THEME WEEKS 2016 - 2017

Over the course of the coming year, we have all kinds of wonderful and exciting themed weeks planned, involving school trips, visitor workshops and lots of interesting activities.

Theme Day/Week

Curriculum Link

Date/s

Roald Dahl Day

English (Literature)

Tuesday 13th September 2016

International Dot Day

Growth Mind-set/SMSC

Thursday 15th September 2016

International Day of Peace

SMSC/Catholic Life

Wednesday 21st September 2016

World Animal Day

Science/SMSC

Tuesday 4th October 2016

National Poetry Day

English (Poetry)

Thursday 6th October 2016

‘One World Week’

RE (Other Faiths)/
British Values/SMSC

Monday 7th November –
Friday 11th November

Anti-Bullying Week

Safeguarding/SMSC

November 14th – November 18th

'Keeping Myself Safe' Week

Safeguarding

November 21st – November 25th

International Day - France

RE (Other cultures)/
SMSC/Geography/MFL

Tuesday 10th January 2017

Winnie the Pooh Day

English (Literature)

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

History

Friday 27th January 2017

Safer Internet Day

Computing/Safeguarding

Tuesday 7th February 2017

World Book Day

English (Literature)

Thursday 2nd March 2017

British Science Week

Science

Monday 13th March –
Friday 17th March 2017

UK-India Year of Culture
(70th anniversary of Indian independence)

History/ Poetry/
RE (Other cultures)/SMSC/
British Values/Geography

Monday 20th March &
Tuesday 21st March 2017

International Day - Poland

RE (Other cultures)/
SMSC/Geography

Tuesday 4th April 2017

National Sports Week

P.E/Healthy Lifestyles

June 2016

 

THEME WEEKS 2015 - 2016

Over the course of the coming year, we have all kinds of wonderful and exciting themed weeks planned, involving school trips, visitor workshops and lots of interesting activities.

 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch Wednesday 9th September 2015
International Day of Peace Monday 21st September 2015 

‘One World Week’

 

(incorporating Black History Month and
National Poetry Day)

(Black History Month: 1st – 31st October)

(National Poetry Day: 8th October)

 

Thursday 1st  – Friday 9th October 2015

 

Anti-Bullying Week
(E-Safety Focus)
Monday 16th – Friday 20th November 2015
National Enterprise Week
(Christmas Fayre Products) 
Monday 16th – Friday 20th November 2015
Road Safety Week
(Led by School Council)
Monday 23rd – Friday 27th November 2015
Aspiration Week Monday 18th – Friday 22nd January 2016
National Storytelling Week Monday 1st – Friday 5th February 2016

Safer Internet Day

(Officially - Tuesday 9th February 2016)

Thursday 5th February 2016

 World Book Day

Thursday 3rd March 2016 

National Science Week 

Monday 14th – Friday 18th March 2016 

St George’s Day

(Officially - Saturday 23rd April)    

Friday 22nd April 2016

 Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday

(Official celebrations: Friday 10th June –
Sunday 12th June 2016) 

Monday 13th June 2016

National Sports Week 

(incorporating Rio Olympics 2016)

 Monday 20th - Friday 24th June 2016

 

Aspiration Week

During week commencing 18th January 2016, we held an ‘Aspiration Week’ in school.  The children discussed with their teachers and peers, their aspirations and goals for the future and were introduced to the world of work.  We had lots of visitors in school…a Police Officer, a Fashion Buyer, a Footballer, an Accountant, a Shopkeeper, an Inventor, a classical guitarist…a vast array of professions which interested and intrigued us all!

One of our exciting visitors was Emily Cummins (www.emilycummins.co.uk), who is an award winning inventor with a passion for sustainable designs which help to change lives.  Her latest innovation is a sustainable fridge which is powered by dirty water but keeps its contents dry, hygienic and cool.  Emily refined her fridge in African towns before giving away plans to benefit the local people.  As a result of her work, Emily was named as Leeds University Enterprise Scholar in 2008, she won the Barclays Woman of the Year Award in 2009, in 2010 was awarded the Yorkshire Young Achievers Award for her achievements in Management and Enterprise and in the same year, was also won the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award!  

To end the week and having been inspired by Emily, all classes worked together to design a new product and endeavoured to sell their product design in a whole school ‘Dragons Den’ event!  Great fun was had by all!

THEME WEEKS 2014 - 2015

Over the course of the coming year, we have all kinds of wonderful and exciting themed weeks planned, involving school trips, visitor workshops and lots of interesting activities.

 Big Maths Week W/C 20th October 2014 
 Remembrance Day  Tuesday 11th November 2014
National Anti-Bullying Week 17th - 21st November 2014 
E - Safety Week  W/C 9th February 2015 
Safer Internet Day  Wednesday 11th February 2015 
 Catholic Partnership Week - Vatican II W/C 23rd February 2015
World Book Day  Thursday 5th March 2015
 St Joseph's Feast Day Thursday 19th March 2015 
British Values/ General Election 2015 5th - 8th May 2015 

 

 

British Values & General Election Week 

 

During w/c 5th May, we held a British Values & General Election Theme Week, starting with a whole school assembly.  Please click on the link below to read the content of our assembly.

British Values & The General Election 05.05.15.pdf

During the week, a range of exciting and interesting activities took place, including a pretend manifesto presentation and vote in Year 2, a democracy debate in Year 4, which compared the rules and regulations within the Ancient Greek period, as well as our Upper Foundation class focusing on the story 'The Queen's Knickers' and understanding who our Royal Monarch are. During there SATs preparation, Year 6 also had time to keep up to date with the live Election results; we were truly on the edge of our seats, listening and waiting for the breaking news!

The School Council held a Smoothie Day on Thursday 7th May. Each class carried out a survey to select their preferred smoothie fruits and flavours.  A 'Smoothie Station' was open at break-time, where the children were able to pick up and pay for their drinks.

We ended the week by sharing our work with parents and visitors in a special assembly, as well as observing a two minute silence for the 70th Anniversary of VE Day.

 

Vatican II Week - W/C 23rd February 2015

In October last year, the leaders and teachers from all of the primary schools in our local Catholic partnership came together, to receive inset on Vatican II, as part of the responsibility to promote the Catholic life of our schools. 

The idea behind the day was to allow teachers to explore the impact of Vatican II, on the Catholic Church in 1963, and how it reaches out to each one of us today.

As a community, we felt that it was important that our children know about, and understand, the importance of Vatican II and that they understand the importance of respect and tolerance, growing up in multi-faith Britain; as the document calls us to be neighbours to all.

In each of our schools, we spent part of each day, over a week, working on Vatican II at an age appropriate level, from Nursery to Year 6. For our school, this special week, began each day with a liturgy, during which the children were introduced to the objectives for the day and to one of the four main constitutions of Vatican II.

In a variety of ways, the children explored their statements through; discussions, art, drama, music, dance etc. At the end of each day, the children took home a Vatican II prayer, relevant to the areas of study, which they were involved in that day.

On our concluding day, the children were invited to pay £1 in exchange for wearing their own clothes. This money was then used to support CAFOD projects, highlighted by the children during this week. A celebration assembly also took place, which parents were invited to attend.

Each of the schools also contributed to a collaborative piece of art, for use in the parishes throughout the coming year.

 

E-Safety Week 

During our special week, dedicated to E-Safety, we recognised and took part in 'Safer Internet Day 2015'. The purpose of the week was to remind our children about the importance of staying safe online and the principles of responsible online behaviour. This year’s national theme is “Let’s create a better internet together.”  For further information please go to: http://www.saferinternetday.org/

Mrs Flint, starting our week with a special assembly:

 

National Anti-Bullying Week

In October and November, Mr Welsh and the children of St Joseph’s worked with the NSPCC, as part of our work around Anti-Bullying week. Each year group began this half term with a very informative assembly, led by the NSPCC, which gently and informatively touched upon how the NSPCC helps to transform the lives of children, who live in various difficult circumstances.

During this assembly, all the children were informed about the whole school ‘Spelling Sprint’ we would be holding and it was fantastic to see the determination of the children to learn their spellings, whilst also encouraging friends and family, at home, to sponsor them in their efforts.

St Joseph’s parents were, as ever, amazing in their help to raise sponsorship and in assisting with the learning of spellings. The grand total raised by the children was a staggering and rather overwhelming £946.67! By coming together as a school community to support this very special cause, the children also achieved a great sense of fulfilment from knowing that they had made a real difference to the lives of 236 children.

It was a very proud moment when the NSPCC representative informed the school of the news and returned to award the children with special ‘Buddy’ badges.

 

During the week, each class also took part in a dance or drama workshop which explored and interpreted bullying through movement. At the end of the day, all the children performed outstandingly well to the rest of the school during a special assembly.

 

To end our week, each class shared their work during a celebration assembly, which parents and visitors attended.

Some of the work showcased included, Year 1 discussing what it means to be a good friend, whilst Year 5 showed various role play scenes which demonstrated the different types of bullying e.g. verbal, physical etc and how to deal with it. Year 6 also read out their 'friendship recipes'.

 

Remembrance Day

 

A Visit from Two Local War Veterans

 

On Wednesday 12th November, Year 6 were extremely lucky to spend some time with two war veterans, who visited St Joseph's to speak about their experience within various wars and conflicts.

Mr Ray Hardy, 91, spoke about his role and time during World War 2, sharing many fascinating stories with us. We were also able to look at some of his personal items from the war, including his medals, National Identity Card, photographs of him serving in the war, as well as a 60 year old lemon, which Mr Hardy posted back to his mother, in South Elmsall, who was completely unaware that this 'new' fruit existed.

We had such an enjoyable time with these two gentlemen and to say thank you, we asked them to stay for one of our delicious school dinners.

 

Armistice Day - 11th November

Along with members of our local community and The South Elmsall & District Royal British Legion Branch, Year 6 visited South Elmsall Cenotaph on Remembrance Day to observe two minutes silence. During this time, we remembered those who died during the two Great Wars, as well as any other military servicemen, who have been lost during recent war and conflicts. We also laid our school poppy wreath on the memorial. Lest We Forget.

 

St Joseph's Health Awareness Year!!!

During 2014-15, St Joseph's combined lots of the new National Curriculum aims, surrounding a healthy lifestyle in the 21st Century, by holding a Health Awareness Year.

We celebrated National Science and Sports Week, however this year, we will focus primarily on healthy living and lifestyles. 

Keep a look out on our 'Latest News' page, as well as on this page, to see lots of news and photographs! 

 World First Aid Day  W/C 8th September 2014
 National Science Week - Focus
Healthy Living/Lifestyle
13th - 22nd March 2015 
National Sports Week - Focus
Healthy Living/Lifestyle 
 22nd - 26th June 2015

 

World First Aid Day

To kick start our 'Health Awareness' Year, the whole school took part in a variety of first aid activities led by a specialist medical company.

Take a look at the pictures below showing our Key Stage 2 children learning all about the recovery position, how to dial 999, as well as various medical procedures and techniques i.e. applying a bandage correctly.

 

National Science Week

As usual, St Joseph's celebrated ‘British Science Week’. This year, we decided to focus on healthy living and lifestyles in 2015.

Lots of activities/experiences were planned for the children to take part in, including:

  • Healthy Eating workshops led by Tesco,
  • British Heart Foundation Heart Start Training,
  • Featherstone Rovers Fitness workshops,
  • A visit from the School Nurse to talk about healthy eating and dental hygiene.

We began the week with a whole school assembly for children to learn about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle; Miss Clancy also launched our new Sports Council elections, as well as presenting Year 4 with their 1st place, Wakefield Partnership, skipping trophy!