St Joe's Blog

St Joe's Blog

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

A leaver's prayer

Mrs. Patton shared with me this beautiful prayer written by Peter -

Dear God,

Make us strong to stand up for what's right and make us the person inside.
Let us show the talents that we have.
Guide us through the journal of life, let us choose the right path and not to follow to dark path.
Make our future life be bright, each and everyday.

Well done Peter.

I hope you are all having a happy and restful break.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Home learning

A few years ago, myself and a few other G&T coordinators from across Bristol produced a booklet as a source of guidance for teachers. It was intended to be used by them to give parents ideas about how to work with their children at home to further promote and support their abilities and interests. I thought it would be useful to show this again and place it on the school blog, particularly now with it being the summer holidays. Options are available to increase the size of the booklet or print.

How to Support Your Interested

Friday, 24 July 2009


It was an emotional day as we said Goodbye to our Year 6 children. They have had a fantastic year and showed great team work. We also say Goodbye to Mr Tilmouth who is also sadly leaving the school. We wish him well in the future and thank him for all his hard work.

All the best and good luck in your new school!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Y5/6C Banksy Style graffiti

Earlier in the school year, Year 5 & 6 looked at the work of Banksy in their Art Attack project. The class created stencils, which eventually this week we got round to spraying. The results look fantastic! If you are interested in Banksy be sure to check out his work at the Bristol Museum, which closes on 31st August and is free to enter.


Year 3/4 have had another great PowerPoint presentation for their Safari homework project. The children had to make their own project on a Safari animal of their choice. Hannah in Mrs. Mantle's class did her's on Cheetahs.

Year 6 Performance

Year 6 this week produced two fantastic performances of their play Frankie and me. The audience was treated to some brilliant acting and superb singing. Congratulations and Well done Year 6 for all your hard work. Many thanks to everyone who helped.

And here is another chance to see the animation in the play starring many of the teaching staff. Year6 performance

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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Year 1 Assembly and open morning

Today Year 1 shared their assembly with the rest of the school and lots of parents. The children have worked really hard this term on their seaside topic and really enjoyed sharing it with everyone.
After the assembly parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters and friends stayed and had the opportunity to look at the children's books. This was a great success and the children really enjoyed it. Thank you to everybody that made the effort to come in the rain and make the event so brilliant. A big thank you to Miss Geach for her hard work not only this term but all year! Well done year 1!
Miss Wright

We sang our way to a national award!

We are proud to say we are the first school in Bristol to gain a silver SingUp award. As a result of this we featured in an article on Saturday 18th July Evening Post. Click on the link to see the article. Well done everyone and particularly Mrs Marsh for all your hard work.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Safari project

If you want to find things out about then watch my presentation.

In our Year 3/4 Safari topic we have been learning about different African animals as a homework project. I did a Zebra.

Thank you, Lauren H.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Year 5 animation

After creating a Manga animation, Year 5 coninued to explore animation using the website Goanimate. The children have worked hard scanning in artwork, creating soundeffects and storyboarding ideas. Using their Manga artwork, the children produced their own superhero stories. Below are a few examples. super hero movie 3 by big boy bling 32 By Will

Like it? Create your own at It's free and fun! love at first sight dun dun dun!(leigh'n' anna) by wonderwomen

Like it? Create your own at It's free and fun! superhero movie by yan1234

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Year 3/4 go on Safari!

Yesterday, Year 3/4 went ot Longleat Safari park. It was a trip planned in with our Safari topic.

Cory in my class has written this for the Blog

'Yesterday all Y3/4 classes went to Longleat Safari Park. We saw lots of animals. Fist we saw the Tapiers, they had very long noses. We saw lots of Giraffes and Zebras. On our way through the Safari we saw some very rare Stags. We don't think they were part of the Safari Park. It was very fun and even though we couldn't go and see all of the animals, it was really worth it!'

Cory 3/4 T

Thursday, 16 July 2009


On Wednesday 15 July 2009 St.Joseph's Fencing Club took part in the Bristol Primary Schools' Fencing Championship. Other schools that took part were Oldbury Court Primary and Bannerman Road Primary.
Our school had two teams:
Team A-Sebastian, George, Keegan and Orian.
Team B-Liam, Jack, Alana and Aaron.
Each team played two matches up two 45 points.We all played really well and enjoyed ourselves.

St.Jo's Team A-SILVER
St.Jo's Team B-BRONZE
Olbury Court-BRONZE

In the end it turned out to be a great day and we were all proud of ourselves.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Fencing Competion

A report from Mrs. Smaka -

St Jo's did really well, they came 2nd and joint 3rd so got silver and bronze medals. Bannerman Road got Gold and the trophy for a year. Oldbury Court - joint 3rd

Team A: Sebastian, George, Keegan and Orian - SILVER
Team B: Liam, Jack, Alana and Aaron - Joint BRONZE

Well done to all invloved!!!!!!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Aaron Blue tit bird eggs!

Aarons Grandad has given him eight blue tit eggs. Aaron has been looking after these eggs for 13 days. Unfortunatly they died ever scince his Grandad found them.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

A day at the seaside!

Today year 1 ventured to Weston- Super - Mare as part of their seaside topic. We had a wonderful day and all the children behaved incredibly. Mr Condon took us on a tour of old Weston and we saw the old pier. Then we had lunch on the beach and then made sand sculptures using materials we had collected on our walk. We all had a fantastic but tiring day. A big thank you to the parents for helping - we couldn't have done it without you!

Creating Top Trumps cards

A few weeks ago Year 6 was given a homework task of creating their own Top trump cards. They came back with some stunning designs. Some of the cards are so good, they look like they are professionally made!

Tennis problem solving

Following Wimbledon Year 5&6 have been solving various tennis related problems.

For example how many rectangles can you see on a tennis court?

We solved problems related to the world's fastest servers at tennis. Sam discovered that if Andy Roddick was able to serve a tennis ball from York to Aberdeen, it would take one hour 58 minutes for the ball to reach its destination. Estella calculated that a ball from Venus Williams travelling from Glasgow to Sheffield would take one hour 53 minutes.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Year 5 Manga animation

Year 5 have been exploring Manga Art and have created their own Manga characters. We have begun to look at animation and produced this short video.

Friday, 3 July 2009


Year 2 have been making wanted posters for their pirate posters. Some of them look very scary!
By Mr Sherwin

Nice Semi Marathon

Following a brilliant Sports Day earlier in the week, yesterday we were joined by Mr Terry who told us about his race. As a result of his run in the Nice Semi Marathon we have managed to raise £240 and a further £500 was donated by HSBC to our charity For-Ethiopia. A big thank you to Mr Terry and everyone who donated. Also well done to those members of Year 5&6 who helped with the running of the sponsorship.


Recently in Maths Year5&6 have been investigating Polyominoes. The children had fun exploring the different shapes and particularly enjoyed playing Tetris.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Years 5 and 6 have been studying the poem 'The Wrong Flowers' by Brenda Cook. We looked at differences and how people are treated because of them. In the poem, Brenda Cook looked back over her life and we saw how life changed for her over time. Below are some of the poems we wrote about changes in our lives.

I am me

When I was small
I used to feel like I was living inside a tree
I had so many things to do
I had things to see, things to climb.
I could trust anything and anyone.
So many ambitions
So many dreams
But then someone cut down that tree and I began to age.

I began to get older.
More worried about things.
Words hurt me more than they did before.
I had new friends than I did before.
I had a new dream to be a mechanic.
I wanted to be small again on that tree.
But now I have a new tree.
But I know that someone will cut it down, eventually.

When I grow up and I am tall,
I’ll be that tree I use to climb.
I’ll fulfil my dreams and have a laugh.
But the best bit is I’ll get to be
By Morgan

Before, Now, Later
Entering my new school,
Nervously stepping in to class
Confusingly looking around
Trying to find something I liked.

Looking up, straight at my teacher
Taking an unsteady step,
Finding an empty space
Sitting at a table in the front.

Now I am confident, happy
Chatty and having many friends
Going along with the daily routine
Finding that I am enjoying myself.

Never afraid to speak up.
Fitting in with the rest.
Playing the friendly games.
Enjoying every day of the year.

Looking towards my future
Sometimes I'm scared to move on
Trying to make time go slower
Hoping I'll make the right choices.

Maybe I'll be famous in the future
I'm not afraid to say
I'll be happy whatever happens
I'll be myself every day.

Growing Up
When I was young,
I could be anyone I wanted.
I wanted to be big.
I was always shy.
I thought I was invincible.
I always cried
I ran many times but was still slow.
I always imagined things
That never existed.

Now I'm more confident
I don't mess around.
I'm more sensible,
I'm very neat.
I'm not shy anymore.
I'm really tall.
I try to listen
I do my best.

In the future
I might be taller,
I could be busy.
I might be rich.
I could be poor.
I don't know what I'll be, but-

When I was young
I was free
I danced and danced
I was confident
I was young then.

I'm settled
I'm much, much happier
I meet new people
But that's now.

The future...
I could expect more in the future
Life has more surprises
I never know what I could do
And where I will be
So I guess it's up to God where
He will take me.

In my early years,
When I was able to fly
When I was faster than formula one
When I was Superman
When I could beat all Olympic records
When my imagination was more powerful than a king
When I was indestructible
When I was living in my own world
I never thought about the past or the future.

These days I've forgotten the way to the stars
I haven't got any fuel in my rockets.
I cannot fly - I lost my wings.
I have to work
And dream of the past.

I hope the future will be a happy one
Fun and enjoyable for everyone.

When I was Little
When I was little, playing kiss chase with the boys,
Changing in the same room, Singing in the toilets
Stripping off my clothes in public; without a care.
'Never again' I say now.

Food covered my face and hands.
Singing, shouting and screaming in shops.
Licking toes and biting nails.
'Never again' I say now.

'Mummy, pour teddy some juice' and 'Dolly's crying mummy'
One day I was a mermaid
Next day an explorer!
Elly Pelly always at my side.
But no one else can ever see her.
My dad would push me on the swing,
And my mum would tickle me and play.
'Never again' I say now.

My nan would feed me and cut my food-
'Choo Choo.'
I needed help to use the potty
And my nappy would be sticky.
You'd never get a chance to give me a kiss or cuddle-
I'd be off like lightning.
'Never again' I say now.

Whaen I was young, I always had a dream.
When I was young, my imagination was wild.
When I was young, I was very small.
When I was young, I liked trains.

Now I'm a better and smarter person,
I'm not afraid to speak up.
I've got courage.
I'm serious and sensible.

In the future
I'd like to be a graphic designer.
I don't know what I can be, but
I'll always be me and

Finding the capacity

In Y2S we have been ordering, estimating and measuring the capacity of different containers. The children have learned lots and had a chance to cool themselves during this hot weather.

By Mr Sherwin

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Talking about our blog

Today I have been out of class at the regional ICT conference to learn how we can develop ICT in our school. In one of the lessons I was talking about our school blog with Tim Rylands, the man who helped us start our blog!
It's great to see all the wonderful stories and comments already on our blog. Lets keep it up!

By Mr Sherwin