Santa Visits St Joseph’s

The children in Reception and Key Stage 1 had a surprise visitor on Friday. After watching ‘The Polar Express’, Santa visited and gave each child a special bell, one that only those who still believe can hear. Even Mr Craig got one, because he still believes of course!

Lights Camel Action

Well done to all the children in Years 1 and 2. Your performance of ‘Lights Camel Action’ was fab-u-lous and certainly not a ‘disaster’. Thank you so much to Mr Pearson for all his work with the lights and sound, and to Mrs Scott & Mrs Shaw for all their wonderful costumes! We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children enjoyed performing it. Please let us know what you thought!

In my box I will put…

In Year 2, we have been reading a poem called The Magic Box by Kit Wright.

I will put in the box

the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,
fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,
the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.

I will put in the box

a snowman with a rumbling belly
a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerne,
a leaping spark from an electric fish.

I will put into the box

three violet wishes spoken in Gujarati,
the last joke of an ancient uncle,
and the first smile of a baby.

I will put into the box

a fifth season and a black sun,
a cowboy on a broomstick
and a witch on a white horse.

My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel,
with stars on the lid and secrets in the corners.
Its hinges are the toe joints of dinosaurs.

I shall surf in my box
on the great high-rolling breakers of the wild Atlantic,
then wash ashore on a yellow beach
the colour of the sun.

For our homework, we had to think about what we would put into a magic box. It could be absolutely anything, but the children needed to bring it in in one form or another!

The responses were amazing! We had…

…”the smell of my Dad’ socks”…”the stink of witches blood”…”the taste of a sausage sandwich with tomato sauce”…”a bottle of my dreams”…”the roar of a t-rex”…”my smile on my Mam and Dad’s Wedding Day”

We are going to make these into Powerpoint presentations which we will upload for you all to see.

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Year 1 Open Morning

Year 1 Open Morning

We had a very busy classroom on Tuesday morning, filled with children and their parents and grandparents, who had come to join in with a science activity about the properties of materials. We tested lots of materials (including chalk, biscuits and tin foil) to find out if they were waterproof or absorbent.  There was a lot of very interesting discussion about what each material was, whether it was waterproof or not and what it would be useful for, or not useful for. The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their learning and we are looking forward to the next open morning!


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Science in Year One

We have started our first science topic in Year One. We are learning about materials and their properties. We have learned how to classify objects by thinking about what they are made of. We have also been classifying objects and materials by thinking about their properties.

We have also started to learn about the seasons and how living things change through the seasons. Our cherry tree still has lots of leaves on. Most of them are green, but a few are yellow and have already started to fall from the tree. We drew some fabulous pictures of the leaves, by observing them closely.

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Guy Fawkes

Year 1 history

In history we have been answering our enquiry question ‘Why do we have Bonfire Night?’

We started off by talking about our experiences of Bonfire Night. Then we asked questions such as ‘Why do we light bonfires?’, ‘Why do we have fireworks?’ and ‘Why do we put a pretend man in the fire?’ After that we read the story of the Gunpowder Plot and acted it out. We also learned the rhyme:


Remember, remember the fifth of November,

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot!

We now know that Bonfire Night is the anniversary of the failed attempt to kill James 1st, and that bonfires were lit by James 1st to celebrate the discovery of the plot.

We finished off by talking about and writing down everything we had learned about Guy Fawkes and his terrible plot. Well done Year One  – you can ‘remember, remember’ so much about this event in our history!

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