1st December 2023


Dear Parents/Carers,

The Children have taken part in their House’s Cross Country Competition this week! They all made a huge effort to complete the course and demonstrated great resilience and respect for one another. Congratulations to those who placed, I know that you were proud of your achievements and I loved hearing all about your races.

This half term, all teachers have been receiving weekly coaching to hone the teaching and learning taking place in their classrooms. It has been a joy to witness the response of the team and the rapid way they are developing their teaching practice to ensure every child has the best possible educational experience.

We have heavily invested in maths resources to elevate children’s enjoyment and engagement in maths lessons. Staff had had training and the children have been working really hard to improve their understanding of key maths concepts using manipulatives (concrete resources).

This week, as part of a weekly coaching session, I had the privilege of teaching 1E Maths! We used numicon to develop our understanding of the concepts of ‘greater than’ and ‘less than.’ The children progressed to write number sentences that compared numbers using symbols! The children showed a great aptitude and joy of maths and it was wonderful to witness them using resources to reason and justify their answers e.g. “I know that 6 is greater than 3 because it has 3 more.” Well done Kemuel, great explaining!

This Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Advent, we hope that our families are able to attend Church to mark the special period in out liturgical calendar. The first candle represents hope as we enter this period of readiness and preparation. I wonder what we are all hopeful for and what actions we’re taking to make our hopes a reality. We will be exploring this in Monday’s assembly. Maybe you could talk to your child about it over the weekend.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Ashley and the St. Joseph’s Team