Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

We are continuing our work with Forest Schools this term and many of the classes have visited Padding Rec since the start of term to take part in the various activities provided. This is a great experience for the children.

Children from years 3 and 4 took part in sports hall athletic today and performed brilliantly. 12 schools took part and St Joseph’s came 3rd – a great achievement. Many thanks to Coach and the parents who accompanied the children.

Alex Haswell, our school educational psychologist gave a very interesting talk to parents on the importance of sleep. The main points that he raised were:

  • 5 year olds need around 11 hours sleep a night,

  • 8 year olds around 10 hours a night,

  • and 11 year olds 9.5 hours.

  • Sleep is important for brain and cognitive development,

  • A relaxing routine is vital before bed,

  • Children need to be able to consolidate what they have learnt during the day at night time.

Our Parent Partnership workshop on homework was really useful and informative. Thank you to all of the parents who attended and gave their views on homework. Together, with the staff I will look at our homework policy and update it. The main points that came out of the meeting were:

  • The desire for more creativity,

  • Making homework meaningful,

  • More maths – including problem solving.

We will endeavour to achieve these requests!

We had a visit from the Foods Standards agency this week and I am delighted to inform you that we received a 5 star rating. This is great news and certainly no surprise. Congratulations to Ruth and her team.

On Thursday we had our first SJSA meeting of 2019. The auction was a topic for discussion and preparations are already underway. If you have any holiday homes, high quality items and experiences that you or your workplace could donate to the auction, please let us know. Also, if you have any ideas about what the school could donate, then please let me know. As always, the auction is a big job and many hands make light work. If you feel that you could help in any way, please speak to Mrs Boorer – Harvey (year 5) and Edie’s (year 2) mum.

Jarvis is going home with Elisa today who is always kind and helpful to everyone in school.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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Dates For Your Diary

January


Monday 21st
Years 5 & 6 Midsummer Night’s Dream (in hall)
Pink 3 – Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 22nd
Rec visiting Pizza Express

Thursday 24th
Hand Hygiene workshop – Reception
KS1 (Y1 &Y2) maths workshop for parents @2:45pm – school hall

Friday 25th
Blue 1 – Forest School @ Paddington Rec
Violet 1 & 2 Westminster Cathedral

Monday 28th
Blue 2 – Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Thursday 31st
Violet 3 – Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Friday 1st Feb
No assembly


Merits

Rec B1 - Atticus
Rec B2 - Stanley
Pink 1 - Lola
Pink 2 - Zack
Pink 3 - Jack
Blue 1 - n/a
Blue 2 - Sofi
Blue 3 - Abelia
Violet 1 - Joseph
Violet 2 - Ines
Violet 3 - Odelia

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Writer of The Week

Rec B1 - Harvey
Rec B2 - Georgina
Pink 1 - Carlos
Pink 2 - Albie
Pink 3 - Theophile
Blue 1 - n/a
Blue 2 - Lucrezia
Blue 3 - Gabriel
Violet 1 - Victoria
Violet 2 - Amelia
Violet 3 - John

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Pink Class News

This week has seen Pink One and Pink Two going to Forest Schools. As usual the children had a fabulous time even though it was cold. Please remember to send your children in with hats, gloves and scarves on days when we are visiting Forest Schools.

In R.E we thought about all the different objects that we see in church. It was fun putting a name to them. Next week we will be creating our own churches - please send a shoe box in with your child.

In Maths we continued with place value and looked at what different numbers we could make.

Our English lessons have focussed on the book ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes. We will be creating stories about the adventures of Dogger while he was lost.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the Spiers family all the best as they leave us to return to Australia.

Wishing you a peaceful weekend.
The Pink Team

Violet Class News

A fantastic week for Violet 3! In English we were excited to start our new class book Skellig by David Almond. The start of the story had us sat on the edge of our seats as David Almond created intense suspense leading to the discovery of a ‘thing’. This in turn inspired us to write our own suspenseful stories.

In Maths we focused on Co-ordinates, plotting co-ordinates, translating shapes on a four quadrant grid and sketching the reflection of shapes in a mirror line. Next week, we are looking forward to participating in the Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream workshop.

Blue Class News

This week, the children have been exploring the world of Roald Dahl in English. The children compiled a fact files of Roald Dahl's life and his many achievements. They were surprised to learn that he was also a fighter pilot in World War II and did most of his writing in his garden shed. We have also started to read Fantastic Mr. Fox, and will be using this as a basis for our writing over the next few weeks.

In Maths the Blue classes have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We also looked at real life situations where this skill is needed. The children practiced plotting numbers up to 1000 on various number lines. Next week we will be exploring inverse operations

In other lessons this week the children have: undertaken mapping work in relation to Ancient Egypt, written about special journeys we have taken and discussed journeys that Jesus made throughout his life.

Finally, congratulations to all of the children who took part in the KS2 Sportshall athletics competition at Moberly Sports Centre today. A great result indeed!

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

Many I wish you all a very happy new year. It was lovely to see the children on Tuesday morning and the term has got off to a great start with everybody being very kind, helpful and considerate of each other.

On Monday January 14th at 2:30 Alex Haswell will be in school to talk to parents about the importance of sleep. This is a continuation of his previous workshop on play. Alex is our school educational psychologist and is very experienced and knowledgeable in many aspects of child development and welfare. I would strongly recommend attending this workshop if you can.

On Wednesday 16th January at 9am we will holding a Parent Partnership workshop on homework in the hall. I would welcome your comments and suggestions about how we can improve homework provision for all of the children.

On Thursday 17th January at 9:30am we will be having our first school association meeting of 2019. Everybody is invited to join us for school association meetings and this is a great opportunity to get involved in school fund raising.

Jarvis is going home with Prince today who is always kind and helpful to everyone in school.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

January

Monday 14th
Pin 1 visiting Forest School
Alex Haswell - the importance of sleep 2:30pm

Wednesday 16th
Parent Partnership meeting 9am – school hall

Thursday 17th
SJSA meeting @ 9:30 (in school)
Pink 2 – Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Monday 21st
Years 5 & 6 Midsummer Night’s Dream (in hall)
Pink 3 – Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 22nd
Rec visiting Pizza Express

Thursday 24th
Hand Hygiene workshop – Reception
KS1 (Y1 &Y2) maths workshop for parents @2:45pm – school hall

Friday 25th
Blue 1 – Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Monday 28th
Blue 2 – Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Thursday 31st
Violet 3 – Forest School @ Paddington Rec

Friday 1st Feb
No assembly


Merits

Rec B1 - Jacob
Rec B2 - Lara
Pink 1 - Emily
Pink 2 - Hector
Pink 3 - Julia
Blue 1 - Sofia
Blue 2 - Alex
Blue 3 - Thomas
Violet 1 - Suraya
Violet 2 - Stella
Violet 3 - Whole class

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Liam
Rec B2 - Oliver
Pink 1 - Matheus
Pink 2 - Lenny
Pink 3 - Joshua
Blue 1 - Mathilde
Blue 2 - Ollie
Blue 3 - Isabella
Violet 1 - Sofia
Violet 2 - Sophia
Violet 3 - Filippo

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Blue Class News

Year 3 has finished the week with their first swimming lesson. By all accounts, the children had much fun in their respective groups.

It has been a productive first week back, which saw the launch of some great new topics. This term, the classes will be exploring Ancient Egypt, Animals including Humans and appreciating the works of our author, Roald Dahl. The children have already shown much enthusiasm, will some children arriving at school with their own research on theses topics!

Wishing you all a restful weekend.

Violet Class News

Year 5 have had a fantastic first week back! The children have applied themselves very well to their learning about decimals in Maths. It would be useful to talk and point out instances of decimals being used in a monetary sense over the weekend.

The fun didn't stop there for Year 5 as we started reading our new novel Stormbreaker! The children have written fantastic diary entries on chapter 1 and we can't wait to carry on reading next week. We also began new topics in Science (living things), History (Tudors) and RE (Missions).

Have a great weekend!
Mr McGee and Miss Burton

EYFS News

The children in Nursery and Reception have returned fresh and ready to learn! It has been great listening to all their adventures and tales from the break!

This week, we have looked at The Epiphany and The Three Kings. We had great fun acting out the story, painting pictures and finishing the Nativity Story.

As we move into Spring, our topic has changed to 'People Who Help Us'. The Nursery children have spent time looking at people in our school and how they help us. We enjoyed a visit from Nicky, our lollipop lady. Displays have been changed in nursery, do have a look!

In Reception the children have produced some wonderful work for our displays. Do have a look as you drop off or collect your child from school. For Reception, please send back all trip letters as soon as possible. We will compile a list of parent helpers next week. Thank you for all of the parents who have volunteered so far.

Have a lovely weekend
Nursery and Reception

Pink Class News

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to a new and exciting term. The children have settled in really well and have enjoyed their first week back. In R.E we have started a new topic - ‘Special People’. We have thought about who we are special to and who is special to us.

In English we have written a recount about our Christmas holidays. The children enjoyed sharing their most exciting events with the rest of the class. Our Maths lessons have been related to place value. We have been looking at how you identify odd and even numbers.

We hope you have a relaxing weekend.
The Pink Team

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

This has certainly been a very busy term. The children did incredibly well performing in Nativity plays and carol concerts and it was lovely to see so many of you enjoying their talents. I delighted to say that our collections after the various performances managed to raise a staggering £1353.39. This money will go directly to St Joh’s Hospice in St John’s Wood. Thank you all so much for your generous support.

A huge thank you to our very talented cooks who provided over 300 Christmas dinners on Wednesday. The children and staff had a lovely feast and we all felt very well looked after. Ruth and her team worked so hard to make sure that everything was perfect and we all appreciate their hard work and preparation.

On Monday January 14th at 2:30 Alex Haswell will be in school to talk to parents about the importance of sleep. This is a continuation of his previous workshop on play. Alex is our school educational psychologist and is very experienced and knowledgeable in many aspects of child development and welfare. I would strongly recommend attending this workshop if you can.

I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 8th January at 9am fully refreshed and raring to go.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


JANUARY

Monday 7th
INSET DAY (staff training day)

Tuesday 8th
Children return to school – gates open 8:40am
After school clubs begin

Monday 14th
Pink 1 visiting Forest School