St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

Friday 21st June 2019

Anglo-Saxon vs. Viking Song

Monday 10th June 2019

Viking Longboat Building

On the 10th June 2019, in St. Joseph's school hall, Year 3 where helped by an architect called Bob to construct a Viking Longboat. Will they complete it?

First, Bob showed us how to make a tent like shape. Through that, we added four more sticks , (we made it out of sticks), and made a shape that looked like a swing. It was called a Tetrapod. 

Next, we made another shape and attached them to two long sticks. Then we added everyone's together and they were the sides of the boat. 

Last, we added both sides together. We also added end that were called the bow and the stern. Then it was complete! We played really fun games pretending in our ship, Jake was the captain and Oscar was in the crows nest.

Cecy, a pupil in Year 3, said, "I really enjoyed the experience and I liked building it!"


By Oscar and Ailsa


Have a look at the pictures below to see how we got on!

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Do you like dragons or mythical creatures? Then come and read our inspirational versions of ‘The Dream Giver’!

We have written about a story called ‘The Dream Giver’. In our work we have used similes and metaphors to make our writing interesting, and also used dictionaries and thesaurus’ to improve our word choices. We have written these stories because the video really caught our attention and we wanted to make the school proud with our amazing work!

We have learnt how to express our emotions in the stories we write, showing our writing skill through our imagination. We have also learnt that despite our differences, we all learn in a similar way.

By Lucy, Abi, Xavier and Emily


Have a look at our stories in the link below!


Year 3 Fantasy Stories

Friday 17th May 2019

Exploring Colossal Cuttlebrook

On Wednesday 18th May, about three groups mixed with Year 3 and 4, went on a wild hike in Cuttlebrook.

While the rest of the school were hard at work, our classes left school to make maps using symbols. We worked in teams to build a map, step by step, of what we saw around us.

Corey said “It was awesome because of all the wild animals, and it was extremely sunny!”

By Gabe

Thursday 9th May 2019

St. Mary's Church

The next step on our tour around Thame was to St. Mary's Church. Here we learnt all about the history of this old church and how religion has changed in Thame over the last 1000 years. We took some time to look around at the church including; the stained glass windows that represent some important parts of Jesus’ life, the Saxon font and the tomb of Lord William. We also took some time to look round some of the beautiful grounds.

Thank you to our parent volunteers Mrs Evans and Mr Blayney who helped make the trip seamless. We would also like to thank Jackie from the church who helped organise our time there and Rosalie who took the time to tell us also she knew about the history and practices at the church.

Thursday 2nd May 2019

Thame High Street - 1890 to now!

We have kicked off our Local Study topic by exploring all about how our high street has changed over the years. On Monday, we started by looking at pictures from various points on the high street that go back as far as 1890 and also some pictures of the same spots in 2009. We worked in pairs to compare what was the same and what was different about these two pictures. We then decided that Thame has still changed a lot from 2009, so we decided to go out and see how these spots around Thame have changed from 2009 to now. We loved our giant game of 'spot the difference' today and took the time to discuss why Thame might have had these changes. 

Monday 4th March 2019

Mummified tomatoes

Today we got the chance to look back at our mummified tomatoes that we created last term. We observed  the significant changes that took place over the past few weeks and made some excellent conclusions about the effectiveness of salt as a preservative.

Friday 15th February 2019

Egyptian God Artwork

To end an amazing term of Egyptian learning, we decided to take on a group challenge, to create a life size Egyptian God. All groups worked super well throughout the day, despite facing many challenges. We loved the compliments that we received from staff around the school.

Have a look at our creations!

 Tuesday 12th February 2019

The exploration of Tutankhamen’s Tomb

This term, we have been learning about the story of Howard Carter during the exploration of Tutankhamen's tomb, and the diary entries he wrote. In order to experience how it would really real to enter a 3000 year old tomb, we decided to create our own. 

Tuesday 29th January 2019

What a day! We have delved into the disgusting world of mummification! For our science experiment, we are testing how much salt is needed to effectively mummify a tomato. Have a look at how we got on!

Monday 17th December 2018

To start of our week of Maths, we were set a very difficult challenge - to build a Christmas Tree out of nothing but straws and blue tac. We had to use our great teamwork  to come up with a plan as a group, and then used our problem solving skills to build our tree, working through every fall and difficulty along the way. We thought we used lots of patience, resilience, listening skills and co-operation! Have a look at some of our creations!

Tuesday 20th November 2018

As part of our Science topic 'Sound', we have been exploring pitch through musical instruments. Today, we made our own pan pipes out of straws to test how the pitch changes when we blew into different length straws. We had great fun!

Friday 16th October 2018

Fossil making

Over the last few weeks, we have been learning about how fossils are formed and researching the great paleontologist - Mary Anning. We decided we were going to link our science learning to our maths by measuring all the ingredients needed to make our own salt dough. We then made imprints into our dough to create our own fossils. Have a look at some of our creations! 

Tuesday 13th October 2018

Volcano Eruptions

Wow! What an amazing day! We have loved designing and building our volcanoes over the last week. Creating our volcano structures was a little challenging but we used our excellent growth mindset to keep going and we were rewarded by getting nice and messy when doing our papier-mâché. When our structure had dried, we used our best creative eye to paint our landscape onto our volcanoes. 

To finish off our volcano-making project, we invited our parents in to see our 'Ring of Fire' and watch the violent eruptions of our volcanoes. Thank you to all the parents who took time out of their busy days to come and see our eruptions. We loved sharing that experience with you! 

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Structure of the Earth

What a fantastic week, we really enjoyed kicking off our topic with a bang! We have started to learn all about volcanoes by looking at some famous volcanoes around the world. We then explored how volcanoes are formed by studying the structure of the earth. We made our own earth models out of play dough and then cut them open to see what layers were inside. Have a look at some of our creations!