Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting
the welfare of children and young people. We expect all
staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or
welfare of any of our pupils, please contact Mrs M Scott
(Designated Safeguarding Lead), or Mrs Scott
(Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).

St Joseph’s participates in Operation Encompass.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse,
school will be advised that the child has been involved.
Please see school website for further details

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be

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Number fun

Spring changes in the forest

Sublime science

Lent worship

Shrove Tuesday

The big lent walk





Please use this time to enjoy the snow. 

Go on a Winter walk 

  • On the walk encourage the children to look for signs of winter. Look at the trees and discuss how they are different from in the summer. Explain that not all trees lose their leaves in the winter; some trees are green all year round.
  • Look for other signs of winter such as frost or ice.
  • Look under stones or branches to see if anything is living underneath. How do the children think it must feel to live outside in the winter?

Investigate what happens when the ice melts. 


Phonics video 


Please watch and review your phonics sounds


Read your ditty book or sound blenders


Maths challenge 


Number bonds to 5 

How many ways can you make 5. 

Use counters, bottle tops or teddies. 



Have lovely day 


See you soon


Ducklings Teachers 

Hello everyone.

I am Mrs Howarth the Ducklings Class Teacher. I teach Nursery, Reception and year 1 pupils at St. Joseph's Primary School.

A huge welcome to our class page. Please keep looking for regular updates. 


Ducklings Information


Staff in Ducklings;


  • Mrs Howarth-Class Teacher and Deputy Head
  • Miss Colak-Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Thorpe -Teaching Assistant


Book bags and reading books.


Please can you ensure your child has a school book bag that is brought to school daily. We don't encourage rucksacks as we don't have the space to store them. 

If your child is in Reception, they will receive a reading book to match their reading ability.

They will also be able to bring home a library book that they can change regularly. 


Your child will be listened to read daily in the phonics lesson and pupils will receive 1-1 tuition when needed. Please ensure your child returns their books daily as they may need changing after a particular lesson. 

We expect children to have practised their books at home. This will help to build children’s confidence and a love of reading. 


Regular letters will be sent home and book bags will come in handy to store these in so that you get the latest updates. 


P.E days


 P.E days are on Tuesdays and WednesdaysPlease ensure your child brings in their P.E Kits on these days. P.E kits can stay in school. 

See P.E Kit list below:


  • Plain white T-Shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Black pumps/trainers
  • School Jumper and coat (for winter)
  • Jogging pants/leggings (for winter)


We ask that no jewellery is worn for school please. 


First few weeks in Ducklings


During the first few weeks in Ducklings, the staff will be getting to know what your child can do and will be getting to know their interests. We have lots of fun things planned this term. 

Our topic will be "All about me". In this topic, children will be learning about themselves, their families and think about aspirations for the future. They will be able to link this to God’s plan for them and begin to use our school moto “God wants me to be the best me I can be.” They will have the opportunity to participate in practical activities in provision.


We will send a letter home after the first few weeks explaining who your child’s key worker is. This will be one of the 3 members of ducklings staff. 



If your child is in Reception, they will be taking part in the Department for Educations baseline assessment. 


The reception baseline assessment (RBA) is a short, task-based assessment of your child's early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school.  The assessment can take place at any point in the first 6 weeks of your child starting reception.


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Welcoming our new starters


Seeds and gardeners fun

Our new classroom

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Our first day

We are currently reading Can’t you sleep little Bear by Martin Waddell. We will be rereading the book in class and will be enjoying the magic of the story. We are very lucky to have 6 extra copies to send home each week with different children. 

when you get the book please read it as much as you can and share the love of the story at home. Then you can return it the following week.