The Reception children have had another busy week! We have been looking at how we are welcomed and how we are welcomed in church. The children had a wonderful discussion and role play and explored the topic with their peers.

It was wonderful to see so many parents. It is always informative to share information and progress updates. Please continue with the word lists, we aim to send home small, initial reading scheme books next week.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Reception Team


We have had a wonderful week in Nursery exploring our topic All About Me. We have been discussing what we look like and making self portraits using paper plates. We are learning that we are all special and are all an important part of our Nursery Family.

Our Family Wall is beginning to take shape- please continue to bring in family photos to add to our wall.

Next week we will be exploring all things Autumn!

Our Harvest Supper Evening is next Friday 11th October 6pm-8pm. Please come along to support the school, enjoy a lovely meal and let us welcome you to the St Joseph’s community. Tickets are available from the Nursery. Please let us know if you can contribute something as a raffle prize.

Reception class have had another busy week! We have made a fantastic display using shapes. Please have a look as you drop your child off to school in the morning. We had some beautifully decorated rhymes returned to us this week.

Do continue to add to this wonderful book every week. We shall be learning a rhyme every week and using this as a basis for other activities too. The children are also learning new key words every week.

We look forward to seeing parents at our Harvest Supper next week. It is always a wonderful even for parents to get to know each other. Please see our CVCs for details and how you can help.

Mr Bowles' class enjoyed the Forest School trip on Friday. Miss Robb's class will be attending later in the term.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Reception Team

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff, and Governors,

As we continue with our first half term, the school is its usual hub of activity I have thoroughly enjoyed walking around the school and discussing all of the different activities the children have been involved in.

The Family Fun Day organised by St Joseph’s School Association was a huge success: much fun was had by all. The event raised nearly £2000, which Coach Grant will use to enhance PE lessons with new equipment. Thank you again to everyone involved, from the organisers, to instructors and parents and children who danced, jumped and stretched. It was a great to see everyone come together and promote a healthy lifestyle in our school.

This week also saw the final intake of our nursery children. A warm welcome to all new families, please do look out for Nursery Harvest Supper Event on the 11th October (Foundation Stage parents only.)

Wednesday saw the whole school treated to a performance of ‘Emotion in the Ocean’. The session aims to provide children with different ways to explore their emotions. A lovely show captivated the children who in turn were enthralled and beautifully behaved. The children will be looking at some follow- up activities in the forthcoming weeks. Do take a look at the website for more details.

Congratulations to the group of Year 5 and 6 boys who took part in the Tag Rugby competition. The boys came second out of twelve Westminster schools. Michael (Y6) provides with the following recount. On Wednesday, the Tag Rugby Team went to Regents Park to play against 10 different schools.

The competition was tough! They were all pretty good. In the morning we started by playing some practice games to warm up. Then after lunch the competition began, the Team felt confident we were playing really well together. We lost our first game but this didn’t dampen our spirits and we went ahead and smashed the second game, beating them 10-Nil! It was wild! We played a total of 5 games, making it to the final. It was sooo close St Vincent’s De Paul at last second scored a try and they secured the victory. We are extremely pleased that we came second. Well done St Joseph’s Tag Rugby Team!

It is with sadness that we hear from our Lollipop lady Nicolette that her mother sadly, passed away this week. We would ask that you remember them in your prayers.

As always it was lovely to see so many parents participate in our Macmillian Coffee Morning. We shall update you with the final figure raised soon from this wonderful event. As I am sure many of you are aware, Macmillian helps people who are suffering with cancer and it is great that we can help our wider community raise funds to continue their great work. Thank you to all who came and shared a coffee and a cake for this exceptional cause.

As part of our house system here at St Joseph’s, the children in St Vincent’s House enjoyed an assembly with Mrs Robinson. From Reception to Year 6 the children the children celebrated the feast of St Vincent today.

Our exciting Book Fair starts next week, please see the posters around the school for times. Again, thank you to parents for helping us host this event. Continuing with reading theme, the children have been busy rehearsing for their poem recitals, grandparents are invited into school to hear these wonderful pieces. Grandparents are invited to join children in the Pink classes on Tuesday and Blue and Violet classes on Wednesday. Classes will be performing from 2 pm.

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Dates for Your Diary


Monday 30th
Book Fair week begins
Pink 2 visiting Forest schools pm


Tuesday 1st
KS1 poetry “Tea Party”
Year 3 Rosary in the Prayer Garden @ 3:25pm (parents welcome)

Wednesday 2nd
Young Shakespeare Company – Macbeth Y6
KS2 poetry “Tea Party”

Friday 4th
Reception visiting Forest schools am
Violet 2 visiting Forest school pm
Cross country – Regents Park Hub (year groups tbc) 10 – 2pm
Book Fair ends

Monday 7th
Drama workshop for EYFS – Y2

Tuesday 8th
Y6 trip to Brunel Museum
Y5/6 team – Hockey @ Paddington Rec’ 10 -2pm
Year 4 Rosary in the Prayer Garden @ 3:25pm (parents welcome)

Wednesday 9th
Parent Teacher Rec – Y6 2 – 6pm

Thursday 10th
SJSA meeting 9:30am
Parent Teacher Rec – Y6 2 – 6pm

Friday 11th
Nursery Harvest Supper

Monday 13th
Violet 3 library visit

Tuesday 15th
Year 5 Rosary in the Prayer Garden @ 3:25pm (parents welcome)

Friday 18th
Nursery visiting Forest School

Monday 21st – 25th October
Half Term

Tuesday 29th
Y6 visiting HMS Belfast
Year 6 Rosary in the Prayer Garden @ 3:25pm (parents welcome)


Friday 1st
KS2 Mass at Our Lady’s


A big warm, welcome to our new friends who started Nursery this week. We now have a full house!

Our story of the week was Owl Babies. This is a fantastic story about baby owls who miss their mum while she is out and reinforces the idea that Mummies and Daddies may go but they always come back! We had lots of fun making our own Owl Baby puppets and retelling the story together.

We also had a visit from Emotion in the Ocean who sang us some lovely songs about our different emotions and how to help us deal with these.

We are looking for somebody to volunteer to be our Nursery Class Parent Representative. Please let the staff know if you are interested.

Reminder: Harvest Supper - Friday 11th October 6-8pm

Tickets are £10 from the Nursery.

Please let us know if you are able to donate any Raffle Prizes.

Thank you,
Nursery Team

In Reception, we have continued our sounds and started our sight words. Please practice the words with your child. Please send book bags in school on Wednesday and we will send new books on a Thursday.

The children in Reception had a wonderful theatre production, learning skills for resilience and ways to keep trying.

Your child will have also brought home a book of Nursery Rhymes which we will practice in school every week. We will change the rhymes every week. Please adorn with stickers, colours and anything that relates to the sheet each week.



In Reception Class we have started learning our sounds this week. Starting with S A T P, we have begun to write and recognise these sounds. Please look at the sheets we have sent home.

In maths we have been looking at patterns and how to continue and repeat. Please look at the website link below - simple activities like these will help your child by supporting what we are doing in school.

Our favourite story this week was The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Have a look at our wonderful paintings!

Have a wonderful weekend.

The Reception Team


In Reception Class we have continued to settle into our new routines and classroom. We discussed how we can show God's love and how we can be a good friend.

Our week started with a visit to the Life Bus and learned about healthy eating, exercise and how we feel. Gerald the Giraffe was great company and we had a wonderful afternoon.

We have also been drawing and practicing writing our names in class. We will send home name writing sheets home this weekend- please look out for these. This will be our focus for the next fortnight.

It was great to see so many parents at our Curriculum Meeting. We have attached the PowerPoint to the EYFS pages on our website. Please do ask if you have any questions. It was great to have another parent representative volunteer.

Have a safe and restful weekend

Reception Team


On Monday Nursery began practising their skills for Sports Day. Each week we will participate in relay races, remembering our position in our team, running the length of the track in a straight line and waiting for our teammates to reach us before beginning to run. We will also practise throwing and catching using bean bags.

We have continued our focus on kindness and friendship with a visit from the NSPCC on Wednesday. We have shared a number of stories about speaking kindly to one another, inclusion and celebrating the ways in which we are unique. At the end of the day we enjoy spending circle time sharing something nice about our friends and reflecting on how we have been kind throughout the day.

Reception class have had another exciting week. We had a wonderful assembly with representatives from the NSPCC who spoke about kindness and who we could talk to if we were worried about something.

We have been continuing to prepare ourselves for next year. We have been working on letter and number formation as well as sentences. In the final few weeks we will continue to look at key words and working on the reading scheme. We will send home remaining words for the summer holidays.

Next week is our Sports Day – which will be on Tuesday afternoon at 2.20 pm. Please join us!


This week in RE, Nursery has been focusing on friendship. We read stories relating to friendship and students worked in small groups to discuss their friends and the qualities that make them special, before drawing a friend in Nursery. Students seemed to agree that a good friend plays with you and makes you feel happy. We are working towards children recognising Jesus’ rule for friends and his words ‘love one another’. Students have enjoyed our story of the week, ‘The Selfish Crocodile’, which has also linked to how we should treat our friends.

We had a number of visitors in Nursery this week. We cooked jam tarts with Elisa’s Mum on Thursday and had a story read to us by Harrison’s Mum on Friday. We love having parents join in with our learning and we are looking forward to more visitors over the coming weeks!

In Reception, we have been busy preparing ourselves for year one. We have been looking at letter formation and writing our numbers. The children have so much progress! In the last few weeks of the term, we will be sending home things that you can do with your child to prepare them for the year ahead.

We, too, in Reception class have been looking at Friendship and showing God’s Love. Do have a look at our wonderful display.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Nursery and Reception Team


The Nursery class has had a wonderful start to the half term. It’s been a pleasure to get to know all of the children and I am thrilled to spend the last term with them before they transition to Reception. They have welcomed me warmly and have been incredibly helpful, teaching me their class routines and all about themselves.

The students have enjoyed our story of the week, ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. They have incorporated this into their role play, using masks to act out elements of the story. There have been a few changes in Nursery this week as we have moved our daily mile to the morning and have found this has helped students to focus on the carpet before lunch. We have also had a focus on name writing and letter formation, with more space in the classroom dedicated to mark marking.

We had music and movement in the hall on Wednesday, a visit from Maida Vale Library on Thursday and cooked cupcakes on Thursday. It’s been a busy week!

In Reception we have been busy looking at staying healthy. We have had a great week making fruit salads, writing recipes and exercising. This leaves us in great stead for our Nursery and Reception Sports Day on 27th June, here at school.

We too enjoyed our library visit and loved the new books that were left with us.

Have a great weekend
Nursery and Reception Team


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!