Year 5

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.


Violet Class News

Starting the week with Forest School was absolutely fantastic! Thank you Miss Dowling for organising this, we wish we could start every week the same way. Year 6 have worked extremely hard this week as we have been completing practice SATs papers: our results, determination and maturity has blown Miss Brooks, Mrs Procaccini and Ms Brennan away. In English, we have been working on our persuasive writing skills and generating persuasive letters. PJ day has been an absolute blast, we thoroughly enjoyed participating in lots of drop and read in our PJs throughout the day. Next week is half term and every child in Year 6 deserves a fun and relaxing break.

What a fabulous end to the half term it has been! In Maths everybody worked incredibly hard, learning and consolidating the formal written methods of multiplication. In English, we have explored the feelings of different characters and looked at using prepositions to improve our sentences. We finished off the week creating our own comic strips which look fantastic! There are possibly some future artists in Year 5! In our topic work this week we learnt about the Ancient Greek Olympics and how they differ from the modern day Olympics. We discovered similarities and differences, can the children name any? Finally, we have all enjoyed guided reading this week as we have started our new book ‘Wonder’. We hope you have an enjoyable half term!

Miss Burton and Mr McGee

Violet Class News

A brilliant, busy week in Year 6! We had a fantastic time at the Victoria & Albert Museum, we were transported back in time to explore and look at many objects and clothing from the Victorian times. In Maths this week, we worked diligently to solve BIDMAS problems. Can you explain what BIDMAS stands for? In RE we started our new topic: Vocation and Commitment, we wrote reverential prayers and a diary entry from the perspective of John the Baptist. Next week, we are looking forward to our first Forest School Trip.

Many Thanks,

It’s been another wonderful week in year 5! Our Maths focus has been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. The children have then been able to apply their knowledge to solve problems. In English, we have learnt how to use semi colons, colons, dashes and hyphens correctly. We will be putting these into practice in next week’s writing activities! We have continued our learning on Earth and space in Science. Can the children explain why we have day and night? Finally, in RE we looked at the importance of the sacrament of marriage.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed the forest school trip today. They loved exploring the woodland, learning how to ‘lash’ sticks together and even tried some whittling. We are very much looking forward to the rest of our sessions over the coming months.

Violet Class News

As Poetry Week comes just once a year,
Year 5's excitement was crystal clear!

We read, we sung, we wrote and recited,
All sorts of cool poems to get us excited!

Ancient Greek life was at the heart,
Of our learning on Monday in Topic and Art.

Tuesday's word problems were sometimes tough,
But by the end of maths no one had had enough!

In our Wednesday poems we had no fear,
In using similes, metaphors and onomatopoeia.

We worked hard on Thursday making our 'big write' plan,
On our focus poem, 'The Highwayman'.

However, some may say that Friday was best,
As we performed our song for Harvest Fest!

An extra verse must be allowed,
For our cross country runners who did Year 5 proud!

We hope you've enjoyed our quick run through,
Of our brilliant week in Violet 1 and 2!

Paul & Lois

Another fantastic week for Violet 3! Negative numbers has been one of our focuses in Maths this week, this has been particularly helpful as the temperature drops outside. Multiplying and Dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 has been another focus. We have discovered how understanding this simple process can help us solve tricky SATs paper problems.

In English we started reading our class author book: The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce, and we are already gripped! We have written diary entries from the perspective of one of the main characters and we can't wait to read what happens next! Poet Idol was such a massive success, we thoroughly enjoyed watching all the acts and participating. Thank you Mrs Viana for organising such a fantastic assembly!

The Harvest Assembly gave us all a chance to reflect and we enjoyed performing our poem to the school. On Tuesday, our friend Melvyn Caplan paid us a visit, he talked to us about his job as a Councillor for Little Venice, it was interesting and informative. Miss Brooks was really impressed with the sensible questions we asked. Finally, a massive congratulations to the cross country team for coming first overall. Wow! it really has been a busy week. Next week, we are really looking forward to our trip to the V & A Museum.

Many Thanks

Violet Class News

What a wonderful week Year 5 have had! We have begun reading our class novel ‘Thief’ and we are all thoroughly hooked (teachers included!). This will be our main focus in English over the coming weeks. On Tuesday we visited Our Lady’s church where Father Jeff spoke to us about Adoration. It was great to see all the children conducting themselves in such a respectful and reverent manner. In Maths this week the children have worked very hard on their mental addition and subtraction strategies. We are very proud of the children who represented our classes at the Rugby competition and the writing workshop this week – they all did fantastically. We are looking forward to Poet idol and our Harvest celebration next week.

Another outstanding week for Year 6! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Library. Gordon read us a brilliant story, which reminded us that we are never too old for a story, even Miss Brooks enjoyed it! We had our first trip to the Our Ladies Church where we learnt about Adoration with Father Jeff. We were very reverent and enjoyed the peacefulness it brought us. Long Division was our focus in Maths this week, we used Father, Mother, Sister and Brother to help remind us how to solve Long Division problems. Can you explain how those four family members help us? In English we have be exploring the poem The Thought Fox and creating our own suspenseful poem, Miss Brooks and Mrs Viana were gripped and slightly chilled by Year 6's creative imaginations! Next week, we are really looking forward to Poet Idol, the Harvest Festival and our surprise visitor on Tuesday.

Many Thanks

Violet Class News

WOW! WEE! What a fantastic few weeks Year 6 has had!! I've been completely impressed with their hard work and effort they have put into their work. It is clear that every child has matured a great deal and is ready for the tough year ahead.

In Maths this week we have been focused on strengthening our place value and number skills to ensure we have a solid foundation to work with for the rest of the year, by revising addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. In writing, we have entertained Mrs Viana greatly with our Autobiographies. Exploring how light travels has been our topic of investigation in Science this week.

We are looking forward to next week and visiting Our Ladies Church for a Mass.


Violet Class News

'Even better than the West End' - Mrs Husain

'An extravaganza!' - Mrs Viana

'Breathtaking' - Mrs Dunphy

'Flawless direction' - Mr Bowles

Oliver! The opening night to Oliver was a huge success as Year 6 wowed the entire school and their parents yesterday. The students rivalled actors on the West End with their impressive acting and singing. All of the students hard work, as well as that of Miss Brooks, Mr Whettingsteel and Mrs Procanccini, should be so highly commended. We were blown away!

Both of the Violet classes were incredibly mature and respectful as they had a puberty workshop on Thursday. The students asked excellent questions to both demonstrate and develop their knowledge.

Violet 1 have also been focusing on the importance of Stewardship, concentrating on God's creations and how we can better look after the environment.

As the year draws to an end, we also had the pleasure of swapping classes, meeting our new teachers and visiting our new classrooms. We are very excited for next year and the exciting challenges that face us!

Violet Class News

Both Violet one and two have had an action packed week. Violet two have been enjoying a well-deserved trip to PGL. The adventurers have been taking advantage of a range of activities such as fencing, kayaking and enjoying campfires. The rest of the school are looking forward to their return and hearing all about their exciting trip!

Violet one have had an incredible week consisting of playing on the infamous Lord's cricket pitch and visiting St George's Secondary school and experiencing life as a KS3 student. The students represented St Joseph's with pride. To finish off the week, we welcomed a parent into our classroom to talk about career prospects, such as journalism.  The students were wowed with stories of travel, hard work and adventure, asking insightful questions and listening attentively.

All of the Violet classes are excited for the weekend, particularly the summer fair! We look forward to seeing all of our families there!