KS2 children have been treated to a series of fantastic dance lessons taught by Dance Specialist Katie Alcott. Katie brought a selection of props to enhance the lessons such a sticks and hats. All pupils male and female, sporty and not agreed that they had loved their dance experience.
The Foundation stage class led Friday's assembly with the focus on the Feast of the presentation of our Lord (Candlemas). Some children acted out the story of Simeon and Anna at the temple when Mary and Joseph brought Baby Jesus 40 days after his birth. Simeon (acted by Albert) lifted Jesus in the air saying, "Jesus is the Light of the World". Other children showed candles they had made in class and demonstrated how different kinds of light can be compared to how Jesus works in our lives by showing us the way, bringing joy and offering us comfort in worrying times.
The reception and nursery children are working hard this half term, but having lots of fun as they learn. Our math's activities have been focussing on accurate counting and finding 1 more or less than a number for the nursery children, while reception children are becoming more and more confident at completing and recording addition and subtraction problems. The Drs role-play area is popular, with many injections, blood tests and mending of broken bones! We have had some fantastic snowy and frosty weather so there have been lots of opportunities for mark making, shape and pattern hunting, exploring freezing and melting, and even enough snow to make a tiny snowman! It has been lovely to welcome Grace into our class.
Following on from Tuesday's Epiphany mass, our Friday assembly was in the form of a traditionally German custom, when all staff and children followed year 6 children with candles, the star of Bethlehem and the 3 wise men into each classroom so that they could be blessed for the new year. Mr Crabtree blessed the chalk before writing 20+C+M+B+19 above the doorway in each classroom. The letters C,M,B are the initials of the 3 magi Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, the are also abbreviations of the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, "May Christ bless the house". The Christmas hymn "We three kings" was sung by the children as we travelled from one classroom to the next. Penny, Sam, Tom and Freddy were excited to wear their Nativity costumes one more time!
After working hard all term and doing 2 wonderful pantomime and Nativity performances, the children had certainly earned their Christmas party today. The year 6 children did a fantastic job of making festive table decorations and helped serve the delicious party food. Fun and games followed with the longest ever game of musical statues! Finally, a visit from Santa meant that everyone left school very tired but with big smiles.
We'd like to wish all our St Joseph's families a peaceful Christmas.