Year 4


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


Miss Danks will be teaching in year 4 this year with some help from the wonderful Mrs Needham. Ensuring the children, feel safe, happy and engaged is our priority and therefore making them feel part of the Year 4 team is important. In addition to being a class teacher, the teaching of French is led by Miss Danks, who is a fluent French speaker. Year 4 is filled with lots of new opportunities and challenges to help us develop and become more independent as we prepare for Upper Key stage 2.


Talking about new opportunities and challenges, year 4 are going to be involved in an exciting project taking part during the Autumn Term. Shakespeare School Foundation is a cultural education charity, who hold the world's largest young drama festival every Autumn. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evening; young people playing Shakespeare in professional theatres, raising aspirations and unlocking the potential of students from all backgrounds. This year, year 4 has the amazing opportunity to be a part of Shakespeare Schools Festival for the 3rd year running. Children in year 4 will be performing in a 20-30 minute production of the Tempest, taking place on 20th November 2019 at The Civic Theatre, Barnsley at 7pm. Miss Danks' class have taken part in the Festival for the last 2 years and have all had a fabulous learning experience. 


As part of the Festival journey, your child will be rehearsing in school and will be attending a half day Company Workshop at the Theatre. The play has been cast and scripts given out before the Summer holidays so that rehearsals can begin straight away in Autumn Term. Please help your child to learn their lines at home. We will look at understanding the story and the Shakespearean language in lessons when we start back in September. Some parts have lots of lines to learn, give it a good go but don’t worry too much as we can cut lines down and change things in rehearsals to make things easier once we get going.


     

The Company Workshop is a half-day workshop led by theatre professionals. Shakespeare Schools Foundation will work with the whole company of students to develop the

performance and give us tips and tricks to take back into the rehearsal room. This will be a fantastic session, boosting the confidence of the children as the excitement builds towards the performance day.


On the day of the performance, students will spend half a day at the theatre where SSF staff will lead the company in a technical and dress rehearsal, ensuring everyone feels ready and supported for the evening to come. We will stay in Barnsley for the afternoon of performance day. We are hoping to arrange an art workshop at the Cooper Gallery as our afternoon activity before we have tea out together. Then, in a celebratory finale to our Festival journey, the company will join other local schools in the evening as the children take to the stage and share their hard work and success with you and the local community.


Dates for your diary:


Tech and dress rehearsal: 20th November 2019, 9:00am-12:30pm

Performance: 20th November 2019, 7:00pm


Parents, family and friends are invited to book tickets for the final performance. Details on how to purchase tickets for the show will be sent out in the Autumn Term.

For more information on SSF’s work: www.shakespeareschools.org. We look forward to seeing you at the performance to celebrate your child’s hard work.


Curriculum update

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


Maths 

This half term we are looking at Place Value. This will involve learning the value of a digit within a number and what it is worth. Additionally, we will also learn how to compare, read, write and order numbers up to a thousand. We will also be looking at 10 more and 10 less and revisiting number bonds and other mental strategies. In a recent lesson, to help children with their understanding of  place value, they have been playing a fun game of Place Value Snakes and Ladders.

A great fun way to learn!


   


English 


Our English work for this half term is based around our theatre performance of 'The Tempest' which takes place later next half term. We will be writing a setting and character description of Prospero. 


Theme 

This half terms theme lessons will be taken up with rehearsing and preparing for our theatre production. 


Science 

Our science subject for this half term is 'Good Vibrations'. This topic will involve us undertaking investigations into how sound travels and how we can alter the pitch and volume. In today's lesson they have made a panpipe, which is a wind instrument with pipes of different lengths. Once made, they have used it to investigate how the different lengths of the straws impact on the sound made.



       




News and Updates


Friday 18th October

On Friday 18 October we will be taking part in ‘Wear It Pink’ day. This charity ‘Breast Cancer Now’ is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity and fund research into this devastating disease.Every year 50,000 women hear the words ‘its breast cancer’ and around 11,500 women die each year. This is a charity very close to the School’s and Children’s hearts. Thank you to everyone who wore pink today and donated £1 to breast cancer research. We raised just over £100. Thank you.


We received a certificate this morning for having the best attendance in school last week. Good attendance is really important. Well done year 4. 




Y4 The Oakes Residential: 29 April – 01 May 2020


The Oakes Holiday Centre is an action packed, fun filled centre at Norton, Sheffield, based on Christian principals. It is a Georgian house set in acres of woods, lawns and a lake surrounded by parkland with all activities on site. There is archery, a ropes course, table tennis, a climbing wall, football, arts and crafts, snooker team challenges, camp fires, radio control cars, wide games and raft building. All activities are led by The Oakes team and they have full insurance cover to do this.


As well as the above activities, there is also a daily meeting time, a little like the daily Collective Worship we have at school, whereby talks are given in a clear, exciting and relevant way. There is no pressure for children to respond to what they have heard, just as there isn’t at school. However, as we are a C of E school the children will be very used to the messages they are hearing. 


Cancellation of the residential up to 2 months before, will incur the deposit being lost. If the cancellation is within 8 weeks then 50% of the cost will be lost with a sliding scale up to the actual date.

The cost of this visit is £120.00 which will include transport, food and all activities. To confirm our booking, an initial non-refundable deposit of £40.00 will be required by Thursday 07 November 2019. If you wish to pay the deposit online please contact the school office who will arrange this for you. If we do not receive a deposit we will be unable to book your child a place on the residential.


An online payment facility will then be set up to enable the remaining balance to be paid in installments you will be notified of this in due course. Please fill in the reply slip and return it to school as soon as possible even if you do not wish your child to attend. After the initial deposit is paid we will then set up the facility to pay online which is our preferred method of payment. We really do want all children to have the opportunity to go and after paying the initial deposit our online system allows partial payments to be made in order for you to spread the cost.


For more information on the Oakes, please visit their website: https://www.oakes.org.uk/




Thank you to everyone who joined us for our curriculum evening on Tuesday 15th October.  We hope you found the evening a useful opportunity to discover what children can expect to learn this year and how to best support your child to meet the new raised standards. 


Thursday 3rd October 

A big thank you to everyone who donated cakes and attended our Macmillan Coffee Morning. All the cakes looked scrumptious and the few that are left have been taken by staff, with donations being made to Macmillan. We raised a total of £212. Thank you. 




Wow! Three classes last achieved 100% attendance and received their certificate in Collective Worship this morning. This is amazing! Good attendance really does make a difference to a child's education. Well done year 3 and 4.


Thursday 26th September - Languages Day; an exciting day full of language and culture.

Each year group focused on a different language and have learned basic greetings and numbers as well as finding out about where in the world the language is spoken. We also looked at traditional food, with children getting to sample food from the area. Year 3 and year 6 are making their own dishes from the area to taste.

 

Monday 16th September

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


       




Monday 9th September

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

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

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








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

School Uniform 


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

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


Your child may wear:

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


Jewellery

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


PE and equipment

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


Water Bottle

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

Lost property

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

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

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

Mobile Phones 

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


Healthy Snacks


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




Tuck Shop


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












How to Support your Child's Learning at Home  

Knowledge Mats 

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

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

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

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

An adult tests them on the information

The key to success is to repeat this regularly

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

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


Reading 

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

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers.

Why is Reading so Important? 

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

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

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

 

2. Reading exercises our brain.

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

 

3. Reading improves concentration.

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

 

4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

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

 

5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

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

 

6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

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

 

7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

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

 

8. Reading is fun.

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

 

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

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

 

10. Children who read achieve better in school.

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

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.

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

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

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

A list of the top 100 books to read to children in year 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary will be given to each child to record what they are reading at the start of the school year.  We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 


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 eight seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine. 

Don't forget about TT Rockstars, which is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice.This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools.  Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home. Click here for more information on TT Rockstars


Hit the Button and the Maths Shed are other online resources that you can access at home. 
                 
    
If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. 

The year 4 age related maths expectations and year 4 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 one relating to English; this could be a reading comprehension or  spelling punctuation and grammar. This worked well over the last two years and increased the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. The homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. 
 

Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it. 

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

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

The age related expectations for Writing (with examples) and Spellings for year 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. 

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

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please call in and see Miss Danks


Facebook

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

 
 






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


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




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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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



What we are Learning this Half Term

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

English 

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

Maths 

In Maths this half term, we will be looking at the properties of shapes. We will be learning how to identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size. We will also be comparing and classifying geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes.  Furthermore, we will be Identifying lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations and will be showing them how to complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry.  Finally, we will be learning to describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant and plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon. 

Science 

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


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

The Theme in year 4 for this term is Our Valley. 

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

We have linked DT to the theme of Our Valley and recently designed and made a piece of cutlery using wood, clay or wire. The children worked really hard and are really proud of their finished designs. 

      

In another DT lesson this half term, we have looked at the food technology side of the DT curriculum. Children have learned about food hygiene, how to weigh and measure ingredients and how to combine them to make bread. 

    

     

PE 

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

Gymnastics - Class Teacher 

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


      

Orienteering - Mr Priest 

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



PSHE 

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

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


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

French

On Thursday 27th June, year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed a game of Happy Families, designed by Miss Danks to help the children learn how to say names of members of the family in French.


     

In ICT, children have been using Scratch to help them understand programming. In a recent lesson, to help develop their skills, they have used Scratch to create a racing car game. 


       

News and Updates in year 4 

18th July 2019 

In assembly, the children received their swimming certificates from Stocksbridge Leisure Centre.



School attendance matters. It is arguably one of the most important indicators of school success. You cannot learn what you are not there to learn. Children who attend school regularly improve their chances of being academically successful. Well done to the children of Miss Dank's class for their 100% attendance during the last week of school before the half term break. 


     


Well done to Miss Steward's class for being awarded the best attendance in school for last week.



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

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




Children in year 3 and 4 are completing a local study on Deepcar and Stocksbridge. If you have any information, stories, old photographs or DVD's about the area that you are happy to share with us, please send them into school. Thank you. 


What we are learning this half term.

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


English

In English, we are going to be reading Meet me by the Steelmen,  which is a timeslip story written by Theresa Tomlinson.  In the book, little Stevie
and his sister Jenny get involved in an exciting journey in time when they find something strange about the three great steel statues in Sheffield's Meadowhall Shopping Centre. 
Stevie claims they move and speak, and even though Jenny, doesn't believe him, overnight they seem to change and the children find themselves involved in a time-slip adventure.
We be writing our own historical recount on the history of Meadowhall. In preparation for this, in a recent lesson, we used the internet to find out facts about the shopping centre.



Maths

This half term we are going to be learning about decimals, money and time. We will be looking at how to compare decimal numbers, round decimals to the nearest whole number and how to write decimals as equivalents to one quarter, one half and three quarters. We will be solving simple money problems involving fractions and decimals. We will be teaching how to convert time between analogue and digital clocks and will be converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days.



Theme  

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

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

We have also arranged a talk from Stocksbridge and District History Society and a retired employee of the steelworks will be coming in to speak with the children about life as a steelworker. We are also hoping to go on a walk around the local area.


Science

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


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


DT

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


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


PSHE

The SEAL programme (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) contributes to personal development by promoting social and emotional understanding and is included within the PSHE curriculum.  SEAL aims to help children become successful learners, responsible citizens, and confident individuals.  This half term we are looking at Good to be Me and Changes. We will also be looking at Road Safety.

PE

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

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

 
News and Updates in year 4
Friday 3rd Miss Steward's class achieved the highest attendance in school last week.

The Oakes - 1st, 2nd and 3rd May

We have had a fabulous time during our first day at the Oakes; Chicken Run, Tough Mudder, Ropes, Remote Control Cars and the Tunnels.




Thursday 25th April

We had a fabulous time at the disco



     





Tuesday 16th April.

It was really hard to choose a swimmer of the week yesterday as lots of children tried so hard and have made huge progress since we started. Kara, Harrison and Edward all swam nearly 25 metres, whilst others swam without armbands or a backboard for the first time. We are really proud of them all. Well done year 4.





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

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



As you may already be aware, Miss Steward has been absent from school. During her absence her class has been taught by Mrs Nightingale who has worked as a regular supply teacher at Deepcar St Johns for the past few years. I’m sure your children are already familiar with her. All the work continues to be prepared by both Miss Danks and Mrs Nightingale. Mrs Nightingale is happy to continue covering Miss Steward.
Miss Steward has been suffering with significant nerve pain in her neck and has been undergoing treatment. She is hoping to be back in the very near future.
Parents evening for Miss Steward’s class will take place on Tuesday 19th March between 4pm and 7pm. This will be run by Miss Danks and Mrs Nightingale. Reports for Miss Steward’s pupils will be sent out early in the Summer term.
If you would like to discuss anything please contact Miss Jones, Mrs Nightingale, Miss Danks.


What we are learning this half term. 


Maths 

We will be learning all about decimal numbers in maths this half term. We will be revisiting place value and dividing numbers by 10s and 100s. We will also be teaching the children how to write a decimal numbers as a fraction. 

English

Our theme for English this half term will be linked to the book Stig of the Dump, which is a much loved children's novel by Clive King, which was first published back in 1963. This lovely story about the unlikely friendship between Barney and stone-age Stig has stood the test of time. Although it is now over 50 years old, contemporary children will love reading about the pair's lively adventures. 

Barney is a solitary little boy who often wanders off by himself in the countryside. Exploring an old chalk pit, he finds himself in a cave where he meets a strange boy who wears a rabbit skin and speaks in grunts. His grandparents don't believe Barney when he tells them about his new cave boy friend - but nevertheless, the two enjoy plenty of fun together.




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 

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

PE 

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

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

       

PSHE 

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


News and updates 

Thursday 14th March 

15th March 2019

This year we supported this amazing British charity again and have been selling Red Noses in school. Thank you to everyone who has purchased a Red Nose and helped support Comic Relief. Thank you to those who also came to school wearing something red and made a donation of £1. We will let you know how much we have raised once all the money has been counted. 

      
      

     


       

We are delighted to have welcomed back M and Productions to St John's for the production of The Secret Garden. The Secret Garden by M an M Productions told the story of a 10-year-old orphan, who came to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors. She then discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. Based on the book by Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett. We are keen to give the children as many experiences as possible in order to fire their imaginations and assist in their writing and what better way than bringing a book to life with a magical theatre performance.

     



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




Our Eco Council will be launching a new recycling campaign at St John's -The Big Battery Hunt. This is the UK’s biggest school battery recycling programme, run by the National School Partnership. Last year they managed to recycle 4 million batteries. This year, we want to help 'The Hunt'

 and encourage young people to think about the importance of recycling. Over 600 million batteries are sold each year and it takes over a 100 years for a battery to decompose.  Each child will be coming home with their own battery recycling box and we are challenging them to collect all their used batteries and help us recycle. There are fantastic prizes for the school that collects the most.  

Please see the attached link for more details.

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




British Science Week, run by the British Science Association is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. On Tuesday 12th we had a day dedicated to Science, with a special science based assembly. Year 3 and 4 linked Science day to their current science topic of Rocks and Soils and investigated how fossils are formed. 
     

On Thursday 7th March we took part in World Book Day 2019. This is a worldwide celebration of reading, books, authors and illustrators. A key aim of World Book Day is to give every child in the UK and Ireland a book of their own to keep, by distributing World Book Day Tokens to children. Children can exchange this token for one of eight exclusive World Book Day Books at participating booksellers. On the day, we asked children to come to school dressed as a book character and was amazed by the high number of children who took part and the quality of their costumes. Various activities linked to books and reading took place during the day, starting with a special Word Book Day assembly during which all children took part in the World Book Day Bumper Book quiz. The day culminated with the St John's children going over to Royd to read a story to them at the end of the day.




At the end of swimming each week, the instructors, at Stocksbridge Leisure Centre, choose children as their swimmer of the weekHere are our swimmers of the week! Well done.


    

We had a special visitor this morning from the NSPCC, who returned to say a personal thank you to all the children for working so hard at raising money for their Speak Out. Stay Safe campaign. Year 3, were awarded a special certificate for completing and returning the most sponsorship forms. Thanks again to everyone who helped raise money for this worthy charity.


Another best attendance in school certificate was awarded to Miss Steward's class today, this is the third time in a row that they have had the best attendance in school. Well done all.


We have had a fabulous time at the Zoolympics on Monday 25th. We have played a range of competitive games; dodge the elephant, catch the poacher, jumping kangaroo and penguin race.

Looks fantastic fun!












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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