Learning Outside the Classroom
Learning Outside the Classroom is a valued part of school life at St Joseph's as this reinforces and expands much of the learning done within the classroom. Here are a few of the ways this happens here:
We love using the outdoors to enrich our curriculum!
St Joseph's Parish Church is an important part of our school community. Each Thursday a class visit the church to help Fr Andrew Foster deliver the service. The children gain a great deal of confidence from this experience as there are members of the public present in the service also. Our Reception class have also visited the church recently as part of a walk out into the local community and exploring our local environment.
Our Mini-Vinnies sang at Westminster Cathedral - an exciting time was had by all!
The children greatly enjoy the opportunity for an educational visit which enhances their class topic or a specific lesson. These do vary from simple trips into the local community to team building on the annual year 6 residential visit. Some examples of our visits are shown below:
Inside / Outside
Many a fantastic lesson has happened in school grounds. We have our own lovely outside space here so "outside" doesn't have to mean leaving school grounds.
On the 9th March 2017 the children from Elm Class helped plant 30 trees in our 'wild area' and the field. We planted Silver Birch, Cherry and Rowan with the aim to have our own Forest School on site one day!
Thank you to the Woodland Trust and the Wychwood Project for the trees and protectors and to the parents who came and helped.
With the arrival of the Spring, our youngest are out an about in our wild area, building a fire-pit, cooking pasta and hotdogs, roasting marshmallows and building dens! They got to spot our resident Monkjac deer too!
Mr Angus is working very hard to get our very own Bushcraft and outdoor wild area ready for some very exciting lessons in the latter half of the Spring term! Thank you Mr Angus!!!
Each week one of our Key Stage 2 classes visits Carterton Library to hear a story and browse the selection; they have the opportunity to take books out on their own library cards.
We love to invite our local community into school to enrich the learning of our topic based curriculum
We love taking part in sporting events at St Joseph's and there are many local events off-site. Here are some of the events we have taken part in:
LEGO EXPERIENCE ENRICHMENT DAY
Great fun was had by the whole school as they built a Lego wonderland with working lights in the houses and working trains through the town!
We had a visit from Mike Grocott, Space Ambassador from the Time Peake Primary School Project. This included experiment with the children based on Tim Peake’s return. Mike told the children how vitally important it is that Tim and the crew pack the shuttle correctly. If there is the slightest difference to the balance of the shuttle as it returns to Earth the landing could go wrong. The children made they made some shuttles out of cups with eggs to represent the crew. They took the lesson outside to launch the egg shuttles from the climbing frame. There were 9 eggs, 5 landed un-cracked although only one had a perfect landing. 4 eggs did not survive the landing.