Children In Need 2017

What a SPOTACULAR day we have had – full of fun, generosity and kindness.  Thank you to all the donations of cake and biscuits we received from parents and carers and to all those who dressed up in yellow or spots.  The Wombat’s class were judged to be the ‘Best Dressed’ with Mr Nay adorning his face with spots!  They all received a pencil as a prize.  The games at playtime were a great success, with the School Council committee members helping to organise everything with great maturity.

Jack and Megan Finch won the Bake Off competition with their delicious chocolate cake, Mia (4DR), Oliver (2AP) and Ahmed (3ET) all won prizes for their superb Pudsey-themed drawings and Tommy (3SN) correctly guessed the right amount of sweets in the jar (450).

We will keep you updated with the overall amount of money raised – including which class donated the most and the winners of the Treasure Hunt competition.

School Council elected!

The votes are in and the successful candidates were announced in today’s Church Service.  We are pleased to present this year’s School Council!

Chair: Esther  Vice Chair: Paige  Treasurer: Hollie  Secretary: Alan

Our first meeting will be on the first week back after half term where we will be discussing the organisation of this year’s Children In Need fundraising event.

Cadbury World Trip

Year 6 had a wonderful time on our trip to Cadbury World last week. Anumi tells us a little bit about the day.

“What a enthralling day! We started the day by developing our understanding of the Mayans (the civilisation that found cocoa beans). I was astounded to find out, that Mayans used to use cocoa beans to trade with…So I guess sometimes money really does grow on trees! We continued the day by travelling through the different stages of chocolate development, from the depths of the Mayan jungle through to the building of Cadbury’s Bournville factory. Throughout the day we were given lots of different chocolate tasters and we even got to choose a topping to have on some melted chocolate (I had popping candy). I didn’t want the fun filled day to stop…”

Pizza Express trip

Last week Year 2 went to Pizza Express, there was a chef and
he taught us how to make pizzas. First, we washed our hands
then the chef gave us shiny, clean aprons and hats. Next he
put some flour on the table and gave us some sticky dough. We
flattened it with our hands and turned it into a pizza shape.
After that he gave us a pan to put our dough in. Finally we put
some sauce and cheese on top of our pizzas and put them in the
oven. It was so much fun, we even got to throw the dough in
the air. My pizza was delicious and I shared it with my family.

Erin Arul Prakash

I’m Stick Man!

With the new garden room being named as ‘The Bear Den’ children have now begun to enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning.  Year 1 are looking at the work of Julia Donaldson and a small group worked with Mrs Henson to create their own Stick Man character using small sticks.

Following some training last year with Cambridge University and this year with the Cambridge Maths Hub, Mrs Harwood is now a Local Leader of Maths Education. This enables me her to run training for the Maths Hub, the first of which will take place before the end of this year, with the focus on fluency, reasoning, problem solving and developing the mathematician in every child. In education, there’s a real buzz around mathematics at the moment and it’s exciting for St John’s to be part of the drive towards raising standards in our school as well as others in the local area.

Year 6 try their hand at golf

6CK spent their PE lesson this week at the local driving range having golf lessons, which will continue until just after half term. Throughout the lessons, the children will learn how to hit the golf ball using different grips, how to putt and use different clubs.

The children were very responsible, respectful and showed impressive skills for their first lesson. Mrs Curtis believes there are some talented golfers in the making,
“Keep up the good work for the remaining sessions 6CK!”

Human Utopia – Day 3

It was our final day today and what a day! In the morning, Year 6 and Year 4 had fun working together on a range of fun activities to get children working outside of their comfort zone and challenging themselves. This was followed by Year 4 attending lessons planned and delivered by our Year 6. Sandra from Year 6 was exhausted after her lessons,

“I know what it is like for the teachers now!”

We were very proud of how the Year 6s led their lessons and how well the Year 4s took part. In the afternoon, we said a sad farewell to Sacha and Lauren who both made Human Utopia an incredible experience for all involved.

Human Utopia – Day 2

We have had another fantastic day with Human Utopia at St John’s! Our Year 6 have been ‘Heroes in training’ and had the opportunity to try out their new skills supporting Year 1 and 2. Our brilliant Year 6 led a variety of games and activities with their groups and showed themselves to be leaders. We are looking forward to our final day tomorrow where Year 6 will lead and teach Year 4 about Human Utopia’s key values.