To Be Or Not To Be, That Is The Question!!

This morning, the boys and girls in Year 5 and Year 6 are enjoying a wonderful ‘Shakespeare Workshop’ with six fabulous actors from the Young Shakespeare Company.

They are currently being treated to a marvellous performance of Hamlet…and there is lots of crowd participation involved!!

Many thanks to Mrs Kendal for organising this truly amazing experience for our boys and girls. 


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Did You Know…?!!

…that the boys and girls in Year 6 are amazing!!

We have just been treated to a truly wonderful assembly by Year 6 in which they told us so many incredible facts about the polar regions and the wildlife that lives in these ‘desert’ areas.

The boys and girls then told us all about how penguins work together to rear their young and look after each other…an important message for us all.

Excellent narration, super acting and beautiful singing (including rapping!!)…what a fabulous celebration of Year 6’s talents!!

Well done to all concerned!!


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After School Clubs!!

As always at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we are continually looking to provide a wide variety of extra-curricular activities for our boys and girls to enjoy, and we now run 11 different After School Clubs each week!!

Many thanks to all the members of staff who give of their time so freely to provide these wonderful additional learning experiences for our boys and girls.

Click on the link below to view this term’s After School Clubs.

After School Clubs (Spring Term 2017)


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PTA Meeting – All Welcome!

Not made a New Year’s resolution yet? Then why not join the PTA?

There will be a PTA Meeting in the School Hall at 7.00pm on Thursday 19th January 2017. You don’t have to be a member to attend, just come along and find out how you can get involved.

Everyone is welcome and we would love to hear your ideas!

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Attendance Award!!

Every week, the class with the best attendance receives a special ‘prize’ decided by their Class Teacher…and any class with 100% attendance for a whole week will receive a special reward!!

This week, our overall attendance is very good at 98.1%.

The winners of this week’s Attendance Award are Year 2 with a marvellous 99.2% attendance followed in a very close second place by Year 3 with 99.1% attendance, and in joint third place were Year 4 and Year 6 with 98.3% attendance.



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This Week’s ‘Stars Of The Week’!!

Well done to the ‘Stars Of The Week’ who really impressed their teachers with their hard work and effort this week.

Week Commencing Monday 9th January 2017

Reception – Rose and Kian
Year 1 – Sophie and Alicja J
Year 2 – Dylan and Alexia
Year 3 – Henry and David
Year 4 – Luca C and Ella
Year 5 – Alexia and Bode
Year 6 – Arthur and Matthew


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Week One Has Come And Gone!!

And what an action-packed week it has been!!

One of the highlights of the week was Year 1’s ‘Great Fire Of London’ day on Wednesday which all of the boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a great deal from…the perfect ‘topic launch’!!

And talking of fire, we had our first Fire Drill of the term yesterday. All of the boys and girls were very sensible and were evacuated from the building incredibly quickly and efficiently thanks to this…well done, everyone!!

Many thanks to those parents who attended the Year 2 and Year 6 SATs Parent Workshops (and information evening for the Year 6 residential visit) on Wednesday evening. Teachers put a great deal of effort into preparing these workshops to provide essential information for parents about their child(ren)’s learning and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work and dedication in giving of their time so freely to help our parents to support their child(ren)’s learning at home.

Finally, this morning we enjoyed the ‘perfect’ ending to the week with our Epiphany Mass…as Fr. John said…the party is still going on!!

Have a lovely weekend!! 

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Healthy Eating Week!!

Next week is Healthy Eating Week at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School!!

The School Council have been busy preparing lots of fun activities and competitions for the boys and girls to enjoy…and lots of fresh fruit for them to enjoy too!!


A wide variety of fresh fruit will be available to purchase every day for just 30p…an extremely healthy bargain!!


As well as this there are competitions/awards for the healthiest lunchboxes and dinner choices and a ‘Healthiest Recipe’ competition which all of the children can enter. Simply bring in your healthy recipe and the one which is voted as the healthiest will be able to make it with the School Council on Friday!!

All of the healthy recipes submitted will be used to make a ‘Healthy Recipe Cookery Book’ which can be purchased to raise funds for the School Council…everyone is a winner!!

We look forward to a truly scrumdiddlyumptious week!!


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Curriculum Information!!

As always, we are continually striving to provide you with as much information as possible concerning your child’s education at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

With this in mind, this term’s ‘Curriculum Information’ letters are now available to view via the links below.

Reception Spring Term 2017

Year 1 Spring Term 2017

Year 2 Spring Term 2017

Year 3 Spring Term 2017

Year 4 Spring Term 2017

Year 5 Spring Term 2017

Year 6 Spring Term 2017

These links are also permanently available in the curriculum tab.

Thank you for your continued support. 


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100 Recommended Reading Books!!


The TES and the National Association for the Teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers’ top 100 fiction books that all children should read before leaving primary school.

Here are the results.

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
8. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
9. Dogger by Shirley Hughes
10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
11. Stig of the Dump by Clive King
12=. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
12=. The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
14. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
15. Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne
16. Funnybones by Allan and Janet Ahlberg
17=. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
17=. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
19. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
20. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
21=. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
21=. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
23. Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
24. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
25. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
26. Not Now Bernard by David Mckee
27. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
28. The Twits by Roald Dahl
29. I am David by Anne Holm
30. The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
31. The Paddington series by Michael Bond
32. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
33. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
34. Five Children and It by E Nesbit
35. Clockwork by Phillip Pullman
36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
37. The Magic Far Away Tree by Enid Blyton
38. Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury
39. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
40. The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
41. The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy
42. The Alfie and Annie Rose series by Shirley Hughes
43. Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield
44. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
45. Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
46. Sad Book by Michael Rosen
47. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
48=. A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
48=. The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg
50. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
51. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
52. Zoo by Anthony Browne
53. Treasure Island by R L Stevenson
54. Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
55. Cinderella by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
56. Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
57. The Railway Children by E Nesbit
58. Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman
59=. Kidnapped by R L Stevenson
59=. The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith
61=. Beegu by Alexis Deacon
61=. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
63=. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
63=. The Mr Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves
65=. Gentle Giant by Michael Morpurgo
65=. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
67. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
68. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
69. Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
70. Theseus and the Minotaur by David Orme and Wendy Body
71=. The Just William series by Richmal Crompton
71=. On the Way Home by Jill Murphy
71=. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
71=. Street Child by Berlie Doherty
71=. The Happy Prince and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde
76=. Angelo by Quentin Blake
76=. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Draywalt and Oliver Jeffers
76=.  The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
79. My Mum by Anthony Browne
80=. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
80=. The Tunnel by Anthony Browne
82=. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
82=. The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler by Gene Kemp
84. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
85=. Click Clack Moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
85=. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
85=. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
88=. I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
88=. The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy
88=. The Early Years at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
88=. Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
92=. Birds Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell
92=. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
94. The Mrs Pepperpot series by Alf Proysen
95=. The Asterix Series by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
95=. The Fib and Other Stories by George Layton
97. The Giant’s Necklace by Michael Morpurgo
98. The Kipper series by Mick Inkpen
99=. The Milly-Molly-Mandy series by Joyce Lankester Brisley
99=. The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson

Happy reading!!


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