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St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

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Outdoor Learning: 2.2.23

Two more classes have been off site this week with outdoor learning experience days.

Today, Year 6 caught the train to Stanmer Park where they built a shelter, went on a scavenger hunt, used natural found objects to make mobiles and took part in some team-building games.

                 

     

More pictures to follow on the Year 6 class page. We look forward to seeing how Year 1 get on at  Holligdean Park tomorrow.

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Big School's Birdwatch: 31.1.23

Linking in with Mrs Foan's Head Teacher Challenge, this month is The Big School's Birdwatch. With your bird feeders now up, we will hopefully have lots of birds to watch in our school grounds and we can enjoy the nature on our doorstep. 

Click HERE to be taken to the RSPB website with ideas of things you can do and make and with several different recording sheets. There are videos and activities and links to Science learning too.

The Big School Birdwatch runs from January 6th - February 20th so let's get bird watching and spotting!

Remember to send in any more bird feeders before February 7th - made from recycled materials where possible.

      

Reception Class Outdoor Learning: 27.1.23

Another busy week with trips and visits! As part of their topic, "Off On An Adventure," our Reception Class went on their own adventure to Stanmer Park!

They used their map reading skills to follow a map and hunt down some treasure! They made their own dens and went into the woods to choose special twigs to make their own magic wand - using potato peelers to make them smooth and even more magical!

They had their lunch outside and a quick play in the play area before heading back to school!

Here are a few pictures. More to follow on the Reception Class page soon.

    

    

Congratulations to this week's STARS. What wonderful things your class teachers had to say about you this week!

We are very proud of you all!

Reception:  Leighton        Year 1:  Ray        Year 2:  Zara        Year 3:   Shanice        Year 4: Harry         Year 5:  Julian    

This week's DOJO points have been collected and counted! Congratulations to the YELLOW team - this week's highest DOJO collectors!

1.   YELLOW - 388            2.  RED - 331            3. GREEN - 312             4. BLUE - 295

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Congratulations to the following children who have been to see Mrs Foan on three different occasions this year and received a Head Teacher's Certificate in Friday's Celebration Assembly.

Eira (Year 2)   Eliana (Year 2)   Kowen (Year 5)  Scarlett (Year 5)   Alicia (Year 5)  Harlie (Year 5)  and Joshua (Year 6)

Year 2 Outdoor Learning: 26.1.23

Year 2 are out in the local area today, visiting Stanmer Park.

They will be specifically learning about physical geographical features around them in a different local environment and exploring deciduous and evergreen trees as well as looking at how leaves can help us identify trees.

They will  be doing some observational sketching / artwork and creating sculptures using natural, found materials.
They also had a packed lunch al fresco and a quick play in the park!
We look forward to seeing the photos of their fieldwork experience on the Year 2 page soon. Until then, here are a few:
 
      
 
      

POWER Projects

It has been lovely to see the optional POWER Projects completed since the Christmas Break linking into the Geography or History theme each class is learning about this half term.

Thank you children for sharing your home learning and parents and carers for your support with this. Here are a few photos:

      

        

As part of their topic "Poles Apart," Year 1 children have been investigating making their own ice lollies, ice cubes and creating an igloo.

As part of their theme, " Indian Spice," Year 2 have looked at traditional Indian Foods and other world foods in their local supermarkets, made their own Indian food and visited or made a model of a Hindu Temple.

As part of Year 6's topic, "Disaster," Andre created a model demonstrating how the earth is made up and showing the location of different volcanoes!

Head Teacher Challenge

Mrs Foan is delighted to have had a preview of some of the bird feeders you have been designing and creating at home. Remember, to try and use recycled materials where possible.

All bird feeders need to be in school by February 7th. They will be hung in our grounds and we will be watching avidly to spot the different birds who come to visit them.

Keep those creations coming! Here are a few of the designs so far:

         

    

Outdoor Learning/Fieldwork

Another busy week in school with trips! Today, Year 3 visited Stanmer Park to support  and enhance their Geography learning based around this term's theme,  "Extreme Survival."

They caught the train to Falmer and then spent the day in the park, exploring the woodland, fields and parkland through a range of activities including building their own shelters using natural found objects!

Here are a few photos. More  pictures and information to follow on the Year 3 page.

      

      

Fit and Physical!

It is great to see the different areas of P.E. being taught and learnt across the school this half term.

Year 5 and 6 are focusing on different athletic skills and techniques and Years 3 and 4's current learning objective is based around finding different ways of travelling across  and holding balances on the different pieces of gymnastics equipment.

Here are a few photos:

       

Let's Celebrate: 20.1.23

Part of Friday's Celebration Assembly focuses on successes and achievements outside school. Emelia shared her dance trophy and details about a dance competition she had entered and won during this morning's assembly.

Congratulations Emelia! We are very proud of you!

Congratulations to this week's STARS. It is always lovely to hear what the class teachers have to say about their chosen STARS and their positive learning behaviours during Celebration Assembly. We were very proud of you all.

Reception: Lyla         Year 1:  Filomena         Year 2:  Isla B        Year 3:  Audrey         Year 4:   Michelle       Year 5:  Jasmine       Year 6: Priya

Again, another mammoth week with DOJOS being awarded all round! Well done to each and every child who has helped contribute to each team's total.

1.   BLUE - 497               2. GREEN - 466              3.   YELLOW -  395               4. RED - 394

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Congratulations to the following children who received a HT certificate this week. Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner have enjoyed many visitors to their office this week, sharing and celebrating their learning.

Well done to Michelle (Year 4) and Emellia (Year 5)

Outdoor Learning

This half term, each class's  Outdoor Learning session will take place in off-site environments in the local area.

As part of their Geography learning based around "Wild Waters," Year 5 visited Cuckoo Corner on the River Adur where they learnt about the features of a river, the water cycle and living things and their habitats.

They did some fabulous artwork using the natural environment as a stimulus too.

Here are a few pictures. More to follow on the Year 5 class page soon.

      

    

Congratulations to this week's STARS. We were very proud of you all and enjoyed sharing your moment in Celebration Assembly.

Reception: Coby         Year 1:   Riley          Year 2:    Yasmin         Year 3:   Elliot        Year 4:    Tiana        Year 5:  Blessing         Year 6: Divine

Wow! There have been lots of DOJOS awarded this week for pupils demonstrating positive learning behaviours! Well done everyone!

This week's winning house is the RED team!

1. RED - 455          2. GREEN - 446          3. BLUE - 395         4. YELLOW - 279

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                   Congratulations to these children who received a Head Teacher's certificate during today's Celebration Assembly :                                           Halle (Reception) Harvey (Year 2) and Theo (Year 4)

Stunning Starts!

Several of our classes have been introduced to their new Geography based themes for this term with a topic launch. Year 2 had an introduction to their topic "Indian Spice" last week with some Bollywood dance lessons and some Indian cuisine tasting.

The children sampled a variety of traditional Indian foods, as well as finding out lots of facts about India and its culture.

      

 

As part of their Geography theme "World's Kitchen," Year 4 had their topic launch this morning with a tasting trip around the world! They sampled different foods from around the world and used globes to locate the different countries.

      

Have a look on each class's page to see how they launched this term's topic.

Head Teacher Challenge

Mrs Foan, with an idea from Luca in Year 4,  has set a new Head Teacher Challenge for the first half of the Spring Term. They would like you to design and create a bird feeder, ideally made from recycled materials.

The bird feeders will be hung on trees in our school grounds - please bring them into school by 7th February 2023.

We would love to see photos of your creations and the process of designing and making them. Please send in any pictures/videos to the "myhomework" email address.

For more ideas visit:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/bird-feeder

https://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/

Homework

Recently, we have reviewed our homework provision at St Joseph's, following responses from a parental questionnaire and discussions with children and staff and revised our homework expectations.

Alongside this, we will be setting other (optional) challenges throughout the year e.g. Head Teacher challenges, Activity Passport and other competitions.

Children need to have their reading books in school every day along with their reading journal. These should ideally be kept in a bookbag. School book bags are on sale in the school office for £5. Thank you for your continued support.

Please click HERE  for our updated Homework Statement. This will also be sent to you via PING.

Language of the half term

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At St Joseph's School we are proud of our diversity and the vast number of languages spoken by our families.
At St Joseph's, every half term, we celebrate the languages besides English which are spoken at home by some of our pupils.
Each half term, we try to learn a few useful phrases and words, to answer the register and say "please" and "thank you" and "hello" and "goodbye" in our chosen language. The child/children who speak the chosen language will help their classmates learn the correct pronunciation and will share picture books written in their home language as well as in English.
These are the languages for this half term:

Year 1: Polish      Year 2:  Indian dialects     Year 3:  Italian     Year 4:  Portuguese      Year 5:  Ukrainian      Year 6: Dutch

Congratulations to our first STARS of 2023!

Reception:  George        Year 1:  Rosie        Year 2:  Shania        Year 3:  Jaklyn       Year 4:  Theo      Year 5 :   Richard       Year 6: Ruby


Here are the DOJOS for the first week back:

1.   GREEN - 92       2.  YELLOW - 91        3.  BLUE - 83          4.  RED - 80 

Congratulations to our Week 1 winners - the GREEN team! 


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Mrs Foan's office has been busy this week with lots of children being sent to share their amazing work with her!

These children received a Head Teacher's certificate this morning during our Celebration Assembly. We are very proud of you all.

Logan (Reception) George (Reception) Penelope (Reception) Emma (Year 1) Isla B (Year 2) Zara (Year 2) Oscar (Year 2) Aleka (Year 5) Julian (Year 5) and Lukas (Year 6)

Thank you parents and carers for coming in to celebrate with us too.

Carol Service : 5.1.23

After having to re-schedule our KS2 Carol Service twice, we were finally able to put it on in St Joseph's Church on the eve of Epiphany. It was lovely to come together as a school community and share some final festive cheer. 

Thank you to Father Kieron and everyone involved in the organisation of the Carol Concert  and to the parents and carers who were able to come along tonight.

Thank you children for your beautiful singing, reading, speaking and acting.

      

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Wishing all of our children and their families a happy and healthy Christmas. Thank you for all your support this term. We do appreciate it. We look forward to working with you again in 2023!

The children return to school on Tuesday 3rd January 2023

Let's Party!

Friday was a party day for the children at St Joseph's - well deserved after a term of hard work!

In the morning, the children took part in festive activities in their classrooms such as Christmas musical bingo, decorating biscuits, making tree decorations, Christmas dancing, Christmas crafts, a Christmas trail ... and much much more!

      

      

The afternoon was more festive fun with traditional party games and activities, followed by some party food. 

Outdoor Learning:15.12.22

Year 6 braved the elements today for their outdoor learning day. They worked in groups to design, build, test and evaluate their own dams using natural materials.

Here are a few photos. More to follow on the Year 6 page.

       

Carols in the Community: 14.12.22

Today, our Reception Class went to Grove Park Residential Home to sing a few of the songs from their Nativity for the residents there. It was lovely that our youngest pupils were able to spread some festive joy in the local community.

They were delighted to receive some juice, a cake and a chocolate bar as a thank you!

     

The choir also went to Lindfield Court this afternoon to sing some carols for the residents there. Again, it was lovely to spread some festive cheer locally. The children had made cards for each resident which they presented personally.

Again, the children were overwhelmed to be given a selection box each as well as a drink and several treats!

      

Head Teacher Challenge: 15.12.22

Mrs Foan was so impressed with the creative cards sent in for her Christmas Head Teacher Challenge all made using re-cycled materials. Everyone who completed the challenge received a Head Teacher's sticker.

Ronnie was presented with a Head Teacher medal for his festive card showing the Nativity story - made out of a  mince pie box!

      

Attendance

During today's celebration assembly, we were delighted to celebrate with the 41 children who have managed 100%attendance for the second half of the Autumn Term. Each child received a special sticker and a small treat.

Thank you parents and carers for your support with this - attendance is a priority for us at St Joseph's at the moment.

18 children across the school have also been in every day for the WHOLE Autumn Term! This is a fantastic achievement considering the number of coughs and colds around!

We also pulled a lucky winner form the 100% weekly attendance raffle this afternoon who received the World Cup football and a selection box! Congratulations to Ruby D in Year 1!

 Again, we really do appreciate the support from our families in raising attendance and improving punctuality.

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The DOJOS for this week have been counted and here are the results for this week:

1.  RED - 245       2.   YELLOW - 239      3.  GREEN - 399       4. BLUE - 186

This makes the RED team the overall winners for the Autumn Term. Well done to everyone for collecting so many DOJOS this term for demonstrating our positive learning behaviours.

Our final STARS of 2022 are:

Reception: R-J        Year 1: Lottie        Year 2: Sisa         Year 3:  Antonia        Year 4:  Zayden      Year 5: Calib       Year 6:   Tia  

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             Congratulations to the children who received the final Head Teacher's certificates for 2022! We were very proud to celebrate with                   Leighton (Reception) Adam (Reception) and Jack (Year 6)

Nativity:13.12.22

The Reception Class and KS1 put on a final dress rehearsal of the "Magical Christmas Journey " yesterday for KS2. They have been rehearsing over the last few weeks and it was lovely to finally see the finished performance.

This morning, they did their first of two performances for parents and carers. What fantastic singing, speaking, acting and dancing! It was a really uplifting and enjoyable performance - well done to all of the children and to the staff for putting it together.

Thank you parents and carers for coming today and for supporting this year's charity "Mary's Meals."

Here are a few pictures. There is another performance at 9.15 a.m. tomorrow.

    

       

    

Snowy Challenge: 12.12.22

Years 3 and 4 were given a snowy challenge this afternoon - to see how many balls they could get from one end of the playground to the other! It required teamwork, skill, balance, patience and perseverance!

    

Active Advent: 12.12.22

Each class has continued to stay "active" during Advent taking part in a different festive themed challenge each day.

Activity 10 in the Active Advent challenges was the "Snowball Target Throw" and fortunately for Year 4, there was real snow for them to use! Unfortunately for Miss Pippa, she was the target!

      

Christmas Fair: 9.12.22

The children have been busy getting creative this week in preparation for this year's Christmas Fair. The FOSJ's have lent each class           £20 to invest wisely on prizes or craft materials for their stall. All profits go to the class and they decide how or where to spend it.                    This has provided an excellent opportunity for a mini enterprising project and it was interesting to see each class's ideas.

Thank you, children and staff for your creative ideas and for running the stalls. Thank you parents and carers for your support at the fair and for your donations to the amazing coloured themed hampers and to the FOSJ's for organising.

      

Christmas Trail: 9.12.22

Years 3 and 4 were very lucky to be invited to St Richard's Church Hall today to experience a magical Christmas Trail. The visit involved an interactive walk through the Christmas story where the children got to see, smell, touch and taste the drama of the Nativity. 

The children started in a family's living room where they found a Nativity set. They then went on a journey, experiencing each stage of the Nativity story, visiting Mary's bedroom, Joseph's workshop, the shepherd's field, the wise men's accommodation, the innkeeper and his inn and finally the stable with Mary and Joseph and Jesus. 

It was a very memorable and poignant visit and one that will stay with the children forever. 

    

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Congratulations to Sophia (Year 2) Nirvana (Year 3) Leona (Year 3) and Audrey (Year 3) who received a Head Teacher's certificate during Celebration Assembly. We are very proud of you all.

Congratulations to this week's STARS.

Reception:  Blake       Year 1:  Malchaiyah       Year 2: Ronnie         Year 3:          Year 4: Harel        Year 5: Legend         Year 6:Alfie

This week's DOJOS have been collected and counted! Congratulations to the RED team.

1.  RED - 301                   2.  BLUE - 296                   3.  GREEN - 284                  4. YELLOW - 279

Christmas Lunch

     Today was our school Christmas lunch day! Everyone came into school wearing a Christmas jumper and other festive attire.  We had a delicious roast dinner followed by ice-cream and cookies. We had crackers and sang along to Christmas songs.

Thank you to Colette and Michelle for preparing such a lovely lunch for us.

       

      

      

Year 4 Trip: 7.12.22

To support and enhance their Science learning, Year 4 visited The Booth Museum today. They were able to study the skeletons of a variety of animals and look closely at different bones.

      

More pictures to follow on the Year 4 class page.

Active Advent

At St Joseph's, we love to keep active, so we are delighted to be taking part in Brighton and Hove's Active Advent challenge - which provides festive challenges to get pupils active and moving every day in the lead up to the Christmas break.

Click HERE to see the daily challenge calendar for the Advent period. Why don't you take part at home?

Here are a few photos from the first week. Have a look on each class page to see some more.

      

    Day 1 - Reindeer Lunges and Day 2 - Elf on the shelf plank   

      

      Day 3 - Christmas Star Jumps, Day 4 - Santa Squats and Day 6 - Christmas Tree Balance 

Healthy Eating: 6.12.22

It was Year 1's turn today for the final healthy eating workshop of this term. They found out about the digestive system and learnt how our food is broken down with the body taking the nutrients it needs.

They sorted pictures of food into healthy and unhealthy hoops, finding out about their nutritional value and function on the body and then got to taste a variety of healthy fruit snacks. Yum Yum!

    

 

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Fantastic Football: 5.12.22

Inspired by the World Cup, Miss Pippa organised an intra-house football tournament this afternoon for all of KS2. The weather was grey and drizzly, but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of our 82 football players!

What skill, determination, teamwork and passion we saw on the pitch today!

There were medals for individuals who demonstrated the School Games values -congratulations to Rhianna, Khadija, Freddie, Kowen and Alfie and huge congratulations to the BLUE team who didn't lose a single game and were our overall winners.

The children had a great afternoon - thank you to Miss Pippa for organising today's event.

    

      

Carol Singing: 2.12.22

Our school choir paid a visit today to a local nursing home - Grove Park - to share some Christmas spirit with the residents there.

They sang some traditional and modern carols and brought a little bit of festive cheer to the residents, who loved seeing the children perform and joined in with the carols they knew.

   

Every member of the choir had made a Christmas card for each resident which they gave to them personally.

Our pupils were delighted to receive a slice of cake, a bar of chocolate and a drink as a thank you. 

L’étude des artistes Français.

As well as learning the French language, the children in KS2 also learn about French life and French culture.

This half term, they have been learning about French artists. They have applied the skills they have learnt during this half term, to a piece inspired by their chosen French artist using a choice of medium.

The artists (and their work studied) included Georges Braque, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat and Édouard Manet.

Here are a few pictures:

       

    

Thank you Mrs Hill for your passion and enthusiasm and for sharing this with each class.

Outdoor Learning: 2.12.22

Today, was the turn of Year 2 for their second outdoor learning curriculum day of this year. Again, the focus was on using tools.

      

Here are a few photos. More to follow shortly on the Year 2 class page.

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Congratulations to those children who received a Head Teacher's certificate during today's Celebration Assembly.

                    We were so proud of Ruby (Year 6)   Ivy (Year 2 )  Theo (Year 4)   Shanice (Year 3)    Miya (Year 6)   Junior (Year 5)                           Harlie (Year 5)    Legend (Year 5) and Sisa (Year 2)

It was lovely to celebrate with this week's STARS and their friends and families in this morning's Celebration Assembly.

Reception - Teddy     Year 1 - Delilah    Year 2 - Ivy    Year 3 - Sylvia    Year 4 - Khadija    Year 5 - George     Year 6 - Misty

Here are this week's DOJO points. Congratulations to the BLUE team who collected the most this week.

1. BLUE - 315        2. RED- 311        3. YELLOW - 307        4. GREEN - 296

Reconciliation Service: 1.12.22

This afternoon, KS2 were joined by Father Kieron for a Reconciliation Service. We spent time calling to mind the things we have done wrong and said sorry for our short-fallings.

As a school family, we acknowledged the need for forgiveness and afterwards felt refreshed and ready to continue on our Advent journey.

Outdoor Learning: 1.12.22

Year 3 had their second outdoor learning day today. Again, the focus was on using tools. Year 3 used saws to cut thin circles of wood and palm drills to make a hole in them which they made into Egyptian style necklaces with hieroglyphs written on them.

      

Have a look on the Year 3 page for more pictures and information. Year 2 are outdoor learning tomorrow (Friday 2nd)

Healthy Eating: 30.11.22

Year 2 today learnt about the digestive system and where food goes after being put in our mouths.

They also ate and found out about the nutritional content of bananas and milk They had to guess how many g of sugar there are in a banana.  They then tasted a ready-made banana milkshake drink and found out how many g of sugar it contained. 

They were shocked to discover that a banana contains 14g of sugar but the ready-made milkshake contained 48g!

      

Year 1 Outdoor Learning: 25.11.22

Year 1 had a cold but crisp sunny day for their outdoor learning curriculum experience today. This half term's focus is using tools and Year 1 pupils had the opportunity to use palm drills and a saw today, as well as going on a bug hunt and visiting the mud kitchen!

    

Linked to their History learning, they worked in small groups to design and make a pull-along toy similar to those played with by Victorian children. They finished off the day with a warming cup of hot chocolate topped by a home-made meringue by Mr Fishman.

      

Here are a few pictures. Have a look on the St Clare class page for more pictures and information.

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Mrs Foan was delighted with the story maps and character designs she received as part of the recent Head Teacher Challenge. She gave out 30 Head Teacher stickers, 11 Head Teacher's pencils and 4 head Teacher medals during this morning's Celebration Assembly.

Legend in Year 5 was given the copy of Leigh Hodkinson's book " Martha Maps It Out" for his fantastic story map.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated. Mrs Foan's new festive HT challenge can be found on the PUPILS page by clicking HERE.

Good Luck everyone! We look forward to seeing your Christmas Cards made using recycled materials.

Children - you have been busy this week! It is neck and neck at the moment with all to play for! Here are this week's DOJO totals:

1.    YELLOW - 504          2.    RED - 458         3.   GREEN - 449           4.   BLUE - 363

Congratulations to this week's SUPERSTARS! It was lovely to hear the wonderful things your teachers had to say about your work and your positive learning behaviours. We are very proud of you all!

Reception:  Adam        Year 1:   Harry        Year 2:  Kira        Year 3: Darcy        Year 4: Farishta       Year 5: Oleh          Year 6: Sergio

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There were four children who received a Head Teacher's certificate in today's Celebration Assembly!

Since September, they have been asked by their teacher, or an adult they work with, to show Mrs Foan their work and tell her about their learning - on at least three occasions!

Congratulations to Halle and Enzo (Reception) Bram and Sisa (Year2 ) Scarlett (Year 5) and Lukas (Year 6)

Outdoor Learning: 24.11.22

Year 4 have got their second outdoor learning curriculum day this week. Our focus this half term is the use of tools. Year 4 used a saw to create discs which they made into key rings. Based on their History learning, they also made Roman oil lamps from clay.

The children collected sticks which they used for their own campfire in the afternoon.

      

Have a look on the Year 4 class page to see more pictures and find out more about their outdoor learning.

Healthy Eating: 23.11.22

Today, Year 3 learnt about healthy eating and the nutritional content of different fruit and vegetables. They learnt the function each one on different parts of the body. They then, used the fruit and vegetables to make their own nutritious and tasty smoothies!

     

The children also learnt that although very healthy, fruit smoothies do not contain as much fibre as whole fruits.

Thank you, Miss Pippa for leading another informative and hands-on session. Year 2 are looking forward to their workshop next week.

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The FOSJ's put on their second Winter Party event last night for our KS2 pupils. The children had a hot dog and drink and took part in party games, Karaoke and various competitions. They had a great evening!

Thank you to the FOSJ's for organising and running both these Winter Parties. The FOSJ's made just under £300 which will be used to support and enhance our pupils' learning. We really appreciate the support of the FOSJ's team.

Children In Need: What happened? - CBBC Newsround

At St Joseph’s, we are proud to support Children in Need again this year. This Friday. the children came into school wearing spots or Pudsey attire and took part in some "spotacular" activities which the School Council have organised.

By working together, we know we CAN make a huge difference at a time when it’s needed the most. As a school, we are pledging to support this charity and, in a small way, help make a difference to young lives.

Thank you for showing your support by wearing spots and for donating to this cause.

      

Reception:  Halle      Year 1:  Arlo      Year 2: Oscar       Year 3:  Sindy     Year 4:  Freddie       Year 5: Lily-Jo          Year 6: Miya

Wow! You have been busy this week collecting DOJOS for demonstrating positive learning behaviours. Congratulations to this week's winners - the GREEN team.

1.  GREEN - 447       2.  BLUE - 390        3.  YELLOW - 367       4.   RED - 325 

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Congratulations to George (Year 5) and Harvey (Year 2) who were presented with a Head Teacher's Certificate during today's Celebration Assembly. We are very proud of you both.

Cross Country: 16.11.22

This afternoon, we took a brave squad of Cross-Country runners to a very rainy and muddy Waterhall! 

We were very proud of all of our competitors - there were 40 schools and over 1079 children! Every one of our children completed the course which was quite hilly (and extremely muddy) this year - a great performance by each and every one of you.

The children demonstrated great determination, perseverance, team spirit and resilience. Well done to Finn and Emellia who came in the first 100 in their respective races and to Wiktor and John from Year 4 who entered the Year 5 race.

    

              

Year 4 Healthy Eating: 16.11.22

It was Year 4's turn today to learn about the nutritional value of different fruits and their functions on the body.

They tasted some different fruits and through a fun post-it game found out which fruits are good for different parts of the body e.g. which fruits contain fibre and promote good digestion, which fruits contain Vitamin C and help with healthy teeth and gums, which contain iron or potassium and which fruits are high in Vitamin A for good eye health.

       

Thank you, Miss Pippa for another informative Healthy Eating session. Year 3's turn next Wednesday.

Wow Writers Day: 15.11.22

Four of our Year 5 and 6 pupils were chosen to take part in an Able Writers Challenge Day at Coombe Road School. They had a wonderful day working closely with Kathryn Evans, a published author who loves to develop writing skills with young people across the country.

Now - Morgan, Alex, Julian and Richard all know what it takes to make a good story. Mrs Thompson accompanied the children and was very proud of them all.

Parent and Carer Workshops

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Friday's early reading workshop run by Mrs Thompson and Monday's Maths workshop led by Mrs Gilbert.

Please find a link below to the Power Point Presentations our subject leads used, detailing how we teach our English and Maths curriculum and how we scaffold and develop the skills for both curriculum areas.

Click HERE for more information about Early Reading at St Joseph's.

Click HERE for more information about Maths at St Joseph's.

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Anti-Bullying Week: 14.11.22

This week is Anti-Bullying Week- this year's theme is "Reaching Out, "which aims to empower children to counter the harm and hurt that bullying causes.

On Monday, children and staff came into school wearing odd socks to celebrate the fact that we are all unique.

    

During the week, each class will take part in different activities during their PSHRE lessons, around this theme.

Pictures to follow on each class page shortly.

During today's assembly, it was decided to recruit some Anti-Bulling Ambassadors. Some children from Years 4,5 and 6 showed an interest and met with Mrs Foan over lunch to discuss ways forward.

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors will work together as a team to address any issues and make others aware of the issues relating to bullying and how we can prevent it.

Thank you to Theo, Evie-Rae, Legend, Aleka, Bethany and Misty for your passion and commitment to this cause.

      

Year 4 have also created a "buddy bench" in the KS2 playground to ensure everyone always has someone to play with. New skipping ropes and other equipment will be in the special area from next week.

Year 5 Outdoor Learning: 11.11.22

During today's outdoor learning curriculum day, to support their History learning, Year 5 created their own Greek vase designs using wax and paint. They also created their own tools, as the Greeks did, to etch into the design of their pots. 

      

Have a look on the St Philip Howard class page to see what other cross-curricular learning they did and for more pictures.

Wow! You have been working SO hard this week, with lots of DOJOS being achieved!

Congratulations to the BLUE team - this week's DOJO winners.

1. BLUE - 419        2. GREEN - 402        3. YELLOW - 368         4. RED - 277

Congratulations to this week's STARS. We are so proud of you all.

Reception :   Affaq      Year 1 :  Emma       Year 2:  Elianna       Year 3: Mykie       Year 4:   Evie-Rae      Year 5: Emellia       Year 6: Tiana

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Congratulations to Shing Him, Morgan, Emellia, Bethany and Mark who were presented with a Head Teacher's certificate in Celebration Assembly this morning.

School in the dark: 9.11.22

The Reception Class's topic this half term is called "Night And Day." Mrs Thompson and Mrs Mulholland invited their class to come back to school tonight to see the school in the dark!

They explored the school by torchlight and went outside into the school grounds to follow a trail! They were warmed up with a hot chocolate and marshmallows they had toasted on the fire, before going home. What an exciting experience!

Pictures to follow on the Reception Class page.

Healthy Eating: 9.11.22

Today was Year 5's Healthy Eating Workshop led by Miss Pippa. The children learnt about the nutritional properties of the different food groups and their functions on the body. They were surprised to learn that although very high in fat, avocados are very good as part of a balanced diet.

Using simple ingredients, the children then worked together to create their own healthy breakfast and lunch.

      

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KS1 Winter Party: 8.11.22

The FOSJ's hosted their first Winter Party for KS1 children yesterday. They had a great time with traditional party games like pass the parcel and musical statues, a dance competition and some party food.

The children behaved impeccably and have a fun afternoon. Thank you to the FOSJ's for organising and staffing this event. We really appreciate your support.

The KS2 Winter Party is on Tuesday 22nd November.

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Head Teacher Challenge: 7.11.22

Following on from our inspirational visit from the author, Leigh Hodgkinson, and her presentation of her skills detailing the creation of her book, "Martha Maps it Out," Mrs Foan has now launched a new HT Challenge.

Please click HERE for the KS 1 and KS2 challenges relating to Leigh's visit.

You have until Friday 25th November to submit your entries. Remember, these challenges need to be high-quality. Good Luck!

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At St Joseph's School we are proud of our diversity and the vast number of languages spoken by our families.
At St Joseph's, every half term, we celebrate the languages besides English which are spoken at home by some of our pupils.

Each half term, we try to learn a few useful phrases and words, to answer the register and say "please" and "thank you" and "hello" and "goodbye" in our chosen language. The child/children who speak the chosen language will help their classmates learn the correct pronunciation and will share picture books written in their home language as well as in English. 

These are the languages for this half term:

Year 1 - Polish         Year 2 - Arabic       Year 3 - Spanish        Year 4 - Polish        Year 5 - Ukrainian       Year 6 - Portuguese

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 At St Joseph's, we work closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential.

In Friday's Celebration Assembly, we celebrated those children who managed 100% attendance last half term - well done to all of you. The children received a small treat and a special sticker.

We have also introduced a new attendance draw. At the end of each week, all children who have 100% attendance for that week, will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a draw at the end of each half term.

We had 135 names for the first week back. Good Luck- Remember, you've got to be in it to win it!

Year 1 Trip : 4.11.22

As part of their History learning, Year 1 have been out to visit Hove Toy Museum today, putting some of their classroom learning about toys from the past into context.

The children took part in a workshop and got to see a range of toys from the past including Victorian dolls and old teddy bears. They learnt about toys children would have made themselves and played with in the street.

They also had a hands-on session playing with toys that were used by the Vallance family who used to live on the property where the museum now stands. Finally, the children visited The Wizard's Attic!

After their visit they had a picnic lunch before returning to school for the afternoon.

         

               

Here are a few pictures of their visit. Pictures to follow on the Year 1 page shortly.

Outdoor Learning: 4.11.22

The Reception Class were the first class of the half term to experience an outdoor learning curriculum day today and luckily, the sun came out for them!

The focus for this half term across the school is using tools. Under supervision, the Reception Class children used secateurs to cut twigs to the correct length for their owls, used a palm drill to make a hole for their key rings and a saw to cut some logs! 

They also made some speciality dishes in the mud kitchen! Before coming in, they warmed up with a cup of hot chocolate.

      

More pictures to follow on the St Anne's class page.

Congratulations to this week's STARS. It was lovely to celebrate with you and your parents/carers during our first Celebration Assembly this half term. We are very proud of you all.

Reception - Logan         Year 1 - Marco         Year 2 - Harvey         Year 3 - Tawfiq         Year 4 -  Rhianna        Year 5 - Freya        Year 6 - Mini

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Congratulations to Eddy and Oleh in Year 5 who were presented with Head Teacher's Certificates in this morning's assembly who have recently shown Mrs Foan three pieces of excellent work, demonstrating outstanding effort. We are very proud of you both.

The children have come back very positively and keen to learn after their half term break. They have been awarded DOJOS for demonstrating positive learning behaviours and the first week's results are in!

1.  RED - 180             2.  YELLOW- 162          3. GREEN - 124            4.   BLUE - 110    

Healthy Eating : 2.11.22

Miss Pippa is working with a different class each week teaching them about healthy eating choices and helping them to understand why each of the different food groups is important in helping our bodies grow and in keeping our bodies healthy.

The children in Year 6 had a range of ingredients including Weetabix, bananas, yoghurt, berries, oats, melon, milk and coconut water and worked in groups to select items to create a balanced healthy breakfast.

         

Power Projects

Thank you to all of the children who have completed some of the POWER Project activities that were set for optional homework over the half term break.

The POWER Projects support the History/Geography theme that the children are learning about in class and cover a range of curriculum areas and focus on creativity.

     

Author Visit: 1.11.22

We are very excited to be part of the "Raise A Reader" campaign. The campaign aims to help support children to be lifelong readers and part of their mission is getting into schools to help support teachers, engage parents and carers, and excite children about reading widely and for fun.

Leigh Hodgkinson, an author and illustrator, visited St Joseph's on Tuesday 1st November and children from Years 2-6 took part in reading-based activities. The children received an illustrator demonstration and had a go at drawing her "Space Monkey."

The Raise-A-Reader campervan was available after school, engaging with parents and talking to them about reading. We are very grateful for the books the children and the school received as part of their visit.

          

DT Week: 17.10.22

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This week is DT week in school.  At St Josephs, we follow the Design and Technology scheme, "Project On A Page," which enables pupils to design, make and evaluate functional projects with users and purposes in mind.

      

     

The Reception Class have been looking at books with moving parts. They drew their own pictures and experimented with split pins to make moving parts. Year 1 also looked at books with moving parts and made Night/Day rotating wheels using split pins.

Year 6 designed individual flowers which they made to create a class Frida Kahlo to tie in with their Mexican History learning.

      

Year 3 designed and made Stone Age treasure boxes, Year 2 designed and made cars using wheels and axles, Year 4 designed a moving page to engage a younger reader and Year 5 designed market stalls linked to their History learning.

It was great to listen to the children talking about their designs using vocabulary such as pivot hinge, axle, structure, joining, user, purpose, mechanism, textile, levers and sliders.

Have a look on each class page to see more pictures and to find out about the children's plans, design choices and product evaluations. 

Thank you: 17.10.22

We were so touched by your generosity with the Harvest donations last week and so were the staff from The Gathering Place when they came in to collect the donations during this morning's assembly.

Some of our pupils helped to load up the many boxes of thoughtful donations for the Gathering Place who will ensure that they will reach and benefit local families.

      

Outdoor Learning :14.10.22

Today, Year 2 had their first outdoor learning session of the year. They took part in several cross-curricular activities relating to their Science and History learning in class.

During the morning, the children used magnifiers and binoculars to hunt for bugs and they collected sticks to make their own hedgehogs.

      

      

Tag Rugby Festival;13.10.22

Today we took a squad of 8 Year 5 and 6 children to a Tag Rugby Festival at Hove Recreation Ground. This event was about participation and about having a go in a safe and fun environment.

The children took part in some warm-up activities based around rugby skills and then played some friendly games against other schools.

Our children were amazing - displaying the School Games Values such as determination, resilience and teamwork.

We were very proud of you all.

    

The final DOJOS of the half term have been counted and the totals were very close this week!

Congratulations to this week's winners - the YELLOW team.

1.  YELLOW - 224           2.  BLUE - 221         3. GREEN - 213               4.RED - 199

The overall winners for this first half term are the GREEN team. Well done to all involved.

Congratulations to our final STARS of the half-term. We are very proud of you all.

Reception - Penelope     Year 1 - Anna      Year 2 - Tealaa-Rose     Year 3 - Starla       Year 4 - Chidera      Year 5 - Scarlett     Year 6 - Andre

Black History Month 

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October is Black History Month. It is a time to enjoy, acknowledge and celebrate the continued achievements and contributions of black people in the UK and around the world.  

Our School Council came up with some suggestions for each class to research including Rosa Parks, Stormzy, Walter Tull, Mary Seacole, Marcus Rashford and Sara Forbes Bonetta.

KS 2 shared the achievements and contributions in a special assembly on Tuesday.

      

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It was the turn of Year 6 this week for their outdoor learning session.

Year 6 tied their learning in with their Science coverage based around classification of living things and evolution and inheritance.

       

More pictures to follow on the Year 6 class page.

Harvest

We have a lovely Harvest display in our foyer reminding us that Harvest is a time to say thank you to God for all the good things he gives us and a time to remind ourselves to share some of what we have with those less fortunate.

    

                           We are collecting donations for "The Gathering Place"' foodbank in Hollingbury, providing food to local families.                           Again, you have been so generous. Thank you for supporting this cause. 

The Gathering Place are coming in to collect our Harvest donations on Monday.

    

Some Year 6 pupils are going to Cardinal Newman School on Thursday morning for a Harvest Mass with other feeder primary schools who are part of the Newman Family of Schools.

They made a Harvest pumpkin, individually thanking God for providing the food we need and collaboratively sharing their hope for a fair Harvest across the world that can be feasted on by all. This formed part of the offertory procession. 

    

Welcome Mass:13.9.22

This morning we celebrated Mass with Father Kieron. It was wonderful to come together as a whole school for such a special occasion - to welcome our new Reception children and their families into our St Joseph's family.

 Thank you children for your contributions in reading, playing percussion and singing. Our new Reception Class received a St Joseph medal each and were formally welcomed into our school community.

Welcome to all of our new families too. We look forward to working together over the next few years.

      

    

World Mental Health Day: 10.10.22

Today, was World Mental Health Day and this year's theme is making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority.

The aim of today is to spread awareness about mental health and the importance of looking after it!

After the challenges of the pandemic, this theme gives us the opportunity to rekindle our efforts to make the world a better place for everyone and to ensure mental health is a priority for EVERYONE.

Year 1 Outdoor Learning: 7.10.22

Our Year 1 pupils had their first Outdoor Learning Curriculum Day today.

Here are a few pictures. More pictures and information about the learning activities and experiences will follow on the Year 1 page shortly.

      

     

It is the turn of Year 6 (Thursday 13th) and Year 2 (Friday 14th) to explore new experiences and learn outside in our outdoor environment next week.

Amazing Artists: 6.10.22

As a school, we have bought into a new Art scheme. This week, Year 1 were using a variety of different media including paint, chalk pastels and felt pens to express themselves within the theme, "Making Waves!"

Whilst listening to some water-themed music, the children were asked what colours they were imagining and what kinds of lines they could visualise. They worked in groups of 10, working collaboratively on a group piece.

       

Our Local Community

Click HERE for a link to information about Hollingdean Community Centre and the services they provide e.g. storytelling sessions and how you can get involved with the local library.

Here are this week's DOJO House Point totals. Congratulations to the RED team who collected the most DOJOS this week for demonstrating positive learning behaviours.

1. RED -  223             2. YELLOW - 209            3. GREEN - 182            4. BLUE - 169

Congratulations to this week's STARS. It was lovely to hear what your class teachers had to say about you this week and celebrate with you, the school family and your parents and carers. We were so proud of you all.

It was great to welcome the Reception Class into their first Friday Celebration Assembly this morning. Congratulations to Enzo - our first Reception Class STAR!

Reception - Enzo      Year 1 - Skye     Year 2 - Jasper      Year 3 - Lilly - Mae     Year 4 - Lok Yin      Year 5 - Eddy      Year 6 - Alex

Football Fitness: 3.10.22

It is lovely that the weather is being kind to us for a lot of our outdoor PE lessons.

Year 4's current PE learning is around football skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting. They participate in small-sided games, applying these skills and developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

Miss Pippa entered a competition and we were lucky to win some footballs, drink bottles and some cones!

      

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Year 3 Grandparents 

It was lovely to welcome our Year 3 Grandparents in to school this week, who joined their grandchildren for a French lesson!

    

     

Thank you again to all the Grandparents who were able to join us in school this week. Those Grandparents who were not able to join us were very much in our thoughts.

MacMillan Support : 30.9.22

We are proud to have supported The World's Biggest Coffee Morning today, raising funds to support those affected by cancer. Instead of hosting a coffee morning, the children wore home clothes  in return for donating a packet of cakes.

The cakes were sold after school by some of our School Council representatives. We are delighted to have collected £222.65 which we will donate to MacMillan Cancer Support.

    

A former parent of three of our pupils lost her battle to cancer during the summer holidays. Sue and her family were in our thoughts and prayers today.

We had so many donations! Thank you parents and carers again for your support today.

Congratulations to this week's STARS and for their parents and carers who were able to join us this morning and share in our celebrations.

Year 1 - Jacchi        Year 2 -  Shing Him      Year 3 - Thomas       Year 4 - Brandon        Year 5 - Kowen       Year 6 - Lukas

Congratulations to the BLUE team who just pipped the YELLOW team to the post this week with the most DOJOS!

1. BLUE - 306        2. YELLOW - 302        3. RED - 300        4. GREEN - 230           

Year 4 Outdoor Learning : 29.9.22

Year 4 had a beautiful day for their first outdoor learning session today. After sharing a book, they used natural objects and made their own dream catchers. 

      

Grandparents Visit: 29.9.22

Today, some of the Grandparents of Year 2 and Year 5 pupils came in to school. We also had some honorary Grandparent visitors  from St Joseph's Church  who came in and took part in Year 5's History lesson.

Throughout this week, it has been lovely to see the wonderful connections between the generations.

    

          

Reception Class Outdoor Learning : 27.9.22

Our Reception Class children had their first experience of an outdoor curriculum day today. They had a great time creating tree spirits using natural found objects, got messy in the mud kitchen and found and identified different plants and creatures.

      

 School Council: 26.09.22

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This year's School Councillors have been elected by their classmates to represent them and their views. At St Joseph's, we believe it is important to have structures in place which allow pupils to have a real say in issues that affect them and to know that their opinions count. Our School Council is one way of enabling this pupil voice.
Our School Council meet regularly, with a member of School staff as facilitator. 


This year's representatives making up our School Council are:

         Year 1 - James and Gabriella    Year 2 - Kira and Harvey     Year 3 - Frankie and Shanice    Year 4 - Emelia and Chidera                                       Year 5 - Emellia (Vice Chair) and Richard     Year 6 - Alex (Chair) Miya and Morgan (Secretary)

Please click HERE to be taken to the PUPILS page which will give you more information about our school council.

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This week is Grandparents' Week in school. Each class has  planned a special activity that they can take part in with their Grandparents including  Dance, French, Art and Basketball! Thank you to those Grandparents who were able to join us on Monday morning for a special Grandparents assembly and for a coffee and a biscuit afterwards!

    

                        This week will provide an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic contribution our Grandparents make to our lives.

 Thank you to all the Grandparents who were able to join us in school this week.

Year 1 Grandparents took part in a phonics lesson and helped their Grandchildren construct simple sentences and Reception Grandparents and their Grandchildren painted portraits of each other!

     

Keeping Active

The children are enjoying their varied P.E. learning, especially in the last of the summer sunshine! Year 2 have been learning hockey skills and Year 3 have been building up their stamina with fitness and circuits.

      

Year 5 Outdoor Learning : 23.9.22

        Year 5 were our first class to have an outdoor learning experience this year and unfortunately, the weather was not kind to them!              But nothing could dampen their enthusiasm!

      

Have a look on the YEAR 5  page to find out how their outdoor learning linked into their HISTORY theme.

The DOPJOS have been collected in large numbers this week! Well done to everyone for their contributions. 

Congratulations to the GREEN team who collected the most points for the second week running.

1. GREEN - 544          2. RED - 411          3. BLUE - 406            4. YELLOW - 396

Congratulations to this week's STARS. It was lovely to hear about your achievements and your positive learning behaviours during this week's Celebration Assembly. We were very proud of you all.

Year 1 - Olivia    Year 2- Eira    Year 3 - Hattie    Year 4 -  John   Year 5 -  Aleka   Year 6 - Archie

House Captains

Year 6 are proving to be great ambassadors for the school and today the House Captains were selected. We have many roles and responsibilities available for our Year 6 pupils throughout the year which we know they will rise to.

The house captains are as follows:

      

Thank you to Skye and Jack for being RED team captains,  Misty and Sergio for being YELLOW team captains, Tiana and Andre for being GREEN team captains and to Vera and Alfie for being BLUE team captains.

Tributes the The Queen

This week, we have been putting together a variety of tributes to Queen Elizabeth II. 

Year 5 draw portraits of the Queen and Year 6 drew line drawings and came up with a class collection of words to describe her. Year 4 found out that her favourite flower was Lily Of The Valley and used pastels to draw some - which they collated as a class tribute.

      

      

The Reception Class made crowns and Year 2 designed crowns as a tribute to our wonderful Queen. Year 1 children also drew pictures celebrating the Queen's long reign.

      

    

 As a mark of respect, St Joseph's School will be closed on Monday 19th September for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The DOJOS are in and have been counted! It is lovely to see the children across the school demonstrating our  positive learning behaviours.

Congratulations to the GREEN team who are this week's winners.

1. GREEN - 437          2. BLUE - 371          3. RED- 313          4. YELLOW - 298

Congratulations to this week's STARS. It was lovely to be able to share your achievements with the whole school and your parents and carers in Friday's Celebration Assembly.

Year 1 -  Leon         Year 2 - Sophia          Year 3 - Leona      Year 4 -  Tate        Year 5 - Frankie         Year 6 - Viona

Language of the half term

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At St Joseph's School we are proud of our diversity and the vast number of languages spoken by our families.
At St Joseph's, every half term, we celebrate the languages besides English which are spoken at home by some of our pupils.

Each half term,  we try to learn a few useful phrases and words, to answer the register and say "please" and "thank you" and "hello" and "goodbye" in our chosen language. The child/children who speak the chosen language will help their classmates learn the correct pronunciation and will share picture books written in their home language as well as in English. 

These are the languages for this half term:

Year 1 -  Arabic   Year 2 - Spanish    Year 3 - Ukrainian    Year 4 - Kinyarwanda    Year 5 -  Spanish    Year 6 - Spanish

Stunning Starts: 13.9.22

This week there have been two more topic launches - in Year 1 and Year 4.

As a launch for their History theme based around "TOYS" Year 1 brought in their special teddy bears or cuddly toys from home for an afternoon of games and fun at a special teddy bear's picnic! 

      

      

Dressed in Roman attire, the children in Year 4 worked in groups to create "Roman Roads" by following a series of instructions. The tasks required good teamwork skills and the final solution revealed the topic title for Year 4 - "ROMAN RULE." 

Congratulations to our first STARS of the new school year. Their parents and carers were invited into Friday's Celebration Assembly to hear the wonderful things their teachers had to say about them after only one week in school!

Congratulations to:

Year 1 - Whitney      Year 2 -  Mila       Year 3 - Shanice        Year 4 -  Zachary      Year 5 -  Finn      Year 6 - Joshua J

Competition Winner!

Congratulations to Sindy in Year 3 who entered a competition for the Gypsy Romany Traveller Month.  The theme was what makes a home.  It was a national competition and Sindy was awarded third place! Well done Sindy.

    

Topic Launches: 9.9.22

As we head towards the end of the first week of term, it is lovely to see the children so settled and engaged in their learning.

Some classes have been introduced to their History or Geography based topic through a theme launch and topic tables have been set up with books and artefacts for the children to explore. The other classes have this to look forward to next week.

      

Year 2's theme is "London's Burning" and after finding out that the Great Fire of London  started in a bakery in Pudding Lane, the children made their own bread rolls!

Year 5's History and Geography theme is "Greece Lightning" and today the children made Ancient Greek headdresses and sampled some traditional Greek food such as Tzatziki, pitta bread and olives as part of their introduction to this term's Humanities learning.

      

Year 3 made Stone Age bowls, a Stone Age dessert and constructed Stone Age tools in their wonderful Stone Age clothes! 

Year 6's topic "Mexico and the Mayans" was launched with some Mexican food tasting and learning about Mexican traditions and celebrations..

          

Look out for more photos on each class's web page.

Welcome back to another exciting new school year at St Joseph's. The children have settled back in exceptionally well and are looking smart in their uniforms. 

A warm welcome to all of our children and their families, but especially to those children who have just joined the St Joseph's family.- the children in the Reception Class and a few other children across the school. We are delighted you have chosen to join us here and we look forward to getting to know you and your families over the coming weeks.

We are delighted to announce that we,  have achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school’s engagement in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Goodbye Year 6: 20.7.22

Our Year 6 pupils had a lovely final day today. They started off the day with the Leavers' Achievers' assembly. The end of year awards were then given out - congratulations to each and every one of the Year 6 pupils - you are ALL winners in our eyes.

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who were able to join us this morning.

In the afternoon, they had the traditional shirt signing and they finished the day with our traditional St Joseph's "Farewell Tunnel" send off in the playground.

Year 6 - you have been amazing. We will never forget you! Keep in touch and let us know how you get on in the future. Good Luck!

     

 

Thank you generally to all of our wonderful parents and carers for your kind messages, cards and gifts. We have really appreciated your support this year. Have a wonderful summer break and we look forward to working with you again in September.

We look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 5th September 2022

Kitty Whittington : 18.7.22

Today, Year 6 put on their end of year production "Kitty Whittington"- a musical re-interpretation of the traditional tale of rags to riches.

The story is set in London in the 1800s where life is tough for a girl with no parents, no money, and little hope of a meaningful future. The story is one of resourcefulness and resilience which are two of the positive qualities that we aim to develop in our pupils. 

Thank you to Mrs Gilbert and Mrs Greener for coordinating everything and putting it all together and to parents, carers and family members for coming along to support the children despite the heat!

    

Congratulations to our final STARS of this school year.

Reception - Taylor        Year 1 - Affaq        Year 2 - Betty        Year 3 -  Harel         Year 4 -  Freya          Year 5 -  Peter        Year 6 - Sofia

The DOJOS have been carefully counted and the final results for this school year are in!

1.  YELLOW - 402           2. GREEN - 396           3. RED - 372          4.   BLUE- 364  

Congratulations to the YELLOW team who won this week and were the overall winners for this half term.

Class Performances

Thank you to all the parents and carers and family and friends who have been able to come in to see the class performances, showcasing their learning throughout the year. We really appreciate your support.

Summer Fair : 14.7.22

Today we held our annual Summer Fair, organised by the FOSJ's. 

We are very grateful to Sheree and all of the FOSJ's team for their hard work and dedication in helping raise funds to support and enhance our pupils' school experience.  Without their help and  enthusiasm these events would not be able to take place and we would not be able to raise vital funds for the school.

Thank you also to the staff for helping run the stalls and to the parents, carers, pupils, families and friends for coming along this afternoon to support our Fair. It was a fantastic community event!

      

    

The grand total raised was an amazing £1128.97 profit! 

Tasting treats from around the world!

Thank you to everyone for your contributions to each class's hampers. They are full of traditional foods from each country as well as more unusual items such as Iron-Bru flavoured jelly babies from Scotland!

Make sure you get some raffle tickets after school or during the Fair to be in with a chance of winning one of these fantastic hampers.

    

KS 2 Sports Day : 8.7.22

This morning was our KS2 Sports Day held on Varndean School's field. The children took part in a group warm up, several field events such as the vortex howler and long jump before competing in various track events such as the sack, relay, skipping and sprinting races.

It was VERY hot but all the KS2 pupils showed positive learning behaviours and didn't give up! Thank you parents and carers for your support and thanks to Miss Pippa for organising today's event.

      

     

Congratulations to the RED team who won overall today.

Year 2 Trip to Drusillas Park : 5.7.22

To support and enhance their Science learning this half term around animals, their offspring, their habitats, their diets and their adaptations, Year 2 visited Drusillas for the day.

They had a fantastic day with lots of Science learning and opportunities to get up close to different animals. They also had the opportunity to have a ride  on the Safari Express, play in the play area and cool down in the Splash Zone.

It was a brilliant day! Here are a few pictures. More to follow on Year 2's class page.

      

    

        

Balance Bikes : 5.7.22

Our Reception and Year 1 children have been receiving balance bike training this week - teaching the children the skills they will need to ride a bike.

They have had several sessions this week which have developed balance skills through a set of structured games that the children loved and which have hopefully built up an enthusiasm for cycling.

    

First Holy Communions

Congratulations to Emellia, Andrew and Finn who all made their first Holy Communions last weekend. Thank you for sharing pictures of this special occasion and your family members with us.

This morning, in school, the children wore their special outfits and took part in a First Holy Communion Liturgy and Communion Breakfast. They invited a special friend to share in the celebrations afterwards.

    

    

Congratulations to our STARS this week. We are very proud of you all.

Reception -  Ray         Year 1 - Mila         Year 2 -  Darcy        Year 3 - Tiana         Year 4 -  Harlie        Year 5 - Tegan          Year 6 - Louie

The totals have been added up and this week's results are in!

Congratulations to the YELLOW team who collected the most DOJOS this week by demonstrating positive learning behaviours.

1. YELLOW - 369        2. RED - 300       3.   BLUE - 299        4. GREEN - 255 

Year 1 trip : 30.6.22

As a fantastic finish for their History topic "Flight" this term, Year 1 went to Stanmer Park to attempt to fly the kites they had made.

They caught the train to Falmer and took part in a variety of History and Science related activities, had a picnic and a quick play in the play area before catching the train back to school.

More pictures to follow on the Year 1 class page.

      

Year 2 Visit Preston Manor

As part of their History learning, Year 2 visited Preston Manor and Preston Park. They learnt about the jobs servants in Victorian times would do and what life was like for them.

Our Year 2 children even assisted with some of the daily duties like sweeping, polishing and making lemonade.

After their visit, the children had lunch in Preston Park. After finding out about different toys from the Victorian, the children realised how lucky they are and spent time in the play park of today!

More pictures to follow on the Year 2 page.

      

Outdoor Learning: 29.6.22

We have had 3 Outdoor Learning Days this week - the final outdoor learning sessions of the year for the Reception Class, Year 3 and Year 4

    

The Reception Class learnt how to whittle, use a saw safely and made some summer wreaths using natural objects.

  

Have a look on the class pages for more pictures.

KS 1 Sports : 28.6.22

       

      

KS 1 had an active Sports Day today, taking part in a variety of activities and demonstrating great skill, determination and good sportsmanship. Congratulations to the RED team who won overall!

Outdoor Learning :24.6.22

Year 5 were lucky with the weather again today for their outdoor learning day.

They applied their classroom geography learning using compass skills and directional knowledge. They collected and sorted wood and in the afternoon used the wood to make  a fire on which they cooked popcorn.

     

More pictures to follow on the Year 5 class page.

Children - you are working so hard and demonstrating all of our positive learning behaviours and this is reflected in the numbers of DOJOS being achieved this week! 

Here are this week's grand totals:

1. BLUE - 430         2.  GREEN - 387        3.  RED - 290        4.    YELLOW - 289


Congratulations to this week's STARS!

Reception - James         Year 1 - Eira          Year 2 - Tawfiq         Year 3 - Tate         Year 4 -  Kowen        Year 5 -  Ruby        Year 6 - Rashid

Getting Ready : 23.6.22

Our KS 1 Sports Day is next Tuesday morning. The children have been practising their balancing, jumping, throwing  and running skills this week in preparation!

      

Baton Relay:22.6.22

The Brighton and Hove Commonwealth baton was taken on the next part of its journey today when our Year 2 pupils took it to Hertford Infant School.

Dressed in red, white and blue they proudly carried the torch and the book containing messages of hope and solidarity, waving their flags- to the next place in its journey across all of Brighton and Hove schools.

They enjoyed a refreshing ice lolly after a quick play in Hertford Infants' playground!

       

      

Worth Abbey : 22.6.22

Today, our Year 3 children  had the honour of visiting Worth Abbey for a very special celebration. 

Every year the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton invites children from all of its schools to gather together for the Good Shepherd Celebration. Bishop Richard leads the celebration and this year the theme is The Sacred Heart of Jesus - "Love One Another."

    

Withdean Athletics: 22.6.22

Today, we took a squad of 25 athletes to Withdean Stadium for the Small Schools Athletics Competition. The children took part in a variety of track and field events.

We were so proud of every single one of our competitors - who all showed determination, perseverance, resilience and great sportsmanship in very hot conditions!

Here are a few of our medal winners and competitors in action. Amongst our medals we had 1st place in Year 4 vortex howler, 2nd place in the Year 6 - 75m sprint, 2nd place in Year 4 long jump, 3rd place in Year 4 girls relay and and 1st place in Year 4 boys relay.

      

    

  

Commonwealth Baton : 21.6.22

The Brighton & Hove Commonwealth Jubilee Relay Baton reached St Joseph's this week! We were delighted to receive the baton from Down's Junior School, who brought the baton to us this afternoon.

The baton is making its way across all the schools in Brighton & Hove over a four month period. We lined the entrance and streets and greeted the pupils from Down's with our flags and banners and then invited them in for a snack with our School Council.

      

    

We took the opportunity to add our message of hope and solidarity to the baton relay journal and Year 2 will take the baton on the next part of its journey to Hertford Infants tomorrow.

PGL Residential : 17.6.22

Our Year 6 class have had a wonderful residential experience this weekend. They were a pleasure to take away showing determination, resilience, perseverance, good sportsmanship and respect at all times.

Mrs Gilbert, Mrs Skinner, Miss Pippa and Mr Muschamp were very proud of each and every one of you.

    

Friday - site tour and settle in. Evening activity - Capture The Flag

      

Saturday morning - Climbing wall and archery

       

Saturday afternoon - Sensory Trail. Evening activity - Passport To The World.

   

Sunday morning - Raft Building and Giant Swing

     

Sunday afternoon - Aero-ball and Jacob's Ladder

Year 1 Outdoor Learning: 17.6.22

It was the turn of our Year 1 class to learn in our outdoor environment today - and what a beautiful day they had for it! Most of their learning was inspired by their Power of Reading text for this half term.

Here are a few photos of the children exploring the mud kitchen. More information about their outdoor learning activities will follow shortly on the Year 1 class page.

        

Congratulations to our STARS this week.

Reception:  Tyler         Year 1 :  Jasper        Year 2 :  Hattie        Year 3 :   Amelia V       Year 4 :  Eddy        Year 5 : Tiana        Year 6 :  Megan       

Wow! The children have been demonstrating lots of positive learning behaviours this week with very large totals !

Here are this week's results:

1. GREEN - 348        2.   BLUE - 330      3. YELLOW - 300       4.  RED - 283    

Multi Sports Club : 15.6.22

This week in Multi-Sports Club, the children took part in some parachute games. Parachute games are great for team building, improving fine and gross motor skills, developing co-operation and keeping children active.

    

Reception Class Trip : 15.6.22

To support and enhance their learning for this half term's topic, "Under The Sea," the Reception Class went into Brighton to visit the Sea Life Centre where they discovered an amazing underwater world!

They also went up in the i360, giving them a bird's eye view of the sea and Brighton. They had a picnic lunch on the beach and were lucky with today's amazing weather! What a lovely day - pictures to follow on the Reception Class page.

    

       

Climbing Experience : 14.6.22

Year 5 have been reading "Rooftoppers" by Katherine Rundell as their Power of Reading quality text. In the novel, Sophie experiences life and adventures with the "rooftoppers" up above Paris.

Inspired by Sophie, Year 5 went to Withdean Climbing Centre and under the guidance of High Sports climbing experts, took to the climbing towers, walls and boulders, providing them with a climbing adventure just like Sophie!

Here are a few pictures. More to follow on the Year 5 class page soon.

       

Holy Trinity : 13.6.22

Mrs Foan's assembly this morning was based around the Holy Trinity using an iced and decorated  cake  to show the importance of all parts of the Holy Trinity.

Legend in Year 4 was nominated to receive the cake as he could confidently and spiritually articulate the analogy of the 3 in 1 trinity and the cake plus icing plus sprinkles. Legend gets to take the cake home and share it with his family.

Racket Festival : 10.6.22

We took 12 children from Years 3 and 4 to a Racket Festival today. The emphasis was on participation and involved the children going around a circuit of tennis, badminton, squash and multi skills activities. 

The children thoroughly enjoyed the session and showed skill, determination and good sportsmanship. We were proud of them all.

        

Year 2 Outdoor Learning: 10.6.22

Year 2 had a lovely day today in our outdoor learning environment. They learnt how to make a fire and how to use it safely and they used the extra twigs they had collected to make owls. They finished off with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate!

More pictures to follow on the Year 2 class page.

      

Here are this week's house DOJO points:

1.  RED - 89        2.  BLUE - 70         3.  GREEN - 64          4.  YELLOW - 62     

Congratulations to the first STARS of the final half term.

It was lovely to hear what your teachers had to say about you in Celebration Assembly.

Reception- Jacchi      Year 1 - Zara      Year 2 - Anhelina      Year 3 - Zachary      Year 4 - Scarlett      Year 5 - Joshua J      Year 6 - Mia

Year 5 and 6 Art Trip : 9.6.22

Today, Year 5 and 6  went to Stanmer Park for an art-based day. They given opportunities to apply skills and techniques previously learnt in their art lessons and to use a variety of medium using the local environment as their stimulus.

With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer Park was the perfect place to use cameras to capture the beauty of architecture and  nature in the local area.

The children will have time to finish their artwork in school later this week. Below are some of their amazing drawings and paintings.

           

         

The photographs the children took were beautiful capturing aspects of nature. Here are a few:

    

Thank you Mrs Hill for organising today's visit. Here are a few photos - more to follow on the Year 5 and 6 class pages shortly.

Year 3 - Bluebell Railway : 7.6.22

As part of their History learning around transport through the ages, Year 3 visited the Bluebell Railway today - one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country and one of the finest collections of vintage steam locomotives and carriages.

Their visit included a ride on a steam train including going up on the plate, having a look around the museum, and seeing how the signal box worked.

Here are a few pictures from the day. More will follow on the Year 3 page shortly.

        

        

Activity Passport : 2.6.22

Thank you to everyone who has been completing their Activity Passports during the half term break.

Thank you Parents and Carers for your support with these experiences/activities. Here are a few photos that you have sent in this week:

      

Make a daisy chain, help make a meal, find out what lives near a pond and make something nice to eat for someone.

      

Meet a friend's pet, climb a tree, make a bug home and go for a bike ride.

      

Search for butterflies, go fishing, walk barefoot along the beach and cook outside.

       

Run down a hill, make a cake, see how your bulbs are growing and meet a friend's pet.

      

Design and make a bridge, study nature in the local environment, help make a cake and use an OS map to follow directions.

    

Visit a place of interest, pick raspberries and discover what is in a pond.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations : 27.5.22

Today, the whole school celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee - the children looked very regal in their King or Queen outfits and very smart in their special celebration clothes.

Each class took part in Jubilee related activities, learning about Her Majesty The Queen's life, role and finding out other interesting facts about her 70 year reign.

      

        

The School Council suggested ways we could celebrate this special occasion and ordered commemorative badges for each child and adult in the school.

Members of the Reception Class and Year 6 also helped Mrs Muschamp to plant two trees to support the Queen's Green Canopy initiative.

The class activities included making cucumber sandwiches, making jam tarts, finger painting union jacks. and a cupcake time-line!

At Lunch time the children ate outside and even had crown shaped cookies!

       

 

In the afternoon, the children had a celebratory tea-party. Thank you to the FOSJ's for contributing to this.

      

      

      

We were proud to be part of the celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II and to finished our celebrations by coming together to sing the National Anthem.

Pictures to follow on each class's page.

Activity Passports

It has been lovely to see the activities and new experiences the children have been doing for their Activity Passports. They still have the half term week to complete as many activities as possible - until Monday 6th June.

Here are a few of the photos sent in this week.

      

Plan and cook a meal, paint a self-portrait, plant some seeds, make a volcano, visit a friend's pet and draw a treasure map.

    

Congratulations to the final STARS of this half term:

Reception - Jason          Year 1 -  Harvey         Year 2 -  Starla        Year 3 -  Chidera       Year 4 - Legend       Year 5 - Viona        Year 6 - Louie     

Well done children for all your hard work this term and for demonstrating positive learning behaviours. The DOJO house-points have been collected and the totals are in!

1.   GREEN - 250        2.  YELLOW - 231         3.  BLUE - 229          4.  RED - 221   

Congratulations to this week's winners - the GREEN  team . The overall winners for this half term are the BLUE team.

Racket Challenge : 26.5.22

This term's intra house sporting challenge, run by Miss Pippa, was a tennis bounce and balance competition. The children showed great skill and control and the BLUE team won overall.

       

Year 4 Outdoor Learning: 26.5.22

Year 4 had a very exciting Outdoor Learning day today. Click HERE to see more pictures on the Year 4 class page.

        

Perfect Pizzas : 25.5.22

As a treat after their hard work leading up to and during SAT's Week, Year 6 went to Pizza Express in Brighton this morning. They learnt about the history of pizza making and had a go at making pizzas themselves.

Each child chose ingredients they liked and made a pizza of their choice. The class then ate a couple of slices of their pizza in Steine Gardens while it was still hot!

    

We are very grateful to the staff at Pizza Express for this informative (and tasty) learning experience!

More pictures to follow on the Year 6 page.

    

Crowning of Mary: 24.5.22

There is a long-standing Catholic tradition, the May Crowning of Mary, honouring Mary, the mother of Jesus. On Tuesday, the children  were led class-by-class to the statue of Our Lady where she was crowned. Each class took part in a creative activity beforehand and then came together to sing as they processed towards one of our Mary statues.

In a "May Crowning" Mary is presented with a floral crown and other handmade items. Each child and adult will  be invited to honour Mary with the gift of a flower which will adorn her statue.

        

    

Here are a few pictures of the Reception Class. Have a look on each class page for more pictures.

Thank you parents and carers for sending in flowers with your child.

Activity Passports : 22.5.22

Thank you to everyone who has been completing and sending in pictures of the Activity Passport challenges this week. The children have until Monday 6th June to complete as many of the activities as they can.

Here are a few pictures. There is also a display in the foyer, celebrating the different activities being undertaken in each year group.

         

Dress up as a pirate, fly a kite, draw a self-portrait, make a paper boat and watch it float and go on a hunt for small creatures.

      

Try a new fruit, plant some bulbs, paint a self-portrait and hold a teddy bear's picnic.

      

Roll down a hill, dress up as a pirate, make a daisy chain and learn to moon walk.

     

Put on a puppet show, light a candle, post a letter and visit a castle.

      

Go on a Spring walk, make a puppet, visit a friend's pet and another Spring walk. 

Year 6 Outdoor Learning 20.5.22

Poor Year 6 had a very wet start to their 5th outdoor learning day today but their spirits could not be dampened!

As part of their History learning, they designed and painted Viking shields. Here are a few of their designs. They also used chalk pastels to paint Viking ships/longboats and played a Viking v Saxon game.

More pictures and information about their learning will be on the Year 6 page shortly.

      

      

Reception - Ruby D        Year 1 - Shing-Him       Year 2 - Antonia        Year 3 -  John        Year 4 -  Julian        Year 5 - Mark       Year 6 - Nolly

This week's DOJOS are in! Well done to everybody for collecting so many again this week for demonstrating positive learning behaviours.

1. BLUE - 341         2.  YELLOW - 269        3. RED - 261          4.  GREEN - 226       

Outdoor Learning : 19.5.22

Year 5  had their fifth Outdoor Learning session today- after a wet start, the sun came out and the weather was beautiful!

As part of their History learning, Year 5 had a go at making mini Anglo Saxon shelters out of whattle-and-daub. Wattle-and-daub is made by weaving together small wooden branches to create a wall. Mud, straw, horse hair (and cow or horse dung)  is mixed together and then smeared on the walls. Once this dries it is like plaster and can even be painted.

       

In the afternoon, Year 5 collected wood, sawed it into smaller logs and made a fire! They sang campfire songs and played campfire games and cooked some popcorn! More pictures on the class page shortly.

      

Year 4 Trip :16.5.22

Year 4 visited the Old Police Cells in Brighton today in the basement of Brighton's Town Hall. This visit, to support and enhance their History learning, gave them the opportunity to see the old cells, try on some pieces of uniform and handle some items as well as learning about individuals who had been in the cells and well-known Brighton Policemen and women.

    

They finished off with a picnic on the beach before heading back to school. Click HERE to see some more pictures on the Year 4 page.

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Activity Passport

Thank you to everyone who has sent in evidence of the Activity Passport challenges they have been taking part in. It is lovely to see the different activities and new experiences the children have been doing. 

Thank you Parents and Carers for your support with this. Here are a few photos from this week:

      

Visit a farm, take a photograph and plant seeds or bulbs and watch them grow.

         

Visit a farm, make some leaf rubbings, bake some biscuits and make something nice to eat!

Year 3 Outdoor Learning : 13.5.22

Year 3 were very lucky with the weather today for their 5th Outdoor Learning Day. They experimented in the mud kitchen, went on a leaf scavenger hunt, used wood to make tracks and roads for toy cars and made their own bread which they cooked on the fire! Yum Yum!

Pictures to follow shortly on the Year 3 class page. Until then, here are a few photos:

      

    

 

End of SAT's Treat Day : 13.5.22

Our Year 6 pupils have had a busy week this week with their end of KS2 SAT's tests. Today was an opportunity for them to relax and spend time with their friends.

They began the day with a family breakfast. Thank you to those parents and carers who were able to join us. They then walked down to Preston Park where they played in the play area, played basketball and football and had a picnic.

During the afternoon, they had pizzas and pop corn and watched a film.

A well-deserved treat after their hard work, culminating in their SATs this week. Year 6 - we are very proud of you all.

      

More pictures to follow on the Year 6 page soon.

Wow! You have earned so many DOJOS this week! Well done all your hard work, resilience and determination with your learning! 

1.  YELLOW - 344        2.  BLUE - 289        3.  RED - 282        4. GREEN -208    

Congratulations to this week's STARS

Reception - Gabriella    Year 1 - Ivy    Year 2- Elliott    Year 3- Rhianna    Year 4 -  Emellia   Year 5-     Year 6 - The whole class

We are very proud of you all.

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Each child in the school should have brought home an "Activity Passport" this week. These passports encourage more family time and help build children’s character and resilience as well as giving them new and varied experiences.

The children have until Monday June 6th to complete as many of the challenges/activities as possible. Please email in photos so that we can see what they have been doing. All challenges will be rewarded with DOJOS!

There will be a display celebrating some of the activities in the foyer soon as well as photos on this page and the individual class pages.

Please keep them coming! Here are a few pictures that have been sent in:

      

Hold a teddy bears picnic, fly a kite, join an extra-curricular club or group and bake some biscuits.

    

Make a home for an insect or creature, plant some bulbs and watch them grow and take part in a play day, 

Language Of The Half - Term

At St Joseph's School we are proud of our diversity and the vast number of languages spoken by our families.
At St Joseph's, every half term, we celebrate the languages besides English which are spoken at home by some of our pupils.  

Each half term, we try to learn a few useful phrases and words and to say a few general greetings in the chosen language. The child/children who speak the chosen language will help their classmates learn the correct pronunciation and will share picture books written in their home language as well as in English.

The languages of this half term are:

Year 1 -  Cantonese       Year 2 -  Ukrainian       Year 3 -  Portuguese     Year 4 - Ukrainian     Year 5 - Portuguese       Year 6 - Kinyarwanda

New Scooters : 10.5.22

The children in KS1 were delighted today when they had a delivery of new scooters at lunchtime!

Thanks to the FOSJ's and their recent successful fundraising events, the children have been given new scooters to enhance their lunchtime provision and help them keep busy and active during lunch breaks.

We really appreciate the work and dedication that the FOSJ's team put in to improving our children's experiences here at St Joseph's.

      

         

Maypole Dancing : 9.5.22

Today, to celebrate and learn more about the traditions associated with May Day, we were joined by Katie, a professional dancer, for maypole dancing workshops.

Accompanied by traditional folk music, the children learnt to keep rhythm, count steps and create patterns and then how to reverse their dance to unwind the ribbons!

      

  

Here are a few photos of Year 2. Look on each class's page for more photos.

Mental Health Awareness Week : 9-15th May 2022

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme is "loneliness." It is hoped the week will raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.

After being approached by Br Anthony, Mrs Foan's set a Head Teacher Challenge asking the children to write a poem, draw a picture or take a photo around the theme of loneliness.

Thank you to all the children who sent in contributions. Click HERE  to see some of them on the Parish Website.

Year 6 SAT's

This week is end of KS2 SAT's week. The children came in to school bright and early for a class breakfast and a quick revision session before sitting their first test. 

The children are very focused and well prepared. Good luck to all of our Year 6's this week.

      

Children's Parade : 7.5.22

The Children’s Parade returned to mark the official opening of the Brighton Festival today. There has been a two-year gap but today thousands of children, parents and carers and school staff were back out on the streets of Brighton.

The theme for the parade was “Rebuilding And Hope”, with schools helping youngsters to create artworks based around rebuilding nature, homes and communities. Our artwork was 3 stained glass windows based around our school strapline "Faith, Hope and Love."

It was a wonderful atmosphere with the streets of Brighton once again being filled with colour and creativity. 

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the preparations and on the day.

       

                

                

Congratulations to our fantastic STARS chosen by their class teachers this week.

Reception -  Whitney      Year 1- Lily-Mae      Year 2 -  Isabella       Year 3 - Wiktor       Year 4 -  Richard        Year 5 -  Rueben       Year 6 -  Lin          

The totals were very close this week but congratulations to the BLUE team who achieved the most house DOJO points for demonstrating positive learning behaviours.

1. BLUE - 87          2. RED - 86          3. GREEN - 70          4. YELLOW - 68

Outdoor Learning: 10.5.22

Year 1 had their fifth outdoor learning session today and were very lucky with the weather.

They took part in a variety of activities such as sawing, exploring the mud kitchen and Hapa Zome.

Have a look on the ST CLARE  class page to see more! 

      

Outdoor Learning: 3.5.22

Our youngest children - the Reception Class were the first class to have their fifth outdoor learning session today.

They went on a bug hunt, experimented in the mud kitchen, did some sawing and  "Hape Zome" and cooked popcorn on the fire! 

    

      

Pictures to follow shortly on the Reception Class page. Year 1 will be outside on Friday 6th May.

Stunning Starts!

As a launch for their new Humanities topics this term, each class has had a "stunning start" as an introduction to their History learning.

As a hands-on introduction to their theme "Crime and Punishment," Year 4 came into their classroom to discover a crime scene and had to use different techniques to discover who had stolen their class IPAD.

       

To launch their topic "Flight" our year 1 pupils made their own bubble wands and then made their own bubbles.

Year 3's theme this term is "Transport." The class received an interesting package in the post. It contained Simba from The Lion King! The children had to read and look at  the accompanying clues and pictures to find out where it had originated from!

Year 2 found what looked like the remains of a spaceship in their outdoor area! They had some interesting ideas about where it had come from and how it had got there!

      

Have a look on each class's web page to find out more.

Reptylers Visit : 3.5.22

Years 2 and 4 were very lucky today to have a visit from Jem from Reptylers to support and enhance their Science learning.

They were given lots of opportunities  to handle and learn more about the different animals that came in including a bearded dragon, a blue-tongued slink lizard, a crested gecko, a scorpion, a crystal royal python and a guinea pig.

      

      

They learnt lots about the different species, their habitats and how they have adapted to them,  their diet and their characteristics.

It was a great hands-on learning experience. Look on the Year 2 and 4 class web-pages to see some more pictures.


Well done to the RED team this week who achieved the most DOJOS during this first week back for demonstrating positive learning behaviours.

1. RED - 132          2.  BLUE - 111           3.  YELLOW - 106           4. GREEN - 94

Congratulations to the first STARS of the Summer Term. It was lovely to hear the fantastic things your teachers had to say about you during Celebration Assembly. 

Well done to....

Reception - Tyler        Year 1 - Ronnie       Year 2 - Floyd        Year3 - Michelle        Year 4 - Junior        Year 5 - Bethany      Year 6 - Charlie

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Each child in the school should have brought home an "Activity Passport" this week. These passports encourage more family time and help build children’s character and resilience as well as giving them new and varied experiences.

The children have until Monday June 6th to complete as many of the challenges/activities as possible. Please email in photos so that we can see what they have been doing. All challenges will be rewarded with DOJOS!

There will be a display celebrating some of the activities in the foyer soon as well as photos on this page and the individual class pages.

The DOJOS for the final week of the Spring Term have been collected and counted!

BLUE - 262        2.  GREEN - 217       3.   YELLOW - 210  4.     RED - 176

This makes the BLUE house this half term's overall winners with 3 weekly wins . Congratulations to everyone in the BLUE team.

Congratulations to this week's STARS - the last ones for the Spring Term.

Reception: Lottie    Year 1: Crina    Year 2: Antonia    Year 3:  Harry   Year 4: Frankie    Year 5:  Sergio   Year 6 : Amber     

Easter Egg-citement!

The Easter Bunny has visited and we have just taken delivery of 150 Easter Eggs! 

We like to utilise every learning opportunity so each class will have an Easter Egg Hunt based around their learning! The Reception Class started today and searched around the outdoor area for numbered eggs.

Each egg had a word attached to it and when all 10 words had been found, the children read the message, "There are lots of chocolate Easter Eggs in the hall!"

The children were delighted to each choose an egg each to take home.

      

 Wishing all of our families a very relaxing and happy Easter break.

Walk Against Hunger : 7.4.22

We are proud to support CAFOD's Lenten "Walk Against Hunger" campaign. Today, our pupils came into school in their sports wear and trainers, ready to walk, jump, skip or stride around the playground.

Each class had a 20 minute slot, passing the Walk Against Hunger baton on to the next class, meaning someone was walking ALL morning!

      

The Reception Class entered into the spirit of the walk wearing wigs and hats to add some colour and fun to their walking stint!

Parents and Carers - thank you so much for your support and for your generous donations. We have raised a massive £625 so far!

Click HERE to find out more about the work of CAFOD and how your donations will help support others.

       

Year 5 Outdoor Learning : 6.4.22

Year 5 had their fourth outdoor learning session today and the weather was NOT kind to them! before the rain came, they managed an Easter Egg Hunt where they had to find various things in the natural environment and photograph them.

The children also made Easter Gardens representing the events of Holy Week using clay and objects from the outside environment.

Here are a few pictures. More to follow on the Year 5 class page.

    

      

Year 3 Trip : 5.4.22

As part of their topic "Extreme Survival," Year 3 visited Moulsecoomb School's Forest Garden. They learnt about making fire, building shelters and other survival techniques and even tasted some nettle and garlic soup!

    

Here are a few pictures. More to follow shortly on the Year 3 class page.

      

Tag Rugby Festival : 5.4.22

This afternoon we took a squad of eight Year 5 and 6 pupils to a Tag Rugby Festival at Hove Rugby Club.

Miss Pippa put our players through some fun warm-up activities when we arrived. Then, the children took part in several fun rugby skills- based activities and games run by leaders from Cardinal Newman School before playing three matches against schools in their group.

    

The afternoon was based on participating in a new sport and on having fun. Our squad were fantastic - with several great individual performances and  some fantastic team play. We ended up winning two of our matches and drawing the third!

Miss Pippa and Mrs Skinner were very proud of you all. Your certificates will be presented in this Friday's Celebration Assembly.

    

Support for the Ukraine

Our care package with pocket-sized toys and cards and letters for Ukrainian children is on the next stage of its journey to Poland!

After being packed into our Chair of Governors car by Zachary and Theo on Thursday, it travelled to Crawley. Here it is in the next stage of its journey to Poland, being packed onto a lorry with other donations.

    

Thank you again for your cards, letters, gifts and for keeping those involved in conflict in your prayers.

Sing Hosanna : 1.4.22

Today, KS 2 and parents and carers enjoyed a very moving and reverent Easter Passion Play this morning entitled, "Sing Hosanna." depicting the passion of Jesus Christ: his trial, suffering and death.

The choir have been practising during their lunchbreaks over the last few weeks and this morning's performance was very moving, poignant but also uplifting.

        

 

The choir sang beautifully, as did the soloists and the Year 6 readers spoke confidently and clearly.

Huge thanks to Mrs Brownbill for coordinating this beautiful performance. Next week is Mrs Brownbill's last week at St Joseph's. The whole school community will miss her amazing talent, endless enthusiasm and passion for music.

It is always a pleasure to announce the STARS of the week and to share the reasons for their selection in Celebration Assembly.

Congratulations to this week's STARS-

Reception : Ruby W        Year 1 :  Tealaa      Year 2:  Audrey      Year 3: Chidera        Year 4 : Aleka       Year 5 :  Jack     Year 6 :   Andrew  

We are very proud of you all. 

The House DOJOS for this week are in and have been counted. Here are this week's results :

1.  GREEN - 260      2. BLUE - 245       3.  RED - 243      4.    YELLOW - 239  

 

 

Ukraine Appeal

Our whole school community has been affected by what is currently happening in the Ukraine and we wanted to show our support and help in a small way.

 The children have made cards and written letters for children from Ukraine and our staff and parents have kindly donated some pocket-  sized toys which will soon be on their way to Poland as part of a parcel put together by a group of local schools. 

          

Our parcel began its journey this morning when Theo and Zachary from Year 3 packed the toys and letters carefully and lovingly into a box and loaded it into our Chair of Governors car, who took it to St Wilfred's Catholic School in Crawley.

Thank you to everyone in our school community for your contributions, emotive drawings, thoughtful words and for keeping those involved in conflict in your prayers. 

      

Outdoor Learning : 31.3.22

It has been a busy week for our Year 4 class who spent most of today in our outdoor learning environment. They took part in an active cross-curricular activity this morning, involving finding out the distances travelled by different imported fruits as part of their Geography based learning around "The World's Kitchen."

      

The challenge involved measuring, converting units and calculating and finding the country in an atlas! If the group were successful, they received an image of that imported fruit - which they could use in exchange for a piece of the real fruit to use in their fruit salads!

More pictures to follow on the YEAR 4 page.

Sushi Chefs!

To enhance their Geography learning, as part of their topic "The World's Kitchen," Year 4 made a visit to Moshimo in Brighton where they were taught how to use chopsticks and learnt how to make their own sushi!

      

Have a look on the YEAR 4 page to see some more pictures.

Outdoor Learning : 25.3.22

Our Year 2 Class had their Spring Term 2 Outdoor Learning session today and what beautiful weather they had for it!

They had  great fun in the mud kitchen, made dream catchers using twigs and yarn, spotted signs of Spring and made palm crosses.

Here are a few pictures. Have a look on the Year 2 page for more!

      

         

The children have been busy demonstrating positive learning behaviours all week and earning lots of DOJOS! 

Here are this week's results : 

1. RED - 256            2. YELLOW - 241           3. BLUE - 233          4.     GREEN - 189

Congratulations to the RED team - this week's winners.

Congratulations to our amazing STARS this week!

Reception :  Freddie      Year 1 : Yasmin     Year 2 :  George     Year 3 : Evie-Rae       Year 4 : Lily - Jo    Year 5 : Misty     Year 6 : Emma

First Reconciliation | St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church

Reconciliation Service: 23.3.22

As part of our Lenten journey, KS 2 children gathered this morning for a Reconciliation Service. Afterwards, the children were given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation from Father Kieron, to say sorry for any wrong-doings and to receive God's forgiveness.

Children's Parade Workshop : 22.3.22

The annual Children's Parade, which opens the Brighton Festival, is able to take place this year. St Joseph's are excited to be involved again! The theme this year is "Rebuilding The Community" and we are basing our ideas around our very own strapline "Faith, Hope and Love."

Today, we had the expertise of an artist who came into work with some of our older children starting to make props for the Parade, which will take place on Saturday May 7th.

      

Down Syndrome Awareness Day : 21.3.22

Today is #LOTSOFSOCKS Day, this year's theme on the annual Down Syndrome Day, creating  awareness about the genetic condition and to further signify the uniqueness of such children born with the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.

Our pupils definitely put some colour on their feet this morning and came into school wearing different and unique socks showing their support and appreciation for World Down Syndrome Day.

      

 We were joined by Adam's mum in Assembly today who explained more about Down's Syndrome and answered any questions the children had.

Let's Dance : 18.3.22

Tonight, we took 24 amazing dancers to the Dome for the annual "Let's Dance" show. Pupils from schools from across Brighton and Hove performed every night this week and it was our turn on Friday night.

And what a performance St Joseph's put on! The dance, choreographed by Miss Pippa, to "From Now On" from The Greatest Showman was absolutely fantastic! The children danced beautifully with lots of energy. We were so proud of each and every one of you.

Thanks Miss Pippa for your enthusiasm, passion and for your choreography. Thank you Parents and Carers for your support too.

Here are a few pictures of the dress rehearsal in the afternoon.

    

     

      

 Click HERE to see a video of the amazing dress rehearsal!

St Joseph's Day : 18.03.22

Today we celebrated the feast day of St Joseph with a range of creative activities across the school. The children wore their own clothes into school, wearing red where possible -  the colour associated with St Joseph.

Father Kieron came into school and joined us this afternoon to celebrate and honour St Joseph with a Mass.

Here are a few photos showing how we celebrated St Joseph's Day. Joseph was a carpenter so several of our activities were based around woodcrafts. 

      

Year 4 made portraits out of wooden objects and the Reception Class made wooden Easter chick magnets. The Reception Class made lily wraps using healthy ingredients, Year 1 made lilies and Year 2 made biscuits using carpenters tool-shaped cutters.

Year 5 used wooden peg doll people to make a St Joseph figure. Many of them had St Joseph wearing our school colours!         

Today was a really special day. We are proud that St Joseph is the patron saint for our school.

Have a look on the class pages for more pictures.

Outdoor Learning Day 4 : 18.3.22

What a busy day Year 1 had today! They had an outdoor learning morning, followed by St Joseph's Day activities in the afternoon!

Here are a few pictures. Have a look on the St Clare class page to see exactly what outdoor activities they took part in and what they learnt.

    

Goodbye Mr Muschamp : 18.3.22

Today, we said goodbye to a wonderful member of staff who has been an important part of the St Joseph's family for the last 11 years. Mr Muschamp is moving on to pastures new and the children and staff said their final farewells during this afternoon's Celebration Assembly.

Each class had made Mr Muschamp a card and he was presented with his very own "Star of the Week" certificate with comments from each class on it, thanking Mr Muschamp for the MANY different ways he had made a difference to their time at St Joes.

Click HERE  to see his certificate!

We wish Mr Muschamp well in his new venture. We welcome Ms Siobhan Justice as our new business manager.

We had our Celebration Assembly after our St Joseph's Day Mass this afternoon. Congratulations to this week's STARS.

Reception - Taylor    Year 1 - Oscar    Year 2 - Sindy     Year 3 - Chidera    Year 4 - Tia     Year 5 - Vera      Year 6 - Scarlett

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Children - you have been earning lots of DOJOS again this week for demonstrating positive learning behaviours. Well done to you all.

Here are this week's results:

1.  YELLOW - 348          2.  GREEN  - 291         3. BLUE - 281          4.     RED - 252

Off On An Adventure: 17.3.22

Our Reception Class's topic this half term is called "Off On An Adventure" and that's exactly what they did today! The children caught the train to Falmer and went on an adventure in Stanmer Park!

The weather was beautiful and the Reception children did a LOT of walking!

    

The children followed a map and eventually found some treasure as well as Bertie the lost teddy! They did some amazing weaving using interesting items they found in the natural environment, had a picnic lunch and even had some time on the play area.

Here are a few pictures. Click HERE to see some more on the Reception Class page.

     

Pen Licences : 16.3.21

The National Curriculum  requires children to be able to produce ‘fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting’. 

In Upper Key Stage 2, we have now introduced pen licences - a formal recognition of individual children working hard and meeting consistently high standards with their handwriting.

All children in the school write in pencil apart from Year 6 and when a child's handwriting fulfils certain handwriting criteria, they are awarded with a pen licence in Celebration Assembly and can write in pen in their school books.

Congratulations to Priya and Alex from Year 5 who earned their pen licences this week.

  

Outdoor Learning : 11.3.22

Year 6 were the first class to have their Spring 2 outdoor learning session. The weather was NOT kind to them but they soldiered on and took part in a range of cross - curricular outdoor learning activities including Science, R.E. and English.

Here are a few photos. Click HERE to find out more on the Year 6 class page.

      

Congratulations to this week's STARS. It was lovely to celebrate your successes in this morning's assembly. We are very proud of you all!

Reception - Anna     Year 1 - Namira     Year 2 - Nirvana    Year 3 -  Amelia    Year 4 - Kowen     Year 5 -  Alfie     Year 6 - Sofia

The DOJOS have been counted and are again very close! Congratulations to the BLUE team who were this week's winners.

1.  BLUE - 294        2. GREEN - 253      3. YELLOW - 252       4. RED - 225

#LETGIRLSPLAY

On Wednesday 9th March 2022, England Football and Barclays wanted to put on the biggest EVER football session for girls in school and they needed our help!

         During lunchtime, Miss Pippa organised a mini tournament and penalty shoot-out, encouraging as many girls as possible to get involved. And what a great turn-out she had!

By 2024, The FA’s and Barclays ambition is for girls to have the same football opportunities as boys in schools and clubs. #LetGirlsPlay is a campaign to drive influence and change perceptions,  showing that football can and should be played by girls.

Here are a few photos:

    

                

 

World Book Day Doors:

Mrs Foan and Mrs Thompson will be judging the World Book day doors later today. Each class decorated a door based on the Power Of Reading text which they are using as their inspiration for writing this half term.

Here are a few of the doors:

        

Congratulations to Year 2 and Year 5 - the World Book Day door winners! Those two classes will receive a treat on Friday!

               It is great to see how many DOJOS have been achieved this week for children demonstrating positive learning behaviours.                             Here are this week's results:

1. YELLOW : 239        2. RED : 222        3. GREEN : 215        4. BLUE : 168

Congratulations to this week's STARS who we celebrated with during this morning's Celebration Assembly. We are very proud of you all.

Reception - King      Year 1 - Leo      Year 2 - Floyd      Year 3 - Harel     Year 4 - Julian     Year 5 -  Archie    Year 6 - Kadie

World Book Day : 3.2.22

World Book Day 2022  follows the message "You Are a Reader."  Each class in the school has had different activities planned based around books and each class has helped to decorate a door as part of a competition.

We had a school full of wonderful literary characters today! Thank you parents and carers for your support with this.

 

      

        

      

Here are a few photos. Have a look on the class pages later to see what each class has been up to today.

The Reception Class took off their shoes and went on a Bear Hunt, having to travel through "thick oozy mud" "long, wavy grass" and even a "swirling, whirling snowstorm!"

Year 4 donned head torches and armed with magnifying glasses entered the "book den" that had appeared in their classroom.

         

Year 2 made monster shadow puppets based around a book "The Dark." Year 6 delved deeper into their class text and identified the mysterious door presented to their main character and designed layering key locks which held hidden mysterious destinations. 

      

 

Ash Wednesday : 2.3.22

Today, our KS2 pupils were joined by some of their parents and carers for an Ash Wednesday service. It was a reflective service to begin our journey into Lent and towards the celebrations of Easter.

The singing was lovely, the School Council read beautifully and during the service pupils, staff, parents and carers were invited forward by Father Kieron to receive ash on their forehead.

    

Congratulations to the first STARS of the new half term. It was lovely to hear what the teachers had to say about each child and to celebrate their positive attitudes, achievements and learning behaviours in this morning's Celebration Assembly.

Reception -  Lealand       Year 1 - Lily-Mae      Year 2 - Adam        Year 3 - Freddie        Year 4 -   Aleka       Year 5 - Lukas        Year 6 - Ganza

The first DOJO results are in and are very close! In fact two teams achieved the same number of DOJOS for this week's top spot!

Mrs Foan had to set a challenge during Celebration Assembly to separate the two top teams!

1.   BLUE - 87              1.  GREEN - 87               3.    RED - 74              4. YELLOW - 61

Congratulations to the BLUE team who earned an extra DOJO during assembly making them this week's winners with 88 DOJOS!

Head Teacher Challenge

Thank you to all the children who took time to complete the HT challenge  - there were so many excellent posters.
Both the Chair of Governors and the School Council have selected some amazing images from the HT Challenge ' The Journey to 2030'.
It was really difficult to choose just one image, so a sub-committee will be redesigning our Journey to 2030 poster using a mix of the 'finalist' entries. 
Then, we will think of a really good strapline.
 
      
 
      

PE Units :25.2.22

This half term's PE units are well underway and the children are enjoying getting active!

Here are a few pictures showing Year 4's paired and group balances in their gymnastics lessons, Year 1's introduction to Dodgeball and Year 2 learning some orienteering skills.

    

      

Language of the Half Term

At St Joseph's School we are proud of our diversity and the vast number of languages spoken by our families.
At St Joseph's, every half term, we celebrate the languages besides English which are spoken at home by some of our pupils.  

Each half term, we try to learn a few useful phrases and words and to say a few general greetings in the chosen language. The child/children who speak the chosen language will help their classmates learn the correct pronunciation and will share picture books written in their home language as well as in English.

The languages of this half term are:

Year 1 : Spanish      Year 2 :  Arabic     Year 3 : Greek       Year 4 : German      Year 5 : Dutch       Year 6 : Arabic

POWer Projects

Thank you to all of the children who completed the POWer Project challenges over half term which were linked to each class's Geography learning in school.

      

Aleka in Year 4 created her own Greek menu and Richard found out about different breads from around the world as part of Year 4's "World's Kitchen" topic.

Ronnie designs and makes a model igloo and Eira completes an ice cube experiment as part of Year 1's learning on "Poles Apart."

    

Ray recreated his favourite traditional tale as a diorama and Emellia designed her own menu. As part of their topic "Extreme Survival" Michelle in Year 3 built her own shelter.

Outdoor Learning:11.2.22

Year 4 had their third outdoor learning curriculum day today. The weather was perfect and the children had a great day under the guidance of Mrs Thompson taking part in several different learning experiences.

Here a few pictures. Click HERE  to see some more photos and find out what their learning included.

      

Congratulations to this week's STARS who we celebrated with in assembly this morning. We are very proud of you all.

Reception - Malchaiyah    Year 1 - Bram    Year 2 - Thomas    Year 3 - Rhianna    Year 4 -  Aleka    Year5 -     Year 6 - Aaron

Congratulations to the GREEN team who won this half term's DOJO challenge and who also won overall for this half term.

Here are this week's results:

GREEN - 208           2. RED - 200            3. YELLOW - 165            4. BLUE - 160

The GREEN team received their special winners badges in Celebration Assembly today.

Home Learning

Half -Term is an ideal time to have a go at some of the activities on your class's  POWer Projects. Thank you to all those children who have completed some of the topic related challenges.

Leon from Reception Class brought in his diorama - a scene recreated in a shoebox from his favourite traditional tale - The Gingerbread Man. 

Don't forget to email any photos of your creations to myhomework@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk 

  

Intra -House Athletics : 10.2.22

Each half term, Miss Pippa organises Intra-House competitions, between our four house colours: red, blue, yellow and green. This week each class took part in indoor athletics challenges taking part in a variety of track and field events.

The results, individual awards and the winning team will be announced in Friday's Celebration Assembly.

      

Safer Internet Day : 8.2.22

Today is the 19th consecutive Safer Internet Day. With a theme once again of "Together for a better internet", the day will call upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.

Each class's Computing lessons this week will provide a great opportunity for Miss Hill to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year. Each class will also take part in a variety of activities helping to ensure that youngsters today are prepared to handle digital technologies responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Click HERE for an information letter for parents and carers about Safer Internet Day.