Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love

                                                                                  St Teresa's Class                                                                         

Teachers: Mrs Foan (Mon and Tue) and Mrs Skinner (Wed-Fri)
                                                                  Teaching Assistant: Mrs Greener                                                                    1-1/small group support: Mrs Budd

The next stage of our volcano making!

Our volcanoes are really taking shape now and will soon be ready to erupt! Today in our art lesson, we painted them - they are looking very realistic!


Home Learning

It is always lovely to see the enthusiasm when children are inspired by a new topic and are keen to extend their learning independently. This Year 6 class are particularly good at this! We are only two weeks into term, but already the children have gone home and found out lots of interesting facts about volcanoes, have watched footage of volcanoes and have found different volcanoes in an atlas.

Elouise has painted this beautiful picture of a volcano and Kiralee has created her own 3D volcano out of clay, which is going to erupt at some point as Kiralee has also found out how to make an 'eruption' with red food colouring, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar!

So, watch this space!


Year 6 - you are amazing! Keep this extended learning up and your enthusiasm ignited!

This week's learning

In our geography lessons this week, we have been learning about the "Ring of Fire," an area around the Pacific Ocean where 75% of the world's most active volcanoes are located. We used atlases to locate where many of these major volcanoes have occurred.


In our writing lessons this week, we have been looking at persuasive letters. Before we started writing our own letter (based on a scene from our class reader, "Twist of Gold") we analysed an example letter looking not only for persuasive language but also for the criteria used to assess writing at the end of KS2.

Art this week

This week in our art lesson, we added to our volcano structures with several layers of papier mâché. They are really taking shape now and beginning to look like volcanoes! The layers of papier mâché not only helps create the shape needed, but also makes the structure stronger. 


We will leave the papier mâché to dry out for a week before the next stage of our project, when we start to paint our volcanoes.

Friday's French: 17.01.20


In our French lessons, we are learning about how to name different animals. This week, we played a game of animal pairs - each time we turned over a card we had to name the animal in French in a sentence, "C'est un... et une ...".

Then, we took turns to pull an animal out of a bag brought in by Madame Miché - we used everything we have learned this year to describe the animal including its colour, its size and its name. 

This week's learning: 13.1.20

Year 6 have returned to school after the Christmas break with a positive and focused attitude to their learning. Working in class is full-on and children are also regularly going out of class for 1:1 support and interventions as well as a small group of children attending booster classes from 8.15am several mornings each week... all alongside a full and demanding class timetable!

We are very proud of the way Year 6 pupils are rising to the challenge!


In SPAG this week, we have been learning about the different types of conjunctions. We played several games including 'conjunction blockbusters' to consolidate our knowledge of co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

Activity Passport

Year 6 have embraced the activity passport challenge already this term. The government initiative encourages children to try out new experiences and, in Year 6, the children photograph the challenges and experiences and email evidence of them to the school.

In the classroom, we have displayed many of the photos showcasing the amazing activities our Year 6 pupils have tried out.



Here are a few of the activities they have completed - 'watch the sun set,' 'help to make your own packed lunch,' 'walk to the top of a hill,' 'go for a walk in the countryside,' 'make a dessert,' and 'learn how to peel vegetables'.

Come down to the classroom and have a look at some of the other activities on our class display board.

                                                                   Again, thank you parents and carers for your support with this challenge.                                                                  The children have until the 24th February to complete as many activities as possible.


Today was the launch of this term's geography-based topic 'Disaster!'. Year 6's first half term's learning is based around volcanoes. As part of our 'stunning start', the children came into school wearing clothes relating to volcano colours. They had all done their research and were able to explain why their chosen colour was relevant. During the morning, the children took part in volcano inspired activities.


Firstly, we looked at the paint charts available in DIY stores and discussed the importance of the paint shades' names. The children mixed their own volcanic inspired colours and came up with an appropriate 'persuasive' name for each shade/colour.

After watching some footage of an erupting volcano, each group used percussion instruments and classroom items to recreate the sounds associated with the process. The musical representations were recorded to be judged independently tomorrow! 

The final activity was to decorate a mini muffin to make it look like a volcano. It was harder than it looked! But it tasted great and 'erupted' in our mouths!

Great fun was had by all this morning and everyone's enthusiasm for this term's learning was definitely 'ignited' today!


Click here to see the videos of the volcanic musical compositions - listen out for the sound of the pressure building, the bubble bursts and gas jets, the roar of the explosion and the blast and the sound of the lava pouring out.

GROUP 1                   GROUP 2                  GROUP 3

Mrs Thompson and Mrs Seymour listened to each composition and voted Group 2's their favourite! Well done Group 2!

Bon Appetit!

During their French lessons in the week before Christmas and this week, Year 6 are learning the vocabulary for different types of food. They are now able to express which foods they like/don't like in French. 

 To practise their conversational French and to apply their knowledge of French vocabulary, Year 6 today had a little taste of some typically French food! They tried croissants, pain au chocolat, baguettes, brioche and some French cheese. C'était bon!


Spring Term Information

Welcome back to the Spring Term 2020. We wish all of our pupils and their friends and families a very happy new year.

This term's learning

Please click HERE to see our learning booklet for this term. A paper copy will be coming home with your child shortly.


A laminated copy of the spelling list for the Spring Term will be sent home with your child shortly. A copy of the words for the weekly tests can be accessed HERE. Children will be tested on a Monday each week. Spelling frame is an excellent website to support your child with spelling.Please click HERE to access the site.


This half term, Year 6's PE days will be on Thursdays and Fridays. Thursday will be indoor cricket with Mrs Skinner and Friday will be athletics and then netball with Miss Pippa.
Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times - black shorts, a green St Joseph's t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.
Year 6 children will also be doing the 'daily mile' on the other three days.


Please encourage your child to read as often as possible (ideally at least four times a week.) This can be to themselves, to a family member or to a sibling - and children, please remember to record it in the reading record books. These will be collected in once a week (every Friday morning) and checked, and will also be filled in by adults in school who hear your child read.


In the run up to SATs, more structured homework will be set each week on a Thursday to be returned by the following Tuesday. This will be based on SPAG and maths and will consolidate the learning done in class.

Click HERE to see the optional home learning POWER PROJECT from our new curriculum ProspectUs for Year 6 pupils.


Activity Passport

We are encouraging all pupils to complete as much as possible in their 'Activity Passports' again this year. The passports should have          come home on the last day of the Autumn Term. The children have until Monday 24th February to complete as much as they can.          Click HERE to see the list of twenty activities to challenge Year 6 and get them out and about!

Please email any photos of the children or the activities to the email address on the back of the leaflet. Again, thank you for your support with this. 

Secret Santa: 20.12.19
Some of the children in the class asked if they could organise a 'Secret Santa' this year. Today, they opened their 'Secret Santa' presents. Lots of thought had obviously gone into choosing something for the particular classmate whose name they had pulled out of a hat. It was great to watch!


Thank you again parents and carers for your support with this.

Yule logs: 17.12.19

Year 6 took a break from their work this morning to make and decorate festive logs. They decided to use part of the profit from their stall at the Christmas Fair to buy the ingredients they needed to make a yule log to take home and share with their families.


The finished logs looked amazing! What a creative bunch Year 6 are!

Groovy Greeks!

Year 6 had a treat this afternoon when Year 5 performed a dance based on the Trojan War. Have a look on the Year 5 page for more information about their 'fantastic finish' and this term's learning and for more pictures.


Fabulous French food!

Today in our French lesson, Madame Miché taught us the names of different foods in French. Using this vocabulary, we wrote a short shopping list each. We then visited the different shops set up in the classroom and practised our conversational French. We were able to greet the customer/shopkeeper in French and ask for different food items. We added in our knowledge of numbers and were able to role play a shopping scenario, speaking only in French. 

Très bien!


Fantastic Finish!

Year 6 have had a full term of history and geography learning through their topic, 'Mexico and the Mayans'. Today, they celebrated their learning by looking through their books and sharing what they had learned.

We then spent the morning celebrating Mayan crafts. One of the activities involved making a 'ojo de dios' (God's eye) which is a type of weaving, commonly found in Mexican communities. We were very proud of our colourful Mexican inspired crafts.


Carol Singing: 10.12.19

This morning, Year 6 popped next door to catch up with our neighbours and to sing some Christmas carols to the residents of Lindfield Court. It was lovely to be able to spread some festive joy by singing some carols and Christmas songs together. Our Year 6 children thoroughly enjoyed the visit, as did the tenants of Lindfield Court.


Climbing Superstars!

The PE National Curriculum states that pupils should take part in outdoor and adventurous activities. It has been a while since our activity break to PGL, so we decided to take Year 6 to Withdean Climbing Centre for an afternoon of climbing and bouldering. The children took part in a variety of activities including a range of different climbs as well as some traversing/bouldering challenges.



Year 6 did not fail to disappoint - there were some very skilled and agile climbers! All of the children pushed themselves showing resilience, determination and strength. There is a climbing competition in the New Year - we certainly have lots of willing and skilled competitors to choose from!

Anti-Bullying Week

Year 6 have been focusing on anti-bullying in class this week. They completed a comprehension based on anti-bullying and also worked in small groups discussing different scenarios and their possible outcomes and solutions.



They also thought about how they, as Year 6 pupils, could adopt the strapline, 'Change starts with us', and make a difference through their own actions.

Finally, they had the opportunity to complete some of the challenges set by Miss Hill. Their posters certainly help to convey the anti-bullying message.

Christian Meditation

We have been using Christian Meditation for a few years now - a few minutes after lunch each day where all children gather together in silence to meditate and be still in God’s presence ensuring that they are prepared for the afternoon.

Our Year 6 pupils take turns to set up the meditation focus from a selection of cloths and items from a class box. The children are very imaginative and creative. Here are a few examples from this week.


Our French learning this week : 16.11.19

We are lucky to have been be joined by Madame Miché in some of our French lessons recently. Madame Miché is a parent at our school and a fluent French speaker. This week, she read us a story in French and taught us a familiar action song in French.


Having Madame Miché supporting in our French lessons is really helping us widen our French vocabulary and improve our pronunciation. 

All of our French learning is recorded in our class French learning journal. Please come and take a look.

Today we were mighty Mayans! 

As part of our history and geography learning about Mexico, this half term Year 6 will be learning about the ancient Mayan civilisation. As an introduction to the topic, the children enjoyed a workshop run by Joel from the 'Outdoors Project', an organisation who aim to bring learning to life through a range of curriculum based, hands-on activities.

The workshop was based around the Mayan tribe and included activities such as staff making, learning about ancient fire lighting techniques and participating in a stalking and foraging game. The children learnt about the Mayan tribes and were taught how to 'whittle' using hazel wood and how to shape their staff for hunting or ceremonial purposes. They learnt how the ancient Mayans would have used flint to create sparks to light a fire and had a go themselves at many of the ancient survival techniques. 



The children had a great morning and are now even more enthusiastic and inspired and keen to learn more about the magnificent Mayans!




Back in action in Year 6!

The children have come back from their half term break refreshed and ready to learn! In preparation for Armistice Day, Year 6 have been looking at different artistic representations of the poppy. They used them as inspiration for their own pieces of artwork. 


As we finish our first science topic, 'Evolution and Inheritance', the children in Year 6 have been learning about fossils. They used magnifying glasses to look closely at some actual fossils and, using books and the internet, tried to identify them.


As part of our RE topic on 'Vocation and Commitment', Father Kieron came into Year 6 to talk about the vocation of priesthood and to answer some questions we had prepared about his reasons for becoming a priest, his commitment of service and his day to day life in his parish. 


Thank you parents and carers with your continued support with your children's homework. The children have embraced the new style homework, which seems to be working well and hopefully the more independent tasks will prepare them well for secondary school.

Some of the children have taken their learning that little bit further by extending/interpreting the task in their own way.

Here are a couple of examples.


Louie created a Mayan god mask out of clay and  Kiralee and Eloany and Louie made a replica of Chichen Itza from modelling material and clay. What creative children we have in our class!

This week's learning: 23.10.19

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of our first half term. We are very proud of how our Year 6 pupils have embraced this half term's learning.

This week, we finished our learning about Mexico and its traditions and celebrations. We made cardboard skulls and made and decorated 'sugar skulls', just like Mexicans do during the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Our topic takes a new direction after half term, where we learn about the ancient Mexican Mayan civilisation. 


As part of our Science learning about adaptations, we carried out an investigation called, the 'Battle of the Beaks!'. We explored the different beak shapes that birds have and used implements of similar shapes to explore how easy they are to manipulate different food items. It made us realise how birds' beaks have had to be adapted over time, depending on their diet.


Manipulating spoon bills, using probing beaks trying to pick up 'worms' and experiencing short, blunt beaks cracking seeds, as well as trying out a probing beak and exploring the depths of a shell.

This week in Year 6...


This week, some of us took part in the Level 1 Bikeability training, our 'Let's Go To Mexico!' topic has culminated in a fantastic display of our work (please come and have a look in the classroom) and, in writing, we have been studying different texts and highlighting some of the features and expectations needed in our own Year 6 writing. 

Another fun week in Year 6!

We are so impressed with our Year 6 class this year. They are working so hard and proving to be great role models for the rest of the school. Here are a few photos of some of their learning this week.


Playing modal verb snakes and ladders, line drawings of 'Day of the Dead' masks in art and applying our french knowledge in 'French Weather Connect 4'.

Judaism Week

This week has been Judaism Week across the school, which began with an assembly on Monday led by Mr Fishman.

As part of their learning, Year 6 learned about Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year. A Jewish custom is to eat apples dipped in honey, symbolising  a 'sweet new year'. It is a time of reflection when Jewish people look back over the previous year and focus on ways forward for the forthcoming year. 


Basketball Coaching

Year 6 are enjoying working with Cain, a coach from South Coast Basketball on a Thursday afternoon. It is lovely to see how the basketball coaching that we have bought in to over the last few years, is paying off - we have some very skilful players in our midst! 


Our geography learning: 26.9.19

Year 6 are enjoying their geography this term, learning about Mexico. Today, they sorted pictures and information cards into those they thought related to the UK and those they thought related to Mexico.

The activity encouraged lots of interesting discussions. The children also had time to research similarities and differences between the UK and Mexico on the computer and to make comparisons between the two countries.



Over the last two weeks in their art lessons, Year 6 have been looking at the work of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist. Frida Kahlo painted several self portraits and she was also painted by other people. Building on their skills and knowledge of drawing portraits from last year, Year 6 had a go at drawing, and then painting, Frida Kahlo themselves.

Their finished portraits will be on display in the classroom next week.



In one of their maths lessons this week, Year 6 pupils explored and investigated  the maths resources available in the classroom and also took a look in our Year 6 challenge box. 


Residential trip to PGL at Windmill Hill 13.9.19-16.9.19

Year 6 have just returned from their residential trip to PGL.
What a fantastic time they had! They were well behaved, challenged themselves with different activities, were encouraging and supportive to each other and had great fun! The weather was fantastic, as was the behaviour and attitude of every Year 6 member.
Miss Morrison, Mrs Foan, Mrs Skinner and Mr Muschamp were so impressed with each and every one of you for your determination, resilience, teamwork and your sense of fun (and for going to sleep when asked!).
There will be a presentation in a few weeks time where the children will share photos and talk about the different things they did.
Until then, here are a few photos...

Friday evening - settling in, unpacking and evening activity, 'Passport to the World'.



Saturday morning - raft building and trapeze (Leap of Faith)



Saturday afternoon - Jacob's Ladder and Sensory Trail.    Evening activity - 'Splash'



Sunday morning - Abseiling and Archery



Sunday afternoon -  Giant Swing and Tunnel Trail.  Evening activity - Disco



Monday morning - Challenge Course and Zip Wire


Thank you Year 6 - you were great fun and fantastic sports as well as showing great determination, resilience and teamwork. We were so proud of you all. A final few photos!



Year 6 have made a good start to the year and have settled back quickly into the school routine. The focus over the first few weeks is on getting to know each other again, respecting and supporting each other and working together. 
These photos show a few of our recent activities:


                    Noun sorting                                              The Daily Mile                                Greetings in conversational French

'Let's go to Mexico!'


Today, was Year 6's 'stunning start' and introduction to their Humanities learning this term. For the topic launch, the children came into school dressed in typical Mexican dress or in clothes in the colours of the Mexican flag. Thank you all for making such an effort - you looked fantastic!


Preparing the guacamole, salsa and tortillas.

During the day the children helped to make and taste Mexican food which included Kiralee's own guacamole recipe as well as salsa and tortillas. The children researched Mexico using books and computers and either created a PowerPoint introducing Mexico or made a poster using WORD. In the afternoon, the children had a go at releasing the treats from a traditional Mexican piñata! 


Experiencing the Mexican piñata tradition.

A warm welcome back to the new school year to all of our pupils and their families. We are looking forward to working with you all over the coming school year.

'Meet the Teacher' is on Monday 9th September 2019 after school in the Year 6 classroom. We hope to see many of you then. If you are unable to come, relevant information will be sent home with your child. 


Learning Overview

Click HERE to see this term's topic booklet explaining what your child will be learning about this term.

Our topic launch will be on Wednesday 11th September - a letter should have come home with your child last Thursday. We are hoping children will come to school dressed in typical Mexican dress or dressed in the colours of the Mexican flag.

During the day, children will be introduced to our topic, 'Let's go to Mexico', by making and tasting Mexican food such as tortillas, salsa and guacamole, learning a simple Mexican dance and experiencing the fun of a piñata!



This half term, Year 6's PE days will be on Thursdays and Fridays. Thursday will be Basketball with a basketball coach and Friday will be Tag-Rugby with Miss Pippa.
Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times - black shorts, a green St Joseph's t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.
Year 6 children will also be doing the 'daily mile' on the other three days.

Please encourage your child to read as often as possible (ideally at least four times a week.) This can be to themselves, to a family member or to a sibling - and children, please remember to record it in the reading record books. These will be collected in once a week and checked, and will also be filled in by adults in school who hear your child read.


A paper copy of the spelling list for the first term will be sent home with your child shortly. A copy of the words for the weekly tests can be accessed HERE. Children will be tested on a Monday each week. Spelling frame is an excellent website to support your child with spelling. Click HERE for a link to it. 


Homework this year is changing across the school. Please click  HERE to find out what our homework expectations are.

Click here to see the optional home learning POWER PROJECT from our new curriculum ProspectUs for Year 6 pupils. They have until the week before half term to complete the tasks and record their findings in their homework books. Mrs Skinner will be explaining this homework  to the class this week. 


Please make sure your child attends school in the correct school uniform. This includes plain black shoes or trainers.


Thank you parents and carers! We really do appreciate your support.