EYFS News

Nursery and Reception have had a wonderful week, focusing on all things science! We started our week with a trip to London Zoo, where the children were apart of a great workshop using describing words to sort animals into their different types. A favourite part of the day for all was watching the penguins, who were out enjoying the sun, much like us! Thank you again to all the parent helpers who were able to join us, we couldn't have done it without you.

On Thursday we enjoyed a great workshop with Sublime Science, where we made our own slime and looked at electricity through a plasma ball. It was really interesting to see how the light bulb lit up without having to plug it in! They also preformed an assembly using dry ice. It was amazing to see how the balloons blew up own their own by putting the ice inside them!

We will be continuing our topic of living things and science next week, as we have our trip to Urbanwise at Paddington Rec. We are really hoping we have fantastic weather like we have this week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

As you know, this week has been very busy here at St. Joseph’s in part because of the Y6 and Y2 SATs. Year 6 worked really hard and completed their SATs exams remaining calm, collected and engaged throughout. I am excited about getting the results and seeing how well they have done. Our year 2 children have also been busy completing their compulsory testing and again, the children excelled themselves. I am extremely proud of all of the children and I would like to thank parents and staff for all of your dedicated support and encouragement during these busy weeks.

Of course, the children have also been busy enjoying Science Week and I cannot wait for them to share their experiences with me either in their display work or in their books.

Next week, Y5 will be setting off on their school journey to Sayers Croft where they will enjoy a range of activities including pond-dipping, building shelters, sharing each other’s company and spotting rabbits and bluebells in the Surrey countryside.

Our sporting initiatives also continue next week with two days of Cricket at The Hub, Regents Park for 10 pupils from Y5 and Y6 (Y5/6 girls on Tuesday and Y6 boys on Wednesday). I am sure they will be excellent sports ambassadors for the school.

On Thursday 23rd May, in accordance with the fulfilment of our civic responsibilities, the Sharp Suite will be made available for the European Elections. Y6 will therefore make use of the Y5 classrooms given that the latter will be enjoying their rural excursion.

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


Dr Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


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Dates for Your Diary

Monday 20th
SATs continues
Pink 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
PGL parent talk @3:45pm in Sharp Suite

Tuesday 21st
Y5/6 girls cricket team competition @ Regent’s Park hub

Wednesday 22nd
Year 5 @ Sayers Croft
Y5/6 boys cricket team competition @ Regent’s Park hub
Nursery Urbanwise – Paddington Rec

Thursday 23rd
European Elections (Sharp Suite only – school open)

Friday 25th
Year 5 returns from Sayers Croft
School ends 3:30pm

Monday 27th – Friday 31st
HALF TERM

JUNE


Monday 3rd
Class photographs (full school uniform)

Thursday 6th
London Fire Brigade visit – Y2 & Y5

Friday 7th
Violet 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Monday 10th
Violet 3 PGL residential trip
Year 5 – Lord’s Cricket Ground

Friday 14th
Violet 3 – return

Monday 17th
Geography week begins
Pink 2 maps (am)
Pink 1 maps (pm)
Violet 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 18th
Blue 2 orienteering (am)
Violet 1 orienteering (pm)

Wednesday 19th
NSPCC workshops Rec – Y6 all day
Blue 1 orienteering (am)

Thursday 20th
Year 1 Auction promise
Violet 2 orienteering (am)
Pink 3 maps (pm)

Friday 21st June
Blue 3 orienteering (am)
Violet 3 orienteering (pm)

Monday 24th
Pink 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 26th
Sports Day KS1 & KS2 (date confirmed)

Thursday 27th
EYFS Sports Morning @ school

Blue Class News

The children have had a great time during Science Week. They watched live experiments using dry ice, played the mystery item game in the absence of light and went on an outing to Paddington Rec.

In Maths and English the children revised key concepts learnt throughout the year. In topic work the children looked at St. Lucia and its tourism. We also compared the yearly average temperatures and rainfall with that of the U.K.

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing weekend.

Pink Class News

This week was Science Week at St Joseph's. All Pink classes enjoyed a trip to Paddington Rec to explore and search for minibeasts with Urbanwise. It was lovely to get out into the fresh air during the beautiful weather. We have also been shown exciting experiments with dry ice, slime and sherbert!

A big well done to all the Year 2's who have now completed all their KS1 SATS. They have put in a fantastic effort and should be very proud!

Reminder: Pink 3 are off to Forest School on Monday 20th May.

Thank you
Pink Team


Violet Class News

It's been a very exciting week in Violet 1 and 2! In Science, we learnt about buoyancy and conducted our own experiment to test for it. The children made boats of different shapes and sizes (out of tin foil) and measured the mass that each could carry across a body of water before sinking. In addition to this, we all enjoyed an interactive and exciting dry-ice assembly by 'Sublime Science' on Thursday.

There was a strong grammar and punctuation focus in this week's English lessons and Maths centred around the formal, written method for division and finding fractions of amounts.

The highlights of the week were our trips to the Apple Stores in Regent Street and Covent Garden, where the children coded 'Sphero' robots to navigate their way around a series of mazes and obstacles.

We are all really looking forward to Sayers Croft and remind parents that children will need to come in their PE kits and bring a packed lunch on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend!
Mr McGee & Miss Burton


WOW!WEE! Violet 3 had the best week ever!! Every single child should be super proud of their hard-work and determination this week during SATs. Such focus and rigour demonstrated by each child, I am extremely proud. In Computing this week, we explored two different areas. First, we began to look at the benefits and skill involved in learning how to touch type. Then later in the week, we used Scratch to code a simple race car game. In RE, we explored what a modern day witness of the Holy Spirit might look like.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Science workshop on Thursday afternoon, where we created our very own sherbet! Thank you Mrs Dowling for organising that for us. It really has been a busy week and finally on Friday, we celebrated all our hard work by playing games and having a picnic at Paddington Rec.

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

Over the next three weeks, the children in Year 2 will be taking part in the National KS1 SATs Assessments. The weekly homework and the timetable will continue as normal and the children are mostly unaware that they are doing the tests. I therefore ask you not to discuss them at home but to ensure that they get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast and are in school every day no later than 8:50 am.

Equally, in Y6, the children will be completing their SATs exams and I would like to reiterate the importance of rest and relaxation. To that end, we are providing breakfast to all Y6 pupils from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th May from 8:15 am. I know that Year 6 have worked really hard and will do their very best. We are here to support them in all of their endeavours and, of course, we also rely on your continued support as parents.

Tests, exams and results are one part of a child’s education and whilst I am proud of our excellent academic record, we also value the rich curriculum opportunities which we offer. Indeed, next week, is Science Week and Miss Dowling has a very busy and interesting week planned where the children will be either visiting the Zoo, participating in Urban-wise at Paddington Recreation Ground or having Sublime Science on Thursday and Friday.

In other news, we will be bidding a fond farewell to Miss Dowling who will be leaving us to pursue other ventures. We thank her most sincerely for all of her hard work and wish her every success in the future. I am however delighted to announce that Mrs Meadway will be returning to us after the half-term and will teach Blue 1 for the rest of the school year. Also, Mrs Priestley will be taking a temporary leave of absence to care for her mother in New Zealand. I am sure you will join me in keeping Mrs Priestley and her family in your prayers.

Jarvis is going home with Sherman today because his teachers have all been impressed with his behaviour and manners. Sherman is a super role model for the rest of the class sets a fantastic example to his peers with his perseverance, hard work and kind nature and I know he will look after Jarvis very well over the weekend.

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

Dr Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Acting Headteacher


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Dates for Your Diary

Monday 13th
SATs continues
Science week begins
Nursery and Reception visiting London Zoo

Tuesday 14th
Violet 1 visiting Apple store Regent St.
Violet 2 visiting Apple store Covent Garden

Thursday 16th
SATS continues
Blue 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Sublime Science in school all day

Friday 17th
Blue 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec
Y6 end of SATs fun day
Sublime Science in school all day

Monday 20th
SATs continues
Pink 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 22nd
Year 5 @ Sayers Croft

Friday 25th
Year 5 returns from Sayers Croft
School ends 3:30pm

Monday 27th – Friday 31st
HALF TERM

JUNE

Monday 3rd
Class photographs (full school uniform)

Friday 7th
Violet 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Monday 10th
Violet 3 PGL residential trip

Friday 14th
Violet 3 – return

Monday 17th
Geography week begins
Pink 2 maps (am)
Pink 1 maps (pm)
Violet 3 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Tuesday 18th
Blue 2 orienteering (am)
Violet 1 orienteering (pm)

Wednesday 19th
NSPCC workshops Rec – Y6 all day
Blue 1 orienteering (am)

Thursday 20th
Year 1 Auction promise
Violet 2 orienteering (am)
Pink 3 maps (pm)

Friday 21st June
Blue 3 orienteering (am)
Violet 3 orienteering (pm)

Monday 24th
Pink 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 26th
Sports Day KS1 & KS2 (date confirmed)

Thursday 27th
EYFS Sports Morning @ school


Merits

Rec B1 - Harvey
Rec B2 - Grace
Pink 1 - Theodora
Pink 2 - Frida
Pink 3 - Anna
Blue 1 - Isabella
Blue 2 - Tristan
Blue 3 - Blue 3
Violet 1 - Veronica
Violet 2 - Summer
Violet 3 - John

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Maths of the Week

Rec B1 - Alexander
Rec B2 - Chloe
Pink 1 - Lorenzo
Pink 2 - Chloe
Pink 3 - Dawud
Blue 1 - Anna
Blue 2 - Raiden
Blue 3 - Gian-Luca
Violet 1 - Sophia
Violet 2 - Arsenii
Violet 3 - Oliwia

Pink Class News

This week the Year Two's started their KS1 SATS and have been doing an amazing job. Well done to them all.
Please remember it is very important that children arrive to school on time as the the assessments continue over the coming weeks.

Next week is Science Week at St Joseph's. All classes with be enjoying a variety of science activities, including trips to Paddington Rec.

We kindly ask for students to return the purple coin boxes that were given out last term, raising money for our charity the Catholic Children's Society.

Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend!

Pink Team

EYFS News

Another busy week in Nursery.

This week we have been looking at the life cycle of a butterfly. We have watched youtube clips on a caterpillar going into its chrysalis and transforming into a butterfly. We continue to learn many new words like 'metamorphosis'. Check out our large wall display depicting the life cycle. The children's understanding of their natural world has been fantastic and their recall at group times has reinforced how important learning through play and investigation is for their young inquisitive minds.

Our sunflowers are thriving in the garden since the children helped to transplant them. Our planting is all looking very healthy and is a wonderful way for children to have a hands on approach to growing and planting. We are very excited to see how laden our apple tree is and we should see a good harvest of apples. The same with out strawberry and bean plants.

We continue to talk about how 'May is the Month of Mary' and how throughout May we honor Mary. The children have been sharing their prayers for Mary and made a banner to hang up at home.

On Monday we have our trip to the London Zoo. Please ensure the children are at school on time as the coaches will be here waiting. They need to bring a packed lunch and water bottle please. To those parents helping we thank you and we are looking forward to an exciting show in the education centre followed on with exploring the zoo.

Reception has also been quite busy. We have continued our topic of living things and spent the week looking at sunflowers. On Thursday we planted our own and we are eagerly waiting to see them grow!

As above, Reception also has their trip to the zoo on Monday. Please ensure the children are at school on time; we will be departing from school around 10:00. They need to bring a packed lunch and water bottle please. Unfortunately due to the overwhelming number of parents who have volunteered to accompany us, we have had to have a lottery. Please check with Miss Bouchey if you have any questions. If you were not selected, you are of course more than welcome to meet us at the zoo and join us for the day.

We will be going to Urbanwise at Paddington Rec on May 22 from 12:30 and will return beore the end of the school day. A sign up sheet for parent volunteers will be posted next week.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend

Blue Class News

This week the Blue classes have been learning the art of boasting in true Anglo-Saxon style. We took on the persona of Beowulf and regaled tales of previous battles and impressive lineage.

In Religious Education, the children looked at the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how we can help others in every day life. The Ascension has also formed part of our lessons and we wrote about how the disciples felt during this time.

During Maths, the classes have covered the topics of column addition, 2-D shapes and their properties with references to angles. We even challenged ourselves by drawing reflex angles and taking shortcuts using our knowledge of a full rotation.

In other lessons we have: started our topic on light, spotted Mr Whoop's spelling mistakes and discussed the royal arrival!

Happy Friday to all!

Violet Class News

It's been an exciting and learning-filled week in Violet 1 and 2! In RE the children learned and showed great understanding of 'The Road to Emmaus' and 'Saul's conversion' Bible stories. They produced some fabulous writing on these key Pentecostal events.

Diary entry writing was our English focus for the week. We identified the key features of an emotive, well -structured and interesting diary entry from a character's perspective. The children wrote from Edmund, Lucy's and Mr Tumnus points of view to explain their respective experiences in Narnia.

Violet 2 enjoyed their last trip to Forest Schools for the year and particularly enjoyed building shelters! We remind parents that both classes are going to the Apple Store on Tuesday 14th and will need to wear their school uniform for this.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr McGee and Miss Burton


Revision, revision, revision! Violet 3 have not stopped this week and every single child should be very proud of their achievements. In Maths we revised: Algebra, Proportion, Co-ordinates and Measure! It really has been a busy week! In English, we focused on our reading comprehension skills and practiced using the text to support our inferences. In Science, we created two circuits to observe the difference between a parallel circuit and a series circuit. Can you explain the difference?

In topic this week we learnt about four different tribes living in the Amazon Forest. Can you name and describe any of the tribes? Next week, we are really looking forward to completing our SATs test. Make sure you rest and relax over the weekend!

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