Today is World Book Day, many are celebrating it from home, but everyone has made a super effort to celebrate books and the importance of reading in our lives. The Nursery and reception children made a mask or headband of a character from their favourite book to wear on Teams. They talked about their books and read their favourite pages to their friends. Our Wake and shake this morning was acting out the story of Bear Hunt with the author, Michael Rosen. The children are now making their own books and book marks and enjoying lots of stories.
These children continue to make me so proud with their attitude and efforts when learning at home and at school.
As we close for a half term break tomorrow, there are many signs that Spring isn't very far away and our thoughts will be turning to Lent and the promises that we can make.
The families at St Joseph's continue to make us all very proud. The children at home have been tremendous in their efforts to learn in a way that could never have been imagined a year ago. Meanwhile, the children at school have had to adapt to different routines and learning from Teams within the classroom. Thank you to everyone for your support, we hope you will be able to enjoy a restful week of walks, playing, reading and relaxing.
We have lots of budding Joe Wicks replacements in the EYFS class! As part of our work on time, we have been taking turns to lead 1 minute's exercise to start our Teams sessions- Joseph Bear and Mrs Geldard are being literally kept on our toes with hopping, star jumps, jogging, sit ups, press ups and more!! It is certainly bringing smiles to the faces of the nursery and reception children, which is what we want to see. We've also heard how Jesus grew up and chose to teach people about God and have been thinking of what we'd like to do when we are older.
We are trying to keep ourselves fit and healthy and are trying to be as active as possible while continuing with our learning in school and at home. Here are some pictures of our work on shape and lots of exercising.
Don't forget, whatever class you are in, if you are getting active then you can send your photographs and activity log to the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley sports partnership- they are on the look out to find the most active school!
We celebrated this week's learning in a class assembly, with the candles we had made. Then we enjoyed listening to Mrs Orr's parable of the sower and her message for us all. After a difficult week for many, we finished our morning sharing our thoughts about what we are thankful for before praying the Examen.
In our staff meeting yesterday we spoke about how hard everyone is working at home and in school. Our EYFS children are learning about celebrations as part of this half term's RE. This morning we all wore our party hats to celebrate the fantastic efforts of all the children this week.
Mrs Orr described the start of the new year and new term as being similar to a game of the Okey Cokey and that was the case for the EYFS class- we were all in, all out, some in, all out........
However, we are making the best of this tricky situation and the children have been really impressing me with their attitude and efforts to continue with their learning while keeping safe and healthy.
Our learning has been based around winter weather and in particular snowmen. Many children had made snowmen before term, lockdown and isolation started. They have painted or drawn pictures of their snowman/lady- this week's job is to make up their own snowman adventure stories and for some to become illustrators and authors. The maths has also been snowman related, with nursery number lines being used for number recognition, accurate counting forwards and backwards to find one more/one less than any number. The reception children have then been using these number lines to help them complete subtraction sums. This week we will use them to help us with counting in 2s.
In addition, we've made the most of the cold and frosty weather to become scientists with lots of ice experiments and observations. There's no wonder it felt like such a long week- what a lot of learning from these amazing children and their amazing families!
We are so sad to say farewell to Mrs Bailey, who has been at the heart of St Joseph's school for such a long time. There have been a few behind the scenes secret rehearsals and preparations going on for a few weeks now and Covid restrictions made things tricky, but we did our best to give Mrs B the send off she truly deserves! The generous gifts that were presented are a reflection of the love that children, parents, governors and staff have for this incredible, hardworking lady. We are ensuring that she returns on a regular basis by purchasing a Nancy Bailey sporting achievement award, which she will present each year. Other gifts included a Garmin watch, £200 of Shackletons vouchers, a "school girl" rose plant, Preston North End flowers and lots of other carefully chosen presents.
We wish you lots of happy, healthy and stress-free times Nancy. xx
It's been another busy day in school with the Foundation Stage and Key stage 1 children having their Christmas parties. Covid 19 did not stop Santa from dropping by with his sack of sanitised presents. He had time for a quick chat and reminded the children to get straight to sleep on Christmas Eve, then joined in with our favourite Nativity song. We cannot thank him and Mrs Christmas enough for calling in at such a busy time!