Year 5

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!

Violet Class News

Oom pa pa! Violet 2 continues to work on their fantastic performance of ‘Oliver!’ as time draws closer to opening night. Their characters, songs and dances are developing well as they rehearse more and more.

Violet 2 are also learning more about The Blitz of WW2 and how it affected England. They have been extremely engaged and eager to learn more about the air raid of 1941.

Islam has been the religious focus across the whole school this week. Violet 2 learned all about the 5 pillars of Islam. During this time, Violet 1 have been exploring the meaning of Ramadan and Eid in a mature and respectful way – they were even able to make close links to our own Christian traditions such as Lent.

Violet 1 also worked hard during their assessment week – focused and determined to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in both Maths and English.

Violet 1 looks forward to spending more time with their new buddies this Friday as year 5 get ready to transition to year 6 and nursery prepare for their time in reception.

Violet Class News

Singing, acting and dancing have been all the rage in Violet 2 this week as year 6 continue preparations for their end of year performance. Their melodic voices have been drifting through to Violet 1 which has been enjoyed by all! Violet 2 have also been writing their own Lady Macbeth soliloquies which have been both entertaining and moving.

Selected students from both Violet 1 and 2 were invited to participate in the London Youth Games tennis competition. In which our St Joseph’s team came second! An amazing effort and one they should be incredibly proud of. All attending students demonstrated good sportsmanship and were a shining example of St Joseph students.

Four students from Violet 1 also made us proud as they entered into a maths competition at St Christina’s on Tuesday. The students impressed not only their teachers, but themselves. Working well as a team and solving really challenging maths problems. Violet 1 continued to work on their spy novel this week – building character profiles, settings and the mission their spies will overcome! Next week, students look forward to creating a model of their own spy gadgets! Violet 1 were also introduced to their buddies from Nursery who they will be taking under their wing next year. Some year 5 students were even lucky enough to have 2 buddies!

Violet Class News

Boom, ch, boom boom, ch…. The sound of raps pouring out of Violet 1 this week as they finished of presenting their Life Cycle Science presentations. In Maths, the children have continued to work hard by converting metric measurements to imperial. We all enjoyed being at the Year 3 Holy Communion Mass on Thursday, it was thoughtful, reflective and we were all amazed by Year 3’s beautiful behavior and outfits. Everyone really enjoyed the author workshop, thank you Mrs Viana for organising it for us.

Double, double, toil and trouble…..Violet 2 has started exploring Shakespeare’s writing with a particular focus on Macbeth this week in English. The children have shown their maturity and reflective skills while explore the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10: 30-37. In Science, we started our new topic Electricity. All children have continued to practice and prepare for our Tower of London Music Festival performance next week.