Primary Heads & Year 6 leader Conference

Primary Heads & Year 6 Leaders working together to raise combined KS2 scores.

A wonderful day ahead, working with all friends and colleagues across Peterborough to improve KS2 combined scores.

10:00 AM: Just come in from the cold, everyone has a coffee and we are now all ready to work and learn together.




Panthers hit the slopes!

The Year 6 Panthers class had their first skiing lesson last Wednesday and proved themselves to be very quick learners. They were promptly kitted out with helmets, boots and ski’s before taking to the dry-ski slope at Tallington. The children’s sense of responsibility really shone through throughout the session as they supported and encouraged each other to succeed. I am delighted to report that every child managed to ski down the beginners slope – what an achievement for the first session! I know that class are very much looking forward to their next session this week and I am sure we could have some talented skiiers in the making! The children commented on what a great opportunity it was to learn to ski in Year 6 and reflected on how lucky they were. They were very grateful for this opportunity and thanked me for taking them.

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March

It is World Book Day on Thursday 1st March and we will be celebrating with the theme of fairytales. Children are asked to come dressed up as characters from fairytales and they will be enjoying activities related to this in their lessons. Also, look out for the reading challenge competition that will be coming home with children!

Year 5 Shadow Puppet Show

The Year 5s have recently been working on the book, ‘Clockwork’. We have created shadow puppets, with the lovely help of Mrs Hope and Miss Croft, and then filmed a few scenes from the book using a shadow puppet theatre.

Some students have written a short summary of the book, and others have put great efforts into filming a newsreel. We have also been allowed to bake gingerbread, our teachers have also been so kind to let us ice them, which was an amazing group activity.

A few people have also mastered German lines to read, as this book is set in a German town.

Molly Forbes

St John’s on TV!

We were very excited to welcome the BBC news team to our school on Monday 5th February to talk about the impact of free school meals.  This news story was shown on Wednesday 7th February on BBC Look East (West) and is available to download on BBC iplayer until 6.55pm tonight.  The children had a special big screening this morning in Collective Worship and were thrilled to see themselves on TV!

Lunchtime fun!

We had a lovely lunchtime today, with Year 3 children using their imagination, teamwork and natural materials to create a wonderful picture. Maybe they were inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy who collaborates with nature to create his artwork!

Wow! What a jam-packed residential we had, and we were so lucky with the weather! Both residential and day trip children had an exciting day on Wednesday, going down to the River Nene for one session, and exploring rivers at the centre during another. At the river, we conducted an experiment to see whether an apple would travel faster towards the edge or along the centre of the river, the children made predictions and a lot were pleased that theirs matched the results. At the centre, children learned more facts about rivers, drew their own rivers and labelled them in sand and picked out key parts of the local area on a map. The day culminated with singing, games and a story around the campfire – with some very funny voices from Mr. Hunt!

On Thursday we visited an old, unused quarry to explore limestone and look for fossils. We had some eagle-eyed fossil finders amongst our group, picking out patterns in the rock and getting so excited at what they found! While we were there we took some time to think about how weathering affects rocks, even doing a bit of acting to show how it happens! After a delicious pizza and sandwiches lunch, we spent the afternoon at the centre, measuring and comparing trees in the grounds, creating our own plant pots from newspaper and making a clay model of our favourite leaf we found that day.

Our last day focused on map reading skills and a treasure hunt! We learned about coordinates and compass points before setting off on our treasure hunt around a lake at the nature reserve.

Throughout the trip the children represented the school brilliantly. They were polite, friendly and a pleasure to spend time with. Even through the mud and cold weather, the children persevered and enjoyed every minute! I am sure this experience will stay with them, as it will all the staff who went with them.

Mrs. Trolove, Mr. Hunt, Miss Black and Mr. Mucklin


Quokka Homework Projects

In the Quokka class we have been embracing our homework project challenge. We were given the task of making something creative and informative linked with our topic book Zeraffa Giraffa. These are some of the wonderful things we have made so far…

Tackling Tables success!

Within the National Curriculum, by the end of Year 4 all children should know all their tables up to 12 x 12 – both multiplication and division facts.  As a school we use Tackling Tables – a fun and engaging way to help children learn these off by heart.  There are three phases, Blue (1x 2x 5x & 10x) Green (3x 4x & 8x) and Red (6x 7x 9x 11x and 12x).  In order to ‘complete’ Tackling Tables, children have to answer intelligent practice questions which also incorporates: fractions, decimals and percentages at the highest level.

Today we received a Tweet from the Marketing Director of Tackling Tables congratulating one of our pupils!


If you would like to know about this approach, please speak to Mrs Harwood or follow the link below:

Tackling Tables