School Staff

Friday 15-06-2018

Water Bottles

Can parents and carers please ensure that water bottles contain ONLY water.  This is part of our work in helping children to understand how to hydrate well and whilst we appreciate that some children may prefer to have juice, we are unable to provide this in school.  If  children forget their water bottle we encourage them to drink water, which is available in school and for this reason we would like to politely request that water bottles contain water and not juice.


Summer Footwear

Whilst school shoes are the safest footwear and ideal for school, we are mindful that in the warm weather some children may want to wear sandals to school. Could we please ask that parents and carers encourage the children to wear their school shoes, but  if they are wearing sandals, these should be of an appropriate type to allow for them to be outside and running and playing. Please do NOT send children in ‘flip flop’ or any other type of sandal that may be a trip hazard.

Thank you for your help with this.


Parent Pay

We are rapidly heading towards the end of term. Can we please request that all payment arrears are cleared on Parent Pay by no later than Monday 16th July. This is to allow the school office the time needed to process and complete all the end of year financial procedures.

If anyone in Year 6 has credit on their account this will be processed and returned to you before the end of term.

For all other year groups any credit on an account will roll forward to the start of the next school year.


Thank you.


And finally . . .  Thank you to everyone who contributed to our chocolate stall for tonight’s grand final of Canon Popham’s Got Talent. We are all looking forward to a great evening. Look out for next week’s newsletter when there will be a full report about the evening.


Friday 08-06-2018

Race for Life

By now , your child should have brought the Race for Life sponsor form home. This is something that is very important to us because we have had a number of families affected by cancer over the last few years. If you would like to support this fabulous cause please look to get as many sponsors as possible. We would love to raise as much as we can.

If you would like to come and encourage your child along the way, please feel welcome to join us on  Friday 22nd June from 1:30 to watch as the children run, jog or walk. The Friends of Canon Popham will be selling drinks during the afternoon.


GDPR regulations.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their consent form for the school to hold the necessary information and contact details for your child.

There are still a number of unreturned consent forms. It is really important that we get these in as soon as possible because we will be unable to retain vital information, unless your consent is given.


Health and Safety Inspection

This week we had our local authority Health and Safety Inspection. This takes place every 3 years. I am delighted to tell you that we achieved an ‘outstanding’ grade in this for the second consecutive time. Thanks to all the staff who work hard every day to ensure that all the processes and procedures are in place to keep our children safe when they are at school or on a school visit


Canon Popham’s Got Talent.

We are all very much looking forward to this exciting evening, which takes place next Friday at 6pm. ( Doors open at 5;30). This will be our third year of this event and the previous 2  Grand Final nights have been fabulous. It therefore promises to be a great night . We are excited to see the children showing off their talents and celebrating what they can do. Tickets are selling very fast so if you would like to come please get your tickets from the office as soon as possible. They are £3 each.


Can we remind you that we ask for children to have their PE kits in school from Monday to Friday every week. This allows for changes in timetable, which are sometimes necessary, but also ensures that on designated PE days children have the right equipment in school.



Job Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a temporary Midday Supervisor. Details can be found on the school website—all applications welcome!


Sports Afternoon in Aid of Cancer Research

Thank you to all pupils for taking part in our Sports Afternoon on Wednesday.

The school has raised £231 to donate to the charity.


Well Done!

This half term has been very busy with lots going on in school. Years 2 and 6 children have completed their SATs tests and worked so hard. They should be proud of themselves.


Canon Popham’s Royal Wedding

We hope that everyone enjoyed our ‘royal wedding’.  If you didn’t manage to catch the report on Look North the BBC have kindly provided us with a version which can be found on our school website.

Many thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make this such a fabulous day, which we hope the children will remember for many years to come.


Sporting Events

Well done to our sports teams who have been in action over the last couple of weeks.

A cross country team attended the event at Hill House last Saturday. Well done to everyone who took part and particularly to the girl’s team who came 3rd and Sam Robinson who came 4th in the individual event.

Our Y4, Y5 and Y6 girls and boys football teams did very well at their inter school matches,

and won their events.

Our TAG rugby team were victorious at their inter school event at Castle Park and have qualified for the Hill House Rugby Finals in June.

Thank you to all the children who represent our school so well and behave with great sportsmanship and enthusiasm. Thanks also to Mr. Dickman for all the work that he puts into these events.



This week Year 6 children have also had their bikes in school to complete the ‘Bikeability’ training. This helps to prepare them for being out and about on their bikes independently.

Years 1 and 2 have visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park this week. They had a fabulous day in the sunshine and enjoyed learning about the animals.


Coming up after half term. . .

There are a number of exciting events happening in the final half term. These include:

¨ The final of Canon Popham’s Got Talent on Friday 15th June

¨ Year 6 transition days to Hungerhill on 19th, 20th and 21st June

¨ Race for Life on Friday 22nd June

¨ Sports Day on Wednesday 27th June ( or Thursday 28th June if  wet on 27th)

¨ Summer Fair on Saturday 30th June

¨ Arts Week in school beginning Monday 9th July

¨ Year 6 leavers performance on Tuesday 17th July


Have a great half term everyone. We look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 4th June.


Friday 18-05-2018

Well Done Year 6!

This week has been Key Stage 2 SATs week. All our Year 6 children should be very proud of themselves because they worked so hard and did their very best throughout the 4 days of the testing. Today they have spent the day having fun in Sandall Beat woods and relaxing as a reward for their hard work.

Thanks also to all the staff in year 6 who have worked so hard with the children.


It’s the Royal Wedding!

We are sure you all know about our amazing Royal Wedding which is taking place today. You may have heard the interviews with the children, Mrs Barratt and Steve Beck on Radio Sheffield breakfast show this morning. We have been told that our wedding will be on Look North TONIGHT– BBC 1 between 6:30 and 7p.m.

The staff and children have been very excited and are looking forward to the big event this afternoon.

Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way to making this event a success.

¨ To all the children– you are wonderful. Thank you for your enthusiasm and interest in learning all about weddings and about the royal wedding in particular

¨ To all the staff– you have done a fabulous job and gone the extra mile to make the children’s learning engaging and relevant.

¨ To Steve Beck– for helping us to plan and prepare this event and being so enthusiastic about being involved.

¨ To parents—thank you for supporting us and getting into the spirit of the occasion.

¨ To the volunteers– we couldn’t do these things without your help. Thank you!

¨ To the Friends of Canon Popham– thanks for your donations that have purchased cupcakes and juice for all the other children in school so that they can also enjoy the day.

¨ To the kitchen staff– who worked hard to prepare an early lunch today and donated to the fund to help buy the cakes and drinks for the children  to enjoy.


And finally. . .

We would like to wish Prince Harry and Miss Markle  the very best of luck for a wonderful wedding day!


Friday 27-04-2018

ParentPay Information


We have had a number of queries from parents/carers of pupils in receipt of free school meals who occasionally see that their account is overdrawn by 20p or 50p.

This is due to a change in the behind the scenes processes within ParentPay and requires the office staff to check and amend the information daily.  While we attempt to amend this as soon as possible, on occasion, there may be a delay in the process.

Please ignore this deficit if your child receives free school meals.


Friday 20-04-2018

Here comes Summer!

Finally we have had a glimpse of summer this week. Can we please remind all parents/carers that children will be outside at break and lunchtimes and therefore may need appropriate sun care.

If you are sending in sun hats please could you ensure that these are named.

If you think that your child needs sun block please can you apply this BEFORE they come to school as teaching staff do not have time to do this for everyone  during the school day .

Please ensure that your child also has a named water bottle with them each day in order that we can encourage children to drink water and remain hydrated during the warm weather.


Summer Fair

The school summer fair is fast approaching. This year it will be held from 12 noon until 3pm on Saturday 30th June.

The PTA held a planning meeting earlier this week and unfortunately there were only 4 people present. In order to run this event, which is so popular in the school community we really need more support.

The final planning meeting will be held in school at 6pm on Tuesday 8th May.

Please come along to this if you can. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend but can offer some help at any point during the day or on the day before we would be delighted to hear from you so please contact the school office to volunteer.

You don’t have to be able to help for the full day. Just a couple of hours to help with organization before the day, set up on the day, run a stall or tidy up afterwards would be greatly appreciated.

So far this year the PTA have funded the whole school Christmas activities and a gift for every child at Christmas and will also be providing juice and a bun for all the  children in years 1 to 6 to celebrate the Royal wedding. (Foundation Stage are running their separate event on this date)

Funding also supports Year 6 leavers events at the end of the year.

In addition, we are in the process of organizing for a ball wall to be built for children to use at break times and lunch times. None of these would be possible without the fund raising that the  ‘Friends of Canon Popham’ do so diligently across the year.

Please come and help if you can.


Friday 23-03-2018

Formal Parental Consultation on Academisation

As part of joining the Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust (DSAT),

the school must undergo a formal consultation process with parents.

This process will run from  Thursday 22nd March and ends on Thursday 26th April.

The proposed date of conversion is 1st June 2018.

Please see the section entitled “Proposed Academisation” under

“About Us” on the school website for more information.


Now that the weather is finally improving  we will be starting to use the field more regularly for the daily mile. If you would like to send additional footware such as trainers for your child to use during this time please do.


Happy Easter Everyone!


Many thanks to everyone who has donated Easter Eggs for our Easter raffle. The children have been really excited to see the numbers of eggs increasing every day. As a result, we have been able to share the eggs across each  classroom with every class having their own class Easter Egg raffle.


We hope you have a lovely Easter and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 9th April.


Easter Raffle

Many thanks to all those who donated Easter Eggs

We had over 200 eggs donated

The total raised for school funds was a massive

£325 . 80

Many thanks for all your support


Friday 16-03-2018

Keeping Children Safe

Over the last few weeks we have become aware of a number of children who are playing the game ‘Fortnite’, which is a free downloadable game aimed at children who are 12+. A number of parents have spoken to us about the impact that the game is having on their children’s behavior and as a school we would like to remind parents that it is important to check what children are playing and monitor who they are speaking to ‘on line’ as part of the game. We recognise that this is not the only game of this type available and whilst we understand that the game is not as graphic in terms of images shown as games that are 18+ it does still contain acts of violence with gun use etc and therefore may be worth consideration regarding individual    children’s levels of maturity and understanding/ ability to interpret what they are playing. We regularly speak to children about not talking to strangers on line and  never giving out personal details and would encourage all parents/carers to speak to children about this at home.


Help – we’re having a wedding!

On Friday 18th May ( the day before the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) the Foundation Stage will be holding their own wedding event. Rev Steve Beck will be conducting the service in church and there will be a wedding reception following. We have most things that would be needed for a wedding already arranged including clothes, church etc but would really love to have a ‘wedding car’ for the ‘bride’ and her daddy to be driven the short distance from our Foundation Stage unit to church and for a few photographs. If anyone knows of anybody who has a car that might be appropriate for us to use for about an hour ( 1:45 – 2:45) on this date please can you contact the school office or speak to           Mrs Barratt or Mrs Navas. It would help to make the day really special and give the children                         a fabulous experience.

Thank you!

To ensure that the rest of the school does not feel left out, they will be able to come to school in non- uniform—red white and blue and will have drinks and buns by way of celebration.

More details will follow closer to the event.


Easter Egg Draw

The draw will take place during lunch on 21st March.

Our cook would like to thank all the kitchen and dining room staff for donating all the Easter eggs.



Friday 09-03-2018

Year 6 Visit to Crucial Crew


This week our Y6 children have visited ‘Crucial Crew’. This is a day where they engage in various activities and scenarios to help them understand more about how to keep themselves safe in ‘real life’ situations.

The children enjoyed their day and we hope they found it useful. They represented our school very well with their behavior.

Well done Year 6!


World Book Day


All children took part in lots of different activities to celebrate books as part of World Book Day 2018. Each year group made something about books and reading to show their enjoyment and love of reading. We had a whole school assembly for each year to show their learning and held a quiz about different well-known book characters. Thank you for once again supporting this event in school and for reading at home with your children.


Friday 02-03-2018

The Beast from the East!

Thank you everyone for working with us over the past difficult week as the severe weather struck. We do not take the closure of the school lightly, and only do so in cases where the safety of both children and staff in travelling to and from school is a potential issue.

Hopefully we will soon be enjoying more spring like conditions and enjoying  weather that is a little warmer and more settled.


Teaching and Learning Enquiry

As part of our ongoing drive to improve we invite external education consultants into school to look at what and how we teach and to give us feedback on what we do well and what we should consider for our next steps in school improvement.

On Tuesday we had Gill Ayre, who is a local authority Standards and Effectiveness Partner and a specialist primary education consultant in school for the whole day. She looked at teaching and learning in every class, from Nursery to Year 6 and also looked at children’s work in books and spoke with some staff across the school. I am pleased to say that the outcome was that we are working very effectively with the continued development of  Reading, Writing and Maths and children are making good progress. She also commented on the learning behavior of the children in lessons, as being a real strength of the school.


PTA News


On Monday 5th  March there will be the Friends of Canon Popham meeting at 6pm in school. Please come if you can to help with the planning of forthcoming events. We are already looking at the plans for the Summer Fair and would welcome support .


On Wednesday 7th March the Friends of Canon Popham will be holding a disco  for the children to enjoy. You should all have received a flyer about this. We would love to see everyone there and if anyone can help at either of the discos please let us know.