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Welcome to St Joseph’s RC Primary School website.

I hope you find our website informative. You will find details about the curriculum, school events, visitors and activities that serve to enhance the curriculum.

You will also find information about our after school clubs and extra-curricular activities.


Elizabeth Seagrove

Head Teacher

Y6 Open Zone Visit

Year 6 spent the day at the Open Zone (@ The Word in South Shields), creating personalised Christmas decorations and short animated movies.

Creativity and computing were key to the pupils success today – with some superb designs to hang on our trees at home. Furthermore, the short animations utilised Lego characters in a variety of entertaining and interesting ways.

Thank you to Mrs Hayward and Mrs Chippendale for accommodating us!

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Over the last few weeks in Nursery, the children have been very interested in writing letters, putting them in envelopes and posting them in our Nursery post box.  As a teacher directed task, we talked about writing letters, addresses and why we need stamps so that we could write a real letter home, post it in the post box and wait until it arrived at our houses. The children were very excited about this. With the help of our very supportive parents, grandparents and aunties, we all walked to the post box on Monday, armed with our letters and posted them.

This was a brilliant opportunity, derived from the children’s own interests to demonstrate that writing has a real purpose. All the children were so focused on their writing, deciding who it was for and that Mrs Bertram had their addresses correct so that the postman wouldn’t make any mistakes. We care looking forward to the reactions of the children and the recipients of the letters when they arrive at people’s homes.


Melted Snowman Biscuits

The children made ‘melted snowman’ biscuits this week. We decorated some bought biscuits with icing, marshmallows, sprinkles and chocolate pieces. We could use whatever we wanted to make faces and buttons for our snowmen. The children listened to the instructions well and enjoyed the activity.





Prayerful Lessons

Prayerful lessons in Year 5

We have been thinking about how we act out our Mission in school. We decided to write prayers to help us.

Here are some of our thoughts:

Dear God, Help me to use my talents to help others, please help me to reach my potential, show me how to respect others around me, guide me on the right path.- Neve

Loving Father, Help us to raise enough money to give to the poor and to care about them. Help us to love tenderly towards them, respect each other and walk humbly with our God.- Brooke

Dear Lord, help us to use our talents for what we need them for. Help us to use them for thoughtfulness, respect, love and kindness.- William

Friday was Youth Friday. We had a special liturgy in school and said prayers.

In Year 5, we will say Yes to God by:

Following in God’s footsteps and being nice to everyone- Max

Spreading the word, praying for the sick and following in His path- Theo

Praying for peace in the world and making your first Holy Communion- Hollie


Conscience Alley

Year Five have been angels and devils this week…

Our class reading book this term is The Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom. In the section we are reading, the main character Bradley is trying to change. We used a ‘Conscience Alley’ to explore his confusion over the choices he is trying to make. After that, we worked in threes to be Bradley, with an angel persuading him to change and be good and a devil persuading him to remain the same.  A discussion about who was most persuasive was really interesting…


Welly Week

Welly Week and other stuff…


This week we have been observing how shadow lengths  change. We used a ruler to create a shadow and checked its length every ten minutes. We are learning how to use Bar Modelling so we used it to calculate how much the shadow had lengthened during the afternoon.

In maths, we used bar Modelling to give us a visual picture of the word problems we were trying to solve. This helped us see which numbers we had and what we needed to do to reach the answer. Bar Modelling rocks!

On Friday we put on our wellies and saw how the hedgerow on the field is changing with the onset of autumn. The leaves have changed colour and there are fewer small creatures than there was in September. There were fewer flowers too so maybe the small animals like bees have gone because there is less food!


Bats and Balloons

This week we have been developing our hand eye co-ordination and gross motor skills. We tied balloons to bats and hit them using both hands and then our right hand and left hand. It was harder than it looked but the children really enjoyed it. Especially when the balloons burst! Lots of laughing! One of the children thought it would be nice to see what happened to the balloons if they weren’t tied onto the bats. We will be trying that out soon and putting little messages onto the strings. If you receive on then please let Nursery know.



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Mud Kitchen

We turned our Mud Kitchen into a McDonald’s Drive Thru this week. The children have been developing their Communication and Language skills by asking questions to their friends about what they would like to eat.  We played with and alongside others to develop our Personal, Social and Emotional Development, helping us learn to share and take turns. It is useful to create areas that the children can make links to their own experiences to enable them to use their imagination.



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Ten Square

Ten Square – Nursery

There were 10 teddies in total. We put one in each square on the mat. How many are there? We counted them in a variety of ways. There were always 10. We didn’t need to count them anymore as no more had been added or taken away.

Close your eyes … (-1 teddy). How many now? “10!” Someone shouted.

We checked. Holly put down one finger and counted the rest. “9!” she shouted. Come and count them. Yes she was right. We put that teddy back. How many now then? 10! How do we know this? “That’s how many there are with all them filled up!”

We repeated this activity down to 5 teddies and 5 removed. The children really enjoyed this and Dexter started to realise that each time the number would decrease by 1, ”There will be 7 now.”




Abundant Numbers

We have been enjoying exploring Abundant Numbers- have a go yourselves…

To find the factors of a number, you have to find all the pairs of numbers that multiply together to give that number.

The factors of 48 are:

1 and 48

2 and 24

3 and 16

4 and 12

6 and 8

If we leave out the number we started with, 48, and add all the other factors, we get 76:


So …. 48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). (48 is less than 76.)

See if you can find some more abundant numbers!