Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love


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!


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

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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 


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!

                      Congratulations to these children who have been chosen as this week's STARS. We are very proud of you all.

              Reception -  Emma    Year 1 - Zara     Year 2 -  Archie    Year 3 - Amelia    Year 4 - Bella    Year 5 - Andre    Year 6 - Sofia

The children have been working hard again this week and earning lots of House DOJOS for demonstrating positive learning behaviours.                                                                                               The results were close again this week.

                                                 Congratulations to the YELLOW team who were this week's house point winners.

                                                         1. YELLOW -  294     2.  RED - 247        3.  BLUE - 224        4.   GREEN - 222 


This week is Grandparents' Week in school. Each class has written and sent out invitations and planned a special activity that they can take part in with their Grandparents.

                        This week has provided an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic contribution our Grandparents make to our lives.                                              It has been lovely to see the connections between the generations.

It was lovely to see so many Grandparents in Tuesday's hymn practice and in Mrs Foan's Wednesday Grandparents' assembly.



Year 2 shared the book, 'Where The Wild Things Are', and then, with their grandparents  , drew their own fantasy worlds. Year 4 and their grandparents played calculation and music bingo! Some of the grandparents also brought in special and personal items to 'show and tell'.

Reception grandparents came in and had their portraits painted and Year 3 grandparents took part in a French lesson!




Year 6 had lots of grandparents joining in with their Mexican themed masterclass! They made cacti out of pebbles and did a painting of Frida Kahlo led by Mrs Hill! Thank you all for coming in!



Year 1 did some drama for grandparent's week based around their class text and Year 5 invited grandparents in to make mosaics as part of their History topic, 'Greece Lightning'.


 Thank you to all the grandparents who were able to join us this week. It was lovely to have you with us in school.

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RE Council: 24.09.21

This week, the newly elected RE Councillors met with Mrs Foan and Miss Dolan. The children on the RE Council help share the views of                  their class about RE and collective worship and get involved in planning and improving the spiritual life of the school.                       

             Ganza was elected as Chair of the RE Council and Emellia was elected as vice-chair to help lead the group.                           

The RE Council are looking forward to working closely with staff in the school and contributing towards a great year ahead.

Farewell Claire: 24.9.21

Today, at lunchtime, we said farewell to Claire Humphries - a long serving MDSA at St Joseph's  who had also been a valuable member of the FOSJs for even longer!  Claire has worked with our children at lunchtime for over ten years and will be greatly missed.


The whole school gathered on the playground at the end of lunchtime today to wish Claire the very best on her last day. Thank you Claire for all you have done for the children at St Joseph's over the years and we wish you happiness in the next chapter of your life.

Keep in touch!

School Council: 24.09.21

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. A Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary were also elected during the first School Council Meeting. Congratulations to Megan, Ganza and Emma for being nominated and elected for these roles.

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

Ivy and Zara (Year 1) Mykie and Elliott (Year 2) Evie-Rae and Zayden (Year 3) Paula and Legend (Year 4) Joshua and Priya (Year 5) and Megan, Ganza and Emma (Year 6)

Al Fresco Friday: 24.09.21

Today it was the turn of Year 4 to experience their first outdoor learning day, exploring the natural environment within the school grounds. What a fantastic day of learning they had! 

 The children did some 'Hapa Zome'- a Japanese term meaning leaf dye. They also learned some campfire songs, played some active outdoor games, built nests/shelters for small animals and applied their knowledge of this week's  Science learning of food chains in discovering producers and consumers in food chains and also made their own sculptures/artworks using natural materials.


Click HERE to see some more pictures on the Year 4 class page.


                         This week's DOJOS have been collected and counted! Congratulations to this week's winners - the GREEN team!

1.   GREEN - 346      2. YELLOW - 295      3. BLUE - 246      4. RED - 215

Congratulations to this week's SUPERSTARS! Your teachers are so impressed with the positive learning behaviours you have all been demonstrating this week.

Well done to:

Reception -Harry   Year 1 - Eira   Year 2 - Sylvia   Year 3 - Evie   Year 4 - Calib   Year 5 - Alex    Year 6 - Scarlett

Greece Lightning : 24.9.21

Year 5 had their History topic launch today. This term's theme is "Greece Lightning" and today the class came in to school dressed in Ancient Greek attire!

They also learnt how to make a Greek salad and tasted some typically Greek food such as olives, taramasalata  and pitta bread.


Have a look on the YEAR 5 class page for more pictures next week.

Outdoor Learning: 17.09.21

At St Joseph's, we are all very excited as we launch our outdoor learning provision. After an inspiring INSET day, the staff have invested time and resources into developing an outdoor based curriculum for the children.

     Every half term, each class will experience an active outdoor learning day (on a Friday) Year 2 started us off today - here are a few pictures. Mrs Lilley will be adding some more to her class page next week.



Please talk to your child and look at their class page over the next few weeks to find out more about what they have been learning and discovering outside.


 This week's DOJO totals were counted and the results were read out by Riley in Celebration Assembly this morning.

   1.   RED - 597   2. BLUE - 539   3. GREEN - 480   4. YELLOW - 470

Congratulations to the RED team for achieving the most DOJOS for positive learning behaviours this week.

This morning in Celebration Assembly, Mrs Foan presented the first "Star of the Week" certificates for this academic year. It was lovely to hear the amazing things your teachers had to say about you all so early in the term.

Congratulations to:

Reception - Emily   Year 1 - Ivy   Year 2 - Antonia   Year 3 - Harel   Year 4 - Alicia   Year 5 - Priya   Year 6 - Aaron

Topic Launches: 16.9.21

As we head into the second week of term, it is lovely to see the children so settled and engaged in their learning. Most 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.


Several of the class role play areas have been designed to support learning around the theme with writing opportunities as well as to  encourage imaginative  role-play. Year 2 have their own bakery and Year 3 have a Stone Age cave in their classroom! 


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 4's theme is "Roman Rule." The children in the class were Roman soldiers who worked in teams to complete a road building task to discover more about what their History learning would be based around this term.


Year 6's theme is "Mexico and the Mayans." The first half term's learning is called. "Let's go to Mexico." The children came into school today dressed in traditional Mexican outfits or in clothes in the colours of the Mexican flag and tasted some Mexican foods.


More pictures of each class's topic launch will be on their class web pages soon.

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.

Farewell Year 6 

Our Year 6 pupils had a lovely final day today. They started off the day with the Leavers' Achievers' assembly. They wowed us all with their singing, reading, dancing, memories and their version of "This is Me" had a lot of us in tears! 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.


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

Congratulation to the RED team for winning today's sports competition. Thank you again Miss Pippa for organising such a great event.


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 6th September 2021.


Today, our Year 6 class put on an amazing performance of Peter Pan for their end of year production. The morning's show was for the Early Years and KS1 bubble and this afternoon's performance was for the KS2 bubble.

Both were fantastic performances. The acting, singing, dancing, scenery, costumes and props were absolutely amazing and it was lovely that the Year 6 pupils had taken ownership of this show and created a lot of the scenery and sourced the costumes etc. themselves.

                                  We knew we had a lot of talent in our Year 6 class but we were blown away by today's performances.                             We certainly have several stars in the making!

             Thank you children for entertaining us and thank you Mrs Gilbert and Mrs Greener for co-ordinating everything and putting it all together.                 

The show has been filmed and a link for parents and carers of Year 6 pupils will be sent out soon.


We began today with a Leavers' Mass for our Year 6 pupils outside in our shaded theatre area. Father Kieron joined us to celebrate Mass with our leavers. It provided us with a long awaited opportunity to come together as a whole school community.

This afternoon, the Year 3 and 4 bubble had their own Sports Day.

Congratulations to the GREEN team who won today's sporting challenges overall.


Year 6 Prom

Thanks to the Friends of St Joseph's, a prom for Year 6 was organised this week. It was lovely to see the Year 6 pupils having fun and enjoying each other's company and having fun in their bubble at the end of a challenging year.

Thank you Sam, Sheree and Kerri and the FOSJS for funding and organising tonight's event.



The Final Week

We have finally made it to the last week of term. And what a busy week we have planned! First thing this morning Early Years and KS1 had their Sports Day. Between activities, they were kept hydrated with drinks, ice lollies, regular water squirts and rests in the shade!

                                                         Well done Early years and KS1. You were fantastic! We ended up with a tie.                                                       The overall joint winners today were the  RED and the BLUE teams.




House points

Congratulations to the YELLOW team who achieved the most house DOJOS again this week. Here are this week's totals:

1. YELLOW - 424    2. RED - 389   3. GREEN - 387   4. BLUE - 318


The overall winners this year were the RED and BLUE teams - winning two half term total challenges each.

Intra-house football tournament: 16.07.21

This afternoon, Miss Pippa organised an intra-house football tournament. The four house teams, made up of children in KS2, all played each other. The games were extremely competitive and very close! Congratulations to the blue team who won overall.

Thank you Miss Pippa for organising today's tournament and children for displaying such positive sporting behaviours. It was great fun!


Today, the whole school took part in a fun and fitness day. The children came into school in their active-wear and sports-wear and participated in a variety of fun, fitness activities throughout the day.

Thank you to Miss Pippa and Miss Azor for organising today - the children had great fun while being active.



Another week and lots more DOJOS! Congratulations to the YELLOW team who earned the most DOJOS this week. 

Here are this week's totals:

1. YELLOW - 345      2. RED - 333      3. BLUE - 327      4. GREEN - 307

Congratulations to this week's STARS. Even though the end of term is approaching quickly, the children are remaining focused, working hard and demonstrating positive learning behaviours.

Reception - Shania  Year 1 - Sylvia   Year 2 - Tate   Year 4 - Priya   Year 5 - Riley   Year 6 - Casey and Daniel

The DOJO totals are in for this week:

1. BLUE - 823            2. RED - 770            3. GREEN - 703            4. YELLOW - 674

Well done to our fabulous STARS this week. It is lovely to hear why your teachers have chosen you and how hard you are working. Congratulations to:

Reception - Crina      Year 1 - Sonny      Year 2 - Rhianna      Year 3 - Eddy     Year 4 - Tia       Year 5 - Daisy      Year 6 - Jeremy 

Walk To School Week

This week is 'Walk To School Week' in Brighton and Hove. Unfortunately, due to the weather our walk to school 'breakfast and bling' had to be cancelled today.

Piers The Meerkat, the mascot for road safety and for Walk To School Week did still manage to visit the school at the end of the day to meet the children and to give out packs of stickers so that the children could still 'bling' their shoes and, weather permitting, get walking to and from school for the rest of the week.


 Parents, carers, and children across the city are being encouraged to walk, cycle, and scoot their way into class this week. Walk to School Week encourages families to give walking to school a go and provides opportunities for some families to make a more permanent change to how they travel in the future.

Coinciding with Walk to School Week this year is Clean Air Day, which takes place on 22nd June. This year’s theme is to ‘protect our children’s health from air pollution’.  Each year, air pollution contributes to up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.  Both the World Health Organisation and the Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today.

Healthy Eating Week

This week and next week are healthy eating week in school. The children will be taking part in several different activities based around the theme, 'Finding your healthier you'. Look out for pictures on each class page.

Mrs Foan set a challenge for all children to try a fruit or vegetable that they have never tried before. Thank you to everyone who took part and for those of you who sent pictures in.


Finn tries Sharon fruit, Sylvia and Mark try artichoke and Ivy and Theo try courgette.

Here are a few pictures of the activities in school helping to promote healthy eating awareness:


PGL residential: 18.06.21

        After being postponed twice due to COVID restrictions, the much awaited Year 6 residential finally happened this weekend!          Despite mixed weather, the Year 6 pupils had a fantastic weekend. Here are a few photos. More will follow on the Year 6 class page.


Saturday morning - Raft building and Challenge Course. Saturday afternoon - Climbing wall and Trapeze.




Sunday morning - Giant Swing and Sensory Trail. Sunday afternoon - Abseiling and Zipwire


Monday morning - Archery and Problem Solving


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

Reception - Lealand     Year 1 - Isabella     Year 2 - Chidera      Year 3 - Emellia     Year 4 - Ruby    Year 5 - Amber    Year 6 - Angel and Jack W

                                  Well done children - you have made a great start to this last half term and have earned lots of DOJOS for your positive learning behaviours.                                   

Here are the results for this week and last week:

1. RED - 1342     2. YELLOW - 1211      3. GREEN - 1208     4. BLUE - 1132

Spirit of the Wild Visit : 17.06.21

We were very lucky to have a visit from Ben and Hannah today from 'Spirit of the Wild'. They brought in some of their animals and birds to support and enhance our Science and topic provision with an ultimate wildlife experience!

Years 4 and 5 were able to handle a large and diverse range of wildlife including a skunk, a meerkat, a chameleon, a tarantula and a Burmese python and learn about them as part of their Science learning based around 'Animals, including humans' and 'Living things and their habitats'. 


Year 1 were able to get up close and personal to some different birds including a barn owl, a golden eagle and a parrot and also a fruit bat as part of their topic on 'Flight' and at the end of the session, had the opportunity to learn about and stroke some furry friends.


More photos to follow on Year 1, 4 and 5's class pages.

Bollywood Dancing : 10.06.21

Each class at St Joseph's was treated to a masterclass from a Bollywood dancer today. Kalpesh, from K’z Dance Entertainment, visited the school again to give students a taste of the iconic Indian dance routines.

Kalpesh gave the children an insight into the world of Bollywood Indian Dance, culture and festivals. Today's workshops involved each class learning a Bollywood style dance which used wooden sticks. At the end of the day, the whole school performed a colourful, socially distanced dance on the playground.



Activity Passports

It has been lovely to see all of the challenges and new experiences that you have been taking part in over the last eight weeks. Thank you children for taking up this challenge so enthusiastically and thank you parents and carers for your support.

Here are a few photos from half-term week:


               Ronnie meets a friend's pet. Julian lights a candle, Eira dresses up as a pirate and Eddy finds a special stone on the beach. 



Audrey makes a daisy chain crown, Luca makes a space rocket, Sofia climbs something taller than herself and Eira finds where she lives on a map.



Jasper meets a friend's pet, Brandon uses a mode of public transport, Ronnie retells a story to an audience and Wiktor buys something and checks his change.



Oscar feeds a donkey, Edena goes for a walk on the beach and enjoys a picnic there. Sylvia and Mark roll down a hill!

This year, Mrs Foan has introduced 'Red Letters' which are very special letters that are sent home to a few families at the end of each term. They recognise the children who have been outstanding during this challenging Spring Term.

The criteria include being punctual and having good attendance, having a positive attitude to learning, making progress, being a good friend and for demonstrating positive learning behaviours such as independence, determination and resilience during lockdown and since their return to school.

Congratulations to these children who were nominated by their class teachers. You should have received your 'red letter' in the post over half term, detailing why your teachers have nominated you and expressing how proud they, and Mrs Foan, are of you.

Reception- Isla W-T and Tealaa   Year 1 - Frankie   Year 2 - Tiana   Year 3 - Finn   Year 4 - Vera   Year 5 - Nolly   Year 6 - Brandon

Congratulations to our final STARS of this half term. Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner love hearing why each individual has been selected as their class's STAR during Friday's celebration walk.

Well done to these children - we are very proud of you all.

Reception - Mila      Year 1 -  Harrison      Year 2 -  Scarlett     Year 3 -  Julian     Year 4 -  Mark      Year 5 - Charlie     Year 6 -  Ethan

                                                                        This week's DOJOS have been collected and counted!                                                                      Congratulations to the YELLOW team who won this week's DOJO challenge with 618 DOJOS.


At the end of another half term, congratulations to the RED team who won the overall half termly DOJO challenge with a total of 2667 house DOJOS.

Well done everyone - you have worked so hard and deserved every single DOJO through demonstrating your positive learning behaviours. Thank you all.

We are Scientists!

This week has been Science Week in school. The week started with assemblies in bubbles where Mrs Foan introduced the theme "The Journey of Light," and looked at the work of some influential scientists and the impact their work has had.

Our Science learning has been based around the book, 'Star In The Jar'. Each class was given a page and a related question and the children planned and took part in several science enquiry activities to find supporting evidence to help answer their question.


          Year 6's Q was 'How can light move?' which led to them learning about refraction. Year 4's Q was, 'How can we create light?'                      The Reception Class's Q was 'Will our stars and other shiny things shine in the dark?'

Each class also had a scientific enquiry challenge based around the theme of journeys.

Year 2 looked at 'journeys of life' including movement and forces while Year 6 focused on the 'journey of energy' and forces and pulleys.        Year 4 looked at the 'journey of earth' and found out about how different states of matter being mixed together, can cause a reaction.              Year 5 looked at the 'journey of energy' making their own solar ovens.


On Friday the children came into school dressed as either an invention or as an inventor. Thank you parents and carers for your support and creativity! The children looked fantastic!


                        We had our very own George Washington Carver, Marie Curie and Valerie Thomas as well as Albert Einstein!                           


We also had several scientists who had made medical history by inventing vaccines. We had some inventions such as the first mobile phone, several space inventions and technologies and George in Year 3 had made his own fully functioning vending machine!


Thank you Mrs Gilbert for organising our 'Super Science' week!

Activity Passports

There are still another two weeks for the children to complete as many challenges as they can from their Activity Passport. Thank you for sharing the different activities that you have been completing at home. Thank you parents and carers for your support with this.

Here are a few pictures sent in this week:


Jessie-Rose goes for a walk somewhere new, Ronnie flies a kite and organises a teddy bear's picnic and Isabella makes biscuits!

Eddy and Aleka eat something that they haven't tried before, Jayden rides and grooms a horse and Jasper learns how to make a sandwich.



Riley climbs something taller than himself, Darcy makes a puppet, Sofia researches a famous scientist and presents her findings and Aleka designs her own board game.

Well done to the class 'STARS' chosen by the teachers this week. There is a purposeful working atmosphere around the school and it is harder and harder for the teachers to pick just one child for this award each week!

Congratulations to:

Reception - Adam     Year 1 - George     Year 2 - Luca     Year 3 - Calib     Year 4 - Morgan     Year 5 - Kadie     Year 6 - Carlos

We are very proud of you all.

                                                                              The DOJO totals were closer than ever this week!                                                                                 Congratulations to the GREEN team who won this week by earning the most house points.

1. GREEN - 430      2. YELLOW and BLUE - 425      3. RED - 420

One more week before we find out which house are the champions for this half-term!

Ready, steady, go...

As part of their topic 'Transport', Year 3 made their own racing cars using a pencil and wool and quick twisting movements to power the cars. They then raced them in groups. The two winners of each heat went up against Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner in a grand final! 


May Procession: 

Traditionally, May is the month of Mary. To honour Mary, we celebrated with a May procession in class bubbles.  During the school day, the children learnt fun facts about Mary and the traditions of this wonderful celebration.

The children wore blue and white and bought in flowers to honour Mary and brighten our school grounds. Each class processed around the school grounds, singing Ave Maria and then said a special prayer followed by the crowning of Mary.

Thank you Mrs Brownbill for organising and thank you Colette for making special flower cookies for lunchtime too.



Outside areas

The wooded area in the KS 1 end of the playground has been made more accessible and it is lovely to see the children exploring it and enjoying it during their outdoor lessons as well as during their lunch break.


Activity Passports

Thank you to those children who have made a start on their Activity Passport challenges. The Reception Class are doing brilliantly - ticking off lots of challenges and experiences and sharing them through the "myhomework" email address.


Eira plants some bulbs and watches them grow and learns how to make a sandwich. Priya learns how to sew buttons on and makes a bookmark using her new skill and Isabella makes a daisy chain.


Oscar paints a self-portrait, Ronnie posts a letter and finds where he lives on a map and Katie creates her own dessert.


Luca makes cookies, Eddy lights a candle, Amarachi makes something nice to eat for someone and Katie builds a den at home.

Well done to this week's STARS of the week. It is lovely to read what your teacher's have said about you all this week.

Reception - Kira        Year 1 - Leona        Year 2 - Brandon       Year 3 - Legend      Year 4 - Lukas      Year 5 - Aaron     Year 6 - Amarachi

The children have been working so hard and earning lots and lots of DOJOS this week for demonstrating positive learning behaviours.

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

1. BLUE - 491             2. RED - 482            3. YELLOW - 462           4. GREEN - 349

This week in school:


The Reception Class is always a hive of activity. This morning, children have been out enjoying the good weather during their explore and learn time as well as taking part in their regular 'Write Dance' session. 

Write Dance is an approach that provides movement opportunities so children can develop the physical skills needed to develop their handwriting skills. The movement is driven by the music and the underlying principle is enjoyment to build confidence.



'Soundmakers' is a government-funded initiative to give all children an opportunity to experience learning to play a musical instrument at some point during their primary education. 

Our pupils in Year 5 have the opportunity to participate in this project for 10 weeks during the Summer Term, at the end of which the children take part in a performance showing their new musical skills! Year 5 will be learning how to play the ukulele during this project.

                                       They started off with a few warm up activities and then moved onto learning two different chords.                                      Here are a few pictures from their second session:


                                                                 It has been lovely to see our classes using the different outside areas this week.                                                                             Today, Year 2 and Year 4 listened to their class novels/books being read outside on the front lawn.



Year 2 also used the outdoor gym and Year 1 went on a "bug hunt" in the wooded area



Year 1 made their own butterfly feeders and have been "up, up and away" in their hot air balloon as part of their topic "Flight."


Learning Legends!

Congratulations to Jack in Year 4 who is doing so well on his Reading Eggs and Maths Seeds challenges. We are so proud of you Jack.


Thank you to Harry in Year 2 for continuing his learning at home and making his own rocket as part of the class's learning about "Pioneers" and Neil Armstrong's first walk on the moon.

                                              The DOJOS are in this week and have been counted! The results are very close this week!                                                Congratulations to the YELLOW team who won by one point.

1. YELLOW - 353      2. BLUE - 352      3. RED - 345       4. GREEN - 287

These are the STARS of this week chosen by the class teachers. Congratulations to :

Reception - Tealaa     Year 1 -  Audrey     Year 2 - Zayden      Year 3 - Alicia      Year 4 -  Joshua J      Year 5 - Megan       Year 6 - Oliver

Activity Passports and Home Learning

Thank you to those children who have made a start on their Activity Passport challenges. Any children sending in photos showing them completing any of the challenges set for their year group will receive DOJOS in return!

It is lovely to see some of the different things you have been up to and the new experiences you have been trying. Thank you parents and carers for your support with this.


Jasper organises a teddy bear's picnic, Ronnie and Oscar learn how to make a sandwich and Ivy draws a self-portrait. Ronnie makes a paper boat and watches it float, Theo makes a bridge from construction and uses toys to test its strength and Ivy draws a treasure map.


We always like to see and celebrate work that children do at home. Chidera in Year 2 made this space model at home showing the different planets. Year 2's topic is called "Pioneers" and Neil Armstrong is one of the pioneers they are learning about. Thank you Chidera.

     Congratulations to this week's STARS. Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner love hearing all the wonderful things your teachers have to say about each class star during Friday afternoon's celebration walk. Keep up the good work!

Reception -  Yasmin     Year 1 -  Lilly-Mae     Year 2 - Harel     Year 3 - Paula     Year 4 - Alex     Year 5 - Ganza     Year 6 - Paige

Well done children - you have earned lots of DOJOS this week for your positive learning behaviours. These are this week's totals: 

BLUE - 408     2. RED -  405     3. YELLOW - 378     4. GREEN - 349 

Remember, you will earn DOJO points for every Activity Passport challenge you complete!

Captain Tom's 100 Challenge

The Future Sense Foundation and the British Legion have launched a challenge to celebrate Captain Tom's 101st birthday this weekend.

Captain Tom inspired the nation by sharing his hope for brighter days as he walked 100 laps of his garden, hoping to raise a small amount to help those on the frontline. His simple message ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’ touched everybody's hearts as it brought comfort to many during the pandemic.

At St Joseph's, we were delighted to take part and to join in to keep Captain Tom's legacy alive. Each class did an activity centred around the number 100. 

The Reception Class put 100 of their handprints together, Year 1 collected 100 natural materials from our outside area  and Year 5 tied together 100 wool tassels which they hung up in their classroom  providing a colourful reminder of Sir Captain Tom, honouring his amazing achievements.



Year 6 created a heart design on the playground using coins which they will  donate to the Help for Heroes charity as well as making the number 100 using themselves, Year 4 kept themselves hydrated with 100 sips of water each throughout the day, Year 3 did 100 exercises as part of their P.E. warm up and Year 2 made the number 100 out of Lego and made a group model using 100 bricks each..




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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 Tuesday June 8th 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.


Isabella in Year 1 completed three of her challenges at the weekend - she found different plants (and then pressed a few and made a bookmark)  she went for a walk somewhere new and she rolled down a hill! 

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 - Dutch       Year 2 - Kirundi      Year 3 - Greek      Year 4 - Hindi      Year 5 -       Year 6 - Kinyarwand

The children have settled back into school really well this week and have been earning DOJOS for their positive learning behaviours.

Congratulations to the RED team who collected the most house DOJOS during this first week back.

1. RED - 437           2. GREEN - 413          3. BLUE - 374            4. YELLOW - 372

Congratulations to the first "STARS of the week" for the Summer Term. It was lovely to hear the things your teachers had said about the positive starts you have made to the final term.

Reception - Leo     Year 1 - Antonia     Year 2 -  Amelia     Year 3 - Bella     Year 4 - Bethany    Year 5 - Nolly    Year 6 - Grace 

Home Learning

It is lovely when children are inspired by their school learning to continue their learning at home. Year 2's History topic this term is "Pioneers" where the children will be learning about innovative individuals.

One of those individuals is Neil Armstrong and over the Easter break, some of the Year 2 pupils have been making their own spaceships from different construction materials and finding out about the solar system.


 Blue Peter badges


Congratulations to Julian and Audrey who achieved more Blue Peter badges and certificates recently for playing the piano, designing a badge and for accurately throwing a Frisbee! The badges are not easy to come by so well done to Julian and Audrey - a great achievement! 


The children in Years 5 and 6 who have been isolating and working from home, have been getting creative for Easter. Jayden and Lola                                                            made some delicious looking Easter nests and Lola also made an Easter basket.                                                          The Reception Class made their own hot cross buns in school.


Today, the Easter Bunny hopped in to leave a trail of clues all over the school for an Easter Egg Hunt. She was a crafty bunny and the children had to look high and low to find the egg tokens. It was so egg-citing!

Every child won a delicious chocolate Easter Egg. Thank you to the Friends of St Joseph’s for generously providing the eggs.


Wishing all of our pupils and their families a restful and enjoyable Easter break. Take care and stay safe.

Egg Decorating Competition

Thank you to all of the children who have entered Mrs Arnold's egg decorating competition - it is going to be very hard to judge! It is great to see some family entries and contributions from parents and carers. Thank you all.

Here are a few of the creative and clever designs:




The winners of the egg competition were:

Reception - Ronnie   Year 1 - Leona   Year 2 - Brandon   Year 3 - Aleka   Year 4 - Rueben   Year 5 - Lin   Year 6 - Brandon

Parent/carer winner - Lisa P.  Staff winner - Mrs Arnold



Amazing Art

As part of their "Wild Waters" topic, Mr Mote and Year 5 studied  a piece called "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" painted by the Japanese artist Hokusai. They used a choice of medium and drew on techniques learnt in their art lessons to recreate their own pieces.


Mindfulness Doodling

The mindfulness doodling activity during the soft start at the beginning of the day has proved very successful over the last two terms. Here are a few of this week's doodling designs. After Easter, the soft start will be based around a different mindfulness activity.




As part of their PSHE learning, Year 6 have designed their own kindness monsters. In their RE work, the children in Year 6 have been discussing what they think the fruits of life are and thinking about how their own lives are fruitful.


The DOJOS have been counted and these are the house point scores for this half term:

1. BLUE - 1884       2. YELLOW - 1785       3. RED -1711     4. GREEN - 1624

Congratulations to the BLUE team who are the overall winners for Spring 2.

Congratulations to our final stars of the week for the Spring Term!

Reception - Isla    Year 1 - Frankie     Year 2 - Freddie     Year 3 - Julian      Year 4 -  Viona       Year 5 - Riley    Year 6 - Muhammad

Learning fun in KS1!

It is always lovely to pop into the early years classroom - the children are always so busy and engaged.


Today when the children arrived, they noticed that something strange had happened overnight in the outside area - someone had been in and dug up the golden beans the children had planted yesterday! And that someone had left some very big footprints and a note!


The children used some tracing paper to record the size of the footprint and then measure it. Some of the children wrote a letter to the giant saying sorry for planting beans in his garden.



Year 1 have been transferring their knowledge of travelling using different body parts and applying their balancing skills onto the large gymnastics apparatus today.

Our School Environment

Our school environment is looking lovely with signs of spring everywhere. Thank you to Mrs Muschamp for your hard work in and around the school grounds.

Year 1 have also been thinking about our environment and things we can do to improve it. They have been learning about the different materials that can be recycled and thinking about ways we, at St Joseph's, can improve our recycling.



Following on from their learning about volcanoes and earthquakes, Year 6 have been finding out about other natural disasters.

They chose different media to represent tornadoes, drawing on techniques learned in their art lessons. The children also used the inspiration of the 'great wave off Kanawaga' and then recreated their own tsunamis.



It is lovely to see things that the children are finding out about at home. Mark, from Year 4, used a microscope to look at an amoeba.

Click the link HERE to see what he saw! Thank you Mark for sharing this.

St Joseph's Day : 19.03.21

Today we celebrated the feast day of St Joseph with a range of creative activities across the school. Father Kieron came into school and joined the Year 5 and 6 bubble for a liturgy and to celebrate and honour St Joseph.

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. The children in Reception made Easter chick magnets from circles of wood.




Year 2 made some wooden plaques to celebrate St Joseph and Year 1 made some carpenter's tool biscuits!


 The lily is also associated with St Joseph too. The Reception Class made paper lilies by drawing around their hands.

They also made edible lilies using healthy ingredients and then enjoyed them outside.



                                Year 4 did some research on St Joseph and created a Tagxedo using words associated with St Joseph.                                                                   Year 3 followed instructions to make an origami paper lily which they used on a St Joseph's day card.                              Year 5 used wooden peg doll people to make a St Joseph figure. Many of them had St Joseph wearing our school colours!



Year 6 made origami lilies and wrote prayers to put inside them. They made a toolkit for St Joseph in which they recognised the impact and significance of St Joseph as well as his qualities - his tools in life.

The Reception Class took their lilies on a procession to the statue of St Joseph in the foyer. They sang our St Joseph's song, laid their lilies by the statue and said a prayer together.


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

Census 2021

Census day is this Sunday - 21st March 2021. The children have been learning what a Census is and how the information collected is used. Year 2 did a time travelling challenge and looked back to when the Census was last completed 10 years ago. They looked at some photos and videos of Brighton and discussed similarities and differences in thee buildings and clothes.


Year 4 made their own bar charts based on surveys they had conducted themselves and Year 6 made a time capsule with pictures and information showing what life is like today - to give information to future generations.


Children across Key Stage 2 have been creating digital worry monsters this week in their Computing lessons. They used a programme called Scratch which allows them to code their own interactive stories, animations and games. The children designed their own worry monsters and programmed what they wanted their monster to do using a sequence of commands.

Here are a few of their creations:



Congratulations to this week's stars of the week. It is lovely to hear the wonderful things your teachers have said about you all.

Reception - Ivy   Year 1-  Elliot   Year 2 - Tiana   Year 3 - Joey   Year 4 - Joshua C    Year 5 - Daisy  Year 6 -  Maddie   

We are back to adding up the class DOJOS weekly again. Well done children - you have been working so hard this week and here are the well-deserved house points this week:

1.  YELLOW - 378        2.  RED - 367        3.  BLUE - 335        4. GREEN - 315

Settling back in...

                 The children have settled back into school life brilliantly and have been taking part in some creative activities this week.           The Reception Class were delighted to find out that their cress seeds had grown - they learnt that the seeds needed light and water to grow. They cut their own cress seeds and tried them on crackers. Yum Yum!


As part of their RE learning, Year 6 have been discussing the meaning of the "bread of life." They made their own bread and put a symbol on the top to represent their interpretation.


Year 1's RE and Science learning is based around the theme of "Growing." The children have planted some seeds and are keen to watch them grow!

Year 1 are basing a lot of their learning around a book called "The Colour Monster." The children made their own monsters and have                                                                                    done a lot of work around their own feelings and emotions.                                                                                      Through sharing the book, the children have discovered what each feeling means through colour.



Back in action!

      It has been lovely to watch the children catching up with their friends this week and settling so easily back into the routine of school.     Here are a few photos of what the children have been doing this week.


The Reception Class have been learning about what plants need to grow. They are growing their own cress seeds and keeping a close eye on them!

In Science, Year 6 dissected a flowering plant and have been learning about their anatomy and about plant pollination and reproduction.



The Reception Class have been getting busy with 'explore and learn' as well as getting out in the fresh air, balancing and riding the trikes. 



Ivy uses the picture to make a vehicle using Mobilo and Year 6 use salt dough to make their own 'worry monsters' which will sit on their table and listen to any worries they may have.



Year 4's quality text this half term is called 'One Plastic Bag'. Today, Year 4 recycled some plastic bags and transformed them into a bunch of flowers for Mothering Sunday.




Year 6 had a book launch today. They were introduced to a new class reader - just looking at the front cover. Using the information on the front cover, they made predictions about where the book was set and who the book was about.

They then did some artwork based on the information they got from the front cover using a wash and black paper to create a silhouette. The book is called "Eleven".



Year 5's Geography topic is called, 'Wild Waters'. In their art lesson today, the children used different media and techniques previously learned in class to create their own images of rivers.


Welcome Back!

            It was so lovely this morning to welcome the children back today. Children - the school has just not been the same without you!              We hope you enjoyed being welcomed by our two new pupils this morning as you came down the path! 



The teachers have been working hard getting the classrooms ready with forward facing tables and restocking individual pencil cases with resources. 
Our caretaker has also repainted the markings and put new signs around the school premises. Thank you parents and carers for following the social distancing guidelines and for following the one way system.

Mrs Muschamp has also been making our school grounds look lovely with beautiful Spring flowers.



The Reception Class' role play area has become a garden centre this half term. More pictures of the children at work will follow.


Thank you again parents and carers for all of your support with the children's home remote learning during this latest period of lockdown. We really appreciate all you have done.

Google Classroom Catch-Ups

It has been lovely to catch up with the different classes this week and for the children learning from home to see each other and to see their class teachers and their friends in school via Google Classroom Meet. Year 4 took part in a quiz and lots of children had well thought out questions about the return to school. Most classes managed to catch up this week. Year 3 are hoping to get together next week.

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us. It was so lovely to see all of your faces. We are very excited to welcome the rest of you back in school very soon.


Digital Detox : 03.03.21

With the current situation, many of us may be spending more time on the internet and on electronic devices. At St Joseph's, we are holding a 'digital detox' day next week on Wednesday 3rd March. We hope that our pupils will ditch their laptops, phones, games consoles and TV both inside and out of the school gates. We are encouraging our families to have a screen-free day, taking part in some creative, non-screen based activities. A digital detox is an opportunity to reduce stress and focus more on interaction with others.

Mrs Gilbert has come up with some suggestions for activities you could do during this 'DIGITAL DETOX' but you may come up with other creative ideas of your own. Click HERE  for some suggestions. 

             Bike it Lucy has shared a lovely idea about how to make an adventure collage while getting out in the fresh air and sunshine.                       Click HERE for ideas and information.

               As always, we love to share and celebrate your creativeness so please send in photos via the 'myhomework' email address.             Your teachers will be awarding lots of DOJOS!

Virtual Coffee Morning: 22.02.21

Thank you to the staff, governors, parents, carers and, of course, the children who were able to join us for a virtual coffee morning get together today. It was lovely to be able to connect as a school community and to catch up with each other at the beginning of this new half term.

It was great to hear from everyone about the things they feel are going well and to share and celebrate experiences. It was also useful to hear about the things you feel we, as a school, could do to improve our remote learning provision further.

Safer Internet Day is today, 9th February 2021.  Safer Internet Day 2021 will be celebrated in the UK with the theme 'An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world'. 

The aim of Safer internet Day is to raise awareness about the importance of staying safe online, and to share information with adults responsible for children. This is even more important during these challenging times when children may be spending more time than usual online.

Click HERE for a link to our Computing page to take part in an age-appropriate virtual assembly and to find out more information about a safer internet competition. Here are a few pictures.



                   Children's Mental Health Week is taking place this week (1-7 February 2021). This year's theme is 'Express Yourself'.                                    Click HERE to be taken to the Place2Be's site with lots of resources to help you support your child during this week and beyond. As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Follow the above link and check out the free resources under the parents and carers tab.

Click HERE for a great resource with simple ideas for everyone during Children's Mental Health Week.