Congratulations Table Tennis Squad!

On Wednesday 14th November, the St. John’s tables tennis squad competed in the Kent School Games. We entered two teams and each team played with the usual St. John’s balance of gritty determination and keen sportsmanship. Despite valiant efforts in the group round, the B team played magnificently coming away with a draw and a loss. The A team managed to win all their games in the group stage and went on to the final against Amherst. In the end, Amherst were too strong for St. John’s claiming an 8:0 victory giving us silver medal position. The competition gave the squad an opportunity to play at a higher level and compete against other schools from across Kent. They tell me they have learnt a lot from the experience which is so good to hear. We were complimented several times on our positivity and attitude to sport. Thank you to Georgia who supported us and helped with scoring.

Well done to all. I hope you are inspired to play more table tennis and even consider playing for a club outside school. If you would like to know more details about how to do this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Jane Gillhouley

Year 6 Blitz World War II

This term, Year 6 have immersed themselves in our new History / Literacy topic World War II. The children kicked off this topic by producing some fantastic homework projects about prominent wartime leaders, which we are proudly displaying on our walls. We have been learning about wartime London and how it must have felt to be caught up in the Blitz. The teachers have been hugely impressed by Y6’s enthusiasm and knowledge about WWII, with many relating stories of family members involved in the war. After researching the features of newspaper reports and combining this with facts about the Blitz, Y6 wrote newspaper reports about a imagined air-raid; take a look at some of the great examples here:




A flying start to the term!

Welcome back to a new term. We have enjoyed getting to know St John’s first ever 2-form Year 6. Its been a busy few weeks so far; full of learning opportunities, Job roles and responsibilities allocation, and assessments.

The children have been impressing us with their maturity and resilience; when faced with the challenges of assessments. We can all look forward now to setting down to an exciting and jam-packed curriculum this term!

In English, the children have been studying the book ‘Wolf Brother’ by Michelle Paver. Set in a forest, Wolf Brother takes place during the New Stone Age and follows the life of twelve-year-old Torak and his Wolf guide. It is a story centered around a quest and the challenge of Survival!

The children have produced some wonderful writing as the Wolf and in Art, they were given the opportunity to use pencil to create Wolf images. Some of which, have been added to our developing display.

We look forward to extending the children’s experiences of ‘Wolf Brother’ outside the classroom next week; when both classes have the opportunity to attend Forest School. 6M go on Thursday 27th September and 6W go on Friday 28th September.

In Science and RE this term, the two classes are learning about evolution and inheritance.  We could not miss an opportunity to take them to the home of Charles Darwin, Downe house. 6W will be going next week on Tuesday 25th September and 6M on 1st October.

Finally, we enjoyed seeing so many of you at the ‘meet the teacher’ meetings this week. Following on from our talks we attach the link to the hand-out in case anyone missed the meetings.

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More cricket!

Congratulations to the children who represented St. John’s at the cricket tournament on Friday 8th June at Sevenoaks School.

After our promotion last season, we faced some stiff opposition in the form of Amherst, who were the eventual runners up, and Sevenoaks Primary School.

We played well and made significant improvements throughout the matches. Despite not coming away with a win, the children played with determination, a positive attitude and commitment. It was great to hear their encouraging comments to each other and their enthusiasm for the game.

Thanks go again to Mr Edward Oatley who supported, coached and encouraged the children throughout. Thank you too to the parents, relatives and friends who came to support the team. It was wonderful to see such support for our pupils. We hope to play again in this tournament when the current pupils will be Year 6 and a year older with more experience, ready to play their best and do battle on the pitch!

I hope that this little taster will inspire all of the children who have had limited exposure to cricket, to pick up a bat and ball and play more of this wonderful game!


Well done to you all.

Anyone for a spot of cricket?

St. John’s were certainly up for a little bit of cricket today! With the sun shining down on us and with not a cloud in the sky – yes very hot actually- we gathered at Otford to play in the annual Sevenoaks cricket festival.

Twelve keen cricketers supported each other throughout the whole competition, encouraging team mates and playing to the best of their ability. The competition was tough and we certainly had some challenging matches. Despite not coming away with a win, we were victorious in our spirit, enthusiasm and approach to the game. I am so truly proud of our fabulous Year 5s. I can honestly say that I have never seen such a lovely group of resilient pupils who persevered and remained positive to the very end. Well done to all.

Thank you too to Mr Oatley who supported us, giving the children coaching tips and encouragement throughout. Also to Mrs Loftin who brought along the choc ices – so very needed – and to all our amazing parents, brothers and sisters (and new puppy) who came to support us all.

We really are a great school with such a wonderful community. Thank you again.

More cricket this Friday!



Day 2 at PGL

Another fantastic day in the sunshine at PGL!  Today the children have really bonded in their groups, supporting one another to reach heady heights on the zip wire and abseiling, and working together to make some rather impressive rafts.

The children loved the aero-ball, working in pairs in competitive and non-competitive games.

We saw such bravery on the abseiling, with children really pushing themselves and being so glad and proud that they did!

We rounded the day off with a cosy campfire, eating marshmallows and singing songs.

See you all tomorrow!

The Year 5 Team


PGL – here we come!

What a fantastic first day at PGL. The sun shone and the children have had a go at raft building, archery, zip wire, giant swing and aeroball. It has been lovely to see them working together and encouraging each other to try the different activities.


Raft building was wet and wild!




Hair-raising ride on the giant swing!


Bulls-eyes all round!


Reaching for the stars on the zip wire!


A super day was had by all especially our birthday boy!

The Year 5 Team.


Sky Songs and Dream Snatchers

On Thursday, we were lucky enough to attend the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival, and to listen to the brilliant Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song and the Dreamsnatcher trilogy.  She told us about the places and objects that have inspired her to write, and most importantly, her mottos for life – ‘never be afraid to fail’ and ‘live life full of adventure.’  What a fantastic message to give the children!  To that end, we’re really looking forward to our PGL trip next week, and experiencing new and exciting activities together.


We’re nearing the end of our Decimal Journey, and we are so proud of how fluent the children have become in converting between fractions, decimals and percentages.  How far we’ve come!

In English we’ve started our new class text, Holes by Louis Sachar.  So far we’ve learnt about the characters of the story, but we don’t yet know how the main character, Stanley Yelnats, found himself sent to Camp Green Lake.  His punishment is to dig a hole 5ft wide by 5ft deep every day, in the baking heat.


The Year 5 Team

Year 5 – the latest news…

What a lovely start to term 5. The sun is shining (at last), and on Wednesday the whole school was very fortunate to walk up to the Vine to celebrate the return of our local double Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold.  After her historic win in Pyeonchang, the skeleton racer brought the gold home to Sevenoaks on an open-top bus tour and we were there to meet her and wave our flags! Make sure you look at our photos in the Sevenoaks Chronicle.



This term we have began working on fairy tales in advance of today’s meeting with KS2 to discuss the Summer Production. Both Year 5 classes will be writing a fairy tale as their part in the Production and everyone will have input into the design of the fairy tale and the subsequent script. A very exciting time for us all.

Our fractions maths journey has finished and we have begun working with decimals and looking at their relation to fractions. As you are aware, each class chooses a vehicle for each different maths journey and this time 5J have chosen skeleton bob in honour of Lizzie Yarnold and 5S a mobility scooter! The reasoning for the scooter being that we all need a little help to get to the end of our journey.

Our geography topic is the UK and we will be looking at the counties and more of the UK in detail. Science has us exploring forces and we are very much looking forward to investigating forces such as gravity and air resistance. In R.E. we take a look at Judaism and with art we are exploring British landscapes.

We look forward to seeing the children’s presentations for the reading circle over the coming weeks and perhaps we will see many of you at the 11+ meeting on Tuesday 1st May.

The Year 5 team.

Yesterday the whole school (full of excitement) went for a walk to Knole Park to raise money for Sport Relief as part of the Nation’s Billion Steps Challenge. We each walked alongside a partner from Year 2 so we could keep them safe and encourage them to complete the walk. It took over 2 hours to walk there and back but everyone completed the challenge and we arrived back at school tired but very happy. Everyone in our class enjoyed the walk even the really muddy parts!    By Hannah-Rose and Elizabeth



Currently in our English lessons we have been learning about the poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. We have been writing many things such as: a diary entry; a series of monologues; identifying figurative language within the poem and creating our own glossary filled with words we did not know before. I really like ‘The Highwayman’ poem and I’m looking forward to learning more about it. By Adele.

We are loving the Highwayman topic. We like to express ourselves as different characters through showing their emotions and feelings in our writing. We also like to show how we can use metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration and repetition. We are loving this topic so much! By Mac and Olan.


In Maths, we have been learning all about fractions. We have found that we like fractions because the way we do it is quite challenging and we like challenging ourselves. By Erin, Amber and Olivia.


We like fractions because there are many different fractions that equal the same value. The beauty of them is you can make them as easy or hard as you like. Another thing is that you find so many different patterns and sequences. By Griff and Sam.


It was lovely to see you all again at the Parent’s Consultations last week and share your child’s hard work and successes with you.

Hopefully, we will see many of you at the Easter Service.