St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

 Year 1


Some of the Year 1's had a lovely, warm afternoon during their woodwork session at the end of last week. They have been focusing on using the tools safely and they created some amazing pieces.

Friday 13 March - We have been able to hold the chicks today.  Everyone was able to describe the chicks using lots of great descriptive language.  Year 1 were very sensible and we are looking forward to holding them again next week.

STEM - EYU/Year 1/Year 2 
On Tuesday EYU, Year 1 and Year 2 worked in mixed groups to take part in a STEM challenge. The children had to design a parachute which would protect an egg.  They enjoyed the challenge of working with new people and their team work was amazing!  We then came together to test our parachutes. 
MOST of the eggs did not crack! Well done to everyone!  We ALL had lots of fun...
Thank you to Miss Oakley for boiling the eggs!
On Monday we had the exciting arrival of our eggs.  Nine chicks have now hatched and we are patiently waiting for number ten to make it's arrival!
The children will begin handling the chicks this week and we look forward to learning lots about the life cycle of a chick and how to correctly care for them.
They are such an eggcellent addition!

World Book Day! 

Today we have been completing lots of exciting activities!  This morning we had a whole school parade of our amazing outfits and we made reading dens with Year 5!  We also made special bookmarks and used puppets to tell magical stories with Year 2!  In the afternoon we had some special visitors in the classroom.  They read us a story and we enjoyed some delicious treats from Little Red Riding Hood!

Year 1 and Year 2 have been busy using up ingredients before Lent starts to make delicious pancakes. They then wrote instructions on how they made them which were very detailed and included: first, next, after, and lastly. 

For pictures see here

Year 1 & Year 2 have been looking at the poem ‘Ten Things Found In a Wizard’s Pocket’.

The children worked together to perform the poem using lots of expression and actions. We then used this poem to help us create our own magical poems.

For videos of our performance poetry, see here!

Forest School Group 2 have been really enjoying their Forest School sessions this term.  This week they have explored different ways of using paint and expressing themselves through art, including bark rubbings. 
Thank you Miss Harvey!

Year 1 have loved looking after the dragon egg that we found in the playground! 


Year 1 came to school on Monday to find their classroom in chaos! Tables and chairs had been knocked over and our dragon egg had disappeared! Year 1 have written imaginative dragon stories this week, which we will send to the magical land of dragons for Zog to read. We hope our stories will persuade Zog to return. 


Encourage your child to share their stories with you because they are AMAZING!

Home Learning - Some children have managed to create their castle this weekend and we are delighted to discuss and display them in our classroom.

Year 1 and 2 discovered a mysterious egg this morning!
Ms Tweedie spotted a strange creature flying in the sky over the weekend. Some children believe that it is a dragon's egg.
We will continue our investigation and begin some imaginative writing this week. 
We have had a very busy week! 
We have been investigating our missing pirate ship.  We made wanted posters, which were displayed around school.  We wrote questions and interviewed the suspects.  On Friday we received a letter from the police to confirm the guilty captain.  It was Captain Surgie. We decided to write the police a letter to say thank you for all of their help. 
Captain Surgie learnt from her bad choices and returned the pirate ship to our classroom.We have all been super detectives!
Well done Year 1 for solving the mystery! 
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for my lovely presents! I loved every single gift and I am beyond grateful for your generosity.
Thank you again for your continued support and remember I am always available.  We are a team!
We have an exciting term ahead with our new topic - Imagine

We went to the church on Monday 11 November with Father David to learn about the celebration of mass. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and it allowed them to ask questions and develop their understanding immensely. Here are some pictures of our time in the Church....

We have been learning about partitioning in Maths ... how to partition a number

STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) - Year 1 & 2 worked in mixed groups to create a free standing tower out of paper and tape. 

Year 1 at Forests School!

Year 1 working on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths!) project - how to suspend a marshmallow with spaghetti!

Year 1 have had a lovely start to the year and have been making full use of their new outside learning area both to do play based learning as well as using it as a break out space for group work - making full use of the lovely weather!