Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

It has been my huge pleasure this week to go to the classrooms and see the children learning maths. There is such a wealth of knowledge from the children and the enjoyment and engagement that I have witnessed has been astounding. It is marvellous to see the creativity and effort that the children put into the lessons to make maths so engaging and relevant.

We are all very much looking forward to the Winter Gala which this year has a 70’s disco theme. Please remember to buy your tickets and book a babysitter. This promises to be a great night.

Congratulations to all of our Read a Thon winners. Caroline in reception and Molly in year 5 both won electronic readers. Thank you to all the children who read lots of books and gained lots of sponsorship for the school.

Once again, can I please ask all parents not to park on the zig zag lines both before and after school. This is for the safety of all children and parking on the lines causes a hazard. This is particularly important at the moment when we have roads works. Please consider others when parking.

This week Jarvis is going home with Alessandra in pink 2 who has been very kind and considerate to everyone in school this week. Mrs Robinson is delighted with the progress that she has made.

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

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


Wednesday 21st
Year 6 visiting Winston Churchill War Rooms
Secondary transfer meeting for Y5 parents @ 3:45pm in Violet 1 class

Saturday 24th
Winter Gala

Monday 26th
Blue 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Thursday 29th
Blue 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

December

Monday 3rd
History week begins
Advent mass in church

Tuesday 4th
Freshwater Theatre Group workshop Pink classes

Wednesday 5th
Freshwater Theatre Group presenting to Year 5
Year 6 attending Carol Service @ Westminster Cathedral

Thursday 6th
KS1 Advent service in school 9am
Freshwater Theatre Group workshop Year 6 class

Friday 7th
Freshwater Theatre Group workshop Blue classes
Violet 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Violet 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Monday 10th
Violet3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 12th
KS1 Nativity play @ 2:15pm

Friday 14th
Jack & the Beanstalk panto EYFS – KS1

Tuesday 18th
KS2 Christmas Carol Concert (church of Our Lady) @ 2pm

Wednesday 19th
EYFS Christmas performance @ 9:30am (school hall)
School Christmas lunch (available to those on packed lunch – if booked)

Friday 21st
End of term (school finishes 1:30pm)


MERITS

Rec B1 - Harvey

Rec B2 - Noah

Pink 1 - Cally

Pink 2 - Albie

Pink 3 - Alba

Blue 1 - Mathilde

Blue 2 - Maya

Blue 3 - Lorenzo

Violet 1 - Charlie

Violet 2 - Stella

Violet 3 - Ace

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WRITER OF THE WEEK

Rec B1 - Michael

Rec B2 - Cristina

Pink 1 - Aurelien

Pink 2 - James

Pink 3 - Jordan

Blue 1 - Matias

Blue 2 - Andrea

Blue 3 - Tamara

Violet 1 - Ines

Violet 2 - Mila

Violet 3 - Lara

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Pink Class News

The Pink 2 /Year 1 Class did a superb job at retelling the story of Zog by Julia Donaldson. Mrs. Robinson is very proud of you all.

In English this week the children also had the opportunity to research their favourite animal and write their own animal fact file. Next week we will be reading the story of The Lion in the Meadow by Margaret Mahy.

In Mathematics the children grasped the tricky concept of equal sharing. Much to our amazement we also discovered Mrs. Husain is quite partial to a custard cream biscuit and we were happy to share our biscuits with her. Next week in Mathematics we will be discovering the value of money. We will be adding different coin amounts and choosing the fewest coins to pay for different items.

To top it all this week on Thursday the Pink 3/Year 2 Class had the opportunity to explore the woodland area at Paddington REC. The children learned how to identify different trees by collecting the fallen leaves and looking closely at their shape and sizes. Through our visits to the Forest School we have come to appreciate the beauty of nature and God’s creation that little bit more. What an invaluable lesson to us all!

Hope you have a restful weekend.

Violet Class News

Solving calculations involving improper fractions and mixed numbers has been the mathematical focus for Year 5 this week. Although some of these new concepts are tricky, the children took to them with skill and expertise and have almost finished fractions as a topic.

In English we made story-board predictions on our class novel, 'Thief' and placed grammatical focus on the correct use of punctuation when including direct speech in our writing.

Throughout the school, Judaism was the the religious focus this week. The Year 5 classes studied Pesach (Passover), in which we learnt about the traditions of the celebration, along with the story of the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt.

All in all, it was a great week for us and we are very excited about performing our class assembly next Thursday!

Mr McGee and Miss Burton


The week began with a trip to the Library, we are never too old to have a story read to us! We enjoyed every minute. In English, we have been writing our own playscripts for the main characters in our class book The Unforgotten Coat. This week in Maths, we have been solving problems with Ratio and Proportion. Can you solve this problem? Five bars of chocolate cost £8.75. What do three bars cost?

In RE we have focused on Judaism, more specifically we have been learning about the new year Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We learnt that on Rosh Hashanah apples are dipped in honey, blessed and eaten, wishing everyone a good and sweet new year. In science this week, we started investigating how the heart works and identifying the different parts.

Next week, we are really looking forward to our trip to The Churchill War Rooms which links to our history topic The Blitz.

Blue Class News

This week we have focused on measurement and problem solving in Maths. The children have been practising converting different distances between centimetres and millimetres and the decimal equivalents. We also estimated and converted our standing jump distances with coach Andrew! During lessons on problem solving, we have been learning the importance of logic and being methodical in our calculations. We have also discussed how we must double check our answers once we think we have found a solution.

In Religious Education, the Blue classes have been studying Judaism. For homework the children chose to either find facts about the design and layout of a synagogue or the Torah and created a class file. In class, we researched important symbols and the role of the Ten Commandments, both Judaism and our religion.

Based on readings from Aubrey Brown's book, the children took their recently written fables after reading the Tortoise and the Hare and declared a rematch. The children did a great job of creating new settings and even new characters due to retirement, as well as presenting them to the class.

Wishing you all a restful weekend.

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Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

On Wednesday we had an open morning for parents wishing to join St Joseph’s for September 2019. It was very well attended and the parents were very impressed with what they saw and with the children that they met. One of the messages that we gave was that we no longer have a catchment area and so if you have friends who live further afield, then please let them know that they can apply. This is even more relevant for children who may have moved into the area and who are looking for a place in key stage 2.

The Read a Thon has been a huge success yet again. Thank you to everyone who worked hard in the organisation, the collection and big thanks to the children who read, read and then read some more. We raised approximately £14,000 but will have the final figure next week when all monies have been collected and counted. Next week in assembly we will be making the prize draw and 2 lucky winners will receive a kindle.

Preparations for the Winter Gala are well under way and it promises to be a great night-especially if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Disco Diva or Disco Dave. Please remember to buy a ticket either on line or at the gate. This is a great way to support the school and get involved.

It was fantastic to see so many parents coming to school to look at the children’s books. The children have done some truly brilliant work so far this year and they are rightly very proud and love having the opportunity to show off.

Many thanks to our wonderful year 6 children who led in the school in a very moving and respectful Remembrance Day service this morning. All of the children were very dignified and mature.

Congratulations to Marine in blue 3 who has shown real kindness this week to other children in her class. She is always considering other children and I think she will look after Jarvis exceptionally well.

Now that the nights are drawing in and it is getting remarkably colder, we are collecting unwanted winter coats for homeless people. If you have any coats at home that you no longer need, please bring them into school and place them in the bag outside the main office.

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

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY



Monday 12th
Y6 Library visit

Thursday 15th
Pink 3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Flu vaccination programme (Years Rec – Y5)

Friday 16th
Blue 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 21st
Year 6 visiting Winston Churchill War Rooms
Secondary transfer meeting for Y5 parents @ 3:45pm in Violet 1 class

Saturday 24th
Winter Gala

Monday 26th
Blue 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Thursday 29th
Blue 3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec


December



Monday 3rd
History week begins
Advent mass in church

Tuesday 4th
Freshwater Theatre Group workshop Pink classes

Wednesday 5th
Freshwater Theatre Group presenting to Year 5
Year 6 attending Carol Service @ Westminster Cathedral

Thursday 6th
KS1 Advent service in school 9am
Freshwater Theatre Group workshop Year 6 class

Friday 7th
Freshwater Theatre Group workshop Blue classes
Violet 1 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec
Violet 2 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Monday 10th
Violet3 Forest schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 12th
KS1 Nativity play @ 2:15pm

Friday 14th
Jack & the Beanstalk panto EYFS – KS1

Tuesday 18th
KS2 Christmas Carol Concert (church of Our Lady) @ 2pm

Wednesday 19th
EYFS Christmas performance @ 9:30am (school hall)
School Christmas lunch (available to those on packed lunch – if booked)

Friday 21st
End of term (school finishes 1:30pm)


Merits



Rec B1 - Gisella
Rec B2 - Cora
Pink 1 - Whole Class
Pink 2 - Malena
Pink 3 - Antoine
Blue 1 - James
Blue 2 - Zac
Blue 3 - Frankie
Violet 1 - Olivia
Violet 2 - Summer
Violet 3 - Riccardo

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Mathematician of the Week


Rec B1 - Archie
Rec B2 - Edouard
Pink 1 - Martha
Pink 2 - Angela
Pink 3 - Heeyab
Blue 1 - Eva
Blue 2 - Jean
Blue 3 - Michael
Violet 1 - Emilio
Violet 2 - Shennoy
Violet 3 - Cicely

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Blue Class News

It was lovely to see so many parents for the open afternoons this week. The children were really proud to show their work and discuss what they have been doing in class.

Today we commemorated Remembrance Day. Year 6 hosted a very reflective assembly, which led to some insightful discussions this afternoon.

On Tuesday morning we had a visit from Amy Wilson, the author of Snow Globe. It was a most enjoyable hour as she shared her story writing secrets. She highlighted the fact that as an author, you are only limited by your imagination!

In other lessons this week we have: looked at different methods of subtraction, explored a variety of fronted adverbials, discussed promises made by godparents during baptism and completed dictation activities.

Happy Friday to all, and enjoy your weekend.

Pink Class News

Well done to the Pink 1 Class (Miss Windle’s class) for entertaining the whole school with their skilful retelling of the Gruffulo. We will let you know if we bump into him over the weekend.

The Pink classes also enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gun Powder Plot in 1605. Next week we will continue with the genre of information text, identifying the features of Headings and Sub-headings along with Glossaries. By the end of the week we endeavour to write our own animal fact files.

In Mathematics we will be finding the half of different amounts as well as developing our understanding of division as sharing into equal groups.

Over the next few days we will all remember and never forget those men and women who fought in the World Wars for our freedom. We are grateful for their spirit of self-sacrifice. May God Bless them all.

Violet Class News

If you were trapped in a Snowglobe, what kind of world would it be? What magical power would you use to get out? How terrifying and cunning would the villain be? These are just some of the questions the author Amy Wilson asked us in her assembly on Tuesday promoting the book Snowglobe. We were all hooked and eager to buy the new release. In English this week, we focused on our Precising skills, which involved us summarising a long passage from our class book The Unforgotten Coat. It has been all about Fractions in Maths, Adding and Subtracting fractions with different denominators, Multiplying and Dividing Fractions with whole numbers. We thoroughly enjoyed showing our parents our work on the open afternoons, thank you to all those who came, it was really nice to see you. Next week, we are looking forward to going to the library on Monday.


The mathematical focus for Violet 1 and 2 this week has been comparing, ordering and converting fractions. The children used their skill and expertise to articulate how they knew that certain fractions denoted larger amounts than others.

Both classes produced commendable written work on our class novel 'Thief', using a variety of fronted adverbials to make their prose more informative and descriptive.

We continued our learning about European countries and produced a beautiful RE display on a Catholic marriage liturgy to round off our 'Life Choices' topic. The children are very excited to learn more about Judaism next week!

On Friday, the children conducted themselves in a respectful manner during our school remembrance service, before a wonderful afternoon at Forest School.

Mr McGee and Miss Burton

Reception News

Reception class have had a great week! We have transformed our classroom into an amazing art studio! We learned all about Jackson Pollock and created our very own versions. Do come and have a look at our wonderful display.

A huge well done to all of the children for their efforts during the Readathon! It was great to see so many of the children reading and taking such pleasure from books.

We have finished all of our single sounds. Have a look over your child's worksheets and try and find the sounds.

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