Reading Newsletter_Autumn 1

Welcome to our half termly newsletter about Reading at St. Joseph’s!

Check back each half term to see what we’ve been up to and what we’ve got planned moving forward 🙂


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Class Charity Day

Today has been an extra special Friday at St Joseph’s. It was our first class charity day in quite a while and WOW what a day it was. I saw spots, hearts, silly socks as well as children in wonderful fancy dress ,PJs and even some princesses and super hero’s. 

All of your generous donations will go towards the charities you have chosen. 

Class Charities 2021 Totals


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Goldilocks and the three Bears

English: This week our book was Goldilocks and the three Bears. We read the book several times. Our book had a very different ending. Baby Bear and Goldilocks became the best of friends and she often visited to have porridge with the Bears.We have also been concentrating on our letter formation.

Maths: We looked at ordering the size of the bowls from biggest  to smallest.

R.E: We focussed on learning our lines for our Prayer Service

Phonics: We learnt the sounds ‘m, e and u’ and we went over tricky words ‘I, go, no, to, the, into.

Stars of the week: Well done to Joy and Michael

Thank you for your support in helping reception raise money for our class charity. It stands at £118.50. That is absolutely brilliant.

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Proud to be…

We are so excited to be celebrating Black History Month this October. We have a wonderful opportunity to be part of the national celebrations and events to honour the accomplishments of Black Britons in every area of endeavour throughout our history.

This year there is a new campaign for Black History Month 2021 which invites Black and Brown people around the UK to share what they are Proud To Be – for a festival of celebration in October. And we would love our children and families here at St Joseph’s school to be a part of those celebrations.

This year we would love to showcase all of what makes us ‘proud to be me’ and we can not wait to see what wonderful traditions, special items, clothing and jewellery you have to share with us as we create a spectacular museum here in school, where we can share and learn about Black History.

The theme of ‘proud to be…’ is an excellent example of how proud our children should be of themselves and demonstrates that Black History is also British history belonging to us all. Here at St Joseph’s school this is just part of our ongoing work that’s built into our broad and rich curriculum that is inter-threaded throughout the year; for example when we teach WW1 and WW2 in year 6, the Romans in year 4, toys from around the world; both past and present in year 1, topics such as whose who in year 2 and many more opportunities that deepens our learning of Black History throughout the year.

Please see the following link below to find out what we are celebrating as a nation and the launched theme of ‘PROUD TO BE’

PROUD TO BE: Black History Month UK launches theme for Black History Month 2021


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St Francis of Assisi Feast day

Today,Monday 4th October we celebrate with the 7 other schools in our Trust the feast day of St Francis of Assisi.

This year it feels even more important to really celebrate and mark this special day as we are together. We will all watch an assembly compiled by all schools with prayers and special messages. 

For us at St Joseph’s our Chaplaincy team will present an assembly to each Key stage and share their understanding of St Francis and his  mission.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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St Joseph’s Parliament

This week our School parliament were privileged to meet Jasmine.She came to talk to us from UK parliament.The school members of parliament and cabinet members listened to Jasmine in our groups in the hall and all the other classes listened in class via Teams.We had the opportunity to ask questions and really find out what we wanted to.

Jasmine shared the stories of Jess ,who didn’t know much,Dave who knew a little and Emma who knew it all. By the time we were finished we were all Emma’s .This knowledge and understanding will help us to do our jobs to the full this year.

She told us about the House of Commons where the Prime minister sits and The house of Lords where the Queen sits.The House of Commons is where the rules are made.Jasmine asked us what we would change.Most of us said we would change the environment.

There are over 300 people sitting in the house of commons. None of us guessed that right!We were asked to choose which subject was more important;Health,Education or housing.My team chose health over education and housing because if you don’t have health you can’t go to school and have an education.As for housing ,we were sure the homeless shelter would give you shelter.

It was good to learn more about what I am a part of.Jasmine said she woud try and arrange for us to visit.

Cardmel Year 6

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National Fitness Day

Yesterday, 22nd September was National Fitness Day.

Some classes were able to find time in their already busy days to do a little extra Fitness work, in addition to their PE lessons or Fit in 15.

Just in case anyone missed them, here are some quizzes to help you fi how much you know about healthy eating….  have fun.


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Welcome back!

I hope you have enjoyed a lovely holiday. The weather really hasn’t been on our side but still it has been a time to relax, have fun and spend time with our families. Today all of your teachers are meeting to plan ahead for your return on Friday.I know that I can’t wait to see you and to hear all about your fantastic holidays.

See you all in your smart uniforms with smiling faces on Friday (3rd September).

Parents I have a letter planned for today that will remind you of arrangements shared at the end of term as well as times,gates and ongoing Covid safe measures.

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Time to say goodbye!

This year we have managed to stay together in many ways ,but sadly none have been in person.We have shared talent shows,fun days,sports days,winning houses,treats and assemblies.All these we managed remotely in many ways. On Friday we finally managed to gather as a whole school family. We remained in our bubbles and we were  joined by Fr John to say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils. 

We shared their dreams and wishes for the future with a beautiful prayer service and balloon release.

The start of something new ,not the end.

Memories created ,friendships made and journeys travelled.

Our Primary years are just the start ,the first stepping stones to a successful life.

A time when you are allowed to just be you. A time to start finding out how to be

independent,how to talk to others,how to build relationships and friendships.Sometimes how to fall out.

Take time to look back ,remember and smile.

No tears or sadness as this is just the start. One step at a time you’ll take to greatness.


You will always have friends

You will always have your family

You will always be loved

You will always be successful

No matter where you are ,just remember and be yourself.

Year 6 Leavers prayer

 Loving and Caring God,

As I come to the end of my time at Primary School,

 I reflect on the years since I began school.

 Some of the building blocks of my life have happened here without my even knowing it:

reading and writing, skills that will grow and that I will use throughout my life.

 If I look back on my first days at school,

 everybody else in the school seemed very big.

 Now, I am at the top of the school and I don’t feel quite so big!

But I am getting ready now to move on, to new challenges,

to a new sense of belonging, to a new identity.

As I do so, help me always to remember a phrase that can accompany me now and in the future:

Do this in Memory of Me!

Help me, Lord, to remember and not to forget:

that as a child of your family, at any age,

 I can pray and ask for your guidance;

that as a follower of yours,

 I can make a difference in the world by speaking the truth;

 that as a member of the human family,

 I can act responsibly and lead others to do the same.

 Bless all those who have been part of my journey so far:

my family my friends my teachers and all of the staff at my school.

 Keep me in your care, Lord, throughout the summer.

 Keep me safe.

May every day of my life be an opportunity to give back to you the gratitude I have for the gift of life you have given me.


Good luck year 6!

Happy Summer Everyone!

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A Year to remember.

For most of us we think this Academic year is one to forget, but not for us. While this year has had its hurdles and been quite a journey it has still been incredibly memorable. 

The children at St Joseph’s are always put at the centre and it has been our aim as staff to make a difference,make life in school seem normal and to allow our children to be just that,children.To grow,develop,learn but most importantly have fun. 

A little look back at our Year!

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful summer and stay safe.

We will all see you again in September!

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