School Staff

Friday 19-10-2018

Thanks from the Food Bank.


This week we have received a ‘Thank You’ certificate from Doncaster Food bank for the donations received from our Harvest service. We were able to send a fantastic amount of food– 264.8kg which equates to 630 meals for needy families in Doncaster! They were delighted and very grateful for the amount received. The certificate will be displayed on the information board in the main entrance.


Well Done Mrs Barratt!

AS many of you may know, Mrs Barratt ran in the Wildlife Park 5k event which was held last Sunday morning. She was sponsored by many people from our school community, with the proceeds going to the PTA climbing frame fund.

Despite the dreadful rain on the day, Mrs Barratt kept going and completed the course!

Many thanks to all those who sponsored her. If you haven’t yet done so but would like to make a contribution, or if you have not yet sent in your promised donation please can you look to do so as soon as possible. We will let you know the final total raised as soon as we have all the contributions in.


Disco Fever!

Once again, many thanks to The Friends of Canon Popham PTA who ran the school disco on Monday evening. Lots of children attended and had a great time and the money raised will also go towards the climbing frame renewal .


As Christmas is not that far away now (only 9 more Friday’s after today!) the PTA are planning the Christmas Fair. This year it will be held on Friday 30th November. There will be a PTA planning meeting on Wednesday 24th October at 6pm in the school hall. If you can help in any way please come along or let us know via the school office  – there are plenty of jobs to do before, during and afterwards so please help if you can .


Operation Christmas Child

We will be launching this year’s Operation Christmas Child next week in school. Every year we try to send as many gift boxes as we can to children in countries who are less fortunate than ourselves. Look out for an information leaflet which will be coming out next week. If you can make a donation, wrap a shoe box or contribute in any way we would be very grateful.

Our school is also acting as a collection point for any completed boxes from the community. If you know of anyone who has filled a shoe box and isn’t sure where to send it, please point them in our direction.    The boxes can be dropped off at the school office and will be taken from there to the centre, where they are checked and sent on to deserving recipients.


Just a reminder. . .

School will finish for the children next Thursday– 25th October for half term. Friday 26th October is a training day for the staff, who will be in school undertaking Team Teach training.

School re-opens on Monday 5th November for the second half of the Autumn term.


Menu Changes for next week

Monday Meatballs, ploughmans lunch. Tuesday chicken curry, pizza.

Wednesday fish fingers, veggie sausage pasta.

Thursday spaghetti bolognaise, veggie sausages.

Monday 5th November, hotdogs, waffles & beans. Sparkle sponge & custard.



Our Community Art Installation.

You will have received a letter this week telling you about our community art installation project. Every child in school has added a poppy to it and they are all busy putting the name of a fallen World War 1 soldier onto their piece of fabric to be added to the piece of work. As far as possible, the children are using the name of a soldier who shares the same surname as them. It has been amazing to realize that about 90% of children in the school have a surname that they share with one of the fallen soldiers from the Yorkshire regiment. The art work is starting to take shape and promises to look fabulous once it is completed!

Thank you to those parents and carers who came to church to join in this afternoon and add their contribution. If you haven’t managed to get in to ‘do your bit’ or know of anyone in the locality who would like to sew a name but cannot get into school please let us know and we will be able to give you the resources you need to be able to do this.

There will also be an opportunity to add to this when you come to Parents Evening.















Our school has also been asked to contribute readings and prayers written by the children which will be used as part of the remembrance service at the Edenthorpe war memorial on Sunday11th November. We will also be putting up a display of work linked to World War 1 in The Church of the Good Shepherd for November. Thanks to Mrs Brunyee who has researched and developed the idea and coordinated everyone’s contributions.


Friday 05-10-2018

Harvest Thanks

Thank you to everyone who attended our Harvest services in church today. We hope you enjoyed them. A particularly big WELL DONE goes to the Reception children who tried so hard. It can be very daunting to perform in front of a packed church when you are only 4 years old! You were great! We are grateful for all the donations of food, which will be given to Doncaster Food Bank.

A thought about safeguarding . . .

A few parents have approached school to ask if a reminder can be put out via the newsletter to all parents to avoid putting photographs of children other than your own onto social media sites. At school occasions, we always remind parents to only take photographs of their own child and never to put photographs on social media which contain anyone else’s children. However, a few parents have noted that  on out of school occasions such as birthday parties some parents might be posting pictures that contain more than their own child. We have been asked to bring this safeguarding issue to your attention and to ask that you consider obtaining parental permission before posting any photograph containing someone else’s child  onto social media.

Thank you

Applications for places in Nursery places and Secondary Schools for September 2019

Parents of Year 6 pupils should be aware that the application forms for secondary school are now available on line. You should all have received a text message reminding you about this, and all Year 6 children came home with a letter today to remind parents how to complete the application process.

If you need any help completing the application please contact us at school– we will be happy to help you.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL APPLICATIONS IS  31ST OCTOBER 2018.  These should be completed and submitted ON LINE. Please make sure your application is submitted by this date. Late applications will not be considered in the first round of allocating places, and may result in your child not getting allocated a school place of your choosing.


If anyone knows any parents of children who will be 3 years old by 31st August 2019, and who are looking for a place in a Nursery for next year, please consider recommending us! Nursery applications are also available on line and should be printed off , completed and returned to us in school to apply for a place. There are also places available for ‘early starters’ in our Nursery from January 2019. Attending a school based nursery gives children a great start to their learning and helps to prepare them for life in school. In addition they are taught by trained teachers who are specialists in early years education. If you know of anyone who would be interested in coming to have a look around our nursery provision, with a view to completing an application form, please encourage them to give school a ring and come to have a look at us!


Last week’s loose change bucket raised £49.63

We had 2 winners who guessed the nearest amount

Rosie year 1 and Pagan year 4

Well Done!


Friday 28-09-2018

Parents /Carers Information Meetings.

We are holding information meetings for parents and carers to share with you how we teach reading, writing and maths , what children will be learning in the coming year and how parents can help at home. Many thanks to those parents who attended the first meetings which were held this week.

The next meetings are as follows:

3rd October– Helping your child with maths at 3:45 

9th October—Helping your child with writing at 3:45

The parents who attended the reading sessions found them helpful and informative. The sessions will only last about 30 minutes so please try to come and find out about your child’s learning in these really important areas and how you can help at home.

Harvest Festival Services 

Next Friday will be our Harvest Festival Services in church. Everyone is welcome to attend. We would be very grateful if you could donate an item of food for the      Doncaster Food Bank. They have been in contact with us to say that they need to    replenish their stocks due to an increase in demand for their service. If you can help with a donation please give it to your child to bring to school ON FRIDAY. Please don’t send in your donations before next Friday as we have nowhere to store them.

Our service times are as follows:

Reception and Key Stage 1 at 11a.m.

Key Stage 2 at 3 p.m.


Spare Loose Change Collection

Thank you to everyone who has donated any loose change in our  bucket collection which will go towards replacing the climbing frame. The first week raised £108.06 and the winner of the nearest guess was Lauren Milnes in year 3.


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.