Harvest Festival

The whole school came together this morning to celebrate our Harvest Festival. We were visited by Frances Atkins from the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank who gratefully received our food donation to help families in need. She was also delighted to accept a cheque for over £500 from money raised by our School Council and some bake sales in Key Stage Two!

The School Choir also sang to two songs, Lean On Me and Love Can Build A Bridge. Francis explained that the logo for the Bradford Food Bank has a bridge on it with two people meeting, one giving food to the other.

Click below to hear a preview of two of their Autumn Songs.



Year 6 led the assembly in preparation for their Harvest Worship at St Christopher’s Church on Sunday. The School Choir will also be singing some songs on Sunday too! Everyone is very welcome to come along too.

More information at the work Bradford Metropolitan Food bank do can be found at their website http://bradfordfoodbank.com/

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Nick Toczek Visits for National Poetry Day!

Last Thursday was National Poetry Day. St John’s celebrated in style with a visit from the well-known poet Nick Toczek. Nick led a whole school assembly which included performances of his poems, magic tricks and lots and lots of laughter. Year two and three were then lucky enough to take part in workshops led by Nick, where they wrote their own poems and listened to even more of Nick’s hilarious poetry. At the end of the day the school library was open for children and parents to meet Nick and buy a copy of one of his books, complete with signature. A special thank you to all those who came along after school; the whole day was a great success!

Poetry Competition

Think of a poem

Thursday 2nd October is National Poetry Day! To celebrate, St John’s CE Primary School has launched a poetry writing competition. The theme this year is…

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You could write a poem about an event e.g. Bonfire Night, the Great Fire of London, the Olympics or one of the World Wars. It could be about a person such as the Queen, William Shakespeare or even a family member or friend! You could choose to write about a special memory for you such as a birthday, a holiday or a special pet. Your poem can be about absolutely anything as long as it fits under the theme ‘Remember’.

You can choose any style of poem e.g. an acrostic, a haiku or even a shape poem. Think carefully about your presentation, as well as the words, as this could gain you extra marks with the guest judge!

The closing date for the competition is Wednesday 1st October. All entries should be handed to class teachers along with your name and class written on it. Prizes will be awarded in an extra special assembly on National Poetry Day!

I can’t wait to hear your fabulous poems!





St John’s Shadowers

Earlier this year Miss Lang advertised for KS2 children to join the St John’s Shadowers. Kayla, Katie, Joshua, Abigayle, Fiza, John, Millie and Amy were selected after Miss Lang looked through all the applications. St John’s Shadowers is a reading group who meet every two weeks in the library.

Six books were carefully selected from the Carnegie Book Awards shortlist. Each book is unique in genre and has been written by different authors. The Shadowers aim to read as many of the books as possible in order to decide which is their overall favourite. Not only do they read the books, they also review them. They discuss the books they are reading each time they meet up, sometimes they have similar opinions but sometimes they can disagree about the texts.

Last week the Shadowers delivered an assembly to the school which informed all the pupils and staff about their group. They also announced their favourite books so far.

Take a look at the PowerPoint presentation they used during their assembly….


Digital Leaders – Teaching the Teachers

Tonight was a very special staff meeting. Eight of the schools digital leaders stayed back after school to lead the staff meeting “using iPads in the new curriculum”. Pupils had previously selected the apps which they feel would be most useful in lessons.

The apps included Explain Everything, Aurasma, Book Creator and Pic Collage.

Staff were here split into groups and moved around the digital leaders as they presented their apps, teachers then had time to experiment with the app whilst talking about where it might be used in lessons.

The Digital Leaders presented themselves and the apps very well. Staff commented on how well they all explained the apps, making them easy to access.

we hope they will be back again to show us even more applications!