Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love

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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

School Council - Darran Park Primary School

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.

Year 3 Outdoor Learning: 4.2.22

Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of our Year 3 pupils today for their third outdoor learning session!

The day was centred around Year 3's Geography topic "Extreme Survival." More pictures and information will soon be on the Year 3 page but until then here are a few pictures showing the Year 3 pupils in action.

  

     

We celebrated this week's STARS in today's celebration assembly. As always, it was lovely to hear all the individual and personal comments your teachers had to say about you all and to celebrate your achievements and positive learning behaviours.

Congratulations to :

Reception -  Olivia     Year 1 - Sophia    Year 2 - Starla     Year 3 - Luca      Year 4 - Finn      Year 5 - Vera     Year 6 - Riley

Congratulations to the YELLOW team who earnt the most House DOJOS this week. Here are this week's totals:

1. YELLOW - 203          2. BLUE - 142          3. GREEN - 134           4. RED - 113

Each house team has won one week each this half term so next week, there is all to play for!

Home Learning 

It is lovely to share and celebrate the work that our children do at home whether this is a consolidation or an extension of their learning in school, an activity from the POWer Projects or a stand alone piece of research or work on a subject the children is interested in.

      

As part of their topic, "Disasters" two Year 6 pupils created their own volcanoes at home, Sylvia in Year 2 made a statue of Mary and Joseph for her class's prayer focus and Mark in Early Years completed his class's POWer Project challenge - making a model of his favourite traditional tale.

                                                                       Don't forget to take part in the latest Head Teacher challenge.                                                                        Click HERE to find out more about Mrs Foan's ecological awareness project.

Outdoor Learning Round 3 

This week it was the turn of our Year 1 pupils to enjoy their third outdoor learning session.

Have a look on the ST CLARE  page to see more pictures and find out what the children learnt.

        

Considering the reduced numbers of children who have been in school this week, lots of DOJOS have been earned!

Here are this week's results:

RED - 360      2. YELLOW - 332     3. GREEN - 271    4. BLUE - 263 

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

Congratulations to this week's STARS, who were presented with their certificates in their Key Stage Assemblies.

Reception - Gabriella      Year 1 - Eliana      Year 2 -  Jaklyn      Year 3 - Zachary       Year 4 - Richard       Year 5 -  Alfie       Year 6 - Mia

Outdoor Learning: 28.1.22

This week we have had two classes taking part in outdoor learning sessions.

Year 6's learning was based around their Geography theme "Disasters" and around their Maths shape and co-ordinates work.

They added natural resources like dust, mud and ash to their volcano paintings to create texture and authenticity.

      

They imagined being the victims of a disaster themselves and having to build their own survival base using only natural resources.

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

      

Year 5's Power of reading text is "The Savage" by David Almond. Their outdoor learning was based around re-enacting key parts of the story and their artwork was an opportunity to express their own emotions through colour and texture.

This week's DOJOS have been collected and counted and the results are in!

Congratulations to this week's winners - the GREEN team!

1.   GREEN - 169     2.   RED - 158     3.   YELLOW - 129     4.  BLUE - 127      

It was lovely to hear what the class teachers had to say about this week's STARS during Celebration Assembly.

Congratulations to:

Reception - Arlo      Year 1 - Isla B      Year 2 - Lilly-Mae      Year 3 -  Brandon        Year 4 - Emellia          Year 5 - Ruby       Year 6 - Loen

We are painters!

As part of their Computing lessons, Year 1 have been using Purple Mash and Tux Paint to draw illustrations for their favourite nursery rhyme or traditional tale.

Their mouse control has improved no end and the children were able to apply their skills and knowledge from this unit to their illustrations.

Here are just a few of them:

           

 

                                              

Outdoor Learning : 14.1.22

Year 2 had their third outdoor learning session today. It was chilly but the sun was shining! Pictures will be on the Year 2 web page shortly, but until then, here are a few photos.

      

The children have been collecting lots of DOJOS for demonstrating positive learning behaviours since the start of term.

Congratulations to the BLUE team for collecting the most HOUSE dojos this week. Here are this week's scores on the doors:

1. BLUE - 292           2.  GREEN -286          3. RED - 277           4. YELLOW - 239

Congratulations to our first STARS of this half term.

Reception -  Filomena      Year 1-  Shania      Year 2-  Frankie      Year 3  - Rhianna      Year 4 - Alicia     Year 5 - Miya      Year 6 - Megan

Tasting Trip: 13.01.21

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 the YEAR 4  page for more photos.

Perfect Porridge!

The Reception children found out how to make porridge last week as part of their learning around the traditional tales. They looked at the different toppings you might have on porridge and designed their own individual "perfect porridge" recipes.

Today, they created and tasted their individual creations. They looked and smelt delicious! Goldilocks would have loved them! Yum Yum!

      

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.

They made their own chapatis and sampled a variety of traditional Indian foods, as well as finding out lots of facts about India and its culture.

      

Look out for pictures on the other class's pages to see how they launched their Geography based topic learning this week.

Outdoor Learning :7.1.22

Our Early Years children have been very busy during this first short week back with their third outdoor learning session. In class they are learning about traditional tales - their current tale is Goldilocks and the three bears. Their outdoor learning continued with this theme and involved finding bears in the outdoor environment and making stick bears - big, middle-sized and small! It was cold outside so the children had a warming hot chocolate and cookie half way through!

Have a look on the St Anne's webpage for more pictures

          

    

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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 2022!

The children return to school on Wednesday 5th January 2022

Christmas Carols : 17.12.21

As our Carol Concert in St Joseph's Church had to be cancelled, this afternoon KS2 children and staff came together in the playground to sing Christmas carols to their parents and carers.

Each class sang their own carol as part of the Nativity story, with a beautiful solo by Calib too.

It was a lovely end to the term -  hearing their voices carrying the message and good will of Christmas across the school and nearby. Thank you to all the parents and carers who were able to join us this afternoon.

     

   

This week's DOJOS have been added up and the results are in! Here are this week's totals:

1. GREEN - 315        2.   BLUE - 265       3.    YELLOW - 210     4.   RED - 185

Congratulations to the RED team who are the overall winners for this half term - winning the DOJO challenge for 3 weeks out of 7!

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Our final STARS of this term were celebrated during today's celebration assembly. Congratulations to each and every one of you.

Reception - Mark        Year 1 - Isla T        Year 2 - Audrey        Year 3 - Wiktor       Year 4 - George         Year 5 - Andre       Year 6- Nolly

Let's Party!

Today was a party day for the children at St Joseph's - much deserved after a term of hard work! In the morning, the children took part in festive activities in their classrooms such as Christmas colouring, decorating cakes, making icing decorations for yule logs, making tree decorations, making gifts, a treasure hunt with gold coins at the end, modelling with glittery playdough ....and much much more!

      

    

      

The afternoon was more festive fun with traditional party games and activities, followed by some party food. A great day was had by all! We had pass the parcel, musical chairs, human Christmas trees and Year 4 even made their own party hats before their festivities began!

         

    

Have a look on the class pages for more pictures.

The Argus : 16.12.21

The Argus newspaper has a supplement today entitled "Christmas in the Classroom" which contains photos of Nativities from schools across Brighton and Hove this year. Two of our very own snowflakes feature on the front cover of the supplement followed by a double page of photos inside!

    

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 Laura for preparing such a lovely lunch for us.

      

    

Active Advent: 14.12.21

At St Joseph's, we are staying active right to the end! Each class is still taking part in the School Games "Active Advent" daily challenges. Today Years 1 and 2 had a go at the "Christmas Cat Stretches" wearing festive attire too!

  

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Today, across the country, schools held a national, School Games Santa Dash. Our classes already take part in the Daily Mile on non-PE days and today we joined thousands across the country and our Daily Mile became a little more festive with Santas, reindeer and elves taking part! 

We have certainly been VERY active at St Joseph's this Advent! Here are a few pictures. Have a look on the class pages for more photos.

     

   

Congratulations to this week's STARS. It was lovely to hear in celebration assembly what your teachers have to say about you all.

Reception - Riley     Year 1 - Crina     Year 2 - Betty    Year 3 - Emelia    Year 4 -  Eddy   Year 5 - Joshua J    Year 6 - Louie

Another very close week in terms of DOJO house points! Congratulations to the RED team for collecting the most DOJOS this week!

1. RED - 389      2. YELLOW -384      3. BLUE - 310      4. GREEN - 283

Active Advent

This week has been very busy and active at St Joseph's! Year 1 took part in today's Active Advent challenge "Snowball Keepie -Uppies."

      

Christmas Fayre : 9.12.21

The children have been busy getting creative this week in preparation for Thursday'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.

Raffle and other winners will be pulled out in tomorrow's assembly and notified.

      

      

      

Thank you to everyone who helped today( the Year 6 runners were brilliant) and parents and carers for your support and for keeping to your allocated time slot to avoid overcrowding.. 

Christmas Trail : 9.12.21

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 shepherds field, the wise men's accommodation, the innkeeper and his inn and finally the stable with Mary and Joseph and Jesus. 

      

The children also made a class Advent wreath out of their hands, decorated a bag to collect reminders of each part of the story like a heart, a star, a coin and some sheep's wool and enjoyed a biscuit and a warming hot chocolate!

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

          

Bauble Competition

Mrs Arnold has organised her annual Christmas competition - thank you to everyone who entered. We now have the best Christmas tree in Brighton - beautifully decorated with baubles that money can't buy - individually designed by our very own pupils!

      

Here are a few of the festive designs. Congratulations to the winners - Floyd from KS1 and Julian from KS2.

      

Getting Festive!

As well as our Active Advent challenges, the children are entering into the Christmas spirit across the school. Year 6's tag rugby P.E. lesson this afternoon ended up with a rugby game with some friendly competition between the  Santas and the Reindeer!

     

Power of Reading

The Power of Reading is a proven resource and training programme which uses quality children’s literature and creative teaching approaches to support schools to develop a high quality literacy curriculum and foster a whole school love of reading and writing.

We have adopted this initiative at St Joseph's, have received the inspirational training and are now seeing the benefits in terms of high quality writing opportunities and experiences, children's enthusiasm and  confidence and progress across the school.

Here are a few photos of some of the Power of Reading displays around the school.

    

           

 Noisy Nativity : 7.12.21

The Reception Class and KS1 put on a performance of the "Noisy Nativity" today. They have been rehearsing over the last few weeks and it was lovely to finally see the finished performance. 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.

Parents and carers - you are in for a treat! For the time being, here are a few pictures.

     

      

     

   

 Active Advent

Today's Active Advent challenge was the "Christmas Tree Balance." Here are some pictures of Year 3 balancing brilliantly and looking very festive while doing so! 

      

  

Thank you Miss Pippa for leading this challenge with such enthusiasm!

Shining Stars!

We are very busy in school at the moment, preparing for this season of Advent with the Nativity, the Carol Concert and other Christmas celebrations and activities. 

We would once again like to encourage our families to display a ‘star’ in their window to spread the Advent ‘light’ message across
our local community. This is a chance to get creative and shine across Hollingdean and beyond!

Thank you to Ivy and Theo, Skye, Wiktor and Sylvia and Mark for sharing a photo of their stars.

       

Year 6 Outdoor Learning: 3.12.21

We have nearly finished the second round of outdoor learning days! Today was the turn of Year 6 and the weather was not kind to them!

The children sawed and cut wood and painted their cut shapes with nature's paint (wet mud!) to create their own Mayan codices. In the afternoon, they learnt about the impact of materials and their properties through performing different tasks and created their own autumn/winter leaf rubbing and watercolour images.

     

Have a look on the Year 6 page for lots more pictures.

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. Today, Years 1 and 2 took up the "Elf on the shelf plank" challenge.

Why don't you take part at home?

       

Christmas Discos

Thank you to the FOSJ's and their team of parent volunteers who have organised and run the two Christmas discos this week and last week. The children had a great time and had lots of fun. 

The FOSJ's made over £400 - we will let you know how this is spent to enhance the children's learning. Thank you to Sheree and Kerri for organising and for the other parents and carers for supporting at each event.

The DOJOS have been collected and counted and it was extremely close this week!  In fact, there were only 3 DOJOS between the top two house teams! Well done to the GREEN team who just pipped  the reds to the post!

1.  GREEN - 278      2. RED - 275       3. YELLOW - 265       4.    BLUE - 224 

Congratulations to this week's SUPERSTARS! we are so proud of you all.

Reception - Rosie       Year 1 - Ronnie       Year 2 - Darcy       Year 3 - Tiana       Year 4-  Tia      Year 5 - Miya       Year 6 -  Rashid  

Dr Bike : 1.12.21

We were lucky to have a visit from Dr Bike today. Children's, staff, parents and school bikes were left with Dr Bike and his team who checked them over to make sure they were safe to ride. Dr Bike brought in basic spares and tools to fix faults, offered advice and  suggested any further work that might be needed, providing a checklist for each bike showing what had been completed.

      

Outdoor Learning: 30.11.21

Our Reception Class have been outside exploring and using the natural environment today as part of their outdoor curriculum provision. They made owls using twigs, just like the owl babies in the book they are reading - carefully choosing twigs of the correct length, they made their own mud and they made necklaces using green leaves.

      

    

Have a look on the St Anne's Class page for more photos.

Congratulations to this week's STARS!

Reception - Skye       Year 1 - Kira      Year 2 - Isabella      Year 3 -  John     Year 4 - Julian      Year 5 - Archie     Year 6 - Emma

Well done children - you have certainly been earning DOJOS for your positive learning behaviours this week! The totals were very close.

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

1. BLUE - 458         2. RED - 454         3. YELLOW - 444        4. GREEN - 438

Outdoor learning : 26.11.21

Year 1 braved the elements today for their second outdoor learning curriculum day.

They collected natural objects and sorted them according to their properties, they made hats using natural objects, learnt how to saw safely and finally warmed up with some hot chocolate!

      

Have a look on the Year 1 class page to see some more photos of today's outdoor learning activities.

This year's Nativity


                                 Nativity time is almost here. Please read the important  Nativity Ticket Information.

 Children in Need : 19.11.21

Children In Need: What happened? - CBBC Newsround

At St Joseph’s, we are proud to support Children in Need again this year. In fact, more so than ever after the last 18 months. Children in                                                                          Need's  strapline is “Changing young lives across the UK.”                                                                                   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.

      

          

So this Friday, don't forget to come to school looking "spotacular" for a £1 donation and don't forget to donate some cakes for the cake sale and come and buy some treats for yourself after school.

Thank you so much for supporting Children In Need today - thanks to your generosity, we raised £335-51 for BBC's Children In Need.

Thank you also to Robert Moss who helped organise today's event.

      

Year 3 Outdoor Learning : 19.11.21

Year 3 had their second outdoor learning experience today. What a fantastic day they had too! They learnt how to saw and drill safely, using their skills to make wooden medallions, they wrote some Egyptian symbols using mud and natural objects and they made Egyptian collars using leaves and planted some bulbs.

      

Have a look on the Year 3 class page for more pictures.

Congratulations to this week's STARS:

Reception - Leon      Year 1- Tealaa      Year 2 - Mykie      Year 3 - Michelle       Year 4 - Paula      Year 5- Alex     Year  6- Amber

The DOJOS have been counted and the results are in! Well done children - you are demonstrating so many of our positive learning behaviours and earning lots of DOJOS.

Congratulations to the  YELLOW team for collecting the most HOUSE DOJOS this week.

1. YELLOW - 317          2. RED - 263         3. GREEN - 239         4. BLUE - 194    

Cross Country : 17.11.21

We took a squad of 16 runners to Waterhall today for a Cross-Country tournament. We had representatives from Years 4, 5 and 6 - all  looking very smart in our St Joseph's sports kit which has not been out to a sporting event for a very long time!

We were very proud of all of our competitors - there were over 300 children in each race! Every child completed the course which was quite hilly this year - a great performance by each and every one of you.

Particular mention must go to Finn from Year 4 who ran in the Year 5 boys race and came in 37th place!

      

Year 5 boys  and Year 5 girls                                                          Year 6 girls and Year 6 boys

 

      

The children demonstrated great determination, team spirit and resilience. Thank you Ganza for leading the warm up!

 

    

Cricket: 16.11.21

We are very fortunate to have been offered some expert cricket coaching funded through the Aldridge Foundation Cricket Project. The coach from the Sussex Cricket Foundation is currently working with the Year 5 girls.

We are looking forward to seeing their newly acquired skills put into practice at a soft ball girls' cricket festival next term.

      

Super Scientists!

There is a lot of exciting Science work going on around the school at the moment. The children across the school are developing their Scientific knowledge through a sequence of concepts and practical lessons based around Scientific enquiry.

Have a look on the Science curriculum page and on each class page for more pictures. Here are a few:

      

Year 4 have been constructing simple circuits, exploring the friction on different surfaces, learning about the digestive system and finding out about different teeth and their functions.

Outdoor Learning: 12.11.21

Year 4 had their second outdoor learning curriculum day today. Luckily they had come prepared and were wrapped up warmly as the weather was cold and rainy! Nothing could dampen the spirits of the Year 4 though! 

They learnt how to use a saw safely and also found natural objects to use as paintbrushes and made their own paint using mud!

More information and photos to follow shortly on the YEAR 4 class webpage. 

      

There have been lots of DOJOS earnt this week. Congratulations to the RED team who have earnt the most DOJOS for the second week running!

1.  RED - 361        2. YELLOW - 302        3. GREEN - 278       4. BLUE - 253

Congratulations to this week's STARS. It was lovely to hear about the positive learning behaviours you have been demonstrating this week and celebrate with you this morning in assembly.

Well done to:

Reception -  James       Year 1 - Zane        Year 2 - Jeremiah        Year 3 - Zayden        Year 4 -  Finn     Year 5 - Miya       Year 6 - Ganza

Remembrance Day: 11.11.21

Today at 11 a.m. we held a two minute silence in their classrooms, coming together to remember all those whose lives have been affected by conflict since World War 1, and those who have died in particular. 

Those children who had taken part in Mrs Foan's Head Teacher's (the challenge suggested by Mark in Year 5) joined Mrs Foan and Miss Pippa who came in to the hall in her Territorial Army uniform for the silence.

   Thank you to those KS2 children who wrote a poem based around Remembrance Day and those KS1 pupils who drew a poppy.            These are displayed in the foyer.

   

Amazing Artists !

The art going on across the school is amazing! In each class's art lessons, Mrs Hill has been introducing the children to a range of artists and teaching them the different techniques used by those artists and the children have been experimenting with a range of medium to create similar effects. The children have also learnt some facts and the history of each artist whose work they have studied. 

       It  is lovely to see the progression of skills evident in the sketch books and to see the children's individual artistic interpretations.                   Here are a few photos from the children's sketchbooks, lessons and classroom displays:

      

Year 1 experimented with the drip technique inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock and Year 4 have been recreating "The Scream" by Edvard Munch and learning about the works of Paul Cezanne.

 

      

Year 5 have been studying Claude Monet's "Water Lilies." They are now recycling plastic bottles to make their own 3D waterlilies.

 

    

Year 3 have been studying the work of Pablo Picasso.

Mrs Hill is hoping to put on an art exhibition in the Summer Term to share and showcase our wonderful artists and their work.

Active in Early Years :10.11.21

As part of their physical development provision, this half term our Early Years pupils are having the large gymnastics apparatus out in the hall.  It was lovely to see them applying their knowledge of travelling on different body parts and holding a balance as well as developing their climbing skills and gaining confidence when exploring the apparatus.

      

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 - Romanian    Year 2 - German    Year 3 - Spanish     Year 4 - Greek    Year 5 - Dutch    Year 6 - Krio

Mrs Foan's Induction Mass: 7.11.21

Today, was Mrs Foan's Induction Mass. It was lovely to be joined at St Joseph's Church by so many of our pupils, their families, school staff, Governors and members of the Parish Community as well as Father Kieron and Bishop Richard.

Our school family formed a large part of today's congregation and the children looked very smart in their uniforms and read and sang beautifully. Thank you children for your participation today - we were very proud of you all, especially when you sung our School Song at the end of the Mass with such passion and enthusiasm.

It was wonderful to celebrate the formal induction of Mrs Foan as the newly-appointed Head Teacher of St Joseph's Catholic School as part of today's special Mass with so many members of the St Joseph's family able to attend, as well as Mrs Foan's own family.

Thank you all for the part you played in making today so special.

     

    

Click on the image below for a link to see the Mass in full.

Outdoor Learning Round Two : 5.11.21

Our classes are beginning their second outdoor learning curriculum days and Year 2 had their second opportunity for learning in the outdoor classroom today. They learnt how to use saws and drills safely and made log slices. They haven't decided what to make them into yet but they may be transformed into something special to be sold at the Christmas Fair.

They also made bug houses, leaf necklaces and collected and sorted sticks. They finished off their day with a warming cup of hot chocolate and spoke about safety before Bonfire Night.

What a busy day! Another great outdoor learning experience. Well done Year 2!

      

Look out for some more pictures on the Year 2 class page.

Well done to our first STARS of this half term. The children have all settled straight back in to school after the half term break and have been demonstrating positive learning behaviours.

Congratulations to:

Reception - Delilah     Year 1 - Harvey    Year 2 - Leona    Year 3 -  Tate   Year 4 - Legend   Year 5-  Tia    Year 6 - Sofia

The DOJOS have been counted and the results are in! Congratulations to the RED team who achieved the most house DOJOS during this first week back!

1. RED - 60       2. YELLOW - 47       3. GREEN - 45       4. BLUE - 42

Year 5 Outdoor Learning : 22.10.21

Year 5 were the last class to experience an outdoor learning curriculum day this half term.

Have a look on their class page for more pictures.

    

The DOJOS for this half term have been counted! Congratulations to the YELLOW team who were this week's winners with 470 House DOJOS and who were also the overall winners for this first half term - winning 3 weeks out of 7!

1. YELLOW - 470        2.   RED - 462        3. BLUE - 328        4. GREEN - 299

The final STARS of this half term were celebrated in this morning's celebration assembly.

Congratulations to:

Reception - Jack     Year 1 -  Mila     Year 2 -  Jessie-Rose     Year 3 - Harry     Year 4 - Frankie      Year 5 -  Misty      Year 6 -  Kadie 

Computing

It has been lovely to see the progress being made in Computing across the school this half term. Here is some work from Year 2's Computing learning based around, "We Are Astronauts."

More pictures from across the school will be on the Computing Curriculum page soon.

    

The Month of the Rosary: 21.10.21

The month of October is known as The Month of the Rosary. Our RE council have started a Rosary Prayer meeting each Monday lunchtime and this afternoon we invited parents to a Rosary Prayer meeting outside where we prayed this special devotion by the statue of Mary in the Prayer Garden. The Mysteries of the Rosary help us to focus on the different events in the life of Christ.

       

Many of the children bought their own Rosary beads in and the R.E. Council had also helped to make a natural and special rosary using conkers. Thank you to the parents and carers who were able to join us.

        

Outdoor Learning: 20.10.21

Our Reception Class braved the elements today for their first outdoor learning experience. They learnt how to saw safely, made their own dens and also made their own tree spirits using natural materials. 

They had such a great learning experience. They finished off with a warming cup of hot chocolate!

        

      

Look out for some more pictures on the St Anne's Class webpage soon.

Intra - House Penalty Shoot Outs: 18.10.21

Each KS2 class has taken part in a intra-house penalty shoot out in their last P.E. lesson of the half term. They were able to apply their learnt skills of dribbling, controlling the ball and shooting, demonstrating both power and accuracy!

        

Great goal-keeping skills too!

      

Thank you Miss Pippa for organising this penalty shoot out. It was great to see the skills the children have learnt this half term being applied in a competitive, team situation. We are lucky to have so many talented sports people in our school.

Here are the results -

  1. - RED - 28 points      2. BLUE - 23 points   3. GREEN - 21 points     4. YELLOW - 19 points 

Miss Pippa also chose a few people for special mention in this morning's celebration assembly. They received  a Head Teacher's medal from Mrs Foan:

Darcy (Year 2) for great goal-keeping skills, Riley (Year 6) for being a great leader and showing fantastic team skills and Rhianna (Year 3) for her shooting skills.

    

 

Year 6 Outdoor Learning: 15.10.21

Today, was the turn of Year 6 for their outdoor learning curriculum provision. To link in with their History and Geography learning, the children learnt how to use saws and drills safely to make Mexican inspired medallions.

       

They did some Hapa Zome, collected and categorised sticks for their camp fire, learnt how to safely light a fire and finished off with a cup of hot chocolate and some toasted marshmallows.

    

        

 

Year 1 trip: 15.10.21

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.

    

They 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 made their own wooden spoon doll/puppet too and visited The Wizard's Attic!

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

      

More pictures to follow on the Year 1 class page soon.

Again, it was lovely to share the successes of our STARS and celebrate with them in Assembly this morning and to hear the wonderful things your class teachers have to say about you this week

Congratulations to:

Reception - Imran      Year 1 - Jasper      Year 2 - Elliot     Year 3 - Theo    Year 4 -  Aleka      Year 5 - Lukas    Year 6 - Andrew

   The House DOJOS have been counted and the results are in! The Reception Class are now collecting DOJOS for their house teams too!                                                Congratulations to the YELLOW team for being awarded the most DOJOS this week.                                                                                            

1. YELLOW - 343      2. RED - 336      3. BLUE - 205      4. GREEN - 198

Judaism Week: 13.10.21

This week is Judaism Week in school. As part of their RE learning, each class has been learning about a different aspect of the Jewish Faith. This morning, Mr Fishman led a special Judaism assembly.

    

The Reception Class learnt about a special object - the Menorah. They made some potato latkes which are traditionally eaten during Hanukah.

    

Pictures of each class's Judaism learning will soon be on their class pages.

Welcome Mass: 12.10.21

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

It was a beautiful Mass. Thank you children for your contributions in reading and singing. Our new Reception Class received a prayer card 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.

    

Harvest Collection :11.10.21

Lynne and the staff from The Gathering Place in Hollingbury were delighted to see how much the families of St Joseph's School had collected last week when they came to visit on Monday. There was almost too much to fit into one car boot!

Your generosity has been lovely to see and it is great to know what a difference we can make in our local community, so thank you all again.

    

 

Year 1's Outdoor Learning: 08.10.21

Today was the turn of our Year 1 Class to take part in an outdoor curriculum day. They had a fantastic day learning in our very own outdoor environment. Here are a few pictures:

      

Click HERE to see some more pictures on the class page.

This week's DOJO results are in! Congratulations to the GREEN team who have achieved the most DOJOS this week - their second win of this half term!

1. GREEN - 347        2. BLUE - 289        3. YELLOW - 211        4. RED - 191 

                                                            We have two weeks left of this half term so there is still a lot to play for!                                                             Keep demonstrating those positive learning behaviours and collecting house DOJOS!

Well done to this week's STARS! It is lovely to hear what your teachers have to say about you and to celebrate your achievements together in assembly.

Congratulations to:

Reception - Ray    Year 1 - Oscar    Year 2 -  Sonny    Year 3 - Chidera     Year 4 -  Emellia     Year5  -  Priya    Year 6 - Charlie

     Harvest Collection: 04.10.21

Our School Council designed and handed out flyers for our Harvest Collection at the beginning of the week. Thank you to all of our                   families for your Harvest donations. It was so heart-warming to witness your generosity - we have never had so many donations!                  Thank you again for your support.

Mrs Foan will begin next week with a Harvest Celebration assembly. We will also deliver the food to The Gathering Place in Hollingbury next week.


      

Outdoor Learning: 01.10.21

Today, was Year 3's turn for a day of outdoor learning. Despite a very wet start, the sun eventually did come out briefly and not even a few heavy showers could dampen the children in Year 3's enthusiasm!

One of the activities involved the children making their own mud using sticks to dig into the ground. They then used their mud to make some stone age cave paintings and hand-prints.

     

The children also sourced leaves, flowers and berries to create Hapa Zome and they then used natural resources to build their own Stone-Age shelters.

     

More photos to follow on the Year 3 class webpage soon!