School year: 2018/19
School year: 2017/18
School year: 2016/17
Letters from St Joseph's school
Letters from St Joseph's school
In year 4 this term, in Maths we are continuing to practise our times tables, we have learnt to add and subtract up to four digits and to convert measurements. In Cracking Writing we have been learning to write persuasive texts and we wrote our own real life story! In topic write we have been reading the poem of the 'highwayman' and have done a lot of writing around the poem. It is a deep poem and lots of learn from it. For our topic 'crime and punishment', this half-term we had Andy our local PCSO come to visit us at school and we asked lots of interesting questions, and learnt a lot about his job, as well as more about local crime and punishment. We have also learnt about crime and punishment in different periods of history in Britain. Year 4 go swimming every week, absolutely love it and are all working towards swimming 25 metres! In R.E. we learnt about all about the importance of trust in God, how people in the Bible such as Mary and Zechariah trusted in God. We have also learnt how it is not easy to always trust in God. This topic tied nicely to Christmas, when God fulfilled his promise to Mary!
On Tuesday Year 5 attended Mass and took part in a procession, taking the Blessed Sacrament to the school chapel. Some children had the opportunity to go to confession and we all spent some quiet time at Exposition with the Blessed Sacrament. Parents were also given the chance to spend time with their children in the chapel.
Last week we went on a trip to Lyme Park to test out our map reading skills as part of our geography topic ‘Marvellous Maps’. We did a great job and were lucky enough to spot some deer!
In RE we have been learning about Abraham trusting in God and God’s covenant with his people, the Israelites. We are also practising for our second Advent assembly, which Year 5 are leading.
On Tuesday the whole school took part in our launch of Advent assembly. We were fortunate that it was led by Anne Tipper and Mary. This was a wonderful way to prepare our hearts for the coming season. Meanwhile in Year 6 we have been very busy with all our subjects as well as a trip to Lyme Park last week to study contrasting locations between The Americas and Great Britain. Our Friday afternoon trips to Salford Quays, which are fantastic, will come to an end this week for the colder months and will begin again in March.
In R.E. we have been studying inspirational people such as Dorothy Day who worked relentlessly for justice for the poor people of New York and Oscar Romero. Oscar Romero stood up for the poor and vulnerable people of El Salvador and fought for their justice. He was murdered in 1980 as he was celebrating Mass. His spirit lives on today and his courage and determination continue to be a source of strength and hope for all. Did you know that he was declared a saint by Pope Francis in October this year?
We have designed our own Oscar Romero crosses depicting his battle for equality and justice for his people. We will be displaying them around school and on our altars.
In reception we spent a lot of time this half term learning about Remembrance Day and considering what it means. We read a story called 'Peace on earth' and thought all about how we could make our world a more peaceful place and be a reflection of Jesus. After all this work we shared everything as an assembly for our school community and invited our parents along. We are now working hard on learning about and re-telling the Nativity story..
Year 2 have had a wonderful start to the new term! Our topic is called 'Sensational Safari' and is all about exotic animals. We went to Chester Zoo to get a closer look at some of the animals we will be learning about. In class, we have been discussing Family and Community and all of the different families we are part of. We have lots of exciting things to look forward to in the next half term and we are raring to go!
A warm welcome from Year 3 as we start a fresh half term at St Joseph's. As we do every half term, we started with our Caritas Day based on the theme of Family and Community. Here in Year 3 we explored the idea of a community and its members, and the different communities we belong to. We looked at how communities are built on love and the importance of loving one another as Jesus loves us.
We have an exciting half term coming up based on our new topic of the Romans, including a visit to Chester to see Roman sites and artefacts. We will get the opportunity to experience life and march as a Roman soldier; as well as trying their battle formations using shields.
The end of the half term will see the build up to Christmas, coinciding with our Mary, Mother of God RE Topic this half term. We are looking forward to an exciting and busy half term and also seeing you all at the whole school mass on Thursday.
In year 4 this term, in Maths we have been learning our times tables and place value to 4-digits. In Cracking Writing we have been looking at continuing fantasy adventurous stories and an information text on Octopuses. In topic write we have been reading 'the house that sailed away'. It is a good story and we have written character descriptions and instructions to survive in a house at sea. For our topic 'all around the world', this half-term we went to Manchester Airport Runway and we had a go at pretending to be a pilot and dress-up as people who have different jobs at the airport. As we had our picnic lunch on the sunny day, we also watched planes land and take off, especially the double-decker Emirates plane! We were lucky to see Concord and learn all about how special this plane is. At school we showed our outfits from our countries of origin and told our class a bit about our country. We also shared food we brought in. It was all really delicious! In R.E. we learnt about how God created the world and made the seventh day holy. We have also read and learnt the messages that are in the stories of Moses, Jonah, and David and Goliath. We are also starting to learn to find references in the Bible and have learnt this really quickly.
Here in Year 6 we have been extremely busy already. We performed the first weekly Friday assembly of the year. The theme was 'Special Friends'. During the assembly we were paired with a child from the Reception class to take care of and play with as they gain more and more confidence during the year. The following Friday we informed the rest of the school about our school House Saints (Ambrose Barlow, Thomas More, John Fisher & Margaret Clitherow) in assembly.
Straight after assembly we helped pack all the bags for 'The Bread and Butter Thing', this is a weekly event to help people and families in our school, our parish and our community.
We have already had a fabulous school trip to 'Stockport Air Raid Shelters'. It was a very busy day with so much to experience and see. This was to help with our new topic 'A Child's War', all about WW II.
Tomorrow, 18th September, Year 6 will be going to morning Mass as well as this we will be visiting on Wednesday afternoon for Exposition. We hope to see you there.
Welcome back as we start a fresh school year at St. Joseph's. As we do every term, we started with our 'Caritas Day' based on the 'Dignity of the Human Person'. We looked at how people matter — all humans are worthy of honour and respect. 'God created all people in His image' Genesis 1:26-31.
Everyone looked smashing in their pristine new uniforms.
After year 6's assembly on Friday we had two visitors who gave us a skateboarding demonstration. It was a really impressive performance. Ten children will be lucky enough to join a skateboarding club after school on Mondays. 'First come, first served' is how the children will be chosen.
This Tuesday the whole school attended morning Mass and as usual were beautifully behaved and respectful.
We are all looking forward to a busy yet exciting year ahead with amazing experiences as we grow and learn.
Year 6 will be attending morning Mass on Tuesday and look forward to seeing you there.