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Friday, 28 January 2011

Using the New Library!

Today year 1 have had the chance to use and explore the new library. They really enjoyed finding new books and favourite books. They loved the bean bags and comfy chairs.

Ice is nice

Today the reception class found some ice on the top of the water in the water box. All the children had a chance to touch the ice and see how it felt. The ice felt cold, wet and slippery. "It looks like glass for windows." said one of the children. Another child explained that we get ice when it is really cold and it melts into water when it gets hot.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Y2 Talking for Writing - Jesus and the fishermen

There was lots of great talking in Year 2 this morning preparing for a story write. I was really impressed with how children were using story maps to share their ideas. The stories are about Jesus helping the fishermen.

The first sentences they wrote together were - 'One dark night Peter, Thomas, John and James met three friends. Peter said, "I'm going fishing. Do you want to come with me?"

Great work Year 2!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Playing with shadows

Year 3 are learning about light and shadow in their topic. Have a go to see if you can answer these questions.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Robots join class

Last week Y4C were joined by a Dalek and a Cyberman, two famous robots from Doctor Who. The class have been reading the Iron Man by Ted Hughes, inspiring them to create their own robot stories.

2011 a new year = new challenges

Check out St Josephs challenges for new literacy, maths & science challenges.

Hand in your entries by Thursday 17th February, along with your name and class. You may win a prize!

Good luck!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


Today, Y5P worked with the 'Probots'. They had to work out how many centimeters the probot would travel and how many degrees it would have to turn to make various shapes. they recorded the shapes by putting a pen into a hole on the probot. The shapes included: Octagons, squares and dodecagons. It was fun and easy when you knew how to do it.

By Ruby

Friday, 21 January 2011

Class Mass

Yesterday Y3M held a class Mass in their classroom. It was a beautiful celebration of the Mass led by Father Joy. The children were attentive and respectful just as we would expect. They also asked Father Joy all about his vestments and were fascinated to be able to see everything close at hand. Mrs Marsh, who was with them, was very proud of their attitude and participation.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Puppet Show with a bit extra!

This morning Reception and Year 1 classes were entertained by Mr Brown, a puppeteer. Year 4/5J were there too, watching the performance and observing how the infants enjoyed the show. Lots of fun and laughter was had by all the children. They particularly enjoyed joining in with Farmer Giles, trying to keep control of Daisy the cow! These pictures show how much the infants became involved.

After the infants had gone back to class, Mr Brown showed Y4/5J how a puppet show works. He also showed us lots of different types of puppets, how he made them and how he manipulated them. It was all very interesting. As well as this, Mr Brown has made some different example suggestions for puppets that our class could make later this term. He has left them with us and is looking forward to seeing what we make. This is part of our Funnybones topic in which we are writing plays and devising puppet shows.
It was a fabulous morning with so much for us to learn. Thank you very much PTFA for funding this exciting show.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Robot Maths?

Today Y4C undertook several maths activities related to their topic 'The rise of the robots'. One task was to identify the 2D shapes which made up a robot. The second task involved accurately measuring all the sides of a robot.

By Joel
By Laura

Cool vibrations

In Y5P the children have been learning about how to change the pitch on differetn instruments. They have been using some virtual instrument to help them. Have a go at the activity and se if you can answer the questions.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Goodbye Mrs Edwards

This morning,we said goodbye to Mrs Edwards after serving St. Joseph's school for 31 years.Mrs Edwards has an brilliant talent that not many people knew about, art and caligraphy.She has made an amazing card for all of the children and staff at St. Joseph's school.

At the start of the assembly three children, David, Jade and Iwan came up to the front to either draw a portrait or mould a sculpture of Mr Sherwin. We then sang a Goodbye song to Mrs Edwards.Then we gave her some flowers and two good bye presents.

By Kelsey and Agnel (Year 6)

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Reversible and Irreversible changes

Year 6 have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes. Here is an activity they have worked on. See what you can find out in this activity.

More footy sessions

All the juniors have now experienced the football workshop. There will be an after school football club available on tuesdays to all junior children. Big thanks to Sam from P3D for the taster sessions.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Monday, 10 January 2011

Football magic

Year 5 were treated to a football skills PE lesson today run by Sam from p3d. The children learned dribbling, passing and shooting skills. Sam will be running an afterschool football club on Tuesdays for year 5 pupils. Letters about he football club will be sent home tomorrow.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Friday, 7 January 2011

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Y6 Investigating the Properties of Shaving Foam

So is shaving foam a solid, liquid or gas? Can Y6 find the answer?

St Joseph's Museum

Funny Bones?

To start their new topic off, Y4/5J have been showing what they already know about the body. I was amazed how many names of bones they knew and also how many knew where the main organs of the body are positioned. However, there were also some very strange bodies which I'm sure Dr Frankenstein would be interested to see! We will look again at the pictures at the end of the topic and compare our knowledge!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Life on Mars

In the hall at lunchtime, we have been talking about the planets in our solar system. One child in Year 2 asked what it would be like to live on Mars. Here is a picture from the surface of Mars. What would it be like to live here?

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The rise of the robots

Today Y4C started their new project 'The rise of the robots'. The children began by brainstorming what they already know about robots.

Doubling Numbers in Year 1

Today in year 1 children have been learning how to double numbers up to 13! The children have all come back and worked very hard on their first day after a long holiday!
Ellie explained that if you want to double a number you have to add the same number to it so if you want to double 5 you add 5 to it to make 10.

A great start to the term and the new year. Well done year 1!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Happy New Year

In our assembly I will be asking children WHO they would expect to find in these places?


Did the Three Wise Men expect to find a king as a baby in a stable?