Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

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

There is no doubt that that the SATs will become our main focus during the next few weeks. We have already carried out a great deal of work to prepare your child for this time without them even realising it. We aim to keep the stress levels down, with plenty of fun AND valuable learning. 

13th May 2019 Statutory Assessment Tests Information (SATs)

The key stage 2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 13 May 2019. The timetable is likely to follow previous years' timetables: 

 English: Reading  Reading booklet and associated answer booklet
 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 1: Short answer questions  

 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 2: Spelling 


 Paper 1: Arithmetic 

 Paper 2: Reasoning

 Paper 3: Reasoning           

These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’

In 2018 the Department for Education announced that the reading content of the KS2 SATs will be more closely linked to the curriculum in future to ensure children are drawing on their knowledge when answering reading comprehension questions.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’


Children sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem

What we are learning in school this half term.

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


Our primary focus in English will be based on the book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick, which we started to look at last half term. This is a captivating story, where Hugo's father was killed in a fire and he has to go and  live with his uncle, who takes care of the clocks in the train station. One day, Hugo's uncle disappears, and Hugo is left to take care of the clocks and himself, with no money or friends to help. Before his father's death, Hugo and his father were restoring an automaton - a wind-up mechanical man - that his father had found in the museum where he worked. Hugo thought both his father and the automaton were lost in the museum fire, but then he found the automaton in the ashes. Hugo has his father's notebook to help him repair the automaton, and he's hoping the machine will carry a message from his father.  We will be using this amazing sorry in a number of ways. Firstly, we will use the book to look at how we can use persuasive language and add suspense to our writing. Later in the term we will be writing a formal letter in the third person.


Our main focus this half term will be recapping key topics in preparation for the SATs. We will also be giving extra support on areas of Maths that some children are finding tricky either in small group work or on a one to one basis. 


We have just finished our Body Pump topic and are now starting our next Science subject of Body Health, the two are closely linked.  We will be learning about how to keep our bodies healthy and will be discussing the impact of diet, exercise, and drugs and how their bodies might be damaged by the lifestyle choices that we make. Over the coming weeks they will be working scientifically to deepen their understanding of what constitute a healthy diet, through exploring food groups and how the body uses them. They will go on to investigate food packaging to find out what snacks and drinks contain, and use this information to inform their own choices of drinks and snacks. Later this half term they will find out about the functions of the skeleton and muscles.  This is only a short unit of Science and we will soon be moving on to our next topic; What does it take to be 'switched on'? - Danger Low Voltage. 

In this science topic we we learn to associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. We will get to compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches. We will also use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

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

This half term our theme lessons may be used for Maths and English booster lessons to help prepare children for the SATs that they will be sitting in May. Theme lessons will resume later in May. 


In Computing, we are looking at programming.  This will give children the skills to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including learning how to control or stimulate physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will also use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output, and finally use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. 


In our Design and Technology lessons, we have designed our own automaton, linking our theme work to the book 'Hugo' that we have been reading in English. Over the last few lessons they have had to use a wide range of tools and equipment to cut, shape and join their design. Furthermore, they had had to apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce their structures. In the coming weeks, they will have to evaluate their ideas against their own design criteria as they learn how to use a cam in order to get their Automata to move.



The SEAL programme (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) contributes to personal development by promoting social and emotional understanding and is included within the PSHE curriculum. SEAL teaches children the skills they need for a better life. SEAL in primary schools offers a whole framework for promoting social and emotional literacy helps to support children with social awareness, managing their feelings, motivation, empathy and social interactions. The programmes is divided into seven themes which are covered within a school year:

  • New beginnings
  • Getting on and falling out
  • Say “no” to bullying
  • Going for goals
  • Good to be me
  • Relationships
  • Changes

SEAL aims to help children become successful learners, responsible citizens, and confident individuals.  This half term we are looking at Good to be Me and Changes. We will also be looking at Road Safety. 


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

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

News and Updates. 

Wednesday 17th April.

As part of our Easter celebrations this year all children could enter ‘Best Decorated Egg’, ‘Egg Rolling’ and Easter Bonnet/Hat competitions. We awarded a prize for each winner in each year group. We are so impressed with the time and effort that was put into decorating eggs and making Easter Bonnets/Hats. All the teachers have had a difficult job deciding on an overall winner. Well done and thank you to everyone who has taken part.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed our traditional egg rolling competition. Thank you to everyone who came to watch. 


Easter Bonnet Winners Best Decorated Egg Winners Egg Rolling Winners.

Tuesday 16th April.

This morning we held our first ever 'Times Tables Rock Slam', where children from across the school went head to head to see who could answer the most questions correctly on TT Rockstars. The children loved the live video link from the computer room to the hall. Each year group, nominated their 6 fastest children, who then competed against each other. The fastest two from each year group then went head to head in a grand final.A big well done to all the child and especially to the Rock Slam overall winner from year 4, who had an amazing time of 71 seconds. A true 'Rock Hero'.

Year group winners. 

The overall winner - Rock Hero

We are learning about the issue of ocean plastic pollution in assembly and also in our PSHE lessons, linked to the Premier League and Sky Ocean Rescue campaign. In a special assembly last half term we learned about why ocean plastic pollution is a key issue for our world today and the responsibility everyone has to help protect the world’s oceans. As a school we are going to pledge to make one change to help tackle ocean plastic pollution by reducing single use plastic in school. As part of this, in PSHE children have had the opportunity to design a reusable water bottle for the players at Sheffield Wednesday. We are very excited as the winning design will be announced later this term by one of the players from the club in assembly.

We hope you have joined us in this years sunflower challenge run by Parents of Deepcar Students.  Who can grow the tallest sunflower over the summer? Are you ready to take on the challenge? Don't forget to share your photos with us. 

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

 and encourage young people to think about the importance of recycling. Over 600 million batteries are sold each year and it takes over a 100 years for a battery to decompose.  Each child has brought  home with their own battery recycling box and we are challenging them to collect all their used batteries and help us recycle. There are fantastic prizes for the school that collects the most.  All batteries need to be returned to school by the 24th May.

Please see the attached link for more details.


Future Events this Half Term.

25th April 

The Valentine's Disco, organised by Parents of Deepcar Students was a huge success, with the children having a thoroughly enjoyable time. Our PODS team of helpers have kindly volunteered to organise another disco for us, which will take place on Thursday 25th April. 

Residential Theatre Break to London Wednesday 22nd to Thursday 23rd May 2019.

Once again we would like to take the children on a two day, one night theatre trip to London booked with Study Experiences, a company that specialises in visits to London for schools. Not only will the children have the fantastic experience of of a West End show in London, but will also enjoy a sightseeing tour of our capital, a chance to explore HMS Belfast, a turn on the London Eye and a Thames River Cruise. 

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


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 every night, for at least 10 minutes. Reading is especially important in year 6. Reading on a regular basis will have a positive impact on your child's SAT results.  A list of the top 100 books to read in year 5 and 6 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary was given to each child to record what they have been reading at the start of the school year. 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 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. 


Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths. In year 6, they need to know all the tables facts so they can start thinking about prime numbers, factors etc.  Being fluent in their times tables is essential for their SATs.  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 or straight after school as a matter of routine.

TT Rocks Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice. Mathletics is an award winning interactive site that aims to improve pupils maths skills through fun activities linked to the UK National Curriculum.Click here for more information on TT Rockstars and here for Mathletics. 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                   
  • TT Rockstars

Our Year 6 age related maths expectations and maths mastery, term to term can be found at the bottom of this page.


In 2016, children in Year 6 were the first children to take the new SATs papers. The new-style SATs for English and Maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years' tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system, which has replaced national curriculum levels, which also came into force in 2016.  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. 
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.  

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

The age related expectations for Writing (with examples) and Spellings for year 6 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 learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support.


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. 



Mr Horner. Mrs Riley and Mrs Stewart.

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

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

What we are learning this half term. 


In maths this half term we are focusing on shape, space and measures, perimeter, area, volume and ratio.


Over the course of this half term we will be learning about non-Chronological reports and will be writing our own based on a planet.  We will also be writing a narrative based on the book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick. This is a captivating story, where Hugo's father was killed in a fire and he has to go and  live with his uncle, who takes care of the clocks in the train station. One day, Hugo's uncle disappears, and Hugo is left to take care of the clocks and himself, with no money or friends to help. Before his father's death, Hugo and his father were restoring an automaton - a wind-up mechanical man - that his father had found in the museum where he worked. Hugo thought both his father and the automaton were lost in the museum fire, but then he found the automaton in the ashes. Hugo has his father's notebook to help him repair the automaton, and he's hoping the machine will carry a message from his father.  In our Design and Technology lessons, we will be designing and making our own automaton. 



We have a few more lessons on our Science topic of Body Pump, where we have been learning about the human circulatory system and how it enables their bodies to function. This module links closely with our next Science topic of Body Health, where we will be learning about how to keep our bodies healthy. We will be discussing the impact of diet, exercise, and drugs and how their bodies might be damaged by the lifestyle choices that we make. In a recent lesson, children delivered a presentation on the transportation of water and nutrients in the body. 



This half term, theme lessons may be used to give extra help and support to children in preparation for the SATs in May. 


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

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


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


We will be looking at Programming this half term and will be using CodeBug. CodeBug is a programmable and wearable device designed to introduce simple programming and electronic concepts to children.  

News and Updates 

15th March 2019

100% attendance again for year 6 this week, this time it was Mr Horner's class. Good attendance really makes a difference. 

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




Thursday 14th March 

Highest attendance in school this week again goes to a year 6, this time it is Mrs Riley's and Mrs Stewart class. Well done. 

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


12th March 

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. On Tuesday 12th we had a day dedicated to Science, with a special science based assembly. In year 6, we braved the wet weather and went outside for our science experiment, which was to investigate the impact of exercise on our heart rate. 


Attendance is especially important in year 6 at the moment, due to the children preparing for their SATs exams later this year, well done to Mr Horner's class for having the highest attendance in school last week. 

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

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


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.


This half term we are learning how to convert between Decimals, Fractions and Percentages. We will then be moving on to Ratio and Proportion and then Algebra. 


In English we will be watching a short video clip from Titanium.  Titanium is a song by French DJ and music producer David Guetta and we will be using the video that accompanies the song as a stimulus for writing a discussion text. 


In this module of Science children learn about the human circulatory system and how it enables their bodies to function. We will be finding out about the main parts of the circulatory system: the heart, blood vessels (arteries, veins and capillaries) and blood, and how these work together to deliver oxygen and nutrients to every part of the body. We will also learn about how the heart works, the main components of blood and the function of the different types of blood vessels.

This module links closely with our next Science topic of Body Health, where we will be learning about how to keep our bodies healthy. We will be discussing the impact of diet, exercise, and drugs and how their bodies might be damaged by the lifestyle choices that we make. 


We will be continuing with the theme of Ancient Greece this half term but will be taking our learning deeper. Preparation work for the SATs exams will be starting to take place and some children will be attending booster lessons. 


Problem solving and teamwork are the main focus in our PE lessons this half term. In our last PE lesson we played a game of 'The Floor is Lava'. This involved them working in small groups competing to be the first to reach the other side of the hall without touching the floor.

Great teamwork year 6 and great fun too.



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.


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.

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

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

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.

Crucial Crew gives Year 6 pupils life skills to deal with and avoid a range of potentially hazardous situations. It is supported by staff from Rotherham Road Safety, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue. Their visit covered the following aspects:

 • Road safety

 • How to travel safely on a bus 

• Internet safety 

• First aid 

They learned about the consequences involved if you break the law. E.g. stealing from shops; buying/ drinking alcohol or other illegal substances. 

Many children in year 6 said they felt more confident about how to react in an emergency situation than they did before the visit. At the end of the visit staff at Crucial Crew said that all children had behaved impeccably and were great ambassadors for the school.


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; 

Mr Horner - Night Mail
Mrs Bebbington - I’m a Shrimp
Mrs Riley/Mrs Stewart - Pied Piper of Hamelin 

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 - 

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.

Regards, Mr Horner, Mrs Riley and Mrs Stewart.

Autumn term - Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December 

We hope you have all enjoyed the half term break. It is hard to believe that in 7 weeks we will be breaking up for Christmas.  Please ensure that children come dressed prepared for the colder weather that we are now experiencing.  PE kits need to be returned to school and should now include either a tracksuit or a warm fleece and joggers for when we do PE outside.

What we have been Learning this Half Term. 


In maths this half term we are focussing on fractions. Over the coming weeks we will be learning what fractions and we will be learning how to compare, to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. Most afternoons, Mrs Bebbington runs an intervention group, where she works with a small group of children boosting their math skills.  


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With

no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes,there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone. Kensuke's Kingdom is a gripping adventure from the author of War Horse. Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children.  After reading this gripping adventure, we will be writing our own text based on the story.

History/Geography (Theme)

As part of our ‘Ancient Greece’ theme, we have been on a trip to Weston Park Museum in Sheffield. The children got to take part in the ‘Ancient Greece: Offerings for Athena’ workshop. This involved learning about the goddess Athena and how Athens got its name; building a model of the Parthenon and looking at how the Ancient Greeks left an amazing legacy in architectural design. As well as this, we became history detectives when we had the chance to explore the rest of the museum. Great day had by all.



In Science, we are finishing our work on 'Our Changing World' topic that we started last term. During these lesson we make direct and detailed

observations of animals at various times of the year by creating and using observation stations. We chose to observe hedgehogs and built 'Hedgehog Hotels' which we placed around the school grounds. Over the last few weeks, we have regularly checked our 'Hotels' and recorded any activity. From the data that we have gathered, we will be analysing and drawing up a conclusions on what habitats hedgehogs like best and we will be looking at what we can do to improve the environment for hedgehogs to help stop the reduction in their population figures.


We have also started a new art topic, connected to our theme of Ancient Greece. After initially sketching our designs, we have now started to create a Greek urn out of felt, on which we will be sewing our designs before stitching the urn together. We will need to learn a number of stitches to enable us to complete the designs; blanket stitch, cross stitch and back stitch. 


For Art Week, both classes came together to make Greek Urns out of clay.



In French we are learning numbers. 


We have also linked our music lessons to our theme of Ancient Greece and have been learning a number of songs linked to the War of Troy. We have been developing a number of different singing skills and have been learning how to sing in harmony. 

News and Events this Half Term

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% of the time this half term and met the government attendance target. Well done. 

We had a fantastic time at our Christmas party this afternoon, lots of fun and laughter and food! Great time was had by all. 

Musical bumps

We are thrilled that Deepcar St John's has come 19th out of 156 schools in Sheffield for overall performance in 2018. Have a look at the link.This is down to the hard work and dedication of the pupils and staff. Well done everyone.…

Miss Jones invited two children from each class, who read consistently at home, to a special treat of tea and cake. According to one of the children, the chocolate cake was the best he had ever tasted! Looked scrumptious. Good readers make good writers. 


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 and we are very proud of all our children. Thank you for joining us.  


Yummy Christmas Lunch -  Turkey and all the Trimmings. 



Christmas fun and games in PE for us yesterday.


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. 

Wow, highest attendance in school for week commencing 26th November. Well done Mrs Stewart and Mrs Riley's class. 

It has been really hard for the school to pick a winner for the design a logo for our new Parents of Deepcar Students Facebook page and letter head competition. In the end we have decided on a combination of two designs. We are really proud to have the both winners in year 6. Look out for their new logo on their Facebook page and on future letters.

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. 

The Superkids awards hosted by the Sheffield Star have been going for over 2 decades. The event celebrates the brave, talented and

inspirational youngsters in our city. The award night, which was on the 3rd of December, was a night full of proud parents, carers and teachers. Nine amazing children all received awards for being fearless and an inspiration to all. We are really proud to have one of our pupils amongst the candidates. Receiving a nomination for fearless bravery following a very tough year due to illness. In March, she became very ill, really quickly and was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. She was taken to hospital with an extremely high heart rate and several attempts failed to reduce it. The doctors at the hospital saved her life. She now faces an operation when she is 13. Despite a few setbacks since then, she has always remained positive and never complains. She missed quite a bit of school but she took on extra work at home to catch up. She has now pledged to take part in the Glow Run at Endcliffe Park on the 18th December, to raise money for the hospital that saved her life. Her teachers say that she is a positive role model to everyone in the school. She got a special mention in Collective Worship. 

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 6 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.  

Regular attendance ensures that pupils get the best possible outcomes from their time at school. We are really proud, that Mrs Riley's and Mrs Stewart's class have achieved 100% attendance last week and received a special certificate in assembly. 

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 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:


Happy and Secure

Allows them to reach their full potential

They do this by providing grants to projects in the UK which focus on helping children and young people who face a range of disadvantages, for example poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people. Children in Need is currently supporting 2400 projects across the UK.  The BBC Children in Need Appeal Night took place on Friday 16th November. The Appeal show is a whole evening of entertainment on BBC One with celebrities singing, dancing and doing all sorts of crazy things to raise money.  We supported this amazing charity on the 16th, by inviting children to come to school wearing something spotty and making a minimum donation of £1. Thank you to everyone who supported us and helped us raise valuable funds 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 6, have all had either 100% attendance or achieved the school target of 96.5% this half term and were awarded a special certificate in assembly. This is brilliant well done. 

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 6 'Good Citizenship' award winner.

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

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

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



Our first parents' evening of this school year took place on 15th and 17th October.   It was good to see so many parents over the two evenings and for us to be able to discuss how your child is progressing in school since they returned in September.  It was also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and to find out how to best support your child's learning at home and how best to prepare them for the SAT's in May next year.  

In English, we have just completed our first piece of creative writing based on a short video clip called 'Passing Through'. A selection of their work is now on display in class. 


Our Science topic for this half term is 'Everything Changes'. During the half term, children will investigate and discuss how characteristics of living things, for example, height, size or colour, vary from individual to individual and how some traits are inherited.   They will also be able to recognise that characteristics in living things can be affected by the environment. In the coming weeks we are going to be carrying out a fair test to investigate how plants adapt to the environment. 

Also, in Science, we are looking at 'Our Changing World.' During these lesson children make direct and detailed observations of animals at various times of the year by creating and using observation stations. We have chosen to observe hedgehogs and have built 'Hedgehog Hotels' and placed them around the school grounds. Over the next 5 days, we will be returning to our hotels and checking for hedgehog activity and recording our findings. We have already had a little visitor last night.

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. 

At the beginning of term, these children went on a Bikeability course. We are pleased to announce that they all passed and got their certificates in assembly.   A big well done to them all. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the carers, friends and family members that joined us for our Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 28th September. We are really grateful to all those people who kindly made and donated delicious cakes and buns for us to sell, helping us to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy charity. We hope you enjoyed your time in class, watching a spelling lesson. Thank again for supporting us.

On Monday 17th September, we welcomed back M and M Productions. M & M Theatrical Productions are UK's largest and most respected provider of theatre-in education. Their productions educate children, through the powers of entertainment and imagination, whist at the same time encouraging children to read for pleasure and explore their creative abilities. Their performance of a 'Little Princess, was packed with fun, laughter, excitement, great music and larger than life characters and also delivered an important message about bullying. Written specifically for children by their experienced team of professionals, their scripts, costumes, scenery and special effects all combine to ensure that from the very beginning, the children enjoyed a magical and enriching theatrical experience.

On Wednesday 3rd October, we held a Parents workshop about the curriculum. This was an opportunity for parents to discover what children can expect to learn this year and how best to support your child to meet the new raised standards.  We would like to thank all the parents and carers who joined us. It was good to meet you. A pack filled with information from the evening will be sent out to all parents in the near future. 

Bike riding is an important skill for children to master. As a school, we feel it is important for them to be taught how to keep themselves safe whilst cycling. All our year 6 children are given the opportunity to take part in Bikeability. Bikeability is a cycle training programme that teaches children practical skills and gives them the understanding and expertise they need to ride their bikes safely on the road. The training runs over one and a half days and children will be assessed during the course and receive a certificate and badge at the end. The course starts on Wednesday 13th September. 


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. 

Our theme for this half term is Ancient Greece.  We have started off this week by practising our map skills, using an atlas and locating Greece, finding out its capital and the countries that it borders. We will then move on to finding out about the Ancient Greek way of life and achievements and their influence on the western world. 

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

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

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

2.  Encourage pupils and families to be more active 

3.  Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school. 

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

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

Thank you. 


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

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