed at school!

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





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


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



Miss Danks' maths group have started to learn all about Fractions.In a recent lesson they have been using classroom objects to help them understand what a fraction is. They have also identified the fractions within each group of items that they collected.



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. This half term we are learning all about food and will be setting up our own shop, where children will learn how to purchase items in French. 

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

We are really looking forward to taking the children to the Oakes, for 3 days on the 2nd of May. We have been to the Oakes for a number of years now, and always have a fantastic time. Kit lists etc will be coming out nearer the time. The following link will take you to their website, where you can get to see where we will be staying and some of the activities that we will be doing over the course of our visit.  
https://www.oakes.org.uk/
  
       

We are continuing to set two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension.  Homework will be sent home on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. We are seeing an increasing number of children who have not completed or returned their homework by the due day. Homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes and returns it on time in order to keep up with what they are learning in school.  

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

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

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


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

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. 

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


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

Kind regards, 

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



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

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


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

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


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


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

  

It was lovely to see the children having such a fabulous time at the Easter Disco, the event could not happen without our Parent Volunteers, office staff and also staff who stayed behind to help on the night. 

   

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


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


      

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



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



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

  


Miss Danks' Maths group started learning division facts before the end of half term. They will be continuing working on division this half term. In order to be able to recall division facts, children must know their times tables, it will aid your child's progression in Maths if you practise times tables with them at home. Miss Steward's maths set are looking at Fractions, percentages and decimals this half term. 


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


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

The upper course - this is where the river begins. 

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

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



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

 


In ICT, we will be using Stop Motion to create animation films based on the story of Noah's Ark. Last half term, we were busy designing and making backdrops/sets. We now need to create characters out of playdough prior to filming commencing later this term. Stop Motion; this is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating and illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence. 


We will be learning numbers, dates and how to shop for food in our French lessons this half term. 



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


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


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

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

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

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

Kind regards, 

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


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

Happy New Year! We hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas.  It's good to be back at school and see the children again. It sounds like they've all had a fabulous time over the Christmas holidays. 

In Miss Danks' Maths class, we have started the term by revising times tables and number families and learning the Column Method for multiplication. We are now starting to learn division facts.   Being able to quickly recall times tables facts is essential, please help us by encouraging your child to practise them at home. There are plenty of resources available online; TT Rockstars, Hit the Button or Mathletics or alternatively pop into school as we have plenty of resources that you can take home.  The children in Miss Steward's maths lessons are starting to learn Fractions, which will be their focus for the next few weeks. 

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

     



Pain au chocolat? It is all about food in our French lessons, with Miss Danks. After matching various French words for food to their English translation, they applied their learning by a completing a French food crossword.



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


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

It's great to see the progress the children have made in their music lessons, with playing their Violins and Violas. Over the last few weeks, they have been learning how to hold down one of the strings as they play, this affects the pitch of the note played. This is not easy, yet they seem to have mastered it.


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

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

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

If you have any queries, questions or concerns, please come and see us. 

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

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

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



A delightful carol service in front of a packed congregation at St John's church brought the whole school together ahead of the Christmas break. It was lovely to be joined by so many family members, carers and friends of the school, who enjoyed carols, prayers, poems, and bible readings along with performances by our choir, who led the school with a beautiful candlelit 'Hope of Heaven' towards the end. Thank you to everyone who joined us.


What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit with a fabulous panto. This year, we heard all about poor Aladdin, who worked all day and night with Wishee Washee in Widow Twanky’s laundry. Unknown to them all, the evil Abanazar has a plan to send Aladdin into the cave to find the magic lamp that contains the Genie. With a little bit of help from the Fairy of the Ring, Aladdin sets out on his journey to find the lamp and earn the riches that will enable him to marry the Emperor’s Daughter, Princess Jasmine. With Wishee Washee always in a mess, we couldn't help but laugh, sing and clap along with them. 


        

Great fun was had by all at our school disco, which was kindly organised by our 'School Funders', thank you. A big thank you has to our staff who all helped out either on the night or with the sales of tickets beforehand.  
       

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


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


In Miss Steward's maths group, we are learning how to multiply using the Formal written method. Initially starting with times a two digit number by a one digit, increasing to a 3 digit number. Times tables knowledge makes this method easier, and it would really make a difference if they practised them at home. 

     
The NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe. programme visited St John's on Monday 5th December to make sure that our children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. With the help of their mascot Buddy, Speak out. Stay safe taught our children about safeguarding, in a lively, interactive and memorable way. Their specially trained staff sensitively discussed issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary language or adult words, they presented an assembly to all children as well as a workshop for children in year 6.  If you would like more information on the NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe campaign please visit the following website nspcc.org.uk/schools 

    


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

Mid Summer Night's Dream


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

    

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


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

Our Changing World module of Science, is a unit of work that we look at each year, where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. We will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year. 

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

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


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


        

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

            


The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. Each year, an army of volunteers distribute the iconic paper poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work, the Royal British Legion do for the Armed Forces and their families. Thank you to everyone, who made a donation and purchased a poppy. 



Excitement is building in Miss Dank's class, as their evening production of a Midsummer Night's Dream gets nearer, taking place on 22nd November, at Barnsley Civic theatre. On the day of the performance, they will get to spend the afternoon at the theatre, where staff from Shakespeare School Festival will lead the children in a technical and dress rehearsal, ensuring that everyone feels ready and supported for the evenings performance. Then, at 7pm, in a celebratory finale, the children will join other local schools and take to the stage to share all their hard work. 


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

        




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

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

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

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

Kind regards, 

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




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

We hope that you have all had a great summer holiday, it has been great to be back at school and see all the children again and catch up on what they have been doing during the holidays. During the first week back,we learned all about our brain in 'Brain Awareness' week.

In maths, after practising adding and subtracting to a given number mentally, we have now moved on to learning the column method.  

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

We look forward to our music lessons each week, with Mr Smith from the Music Service, who is teaching the children how to play the Viola and Violin. Additionally, we also have French lesson with Miss Danks, in which we have revisited our learning from last year to see what animal names we can remember how to say in French.

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

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


In ICT, we are creating our own wrapping paper using the programme Paint. Initially, we created our own designs on paper and repeated them several times. We have started to recreated our designs on the computer, using Paint. Our designs are nearly finished and we are now learning how to change the print settings so that we are able to reproduce our design several times. 

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

Miss Danks' class have been given an amazing opportunity to be part of this years Shakespeare Schools Festival. They will be performing a 30 minute production of A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Civic Theatre, Barnsley. The children are so excited about this amazing opportunity and are busy learning lines and rehearsing for their big night!


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

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


Additionally, our Changing World module of Science, is a unit of work that we look at each year, where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. They will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year. 

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




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



Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Harvest Festival, which took place on Friday 6th October, for what was a lovely service. Also, thank you for all your kind donations of food, for The Stocksbridge Food Bank. 

It was good to meet many parents at both our parents evening and curriculum evening. Our doors are always open should you have any queries or questions in the future, please contact our school off and arrange a convenient time to come into school to discuss this with us.  

Kind Regards,

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



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