Year 5

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.

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

Violet Class News

Violet 1 and 2

It is hard to find the words to describe the performance of our children at the Christmas carol concert, they were simply sensational! They did themselves proud and their weeks of effort certainly paid off. The festivities didn't end there though, with the EYFS nativity play, Christmas dinner, Christmas sing a-long and of course a visit from Father Christmas himself!

This term the children have shown tremendous progress in their learning and have frankly been an absolute delight to teach! We hope that you have a safe and festive break and we look forward to seeing you in 2019.

God Bless,
Miss Burton and Mr McGee

A fabulous week for Violet 3, the Christmas spirit has been in full swing this week. I am so proud of every child, they sang so beautifully at the Carol Concert, read the readings clearly and reciting the poem with pride. We came to the end of our RE topic and learnt about Mary’s expectations of Jesus and discussed the coming of Jesus in human form. We then created booklets as a way to demonstrate and share our learning.

I wish you all a restful Christmas and a merry New Year. I look forward to seeing you all in the Spring Term.

Violet Class News

What an exciting week it has been for Violet 1 and 2. Our classrooms are now filled with spectacular European landmarks including Big Ben, Stonehenge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and many others! It was terrific to see how much effort the children put into these projects - well done everybody!

In RE we made our own Jesse trees, focusing on the stories of the Old Testament. Our Maths learning centered around line graphs, frequency tables and statistics. The children are really enjoying reading the novel Wonder - it's getting very exciting! As a reward for all our hard work in English this term we will be watching the film next week.

Have a super weekend!
Miss Burton and Mr McGee

Den building and hot chocolate around a fire at Forest Schools, was a brilliant way to start the week. Violet 3 has worked incredible hard rehearsing for two carol concerts this week. We gave a fantastic performance at the St Saviours Carol Service on Thursday afternoon. We sang beautifully and the readings were read with poise and confidence. On top of all this, we have been completing practise SATs papers and really showing our talents in our reading comprehension and mathematical skills.

Violet 3 should be extremely proud of themselves. Next week, we are really looking forward to the KS2 Carol Concert.

Violet Class News

Gasps of: Gross! Cool! Wow! Ewwweee! Echoed around the classroom on Tuesday afternoon, as Violet 3 dissected hearts in Science. We discussed how they looked, felt and identified different parts. Can you name any parts of the heart?

In Maths we have focused on finding missing angles, in triangles, quadrilateral, on a straight line, around a point and vertically opposite. Can you tell me the total of all the angles around a point?

In English, we have written a book review of The Unforgotten Coat and a recount of the exciting Victorian School Day we participated in on Thursday morning.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Carol Service at Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday, there was a real donkey and a real sheep! But most importantly we all left with the message that Christmas is a time to reflect, be with our families and share the wonderful story of Advent. Next week, we are looking forward to singing carols at St Saviours.


Violet Class News

Computing Catastrophe in Crimary School

Never before has St Joseph's been the scene of such a devastating incident.

As Violet 1 and 2 came into their classroom on Wednesday morning they were greeted with the horrifying sight of an empty laptop trolley and muddy foot and hand prints all over the windows. As difficult as it was to get on with the school week the children admirably wrote some fantastic newspaper reports about the crime.

In other news, the children learnt about dissolving solids into a liquid, multiplying fractions, the meaning of advent and European landmarks. We are all looking forward to next week - the highlights of which are, Advent Mass on Monday, Fresh Water Theatre visiting on Wednesday and forest schools on Friday!

We hope you have a lovely weekend
Miss Burton and Mr McGee

An incredible week for Violet 3. In maths this week, we have focused on converting metric unit. We considered: units of length, units of mass and units of capacity. Can you explain how many grams there are in a kilogram? How can you convert 1.3L into ml? How many mm are in a metre? We then challenged ourselves to convert Miles to KM and visa versa, can you explain the equation for both? In English this week, we have focused on generating step-by-step instructions to capture and destroy the demon from The Unforgotten Coat.

Next week, we are looking forward to attending church on Monday, Westminster Carol Service on Wednesday and participating in a workshop on Thursday morning.


Violet Class News

The children in Violet 1 and 2 did themselves extremely proud in our class assembly this week. Not only did they research and come up with some very interesting facts about Europe in our Topic lessons, but they delivered these in an articulate and clear manner. We had so much fun in the learning and rehearsing process and can't wait till our next chance to perform an assembly once again!

The fun didn't stop there as we learnt to change improper fractions to mixed numbers and to add and subtract fractions in our Maths lessons. We have almost finished our class novel, Thief, and the children's engagement and passion for the book has been nothing short of admirable. Next week our English focus will be on newspaper articles. If you have any children's newspapers at home please bring them in.

Have a cracking weekend!
Miss Burton and Mr McGee

Wow! Another busy week for Violet 3. Percentages have been our focus this week, we have found percentages of different amounts and solved challenging multi-step word problems involving percentages. In RE, we began our Advent topic: Expectations, and we learnt why it's so important to have high expectations of ourselves and each other. Can you explain why?

On Wednesday, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Churchill War-Rooms, for a brief moment it felt like we had teleported back in time. Next week, we are looking forward learning different carols in preparation for the Westminster Carol Service we are taking part in on the Wednesday 5th December.

Many Thanks


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.

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

Violet Class News

Violet 1 and 2

After a well-earned break, the children got straight back into the swing of things, starting new topics in Geography and Science. We made some fantastic posters and fact files on European countries and learnt all about the properties of certain materials. Division has been our main focus in Maths this week. Everyone has worked incredibly hard using the formal written method, along with a range of mental strategies. Remember, the better you know your times tables the better you’ll be at division! At All Saints Day Mass on Thursday, both classes were reverent and respectful in church with a selection of our children doing us proud by reading the bidding prayers and altar serving. Violet 1 and 2 both have a forest school session next Friday, which we are all thoroughly looking forward to.

We will, we will rock you!! We will, we will rock you!!

Yes! Violet 3 has certainly rocked this first week back! The week began with an investigation to find out what happens when we combine the colours of the spectrum. We created a circuit with a motor to make a colour wheel spin, can you explain what we observed? The Poet Society conducted a whole day workshop with us on Tuesday, we all composed poems around the theme of light. In Maths, we have begun to look at equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. We went to church on Thursday to celebrate All Saints day and Friday saw us all dressed as our favourite fictional character. Next week, we are looking forward to meeting the author Amy Wilson.