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Down Syndrome Awareness Week- Rock Your Socks

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We ROCKED OUR SOCKS in school today for Down Syndrome Awareness Week. Look at our funky and odd socks.
We learnt more about Down Syndrome in our assembly and Mrs. Squibbs boys explained how Down Syndrome affects their little brother Tommy in a lovely video they created a s a family.

Mrs. Squibbs is running 21 miles every month to raise awareness and funds for Down Syndrome. Thank you for your donations and good luck Mrs. Squibbs! #RockYourSocks

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all our children and families who have been remote learning.

A HUGE well done to you all for working so hard.

It has been delightful to have the whole school back and thank you to everyone who created a lovely heart for our railings.

LOVE and HOPE to you all from St. John's x

RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore
We will remember you for your commitment to the Army during WW2 and the bravery you showed. We will also remember you for your determination and dedication towards raising money for our NHS. 100 laps at 100 years old was a huge challenge but you didn’t give up. Thank you for the hope you gave to us all and for bringing our country together. You are a British hero and you will be remembered.



At the going down of the sun, we will remember him!

Prime Minister: Captain Sir Tom Moore was 'a beacon of hope for the world'

Christmas Parties

Look who Santa sent to our Christmas parties this year! Elfie! We enjoyed playing lots of games and dancing with the Elf. She is Elftastic and we had Selfies with her too! ! The staff and the children loved it! 

Explorers Nativity

Bundle of Joy is this years Nativity and our Explorers were amazing! The nativity shows us that even when things are bleak, with generosity and a bit of ingenuity, miracles can still happen. We hope our parents enjoyed their nativity pack with USB, hot chocolate and a mince pie.


Well done to the Explorers team who work so hard putting this together! You are fabulous!

It's Panto Time

A little surprise treat for the whole school this morning- a live performance of Cinderella! Oh no it isn't! The children loved watching the live performance and joined in with Bubbles heckling and booing! Thank you to the PTFA for paying for this and for the snacks too!

 A Special Visit from The Boy in Red!

What a busy and wonderful day we have had!  This afternoon our cheeky elves took the children to our outside classroom which had been transformed into a grotto.


Guess who was their waiting for them? Yes Santa himself! 

Christmas Dinner and Jumper Day

What a busy and wonderful day we have had! Thank you to Miss Robertson for creating a wonderful Christmas Dinner for us all! We took part in Christmas Jumper Day & raised lots of money for Save the Children by wearing our Christmas jumpers which were all fabulous! Miss Robertson even cooked dinner for the builders who ate theirs in their cabin!

It's Break the Rules day! There are lots of wacky hair styles, faces painted and non-uniform! A few little elves and superheroes too! Thank you for your hamper donations! The raffle will be drawn on Monday, make sure you have your tickets and good luck. Which class will win the prize for the best hamper?
St. John's remember them. We wore red today to show respect for the fallen soldiers and the soldiers who protect us too! We decorated our wreath with plastic bottle ends and made small wreaths in Forest School from willow and wooden discs! We each donated £1 to #BritishLegion Andy the site manager from B&E Boys joined us wearing red too!

Look at the wonderful displays each class has created linked to the books we focused on during our well-being weeks!

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We are looking forward to... a video using your photographs which you have sent in and some taken in school with a few pictures of the rainbows we have created and the whole school tying ribbons on the fence on the last day!

The music used is 'Looking to the rainbow' which we have been learning in school and at home and hope to sing in the first church service we can have, hopefully in the autumn term.

We love this video and hope you do too!

We will miss you year 6!

Lots of fabulous home learning activities have been completed, thank you for sharing them with us. It is also lovely to see you out and about on new adventures as well as having fun in your gardens too!

A message to all our St. John's children from the staff- We're All in this Together #missyou #seeyouallverysoon  

We're All in this Together

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More home learning to share with you!

Look at what some more of the creative things our children have been doing at home!

Well done your Eggstravaganza creations are amazing! The staff's children have also got involved with this too!

A little message from all the staff

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Look at the wonderful things we have been doing at home!


It has been Sport Relief Day today. Thank you to all the children who have bought one of the official Sport Relief wristbands to raise money for this worthy cause.


We had lots of sporty outfits in school today! The children took part in the Sport Relief Mile during the day and learnt a new dance too, they were also lots of additional activities at lunchtime too. Luckily we had a lovely sunny day!


Well done to our new team of Traffic Controllers who have been out on patrol this week with their Hi-Vis jackets & clipboards to note down any “parking offenders”.

Their role is to stop parents/carers parking in the turning circle and encouraging parents/carers to park considerately & safely on the lane.

Traffic Controllers will help to ensure-

  • parents/carers do not park in the turning circle
  • parents/carers do not drop off in the turning circle
  • parents/carers do not park at the red and white bollards
  • parents/carers park considerately

Thank you to parents/carers who have respectfully followed our rules this week to ensure we are keeping our children safe and are limiting the amount of pollution at our gates.


Well done to those children and parents who are continuing to walk and brave the cold weather. Children received their WOW badges for November & December last week in recognition of their efforts.  In order to receive January and February’s badges you need to try to walk from at least the bottom of the lane at least 1 day a week.

In March when the warmer weather comes this will be increased in order to gain a WOW badge for March and the following months up to July you must walk to school at least 2 days a week. We want to be as physically healthy as we can and enjoy the lovely surroundings we are lucky to be situated in- walking in the fresh air and in the countryside is good for our well-being.

Our KS2 choir were out singing their festive songs again to spread Christmas cheer! Wow KS2 choir you sang amazingly well at the light switch on in Castleton last night! Not everyone could join us as they were at the Christmas Cracker music event but the 10 of you who were there sang everyone's socks off! Super proud of you all! Mr Mayor commented 'What super singers you are and with beautiful smiles too!'
Our KS2 choir wowed everyone with their amazing singing on Friday evening. You were fabulous and made us so proud! They have worked hard to learn four new Christmas songs /hymns and sang them with great energy and enthusiasm along side their favourite Wise Men and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Smiling, singing and dancing (even in the cold) to open the Christmas Markets at All In One, it was a delight to see!
What a wonderful Harvest Festival we had down at Church! Explorers sang about a Big Red Combined Harvester, Discovers about Conkers and Inventors and Adventurers about Weird and Wonderful food! Thank you for your food donations which will be sent to Rochdale Food Bank. We also learnt a new song called Everywhere Around Me and sang our favourite Harvest Song The Harvest Samba- our Samba band were brilliant! Mrs. Hunter talked to us about planting seeds to grown food as well as planting seeds of kindness. Some of the year 4 and 5 children acted out a story called Sharing Soup which helped us to focus on sharing at Harvest Time. Rev Pete led a blessing and our GIFT group led us in prayer. It was a wonderful celebration. 


Thank you to all the children & staff who wore something yellow on Thursday for #Hello Yellow to support and raise awareness of children and young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day. We had some very bright items worn with their uniform! We had a whole school assembly which focused on having a healthy body and a healthy mind too! #Hello Yellow


Year 6 attended this year’s Crucial Crew Event at Rochdale Football Club on Tuesday. This is a multi-agency safety event aimed at Year 6 children (10 to 11 year old's) designed to provide children with life skills that will enable them to keep themselves and others safe. It is generally accepted that children start to become more independent at this age and are often expected to cope increasingly on their own and deal with changes in their lives, such as a move to Secondary school.  The aim of our Crucial Crew event is to raise each participant's awareness of threats and dangers, in a fun and interactive way.


Thank you to all the parents/carers who attended this morning’s Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at St John’s Church. Well done to our Year 6 children who attended the event as helpers and served cakes to the visitors. They then all enjoyed their very own slice of cake!  It was a pleasure to hear such lovely comments about how helpful and mature our Year 6 were. t John’s Church for hosting this event. lovely comments about how helpful and mature our Year 6 were. Thanks to St John’s Church for hosting this event.


We went by train to Manchester to take part in the Year 6 leavers service led by Bishop Mark, Cannon Maurice Smith and the education team at Manchester Diocese. 


It was a wonderful service with schools from across the diocese preparing our year 6 for life after primary school! We shared our prayer box with others and brought home St. Luke's to reflect on their prayers! Before coming home we had a lovely picnic on the grass outside the Football Museum and had time on the park too!


I almost forgot Rev. Jason, Rose and Jacob represented our school in a relay race around the Cathedral passing on the baton and sharing Christian Values to all! Watch out St. John's dad's you have competition at sports day!


Some of our Explorers did a fantastic job helping to plant flowers in Slattocks Community Garden on Wednesday! Tracey, who works with Councillor Billy (now Mayor), plant up Castleton ready for Rochdale in Bloom. This year Slattocks is part of the display. They worked really hard with the help of Andy & Blanca; the garden looks beautiful! Please take a look when you are passing!


Years 5 & 6 spent a lovely day at the beautiful Whalley Abbey near Clitheroe on Tuesday. They were joined by staff, Governors and Rev Jason. The theme of the day was reflecting on the Christian values that the children have learnt whilst being at St John’s and how they live them out now and in the future. The children took part in an opening service about the work of st John. They were then involved in a range of workshops and activities which focused on school values through crafts, treasure hunts, discussions. The children also had time for some meditation too!


This year all 19 Church of England Schools who are part of the Rochdale Anglican federation (RAF) met over the course of 3 days to work together to create creative crosses using the gems and jewels we have been collecting in school with The Fairy God Mum- Wendy Moore.

We chose five of our Year 5 children to attend the event at Holy Trinity School in Littleborough on Wednesday to create our cross- they did an amazing job. They were very creative and our cross is beautiful it contains the five values- love, courage, forgiveness, faithfulness and respect which are the values we all used when making our ‘We are one’ film last year. We also decorated a structure for our worship table which shows a mirror, window and door. This is how we help to develop children’s understanding of Spirituality here at St. John’s-


What an amazing time we had sharing our experiment with children from other schools as well as being wowed by Science Investigations at Rochdales Science Share on Tuesday. A group of Science ambassadors shared our experiment which answered the question-How does the amount of washing up liquid applied to a wooden skewer affect if the balloon pops? Our Science Ambassadors shared information about our experiment as well as helping visitors to our table have a go of it for themselves. They had to try to get a wooden skewer through the two ends of the balloon without popping it- they could use washing up liquid to help.

Have a go yourselves and see if you can do it. If you are successful can you explain why using some of the following words- stretch, force, pressure, barrier. The children also enjoyed testing and trying out other Science investigations and experiments too! We look forward to going next year when Dippy will be in Rochdale!


Rochdale in Bloom- Planting at Castleton Railway Station

Councillor Billy Sheerin invited our school, along with other schools in Castleton to help to plant up Castleton Railway Station ready for Rochdale in Bloom on Monday. Four of our Year 3 children were chosen to help with this event and they worked very hard alongside children from other Castleton schools. Thank you also to Andy Turner, Mrs Purser’s partner, for all his hard work this week; he planted more plants at school which were donated to school by Rochdale in Bloom. We had a lovely feedback from one of the organisers:

“Could I say a big thank you to you all, from the Mayor of Rochdale (Councillor Billy Sheerin) and myself, for allowing your pupils to take part in the eighth annual planting-up of Castleton Station. Special thanks to Les Masters at Bowlee, for allowing his team the time to come and help out again. The behaviour and enthusiasm of the learners was outstanding. They did Castleton proud.”

Many thanks Billy and Roy.

Spring Festival

Thank you to Cllr Billy Sheerin for planning a wonderful Spring Festival in Castleton. Our KS2 choir sang beautifully in the sunshine and enjoyed watching Maypole and Morris Dancing too. They sang Together, Diamonds and True colours and represented school brilliantly. 

Rochdale BIG Sing

Our Year 4. 5 & 6 “choir” took part in the Rochdale Primary Schools BIG SING this morning in the Great Hall at Rochdale Town Hall.

The children have been rehearsing very hard for Big Sing at lunchtimes and have been sounding very tuneful and in harmony. The song that was chosen was Rhianna’s “Diamonds”. The song has been reverberating all around school amongst most of the other children and staff!!!


The children loved the warm up!

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Some of our children wore their uniforms with pride in school today to celebrate World Thinking Day on the 22nd February during the half term holiday. The day focuses on International Friendship and encourages the children to think about guiding and scouting all over the world. Our children can be the ones who bring about positive change in the world and belonging to other groups outside of school who encourage charity work and focus on global issues allows the children to think more about the role they can play.

National Storytelling Week

Rochdale Council caught up with pupils from St John's, Thornham, in their lovely wooden reading nook with some of their favourite stories. Great storytelling everyone!

It's snowing!

What a beautiful place our school is in! We have had fun playing in the snow building snow people and taking part in our Forest School sessions. The fire pit really kept us toasty!

gulp (Give up loving pop)

The whole school is doing the 30 Day water Challenge as part of gulp, the new campaign from Food Active which aims to raise awareness of the health harms associated with over consumption of sugary drinks. Has your child been swapping sugary drinks for water?

Last week Mrs Hunter started an experiment in assembly where she placed 3 eggs into liquids- one in cola, one in orange juice and one in water- here are the results.


The shell on the egg that had been in coke was brown and had started to dissolve, the shell of the egg in orange had started to peel and flake and was soft and the egg I the water remained the same and cracked open as a shell should. This experiment showed us what the sugar in drinks does to your teeth and the inside of your body along with the additional sugar turning into fat. We will repeat this experiment and share it with the Councillor who is visiting with Rochelle the Rochdale Healthy Schools mascot when they visit school on the 30th January.
gulp is a new campaign from Food Active which aims to raise awareness of the health harms associated with over consumption of sugary drinks. While many people are aware of the negative impact that sugary drinks have on teeth, fewer are aware of the link between the over consumption of sugary drinks, weight gain and diabetes which can cause the loss of limbs in later life. Lots of sugary drinks do not contain natural sugars- manmade sugars are not good for our bodies. Gulp seeks to change this by educating our children to make the right choices. Today your children will come home with a water bottle- from MONDAY they are encouraged to STOP drinking sugary drinks for 30 days and replace it with drinking more water. Children need to be taught healthy routines and lifestyles- why not join in the challenge with your child and give up POP for 30 days. Please tick off each day your child does not drink sugary drinks and replaces it with water- track their progress and return it to school after the 30 days- TUESDAY 12th February! Good luck everyone! 
Our display in the school hall shows us how much sugar is in drinks! Mrs Hunter started an experiment in assembly where she placed 3 eggs into liquids- one in cola, one in orange juice and one in water- we will share the results with you next week! 
Thank you to a team of busy knitters including members of the church congregation and school staff who have been bust knitting 95 angels and their beautiful wings since February. Cheryl Almond brought the angels to school on Monday- each one truly unique and different. The knitters set about on this task to ensure every St. John’s child would go home with one to both keep and hang on their tree or to share with a member of their family or a neighbour or friend who may be in need of hope, peace, joy and love this Christmas. Thank you so much for all your hard work- I know the children will treasure these handmade angels and they will help to warm hearts over the festive period. Please make sure your child looks after their angel which has been made with love and care.

Thank you to everyone who bought an extra Christmas present for the HITs radio Mission Christmas appeal. Mission Christmas is all about bringing children in poverty across Greater Manchester some Christmas spirit at a time when they need it most.

Organisations across Manchester have nominated children who they know will not have a present under their tree this Christmas. I am so pleased that St. John’s could be involved in this appeal and be part of spreading Christmas cheer across Manchester.

What a lovely Christmas lunch we had today- it was yummy! Thank you to Miss Robertson and Mrs Greenwood for cooking our lovely lunch as well as decorating the tables beautifully. We listened to Christmas carols, pulled our crackers and enjoyed traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings with festive biscuits and ice-cream to follow. 

On Tuesday our KS2 choir visited Meadow Bank Nursing Home. They sang festive hymns and songs and entertained the residents with their movement and actions too! They took each resident a handmade Christmas card and handed them out. The children and the residents had a drink together before singing traditional Christmas songs whilst the residents played along with musical instruments. you to the children & their families who joined us on our Nativity Walk- this is a joint event with school and church and it is a wonderful experience for our community. Thank you for joining us in the school hall to think about the true meaning of Christmas before following the donkey down the lane to church. This was followed by our special Christingle Service. The children had been very busy in the morning making their Christingles and our thanks goes to the Co-op in Castleton for donating half the oranges, the raisins, sweets and sticks and to Tesco in Rochdale for donating the rest of the oranges! The service was filled with hymns and poems and it was beautiful when the lights went out to see all the candles flickering around church!


Thank you to church for the mulled wine and to the PTFA for the potato hash- compliments to the chef were given by many!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Each week we will unwrap a gift of advent as we wait for the coming of Jesus. We will share hope, joy, peace and love as we celebrate together!

Thanks to all the children who wore their ties to school on 22/11/18; we had some very funky ones! Thanks also to all those who donated chocolate in aid of the PTFA Christmas Fair; the chocolate tombola stall will be amazing!

"Wear your Dad's/Grandad's Tie to School Day!

Welcome to the gallery! Please enjoy browsing our photographs.

Remembrance- Children from every class have worked hard to produce remembrance crosses. They are on display in our outside reflective area. Our 100 crosses mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. We will remember them.

We were involved in the BIG SING in Rochdale with others schools- we sang 'This is me' from the film The Greatest Showman

We are very proud of our dance troupe who performed an 80's medley at Middleton Arena and the St. Anne's dance competition where we won the trophy for the 3rd year running!

Open day sessions for our new Reception intake for September 2022 will be held at school on Thursday 4th November, please phone the school office to book to attend at either 10am or 2pm. We look forward to meeting you.