School Staff

Friday 07-09-2018

Welcome Back


Welcome back to everyone for the start of our new school year. A particularly warm welcome goes to all the children and families who are new starters at Canon Popham. We hope you will enjoy being part of our school family.


The children have settled back into the school routine very quickly.  Reception children have been  amazing and done really well , staying at school for the whole day and getting used to our school routines. It is great to see how eager all the children are to engage in their learning  and they have already shown us a really positive attitude to meeting the challenges of their new year group.


Please can you ensure that children bring their reading book and reading record book to school daily as we regularly check these. In addition, items such as water bottles help us to encourage the children to stay hydrated throughout the school day, so please ensure that your child has these every day.


As the weather becomes more autumnal, can we please request that children bring a coat to school so that they are equipped for playtimes and lunchtimes if the weather is cooler.


Swimming in Year 5


Our year 5 children have started their swimming lessons this week. They will be having an extended session in the pool every week for the whole of the autumn term at Go Swim, a new venue and provider for our school. We have chosen this provider because they are able to provide more coaches at poolside but also support ’buddies’ in the water with the children. This enables more children to have direct    support, not just from poolside but working in the water with them. The first session went very well and the children enjoyed it. We hope that they find this a fun and positive learning experience.


Coming Soon


Over this half term all classes in school are going to be looking at children’s literature linked to  World War 1. The children will be finding out about this period of history in the lead up to the national     commemoration of 100 years since the first armistice on November 11th. We are planning to mark this event by creating an art installation , which all the children will be contributing to. We will also be inviting carers and parents to be part of this. Look out for further details coming soon.


Finally, we hope that this year is a really positive one for everyone at our school. However, we understand that sometimes there may be issues, concerns or queries that arise as the year goes on. If you have anything that is causing concern, please feel welcome to speak to the staff in your child’s class or to  Mrs Navas. We are here to help your child make the most of their time at our school and will do whatever we can to help.

From time to time there may be issues or changes in circumstances at home which might impact on your child. If this is the case, please speak to us in confidence so that we are aware of any difficulties and can do our best to support your child .


Friday 20-07-2018

Here comes Summer!


On our last newsletter of the academic year the most important thing to do is to say a massive well done to all of Year 6 for their hard work all year and for their fantastic SATs results. They produced a wonderful performance for their families on Tuesday evening—lots of smiles and lots of tears!

Most importantly, they are fantastic people who are well prepared and ready to move on to the next stage in their education .

GOOD LUCK YEAR 6– we will miss you.

Come and visit us and let us know how you are getting on.


We hope that everyone has a fantastic summer and the weather stays good for us.

We will look forward to welcoming the children back to school for the start of the new term on Tuesday 4th September ( Monday 3rd September is a training day)


Have a great summer everyone!


Friday 13-07-2018


You will be receiving your child’s end of year report today. We hope that you find it informative and useful. We aim to give a flavor of what your child has learned this year alongside an indication of how well they are achieving in the core subjects of reading, writing and maths,  and what they need to work on next year. If you have any queries or would like to discuss any aspect of the report further please feel welcome to make an appointment with your child’s  class teacher or Mrs Navas


Included in the report for years 2 and 6 will be the SATs test results. We are absolutely delighted with the outcomes for the children. We have had our best set of results this year and the children should feel very proud of themselves. Well done to everyone!


In addition, you will receive a copy of your child’s attendance record for this year. The expected level of attendance is 96%. We hope that where your child’s attendance is less than this, we will be able to see an improvement next year. We understand that occasionally children can be ill, and we would not expect them to attend school if this is the case. However, research has shown that where children are not attending school regularly, they often find it harder to keep up with the learning in class and to make and sustain friendships.

We need to aim for at least 96% attendance for all children next year.


Climbing Frame is Out of Bounds.

The climbing frame on KS1 playground is now out of bounds.

There are some parts , where the frame meets the ground that are showing signs of rot and are starting to be unsafe for use. We have therefore had to take the decision to put it out of bounds for health and safety      reasons. The Friends of Canon Popham purchased this climbing frame some years ago, and were hoping to be able to raise the money to either refurbish it or to replace it completely. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the summer fair did not go ahead, they do not have sufficient funds to be able to fund this and so for the  foreseeable future, until the funds can be raised, the climbing frame will not be in use. The school budget does not currently have the surplus funds available to spend on the extras such as the climbing frame, that add to the quality of provision for our children. We hope that in the coming year parents/ carers and friends will support any fund raising events that the PTA hold in order for us to rectify this as quickly as possible.



Just to confirm, over the last few weeks we have had very low attendance at Bookworms. We think this is due to the lovely weather we have been having and that the children have preferred to be outside at the start of the day. We have therefore cancelled Bookworms  until the end of term but will restart this  in September.


Race for Life.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our fund raising efforts for Race for Life. Our final total is an amazing £2593.10! Well done to all on a fabulous effort for such a worthy cause.


Friday 29-06-2018

Academy News

Today is our last school day as Canon Popham Church of England ( VA) Primary and Nursery School!

When we return to school on Monday we will be a new school.

Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy.

Both Cliffs and School Trends have been supplied with our new school logo ( which is identical to our current logo but with the school name changed to include our academy title.) If you are planning to purchase new uniform over the summer then this should be with the new logo on, but please do not worry about having the old logo, or no logo at all on children’s uniform. We do not want any parent or carer to feel under pressure to purchase new uniform if it is not needed. We expect that it will phase in over time.

Sports Day

This week has been a sporting one at Canon Popham. All year groups from Nursery through to year 6 have had their sports days and we hope that the children enjoyed them.

In addition, this morning we have welcomed Kirk Sandall Junior school for our annual sports morning against them. Children will be playing football and other sports through the morning and having fun together.

Arts Week

Coming up on the week beginning Monday 9th July it will be our Arts Week in school. The children will be engaged in looking at architecture and designing and making their own pieces, based on the work of well known architects nationally and internationally. This supports our work in art and design and also in looking at cultural diversity.

Key Stage 2 Visit to the Art Exhibition.

This week all our Key Stage 2 classes visited a final degree art exhibition put on by BA students from Doncaster. They saw a wide range of art on display and for many children this was their first experience of looking at art in a formal exhibition. Many children returned enthused by what they saw and also eager to find out more about universities and the sort of things that can be studied there.


Friday 22-06-2018

Canon Popham’s Got Talent!


It was wonderful to see a packed hall last Friday evening where we celebrated the talents of the children. There were 26 acts who performed for everyone. Talents included joke telling, singing, dancing, gymnastics, hover-boarding  and instrument playing. Our school choir also performed and Makaton signed ‘A thousand years’.

It was a really difficult decision for the three judges to narrow it down to the final three. They were:

Devon Hopgood-Harris, singing

Violet Sedewick, Amelia-Grace Lee, Amelia Barratt and Lily Whittaker– dancing

Sam Wood, supported by  his brother Jack– dancing.

The winner was voted for by the audience, once again a difficult choice as all three performed so well.


Our overall winner this year was Sam Wood, who performed an amazing routine—Ten Decades of Dance– which included styles of dance from every decade, 1920’s to the present day. His routine involved a number of on stage costume changes, slickly supported by Jack.


Our whole show was compered very confidently by Logan Jones and Felicity Ali, who kept it running very smoothly and also entertained the audience with their banter. Future stars in the making!


A massive WELL DONE to all who took part or entered the audition phase of this years show. You were all fabulous. Also, a huge thank you to Mrs Barratt and the staff who organized and ran this event, and to the parent volunteers who supported it.

It raised a grand total of £850


Race for Life

Thak you to everyone who has supported Race for Life today. We hope you had a great time raising money for this very worthy charity. We will let you know the grand total as soon as we have it.


Year 6 transition to Hungerhill.

Our Year 6 children attended Hungerhill school for their 3 day transition visits this week. The feedback that we have had is that they did themselves proud and made a great start to their secondary school education.

Well done year 6! Now lets look forward to your final few weeks of primary school and preparing for your end of Year 6 performance for parents.


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.