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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Writing a flashback story

Y5/6C have been writing flashback stories to link with their topic 'Back to the future'. The children produced some fantastic descriptions using figurative language.

As I glared out the shiny car window, rain suddenly started to bucket down on the Merc like bullets falling from the sky. The view of the old park was then blurred by the heat of the warm luxurious car and by pattering raindrops joining together. The rain spluttered like an old grumpy man coughing from a terrible illness. "Did anything happen in the park?" Bob asked. "Yes I remember it vividly," Charlie replied wiping condensation off the window.

By Ben

"It's still raining," I thought, "Why can't it stop?" We were on the M5 to Devon for our next holiday and I didn't think it would be a pleasant one, if the weather kept like this. The rain was pouring down the window like tears. I could hear it getting harder and harder on the roof. It was like being showered with bullets from above -like a war in the sky. I wish I was back in Spain. It hardly ever rains in Spain. Hang on, what happened in Spain? My mind began to wonder...

By Dean

As I glared out of my untidy bedroom window, I could see rain splashing down like giant tears. It sounded like terrible gunshots. It was dark and dull. I felt miserable and I wished it had been bright. Suddenly, I remembered the most amazing time of my life....

Walking along the smooth sandy shore, I could see the beautiful blue shining sea. The warm sand felt like comfy cushions beneath my feet. My nose was filled with the smell of the salty sea. The air was filled with happiness! The coconut trees were the giants looking after their home. It felt like a perfect location for an adventure.

By Belinda

Friday, 28 October 2011

Playground games old and new

Y5/6C have been having fun exploring playground games old and new as part of their 'back to the future' project. The class tried out old classics such as Conkers, In and out the dusty bluebells, leapfrog and What's the time Mr Wolf? The children also taught each other many of the games they like to play today.

If you would like to find out more about playground games of the past check out this brilliant website from the British Library

Making circuits

Y5/6C have been exploring various electronic circuits. The children investigated parallel and series circuits, before moving on to play with motors and buzzers.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Rock Band in Class 6B

Keith Haring

This week the children in Mr Sherwin's class have been looking at artwork by the artist Keith Haring. They have painted themselves in the style of his work and discussed what they like about their work. If you would like to find out more about Keith Haring or want to do some colouring in during the half term break or play some games have a look at

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Body labels

Year 1 have been using PowerPoint to label photos of themselves to show parts of the body. It is great to see them using the ICT and science skills they have learned!

-- By Mr Sherwin

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Spreading the Word of God

Firework safety

The police have been in school this morning talking to Mrs Rolling's class. Don't worry, they are not in trouble! The police have come in to talk about how to be safe with fireworks. The reception children have been asking some very good questions.
-- By Mr Sherwin

Monday, 17 October 2011

CD recording

Today the school hall has been turned into a recording studio. The children are being recorded singing for a CD that will be on sale in the near future.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Friday, 14 October 2011

SingUp Platinum Award Party

Today we celebrated receiving the Platinum SingUp Award. We were presented with our certificate and plaque by the High Sheriff of the City of Bristol. We are only the second school in the city of Bristol to get this award and the only one in the area to have completed the entire journey from no award through silver, gold and now platinum. Well done Mrs Marsh and the whole school for this amazing success in singing.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Modern day photos of Fishponds placed on to an old map

As part of their 'Back to the future' project Y5/6C have been looking at how Fishponds has changed over time. Using ICT, the children have taken photographs of places in Fishponds today and then placed them on to an old map. As well as ICT skills the task required them to carefully study maps in order to put the photos in the correct places. Can you spot our school?

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Friday, 7 October 2011


In God's Family we love, grow and Learn

Y4J have been looking at our school's mission statement and what it means. We all wrote a guide to help us and then compiled all the best suggestions into one for the whole class. Maybe we can all follow it.

'Together in God's family

we love, grow and learn'

A step-by-step guide

­St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is proud of its mission statement, Together in God’s family we love, grow and learn. In God’s family we have to work hard and love one another. We don’t have to look like God, we have to be like God. This guide will help you become a better person and our school community will benefit.

· Tell the teacher if someone annoys you instead of fighting back

· Make our school a loving community. Show respect. Grow up as friends.

· Ignore distractions and listen to what you should be listening to

· Make God happy by showing everyone respect

· Make new friends by being kind

· Take responsibility for your actions

· Help other people by letting them play

· You need teamwork. Be cooperative and work together with your partner

· Listen to others and be polite to other people

· Care for each other – if you see someone hurt, help them

· Learn with each other

· Be kind to everyone by including people in our games

If you follow all of these you would have followed the school’s mission statement. You should feel proud and confident about coming to this wonderful school.

Harvest Assembly by Reception and Year 6

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Teddy Bear's Picnic in Reception

Investigating Materials in Year 4

Year 6 Visit to a Synagogue

Today Y6B visited a synagogue in Easton We were joined by some of the school governors, when we arrived; we were welcomed by a woman named 'Effie'. Effie talked to us about the Jewish Faith and showed us the 'Torah Scroll' (which is their Jewish Bible). Some of us brouht along our projects that we did during the holidays to show. We asked a lot of questions and Effit answered them brilliantly!

We had a wonderful time learning new information. We would love to visit the synagogue again!.

By Laurn Helmand Eve Bonifact Y6B

Year 3 teaching us how to be good friends using our Friendship Tree

October is a Month of Mary

Monday, 3 October 2011

Autumn leaves

Charlotte in Y5/6C visited Westernbirt Arboretum on the weekend. She collected lots of beautiful coloured leaves and decided to turn them in to a fantastic display, using clear plastic sheets. It's great to see learning outside of the classroom!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

More Dahlicious Day photos

Which characters can you spot?