Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

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

Year Five will be taught this year by Miss Steward and Mr Wasden, with the help of Mrs Bebbington, who will be supporting across year 5 in a morning and Mrs Pearce who will be supporting in class in an afternoon. Together, they will be keeping the children on their toes, challenging their learning, corroborating with their ideas, encouraging them in their strengths and supporting each child as they demonstrate determination, perseverance and resilience, in order to make the very best of themselves and their personal progress. And who could forget - having fun along the way! There's always a surprise never too far away when you're in year 5.  


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

We are starting this half term by looking at Place Value; understanding the value of a digit within a number. We will be ordering numbers, finding missing numbers, writing numbers, powers of 10 and rounding numbers.

17th October 

Active Maths uses physical activity to enrich the teaching of maths by getting children active whilst they are learning. In today's lesson they are learning addition and subtraction whilst moving around different work stations in the hall.

English

We are starting the term by looking at letters. This will involve learning the key features of a letter and the difference between an informal and formal letter. Children will be setting themselves some academic goals for the year ahead and will be writing a letter to their future selves. We will be opening the letters at the end of the school year to see if they have reached the milestones that they set themself. Once we have written the letter, we will be immersing the children in a book called Clockwork, written by Philip Pullman. In the book, apprentice clock-maker Karl must craft a new figure for the great clock in town - but he is exceedingly short on inspiration. When a mysterious little clockwork character appears from nowhere, Karl seems to have found the answer to his prayers.In fact he is in for a terrible shock. This book is an intriguing and magical fantasy that we hope will captivate the children and help inspire some great descriptive writing based aspects of the story.


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

This half term we are going to be studying the Mayan Civilisation. We will be discovering where and how they lived. The Maya Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork.


Science

Earth and Space is our Science topic for this half term. In this exciting module, children will develop their knowledge of the Earth's and other planets' place in the solar system, and their relationship with other bodies in space, in particular with the sun. Children will also learn how the Earth's orbit determines the length of a year and why we have leap years.

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.


Friday 18th October 


Mr Wasden's class received a certificate this morning for having the best attendance in school last week. Good attendance is really important. Well done year 5. 



Monday 4th November 


On Monday 4th November at 7pm, we will be holding a parents workshop about the Year 5 Curriculum. It should last approximately an hour.This will be an opportunity for parents to discover what children can expect to learn this year and how to best support your child. We strongly recommend that you attend this meeting so that you understand what your child has to do in order to achieve Age Related Expectations.We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and answer any questions you may have about the year ahead. Refreshments will be provided. Please fill in the reply slip issued on the 14th October so that we have an idea of the quantity of refreshments to provide.

Thank you



Year 5 Residential 22nd April to 24th April

We are delighted to inform you that we are organising a three day, two night residential educational adventure activity course at Kingswood Dearne Valley in April 2020.

Kingswood is the leading residential activity centre provider, welcoming over 130,000 children each year. Their centres provide a rewarding educational programme offering
many National Curriculum linked modules combined with thrilling outdoor and indoor adventure activities, with secure and controlled residential accommodation.

Our Year 5s have gone for the last few years and can highly recommend it!

Residential courses organised by the school are an optional extra, but an invaluable part of the National Curriculum. Pupils benefit hugely from the experience, both educationally and
socially, and we feel certain that the adventure activities programme we have chosen this year will prove to be both enjoyable and very worthwhile.

The cost of the residential will be between £160 and £180 dependent on the number of children who sign up to attend.

Included in the cost will be return travel by coach, full board, accommodation and a full programme of activities. To confirm our booking, an initial non-refundable deposit of £50 will be required by Thursday 17 October 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.

If you wish to find out more about the ethos of Kingswood, its courses, supervisory and safety measures, please visit www.kingswood.co.uk, in particular the “Parents section”.

Thank you.

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. 


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. 


       



Tuesday 10th September

On Tuesday 10th 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:




Please also note that Friday 25th October is also 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 tennis in one lesson, the other PE lesson will be gymnastics, which will be taught by their class teacher. Please make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day. PE kit is strictly plain navy shorts and a white t.shirt.  Please make sure that as the cold weather approaches, your child has warmer PE kit such as tracksuit bottoms and a sweater/hoodie (NOT a school jumper!) to wear. Children will also need black plimsolls for indoor and trainers for outdoor use.  Within reason, regardless of the weather, children will be outside doing PE; it is up to you to make sure that your child’s PE kit is suitable for the weather. It is usually best to bring the kit to school on the first day of the half term and take them on the last day to wash. 


Water Bottle

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

Lost property

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

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

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

Mobile Phones 

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


Healthy Snacks


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




Tuck Shop


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












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

Knowledge Mats 

During the summer term we introduced a new idea into school to help us develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Children were given either one or two documents called a Knowledge Mat to take 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 5 and 6 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. 

Please remember Times Tables 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 5 age related maths expectations and year 5 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 5 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

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

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please call in and see any of the year 5 teachers. 


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. 

 
 

If you have any queries, please contact the year 5 teachers. Miss Steward and Mr Wasden. Thank you.




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

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

To achieve the Gold Award the school has to offer pupils a wide range of sporting opportunities, from two hours of physical education each week to making sure that we fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs. We are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been recognised and 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 will be writing to inform this half term: Chocolate - from bean to bar. (linked to our Maya Theme)   We will start off by identify the audience for our writing and using other texts as models for our own work. We will be developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.  We will then draft, evaluate and edit their work, assessing the effectiveness of their own and other’s writing and proposing changes to vocabulary and punctuation to enhance effect. 


Maths 

In Maths we will be covering measurement this half term and children will learn how to convert between different units of metric measure [for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre] They will understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints. Furthermore, children will learn how to measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres and calculate and compare their area. 


Science

Our Changing World is our Science topic this half term, which is linked to seed dispersal & how plants can be reproduced if not by seeds. The children will learn to understand the stages of reproduction within the plant life cycle. Furthermore, they will learn how pollination occurs & name the reproductive organs of a plant. Finally, by the end of this science module they will understand a variety of ways in which plants can reproduce.


On the 14th of June, we had an afternoon dedicated to Science where we looked at Forces - gravity & air resistance. During the course of the afternoon we learned the impact of gravity on falling objects & the effects of air resistance. 

      


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

This term we are studying the Mayan Civilisation.

By the end of this half term children will understand the basis of the Maya civilisation through their language systems. Additionally, they will know their religious beliefs and what buildings/temples/artefacts tell us about the Maya. They will also get to see how changes occurred during the Maya existence – what periods of time denote change for them. In a recent lesson, the children have been learning that the Maya worshipped many gods and that they believed that gods could change themselves into both human and animal shapes. Later in the lesson, they had the opportunity to design their own Maya god.

    

In a recent lesson we have been learning all about the Mayan Masks, which had a wide variety of uses.  After discovering the history about the masks, they went on to design their own.


      

As part of our work on the Ancient Mayan civilisation we are finding out about how chocolate is made. Today, they have learned that the beans are sifted when they arrive at the factory before they are roasted. Once the beans are roasted, the beans go through a cracking and winnowing process which loosens the shell so the cocoa nib is exposed. Next lesson - making chocolate...

       



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

Orienteering - Mr Priest 

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



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. 

News and Updates in Year 5

18th July 2019 

In assembly today, all year 5 children were presented with their swimming certificates. 



3rd July 2019 

Year 5 girls had a fabulous time at Hallam Cricket ground today, where they took part in the City Kwik Cricket finals. Both Mr Priest and Mrs Ashton commented on the girls performance today, saying have all tried incredibly hard, were a credit to the school and a pleasure to take. There were 8 schools taking part in the competition from Sheffield and the girls battled hard to finish in an amazing 4th place. Fantastic news girls. Well done.


2nd July 2019

As we head off for swimming today, these two boys were awarded swimmer of the week in last week's lesson. Well done boys. 


25th June 2019 

Swimming this afternoon for year 5. Since the lessons started a few weeks ago, all children have made progress in their swimming ability. A special mention to Mason, Bobby, Ryan, Dylan and Riley who tried especially hard today. Keep it up boys!


      

24th June 2019

Simply put, The weekly Mile is 15 minutes where children ideally jog or run a mile during the school day. It's a simple and straightforward initiative that has been acknowledged for reducing childhood obesity. Over the coming months, we hope that most children will be able to run for most, or all of, the mile and that levels of fitness will be improved over the coming months. Here are some photos of year 5 in action.

    


21st June 2019

On Friday we took part in a Kwik Cricket competition at Stocksbridge Cricket Club. Both the boys and girls teams did not lose a match, winning every school that they played against. They will now be playing in the City Finals later this term. 

18th June 2019

Well done to this Swimmer of the Week, chosen by the coaches at Stocksbridge Leisure Centre. 


6th June  - D- Day - June 6th 1944


A special D-Day assembly took place this morning, in which children from year 5 explained to the rest of the school the importance of this day 75 years ago.The assembly finished with a poem, also read by year 5 children, a prayer and a minutes silence. We are really proud of all the children who took part. Well done. 

   



Summer Term - 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.






What we are learning this half term


Maths

In maths this half term we are learning about angles. We will be learning that angles are measured in degrees and that a whole turn is a total of 360 degrees, a half turn is 180 and a quarter turn is 90 degrees. They will also learn what a acute and a obtuse angle is. They will then be able to estimate if an angle is either acute or obtuse. We will also be comparing angles and putting them in order of size. Once we have finished our learning on angles, we will be looking at how to calculate the area and perimeter of shapes.

English

At the beginning of the school year we wrote a letter to our 'Future Self' which was a way to think about future goals and reflect on our lives. Over the first few weeks of this term, we will be opening the letters that we wrote to ourselves and analysing if we have had achieved our targets and set ourselves new ones for this term. Linking our English work to our Science theme, we will be writing a balanced argument about the use of pesticides. 

Science

We are starting a new Science topic this half term of the circle of life. In this module of Science we will extend our understanding of what a life cycle is, and learn about the life cycles of some familiar and less familiar mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. We will work scientifically to compare and contrast different life cycles, identifying common features as well as explaining key differences. They will also learn the extreme journeys that some animals undertake to complete their life cycle. We will then be deepening our learning by looking at the reproduction of plants.



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

This half term we are going to be studying the Mayan Civilisation. We will be discovering where and how they lived The Maya Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork.


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. 



Computing
In computing we will be using Audacity.   Audacity is an open source, cross-platform audio editor and recorder, which can play and import sounds. We will be using this to record a radio advert.
DT

Mayan masks had a wide variety of uses, and the importance of the masks dictated how intricate the designs on various masks were. The most sacred Mayan Masks featured complete and delicate mosaics made out of jade. In Design and Technology we will be learning about how the masks were made, what they were used for; battle masks, event masks and death masks. We will be taking inspiration from the Mayans and will be making a mask of our own.


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.

Friday 24th May

On Friday we took part in a rounders festival at Davies Sports Club. We had a fabulous time, showing great sportsmanship to each other and to the other schools involved. The weather was lovely too. 



Thursday 23rd May

At the end of each swimming lesson, the instructors choose a child for the swimmer of the week award. Here are the children that have been chosen for the last two weeks.


Friday 17th May

In assembly, we were awarded the certificate for the best attendance at St John's for last week. This is fantastic news as good attendance is important. Iit gives children the best start in life and pupils who miss school frequently can often fall behind.




Thursday 25th April.

We had a fabulous time at the Spring Disco. 


     





Thursday 18th April.
Easter Homework

Over the Easter holidays, we asked children to complete one of the following homework tasks on the Mayan Civilisation:

Create a quiz about the Mayans. Make sure you have the answers so that you can test your family and friends! 
Write an acrostic poem about the Mayans. 
Investigate the Mayan number system. How do you write the numbers 0 up to 10? 
Draw a Mayan death mask! 
What can you find out about the Mayan calendar? What similarities are there with our calendar? 
Research the tools that were used by the Mayans and create a poster about them. 
Make a model pyramid, draw a Mayan King or create a Mayan scene. 
Investigate which countries and areas the Mayans lived in. 

Since we returned from the holidays, children have started to bring their homework creations into school. We have been blown away by their amazing work, which will be going on display in school. 



Wednesday 17th April

Imagination Gaming Inter-School Tournaments are an exciting combination of learning, fun, positive competition and supported interaction. A fantastic way to mix pupils across schools, their bespoke tournaments introduce games to new and seasoned players alike, with equal opportunity to shine for all involved.​ On Wednesday, four year 5 children represented Deepcar St John's in a Inter-schools tournament at Stocksbridge Junior School. The children had a fabulous learning experience and were great ambassadors for our school.

Well done!







Future Events in year 5 

We have been invited to attend Davies Sports Club (DSC) on Friday 24th May to play in a Rounders Festival. The children will be leaving school at 8:45am and the event will finish at 2.00 / 2:30pm. Children will need to be at school at 8.30am and be registered by 8.40am. We intend to return to school before the end of the school day so you will be able to collect your child from Deepcar St John’s at approximately 3:20pm. Please ensure your child arrives at school with the correct PE kit (shorts, t-shirt, trainers, tracksuit if required), water bottle, 2 snacks and a packed lunch. Your child will need a bag/rucksack for their belongings. If it is a warm/sunny day please pack sun cream for your child to apply if required. Reply slips need to be returned to school by Wednesday 22nd May.




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

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



What we are learning this half term. 


Maths 

In Maths this half term we will be building on our knowledge of fractions and looking at decimals and percentages. 

English 

Last half term we read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.

You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history. 

We have written a persuasive piece portraying the wolfs innocence and then having a live court case where Mr Wolf be defending himself in front of a judge and jury.  In preparation for this, on the 6th March, we had some special visitors, law students from Sheffield Hallam University. We have had an amazing afternoon. 
 
Mr A Wolf appears in court. Is he found guilty or not guilty? 

     


Science 

In science we are continuing our work on 'Mixtures'. In this module children further develop their conceptual knowledge and understanding of how different mixtures of solids and liquids might be separated. They learn that certain solids dissolve while others do not, and how these dissolved solids might be retrieved from a mixture. They explore how the rate at which solids dissolve can vary, investigating variables that might make a difference. This half term we will be investigating the properties of materials and separating learning how we can separate solids and liquids.


Theme 

This half term children are going to be continuing their learning on the Romans. They have started learning about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain at the time and the legacy they left behind. They began their journey by learning where in Europe Rome is, and how the Romans came to extend their influence and create such a large and powerful empire. They will also find out about life in Britain before the Romans arrived and how the arrival of the Roman armies impacted on them. They will also debate whether the Roman invasion was a help or hindrance to this country. 

The children looked at different aspects of Roman life during our Roman Day, which is took place on Wednesday 27th February. This included various activities including using Roman Numerals for Maths, building a Roman Aqueduct for DT and the designing/making of a Mosaic Roman tile. To compliment this, children were invited to come in Roman dress for the day. This enabled children to immerse themselves in Roman life and appreciate the legacy that the Romans had on modern day Britain. We also involved all the children in role play to appreciate the different roles of people within Roman Society.

    

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 football this half term. 


PSHE 

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


News and Updates. 


Kingswood March 2019 

We have been on the go non stop for the last few days enjoying thrilling indoor and outdoor activities. We have all had a fabulous time and created memories that we will look back on for many years to come.  




        

      

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.
       

      

     


       

Thursday 14th March 

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/




Northumberland 13th March 2019

As part of our Romans thematics topic we organised a trip to Northumberland on Wednesday 13th March. In the morning we visited the Roman Army museum which includes the experience of a 3D film about life for Roman soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall and a session in the holographic classroom. The weather held for us as we took the short walk to the English Heritage site at Walltown Crags, one of the best places to see Hadrian’s Wall itself. After lunch we visited Vindolanda – an active archeological site of a Roman Fort. The museum there includes many items found at the site over the years. We had the time to study the remains of the fort and explore the museum. There was a lot to see and experience at Vindolanda. It was a great day out where the children were  able to learn more about what life was like in the time of the Roman Empire.


        

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. In year 5, we used water spray guns to investigate how far germs travelled. We were astonished when we realised that germs from a single sneeze could travel over 3 metres. 

    
 

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




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

Future events



Monday 25th March 2019

The Big Pedal has been going from strength to strength for nine years now and we are aiming to make Sustrans Big Pedal 2019 the best year yet. For the first time, walking will be counted alongside cycling and scooting. We will be taking part in the challenge for one week.On each day of the challenge, schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish. There are daily prizes up for grabs, including equipment and accessories to help schools travel actively. In previous years we have finished within the top schools in Sheffield and would like to improve on this result. It would be amazing if we could get the whole school either walking, scooting or cycling to school.


Wednesday 17th April.

As part of our Easter celebrations this year all children can enter ‘Best Decorated Egg’, ‘Egg Rolling’ and Easter Bonnet/Hat competitions. There will be prizes awarded for each competition. All eggs need to be hard boiled and labelled with your child’s name.  Pupils will need one decorated egg and one hard boiled (two per pupil). Pupils do not need to enter all the competitions.

The Best Decorated Egg and Easter Bonnet/Hat will be chosen during school time. The eggs that have been brought in for the egg rolling will be rolled down the drive of Deepcar St John’s aiming at Humpty around the following times:

Y3 – 2.15 pm

Y4 – 2.25 pm

Y5 – 2.35 pm

Y6 – 2.45 pm

 If parents would like to come and watch. Please stand at the front gates at St John’s at the time above. Please be aware that these are approximate time that we are aiming for but they could take place earlier or later. We are not charging to enter each competition but parents are welcome to make a donation to school fund for the prizes we will be purchasing. Any extra funds will go towards outdoor resources. Have fun decorating the eggs and making the bonnets/hats. We can’t wait to see the different creations you come up with.





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 


Maths 

This half term we are learning about fractions. We have already looked at ordering and comparing fractions. Over the coming weeks we will be looking at mixed number fractions, improper fractions and adding and subtracting them. 




English 

At the beginning of the school year we wrote a letter to our 'Future Self' which was a way to think about future goals and reflect on our lives. Over the first few weeks of this term, we opened the letters that we wrote to ourselves and analysed if we have had achieved our targets and set ourselves new ones for this term. We are now reading The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.  You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history. Once we have read the story we will be writing a persuasive piece portraying the wolfs innocence. In a recent lesson, they were immersing themselves in the story by getting into character of Mr A Wolf. 


         


Science 

In this module children further develop their conceptual knowledge and understanding of how different mixtures of solids and liquids might be separated. They learn that certain solids dissolve while others do not, and how these dissolved solids might be retrieved from a mixture. They explore how the rate at which solids dissolve can vary, investigating variables that might make a difference.


Theme 

This half term children are going to be introduced to the Romans. They will be learning about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain at the time and the legacy they left behind. They will begin their journey by learning where in Europe Rome is, and how the Romans came to extend their influence and create such a large and powerful empire. They will also find out about life in Britain before the Romans arrived and how the arrival of the Roman armies impacted on them. They will also debate whether the Roman invasion was a help or hindrance to this country. 

As part of our Romans thematics topic we have organized a trip to Northumberland on Wednesday 13th March. In the morning we will visit the Roman Army museum which includes the experience of a 3D film about life for Roman soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall and a session in the holographic classroom. We hope the weather will hold for us to take the short walk to the English Heritage site at Walltown Crags, one of the best places to see Hadrian’s Wall itself. There, we will have a picnic lunch. After lunch we will be visiting Vindolanda – an active archeological site of a Roman fort. The museum there includes many items found at the site over the years. We will have time to study the remains of the fort and explore the museum. 
There is a lot to see and experience at Vindolanda. We are looking forward to a great day out where the children will be able to learn more about what life was like in the time of the Roman Empire.

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.

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!


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.

In order for children to gain the full benefit of their education, it is important that they attend school every day.  We were awarded the highest attendance in school for week commencing 21st January. Well done everyone. 



A big thank you has to go to Parents of Deepcar Students, who organised our recent Movie Night to raise funds for the school. The children loved it.


Week commencing 7th January 2019 - Poetry Week

It is a statutory requirement in the National Curriculum that children learn to recite poems from heart. This week has been Poetry Week at Deepcar St John's. Each class chose a poem, we picked The Highwayman. 


On the 11th January, an expectant audience of children and staff were thrilled to hear each class recite their chosen poems. As they each took to the stage it became increasingly difficult to separate such strong performances. Each class were a credit to the school and joy to watch and listen to. We are really proud of all our children, who have worked so hard this week.

  
   

The Winners;

Lower School – Mrs Bell’s and Mrs Thompson’s class 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 2 - 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 been Learning this Half Term. 

Maths

We are starting this half term learning the formal written method for multiplication. Learning multiplication is an important foundation for learning different aspects of mathematics such as division, algebra, long multiplication, and even fractions. For children that don't have a solid grasp of their times tables, they may find these other areas as well as multiplication hard to understand. It will aid your child's learning in school if you can encourage them to practice their times tables at home. After multiplication, we will be learning how to divide using the written method. 



English

The Firework-Makers Daughter by Philip Pullman. 


What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend! Not knowing that she needs special protection to survive the Fire-Fiend's flames, Lila sets off alone. Her friends, Chulak and Hamlet - the King's white elephant - race after her. But can they possibly reach her in time? We will be using this enchanting story as inspiration for our writing in English. 





History and Geography (Theme)

Our theme for this term is Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes. Initially, we started off learning about mountains. We discussed the features of a mountain and learned that Mount Everest, is the highest mountain in the world and is over 8800 meters high. Using an atlas, we discovered that Everest is in the Himalayas and talked about the famous explorers who have climbed to the top.  Since then, we have moved on to volcanos and have learned what volcanoes are and how they are formed. We are now focusing on Mount Vesuvius, which is famous for the 79 AD eruption which destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. 


Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe, and has produced some of the continent's largest volcanic eruptions. Located on Italy's west coast, it overlooks the Bay and City of Naples and sits in the crater of the ancient Somma volcano. We have been asking the children to think about how the volcano has impacted on the lives of the people in Pompeii in the past, how it still affect their lives now and how it could change their lives in the future. Last half term, we got to get the children to imagine that they are a citizen of Pompeii, a news reporter, at the time of an eruption and asked them to deliver a live TV report to update the world on what is happening.  This half term, we are finishing off our work on Volcanoes by making our own volcano, which we have then watched erupt. 



     
   

Science

In our Science topic of Earth and Beyond, we started off at the beginning of the term developing our knowledge of the Earth’s (and other planets’) place in the solar system, and their relationships with other bodies in space, in particular with the Sun. We will start this half term by learning how the Earth’s orbit determines day and night.  Later in the term, we will be learning about the phases of the moon. 


French


We will be learning how to express our opinion, different sports and the names for clothing in our french lessons this half term. 


PE


We really enjoyed our first game of handball, which is what we are learning in PE this half term. 


   


News and Events

September seems like a distant memory. It has been a long and busy Autumn term. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support as we work together to offer the very best learning opportunities and experiences for your child. We wish you, your family and the pupils a very happy and peaceful Christmas and every blessing for the New Year. See you all in the new year.

Merry Christmas.



Some great 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% this half term which is the government target for attendance. Well done 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.


Great fun had by all at our Christmas party, which took place his afternoon. 

    

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 taking our inspiration from one of the great artist, Pablo Picasso. We are going to be creating our own piece of art work using photographs, which we have started to take this afternoon.

       

Mathletics is an award winning interactive site which is linked to the 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. One of our class has just been awarded a 'Silver Certificate' in assembly this week. This is brilliant and shows great commitment to improving their knowledge by learning at home. 


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 abd we are very proud of the children. 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 5 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.  


Mathletics is an award winning interactive site that aims to improve children's maths skills through fun activities linked to the UK National Curriculum. Children receive points for each activity they complete.  The more correct answers – the more points. Certificates are granted when a student earns 1000 points or more within one week. Children initially earn a Bronze Certificate, then a Silver Certificate once five Bronzes have been earned. With four Silver Certificates, a children then receives the much-coveted Gold Certificate, demonstrating their long-term commitment to improving their maths knowledge at home. 


A big well done on earning your Bronze Certificates. 


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. 

     


On Tuesday, 13th November,  a number of children from year 5 and 6 took part in an athletic competition, held at Stocksbridge High School. The competition held after school involved a mix of track and field events, where we competed against other schools in the area. We finished joint first in the field events and finished second overall, only missing out on first place by 1 point. All the children tried their hardest and were great ambassadors for our school. We are really proud of them all. 

 

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 on the 13th November for a special Open the Book assembly. Hilda, her pirate friends, Susie and children from St John's acted out the Nativity Story as you've never seen it before - through the eyes of Pirate Dad, Joe, and Cannon, the ship's guinea pig.



We have been talking about the meaning of Remembrance Day and the Centenary celebrations in Collective Worship and in our PSHE lessons. Our poppies are now on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. I am sure that you will agree, all the poppies look amazing. 

              



          

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




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

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 for all your donations and helping us to raise money for this amazing 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 5 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 5, 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.   Additionally, we are really proud to have have achieved 100% weekly attendance as a class last week and a representative from class collected a certificate from Miss Jones in assembly. This is brilliant. 

   
  
  

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 5 'Good Citizenship' winner.  
                                                        

We felt really proud in assembly today, when three children from our class were awarded certificates for going on Mathletics at home. This is amazing and will certainly help them in class. It is important for every parent or carer to support their child's learning at home, by encouraging and supporting them and being excited about what they are learning. 
 


Our House Point system is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and aims to be an integral part of our school community.  By awarding children House Points we aim to: reinforce positive behavior, create a sense of belonging within the school community, develop social interaction across the school, give children a sense of achievement, support an awareness of individual and collective responsibility and promote fun and excitement through friendly competition. A big well done to 'Tigers' our winning team, collecting the most house points over the half term. As a treat, all members of team 'Tigers' will get to come in non uniform on Friday 9th November. Well done Tigers. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the 19th at Deepcar St John's Church for our Harvest Service. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We are really proud of all our children. They all sang beautifully. Those children who stood and read poems, bible readings and prayers in front of a packed church showed such confidence. Thank you for all your kind donations of food, we have all been overwhelmed this year by your generosity and kindness.

 
  
  

      



This year, is the centenary of the end of World War 1. On Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018, people around the Commonwealth will be reflecting on the lives that were changed irrevocably, and those that were lost. Some 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War 1. Nearly a third of them – some 21 million – were wounded. Another 8.5 million were killed and some 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. Deepcar St John's will be remembering and paying their respects by making poppies that will be going on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. We have been hard at work creating our poppies. The finished poppies look amazing and will look fantastic when they go on display next month.

             
           
                                                                          


Our first parents' evening of this school year took place on 15th and 17th of October. It was great to see so many parents over the two evenings and for us to be able to able to discuss how your child is progressing in school since they returned in September. 

What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend! Not knowing that she needs special protection to survive the Fire-Fiend's flames, Lila sets off alone. Her friends, Chulak and Hamlet - the King's white elephant - race after her. But can they possibly reach her in time? We be writing our own descriptive text based on this enchanting story - The Firework-Makers Daughter by Philip Pullman. 



We started off our maths lessons this half term, looking at place value, it is important that children understand the value of a digit within a number before we move on to learning the standard written method. Over the coming weeks, we will be learning this method for addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Our theme for this term is Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes. Initially, we are learning about mountains. We have discussed the features of a mountain and learned that Mount Everest, is the highest mountain in the world and is over 8800 meters high. Using an atlas, we discovered that Everest is in the Himalayas and talked about the famous explorers who have climbed to the top.  


In our Science topic of Earth and Beyond, we will be developing our knowledge of the Earth’s (and other planets’) place in the solar system, and their relationships with other bodies in space, in particular with the Sun. We will also learn how the Earth’s orbit determines the length of a year and why we have leap years. Later in the term, we will be learning about the phases of the moon. 

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. 



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.





Basketball shooting practise in PE this week. 

   


On Wednesday 3rd October, we held a Parents workshop about the curriculum. This was 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. Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us. A pack with information from the evening will be sent out to all parents in the near future. 



Our school will be taking part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 15th October and finishing on Thursday 25th October 2018. (Friday 26th, is an Inset day) The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. We are competing against other schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. The challenge is also open to school staff and we will be making every effort to take part.  

Walking, cycling, skating, scooting and park & stride are all active ways of travelling and we hope by taking part in the challenge it will: 

1.  Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils & their families. 

2.  Encourage pupils and families to be more active 

3.  Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school. 

4.  Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue after the challenge! 

During the challenge each classroom will have a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively will record their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. Those pupils with 10 stickers on the chart at the end of the 10 day challenge will be awarded a special '10 Day Active Travel' badge.  Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge. 

Thank you. 


Don't forget to send your child with their PE kit when we return to school. All children should have the following, which should be kept in a named bag in School:-
  • White T Shirt, plain or with the School name and logo
  • Plain navy shorts/PE skirt
  • Navy Blue tracksuit top/bottoms for PE outside in cold weather. School tracksuits are available. 
  • Black plimsolls for indoor use. - Trainers are not allowed for indoor PE.
  • Trainers for outdoor PE lessons.       




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



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