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Welcome to Year 5

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

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


Maths 

English 

Science 

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. 

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 

PSHE 

Computing 



News and updates 


Future events 

Thursday 7th March 2019

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


Wednesday 13th March - Northumberland 

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. 

Due to distance, the coach will be leaving school promptly at 6:45am. We aim to be back at school at 7:30pm depending on traffic. The cost per child is £18.00 which includes travel and entrance to both Vindolanda and The Roman Army Museum. We will be spending quite a bit of time outside so it is essential that your child wears sensible footwear for walking (walking boots/sturdy trainers are ideal) and brings a warm waterproof coat a hat, scarf and gloves. Full school uniform must also be worn. 

Please could you provide your child with a mid - morning snack, packed lunch, afternoon snack and packed tea, as well as plenty of water to drink and a suitable backpack in which to carry everything. The packed tea can go in a separate plastic bag to leave on the coach. No sweets or fizzy drinks are allowed. 

As we will be on the coach a while, you may wish to provide your child with something to keep them occupied e.g. a puzzle book, colouring pencils or a reading book. Children are not permitted to bring electronic equipment; however, a disposable camera is allowed. 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. 



    Thursday 14th March 

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


Friday 15th March 2019 

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


18th March 2019 - Parents' Evening 

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


We are delighted to be returning to Kingswood from the 20-22nd March. Our year 5s have gone for the last few years and have had loads of fun. Kingswood is one of the leading residential activity providers, with over 130,000 visitors a year. The centre provide a rewarding and educational programme offering many National Curriculum lead modules combined with thrilling indoor and outdoor activities. To find out more, please visit www.kingswood.co.uk 

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


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

Reading

This year, we are working hard to promote children's love for reading. Learning to read and reading for pleasure go hand in hand. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home ever night, for at least 10 minutes. Reading on a regular basis will have a positive impact on your child's SAT results, which they will be taking in year 6. A list of the top 100 books to read in year 5 and 6 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Reading aloud to your child can be one of the most enjoyable parenting experiences. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child's vocabulary, communication, concentration, empathy and imagination. It is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. 

How can you help your child enjoy reading?

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

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary has been given to each child to record what they have been reading. There are points awarded for each read (a read is 1 session on 1 day). We will be celebrating their reading when they attain 100 points, with an invitation to join the 100 club. The recommended reading list for Key Stage 1 and years 5 and 6 can be found at the bottom of this page.  We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. Thank you for your continued support with your child's learning at home. 

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. Being fluent in their times tables is essential for their SATs which they will be taking in May 2020.Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about five seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine.


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

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

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

Our Year 5 age related maths expectations and maths mastery, term to term can be found at the bottom of this page.


Homework

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

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

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

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

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spellings for year 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. 

Children's University

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

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

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

Bronze (30 hours) 

Silver (65 hours) 

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

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

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

Well done to everyone who applied. 


 CU Ambassadors 2018/19

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

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



Facebook

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

 
 

Regards, 


Mrs Bradwell and Mr Wasden. 



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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