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Welcome to Year 5

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

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

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



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


        

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


Presenting 'Dancing in the Street.'

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


As part of Outdoor Education week, we have been focussing on how to support the declining bee population and learning about the important role that they play. We have been outside making bee houses and planting bee loving plants in our quiet area. 

       


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

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

  

     
     


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

 
     
   



       

In our ICT lessons, we have been learning how to  use Audacity - which is a digital audio editor and recording application. We have been  learning how to record, load, save, fast forward, rewind, cut, trim and zoom in and out of an audio track. 

    

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/5Yt9ovdvH_4

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As part of science topic, we have been looking at the life cycle of animals and plants. A few weeks ago, we collected some frogspawn from the school pond and we have watched as they have grown into tadpoles, froglets and finally into frogs.  This children watched as we released them back in the pond from which they came. 



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


          


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



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

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


On the 27th June, it was a whole school transition day. The children got to spend the day in their new class, getting to know their teachers ready for next year. The year 6 teachers next year will be Mr Horner and Mrs Riley/Mrs Stewart, who will be job sharing. Mrs Bebbington will also be in year 6. 


Our last day, this school year, dedicated to design and technology took place on the 25th of June.  Our Design brief was to experiment with a range of tools to create visual effects using wire. We then used these skills to sculpt dragonflies.  

        

In science, we have been dissecting Lillies to help us understand how flowering plants reproduce as part of our new topic. By the end of the lesson of a recent lesson, we had a detailed knowledge of the role of the flower, its parts and their function, and the processes of pollination and fertilisation.
     


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

1. Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils & their families
2. Encourage pupils and families to be more active
3. Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school
4. Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue to do this after the challenge!

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

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

     


This term, our Theme topic has been Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes and this week we learned about the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The children discussed how they might cross a crevasse (a deep fracture or break in a glacier or ice sheet). We then created our own 'crevasse' and the children crossed it, thinking about how they would have felt if they had also been carrying a heavy backpack and the drop had been 100 feet.

   

The 10 Day Active Travel Challenge is back! Our school will be taking part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 11th June and finishing on Friday 22nd June.The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. We need everyone to take part and make an effort to travel to school in an active way during the challenge. 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 to do this 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. Please be aware if you live a long way from school and need to drive you can still take part by parking away from school (at least a 5 minute walk) and walking the last part of your journey, this is called Park & Stride. Our school could also win some fantastic prizes. We are competing against schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge.








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









  

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






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





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





We will be continuing to set two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension, for the rest of the term. Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes and returns it on time in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it. 

We still need your help, under the new National Curriculum, children should know all their times tables by the end of year 4. Please help your child by practising their times tables at home. The children have been on TT Rockstars in school and have loved it, please encourage them to use this at home. If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. Other online resources include; 
  • Mathletics 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                   
  • TT Rockstars
        


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

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


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

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

Regards, 


Mrs Bradwell, Mrs Bell and Mrs Stewart. 


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

Today sees the return of Mrs Stewart from her maternity leave, and will now be teaching in year 5 with Mrs Bell. It is great to have you back in school. 


Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge inspiring pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. A big thank you to all those who took part over the last 2 weeks. We averaged 38% of the school scooting or cycling to school each day and finished 2nd out of all the schools in Sheffield who took part.  This is a great achievement and one that we are very proud of.  Hopefully you all enjoyed the experience and will continue to encourage eco-friendly travel to school. 
We are moving on to a new Science topic this half term 'The Circle of Life,' where we will be understanding plants and investigating living things. A part of this is to understand Metamorphosis - the process in which a tadpole changes to a frog. To help us with our learning, we have a few tadpoles in school, which we are monitoring regularly and taking note of any changes. 
 

Yesterday, we took to the basketball court as we ventured to Stocksbridge High School to take part in the Links Hotshots Basketball tournament. They worked as a team, displayed great sportsmanship, determination and drive. Additionally, they all listened, paid attention and behaved impeccably. We were against some tough opposition but both the boy team and the girl team won a game. They may not have won the tournament but to us they are all winners. We are proud of everyone of them. Well done!
          



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



We are moving on to a new Science topic this half term 'The Circle of Life, where we will be understanding plants and investigating living things. 

As well as a new Science topic, we are also starting a new Theme of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Mountains this half term. Over the coming weeks, we will be looking at how mountains are formed. what causes Earthquakes and what makes volcanoes erupt. We will also be learning about some famous explorers. 

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 5 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Mrs Bradwell, Mrs Bell and Mrs Gibson. 



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

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

The standard of entries to our 'Best Decorated Egg' competition were exceptionally high, making it very hard for us to choose just one. Well done to all the children who took part.

       


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



We have had a fabulous time at Kingswood, luckily the weather was kind to us and although cold, it was a dry few days. We had lots of fun and the children were excellent ambassadors for our school.  We are very appreciative of the amount of time invested by our staff to organise such activities for our children, and also to the staff who give up their time to accompany the children, without them, the residentials would not be able to happen. 


      

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



Thank you to our parent volunteers for organising our Easter Disco, to our office staff for sorting out ticket sales and to our staff who helped out on the night, the children had a fabulous time. 

         
 

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

   

We have had a great learning day in Northumberland. On arrival, we visited the Roman Army Museum before heading off to Walltown Craggs to see Hadrian's Wall. After lunch, we went to Vindolanda, which is the home of the Vindolanda Writing Tablets - and is one of Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites. Added to all of this, we got to visit the onsite Museum, housing a collection of famous writing tablets, the finest collection of Roman footwear from the Roman Empire, textiles, pottery, militaria and personal items from the communities that lived there. All children behavioured impeccably and were a credit to their parents and our school.

   

Recently, in our theme lessons, we have been learning about how The Romans constructed numerous aqueducts throughout the Empire to bring water into cities and towns—often from distant sources. The water supplied public baths, latrines, fountains, and private households. We have started making aqueducts in Design and Technology, although not finished yet our designs are starting to take shape. 

         

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


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



This half term, we welcome the return of Mrs Bell following the end of her maternity leave. She will be working in year 5 on a part-time basis and will be job sharing with Mrs Gibson. 


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



   


In our Maths lessons, we will be building upon our understanding of fractions from the previous term, and converting decimals and percentages. 


In Science, we will be continuing with our Separating and Dissolving Mixtures experiments; starting with observing the time it takes for a solute (water) to dissolve a solvent (sugar). We will be looking into whether the temperature of the solute - whether it is cold or just boiled - makes a difference.  

We are learning about school life and subjects in our French lessons this half term. 

Please ensure that your child has both and indoor and outdoor PE kit in school. We will be learning Dance with Mrs Haywood and Handball with Mr Priest. 

We also have Kingswood to look forward on the 21st March, which will be an action packed and fun filled few days. 

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


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




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

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

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

We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 5 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Mrs Bradwell, Mrs Gibson and Mrs Bell.  

Spring Term - Monday 8th January to Friday 16th February.
 
Happy New Year! Welcome back, it's good to see all the children in school and to hear all about the fun they have had over the Christmas period.  

You may have heard from your child that sadly, Miss Street has left our employment on health grounds. Mrs Gibson will now be teaching her class full time until half term, after which she will be job sharing with Mrs Bell, who is returning to work following her maternity leave. 

In Maths, our main learning focus will be fractions. In a recent lesson, Mrs Gibson's class used fraction circles to help them understand equivalent fractions. 


In our English lessons, we are reading hilarious retelling of the Three Little Pigs story 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. That person is Mr A.Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation.   Initially we compared this version of the story to the original, after which, the year group came together and acted out the story. 

    
Last week, both classes came together again and worked in pairs to develop their speaking and listening skills by acting out a scene in which the judge (a pig) questions the defence team for the wolf. The defence has to use persuasive language to explain the wolf's actions and how he is actually innocent and it was all an unfortunate accident.
      

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

During this term, we will be starting to learn about the Romans in our theme lessons and will be investigating if the Romans were a help or hindrance to the people of Britain. We are really looking forward to our planned trip to Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum on the 9th March. At the museum, we will get to experience a 3D Roman film about life for Roman Soldiers on Hadrian's Wall.  Weather permitting; we will then take a short walk to Walltown Craggs, which is one of the best places to see the wall itself. Vindolanda is an active archaeological site, which we will visit after lunch. We will get to explore the site, study the remains of a fort and visit the museum to see many of the artefacts that have been found over the years. 

We are starting a new Science topic 'Everyday Materials'. In this module, we will develop our knowledge and understanding of materials. We will gain an in-depth knowledge of the properties of certain materials. We are starting the topic, by looking at 'Separating Mixtures.'  Recently, we looked at dissolving or mixing solutes (rice, flour, salt, sugar, coffee, soil and sand) in a solvent (water). Last week, they reversed the experiment by filtering the undissolved mixtures. Here are some of Mrs Gibson's class using funnels, beakers and filter paper to carry this out. They then drew and labelled scientific diagrams.

                   
        
               
   
                   
We have at least two PE lessons a week; please ensure that your child has both an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school. Learning Dance is a requirement of the new PE curriculum. In previous years Street Dance has been a firm favourite amongst the children, Mrs Haywood will be teaching them a new Street Dance routine this year.  We are learning Futsal in our other PE lessons with Mr Priest. 

Friday the 16th of February is an inset day, school will be closed to children. 

Please come and see us if you have any queries or questions. 

Kind regards 

Mrs Bradwell and Mrs Gibson




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

A fun filled afternoon making Christmas Cards.


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


A Christingle is a symbolic object used in the Advent services of many Christian denominations. Christingle means 'Christ Light' and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the "Light of the World" Each piece of the Christingle holds special symbolism to help children understand the importance of Jesus and the Gospel, and its relevance at Christmas time. The orange represents the world. The red ribbon symbolises the love and blood of Christ. The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God's creations. This morning, we have been learning all about Christingles and then made one to take to St John's church for our Carol Service.


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We had a great time at our Christmas party, which we spent playing games, dancing and eating food. We are really sorry, but we don't have any photographs to share. We did take pictures but unfortunately, we had issues with the camera. 


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


        

Thanks to our School Funders for organising this years Christmas Disco, great fun was had by all. A big thanks also has to go to all our staff who either helped out on the evening or beforehand with ticket sales. 

       

It was lovely to see so many parents, carers, family members and friends at School  on Friday 8th December for our year group assembly. We are so proud of the children, who not only stood and presented their work with such confidence, actually wrote it themselves. 

 

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

    


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

   

In maths, we are continuing to look at multiplication and division before moving on to looking at statistics and line graphs. 


Our study of Ancient Maya will continue this half term. We will be looking at how the women of Maya traditionally created textiles in Maya society, and how textiles played a significant role in ancient Maya art and religious beliefs. 


Feel the Force' is our new Science topic for this half term. Back in year 3, we learned about how contact and non-contact forces make things start and stop moving. 'Feel the Force' builds on these ideas and develops an understanding of how forces affect movement. We will learn how mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect, and we will use this knowledge in different investigations. We will plan and carry out fair test and pattern-seeking investigations, observe carefully, record accurate measurements, and construct different mechanisms. They will make predictions as a result of carrying out simple activities and go on to plan new investigations. 


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

In PE, Mr Priest and Mrs Haywood will be teaching the children Tag Rugby and Basketball. 


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


                                                                                             

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

            


This half term,we are learning how to play tag rugby. We have been working on improving their agility skills, before having a match. 

    


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




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

        





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

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

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

We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 5 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Mrs Bradwell and Miss Street. 




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

We hope that you have all had an amazing summer holiday, it is good to be back at school and see the children again and find out what they have been doing during the holidays.  We are delighted to have Miss Street, working at Deepcar St John's, she has recently completed her teacher training and is looking forward to her time in year 5.  
Our theme for this half term is Ancient Maya, where we will be finding out more about the Mayan culture and way of life.  The Mayans of Central America are believed to be the first to discover cocoa as early as 900 AD. They learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be harvested and made into a liquid that would become a treasured Mayan treat.

We had a fabulous day at Cadbury World. We enjoyed a very interesting talk about the Mayan history of chocolate, got to smell Cocao beans and look at coco butter. During the tour, they had a talk on the story of chocolate and the chocolate making process by the Cadbury Brothers. Finally, we got samples to taste. Yummy!


In English, children have been writing an explanation text, linking to their recent trip to Cadbury world, about the journey of the coco bean, from plant to chocolate bar.


In maths, in year 5, we are learning how to multiply and divide by 10,100 and 1000.  

Science Ambassadors is a project in primary schools across Sheffield, where children get to see science in action. The project has been running for several years where youngsters get to experience science in a secondary school environment. Three pupils and Mrs Haywood headed off to a science day, as ambassadors for our school. During the course of the day, they got to carry out numerous experiments, which they will share have now shared with the rest of the school in a recent assembly.  

   


On Wednesday 27th September, we held our Curriculum Evening, thank you to all those who attended and we hope you found the session informative.   

 'Earth and Beyond' is our Science topic this term, in this module children develop their 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. 

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

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

Mr Priest, who is our new Sports and PE coach, will be teaching the children Gymnastics. Mrs Haywood will be taking the children outside for 'Outdoor Adventurous Activities for this half term. As they will still be going outside during the Winter months, it is essential that they are prepared for cooler weather, with trainers, track suit bottoms or joggers and a fleece. Please ensure that your child's name is clearly written, not only on their PE kit but on coats, jumpers and cardigans, this makes it so much easier to reunite children with any lost garments. 

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



Our Macmillan Coffee afternoon, took place in school on Friday 29th September, thank you to everyone who attended and helped us to raise valuable funds for this worthwhile charity. 



It was lovely to see so many parents, carers and family members at our Harvest Festival, which took place on Friday 6th October, who hope you enjoyed the service. We are very proud of all the children, who sang beautifully and behaved impeccably. 


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


Kind Regards, 

Mrs Bradwell and Miss Street.  
                                                          


                                                         
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