Letters from St Joseph's Primary School
Letters from St Joseph's Primary School
School year: 2016/17
This half term we started with a Caritas Day. It was all about solidarity for the common good. In class we talked about what solidarity looked like at St. Joseph's School. We read from the bible Micah 6:8 'to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.' Year 6 produced some fabulous work to show in the assembly.
We are also looking forward to having lots of fun in our final term in St Joseph's after working so hard in our SAT's. We have lots of activities booked: water sports centre, forest crew, the beach, sports day, BMX cycling, Y6 final show, leaver's assembly, leaver's mass and afternoon tea. It's going to be an exciting final term!
In Reception this week we have been busy creating the resources for our new Reading area which we are turning into a Reading Garden. We have read the story of the Hungry Caterpillar and Owl Babies and we have though about the various mini beasts God created.
We have made some butterflies and looked at the concept of symmetry. Continuing with our Maths theme we have also looked at doubling and halving and we had some yummy cakes which we shared wit our Maths Partners.
It was Year One’s Assembly this week. We told everybody about Mary because May is her special month. Mary was kind to Jesus and cared for him. Mary is our mother in Heaven and she listens to our prayers. We offered flowers to her and gave her a crown.
In Year 2 we have been really busy getting ready for our sats this half term. In amongst all of the hard work we have found time to plant our own bean plants from seed and we are keeping diaries of their progress. Yesterday we transferred them into soil for the first time.
We have also been thinking about how we can be good stewards of the world we live in. We decided that it was very important to take care of every living thing in the world and make sure that our local environment is kept clean and tidy.
This term has been an exciting term for us . Our topic was Heroes and Villains. We found out lots of interesting information about modern day heroes such as Marie Curie. For homework we concentrated on heroes in the Bible such as Jesus and Noah. We also looked at fictious heroes such as Spiderman. For villains we wrote poems about Cruella De Vil and riddles for The Riddler.
In computing we are in the process of making our own animated Stop Motion films. This is very exciting, we have spent lots of time creating characters, props and background scenes.
Next term we are looking forward to 'Forest Crew'.
So the Spring term flew past in the blink of an eye! However, Year 4 have been hard at work on numerous topics and activities. Possibly our most exciting topic has been our literacy and our music which we have combined together. In Literacy we have been looking at play scripts and persuasive writing and in our science work we have been looking at sound. So after learning about volume and pitch we wrote letters to a band called Seafret trying to persuade them to let us in their band. Unfortunately they couldn’t choose just one of us as all the letters were that good but they did send us some signed goodies and wrote a reply back to us!
Our Literacy topic has ties in well with us and our performance of the Easter Production which we have been rehearsing for! It is going well so far, we hope you can enjoy it!
Our topic work has been about 1066 and specifically The Battle of Hastings. We have used the computers to create our own versions of the Bayeux Tapestry and explored the tapestry through a website. We have also looked at what weapons were used during the battle and what the result meant for England as a country.
As usual, this half term has been very busy and we are working so hard to be ready for our SAT's in a few weeks.
On Tuesday we went to Holy Mass and returned the next day for Exposition, this gave us the time to pray and reflect on the really important things in our life and how next week -Holy Week- is where our thoughts should be and to try our best to make our last week of Lent a good one.
Last Friday we had a 'Crazy Hair Day' at school (including staff) to raise money to go towards the replacement of the broken window at church, we are also running Easter Egg raffles and a 'Design a Cross' competition which the Minnie Vinnies are running and one of the many prizes is a huge chocolate cream egg plus lots of gorgeous little fluffy bunnies and chicks.
Please say a prayer for us as we get nearer and nearer to SAT's week which begins on the 8th May.
Annabel Year 6
In reception we have been preparing for our Mother's Day assembly that performed to our school community. This led us to learning more about mother Mary and reflect on the wonderful mothers and ladies in our lives. We spent sometime in prayer and wrote our own prayers for our mums.
As you may have heard we hatched some ducklings in our class!!! Mrs Eccles and the other staff have decided to keep the ducklings and we have four that are growing very very fast! They are now learning to swim and we enjoy helping them and helping to bath them.
Year 2 has been a hive of activity as we head into Spring!
We have been working hard in all lessons and enjoying some great activities. The class made a 'Tree of Forgiveness' inspired by the story of Zaccheus. We hung special prayers we had written from its branches, it looks impressive in our classroom!
We have also been looking at micro habitats in Science and explored the areas outside of school. We saw lots of interesting creatures and two surprise frogs in the pond!
Year 3 had a wonderful visit to church this week. Father showed us all his vestments and explained to us when he wore them and how important they were. They were beautiful. We especially like the white one which Father said was a celebration vestment. He explained that he wore this at Christmas and at Easter. We also loved the pink one and we found out that during Lent Father wears the purple vestments but he will wear the pink vestments one Sunday in Lent. Can you guess which Sunday that will be?
We would like to thank Father Farrell for having us and also for coming into school every Monday to help us with our preparation for First Confession and Holy Communion. We are so looking forward to these big celebrations in our lives.
Well the last half term was a busy one for Year 4 with lots of activities and learning taking place.
Our topic in RE was Jesus the Teacher. During the last six weeks the children were looking at all the different parables in the Bible, including The Good Samaritan, The Lost Sheep and The Unforgiving Servant. Whilst looking at The Good Samaritan, the class have built a wall of words to describe what type of person the Good Samaritan was, these have put up in our classroom as 'The foundations of our class'.
We also completed our topic of The Blue Abyss by designing a Deep Sea Vehicle that could roam the deepest depths of the ocean! Our fact files impressed Mr Uttley with the amount of information that we researched using the laptops. This all came after our trip to the Blue Planet. Our maths work has been based around fraction and how we find fractions of amounts. We created our own fraction wall out of strips of paper and equally divided them up to place on our maths wall.
In year Five we have been learning about Inspirational people. We have found out about the lives of St. Josephine Bakhita, Edith Stein and Fr. Pedro Arrupe. All of these people are very special. They all lived their lives by the Beatitudes and we can learn to become better people by following their example.
We have been thinking about following our consciences. It is important to follow your conscience because that means you are following God's voice!
As usual, this half term has been very busy for Year 6 as we prepare for our tests in May!
In numeracy we have been studying Properties of Shape, Coordinates, Rotation, Translation, Decimals, Fractions & Percentages. In literacy we have been concentrating on formal & informal writing, past/present perfect tense as well as spellings and comprehension.
Meanwhile, in R.E. our topic is Jesus – Bread of Life, we have been studying the significance of the 'Passover' (we had our own Passover meal in class), and all the different parts of Mass, learning that The New Covenant is Jesus' promise that everyone would have Eternal Life. On Wednesday we looked at The Penitential Act where we had to consider and write down our own thoughts, words, deeds and omissions that have gone against the way Jesus wants us to live our lives.
We went to church during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Fr. Farrell was there to meet us, after being invited onto the Sanctuary we knelt as Father read from the Bible, we all prayed in silence and we ended with a decade of the rosary. We are looking forward to our half term break but also realise that we will still have to revise during that week!
Alexa, Jessica & Matthew.
In Reception class, we have been embracing the cold weather and learning all about the winter. We read a story about Sneezy the Snowman and discovered lots of different ways of making ice and snow melt. We used our outdoor classroom to read during story times and because we were so cold we helped each other to make some hot chocolate when we got back inside to warm us up. We have also learnt about how to read weather reports and look at the weather symbols and we created our own weather charts to track the weather.
In R.E after our nativity learning all about the birth of Jesus, we have concentrated more on Jesus growing up and learnt a lot about the things he did in his life on Earth. We have discovered how he cured the sick, how he welcomes and loves the children and how he performed many miracles such as feeding the 5,000. We have been thinking more about the Our Father as a prayer and discovering how Jesus taught us to pray.
We thought of ways we can show love to others as Jesus did below are some of the ways to show the love that our children have thought of: Madisyn - I can give my friends a hug; Simone - I can help my Mummy at home.
Last week it was Year One's Assembly. We told the story of the Prodigal Son. This was one of the stories that Jesus told and it is called a 'Parable'. It teaches us to forgive people and it shows us how God forgives us when we say sorry to him.
We have had a good start to 2017 in Year 2 and the whole class are well rested and ready to learn!!!
We had a great Caritas day, focussing all of our learning on how we can help the poor and vulnerable. We had some great ideas about filling a house with all the objects a person needs to live a happy life and thought about how we can share with those less fortunate than us.
The whole class spent some time writing prayers. This is an example of one of the prayers written by year 2: "Lord, help us to help the poor live a better life by sharing what we have with them. Amen."
Happy New Year to everybody in our parish community.
Year 3 are delighted to be back at school. We began the new year with our 'Caritas Day' the topic was Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. We learned all about what poverty means both in our own country and in other countries around the world. We tried to think about all the charities we can help throughout the year. We made a list for Mrs Eccles to consider like CAFOD, St Joseph's Penny, Cornerstone and The Rainbow Trust. It is very important to help people who are not as fortunate as ourselves.
We would also like to thank Mrs Eccles for our wonderful Christmas presents that we received on the last day of school before our Christmas holidays. Everybody was very excited leaving school as we were all looking forward to the holidays and playing with our toys.