Hearing your child readApril 30th 2018
It is so important that parents support their children by hearing them read on a near daily basis. Children can only make progress in reading with such support. When hearing your child read, try the following approach:
* Before beginning, go through the book, look at any illustrations and discuss what might happen in the story. Say tricky words that children will have to read, e.g. “Look at that big tortoise in the picture”. This will help children later.
* Whilst reading, if your child gets stuck, try these methods:
Sound out words phonetically: c-a-t = cat,
sh-o-t = shot, h-oo-d = hood, l-ou-d = loud,
r-ou-n-d = round, p-r-ou-d = proud;
Use the pictures as prompts for tricky words;
Encourage your child to read in context, ...
Royal Wedding Celebrations at St Joseph’sApril 25th 2018
On Friday 18th May, we will be joining in the spirit of national celebration for the Royal Wedding by holding our own Party Day at St Joseph’s.
We invite all our children to come dressed in red, white and/or blue. The children will be enjoying a range of art and craft activities throughout the day, along with learning about our rich heritage, British Values and some of our national traditions. At lunchtime, we hope to hold a street party so we are inviting you to join us with your picnic lunch from 12 noon to 1pm if the weather allows us. Picnic rugs and deck chairs ...
Parental SurveyMarch 19th 2018
Thank you to everyone who returned their comments in our Parental Survey. One hundred replies were received and the main suggestions that are workable have been added to our school improvement plan.
Please see our summary of results here: Parent survey 2018 Feedback
Curriculum Enrichment Week – Superhero Day – Tuesday 6th MarchMarch 3rd 2018
We are now holding our Superhero dress up day for the children on Tuesday 6th March. As part of our Curriculum Enrichment Week we are inviting the children to come into school dressed as a superhero. This can be an everyday hero such as a policeman, nurse etc. or a superhero of their choice.
This may include an outfit they may already have eg. Superman, Spiderman or a made-up hero such as wearing green clothes and coming as 'Captain Green' or an apron and a wooden spoon and coming as 'Super Chef'! This might reflect an interest of theirs - maybe they are a Brownie or a Cub and they can come in their uniform - or whatever is easier for you. ...
Able mathematicians at Mudeford JuniorsFebruary 23rd 2018
This week some of our younger able mathematicians visited Mudeford Juniors to take part in a Christchurch schools Maths event with six other schools. Finley, Hollie and James had a fun morning solving problems in a timed number chase (they came joint 1st!); found highest and lowest scores with dice; worked out tricky triangle problems; played with Tantrix and pentominoes; and other mathematical and number activities, all of which had rules which they had to follow.
Our children certainly rose to the challenges set and were very competitive. Finley commented: ‘It was fun working as a team and learning that maths can be used in lots of different ways to solve problems. We had a great time.’
Our school family – parents and teachers working togetherJanuary 1st 2018
Every year we hold an AGM (Annual General Meeting) where parents and staff come together to thank the existing PTA and to welcome new members. Everyone is welcome so feel free to come along and be part of our PTA. We still need more helping hands on the PTA so please consider joining, even if you can only give a few hours of your time. The PTA is an important part of our school and helps to enrich your child's school experience. Please see our Q&A below to answer some questions you may have about the AGM.
What is an AGM
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Parents’ EveningJanuary 1st 2018
We are looking forward to welcoming parents to our Parents' Evening on Tuesday March 20th and Thursday 22nd March. A working partnership between parents and the school ensures the children have the best education we can offer. In the meantime, please click on the link below to read our 10 tips for getting the most out of parents' evening:
Adverse weather conditionsDecember 11th 2017
As the weather turns cold, here is a reminder of emergency school closure procedure: If we have to close the school due to poor weather I will inform Heart FM 102.3, (although it can take some time for this information to be broadcast), emailing and texting parents on ParentMail and via Dorset County Council’s Dorsetforyou website where the information will be displayed under ‘Winter Weather’ - closed services - closed schools. The decision to close the school is never an easy one to make but I always try to make the decision as early in the day as is possible. Let’s hope we do not need to use this procedure this winter.
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St Joseph’s Art ClubNovember 16th 2017
At St Joseph’s we have Art Club every week on Monday and Thursday after school. Each week Daniella helps us learn about one type of art. This may be drawing, painting, watercolours or pastels. We also look at different types of artists including Monet, Van Gogh and modern art. Edward says “she has helped me with my passion for art and she helps the other children learn how to draw and paint. I look forward to going each week and learning new skills.” Edward hopes you enjoy looking at their artwork.
Year 6 pupils delighted with new books thanks to Christchurch RotaryNovember 5th 2017
Year 6 pupils at St Joseph's were delighted to receive bundles of brand new books thanks to a kind donation of £250 from Christchurch Rotary. The donation was spent buying new books for Year 6 which were hand-picked by the pupils themselves.
Many thanks to the Christchurch Rotary Club for their support of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School.
Pictured is the President of Christchurch Rotary, David Hancock, Deputy Head Teacher Mr Curran and former Year 6 class teacher Mrs Dunn with Year 6 pupils.