Nursery News

This week we moved onto 'My Senses', talking about what we can use our different senses for,  and exploring using these  different senses. The children got to explore smell and sight displays in our investigation area.

A popular activity was the musical instruments. We played different listening games where we tried to identify the different sounds the instruments made and for many of the children it was learning what instrument was called and what sound it made. They had so much fun singing and playing together. We added to the environment classical music playing in the background. What was exciting to observe were the children playing and singing independently some of our morning greeting songs. Feedback from many of the parents is that the children are bringing these new songs home and singing them to their families.

Other activities we did were vegetable prints, baking banana bread and playing with cornflour and water. To continue our RE focus we  read each day the prayers the children wrote at home with their families. Thank you for your support with this. Using their  fingerprints we made rosary beads and we looked at a very large wooden set of rosary beads . Please take time to look at our RE wall and observe what the children have been doing. Please encourage your child to bring in prayers for the class and put them in our special prayer box. This will help consolidate our understanding of how we can talk to God.
 
Thank you to everyone who have brought tickets and made donations for our Harvest Supper. We know its going to be a great night and we  look forward to sharing this evening with you. 

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Monday 16th October sees the start of our Read a Thon.  Children will be bringing sponsorship forms home with them, so please encourage family and friends to sponsor the children to read as much as they can over the next three weeks.

Events taking place as part of Read-a –thon:

  • We would welcome parents to come and read a story, book or poem to their children’s class. If you are available to do this, please speak to Mrs Viana.
  • On Tuesday 17th October, at 9:30 Laura Dockrill, an outstanding children’s author, will be talking about her new book ‘My Mum’s growing down’ to all of KS2.  Signed copies will be available for parent to buy both after the visit and at the end of the school day.  Parents are most welcome.
  • Pyjama Day: On Friday 20th October, all children are invited to come to school in their pyjamas - in the afternoon, all classes will spend time reading and having a lovely, cosy time.
  • On Friday 3rd November, to mark the end of the Read-a Thon, children are invited to dress up as their favourite fictional character. 
  • Every child who takes part will be put into a draw to win an e-reader or a Waterstones gift card (donated by Chestertons)

Many thanks to Mrs Alford who very kindly took all the harvest festival food to the passage.

The Harvest Supper for parents in Nursery takes placed this evening.  We hope to see many Nursery and Reception parents there and we are looking forward to a lovely evening.

Parent - Teacher consultations take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week (18th and 19th October). Please make sure that you have signed up for a slot via Parentmail.

Parent workshop by the school’s Educational Psychologist, Alexander Haswell:

The Importance of Play and Sleep in Child DevelopmentTuesday November 7th at 9:15am
 
In this one hour workshop we will discuss the importance of play and sleep in child development. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination and is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. We will also look at the importance of sleep, as evidence shows that night time sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise for children to develop.
 
This will be a practical workshop, offering all parents who attend meaningful strategies and ideas to support their children around these crucial areas. There will be lots of room for questions during the workshop and parents will be invited back later in the academic year to meet again with the educational psychologist, to discuss progress and ask questions / share observations and ideas.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

OCTOBER

Monday 16th
Read-a-thon begins

Tuesday 17th
Author Laura Dockrill visiting KS2 & Book sale 9:30am Hall (parents welcome)
                                                                                 
Wednesday 18th
Parent teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Thursday 19th
Parent teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Friday 20th
End of term – school ends 3:30pm

Monday 30th
Term starts (winter uniform)
Readathon week 2
NCMP weighing & measuring Y6

Tuesday 31st
Author Liz Pichon visiting

NOVEMBER

Wednesday 1st
KS2 Mass 10am (All Saints)               

Tuesday 7th
Alex Haswell workshop for parents – the importance of sleep (Hall 9:15am)

Thursday 9th
Y3 teaching mass    

Wednesday 15th
Flu vaccine (Rec, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4)      

Tuesday 21st
Road safety team working with Y6

Wednesday 22nd
St John’s Hospice talking to Y5 & Y6

Saturday 25th
Winter Gala  

DECEMBER

Tuesday 5th
KS2 Mass @ Our Lady’s 10am (Advent begins)       

Thursday 7th
KS1 Advent Service 9am school hall           

Tuesday 12th
KS2 Christmas Carol Service @ Our Lady’s church 2pm

Wednesday 13th
EYFS Christmas production 9:30am school hall
KS1 Christmas production 2:30pm school hall

Thursday 14th
KS1 Christmas production 6pm school hall


Merits

Rec B1 - Luca
Rec B2 - Rocco
Pink 1 - Elisa
Pink 2 - Freddie
Pink 3 - Carolina
Blue 1 - Heidi
Blue 2 - Maisie
Blue 3 - Vincent
Violet 1 - Laura
Violet 2 - Harry


Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Martha
Rec B2 - Theodora
Pink 1 - Theophile
Pink 2 - Alexander
Pink 3 - Alexandre
Blue 1 - Leonardo
Blue 2 - Abelia
Blue 3 - Eloise
Violet 1 - Gabriella
Violet 2 - Rudy


Violet Class News

Another fantastic week for Violet 1 and 2! Our mixed Hockey team did St Joseph’s proud at the beginning of the week; the children showed great sportsmanship and came first overall! A massive well done to the team and Coach!

Across Violet 1 and 2 the children have been showing off their mathematical capabilities. Violet 1 focused on multiplying numbers in a variety of ways, whereas Violet 2 were solving complicated long division number problems.

In English, Violet 2 showed off their technical ability and flair in writing diary entries from the point of view of a character. Violet 1 let their creative juices flow in writing about the Highwayman from the point of view of a character of their choice.

Next week, Violet 1 are looking forward to starting their Ancient Greece Poster Projects and Violet 2 will continue their investigations into the Industrial Revolution. Both classes are excited about meeting Laura Dockrill, on Tuesday morning.   

Blue Class News

Yesterday Blue 2 entertained the school with their Anglo-Saxon assembly. They amused us with some revolting facts and showed us their work on artefacts, and rounded off their assembly with a lovely rendition of 'Make me a channel of your peace.'

The children, as always, enjoyed a variety of sporting lessons this week. Year 4 showed that they are developing their batting and ball skills in the sessions with Middlesex Cricket club, as well as their ability to read the game. With Coach Grant, all classes enjoyed their Rugby based lessons. Miss Donnellan's class are also becoming skilled horse riders, and I hear they were trotting around Regent's park this week!

Next week we look forward to a visit from author Laura Dockrill to mark the start of the St. Joseph's Read-a-thon. She will be hosting an assembly at 9.30 am on Tuesday and all parents are welcome to attend. On Friday, the school will be hosting pyjama day. All children will have the opportunity to read throughout the day with different teachers in their favourite pair of pyjamas!

Pink Class News

Did you know the Giant Panda only lives in Asia! In the Pink Classes we had lots of fun researching facts on different animals found in the seven continents of the world. In our Big Write we tried to include sub-headings in order to organise our information.

Next week we are looking forward to the Freshwater Theatre group leading a drama workshop on the “Oceans and Continents”. If you haven’t paid already please make sure your child has given their class teacher £4.50 before Tuesday 17th October.
 
Just a small reminder if your child could take to school a Baptismal photograph, a Baptismal candle or a Baptismal garment. Please clearly label them. We promise to take good care of them. In Mathematics next week we will focus on position and direction.
   
Wishing you a restful weekend!

Reception News

This week we were so excited to have our first Italian lesson with Miss Stephanie! We discussed all the yummy Italian foods that we knew and learned how to say them.
 
Our new sounds this week are CK, E, U and R. As last week, please do try and highlight words beginning with these sounds. Continue to practice the sight words, and help your child to sound out the words in their blue books.
 
As we move into the topic of Baptism, we would like to ask that your child brings a copy of one of their baptism photos. While we do our best to keep things order, small papers and pictures easily get lost and we would hate for a precious original copy to get lost so please bring a copy only.
 
Thank you for all your help and support for the Harvest Supper. Please do come tonight as we expect it to be a lovely evening.
 
Enjoy your weekend,
The Reception team

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Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

Many thanks to everybody who came to support Macmillan through our coffee morning last week.  We raised the marvellous amount of £1601.28. Thank you to everybody who helped, donated and drank coffee.

Poetry Idol was a great success on Friday and it was wonderfully entertaining to listen to children from nursery to year 6 reciting and performing poetry.  Congratulations to all who took part.

On Monday we held our Spirituality Day with a special focus on Fatima.  Children from all year groups produced beautiful art work inspired by Mary and spent time in the new prayer garden.

Year 5 and 6 took part in the Westminster Cross Country event on Thursday and we were very proud that they achieved 2nd place.

Thank you to everybody who contributed to the Harvest Festival.  All donations will be sent to the Passage.

Pink 3 assembly will be on Monday at 9am in the hall.

The next SJSA meeting will take place at 9am on Wednesday 11th October.  Discussion will be the Read-a-Thon.

Parent workshop by the school’s Educational Psychologist, Alexander Haswell:
The Importance of Play and Sleep in Child DevelopmentTuesday November 7th at 9:15am
 
In this one hour workshop we will discuss the importance of play and sleep in child development. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination and is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. We will also look at the importance of sleep, as evidence shows that night time sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise for children to develop.
 
This will be a practical workshop, offering all parents who attend meaningful strategies and ideas to support their children around these crucial areas. There will be lots of room for questions during the workshop and parents will be invited back later in the academic year to meet again with the educational psychologist, to discuss progress and ask questions / share observations and ideas.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

OCTOBER

Monday 9th
Pink 3 Assembly 9am
Year 4 teaching mass

Tuesday 10th
Y5 &Y6 (10 children) Hockey Paddington Rec’ 10 – 2

Wednesday 11th
SJSA meeting 9am – school hall

Friday 13th
Nursery Harvest Supper

Monday 16th
Read-a-thon begins
                                                                                 
Wednesday 18th
Parent teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Thursday 19th
Parent teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Friday 20th
End of term – school ends 3:30pm

Monday 30th
Term starts (winter uniform)

NOVEMBER

Wednesday 1st
KS2 Mass 10am (All Saints)               

Tuesday 7th
Alex Haswell workshop for parents – the importance of sleep (Hall 9:15am)

Thursday 9th
Y3 teaching mass    

Wednesday 15th
Flu vaccine (Rec, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4)         

Saturday 25th
Winter Gala


Merits

Rec B1 - Adam
Rec B2 - James
Pink 1 - Kirsten
Pink 2 - Guillaume
Pink 3 - Alex
Blue 1 - Allegra
Blue 2 - Emilio
Blue 3 - Nikolai
Violet 1 - Riley
Violet 2 - Cosmo

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - George
Rec B2 - Ava
Pink 1 - Matias
Pink 2 - Oliver
Pink 3 - Anna
Blue 1 - Alice
Blue 2 - Michael
Blue 3 - Summer
Violet 1 - Ace
Violet 2 - Sol

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Violet Class News

Dissecting hearts and working with millions, Highway men and newspaper articles were just some of the exciting things going on this week in the Violet Classes.

Violet 1 was introduced to their new narrative poem, The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes. Through this poem we explored; love, death, betrayal and loyalty. All of violet 1 approached this with maturity and engagement.
 
Violet 2 discovered their inner scientists and demonstrated excellent abilities when dissecting hearts this week. They uncovered new and exciting information with this hands on task.

Both Violet 1 and 2 were working with increasingly large numbers in maths this week, multiplying and dividing by numbers all the way to 10,000! Wow!

The week was ended with a school harvest celebration during which Violet 1 and 2 reflected on the importance of giving and serenaded the rest of KS2 with their melodic Harvest Day celebration songs.

Reception News

ur focus in reception this week has been learning all about autumn and harvest time. We made some beautiful marble paintings in autumnal colours; please come in and see them on display!

The children painted some beautiful vegetables which we displayed at the harvest assembly. We enjoyed learning about where food comes from and the different types of food that we can get here in London. Thank you again to everyone who brought in a food donation for The Passage charity.
 
Our new sounds this week are G, O, C and K. As last week, please do try and highlight words beginning with these sounds. Continue to practice the sight words, and help your child to sound out the words in their blue books. We made some beautiful kites to help us learn the K sound. The children had a lot of fun flying them in the big playground this afternoon!
 
Thank you to the parents who have already contributed to our cooking fund. We would be very grateful for any more donations in the coming weeks.

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Pink Class News

On Monday we celebrated whole school Spirituality Day. The children had the opportunity to visit the prayer garden for the first time as well as learn about the significance of Our Lady of Fatima. Next week we will commence our new RE topic on the signs and symbols of Baptism. We would really appreciate if your child could take to school a Baptismal photograph, a Baptismal candle or a Baptismal garment. Please clearly label them, we promise to take good care of them.

Next week in English we will be exploring the features of information text. We will be linking it to our “Oceans & Continent” topic and researching where animals live and why. In Mathematics we will be learning about the different models and methods for multiplication. Please refer to the School’s website “Policy” link and there you will find the relevant Calculation Policy document.

On Tuesday 17th October, the Freshwater Theatre Group will be leading a drama workshop on “Oceans and Continents” for each of the Pink classes. We will send out a letter next week with more details.

On Monday, 9th October, we look forward to seeing you at the Pink 3 Autumn Assembly.