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Monday, 28 February 2011

Junk model robots

Today Y4C finished making their junk model robots

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Japan and robots

Y4C looked at Japan and their fascination with robots. The Japanese love robots and lead the world in robotics production and use. They even have giant robots which are huge tourist attractions. Check out the 360 degree view of one of the giant robots by clicking here.

'I think they built the robots because they like the future and are forward thinking,' said Joseph

Music Machine

Before the holiday Y4C created music machines. Inspired by robots and machines, the children worked in groups with limited instruments to device their own rhyme.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Lepra Workout

To say thank you for all the money St Joseph's has raised for Lepra, some ladies came in and did an aerobic workout with each class.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Sing Up Gold Award

Presented today!!!

Monday, 14 February 2011

E-safety Week

The whole school is learning about e-safety this week. The children are learning about issues such as cyber-bulling, unwanted communications and protecting personal information. Parents can get more information about e-saftey from the CEOP website. If you are KS2 and would like to play some e-safety games, click on the cybercafe link below. KS1 children can watch Hecter's World cartoons to help learn about staying safe on the internet.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Camp 2011

We had a great time on camp, undertaking so many fantastic activities. Here are a few photographs to show you some of the things we got up to.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Reception Class Assembly

The theme of this great assembly was LOVE. I loved the assembly and so did all the parents, children and teachers too.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Chinese Dragon

This week the reception children have been learning about Chinese New Year. Today some of the children used chalks to create an amazing picture of a Chinese dragon. They used team work and organised themselves brilliantly. It was so big it was difficult to take a photo.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Chinese New Year

JJ has done piece of work she would like to share on the blog. Here it is:

Last week it was Chinese New Year, and it is now the year of the rabbit.
This is a story about this special time:
A long time ago in ancient
China, there was a monster named Nian; he woke
up once a year to damage the
villages. People had to abandon their houses and
hide as Chinese New Year's
Eve came closer.

On the day that the monster would wake up, a wise man
told the villagers to
hang red paper on their doors and let off all their
firecrackers. Before long,
the monster came to the village it became scared
of the loud noises from the
firecrackers and the red paper hurt its eyes. It
turned away never to come back

These are some pictures of
Chinese decorations:


Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Robot Tales in Year 4

This week we are writing stories about robots. To help inspire us we have welcomed some visitors into our class.

Sing Up Day

We are now a Gold Award school!

Here we are on the Sing Up map.

To celebrate we are singing in different languages or in parts throughout the school; the Head will sing at lunchtime; the YR class are sharing songs with our neighbouring preschool and the choir are visiting our local Special School. Also we shall have a whole school singing assembly. Finally our Y5 and 6s who will be on camp in the Forest of Dean will join in through singing activities of their own whether potholing or abseiling at the same time! This is all in anticipation of the following week when we will actually be handed over our Gold Award by Laurie Gethin our endorser, and fantastic Area Leader! We are all truely excited!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Isle of tune

In Y5P (and with some Y6B) the class have been creating some very interesting sound islands using a website called Isle of Tune. They started by building a road and then houses, trees, flowers and finally a car. As the car drives past different objects it creates different tunes. The children have been experimenting with different tunes and some children were challenged to see if they could be made to sound spooky. Here are some examples:


Isle of Colour

Isle of Doom

Aqua Note
Have a go at making your own. My favourite is this one- Beat It

-- By Mr Sherwin

Friday, 4 February 2011

Lepra Assembly

This morning Sara, from the charity Lepra, came into school to explain how St Joseph's can help people who suffer from the disease leprosy.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Robot Art

Y4C have been creating robot art as part of their project 'The rise of the robots'. We began by making studies of the art movement futurism and robots in art. We then created some robot art of our own using oil pastels.

Evacuees play

Today Year 6 gave a fantastic WW2 presentation, during which a small group preformed 'The evacuees play' by Carolyn Sloan. Here is a section of their play.

Learning about Direction in Year 1

Music Composition Workshop in Year 4/5

World War 2 Topic Presentation

Last term Year 6 learnt all about the Second World War. In this great presentation the children told us how through learning about history they produced a wide range of different writing (great diary writing, descriptive writing, poetry), made gas mask boxes, looked at maps of wartime Europe and used ICT really well to present their ideas. I loved the way which they were able to empathise with how people lived at this difficult time. Well done Year 6!

Mr Condon