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St Joe's Blog

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Good stuff!!!

Great to hear about the new bloggers. I look forward to reading your posts about great learning in St. Joes!

Mr. Condon

Monday, 28 September 2009


Today, Joe T has decided to become a blogger for the school blog and join the blogger team.

The Blogger's presently are : Joe YR6, Sebastian YR6, Jaylene YR6 and Amber YR6!

Joe will try to sniff out stories and sucsessful learning throughout the school and post it on the Blog and so will the other bloggers!

Friday, 25 September 2009

Sports Star

Congratulations to Christian in the Later Year Primary (Y5/6) who has been selected to attend the Gifted & Talented sessions this year at the University of the West of England (UWE).

Last June Christian attended Sports Sessions along with 220 other pupils from across Bristol, after being nominated by St Josephs for excelling at Sports. From the 220 pupils, only 30 have been selected as being the best from the Bristol area and therefore invited to take part in the sessions at the University. Well done Chris!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Descriptions of Greece

Leon in the Later Years Primary has been working hard to improve his writing. Below are some examples of his fantastic descriptions.

Standing there, I could see a stunning ancient Greek temple. The sun shone down onto the tall stone pillars, creating huge dark shadows. Tourists were like tiny ants gathering on its golden steps.

Peering over the edge of a cliff, I can see a beautiful view below. The shinning sea, was as blue as the sky above. The land below looked like clay models. I can just make out there is a wreck of an old battered boat left on the beach shore.


Today Middle S has been researching castles. Using the internet, children were surfing, copying and pasting information about the different parts of castles.

I was very impressed how quickly the children were able to find the right information.

By Mr Sherwin

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Our creation psalms

Today we have listened to some psalms about creation and have written some of our own.

Here is Niamh's psalm:
Great and powerful God, thank you for the beginning of the world. Thank you for my special life. I can speak, I can walk, I can do anything at all. Thank you for the trees, the sun, the moon, stars and planets. Thank you for the animals. Thank you for the colour in the world.

Well done Niamh

By Mr Sherwin

Monday, 21 September 2009

Peace Day Prayers

Today was Peace Day, and the later years (Year 5&6) moved on to Greece as part of their Around the World project. The children looked at the symbol of the Olive branch. In Greek tradition, olive branches represent peace. The plant was considered sacred to the ancient goddess of wisdom, Athena. An Olive wreath was also given to the winners of the Ancient Olympic Games.

The motif of an olive branch can also represent "hope for peace" and even a peace offering from one person to another, as in the phrase "extend an olive branch"

Below are some of our Peace Day prayers

St. Joseph's Cycles with Sustrans!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Our Virtual School

Early on in Year 5, it was clear that Liam Maslowski was an ICT star. He continued to develop, producing fantastic work such as designs for my classroom and in his animations. I set Liam the challenge of creating the whole school on Google sketchup. Liam who left the school in July and now attends Downend school, worked on this task for several months during his spare time. Last week he returned to St Joseph's with his finished designs. His work and attention to detail is incredible!! He has set an example of what can be achieved through determination and hard work. Well done Liam and all the very best in your new school.

Vatican art

Whilst studying Italy this week, the Later Years group (5&6) looked the Vatican City and explored the Art work of the Sistine Chapel. In a competition, the children were given several paintings and were asked to guess the bible stories that they represented. In a later round of the competition they were given clues such as bible readings. Finally they were given the title of the paintings to match up to the pictures. The activity sparked lots of discussions about what the paintings were about.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Supporting Sustrans

Jack Underhill and Leigh Smith went beside Morrisons, where sustrans got a crystal trophey and a Award signed by the Queen. Then the Lord Lietutenant of Bristol turned up and shook their hands. Next,the photographer came and took their photographs for the Evening Post.

Leigh quoted "I enjoyed it, it was really fun!"
Jack also said "I enjoyed riding my bike to Morrisons".

If you would like to find out more then click on the link below.

Leanining Tower of PASTA!

During our Italian week Year 5/6 (Later Years) had the challenge of building the Leaning Tower of Pasta! (D.T) It was great fun, But it was harder than it sounds!

Comments from the children

Joe T: It was very fun and I got tempted to eat it, but luckily I didn't!

Kelsey F: It was fun and exciting, but very messy!

Daniel A: It was fun, but in the end our's fell over, I guess thats why they call it the leaning tower of pisa.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

French breakfast

This week the later years classes have arrived in France for their project 'Around The World'. To kick off this learning on France, the children were treated to a French breakfast. Many of the children dressed up in French costume. For breakfast we ate croissants and baguettes, whilst listening to French music. The children needed to use their best French to pay and order their food. GĂ©niale!!!

Around The World Project

The Later years classes have begun their topic for the term -Around The World.

We will be discovering more about different countries around the world, whilst undertaking lots of exciting learning.

The journey has begun......


Today the Y5/6 classes all had a french breakfast with french food we even got given a little menu and some play money. Mrs marsh said a prayer before we bagan to eat but the part of the prayer was because it was in french!

In the end it turned out like a great bite to eat.

French Breakfast

This morning the y5/6 classes had a french breakfast. We had to use play money eurous to buy the food we had croissants,bread,chocolate bits bread and drinks. The breakfast was delicous, mrs marsh bagan us with a french prayer we had to say every thing in french.