St Joseph's are Milwall FC Kid's Cup Champions!

St Joseph's are Milwall FC Kid's Cup Champions!

Now moving on to a national tournment! More pictures here.
Proposed Admission Arrangements 2017-18

Proposed Admission Arrangements 2017-18

Proposal for admission arrangements for 2017 - 2018 has been posted on the website.
Newsletter 4th November 2015

Newsletter 4th November 2015

4th November 2015 Dear Parents and Carers I hope you and your children have had a good school experience over the last half term and enjoyed your half term holiday. There have been trips to the Planetarium, Vauxhall City Farm, Peckham Fire Station, local parks and when we cannot visit speakers come to us, for example, the London Fire Brigade and ‘The Power of One’ to name a couple. This half term there are visits to the theatre too. (See dates below). We have had to manage a lot of educational changes during the last few weeks. I wrote to you in September about the new assessment system. I hope you found the parents evenings useful and are beginning to get to know the new terminology. The new curriculum is trickier and children have to meet certain indicators to show how much progress they have made. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to let one of us know so we can help your understanding. This is a constantly changing picture at the moment so if there is any news that means further changes for your children I will let you know. English and maths Can I ask you to support the school and encourage the children to keep reading every night for 10 minutes minimum? Parents/carers should be listening to them read and asking them questions about what they have just read so you are sure they have understood. Please sign the reading diary too – it’s important communication for us, as it lets us know who is reading and how often and then we can deploy our resources more effectively in school for those children who don’t get to read with an adult at home. Writing to make sense is also an essential life skill. When you help your children with their writing please make sure they are using the right tense, punctuation and spelling. Some children do extra lessons after school or on a Saturday. If this is the case please come and talk to the teachers about the methods we use in maths and English so children don’t get confused with two ways of doing things. MacMillan Coffee Morning We raised £354.40p for MacMillan thank you for your generosity and all of those cakes! Foodbank Collection We have also collected food for the Manna Centre and Sacred Heart Foodbank - thank you…
Harvest Sharing 2015

Harvest Sharing 2015

Harvest Sharing 2015 Dear Parents/ Carers, Following our harvest assembly in school last week, we are again writing to ask for your help in collecting non-perishable foods and toiletries to donate to two very worthy causes The Manna Centre based in SE1 which is a centre for the homeless, which caters for those in need of food and shelter by providing breakfast and a cooked lunch for up to 150 people daily. This year we have our own Sacred Heart Church Food Bank who also need our help. Please send in your items as soon as possible: Feel free to send in any other non-perishable items that you feel would be appropriate.Tinned items such as: soup, tomatoes, vegetables, baked beans, spaghetti, hot dogs and other tinned meats, fruit, rice pudding & custard. Dried items such as: rice (long grained), pasta, sugar, coffee & tea. Sauces such as: tomato sauces, curry sauce, brown sauce, hot sauce. Breakfast items such as: cereals, porridge oats, cereal biscuits. Toiletries such as: razors, soap, shaving cream, toothbrushes & toothpaste. Thanking you in anticipation for your kind donations Best wishes, Mr P Reilly Deputy Head
Assessments without Levels (September 2015)

Assessments without Levels (September 2015)

Dear Parents and Carers,Thank you for such a good start to the term. We have got off to a really organised start with the children knowing the schools’ expectations and rising to the challenge of some hard work. In this letter I hope to explain to you the new process of assessment. From this September the Government has changed the way children’s learning in reading, writing and maths in Key stages 1 & 2 is assessed. This ties in with the changes to the National Curriculum (2014) which is now used by all maintained schools. This is a new way of thinking for schools and assessment will look very different to how it has done for many years. Levels are no longer used Why have levels gone?The Department for Education felt that ‘levels’ were viewed as ‘thresholds to cross’ or ‘best fit’ rather than ensuring children fully understood their learning without gaps in their knowledge. They want schools, parents and children to move away from the idea that it is the race towards the highest level and make sure that children are secure in the breadth and depth of subject knowledge. Schools have spent the last year in deciding how they are going to assess without levels. St Joseph’s, like many other local schools, has decided to go with the Southwark assessment system. This system takes the end of year curriculum expectations and divides the content of these over the academic year. The children work towards the end of year expectations. Teachers will use a broad range of evidence to assess your child’s learning and when you speak to them you will begin to hear a different language to what you are used to. A guide to the progress ‘steps’ over the academic year for Years 1 - 6 Autumn Term (Step 1) Emerging: yet to be developing or secure in the end of year expectations Spring Term (Step 2) Developing: working towards the end of year expectations Summer Term (Step 3) Secure: secure in the end of year expectations and are able to use and apply knowledge and skills confidently ‘Mastery learning’ is where learning is broken down and pupils have to demonstrate their deep knowledge, understanding and confidence of a topic where they have no gaps in their understanding and are able to apply the concepts learned in a variety of ways. Teachers will talk about what children…