Mrs Jenkins (J3): Blog items

Year 5 Trip to Bickley Hall Farm

Date: 26th Apr 2018 @ 2:08pm

Year 5 enjoyed a very warm and exciting visit to Bickley Hall Farm on Thursday 19th April. The visit was linked to the Science topic of Plants and Animals covered in the Spring Term. During the visit the children took part in picking rhubarb and using it to make rhubarb crumble (then eaten after lunch), sheep feeding, and pond dipping.

We had a great day with excellent behaviour from all the children (and Mrs Jenkins and Mrs Elliott too!!)


Roberts Bakery

Date: 7th Feb 2018 @ 1:54pm

On Thursday last week, Roberts Bakery came into school to teach the children all about bread: how it is made, the different types and how many they make each day! The children even got a chance to make a small loaf each! Don't they look good in their hair nets!


Year 5 Computing For Loops

Date: 15th Dec 2016 @ 2:05pm

Over the past weeks, Year 5 have been learning about different aspects of computing. Today, we have been using For Looping to play games and build information frames.

Please continue to use for more coding and to do your hour of code.

Junior 2 and 3 Mannequin Challenge

Date: 29th Nov 2016 @ 3:05pm


Mannequin challenge accepted!

Junior 2 and 3 have accepted Junior 1's challenge and produced their own video, with a musical theme.

Sandbach 'Now and Then' Project

Date: 6th Jul 2016 @ 7:56pm

This term the children in KS2 have been taking part in the Sandbach 'Now and Then' project. Junior 1 and Junior 2 walked into Sandbach to undertake the interactive trail and the children in Junior 3 completed the trail using the i-pads in their classrooms.

Each KS2 class then had the opportunity to take part in a workshop where they played some drama games and then worked in groups to act out ysing mime different scenes from WW1. Some of the children filmed the acting. Then at the Sandbach School Summer concert four of our KS2 children spoke confidently about the project and how they our school has engaged with the project.

You can see a video of the children representing out school below AND if you click on the 'Sandbach Now and Then' logo you will be taken to the video that we created on its own;

The children have also written some poems and completed some art work based on the project and the work is displayed in Sandbach library. Please see the images at the bottom on the page.




Fantastic Plastics STEM Project

Date: 6th Jul 2016 @ 6:46pm

On Wednesday 6th July the children in Junior 3 were able to attend the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Fair at Sandbach High School. The children have been working very hard in small teams to design an create a product which was made out of recycled plastic. They children had to create a design board to present their project and display their completed project in an appealing manner. They also had to talk to judges, which included year 7 pupils, year 11 pupils and teachers from the high school. The children were confident and did themselves and St Johns School PROUD! We won the following prizes;

  • 1st prize for the Year 5/6 stationary holder ice cream van
  • 2nd prize or the Year 5 watering cans
  • 2nd prize for the Year 5/6 self watering garden
  • 2nd prize for the Year 6 baby bib
  • 3rd prize for the Year 5 money box
  • 3rd prize for the Year 5/6 snack on the go container
  • 3rd prize for the pig storage box
  • We also had two other wonderful entries which included the monster door stops and the pencil case

Well done Junior 3!

Cosmic classroom

Date: 2nd Feb 2016 @ 9:48pm

This afternoon the children in Junior 1 and 3 were able to observe Tim Peake speaking to the nation live from the ISS. The children were able to see Tim on the ISS and learn more about how less gravity affected his life whilst on the ISS. It was an amazing experience!

Year 6 Coding for Big Data

Date: 22nd Jan 2016 @ 9:52pm

On Tuesday this week the Year 6 children attended a Computing workshop at Daresbury Laboratories in Warrington. The workshop was entitled 'Coding for Big Data' and the children had the opportunity to take part in a range of actvities which involved programming and astronomy. The children had to give the teachers directions to put a 'data ball' in a bucket and then they took part in a competition to build a puzzle. They then made satellite hat and programmed Bee-Bots to move around a given map which showed the route of data signals to Daresbury Laboratories. In the afternoon the children took part in a Chemistry session, in which they made models of water, oil and soap molecules and the they observed these liquids in test tubes and observed and recorded what they noticed about the liquids when they were put together.

The children were an absolute credit to St Johns School and really enjoyed their visit. Take a look at the photographs below to find out more; 

KS2 Drums and Egyptian Music

Date: 3rd Nov 2015 @ 8:54pm

Last half term some of the KS2 children were able to design and make some of their own Egptian drums. The children then worked in small groups to create their own Egyptian compositions and dances. The children then performed these to the rest of their group. Take a look at the videos below to see how well the children worked together:

Egyptian Drums!

Date: 3rd Oct 2015 @ 8:06pm

On Thursday 17th September some of the KS2 children were given the challenege to make an Egyptian drum. They used translucent coloured paper pulled across a cardboard base to create their drums. They drew wood grains on the side of their drums using felt tips to create a wood effect. They then had to work in groups to create their own piece of music using their drums and choreograph a dance routine to their compositions. Take a look at the photographs below to see how the children got on; 

KS2 Bash the Trash Workshop

Date: 25th Mar 2015 @ 9:39pm

Today the children in KS2 were able to take part in a Bash the Trash music workshop as part of their Heavy Metal topic. The children were able to listen to different types of music including samba and mambo and were able to play a variety of recycled objects as musical instruments. Take a look at the photos and videos below to see how the children got on. It was tremendous fun!

Live BBC Big Painting Challenge

Date: 26th Feb 2015 @ 12:54am

Today all of the children in Key Stage Two took part in the live BBC Big Painting Challenge. The theme of the lesson was drawing characters and portraits, with a focus on the illustration style of Nick Sharratt - the illustrator of Tracey Beaker! The live show was hosted by CBBC presenters Michelle Ackerley and Ricky Martin and they welcomed a very special guest and live studio audience. During the lesson, the children got the chance to draw along with Nick and to enjoy working alongside their peers in the school.

The drawings completed by the children were outstanding! Well done KS2!

Have a look at the photoraphs below;

Algorithms Computer Sciences

Date: 5th Feb 2015 @ 7:45pm

This afternoon the children swapped groups for their Thursday afternoon topic lessons. The children in the Computer Sciences group learnt today about algorithms and codes and how they are a list of instructions that can be simplified in the form of symbols. The children had the opportunity to use the website and they also had to write their own algorithm to follow a specified route. Below are some photographs from todays lesson;


Year 5 Separating solids and liquids Science lesson

Date: 29th Jan 2015 @ 10:01pm

On Friday 23rd January in their Science lesson the year 5 children had the opportunity to undertake an experiment to investigate the best way to separate solids and liquids. Miss Johns split the children into teams and the children had a competition to see which group could get the most liquid (water) in their beaker and which was the clearest. The children had to choose what they used to do this. Many of the groups selected to use beakers, funnels and filter paper which proved to be the best method. See some photographs from the lesson below;


Looping Computer Science Lesson

Date: 29th Jan 2015 @ 9:54pm

This week the children in KS2 who were learning about Computer Science completed their fourth lesson in th topic afternoon carousel. Today the children learnt about how to create a loop when writing their own algoritms/codes. The children had the oppotunity to write their own algorithm including a loop for their own dance and they also had the opportunity to continue with their independent programming learning using the website. See some of the photographs below;


Landscapes from The Iron Man

Date: 29th Jan 2015 @ 9:42pm

The children who have been doing Art and Design lessons on a Thursday afternoon have been sketching diffferent landscapes from The Iron Man story by Ted Hughes. The children used a range of mediums including water colour and pastels to create different effects on their pictures and learnt how effective each material can be when used for landscape pictures. Below are some of the pictures created by the children;


Understanding that being different makes us special.

Date: 29th Jan 2015 @ 9:32pm

This week in our whole school worship Mr Whittle talked to us about the Christian Value of compassion. He talked to us about how it is important for us to understand that we are all different but it is these differences that make us special. Therefore, we should show an empathy and understanding of the differences between us and use these to build positive friendships. He also talked to us about Nelson Madela and how he fought to ensure that black people were treated equally to white people and encouraged people to understand that the colour of a persons skin should not affect the way that they are treated.

Therefore, during KS2 class worship this week the children worked in pairs to make a hand print wreath. The chidren drew around and cut out their hands in a variety of colours, to show that everyone is different, but that we should celebrate this and use it to create strong friendships. In the middle of the wreaths the children stuck to following verse from the Bible, 'There are many different ways of working, but in each way and in everyone it is the same God at work' (Corinthians 12:6).

Below are some photographs of the wreaths made by the KS2 children;

Year 5 Trip to Daresbury Laboratory

Date: 26th Jan 2015 @ 7:42pm

Today the Year 5 children went on a trip to the Science and Technology centre at Daresbury Laboratories in Warrington. In the morning the children had the opportunity to go into the inflatable planetarium to learn more about the planets and the stars and their constellations. The children also had the opportunity to make their own rockets and launch them in the grounds of the laboratory. They had to think about how they made their rockets considering how they could make it as aerodynamic as they could. 

During the afternoon the children had a space investigation workshop. They learnt about atoms and electons that give enery. They saw how static electricity works. They also had the opportunity to observe how we see a spectrum of colours with our eyes but not infrared or ultraviolet light. They saw how different objects give off infrared light, including us, but you can only feel it in the form of heat. The children were able to observe this infrared light as heat through the use of an infrared webcam.

The Year 5 children were as always an absolute pleasure to take and were credit to St John's School! They showed a huge amount of interest in every session that they took part in and asked insightful questions. It was commented upon by staff at the laboratory as to the impeccable behaviour demonstated by the children.

Well done Year 5!  

Computer Sciences- Algorithms and De-Bugging

Date: 22nd Jan 2015 @ 8:09pm

Today a group of KS2 children completed their second lesson of Computer Sciences. This lesson the children learnt more about algorithms and how they could apply algorithms to their everyday life. Some examples of this included brushing their teeth or eating their lunch. They learnt that such routines could be broken down in smaller steps and that is they were sequenced correctly coud be followed by others. The children also thought about what would happen if you gave somebody instructions that were in the wrong order and so thought about how important it is to trial intructions/algorithms before you give them to somebody else. In Computer Sciences this is called De-Bugging.

During the lesson the children were challenged with the task of creating an algorithm for making a paper aeroplane. They had to cut out 9 pictures and decide which six were needed, the other three they had to disguard as they were not needed for the process. The children then had to sequence the six pictures and try to follow them to make their own paper aeroplane and decorate it. If the aeroplane did not look or fly quite right then they had to de-bug the algorithm so that they could try and make a paper aeroplane that was correct. The children had the opportunity to test fly their aeroplanes. Th children were also able to continue to work on the laptops this lesson on the website to continue to progress with their computer progarmming skills online.

Computer Science

Date: 15th Jan 2015 @ 9:41pm

Today one group of KS2 children took part in their first Computer Sciences lesson. The children learnt that an algorithm was a list of instructions or steps that you can follow to finish a task and that a program is an algorithm that can be used to make something happen like a machine. The children were able to write their own algorithms using codes and symbols to create a coloured grid and they were able to write their own programs using algorithms to make something happen on a computer game.

Have a look at the photographs below to see how the children got on.



Science- The Moon

Date: 14th Dec 2014 @ 2:16pm

This week in Science the Year 5 children completed their Science unit of Earth and Space by learning about the phases of the moon. As  class they recreated the phases of the moon using a ball and a torch and they reserached the features of the moon. Clip on the images below to listen to a rap to help you to remember the phases of the moon;


Astronomy Workshop

Date: 10th Dec 2014 @ 12:53pm

On Tuesday 9th December the year five children had an astronomy workshop. Andy Newsam from Liverpool John Moores University spoke to the children about the Solar system. The children learnt more about the planets, the stars and the sun. They also talked about asteroids. As promied year 5 here is the website to search for asteroids;

Please have  look at the picture below;


Pass the Galactic Parcel

Date: 24th Nov 2014 @ 8:29pm

This afternoon the Year 5 children from Mrs Wiggins class and Miss Johns class took part in a workshop delivered by a Scientist, Dr Paul Sapple, from the University of Liverpool called Pass the Galactic Parcel. As the children unwrapped the parcel they found out lots of information about The Universe. The children learnt about The Galaxy, The Solar System, Planet Earth, Matter and Atoms. The information that he shared with the children was fascinating!!!

Well done Year 5 for getting involved and for all your interesting questions!